May 10, 2013

Five for Five {Linky Party.. May 10}


Don’t hate me but I have… FOUR days of school left!

The light is shining bright and I can see the end of the tunnel. I honestly feel like I am in survival mode right now.


I made these little photo magnets to give to our special class teachers {music, pe, art, etc..}. It was a perfect little teacher appreciation/end of the year gift. I just printed a class picture and put them on white tiles and put a magnet on the back. We did a Mother’s Day version below.

Here is a look at our Mother’s Day gifts..


I bought these initial letters at Hobby Lobby and painted them pink. I took a picture of each child with the letters.


We Mod-Podged the pictures onto small tiles.


After they dried, we put peel & stick magnets on the back.


Then we did a little step-by-step gift wrapping.

{not so easy for first graders! HA!}


They took them home and I hope parents will enjoy them.


We worked on another spring time directed drawing activity this past week.

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And.. you always have some really great ones. And….. you have some that make you wonder??!?! That is the beauty of a directed drawing activity.

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You can find these caterpillars and five other step-step drawing directions in my Spring Directed Drawings Pack.

I have been working on putting some of my Months of the Year ideas and activities together for a unit. One of things we did this week was to spell the months of the year. This is one of the projects on my summer to-do list. I am excited to get started working on it soon!



This morning I got to spend a few hours with my future first graders for next year. It is always fun to get a little practice time with them before they come to me next year. I had them do a little independent work while I read and did some number recognition work with each one.


I also sent them home with my “Getting Ready for First Grade” summer pack.


Post your Five random things from today or this week and link up below":


  1. 4 days left?! I still have 4 weeks! Lucky you!
    I love the "MOM" sign and magnets! I'll have to remember that for next year :)

  2. I love your Mother's Day projects!! Crawling into Summer is so adorable too. We have six weeks left and counting down:)
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  3. Beautiful Mother's Day projects! Enjoy your last 4 days :)

    Fun in Room 4B

  4. What great ideas!
    I can't believe you have only 4 days left. We have 30 days left of school.
    I wish we got to meet with our kiddos for next year. I think it would take a lot of stress off them.
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  5. 4 days left??? That's like a college dismissal. LOVE! Happy early summer to you.

    Here in Chicago, we are going late due to the strike. Deep into June...So, deep, it practically touches the 4th of July. Which usually, signs the end of summer to me, because school supplies start to come to Target!

    It's our first time here at the 5 for Friday!

    Have a great weekend,
    Nicolette & Karen
    The Classroom Creative

  6. Wow! 4 days left?!?! I must admit I am a LOT jealous!! lol. Your mother's day gifts came out awesome! Enjoy your last 4 days of school. Summer is near!!! :-)
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  7. I just love those caterpillars! They turned out fabulously...

    Have a great weekend--
    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  8. Those magnets rock! I so want to do that! Thanks for this linky. I look forward to it all day long on Friday!

    Mrs. Bartel’s School Family

  9. I am jealous that you get to meet your students before the year is over. I don't get my list until the week before school starts. Teachers get it after the letters go home to families.

  10. I love the tiles for the moms! Precious! Thanks for hosting the linky. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  11. Wow! Only 4 days...okay a tiny bit jealous. I only have about 12 but I feel like there is soooo much to squeeze in before they're officially second graders.

    I love the magnets. :D

    You Might Be a First Grader….

  12. Great post! I love all of the craftiness that goes into your classroom! The Mother's Day crafts are so super cute! I am so jealous that you get to meet your first graders before the summer! That is fabulous!

    Thanks for hosting this wonderful linky each week-it's a great way to meet new blogging buddies and to read up on what is going on in everyone's classroom!

    Learning to the Core

  13. We are not out until June 26 so a little while to go. I love your drawings. Have a great Mother's Day.

  14. wow..4 days is awesome! But I bet you go back super early? Your mother's day gifts are very cute and that's awesome that you get to spend time with your future kiddos! :)


  15. 4 days is awesome! We have 9 and we're all definitely counting down! It's pretty much survival mode :) It is so nice meeting your kids before the first day of school. I teacher kindergarten and we have a "kindercamp" during the summer to get aquainted with them. I would imagine it would be just as nice in first grade! :)

  16. I love your Mother's Day magnets!! Enjoy your last 4 days!! :)

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  17. Those magnets are so great! I am going to put them on my list for next year.... or maybe make them for fathers day! I can't believe you only have four days left. Color me jealous!

  18. 4 days of school?? What! I thought I was doing good with only 9! I love the magnets. Very cute. And thanks for hosting this linky--I look forward to it every week!

    Always an Adventure in Kindergarten

  19. I love that you made a thank you gift for the specials teachers. They miss out on a lot of thank you.
    Love the MOM letters!!!


    Hodges Herald

  20. I LOVE your Mother's Day gift! Just might have to try that next year! :)

    Diary of a First Grade Teacher

  21. I promise I don't hate you, but I am really jealous you only have 4 days of school left! I LOVE your Mother's Day magnets. I REALLY want to try some directed drawing with my class next year. I am going to find a time to fit that in somewhere!
    My First Love

  22. It is hard not to be jealous - as much as I LOVE teacher, I am tired!

    Mrs. Harris Teaches Science

  23. Hi! I absolutely love those caterpillars! I have to try that with my students!

    Science for Kids Blog

  24. The Mother's Day gifts are TOO cute!! Wrapping gifts for 3rd graders was difficult too. We had a little lesson. Love your drawing packs!!
    Beach Sand and Lesson Plans

  25. Your Mother's Day gifts are fantastic! And I love the idea of meeting new first graders for next year. What a great opportunity for you!
    Have a great weekend!
    Ms. Marciniak's First Grade Critter Cafe

  26. I love the magnets! What a great idea for next year!

    I Heart Kindergarten

  27. This is a great idea for a mother's day project! thank you for sharing, I also like the directed drawing, you are right, it is always interesting to see how different each drawing looks!

  28. Love the tiles! What size did you use?


  29. I love the tiles! Silly question, but what size are they and where did you get them?


  30. WHat font did you use on the "Happy Happy Summer".... so cute!

  31. Can you tell me where you bought the small white tiles for the Mother's Day magnets and the size? Love the idea!

  32. What size tiles? Also what format or outlet (Wal-Mart printing) did you use to print the pictures? Thank you for great ideas!

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