New Look

I am EXTRA excited to be linking up for this Five for Friday with Doodlebugs because of....

{drum roll please}

My NEW, stylish, SASSY look created by the UBER talented Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs! She is seriously the greatest to work with and after a few hundred changes in my opinions, she finished it up and here we are! THANK YOU Megan! I am really not sure how you do it all but you are AWESOME!

Even though it's the end of the year {19 days left!!}, this blog makeover is motivating me to start planning for next year--TPT planning--that is.  I made this monthly planner to keep me organized.  You can download it by clicking here or on any of the pictures.  It's simple and to the point but I wanted something where I can prioritize ideas and then check them off each month!  Sorry it's not editable, I am more of a pen/pencil to paper kind-of-girl.

Yesterday we started DIBELs and I am on the team of teachers who will spend a whole 3 days to knock out the entire school.  Part of me enjoys this.  I like working with students I don't normally see, listening to them read, scoring and seeing their yearly progress.  Part of me {my ears and neck} get sore from hearing the same.story.over.and.over. and looking down for the majority of the day.  Do you feel me?!  How do you administer it in your school? Or do you NOT DIBEL?  I'd love to hear how it works for you!

One of my only consistent groups lately has been my kindergarten ESL group.  We have been learning about the ocean.  Here are some freebies I have found and used: {click on any of the pictures to go download!}
Ocean/Science freebie by Kristin Lovenberg
We used this SmartBoard activity to discuss what we would take to the beach and then packed our own pretend suitcases for a trip to the beach!
I found this Goldfish cracker sorting freebie and then I went to the store and found Goldfish on sale for $1.14!!! PERFECT! It's all prepped and ready for next week : )
Finally we are going to make these adorable Pout-Pout Fish crafts to go with the story from First Grade Blue Skies.  O.M.G. she makes the most creative resources!!
We've read some other really great books about the ocean and ocean animals:
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Then we made these simple Octopi {or Octopuses?} with construction and tissue paper.
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This picture book is SO deep {pun?}.  The "story" was a little too over my kinders' heads but the illustrations are unbelievable.  It is truly a magical book and I would recommend it for any age!

Did you all stock up on goodies at the TPT sale?  Since I don't know what I will be doing next year {or really, next week} I got mostly digital paper, frames and clipart.  Here's some things I picked up and I cannot wait to use!
I love EVERYTHING from Educlips/Edusong.
Six Traits Of Writing Clip Art Bundle
Obsessed with frames. 
Edge It Set 4 -  Borders Great For Worksheet Edges!
I am "cooking" up something SPECIAL with this kitchen themed digital paper from Collective Creation
Pink and Blue Kitchen Digital Paper Background set

My BEST FRIEND of 20 years is in labor with her baby boy! I couldn't be happier for her and her little family : ) Just in time for Mother's Day!
I don't know about you but it is getting WARM, close to HOT in PA.  I hope you have a wonderful weekend and get to spend some quality time with your mama! Thanks for stopping by!

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