Thursday, May 30, 2013

Summer 2013

I am looking forward to a super fun summer...

including many adventures with these two:

Makes me happy!
: ) : ) : ) 

It was their last day of school today.
Yipee!!!! : )

Here's to a fun, happy, safe summer to all of my blog readers and friends! 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

I already miss them!

See these adorable children???

Our last day was Thursday and I already miss them!
We had an incredible year together. 
I am tremendously proud of the work we did this year. It was wonderful to watch them grow and I was happy to learn from them! 

We had a great time during our final week of school. 
Some of their favorites included:
an end of the year luau

our ice cream party to celebrate reading 180+ books in the month of May. 

I was happy to have their help during our book sorting party. :)
It went surprisingly smooth! 

My end of the year gift included a DVD for each child. 
It captures some of our favorite memories throughout the year...

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Kindergarten Field Day

We had great weather for our Kindergarten Field Day and all of the students had a BLAST!!

Loved hearing all of the bucket filling throughout the day. 
Way to go, Kindergarten Friends!

Check out the fun below:

Monday, May 13, 2013

Green Acres -- Pond & Trees

We had a wonderful time at Green Acres today!

We learned a great deal about trees and pond life. 

Kindergarten Friends, 
We will use these pictures to help us as we sketch the pond tomorrow.

Here are some other highlights from our trip:
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THANK YOU to the parents who helped make this trip a success!! :)

Thursday, May 9, 2013


THANK YOU to everyone who entered the 

I loved meeting new bloggers and hearing your book suggestions. I have added several to my Amazon wishlist.
Poor Mr. Rider never knew that teachers ALWAYS need more books... no matter what! :)

I just love Rafflecopter. The site is super easy to navigate, keeps track of entries, picks the winner, shares the winners on the widget, for free!!! 

Here are the winners: 

Julie Lee from 

and Krista Monnin...
a parent of my of my Kindergarten cuties! 

Julie, Krista, and Kate - CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Book Lovers Giveaway!!!!

I have found many great new books to share with my Growing Readers this year. 

Good thing, because a I have a group of TOTAL BOOK LOVERS that can't get their hands on enough books! :)

Two new books that my students 


Being Frank is a wonderful story about being a little too honest. The writing is very witty. I found myself giggling  as I read it to my students... and they have been passing it around for read to self time. 
They love it!!!

We "reviewed" Green when the Caldecott Honors were announced. The illustrations and cut-outs in the book are amazing!! Also a class favorite!

Want to win one of these great titles to share with your Growing Readers??? 


a Rafflecopter giveaway 
All entries must be submitted by Wednesday, May 8th @ midnight.  

GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Five For Friday

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching to share 5 Things about my week.

1. My students began publishing their favorite special memory books for Young Author's Night. 

The students are VERY excited and I am so proud of them!! 

2. We began studying owls. 
Guess whoooooooooooooo's excited??

How in the world can I choose which projects to do from all of these I have pinned???

3. I am hosting a fun book lovers giveaway.

Want to win one these great books?? Enter HERE

4. We only have 14 days of school left!!!!! 
While I am excited about summer, I am going to miss my class so much. They are wonderful!

5. This made me totally laugh out loud. :)

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

1-2-3 Peas!!

I may or may not have jumped up and down,  with PURE excitement when I picked my students up from library and one of them had this in their hands:

We went right back to the classroom to read it... and, as expected, all of my students LOVED it!!!

I always read LMNO Peas to my kindergarten friends when working on the alphabet or list books. It has been one of our classroom favorites all year... so we were thrilled that Keith Baker decided to keep up the pea fun with 

The illustrations are gorgeous, I love the writing, and I have about 5 different ideas of what we can do with this book. :) 
Hooray for fun mentor texts!!!!!!!

Here is a peek inside: 

You can check it out on Amazon by clicking HERE

Don't forget to enter my book lovers giveaway... I am giving away 2 other awesome new books!

You can enter HERE. :)