Friday, January 11, 2013

Five for Friday

I had SO much fun linking up with Kacey from Doodle Bugs that I had to do it again.  What a great way to share some random things about my week!


First, I am SO, SO glad that it is Friday.  My husband was at school for 3 days this week and I realized that I need my partner in crime to help with Brayden.  I sometimes forget how much my husband helps me with him.  I'm thankful that I have such a great husband!

So, here are some random things about my week.

Number 1-My students learned about Bossy E this week.  Last year I came across Sarah Cooley's packet "Beware of Bossy E".  First, I love Sarah (from First Grader At Last) and her ideas.  She's one of my favorite bloggers.  Inside her packet is a story where they learn that the reason that the vowels say their name is because Bossy E kicks them in their pants. I used it again this year and my kiddos LOVED it.  Now when I read with them they remind me that that sneaky E kicks the vowel in the pants.  Can you say CUTE!!! Click on her packet to download her freebie.

Number 2-I sent home my weekly newsletter and added a sentence to see how many of my parents read my newsletter.  DISAPPOINTED!  It was very sad Tuesday morning when I realized that not a single one of my parents read my newsletter.  I had one student who followed the directions.  He said that he read the newsletter not his grandma.  So, I told my kiddos to make sure that they have their parents read the newsletter.  They really listened when I gave this little boy a prize.  On Wednesday, I had so many more participate.  I felt so much better.  Hopefully, next week I'll have more participation.

Number 3-I gave our Multiple/Triple digit addition test on Tuesday.  We have been teaching this unit for what feels like FOREVER.  Our district has adopted the common core standards for math and 2nd graders are suppose to be fluent with the basic facts.  I am so pleased to say that 12 out of my 14 students made an A, B, or C.  I had one student fail the test, but he was just having one of those days.  I was so pleased with their grades.  They have become so much faster with their basic facts.  We will be continuing to review all year long. 

Number 4-We read one of the Frog and Toad books this week.  In reading we were really delving into the 2nd grade common core standard where students have to understand challenges that characters face and how to handle them.  I chose to read Frog and Toad because these stories have easy to understand problems and solutions.  My students really understood how characters are people in the story and they often face challenges.  I really like the common core standards.  I have seen such growth in my student's reading this year! I heart reading.  It's my FAVORITE subject to teach!

Number 5-I have cried multiple times this week.  My Brayden will be turing the big 1 tomorrow.  Party pictures to come tomorrow!  I am reminded of how fast time goes and I am realizing that he is not a "baby" anymore.  Even thought it breaks my heart, I know that he'll always be my baby.  He hasn't outgrown my lap yet!

Link up and share some fun randomness! :-)

Lots of love,


  1. I am sorry to hear about the newsletter disappointment. It is SO aggravating to spend time on and send something home that is never going to get read. Hopefully, it will turn around!

    The Brown Bag Teacher

    1. Thank you! I'm trying to think of new ideas!

  2. Wow, your little guy is such a cutie! I know what you mean about the newsletter thing... I spend so much time on mine, and I don't think they see much of anything!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

    1. Thank you! Newsletters can be a pain. We spend so much time on them.