Friday, April 5, 2013

T.G.I.FFF (Five For Friday)

Wow!  I cannot believe an entire week has gone by. 1 down, 11 to go (but who's counting?)!
 It was a very busy week as usual. It's time to link up with Kacey from Doodlebugs Teaching and share my Five For Friday!
Five For Friday!

1.  I hosted a girls-only Easter baking party last Saturday for my girls and their cousins. We baked and decorated so many yummy treats to bring to Easter Dinner on Sunday. We had a blast!  These were my favorites:


2. It was C.O.L.D. most of this week. Finally today it started warming up. When I came home from school I noticed this in our yard:

Yay!  Our first sign of Spring!  Thank goodness, because I have had about enough of this winter weather. My other surprise when I got home was not such a happy one. Both of my Little Loves are sick with fevers. BOO. DISLIKE. NOT FUN. Our first afternoon of beautiful sunny Springtime weather, and they are both snoozing with red cheeks on the couch watching the new Lalaloopsy show on Nickelodeon.

3. I have completely changed my morning routine. I have tried chit-chatting, quiet reading time, book shopping, morning work - I have tried it all!  I think I finally found something that I am LOVING. I have written about my Bucket Brain Boosters before, but now I have a solid routine in place and my little loves are doing awesome! They are so quick to get unpacked and started on their assigned bucket activity. I can't believe how much extra reinforcement and practice they are getting with our previously taught skills. Here are some pictures of this week's Bucket Brain Boosters:
Corinna Curry's Silent e Goes to Hollywood
Corinna Curry's Silent e Goes to Hollywood

Floating Through First's Greater Than Less Than Work Mat and Game
Silly Sentences from Babbling Abby's Parts of Speech Centers

Race to 100 from Cara Carroll's Place Value Packet of Fun!


4. I went all out during one of my ELA lessons this week. We have been learning about synonyms this week and I decided to try and show the little loves how they can use synonyms to make their writing more interesting. I went a little old school and broke out the thesauruses. They had a BLAST! We created an anchor chart and I am super proud of it. Today, two of my girls came running over during Daily 5 to show me that they replaced the word "nice" in their writing. They were so excited and proud of themselves. I'm filing that one away in a happy place for when I am having a "not so happy" day!



5. I always thought I was really good at time management. Now that I am following so many of your amazing blogs, I am totally second guessing myself. I have been working on a new Working with Words unit for what feels like FOREVER. I just cannot find the time to get it done. I'm putting that out here in blogland so that MAYBE it will make me a little more accountable...LOL. Sunday night - that's my deadline. I hope I can make it!
Have a great weekend, friends!

7 comments:

  1. Just found you through the Five for Friday linky! I'm going to have to read more about your Bucket Brain Boosters! I'm so tired of journals! I'm your newest follower!

    Kristi
    Fun in First Grade!

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  2. I'm with ya, Danielle! My reading/being lazy on the couch/cleaning/sleeping have all been put on hold because of blogs! Haha. I love it!

    Molly
    Lucky to Be in First!

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  3. I want to know more about your Bucket Brain Boosters too. Glad you found what worked for you in the morning. It took me a while too.
    Cindy

    First Grade A to Z

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    1. Hi Cindy,
      I have been using my own products and MANY fabulous products by other sellers on TpT for my Bucket Brain Boosters. I went back into my post and added links to the products used in this week's buckets. Thanks for the love!
      ~Danielle

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  4. Holey Moley! Those deserts looks awesome. Also, will you {pretty} please tell us more about your Brain Boosters. I explored your TPT store but could not find them there. They looks super cute and engaging! :)

    Catherine
    The Brown-Bag Teacher

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    1. Hi Catherine,
      I have been using my own products and MANY fabulous products by other sellers on TpT for my Bucket Brain Boosters. I went back into my post and added links to the products used in this week's buckets. Thanks for the love!
      ~Danielle

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  5. Haha I feel the same way about time management! What feels like 10 minutes on blog "stalking" usually turns in to an hour (at the least :). Found your blog through the linky party...LOVE the owls!!
    Elizabeth
    Kickin’ it in Kindergarten

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