Friday, December 13, 2013

First Time Five For Friday

I'm so excited to link up with Doodle Bugs for the first time.  It's my first Five for Friday!  Click the graphic above so you can link up, too :)

We made these adorable gingerbread houses from Kelley Dolling at Teacher Idea Factory.  I think they turned out great!  I let the kiddos have some free reign with decorating and they really let their personalities shine.  This activity went along perfectly to review fact families from our lesson last Friday.  Anyone else doing EnVision math?!  Fact families are in Topic 6!

On Tuesday, we had our Staff Holiday Breakfast.  It was also Ugly Sweater Day at school.  Anyone who knows me knows how much I adore a good ugly sweater.  After searching my entire house to find mine from college to no avail, I set off on a hunt for one.  I ended up settling on these holiday pajamas:

If you can't tell - these are covered with different breeds of dogs that are wrapped in Christmas lights.  Ha!  I'm going to another Ugly Sweater party this weekend and wearing this beauty from Target:

What's not to love about a funny ugly holiday sweater?!

I LOVE MY CLOUD PEOPLE.  These cuties were inspired by Abby at the Inspired Apple.  Link leads to her post with her cloud people :)  We are continuing our unit on weather until winter break.  My firsties are loving it.

If you've read this blog more than once, you probably know that I have an obsession with books.  My room is FULL of them and yet…I can't stop myself from buying more.  I can't say NO to a good deal.  For example, this is my back counter:

Not to mention the bookshelf with baskets that are literally overflowing with books.  I bought these gorgeous library labels from Danielle Mastandrea & hoped it would encourage me to get my life together & update/reorganize my library.  Which seems completely and utterly unnecessary when I am a FIRST YEAR TEACHER.  But, I have too many books.  I digress.  Thoughts?  Suggestions?  I wanted to get the gorgeous neon book baskets from Really Good Stuff to match my book bins, but heard that don't hold up that well?  Does anyone know?  Help me, I'm poor (in my best Kristen Wiig voice).

FINALLY.  The best part of my week, easily, was this note from my principal that I got this morning.

Sad how excited a week of jeans makes me!!  What were you up to this week?  I can't wait to read all about it :)



  1. Love your cloud people and your ugly sweater!! I am trying to convince teachers at my school to wear them next Friday!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I love Kindergarten

  2. Your cloud people are so super cute Shelby...and your ugly sweater/pj's were perfect.
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  3. I love your gingerbread houses and cloud people too! I also love the gift of jeans for a week - I get excited about our jeans days too - the little things, right?

  4. I am in love with Really Good Stuff baskets. I have tons and have been happy with them. If they are loaded too full, the white handles do tend to pop off but you can punch them back in easily.

    1. Do you use them for your library? What size do you recommend for books?