Friday, May 24, 2013

Last Five for Friday of the School Year! (May 24)

Today was the last day of school for us. *tear* I only made it to Wednesday without crying. One of the parents from my class even cried today... I've had some awesome parents this year and it is always SO nice to hear you're appreciated.

 I can't believe my first year of teaching is over! It flew by. I will miss my sweet kinders like crazy! I have had such an amazing year with them, and they really are a great group of kiddos. I couldn't ask for a better first class and I will always remember them.

BUUUTTT (there's always a but) this last week has been insane! We had field day and the end of the year program in addition to the potty accidents, shouting out all day every day, missing book orders, crying, rolling on the floor, arguing with friends and blue teeth. Yes, I said blue teeth. One of my kiddos colored every tooth in his mouth with blue crayon during work on writing. WHY? Just why.

Look closely. Those teeth are BLUE.

I'm linking up for my last Five for Friday of the school year. (What?! I'm still in shock.)

Here's a look at our last week of school: 

1. We had our kindergarten graduation/spring program today. My kiddos sang The Kindergarten Wall. Such a sweet little song with a good message. If you need an idea for your graduation, check it out! It made me tear up when I first listened to it. My class really liked it too. They did an awesome job and were so stinkin' cute in their cap and gowns.

2. I sent home some cute (educational!) gifts with my kids for the summer. I was inspired by the gifts Elizabeth from Kickin' it in Kindergarten and Jessica from A Turn to Learn shared on their blogs. I kind of merged the two together. Thanks for the ideas guys!

These gifts were a HUGE hit! I only spend a few bucks per student too! The buckets with shovels, balls, and telescopes all came from Birthday in a Box. (If you order from here, make sure you go through Ebates first so you can earn cash back! I forgot and I was SO mad at myself!) I got the Iggy Pig books from Scholastic. Gotta love those dollar books! I printed the other books from Learning A-Z so that they would have some things to read on their level over the summer. The whole bucket cost me less than $5 per student!

Below is the letter I included with the buckets. It has some educational ideas to go with the goodies the kids received. Click here to download this FREEBIE.

I also sent them home with my Summer Learning Pack. Believe it or not, they are super excited to work on it. Yay! It reviews everything we learned this year and will help reduce their summer learning loss. It is also quick and painless for them to complete. Just one page per day and each page covers multiple skills.

Click here to see the pack in my TpT store.

3. Yesterday was field day. The kids had a BLAST but man, I was one tired teacher by the end. The weather was great, so I was very happy about that.

This is a cute snack one of the fabulous moms made for my kiddos.

A robot snack! Applesauce for the head, Hi-C for the body, raisins for the feet, and air heads for the arms. So cute! And mostly healthy is always a huge plus!

4. This is my first time linking up for Share Whatcha Wear. A linky inside of a linky. Woo!

(Sorry about the bad lighting.)

5. The news of the tornado destruction in Oklahoma is heartbreaking. I can't imagine being in the schools there! Teacher's Notebook is selling a bundle to help out with relief efforts. There are over $1,000 in products that have been donated so far! Click here to help out.

Click here to see my review of  The Quietest Classroom Sharpener. It is amazing!

Side note-- Does anyone know why links aren't working when you try to add them to pictures now? Am I the only one this is happening to? It has been driving me CRAZY!

Happy Friday! xox


  1. Blue teeth! So funny! Your field day looks like so much fun!

    Kimberly Ann
    Live, Laugh, I LOVE Kindergarten

    1. We had a blast =) Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Your buckets are SO cute! I love the letter you included. Thanks for sharing. As for adding a link, I always find that i need to click the picture twice...and only then it will allow me to add the link to the picture. Annoying!

    Lucky to Be in First

    1. Thanks I am going to try that! I have been having the hardest time with it lately!

  3. Blue teeth! HAHA! You've got to love them. What in the world was he thinking? I've had them cut their hair, write on their skin with marking pens, tie their shoes together and sign their name on the wall and then claim they didn't do it! Funny little people! Your first year is under your belt and can just tell you are a wonderful teacher!

    1. I wonder what they are thinking all the time, but you are right... you gotta love them! Thanks for your sweet comment!

  4. It's amazing how wacky the kids get at the end of the school year, but I've never seen something like the blue teeth. I've been checking out your blog I love some of your ideas. So excited to be one of your newest followers.


    1. I was pretty shocked about the blue teeth myself! Thanks for stopping by I am happy to have you! =)

  5. The robot snack is amazing...I've just pinned it!

    Mrs. Harris
    Mrs. Harris Teaches Science!

    1. Isn't it the cutest?! Thanks for pinning!