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Friday, June 14, 2013

Five for Friday ~ June 14

Hey Top Dog Followers and Fans! Thanks for checking my little blog! :)

Here is this week's five for Friday by Doodle Bugs Teaching! :) If you haven't stopped by her blog yet, you should! She makes a ton of cute stuff for teachers like me!

1. Have I mentioned that my mom has been my number one cheerleader and teacher mentor? She is a kindergarten teacher in North Dakota, and has taught me most of the good stuff I know about teaching and kids.  She is honestly the BEST teacher that I know! :)

For the last five summers, my mom and I have met up in Grand Forks for ARTFEST! It is one of my favorite days of the summer, and we started it off right at Starbucks! Here are some pictures of my purchases from that fun day! :)

Our house is painted! No more banana split! :)
I love custom necklaces! :)
2. Here is a sneak peek at what my classroom theme will be next year. It combines my two favorite things: CHEVRON and PUPPIES! I have been printing, laminating and cutting already and I am SOOOO excited to get back in my room and get organizing, unpacking and creating! :)

WHY, WHY, WHY does Dudley insist on laying right on top of my laminating?
I am IN LOVE with these!!!!
3. I spent 10 hours on Wednesday and Thursday with the LITERACY TEAM! We had some great discussion and got a lot accomplished. I love looking at data! Does that make me weird? We talked about adopting the Fry List for our High Frequency Words and maybe adopting Words Their Way by Pearson for spelling. Do any other teacher bloggers out there use this? Do you like it? What are the challenges it brings?

4. GRAD SCHOOL - I taught our egg drop lesson to all of the other teachers in my science class on Tuesday and I just found out I got 40/40 points! Can I get a "Whoop! Whoop!" Everyone loved that project! I think there will be lots of other teachers and classes around the USA next year dropping their egg devices! I love it! I also got my books for my math class and I have been digging into them! We worked on word problems and problem solving in math, and I learned lots about teaching kids about code words and problem solving strategies.

A little math humor for you thanks to Pinterest! :)
5. SUMMER WEATHER - FINALLY! LIFE IS GOOD! :) We have had really nice weather this week and I have been spending a lot of time outside on my front porch. I'm loving drinking my coffee out there every morning. Check out this awesome mug I got from Jilly for an end of the year gift! You put your hand right in and it keeps it warm! GENIUS! :)

LOVE my view! :)

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  1. Love the new color of your house! Much better! And your pup....oh my gosh! Too cute.

    Your newest follower...


    1. Thanks! I love the new color! I was so ready to be done with the bright yellow! Duds got a haircut today and he looks like he lost about 3 lbs of fur!


  2. I can't seem to access your followers list - which is a bummer because I love to follow other second grade teachers. I am in TX. Love your artfest finds - the necklaces are awesome! Love your chevron and puppy theme!

    1. Thank you for your sweet words! What a bummer about the followers list! I wonder what's up with that. I can't wait to get working in my room again! :)


  3. I am your newest follower. I love your blog title. The past two schools I've taught at called our 4th graders "Top Dogs". Sadly, I am not a Top Dog anymore, but I am now "Pick of the Litter" in 2nd grade.


    1. I love the "pick of the litter"! I have also heard of "leaders of the pack"! Both cute! I'm excited to see some of your second grade stuff! Thanks for the comment!


  4. That's so nice that you and your mom can spend this time together. The jewelry is beautiful! My dogs like to lay down on whatever I'm working on too. So funny!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings


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