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Saturday, February 23, 2013

Five for Friday (Feb. 22)

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching and the 3 AM Teacher for the Five for Friday.  

1.  We had our AR coke and popcorn party yesterday!  My school is big into Accelerated Reader (AR).  Basically the children read books, take a short online quiz, and earn points.  Most books are worth half a point.  The first grade goal for each student is to earn 30 points to get on the Wall of Fame (in the main hallway).  The classes have goals to earn different parties.   Our class earned 225 points so far so we got the Coke and Popcorn party.

It still amazes me to see eighteen kids hyped up on caffeine.  They were as sweet as can be but my oh my!

2.  In my quest to get healthy, I weighed in again this week and have hit the 25 pound mark.  It doesn't seem like much since I have a long way to go.  BUT when I think about how my daughter weighs about that amount, I realize it is something to be proud of.

3.  We have a track at school that I want to walk on so badly but I keep having meetings and things pop up after school.  I have also been thinking about childhood obesity and want to help combat it (ignore the coke and popcorn party).  I had an idea about a Book Talk and Walk.  I plan on sharing it with my principal.  Maybe we can get K-2 on board or even the whole school!  We have over 900 kids at our school so that might be hard.  I wrote a post about the idea.

4.  I'm so exited that I have finally settled on a classroom theme after all these years!   STARS

5.  My ten month old baby girl amazes me everyday.  This week she started pretend play with the telephone.  She holds it up and make believe talks into it AND she tried to put her sock on after I took it off.  These small successes make me think about the classroom and remind me to celebrate the small victories.  With that said, I gave a kid a Helping Hands Award this week.  I told him he was a hero.  One of my other little guys slipped on the playground equipment (ladder) and was stuck.  This little boy was holding onto the one who slipped so that he wouldn't get hurt more.  It was incredible to see the look on his face as he strained to save his friend.  I was so proud of his effort.  It really was heroic.  When I praised him, it filled my heart with joy to see his face light up.  With the stresses that we have these's these moments that matter the most!


  1. I think that is great that you are on a quest to get healthy and are trying to think of ways to carry that over into school. I am piloting a "healthy classroom," on my campus this year. We sent home a letter at the beginning of the year asking the parents to partner with us to send in healthy snacks and lunches and to try and limit the birthday sweets. I think it has made a huge difference and not one parent has complained!

    1. I love this idea! Thank you for sharing! In my snack note, I requested healthy snacks but I like the idea of a "healthy classroom" letter. Did the parents/families have to sign off on the letter?

  2. I popped over from the Friday Five linky...glad to have found you! :) I love your Book Talk/Walk idea. Our school just got a "track" last spring and I've been trying to think of ways for my sweet kinders to use it. I'm definitely going to give your idea some thought. Thanks for sharing!

    Happy Teacher Heaven

    1. Thank you so much! I will have to pop over and check out your blog. :)