Five for Friday Randomness

It's my favorite day of the week.....Hello FRIDAY! I am once again linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for:
Here is my week of randomness:

My supply boxes are prepped and ready to go for next year. Of course I had to find something that matched my turquoise and black theme. My brilliant team partner found the turquoise tape and black paw prints (our mascot is the cougar) to make them as adorable as can be!!! Love them. I will add turquoise and black name tags once I get my class list in August.

After school today, I went to Party City and picked up a pack of Krazy straws. I am going to use these for my "birthday blooms" next year instead of pencils. Can't wait to make those!

I just finished making these bad boys as well!! I wanted a new and easier way for my kids to keep track of their vocabulary words through the year. I just put the finishing touches on this packet-Monthly Vocabulary Word Banks and Writing Pages. Each month has a few theme words and then blank boxes for the kids to write their language arts vocab words. I may even use it for math, science and social studies too! The packet also comes with monthly graphic organizers, and writing pages.

A big thank you to Aimee at Primarily Speaking for this awesome freebie! I reviewed cause and effect with my kiddos using the book A Bad Case of the Stripes by David Shannon. They loved the activities and I got a kick out of their drawings.

My own Little Guy (kindergarten) came home with this today! I am so proud of him. I think he is definitely ready for first grade!!! 

Happy Friday everyone! Enjoy the weekend!

Procrastination and Preparation

I am deep in procrastination mode, my friends..... I have 7 days left of this school year. I should be completing my report cards and closing down my room. What am I doing instead??? Planning and prepping for next year!!!! I think it is my avoidance tactic for those things I just don't like to and closing another chapter in my teaching career. 

When I start preparing for another school year, it's like a rebirth. I get to start over fresh, look at things in a new way and always try to do better. I have started, by committing to a new class theme. I am going with turquoise and black this next year. Those are our school colors and I have never "fully" committed to a theme before. Here is what I have made so far:

I had to make new student number sticks in turquoise and black. I couldn't use my rainbow colored ones, right? 

I needed a new first day of school frame to go with the theme. I also made a new one because I wanted a larger frame.

This is the frame I used last year. I really like it, but I wanted the opening a little larger and I was trying to stay true to the turquoise and black theme. Hence, a new frame was born!

Then, I decided I wanted a cute way to send my students' first day of school pictures home, so I made these mini frames. I am going to have the kids decorate them and then insert their pictures. 

A new turquoise and black welcome sign is "a must" as well. Thank you Jeannine from Creative Lesson Cafe for this adorable one!

I have a bunch of other things in "the works". I will take pictures and share them with you throughout the summer. But for now, I have a good start and now I need to get back to my regular scheduled programming... report cards!!!

Five for Friday: Instagram Review

Woo Hoo!!! It's a LLLOOOOONNNGGGG weekend, my friends! I'm just a little excited for an extra day off! I'm linking up with my ever favorite Doodle Bugs Teaching for this week's...
This week is I am going to share a little Instagram review. I am hooked on Instagram for sharing my ideas during the day. It makes me remember to take pictures and then I can remember to share the details on my blog. SO..... here we go! If you want to follow me on Instagram click here: Bright Concepts 4 Teachers on Instagram.

1. Monday was Field Day! We had a blast and of course it was the hottest day of the week!! One of my very talented second graders submitted the t-shirt design and it was chosen!!! I am so happy for her.

2. I chaperoned my son's field trip to a local farm this week. We went strawberry picking, rode on a tractor pull and visited with the animals. Fun but exhausting! Love me some kindergarteners... (I don't know how some of you do it)

3. My little guy got his first orthodontic appliance "installed" yesterday. He had to get an expander to widen his jaw. All good so far, except he is learning how to chew and swallow all over again. Fingers crossed for a smooth weekend. We are eating applesauce, yogurt and slippery foods for now. I am so proud of him. He is dealing with it like a champ.

4. My students love inference. So, I brought summer to our classroom with my Beachside Inferencing Pack. They became detectives, used a magnifying glass and detective book to solve the mysteries. They had so much fun.

5. I am trying to get a jump on prep for next year. Today I made frames to put the kids first day of 2nd grade pictures into. They will decorate them and I will put their picture from the first day in it for them to take home.

There you have it, 5 random things about my week. I hope you all link up and share your week too! Enjoy the long weekend!

Giveaway Winner & Bloglovin'

A HUGE heartfelt thank you to each and everyone of you who entered, blogged about and left sweet comments for my first blogiversary giveaway! Another BIG thank you goes out to all my blogging buds who joined me on this journey and donated some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G prizes!!! It has been a thrill to host and I am excited to announce the VERY lucky winner:

Congratulations, Carrie! I will be emailing you shortly to confirm your email address so all the incredible prizes can be sent to you.

On another note, I have just joined a great site called Bloglovin'. Google Reader is no longer available as of July 1st, so I wanted another convenient way to read all of the posts from the fabulous blogs I follow. So far, it has been very easy to use. Bloglovin' imported all the blogs I follow, for me!!! Thank you so much! There is also an app for my Iphone. Now I can read and catch up on the go. If you are looking to make the switch, check out the Bloglovin' site. I don't think you will be disappointed!

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Have a great week ahead everyone!

Finally Five for Friday!

Three more Fridays left in the school year, peeps! Holy smokes this school year has flown by.... I am excited another Friday has arrived so I can link up the Doodle Bugs Teaching and share my week in pictures.

1. My Mother's Day weekend started with a few fireworks! The first was at the Dodger's game and the second was at our little league! We had a fantastic time!

2. The hubs and I at the beach in Santa Barbara-my favorite place to be!

3. We made special bookmarks for our pen pals to thank them for an amazing year of friendship and letter writing! I put them in the mail this week, so hopefully they will arrive soon!

4. I'm starting to get ready for next year (slight sickness). I decided to change my room theme, so I "needed" to make new student sticks for my turquoise and black theme.

5. Today's after school snack with my own kiddos-Fro Yo baby! YUM! I couldn't commit today to just one or two flavors. I mixed it all up!

Also, don't forget to check out my A-M-A-Z-I-N-G giveaway to celebrate my first year of blogging. You have until Sunday to enter. So, head on over and check it out if you haven't already. Some of my dearest blogging friends are sharing their talents with all of you and I wouldn't want you to miss out.

I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend! Happy Friday!

Quick Tip Linky and Giveaway

I am super excited to be joining a new weekly linky from Diving Into 2nd Grade and Hippo Horray for Second Grade.
I have been preparing and getting ready for next year. I am a planner and once I found out I was going to be teaching second grade again, a got my planning groove on! Here is my Quick Tip for this week:

Student Number Sticks

At the beginning of the year, my students each are assigned a number. I use these numbers for many things:
-numbers on papers
-behavior clip chart
-line order 
-class room helpers
-call on students in class etc.

I use these student number sticks to fairly call on students in class to answer questions, help with tasks, to make smaller groups etc. I keep them in a basket on my desk and use them throughout the day. I decided to change my room theme for next year. Our school colors are turquoise and black, so I am going with that color theme for next year. I "had" to make new number sticks to coordinate with my new colors. 

I hope this is a quick tip you can use in your classroom too!

I also want to remind everyone that I am hosting a fabulous giveaway to celebrate my first year of blogging. Several of my blogging buddies have joined up to help me make this extra special. I hope you will stop by and check it out! There is a little party favor FREEBIE for you to grab too!

Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration

Happy Mother's Day to all you mommies out there! I hope your day is filled with love and relaxation. Each and everyone of you deserves it! I am getting ready to spend the day with my boys at one of my favorite places- Santa Barbara! Brunch + the beach= one happy Mom! I can't wait to share pics with you later on.

But first, I have some exciting news:

It's hard to believe I started this amazing journey into the blogging world one year ago today! I have been incredibly blessed this last year. I have connected and formed friendships with so many of you. I have been able to share my teaching adventures and ramble about my crazy ideas- and you all have supported me. I can't thank you enough!

If you can't tell, I have been looking forward to this milestone and wanted to make it meaningful and special. In order to help celebrate this milestone, I have asked ten of my dear blogging friends to help spread the cheer. They have all touched my life in different ways. Some have helped answer my silly blogging questions, others have inspired me with their own blogs and all of them are supporters of my journey. They are a few special pieces of my blogging journey puzzle!

A party, wouldn't be a party without a party favor. I created a little something for each of you to take with you, as a way of saying thank you for being a follower. Make sure to enter the giveaway and before you leave, grab your FREEBIE!

 Now it is your turn to join in the fun and celebrate with me! This giveaway will run for one week. I will announce the winner next Sunday! Good luck!

Here are all the items you can win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

 Now that you have followed some of my favorite blogging friends, here is your prize! I created a little packet called A Day at the Beach Multiplication Activities to help you bring a bit of summer into your classroom, all while helping your kiddos review their multiplication skills. It includes a flap book and two array review sheets. Just click on the picture to download it now.

Thanks for helping me celebrate my first blogiversary and Happy Mother's Day!

Five for Friday Fun

Only 4 more Fridays until summer break!!! But who is counting right?? I am so happy to be linking up this Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching.
1. This week, I created a little Mother's Day FREEBIE to share with all of you. There are writing activities and a Mom, you are "TEA-riffic" gift idea. I glued the bookmark template to scrapbook paper to make it stronger and more durable. Then, I added a tea bag to the front. I hope you can all use it and put it in your files for next year, if you have not grabbed your copy yet.

2. This sweet little gift was in my box this week for teacher appreciation. Cute idea!

3. I finished up an inference packet for my kiddos to use as review. Each of them made a magnifying glass and detective notebook to collect clues to solve the Beachside Mysteries. We started some of the activities in class yesterday and the kids LOVED it!

4. I got to go to my son's school for a special Mother's Day celebration today! They served us tea and cookies. Then, they sang, danced and read us stories. These were waiting for us when we arrived. Melt my heart...

And a sweet little card.

5. Today is the hub's birthday and we are off to the Dodgers/Marlins game tonight-fireworks and all! What a great way to celebrate for a baseball lovin' guy....

Here's a little sneak peek of what I am going to share with you this weekend...Sunday (Mother's Day) I have a special giveaway to share with all of you. I will be celebrating my first blogiversary and I have some very special blogging friends helping me celebrate. Make sure to come back and check it out.

I hope you all go and link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching so I can see what you all have been up to this week.