5 for Fri-YAY




I’m a little embarrassed that this is my first blog post for the school year and it’s NOVEMBER! November, people! Yikes!!! I decided to team up with Doodlebugs for a little Five for Friday fun!
Teacher Life Hack
I love decorating my classroom and hanging up posters, anchor charts, kids’ work, etc. I don’t love when all of those lovely things end up on the floor. This year I have a classroom with cinder block walls all around so stapling into the wall is not an option and hot gluing to the wall leaves such a mess. With a little help from some hot glue and painters tape my walls are getting more colorful! I just put hot glue on my posters, then put painters tape over the glue then taped the posters to the wall. I suppose any tape could work, but I MY HUSBAND painted my classroom this summer so with painter’s tape there’s no sticky mess left behind. 
Classroom decor available in my TPT Store 
   LA 5-a-day
Last year my teammate (Jana Guerra) created Math 5-a-days. They are AWESOME and really aligned with our curriculum. I kept thinking that I needed something similar for language arts…so I created the LA version. I use them with my 1st grade RTI groups for a quick review of handwriting, sight words, and phonics. I love having all of these skills in one spot and it only takes a few minutes at the beginning of each of our groups. The same skills are reviewed in two week chunks to help build mastery and independence. I print mine on legal sized paper so it only takes one paper for the entire week. We normally grade them together on Fridays. 


Coding apps
Is anyone out there using coding apps in your classroom? We had a quick PD meeting this week on some engaging coding apps that I thought I’d share. We are fortunate to have 1:1 ipads in our school, and the kids cannot get enough of these two coding apps! I am by no means an expert on either of these apps, but I enjoy learning with the kiddos. If you have any coding apps to share, please do! I’d love to learn more. These were perfect for Kinder, 1st and 2nd graders.
3rd Birthday
My oldest daughter turned 3 this month so we decided to go “glamping” (glamorous camping) to celebrate! We had so much fun playing in the tent, roasting marshmallows, and creating our own s’mores at the “S’mores Bar.” Here's the menu if you'd like it. =)

Everyone needs this picture at least once right…
I took my kiddos to see Santa…the 3 year old kept a safe distance, but the younger one didn’t have a choice.  Poor baby!



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