End of the Year Festivities

It's the final countdown.  We have six days left of this school year and as I look at my lesson plans I think "special activity" will be a staple of our schedule from here on out.

I wanted to do something special for my parent volunteers because I had a handful who consistently helped in our classroom all year.  I started to browse the wonderful world of Pinterest and came across an idea of giving anti-bacterial hand gel.  Once I had the gift idea I went to Michael's and after three hours or so (just kidding) found all the supplies pictured below and only came out with one thing for myself that was less than five dollars! SCORE!  Our school mascot are owls so I thought the owl ribbon was a perfect touch to finish the gift.

The saying says, "Hands down your help was appreciated!"

Another activity we do the last week of Kindergarten is write to the incoming Kindergartners.  The current Kindergartners get really excited to be able to share their wisdom.  We put the papers on our bulletin board for the beginning of the year.  It's a win, win because the bulletin board has art work on the board for new parents and students to see and our old crew gets to see their work posted when they return for first grade!  (Especially helps some of our friends with the first grade jitters)

Download the paper we use, In Kindergarten you will, here!

Before I sign off I wanted to include the SuperKids Memory Book I created.  We are doing this throughout the week this week.  I like the idea of a memory book especially for the kiddos who do not order a yearbook, they still have a place to collect autographs and write about school. Click on the picture to find it in my TpT store.  

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!  It is a dreary day here, but the Blackhawks play tonight and we are hoping for a WIN!  


Five for Friday

Happy Friday Everyone!  I'm excited to be linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for my second to last Friday of the school year!   We have reached single digits!  I can't believe how fast this year has gone and this month has been a whirlwind.  I will be sad to see this group of kiddos go!  I have a great class this year, we have fun together, learn together, cheer each other on, and support each other.  It is a great classroom community.  Well, before I shed a tear or two I'm going to get started with my Five for Friday, here we go...

This week we started our animal research.  We have been learning about text features all quarter.  Now it is time for the kiddos to show what they know.  Each student chose an animal and we have been using PebbleGo and informational text to find facts and record information.  The goal is to become experts on an animal and then create a book, poster, or power point to share with the class. It has been fun to watch them tie all the pieces together.

The Blackhawks have been causing everyone in the Schuda Household a bit of anxiety, even our four legged friends.  It is exciting to watch them play and we are hoping they can pull off a win on Saturday!  Come on Hawks, you can do it!!

Since we have some time in June before the school year ends I thought I would create some activities to do for Father's Day.  I am excited to try these activities out!  The picture above is part of my Father's Day packet on TpT and you can find it here.  I will post pictures of us in action next week!

I can not say enough good things about this teacher community.  I started this adventure in February and I have loved every second of it.  The teachers I have connected with are awesome!  So many talented educators reside within this community and I am inspired each and every day.   

Jayme from Teach, Talk, Inspire and I have teamed together for a giveaway.  What better way to kick off the summer then by doing a little shopping without having to spend any money!  We are giving away two gift cards, one to Target and one to Michael's.  This giveaway goes until Tuesday so be sure to check out the original post here to get all the details.  

Also, we are excited to be starting a summer weekly linky party starting on Tuesday, June 9th.  Each Tuesday the topic will change, but the purpose is to be able to get to know each other a little better.  Our first topic is an All about Me post.  Be on the look out for our first link up to join in on the fun! 

One thing I always love about summer time is being able to have the time to read.  Reading is one of my favorite things to do, but I never have enough time to do it during the school year.  I either find other things that I need to do or I start to read a few pages before bed and fall asleep.  

I'm excited to be able to check off some of the books on my book list this summer.  One book I am looking forward to reading is The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller.  I am participating in a book study with a few other teachers.  Buy your copy and jump in on the conversations.  

Well, that wraps up my week in K!  We have our annual kindergarten field trip today.  I'm currently attempting to channel as much energy as I can summon to be able to keep up with my kiddos.  I am not a fortune teller, but I see an early night of Netflix in my future! ;)  Have a great day and weekend! 


Summer Survival Giveaway

Summer is so close for me I can taste it.  We are in the final stretch and I can hardly wait to have some time for myself!

In honor of sweet, sweet summer starting for some or almost starting for others, my friend Jayme from Teach, Talk, Inspire and I are running a Giveaway! We are celebrating the start of summer with a chance to win a gift card to Target AND Michael's.

Every start of summer break a tradition of mine is to grab an Iced Chai from Starbucks and peruse the aisles of both of these stores.  The possibilities of what I would buy are endless!  What better way to start summer break than to stock up on a few essentials?!

Be sure to enter the Rafflecopter posted below for a chance to win both gift cards. 

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Also...stay tuned for a fun Summer weekly Linky Party starting the week of June 10th.  It will be a fun way for the blogging community to get to know each other a little bit better.  Details will be given soon...

Thanks for stopping by.  For those that have started their summer break (know that I am jealous) ;), kick back and enjoy. For anyone who is in the final countdown, eye on the prize, and know the end is near.  Rest and relaxation is not too far away.  Have a wonderful start to your week!

Five for Friday

TGIF!  We made it, AND the icing on the cake is it is a three day weekend!   Before I go out and enjoy the beautiful weather I'm excited to link up with Kacey from Doodlebug's Teaching to recap the week.  Here we go...

We started to learn about community helpers this week.  I love this unit and it is a fun way to end the school year.  Each day I let the kiddos vote on the community helper they would like to learn about.  The first day it was a unanimous decision to learn about Veterinarians.  We used Pebble Go and informational text to research and then worked together to fill out our organizer.  Afterwards I had them make an animal puppet of their choice.  During this time we also reach out to parents to come in and talk about their job.  The kids love seeing their parents and the parents love coming into the classroom, it is a win-win!

These sweet drawings never get old.  I love my class.  They are a great group of kids.  They are kind to one another, cheer each other on, and help each other out.  I am sad to see them leave, but I am excited to watch them grow!  

For a few weeks we have been learning about how to research and use text features.  This week we tied all the text features together.  We researched our school mascot (owls) and each day we filled out one page.  This is in preparation for next week.  The kids are going to be able to choose an animal of their choice and research it.  The end project is for them to be able to present information about their animal to the class.  Students can make a book, design a poster, and use power point to present their facts.  I was pleased how well they did this week!  They are becoming quite the text feature experts. 

My classroom has turned into a science lab!  We are conducting an experiment to see if a Lima bean can grow in other places besides soil.  We are testing to see if it can grow in paper.

First, we dipped the paper towel in water and rung the extra water out.  Then we placed the Lima bean on the paper towel and folded it.  

Finally, we taped our Lima beans to the window so that it could get sunlight.  

When we come back from our weekend we will see if any Lima beans started to sprout!

One of the pages in our ABC book was K.  We wrote about what we love about Kindergarten.  One cutie wrote her favorite part of Kindergarten was me!  My day was made.  Although this time of year can get overwhelming and stressful, it is moments like these that make me stop and smile.  I love my job!

Well, that wraps up our week in K.  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.  I'm looking forward to hanging out with the hubby as well as the dynamic duo!


Liebster Award

I was nominated by two lovely ladies, Jayme from Teach Talk Inspire and Kellee Browning from Stomping through First for the Liebster Award. The Liebster Award is a way for newer bloggers (with less than 200 followers) who have great content, to link up, meet other bloggers and share a little about themselves!   Thank you Jayme and Kellee for nominating me!  

Here are the answers to the 10 questions I received:

1. Why and how long ago did you start blogging?

I am a newbie to the blogging world.  I started in February of this year.  I have always admired a lot of blogs out there and thought I would give it a try.  I thought it would be a fun way to connect with other teachers and share activities and ideas.  I have loved every second of this adventure.  The collaboration and inspiration that teachers give to one another gives me goosebumps.  It is such a fun community to be apart of.

2. What one word sums up the heart of your blog and why?

Connecting.  I love having the opportunity to connect and share ideas with fellow teachers.  I have learned so many valuable tips and tricks that I have been able to apply in my classroom.  It’s been inspiring to have the opportunity to connect with so many talented educators.

3. Is there something you learned late in your blog journey you wished you knew before?

Don’t be afraid to start a blog! I wish I would have started sooner.  I was hesitate to start because I thought no one would really care what I had to say.  I feel like it has been the complete opposite.  I am humbled by the support and appreciation we have for one another.   It really has been an eye opening experience. 

4. What is your favorite past time other than blogging?

I love to read, go for walks with my dogs, go to White Sox games with my hubby, enjoy time with family and friends, and at the moment I am kind of obsessed with Netflix, so I have been binge watching a lot of shows lately.  My current obsession has been Scandal.  I don’t know how I missed the boat on that show, but it is pretty amazing!

5. How many hours a week do you dedicate to your blog?

It varies from week to week.  I try to post at least once a week, but I also try not to push it.  I want this to be an enjoyable hobby so when the inspiration strikes I try to go with it.  I have been doing the Five for Friday linky party with Doodle Bugs Teaching which has been a great way to post and reflect on my week.           

6. What category of blog posts do you enjoy the most?

I love reading about ideas for the classroom and well as personal posts.  It is always fun to hear about celebrations or activities that fellow bloggers are doing outside of the classroom. 

7. Where does your blog inspiration come from?

My blog inspiration usually comes from my kiddos!  I like to blog about what we are doing and fun activities we have tried and are going to try. 

8. Which post that you've written are you most proud of?

I loved blogging about our Habitat unit because it was a unit my students loved and I love all the hands on activities.  My favorite post has been Take me to the Beach.  

9. Is there any post that you have been planning to do, but have been postponing it for a while now?

I want to write about our community helpers unit because it has a lot of hands on activities and it is a fun way to end the year.

9. What is your favorite aspect of blogging?

My favorite aspect of blogging is being able to read about other classrooms.  This profession can be extremely stressful and the workload can see overwhelming.  It is nice to connect with other educators and feel as though you are not alone.  I have loved having the opportunity to follow teachers who simply love what they do.  In the last few months I have felt recharged by this experience.  It is a great feeling!

10.  Which idea from a blog would you like to try yourself?   

I really like Jayme’s (Teach, Talk, Inspire) V.I.P. baskets.  I would like to incorporate them into my superhero theme.
I also want to try multiple tech tools that Marie (Once Upon a Classroom) has mentioned in her Tech Tuesday Linky Party.

I would like to nominate these inspiring teachers for the Liebster Award:
Jordan from Ferrell in First
Ashley and Brookelynn from Markers and Mascara
Mrs. Barnett from Mrs. B’s First Grade

To those who have been nominated, here are the "official" rules for accepting: 

1. In your post, link back to the blogger who nominated you as a thank you and "shout out." (Follow their blog if you haven't already!)  

2. Answer the 10 questions given to you (the ones I answered above).

3. Nominate 5-11 blogs of your choice that each have less than 200 followers. Provide them with 11 questions to answer or have them answer the questions above. 

4. Let your nominees know that they've been nominated and provide them with a link to your post so that they can accept. 

5. Send your nominator a link to your post so that s/he can learn more about you as well! (You can just put your post link in the comments below).

Five For Friday

Happy Friday! I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for her weekly Five for Friday Linky Party.  

I am super excited to write this Five for Friday because I get to reveal my NEW blog design! (if you think I am smiling ear to ear and shrieking with excitement you are right) My new design is by the talented Tenille from Designs by Tenille.  I loved my old blog design, but wanted something that was more custom and my own.  Tenille received rave reviews from my new friend Jayme from Teach, Talk, Inspire and I knew after the emails back and forth she was the designer for me. She listened to what I envisioned and created a design that was exactly what I wanted.  She was patient and willing to make adjustments.  If anyone out there is looking for a blog designer Tenille is your gal.  She is wonderful!  


Did you know that pandas like to swim? Did you know that elephants are the largest land animal?  Our text feature this week was fun facts.  We also practiced using the table of contents and glossary.  Next week we are tying all the text features together, I can't wait to see how it turns out!

My kiddos have become quite the talkers, so I have put this to good use. ;) We finished up our measurement and graphing unit by creating our own surveys and collecting data.  It was a great opportunity to walk around, get some wiggles out, and talk with peers.  Have I mentioned how cute it is to watch them walk around with a clipboard?! I am proud to say they chatted their way through math with ease! ;)

EXCITING NEWS! Our sunflower seeds started to sprout.  We have enjoyed watching them throughout the week and were excited to take them home yesterday.  A former student of mine gave me a picture of his sunflower seed that he planted in his garden at home.  It was almost six feet tall.  I love pulling out that picture and showing my current students.  I hope some of their sunflowers grow that tall.  

Before I sign off for the weekend, I'm ending my post on a personal note.  My hubby and I are celebrating our first anniversary on Sunday.  It amazes me how fast a year went.  I feel like we were just planning the other day.  I am so thankful to have such a wonderful, thoughtful, loving, and caring husband who supports me through thick and thin.  I am one lucky girl.  

Well that wraps up my week.  Thanks for stopping by. I hope you have a fabulous Friday and a great weekend!