Friday, June 20, 2014

Five for Friday and Funny Kid Friday

I am linking up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday!.Thank you, Kacey, for hosting!

This is the last one with my sweet class this year.  The kids still have two days left, and I go until next Friday.  We are hanging in there...

Today is our Kindergarten Reception.  We didn't have a graduation, because the Pre-K classes have a graduation. But, we wanted to do something fun with the kids.  We are having some outside activities, with juice and cookies for the children and parents.  

Last Friday was our Outside Field Day for our school.  This day is like a child's dream. Here are some of the highlights...
Two big bouncy houses
Water Relays and Tug of War
(We skipped reading, writing, and math this year to focus on tug of war.  It paid off.)
Face Painting
(I tried to get a picture of all the face paintings.  I took an individual picture of each child's painted face and printed it out, because I knew the paint would come off on the water slide later in the day.  This way, they had the picture to remember their painting.)
And... the WATER SLIDE!
I am pretty sure guardian angels were working overtime at the water slide.  I was just watching little arms and legs flying all over the place going down that hill- attached to the happiest faces ever!

We read several books about houses and designed our own houses!  I always love reading House for Hermit Crab at the end of the year to my class, and talking about how Hermit Crab is nervous about leaving his comfortable home, but ready for a new and exciting adventure- just likethey are for first grade. 

I also love We Were Tired of Living in a House.  I had this book when I was little and always loved it.

The illustrations are so much fun to study.  The children were tired of living in their house, and tried lots of different places to live (a tree, the ocean, a cave).  Something happened at each place to chase them off to the next spot.  They gathered something special to keep from each place they tried to make their home. It's a great book for retelling and sequencing. Look at those great illustrations.  


We talked about what we would like to have in our house if we could make a house just the way we wanted it.  The kids had so much fun talking about slides instead of stairs, a room full of Legos, a room with everything for kittens, etc.  Nothing was off limits!  Then, they got to spread out and design (and label) their own house on big paper.  This was so simple- and such a great activity.  Those kind of activities are my favorites.  We shared our houses after we drew them.  The conversations as they drew were wonderful to hear.  I didn't say anything- just listened.  

We had a great time reading Log Hotel and looking for our own log hotels on the trails behind our school.  I wrote a post about it HERE.

This week, one of my little sweethearts brought in a bean from his beanstalk!

One of my other little guys said, "I have had 3 beans so far!" This made my day!

We had our end of the year puzzle party day this week. I have the children make EVERY puzzle that we have to be sure all of the pieces are with each puzzle and are all there.  We actually found a few in the wrong boxes.  The kids love having jobs and love figuring out missing piece mysteries even more! Here are some of my very proud workers. 

Finally, my sweet friend Kathleen, from Kidpeople Classroom is starting a linky party of funny kid stories.  I am joining her linky today, too!  Two in one!  Stop over and link up one of your funny stories with her. I can't wait to read them.  

Anyway, one of my all time favorite stories was when one sweet, sweet, little boy walked over to me v-e-r-y slowly (turning himself in),  and said, "What I MEANT to say was, 'Will you be my friend?'  But what I ACCIDENTALLY said was, 'I want to punch you in the face.' "  

I will never forget that.  Ever.  In fact, there are times when I can totally relate to that story, and I am afraid I might just make that same mistake.  

Have a wonderful weekend!


  1. What a great way to end your school year. I love the photos of you 'hanging on'. Have a great break.Paula from Paula’s Place and iSURF Maths

  2. Oh my gosh, Carolyn, sometimes I think we must be teacher twins, split at birth, I resonate with so much of what you do... right down to the fact that my school also has a hill about that same size... though we have never turned it into a slip and slide! My class does a big unit on habitats, and houses–fairy houses included– and We Were Tired of a House would make a great addition (I think I'm posting a bit about the fairy house project next week.) This year we grew peppers (which came from a volunteer) but next year we're doing beans (how cute is that kid with his first bean!) That post you did on it for PreK&K was fantastic– so many resources and videos to find in one spot!

    And last, but not least, your story of the guilty fellow was priceless and laugh out loud funny! Thanks SO much for linking up with my new linky... what a great thing to find this morning! I hope you'll keep the tales coming.
    Kidpeople Classroom

  3. What fun you have all been having! Love seeing all of the smiles on your kids' faces! My goodness--that water slide looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing your ending days... (loved the beanstalk idea, too).


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  5. I laughed out loud at the confession at the end! Priceless! Also priceless is that photo of the three little boys walking with arms around each other. Don't you wish we could hold onto that innocence and caring that little kids seem to have so easily? This post was really fun! Thanks for sharing!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  6. Oh my goodness!!!! So much fun and so funny. I love reading A House for Hermit Crab and having students decide what they need in a home.
    That water slide looks AMAZING! I love the end of the year and all the fun parties and games. My kids always love the day we get to play all our reading centers. They even like making the lists of missing pieces and such. It is amazing how much they have with what we consider work!
    Mrs. Spriggs’ Kindergarten Pond

  7. Fantastic post! Looks like your field day was a ton of fun. Wish we could have a fantastic water slide like yours. Love your hanging on pics. Your little ones mishap with words just cracked me up. I agree with you I feel like that

    Luv My Kinders


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