Friday, August 22, 2014

Five for Friday and Funny Kid Friday

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday and with Kidpeople Classroom for Funny Kid Friday!  My summer Fridays are really winding down,
 so I am trying to take advantage of my moments- cause this feeling will be coming soon...
I've been going into school a lot and getting ready.  I already love my class, and they are just on paper right now!  I'm excited to meet them and make us a school family.

Earlier this week I wrote a post about this book, the OK book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal.  I LOVE her books.  I also posted about some of her other books.  This one is fabulous for Writer's Workshop- similar to Ish and The Dot, with a little Beautiful Oops thrown in, too.  It just says to me, teachers, adults, kids, "Go ahead, be OK at things that you try. You don't have to be perfect!  In time you will find different things you want to do better, so you can go after them.  Meanwhile, it's great to be OK!" (That wasn't really a quote from the book- that was just me quoting AS the book...Sometimes I like to pretend I am a talking book, I guess-)

She also has a book trailer to go with it that I posted.  I cannot wait to use this book.

I made a simple writing activity that I'm going to do with my class. Click on the picture below if you would like a copy.
I also included a page with just lines under the picture box, because "I am ok at" are all great words for the children to write on their own, if I decide I want them to try to write a sentence.  
I  made this little Draw and Label book to use early on for Writing. If you'd like a copy, just click the picture below.


It's simple, but will give the children a chance to be creative, draw with detail, and begin to learn to label pictures.  You can print out and use only the pages that you want- you don't have to use all of them! I made quite a few- I think 19, but I'll probably choose five pages.  I made it so you can just double staple the side and cut in the middle to have two books.
I thought this was a great quote to go along with all the "I can" statements we live with!
Our "I can" poster is one of the first things we make in the classroom. 

I liked this "I can" poster, too:
I feel awful because I don't know where I found this. I had just saved it as a picture- with no link- and I can't find where I got it.  I'm sorry! If it's yours, please let me know, because I love it- and I'll put your link right in here!

It would be lots of fun to make this chart after reading Eric Carle's book From Head to Toe.
My sister's Kindergarten classroom made an adorable class book that she shared with me. I love how she made the pictures  look Eric Carl-ish!

Don't forget, if you want some FREE ELA and Math "I Can" statements to use in your classroom, I have some HERE  at my TPT store!

I found these fabulous things in Walmart!  They were $1.97- and will be great handy for math, high-fiving sight words,
and I love yous! Plus LOTS more fabulous things, I'm sure. I bought 2 packs, just because I knew I should.
I made some bulletin boards for the end of our hallway.  This one was my favorite.

This was my other one.

Here are some other Friday Favorites...  I LOVE this little saying. What a comfort!

I also love these guys (Paul Sirimarco and Tina Cleveland)!  I just smile when I watch them sign the songs. I think it's because I really would love to be able to sign that beautifully.  Love them! I watch every single video they make- and it makes my day.  HERE is their Youtube channel, in case you want to smile, too.



      I am also linking up with Kathleen, from Kidpeople Classroom,  for Funny Kid Friday!

      Here is my Funny Kid Friday for the week.  

      This little boy will turn out to be a great negotiator of  some sort.   Three children wanted to play  with  one boy's truck.  So he said, "You can be first.  You're second. You're third."

 So the 3rd boy said, "So, I'm last?"
      Without missing a beat, the boy with the truck said, "No, you're THIRD. That's still a good place.  If  you were 6th- THAT would be bad." 

     Have a happy, happy weekend!
Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Oh, Carolyn, so many good tidbits in here! I chuckled over the kid story.. it's all in the way you look at it, isn't it. We have a DHH program in our building, so I'll be sure to share the song and the YouTube channel in case they don't already know. I love the OK, Ish, Dot, Oops books too– I'll download your freebie. Glad you shared. See you around. Kathleen
    Kidpeople Classroom

  2. I love those "I Can" posters! AND THOSE STICKY NOTES! I neeeeed them! I've made about one billion trips to Walmart in the last few weeks, but I haven't seen them. I'm going back to look more closely! Your bulletin boards look amazing!! :)

    Have a super weekend!
    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  3. I haven't seen the OK book - I'll need to check it out. I like the I Can poster - is that your class? Great idea!

  4. Love those sticky notes. Walmart was already on my list for today, hopefully ours has those. The Ok book looks great, I am adding it to my amazon wish list. Always love all your inspirational quotes, they make me smile. Your student definitely has a future in negotiation, maybe a

    Luv My Kinders

  5. HI Carolyn! I found the Walmart hand notes!! Great find. Thank you! Thank you for the freebie. Happy Weekend!

  6. I just pinned this post to multiple boards. You have the best ideas, Carolyn!
    Learning With Mrs. Leeby

  7. Wonderful post full of ideas - thanks so much and the video was GREEEEEAT!!Special Teaching at Pempi's Palace


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