• Five for Friday,  My Classroom,  Shopping

    Five for Friday – The BIG Room

    I’ve missed the last few Five for Friday linky parties but am happy to share today!    My preplanning doesn’t officially start until Monday the 24th but I went in a few days this week to get a head start.  Here’s what I saw when I walked in.  I’m moving rooms again this year but I really don’t mind.  I enjoy planning the layout and organizing everything.  I’m also getting what’s referred to as “the BIG room” by my peers.  What teacher doesn’t want more space? The room is great.  It’s nice and big and gives me so much more space than I’ve had in the past.  But it’s somewhat challenging as it has not just…

  • Books You Can Count On,  Five for Friday

    Five for Friday – Counting Cookies

    I’m coming to you today from beautiful downtown Tampa, Florida!  Even when I’m out of town, I link up with Doodlebugs Teaching! Why am I in Tampa?  I presented my Books You Can Count On workshop at the annual One Goal summer conference!        Decided it shouldn’t be all work and no play…so the hubby is meeting me this weekend and then we’ll vacation on Treasure Island for a few days!   I blogged about my workshop earlier this week.  Click HERE to read how I use classic children’s books to teach math standards.  I shared activities based on cookie themed books. These ideas will be perfect for back to…

  • Books You Can Count On,  Five for Friday,  Recipe

    Five for Friday – Playdates & Cupcakes

    Time to check in with one of my favorites… Five for Friday…hosted by Doodlebugs Teaching!   This week I invited the girls from last year’s class over for a play date! They squealed with delight when they saw each other and were thrilled my sweet assistant and her twins joined us, too.  It was really a fun little get-together…very simple to host!    Everyone brought their own lunches while I supplied drinks and dessert.  The girls played with a few special toys they’d not seen before at school.  The big hit was definitely my Polly Pocket collection!   For our dessert, I baked a batch of vanilla cupcakes and topped them with a summery lemon buttercream frosting.  The finishing…