Friday, March 22, 2013

Five for Friday (and the lie revealed!)

This was a TGIF kind of day!



I’ll start with my Two Truths and a Lie from this post. We’ll start from the bottom up.
I DID see a shark while snorkeling at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. It was a once in a lifetime kind of trip. The day was overcast and REALLY rough.

It was a little reef shark quite a bit away from us, but the guide we were with confirmed it. I made sure not to mention it to my husband until we were safely on the boat!

Speaking of the Irishman, we DID meet at summer camp. We were both counselors at the same sleep away camp. He *might* have been my supervisor when I started.


We kept in touch after the first summer and he flew to Arkansas for my sorority formal after I broke up with my high school sweetheart. We both returned to camp the next summer and started dating. The rest is history!

The lie? I did not set any track records. I did (barely) make the track team in 7th grade. I was in Latin Club and Marching Band in high school.



While I’m wrapping up things from last week, Amanda from Learning to the Core was the winner of my QR Code Math Games.



While I was blog hopping last week, I visited the lovely Kathy of Third Grade Doodles. I mentioned how I loved the look of her Ultimate Book Club Guide and she sent me a copy.

Book Clubs

I LOVE it! My student teacher started book clubs last month with the students who are not in an intervention group. The kids were flying through books and I was having a hard time trying to explain to her how to plan activities for them to do as they read.

I am usually with my intervention group during this time, but they got pulled for picture day on Thursday and I had a chance to walk with the book clubs. They were making predictions, working with challenging vocabulary from the book, and summarizing. One of my students actually said that it made the book easier to understand.

I hate when you buy something that turns out to be more fluff than content. I started using all of this set right away! It is fantastic!



What a day. I got to school this morning when my husband called to let me know that I had his car keys. He worked late last night so we had to switch cars. I had to turn around and drive home.
I was late for school. I had a meeting at 9 that let to me running around for the next hour. I had just finished entering the final round contests for our school wide Math March Madness when I had to leave to take my son to the doctor.

In all the craziness, I decided to take the kids back to school with me so I could wrap up a few things I hadn’t gotten to before I left. I had visions of my son playing quietly with the basket of stress balls. I thought my three-year-old daughter might like to practice her letters on the chalkboard door.

Instead it looked like this:


At least they had fun!



It is finally spring break! 

The Irishman took the week off as well. We have family coming to visit for part of the week, but mostly we plan on hanging out and spending time with each other!

I should have my 100 follower giveaway posted Sunday. I am hoping to set things up tomorrow. If you would like to contribute, you can fill out this form.

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. I cannot believe you've been swimming near a shark - eek!

    Hahah! I laughed right out loud when I saw the picture of your son dumping out the supplies - what a cutie :)

    I would LOVE to help out with your giveaway - I sent a request to access the Google Document posted above.

    Joy in the Journey

  2. I had to laugh at the picture of your kiddos! That's what my house looks like all the time. Between my 4 year old son and my 2 year old son they just dump toys everywhere!!! It drives me nuts! Then they don't pick it up! Ugh!

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Collaboration Cuties

  3. I couldn't be more excited to have been the winner of your QR code Giveaway! Both of the products look AMAZING and I can't wait to try them out with my first graders-they are going to love them! Thank you so much!

    Have a great weekend!

    Learning to the Core

    PS the picture of your son is too cute and too funny!

  4. I love that picture of your son! It is too funny. I hope you enjoy your Spring Break.


    Ms. Richards's Musings

  5. Shark?!?! Ohhhhh heck nooooo! I am deathly afraid of them! I froze just looking at your pic! You are one brave soul :)
    First Grade Dual

  6. I feel your pain! My room always looks similar to yours when I bring my three boys up with me!

    I saw a barracuda while snorkeling once. I was quite scared as well! I had to resist the run and scream temptation that was in my head!!! :)

    Have a great spring break!!!
    One Berry Blog

  7. That photo of your kids in your classroom is too funny! It is ALWAYS like that when I bring my littles in to school with me too! :)

    abcs and polkadots

  8. Oh my goodness...thank you SO MUCH for the shout out!! I wish I had seen that sooner!! My March was so crazy, that I didn't get to blog hop at all. I am glad you liked the Book Club Guide!! When my kids were little I used to take them into school as "helpers" too...your photo is hilarious. Now mine are teens and they really DO help!!

    Kathy O.
    Third Grade Doodles