Thursday, July 24, 2014

Five For Friday

 Thank you to Doodle Bug for hosting this weekly Linky!  I love sharing thoughts and ideas!

This has been an another awesome Summer Week!    I want to share the Top 5 things that I must have to start my year off in Kindergarten.

1.  Mr. Sketch markers -  I absolutely love these markers and use them all the time.   My students love the way they smell as I give them smilies throughout the day.  I love the bright colors as well.   It makes my anchor charts really bright and colorful!  


2.   Heidi Songs -  I ABSOLUTELY love these CD's/ DVD's. Click on the Heidi's Song picture above if you would like to check out more about these amazing songs! Heidi's songs have helped my students so much as we immerse ourselves in sight words with songs, movements and then books/ activities to support and reinforce our learning.      My colleague Laura and I have created a Yearly Sight Word Plan and Sight Word books to go with this plan.  We use Heidi songs everyday as we challenge our students to learn 105 sight words!  It's sounds like a lot of words, but my students are so successful and we have seen their reading grow immensely as they gain that automaticity of their sight words!  
Click on the picture to take a look at our yearly sight word plan and then click here to read My Sight Word Blog post about our amazing Yearly Sight Word Plan and Sight Word Books, etc.. to support our students learning.   You can also check out our Sight Word Books in my TPT store.

3.  Silhouette Cameo -  I love to create a very organized, purposeful and yet "pretty" classroom environment.    I am often at school more than I am at home so I want it to be some place i enjoy going as well as my students.       The Cameo has helped me to create labels,  vinyls, and awesome bulletin boards for my classroom.


4.  Children's Books!   -  I absolutely am in love with children's books!  My husband thinks that I have a serious problem.    I just ordered 3 more books today from Amazon that were recommended by a good friend.     Here are my top favorite children's books that we read and use in Writers and Readers Workshop repeatedly all year long,  they are a must in my book (pun intended - lol )      

Mo Willems (anything)    

Chalk by Bill Thomson        

Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell 

Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman

When Sophie Gets Angry...,  Really Really Angry...  by Molly Bang

A Ball for Daisy 

How to Heal A Broken Wing 

The Magic Fish 

Big Al 

The Day the Crayons Quit

I would love to hear about some of your must have Children's Books and how you use them in your classroom!  


5.   QT  White Peach Tea -  It's incredible.  I have to start every day with an XL cup full!    I can't seem to go a day without.    On the few that I have had to,  I am thinking about it all day until I can find a QT that has it again!    It's amazing!   

I am mentoring this year,  so I will be working in my classroom a lot next week getting ready so that I can be ready to help my new colleague!  I hope to have some great pictures for you then!  Be sure to stop in and check out Doodle Bugs blog to see what everyone else is up to!   

Blessings to you all! 



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  1. Number 5 sounds a little like some form of addictive drug. Maybe you need to go cold turkey! Just kidding. Coffee is my drug of choice and it doesn't me do anything evil, in fact, it lessens the likelihood of evil happening at my hand! ;)

    1. It is a problem Carrie but I have been off pop for a year now! I can't just seem to go with plain water.

  2. I want a cameo so bad! They are just so expensive for this broke teacher, haha! I’m gearing up for a big giveaway on my blog on August 11 - come stop by so you don’t miss it!!
    Beyond The Gradebook

  3. Wow! If I didn't know better, I'd think you sneak-peaked at my post earlier this week! I never would've thought that we had so much in common...

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  5. First time coming to your blog! I also love Mr. Sketch markers!! They just are so great to use in the classroom and the kids love how each marker smells. I ended up giving away my pack of markers last week since we are almost ending our school year. This means, I will have a buy a new set, lol. Hope you had a great weekend!:)


    Mrs. Solis Teaching Treasures

  6. Hi Angel! I am seriously envious of your reading nook! I'd love to have more space in my own, however I just can't seem to make it work.

    I love Pigeon's book, too. Bought myself a copy this last year and my kiddos loved it, too... just as I knew they would!

  7. Hi Angel!
    I'm ready to send you my Curious George TPT product, however I can't seem to locate an email address.
    Would you please send it to me at ?