Five for Friday, AMEN!

I thought this week would never end. This week was the big STAAR test for the 3rd through 6th graders in Texas! And even though I teach Kindergarten, it makes our week crazy too! Our schedule was all sorts of weird and we didn't even get outdoor recess for three days. I'm sure y'all can imagine what that does to us! But, I survived! 

I am liking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. 

Today our baby chicks left us to go back to the farm. I absolutely love having them, but when they start jumping out of the nursery; it's time for them to go. Literally, I could get though two pages in a book without one of them escaping. I'm so mad that I didn't take a picture of the escaping fugitives. Here is one last shot of Princess, Steve, Martin, Elsa and Spike.

 Isn't it amazing how much they grow in a matter of days? Like they are huge and have their wings and everything! 

We made a card for the "chick lady" to tell her thanks so much for letting us hatch and raise the chicks. I thought it turned out really cute!

 We were planning on having company this weekend, so I busted it last night to get the guest room/office clean. However, our company couldn't make it, but at least I have a clean room! 

 Lukey Bear HATES having his picture taken! He has figured out that the iPhone makes a terrible flash in his face and just pointing the phone at him makes him bark and go nuts. Today I finally captured an action shot : ) 
Next week we will be studying bugs and butterflies. I have been working on a mini unit to go with it. I love making class books and am SO excited about sharing this idea with you soon. In fact, I had planned this activity for next week and busted it out today because I was so excited that I couldn't stand it!  Come back for the details ; )

I hope you had a fabulous Friday and enjoy the well deserved weekend! 


Counting Caterpillar FREEBIE

Next week is our Butterfly and Insect unit! : ) I have been working hard to prepare some fun buggy activities for my kiddos that reinforce skills that still need reinforcing, if you know what I mean ; ) 

Meet Counting Caterpillar...

I created this activity to review counting by 2's to 20 and reinforce number recognition. Plus, I love caterpillars! I just made my sample at home, and I don't have any googly eyes to use, but I just couldn't wait to make him and share!

Click on the image below to head to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store and download Counting Caterpillars to use in your classroom! While your there, make sure and follow my store! I am working really hard to update all of my products and put out some new freebies! 

Easter Fun

I hope that everyone is having a happy and blessed day! We have been so busy with all of our spring and Easter activities, that I haven't blogged about any of them. If you have been following me on Instagram, than you have already had a sneak peak! If not, enjoy! : )

We spent most of the month counting down the days until our baby chicks hatched! We learned lots about chicks and chickens.

I just love teaching interactive writing! This group of kids has really struggled with using uppercase letters to begin a sentence. So, we have been using highlighter tape so really enforce starting sentences with uppercase letters. 


We got to watch this little guy hatch on the big screen. It was so exciting and I was so glad that the kids got to see it!

Then the next morning, I found this...
All of the babies were out! 

Luckily, it was hat day! Like my chick hat?

Of course, we have to have some rules...

We named all 5 chicks although we can't really tell them apart : ) Our posters turned out so cute and it was a good reminder lesson about all names starting with an uppercase letter. This set of posters hangs by the chick nursery and I made another set for the hallway. We will have the babies all week and then they will head to the farm!

We also learned about ducks and talked about the similarities and differences between chicks and ducks. 

Here are a few fun Easter writings that we did this week:
"I am EGGstra special because...
I am a nice person.
I share with my friends.
I am a kindergarten kid. 
I'm good at soccer.
I share my markers." 

"If I was the Easter Bunny I would hide some Easter eggs. I would eat a lot of candy. I would decorate a lot of eggs. And I would hide the eggs in the bush."

Egg Symmetry Painting

Thursday we had the big Kindergarten Math Easter Egg Hunt. Each child in my class has a number 1-19. The parents sent filled eggs labeled with each number 1-19.  So they brought an egg with the number 1 on it, an egg with the number 2 on it, all the way to 19. The students hunted for eggs that were labeled with their number. It was a great way to reinforce number recognition and ensure that everyone got an equal amount of eggs. 

She was number 17.

 After the egg hunt, we did a few corresponding math activities.

I found these buckets at Dollar Tree. I labeled each child's bucket with their name and number.

We ended the week with making Rice Crispy Nests. This is an Easter tradition and my family has made them for years. It has been fun to make them in my classroom too.

What a fun week! : ) 


The Wonderful Wedding of Q and U

Last week was the WONDERFUL wedding of Q and U. This is one of my favorite phonics lessons the entire year! It is so meaningful for the kids and one of those special memories of Kindergarten! : )

 The Happy Couple
I bought the large wooden letters from Hobby Lobby and then painted and decorated them. 

For a wedding gift, we made a quilt for Q and U. Each child made a quilt square that included a qu word and a picture. Download the quilt free HERE. 

Here is a close up of a few.

 Wedding Time! Q and U even chose the traditional wedding march for their big entrance! 

The Wedding Cake
I just bought a few packages of the Little Debbie Fancy Cakes and then stacked them into tiers. Then, I just added paper hearts and a topper. 


If you are looking for a great resource for the Q an U wedding, check this out. It's from Kathleen at Growing Kinders. I love the book she created to go with it and her wedding ceremony wording is HILARIOUS! 

Have a wonderful Saturday! 
Check back tomorrow for a HUGE post on Easter and Chicks : )