I am linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday. Make sure to link up!

Only 3-1/2 more days and then I will be on summer vacation! Yay! I know the kids are just as ready too as they are very unfocused and antsy. Here are some highlights from this week.

1. Last week the afternoon class made monkey puppets.

2. The am and pm class made these cute turtles...I love the face on this one.

3. Using contact paper, extra lamination, and glitter we made transparent jellyfish.

4. We played a popcorn letter and number game. The kids draw a popcorn out of the bucket and identify it. I also had them tell me if it is a letter or number (quite challenging for many of them) and then they put it in their bag.

5. Tomorrow I am going to be running a 5k that I haven't done the last couple of years. I am looking forward to it and am curious to see what kind of shape I am really in.

Finding Joy in 6th Grade is hosting this linky and I love the idea of reflecting on the improvements you want to make for the upcoming school year. I have been thinking about it and making a summer to do list of the things I would like to include or change. Here are the main ones.

My kiddos need to work on waiting their turn and sharing. What a better way than playing a game! My afternoon class I have a lot of great games that I have made and bought, but the morning class because some of their ability levels are so low are going to be a bit more of a challenge, but I am going to try making some off ideas from pinterest and just think of ways to simplify the games I have.

One of my co-workers incorporated this idea and I definitely want to incorporate this in a couple of ways. I have weekly boardmaker vocab words for each theme, but once Monday is done they are not specifically focused on again. So next year I want to put them in my Carson Dellosa dice and have students identify one of the pictures before they say their name (the morning class rolls a dice to eachother and who ever has the die is the only one allowed to talk). At the end of the week I will be able to put them up on the picture/ word wall and it can be referred to or activities can be done with it all year long!
It's a mess! I need to get tabs and separate the morning and afternoon class and circle time vs centers for each.

At the end of this year there was some extra stresses that I was  letting get to me and I was feeling VERY stressed out and focusing more on the negative than the positive. Next year, I need to focus more on the positive and just have fun. I love my kiddos and they feed off of your energy so it needs to stay positive and fun!
What changes are you going to make for the upcoming school year?

Well, this past weekend has been relaxing and fun. We went to the Toledo Zoo and to the Ann Arbor Hands on Museum. If you ever get the chance I recommend both and they are both super kid-friendly. On Saturday, I was excited to get my diploma in the mail! Yay! I also found out on Friday that I was nominated for being an outstanding teacher in Early Childhood education in our district. It was a nice surprise and very humbling!

I also had the opportunity to finish spending some of my budget that is left this year. I bought these fun Alphabet Sound cards. Many of my students have a limited vocabulary so as we learn the letter of the week I want to review these daily and can talk about each of them. I love that they are all real photographs. I got some more washable ink pads, some colorful bug manipulatives, and not pictured are some star builders that are being ordered and sent to the store. The bug manipulatives are intended to be used with these cute bug sorting mats from prekinders.com. You can get the mats here

Now for a freebie. I love ice cream and we will be having ice cream sundaes for our end of the year party. You can get this emergent reader here at my tpt store

  Colorful Ice Cream Emergent Reader Freebie
Happy Memorial Day!
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