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

1. We finally got the pool set up and the weather has been great to play outside in it!

2. The Fizzing Ice Cube Chalk was fun! See how to make it here.

3. Yesterday I went and bought Matt his father's day gift at the Lego store and I think Ethan was more excited about it than anybody because when Matt got home I hear Ethan say "Ghostbusters car, come help me." and I didn't realize he knew where I hid the Lego Ghostbusters car. So last night Ethan and Matt built the car together with Ethan singing, "who you gonna call?! Ghostbusters!". A little early, but they had fun!

4. I had the opportunity to make two new fonts this past week. You can click on the link to get them. 

Also,don't forget to check out The Teaching Tribune for some more fun fonts!

5. And a freebie for you all. Who Loves to Read? Emergent Reader.

You can get it at  tpt or tn


I hope you have a fun weekend! 

I am linking up with Speech Time Fun to share how I use clothespins!

I use clothespins for a lot of games and activities. I have included some freebies that you can use clothespins for.

1. Here are some pumpkin clothespin counting cards. Dots and the number to clip are on the cards so the kids can count out that many.

2. This is a great fine motor activity. It is just a Kleenex box with a tin inside. The kids clip the clothespins around the Kleenex box and then when done put them in the container.

3. Frog Counting Cards.

4. Same vs. Different Clip Cards.

 I got these particular apple cards from Karen at Prekinders. 

4. Bat Counting and Spider Counting. 

My kids love this game!

6. I have used clothespins for my clip chart to move the students up and down. This past year I added washi tape to the clips so they could be reused. Next year I am not planning on using my clip chart though...I plan on doing something completely different. I will keep you posted on that.

7. Yes/ No clip cards.

What do you use clothespins for?! Link up with Speech Time Fun and share how you use clothespins!

I am linking up with 4th Grade Frolics for Monday Made It. I am looking forward to this as I plan on doing lots of little crafts and such with Ethan this summer.

You can link up here and share what things you have made here.

Ethan and I made some erupting ice chalk. It was super easy and worked really well!

Here is the link to the recipe from Allison at Learn, Play, Imagine. 

If I was teaching summer school this year I definitely think I would be doing it with my kiddos!

All you need is cornstarch, baking soda, and water. A 1/3 c. of each. Mix together and add some food coloring for color.

Place in the freezer. 

Ice Chalk!

I didn't have a squirt bottle so Ethan used squirt guns. Just add some vinegar to the squirt bottles and spray the ice chalk. It fizzes.
The color was a little light on our cement, but I think if we had newer cement the pictures would have shown up better. 

See the fizz in the purple? It just fizzes when you add the vinegar. 

Ethan had a blast and it was super easy to make! I definitely recommend it. :)

I am also linking up with Covered in Glitter & Glue for...

1. Madi has started to smile. I just need to capture it on camera now!

2.These Chicken Ranch Tacos. I made them last night for dinner and they were easy and tasted great!

3. Caramel Frappuchinos from Starbucks. I had kicked the Starbucks for a long time, but since being more sleep deprived I have been back on a Starbucks kick. 

What are you loving this week?! Link up at Covered in Glitter and Glue.

One of the books I loved to read to my little ones in Kindergarten was  Ish by Peter Reynolds. It's a story of a little boy who loves to draw, but when his older brother makes fun of him he no longer likes to draw because he is looking for perfection. However, his younger sister loves the drawing because they are "flower-ish". I always used this at the beginning of the year for writer's workshop because it teaches the kids that the pictures don't have to be perfect as long as you try your best.

I plan on starting writing journals with my little ones next year and I plan to have a short little lesson about trying our best in drawing. I most likely will use this book again for that same purpose.

What books do you love? Make sure to link up your favorite books at Mrs. Jump's Class!

Happy Reading!

I thought I'd share a little bit about our special helper because the kids love it and it is something we do everyday.
I have seen many teachers have jobs for each student that get rotated daily or weekly. I did something similar when I taught Kindergarten, but when I tried with my little ones I found it to be a bit more challenging. So special helper gets to do kind of everything. I can help the student individually with each of the tasks and it is extra special for them. What jobs are the special helper responsible for?! A lot!
Here is what my special helper of the day is in charge of:

pointing to morning message (reading it if they can)
pointing to the pictures for the letter of the day
pointing and leading the class in the days of the week and months of the year song, counting, abc's
identifying and changing the weather and calendar

They get to choose some of the movement songs we do and some of the circle time activities we do.

They get to be first in line. They get to go first for snack and any activities we do that day. If we have the OT, SLP, or PT come in and do activities with the class they get to be first for that.

Something I want to begin including in my circle time is putting the picture of the special helper up on this sheet and having the student write their name. Being up on the board it will be something extra special and practice writing their name vertically is great fine motor practice (our OT will love it!). You can get a copy of that here. 

The scrappy kids are from Graphics from the Pond.

Last, but not least, I have popsicle sticks with each of the students names on it and that is how I choose who gets to be special helper. It is totally random. It is also a privilege. If the child chooses not to listen and follow directions it can be taken away and I get to be special helper for the remainder of the day. It can always be earned back though if they change their behavior around! This very rarely happens though because the kids love being special helper!

Do you have a special helper? If so, what is their job(s)?

Listening- to all the summertime sounds! Love this weather!
Loving- that it is sunny and 80!
Thinking- since having Madi the house looks like a tornado came through and just threw every toy, item of clothing, and well...just everything up in the air! I am pretty OCD about keeping a nice house so this is kind of killing me right now, but I am either too tired or my kiddos need me so the house is left as a huge mess. 

Wanting- since having Madi I feel like I am not giving as much attention to my Ethan and I know he feels the same way. As soon as I start to play with him Madi needs me for something and then we will start something and again she will need me. I am very fortunate Ethan has rolled with these changes really well and loves his little sister, but I just need to figure out how to balance everything. I also have spent zero one on one time with my husband, which is also needed. The last time it was just the two of us was at the hospital waiting for me to be induced. So I just need to figure out some balance at home. Thank goodness I don't have to return to work so I can regain some control and feel together again!

Needing- a cleaning fairy...even if they could just finish folding the laundry basket of half folded clothes that would be great!

Bucket List- have fun and relax, we need to go away as a family even if it is just for the weekend. I just need to get away from the house. I have a lot of things I plan on changing for next year so I am hoping I can get all of them done before August rolls around. 

Make sure to link up with Farley for June Currently and check out what others are up to! 

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