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Five for Friday: Hello April

April sure has me fooled… I can't seem to accept the fact that it's here!  I've been a bit preoccupied with preparing for parent-teacher conferences and state testing, so when Wednesday came around and my students told me that I had forgotten to change the calendar, I didn't believe them!

In an attempt to adjust to this new month, I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for a Five For Friday and reflect on this past week.  Let's get started:

Once I realized it was April, I committed to some serious spring cleaning!  I sorted and recycled my HUGE stacks of papers that have been slowly taking over my desk.  I was actually so embarrassed by my piles that I took the recycle bin down the basement myself so nobody would see it!  Does anyone else have this problem, or am I alone on this one?

I also attacked my center organization, because I was getting tired of wasting SO MUCH TIME sifting through piles of center labels.  I emptied one of my Container Store organizers of the hundreds of magnetic letters I have hoarded over the years, and got to work.

Speaking of hoarding, I also may or may not hoard laminate samples from Lowes and Home Depot.  During our renovation, I started stockpiling paint swatches, cardboard boxes and these laminate samples.  Like teachers everywhere, I make it my mission to find a creative way to use everything!

These little laminate samples fit PERFECTLY into a pocket chart, and I love using them to help organize my literacy centers.  Just a little ink and some packing tape and voila!  Instant center tags!  Now that they're organized into these little compartments, I love them even more!

I also celebrated my favorite Mama-To-Be this past weekend.  

One night out many years ago I made the great decision to introduce one of my best friends from college with one of my best friends from home.  A few years later they were married and now they are expecting their first baby!  I can't wait to meet her, but I will settle for spoiling my friend in the meantime!

This week was the first week in over a month where we didn't have to talk about State Testing!!!  It was AWESOME!!!  We actually made it through the tests without any tears, and I was so proud of my students for trying their best.  It's all we can ask of them, and they just happened to have done it with a smile on their face.  We did a lot of preparations to help them feel successful, and I don't mean drilling them with information.  We made posters to hang up around the classroom to cheer them on, we made cheerleading water bottles, and we had several discussions to help alleviate the stress of the unknown.

I also did some serious reflecting on how these tests could affect my teaching and my students learning.  I finally decided to write my students a letter which I share in a previous blog post.  Although I didn't read the letter to my students, it pushed me to make sure they understood that tests don't reflect WHO they are, nor do they determine a person's worth or intelligence.  We all have different strengths, and some can be measured by a standardized test, but most cannot.  Okay, that's enough :) I know I'm preaching to the choir, but I'm just so glad to get back to our regularly scheduled learning.

With Good Friday off, I got to do one of my favorite things… I got to drive my husband to work!  I know that sounds pretty silly, but it's truly a favorite! I am usually ready and out the door before his alarm goes off in the morning, so starting my day with him is a real perk!  We get to have breakfast together, stop for coffee, and give each other a little smile when we stop at the red lights.  Don't get me wrong… I would rather he had the day off with me, but I will take waking up with the hubby over leaving by myself in the dark ANY DAY!

I know it hasn't happened yet, but this week my bestie is coming to visit!  Two years ago she moved from Boston to Milwaukee, and I miss her terribly.  Although texts and long phone conversations are amazing, there is just something about a hug in person that just makes my heart swell.  I CAN.NOT.WAIT.  Added bonus?!?  I get to meet her absolutely gorgeous baby girl! I apologize in advance if I blow up your Instagram feed… I'm just THAT excited!

Be sure to head over to Doodle Bugs Teaching and check out all of the Five For Friday posts :)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend and thank you for stopping by!


  1. Love the way you have your centers organized! I should get a container like that to store my task card sets. :)

    Miss Woodward's Class

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Ellie! It's definitely been a work in progress, but after a few tries, things seem to be falling into place!