Catch up....or Ketchup? and a giveaway to boot!

Hi There!
I feel like I may be coming undone here!! It is that time of year for me. While many of you teachers out there have been on vacation for a week or two and are settling into a hopefully relaxing routine I have officially hit crunch time. And it's it funny that we so look forward to summer vacation, but we always seem to forget about the mounds of paper work and cleaning that needs to be done to reach the light at the end of the tunnel. My light is so dim right now! I have loads to accomplish in 5 days.....sigh.....

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs for a very late the the party Five for Friday.
I had a big weekend celebrating my parents 45th wedding anniversary with my family!

We have been having loads of fun in my classroom with our camping unit. 
Big thanks to The First Grade Parade and Flying High in First for all the amazing materials and activities. This has become a two week event and I think I could stretch it out to 3!
The kids had an awesome time all contributing to out camping mural. 
Great activity as we near the end of the year!
Sorry blogger does not want these pictures next to each other...ergh.

 Camping centers were a great hit. I just love this time of year when they can do so much. 
It is such a short time and then we are back to square one. You all catch my drift...

Best neighbor ever, Stacy, came up with a cute idea too to have the students make camp schedules for all the things they would do in their camp day. It was a great way to "review/ practice/ realize how much kids forgot" about time. It was great because many students based all their activties around their camp name. Then we also created brochures of our camp that were so so cute! They loved these. Every time we had a free moment they were sneaking back to them to keep working. Good stuff.
Love that he included "downtime"
This kid will be an artist someday!!

Some of my friends still need to work on spelling...

I may sign up for this camp. It's called "Crafty Cheery Camp". Love it!

Lastly we played some fun games and sang songs. One game we played was one that I've been doing with kids for a long time. It's right up there with 7-up and Hangman. It's so simple, but they love it. 
Today we did it with a camping theme.
One classmate stands in the middle and covers their eyes. The kids dash off to the corners we have labeled. The person in the middle counts to 10. Then picks one corner. All the kids standing there are then "out". I then let the person in the middle pick the next middle person. They choose from all the kids that are "out". We played this with camping words, but you can also play it with holiday words, winter words, halloween words, spring words, new vocabulary, etc, etc...
Here's one of my cuties counting. I already asked her to save these overalls for my daughters! 
They are covered in hot air balloons...adorable.

If you've made it this far you are a lucky duck!! I am having a GIVEAWAY!! I have hit some awesome milestones this week. I am over 100 followers (blush blush), over 200 instagram followers and over 200 pinterest followers. I am overwhelmed. I am offering any 3 items in my TPT store to THREE lucky winners!! Leave a comment and follow my blog to enter! Check me out on instagram and pinterest if you'd like too...You have til Wednesday to join in the fun...


  1. My kiddos LOVE Four Corners!! Heck, I do too, and I always play. I have a little celebratory dance when I make it to the next round LOL! :) Congrats all around to you!!

    Angela :)
    Hippo Hooray for Second Grade!

  2. I've always wanted to do a camping unit! You've inspired me! I'm having a giveaway also, go sign up before it's over!

    Teaching in the Tongass

  3. Congrats on all of your followers!

  4. Congratulations! I am a follower!

  5. Hi Deirde,

    We play a similar game to Four Corners but I call mine Monte Carlo (no idea why). We play music and the kids dance around, then when the music stops they dash to the closest corner. Same deal with the corner chosen being out. We usually play with the week's sight words. :)

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

  6. Congratulations! Sounds like lots of fun!

  7. I am following! Would love to win! Congrats on the followers!

  8. Congratulations, Deirdre!
    You're in the home stretch!
    You can do it!

    First Grade Follies

  9. Congrats!!

  10. Congrats on your followers!! :) Good luck with your last week!! I still have 6 days!

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  11. Hi Deidre. I can totally relate to your situation - my last day is the 26th. Also, congratulations on your successful blog, etc. Wow! susan

  12. Congrats!!!

    Crystal Shepherd
    Lamppost in a STEM classroom

  13. Congrats on 100 followers!

  14. Yay for 100 followers! I'm so doing Flying High in First's camping unit next year. I keep reading how much firsties just love it.

  15. Congrats on your big milestones this week! :) I love these themed units. This is going to be my first year teaching one self-contained grade level (second) and I'm so excited to do some units like this one! Summer is near, hang in there! :)

    1. Kaitlyn- You Won!! Please email me so we can get you some prizes!!

  16. I like your site!!! congrats! I taught first grade for 4 years. I own a daycare now, but I miss my classroom each day. It's the best grade ever.

  17. Congrats on the followers! Love all your stuff, as an official 1st grade teacher this site is very helpful... THANK YOU!

    1. *kindergarten teacher...sorry I got a little excited about the give away lol

  18. Congratulations on all your followers! Love all the camping unit fun!

    Live Love Laugh and Teach!


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