Happy Sunday Gang!
What a weekend we've had here in our little 
neck of the world!
My oldest turned 6 and in was a FUNDAY indeed!

These birthday parties for kids are a fun, wonderful, joyous
and exhausting event. When all was said and done I was
sound asleep at 8:!5 on the couch last night!

Like most 6 year boys (or 39 year old boys in my brother's case)
Tristan loves Legos! So a Lego party we had!
Lego head cake- so simple.
Thanks Pinterest!
Adorable and delicious Lego cookies my friend made.
I love when our toy storage can be used as party decorations!
A little Lego party construction by yours truly.
Just fixing up our "Keep Calm and Carry On" poster.
Tristan's 2 favorite parts...cake and presents!

I hope you have some fun in your week that you'd 
love to share!
Be sure to check out Molly's post too!
I'm salivating for the prime rib dinner she blogged about!
It's Friday! Yahoo!
Do you think there are any teachers who don't like Fridays?
If so they are cray. 
Going to go a bit off topic here...
We were playing an -ay rhyming game today and 
one of my kiddos wrote "cray"!
And I'm back on topic!
And away we go with Five for Friday!
We have a poetry open house in about a week
so we have been head first into poetry this week.
Plus we had a snow day in the mix so we are behind a day- Eeek!
Oh yes, you heard that right- a snow day in late March!
Mother Nature is mad at us!

I have a love/hate relationship with poetry.
I love to read it and I think there are a trillion
awesome poems out there.
But getting first graders to write poetry puts my 
stomach in knots.
Here are a few activities we did this week
that kept my blood pressure in control.
We made these delightful Sun Poems.
To make this poem we brainstormed 
a list of sun words.
Then we used those words to create our poems in a 
1 word / 2 words / 3 words / 2 words / 1 word pattern. 
You can grab the freebie template for this poem here!

We also made some beautiful color poems.
Rainbows make everything just so, right?
We did some more big time
 brainstorming of color words.
The class then filled these in to their rainbow template.
We then did some rainbow water coloring circa 1985 
to made a beautiful background!
Did anyone else color endless rainbow
designs like this way back in the day?
If you like the color poem template you
can grab it here.
We will continue to forge ahead with more poetry next
week so be sure to return for part deux!
*****
Are you guys and dolls in spring cleaning mode?
Between my classroom and school everything is getting the once over!
Including my TPT shop!
This weekend my little 'ole shop 
will be on sale for 20% off.
That's right EVERYTHING is on sale!
YAHOO!
Time to stock up for the homestretch.

Maybe you need a little Common Core math assessments

Do you need a little phonics review in your life?



And the product I'm most excited to share?!?
This includes the 7 Math Workshop packets you see here,
plus April, May and June coming at you soon!
April will be in the shop on Sunday!
These are regularly priced at $5.50 for 10 Print and Go
Reusable Games and Activities for the the classroom.
If you bought all ten that would be $55.
You can grab The Bundle for just $28!
A whole year of math games and activities for $28.
Wowie Zowie!!
That $2.80 a pack...
What an easy way to justify that to your partner!
You can read more about my math workshop packs

Thanks so much for stopping in!
Be sure to return on Sunday Funday.
Prep those posts friends and link up with all things 
FUN!


Sunday Funday in the house!!

I am so excited for this Funday because I got my first Stitch Box this week!


I just learned about Stitch Box about a month ago and I knew I had to try it out. If you haven't heard about it, get cozy and prepare to be amazed! Stitch Fix is an online personal shopper just for you. You fill out an online profile of your clothing tastes, styles and price range. Then they send you a box of 5 hand picked items based on your style profile. You have a few days to try them on and get your friends and family to weigh in on the pieces. You keep what you like and return what you do not like. 
It all comes in a pretty box with fancy paper.
There is also a nice note from your stylist!
Here's a sneak peek.
Two year old is not included.

So you are thinking...What's the catch? There really isn't a catch in my opinion.
It is $20 for each fix.
Whatever you keep you can deduct the $20 styling fee off the item(s). 
If you love everything in your box you get 25% off the entire price.

Disclaimer- My husband took these pictures for me because I need remediation on selfies. We only have one full length mirror in the house and the lighting is terrible that room. To make a long story short, he said a lot of funny (read- inappropriate) things right before he snapped every picture. So I am cracking up in most of them. 
The verdict- Yes! Thank You!

The verdict- No, thank you.

The verdict- No, thank you.

The verdict- Sweatshirt- No, thank you.
Jeans- fingers crossed for a different size!

Another great thing about Stitch Fix is when I "checkout" I go online and tell them what I liked and didn't like and why. This helps them guide their future choices for me. So cool, huh?
I also created a pinboard on Pinterest called "Stitch This" to help show my stylist the things I love!
Click here to check it out!
You'll see that I have an unhealthy obsession with polka dots and stripes!

This round I only kept the scarf which was $32.
I deduct the $20 styling fee from that and now
I have a beautiful new scarf for just $12.
I'm pleased as punch!

If Stitch Fix sounds like something you'd love to do be sure to head over there                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and read up on all the great info they share. 
I'd love for you to use my referral code
It would be so appreciated! 

Stay tuned for the next Stitch Fix Edition next month!
I can't wait for the next box to arrive. 
I'm linking up with Kinder-craze's fun Stitch Fix Linky!

Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with Stitch Fix nor was I compensated for this post. All opinions are my own. The links in this post include a referral code where I will receive a discount should you sign up for the Stitch Fix service.
 Thanks in advance if you click though. 

 Link up my friends!
Be sure to check out Molly's Funday post too!
That lucky gal got to go to Disney!
Remember to leave some love for two other link-up friends.

I am sure happy this week is done!
It's pretty amazing I made it back to this blog again folks. I procrastinated my report cards a ridiculous amount this week! I'm so glad I took that minor in procrastination in college because I really put it to good use this week. Funny, but true. But, by some grace of God they are stuffed and mailed and sent home. Hooray!
Linking up for a very tardy Five for Friday!

We blasted into Monday full tilt.
First thing we had the nature center visit.
They visit our class about 5 times a year.
We have an awesome science lesson mostly on animals,
and we even get to meat some cuties (and creepies!).
Meet Erica and Mr. Toad!

Then right after the nature center we
made leprechaun traps.
I figure I had already lost them so we might as
well just go for the it!

This one was my favorite!
It has a bed with a little bear manipulative!
And the t.v. has a shamrock show on!
Adorable!

I love this whole process because it's 
one of few (if any) times during the year that 
the kids have no structure, rules or guidelines.
I just let them build, and each year they are so focused.
They could do it all day if I let them. 
Then they returned from recess, lunch and gym to this....
Those sneaky leprechauns!
The kids did such a fantastico job cleaning up that we
enjoyed some Lucky Charms and graphing.
We loved using Molly's "Kiss Me I'm Irish" pack!
It was quite a Monday!
And of course I had to go out and celebrate after school too!

Moving on the a little something I've been meaning to share
with you all for awhile.
In my classroom, like most classrooms, we do journal writing.
To save a little money to put towards other things, I make my own.
We do "Color Journals" to facilitate 
excitement and motivation towards writing.
Everyone starts with a red journal in September.
When they complete their red, they get their orange journal.
Then a yellow, green, blue, purple, black, brown, white and pink.
I love doing it with the colors because in one quick glance I
can see what color they have made it do. I know if they are at
yellow or green really fast they probably aren't doing their best work.
I also know if they are still on red after a few months of school I
need to help them step on the gas!
I have my students bring their journals to our guided reading
groups each day to share what they have written.
Doing it the small group if significantly more manageable that
in the whole group!

Ps...Did you know that in England kids sing a totally different rainbow?
My sweet Brit assistant let me know their rainbow.
Red, yellow, pink, green, purple, orange and blue...What?!?!
Funny, crazy, silly and weird!

I hold onto the journals all year once the kids are done.
Then they receive all their writing back at the end of the year.
What a great experience for them to see their growth.
Aren't these so pretty?
Rainbows make me happy.
In this product there are 4 different lined writing templates
for you to use what works for you.
Sometime I mix things up to accommodate the varied levels in my class.
One template even has editing practice.
My class needs loads of help with this!
This picture is awful and sideways!
So sorry.
Click here to check them out!

In some family news my son had his final hockey tournament this weekend. Hallelujah!
It's a big thing here on Cape Cod though. My husband played as a kid and is now in a men's league. It's a bit of hockey town around here these days.
So Tristan's team lost every.single.game this season.
Then went out in a blaze of glory by sweeping and winning the tournament!
So happy for these boys!
Yes, indeed the trophy is a lobster in a trap.
How adorable is that pig pile? I may have shed a tear.

Time to settle in for the first of endless showings of Frozen!
I (not so) secretly love it as much as the kids!
Did you see this video?
I showed it to my class this week as a little get-throught-the-day incentive. 
Hope you love it!

Here's to a smoother week next week
and spring sprunging!

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