Saturday, April 13, 2013

Prep, Play, and Punch!

Welcome to my smorgasboard of RANDOM.
This week has been one of those weeks.  Unruly parent, allergies, a little pink eye, arts and crafts galore, meetings, and whole lot of fun!
Grab a cup of joe, I've got a lot to show ya! :)

Next week begins our state wide testing.  Our *fun* test is called the FCAT.  I have kids I taught in K who are now in 3rd and 4th grade and I get the pleasure of proctoring a huge group of my kiddos next week.  One of my dear teacher buddies got a little crafty this week to really pump the kids up. 
Here are the fun crafts her 3rd graders made:

F "cats"
Here they wrote all their test-taking strategies!

Their "I'm going to 'ace' this test" letters to themselves.

And the one I love most... "I'm gonna knock the FCAT out of the park"  Each baseball has a letter from parents, siblings, friends, and former teachers with words of encouragement to each student.  I just love this idea!!! So stinkin' cute!

This week was our second week spent learning about the ocean.  My group of kinders absolutely LOVED learning about the ocean this year and were all into it!  We made the usual crafts for each animal we learned about, did a lot of hands-on exploration, and learned about the layers of the ocean.  
As a culminating activity, I had the kiddos create their own aquarium.  I originally saw this adorable craft on Pinterest and I absolutely love how they turned out.  Each hand print is a different sea creature; fish, octopus, jellyfish, and one even made his hand print into a shark {but I forgot to snag that picture}.

I also turned my housekeeping area into Yummy Pizzeria.  I set up most of it this past week and still have a few fun things to add {pizza boxes, Velcro pizza parts so they can "make" the pizza according to their "orders," etc..}  The kids are BEYOND excited about getting to play in this center next week.  I love changing the center every month or so.  

You can find all the fun things needed to incorporate this center here:

I'm still working on fine-tuning my doctors office and then I will begin working on my grocery store, bakery, and vet office packets! :)  

Now I'm off to sip on this delicious drink!
To bad I will also be carrying Sinex, Clariton, nasal spray, and allergy eye drops with me! Oh the joys of being allergic to the outside world during spring time {my favorite season nonetheless}.
Happy Saturday, friends! :)


  1. I love all of those crafts for testing! Good luck to your kids! And enjoy your drink. It looks yummy!

    Don't Let the Teacher Stay Up Late

  2. I LOVE all things ocean and the cuteness of handprint art -- those turned out SO cute! Also, I'll be launching a blog giveaway soon, and would be honored if you'd be able to offer a donation - we're celebrating my upcoming birthday and gaining 200 followers! Let me know:
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  3. I love your Pizzeria play center and can't wait to see what your other ones will look like!
    Polka Dot Kinders

  4. I LOVE those handprint fish in the aquarium... and what vibrant, nice paint you have. I may need to try those with my less colorful paint options. And I spotted your Deanna Jump palm tree in the background.... I got me one of those too! :)

    Crayons and Whimsy

  5. I actually have the same Kiddos I taught in PK and Kinder this year in 3rd Grade!!! I love these kiddos what can I say?

    Great ideas for testing! Maybe we'll do some kind of STAAR thingy this week!


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