Five for Friday - Finally Blogging!!

I know it has been a while since I have blogged, but it just sort of feel to the bottom of the to-do list and I have been having a very hard time crossing things off that list. I always find the easiest way to get back into blogging is to join a great linky. So I am joining up for Five for Friday with Doodle Bugs Teaching.

We took a vacation to Ottawa and had a fabulous time. Stopped and visited friends and family. Took tours, walked, ate, walked, swam, ate, drank and toured!

Parliament Hill during the day!

Amazing light show on Parliament Hill at night!!

What some people think Canada is like all year : )

Schoolhouse with ipads!!

I made some colour words for my classroom. Last year I posted the colour words from Rachel Lamb that I love and hope to post later in the year but needed something a little simpler to start this year off. Click here for a copy.

I updated my Writer's Eye bulletin board pieces (based on an idea that originally comes from here!) to match my classroom colours. I also updated my editing bookmarks and made a little writing activity to go with it. You can check it out here in  my TPT store.

I made number posters for my classroom. I am really happy with how they turned out. They have the numeral, word, ten frame, tally and base ten block.  I also made a class book cover to go with them - I will be having my students create their own number posters with a partner and putting together a class book - so that they have both my versions and they examples we co-create as a class. I am not sure if they will create it on an 8.5 x 11 page or if I will give them a chart paper and just take pictures of their work and insert into the frames....still thinking. I just want to give them a lot of room and options for representing their number. You can check them out in my TPT store. has happened. I have become a nervous wreck about school. I found out that we will most likely get into our new school sometime the week before school starts (September 2nd) but not what day that week. We may have to wear steel toe shoes and hard hats. I am just not sure how it is all going to work out - all of the supplies and furniture and technology being delivered and set up and all of us moving our stuff in and setting up and planning. I go to bed late thinking about it and wake up early thinking about it. I am trying to enjoy this last bit of summer but every day it gets a little bit harder!!


  1. Next time you drive to Ottawa, stop off in Kingston - we could meet for a coffee. Wouldn't that be great? Your Writer's Eye bulletin board set looks great!!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  2. Thanks for the color pencils. Not sure how I am going to use but thinking about wreath decorations.

  3. Your trip looks fun!! And is that a picture of you??? Beautiful!!!

  4. Love the school house pictures!! So fun!

    A Tall Drink of Water

  5. LOL you mean that's not what Canada is like all year??? :-P Good luck! Everything will be good. Don't stress. :)

  6. Your school house pictures are awesome. Looks like you had a great trip! I am wishing you lots of luck with not stressing over your current school situation. I have to say that I would feel the same way. Everything will work out...enjoy your last few days!
    Mrs. Bentin's Blackboard

  7. I'm so glad you got a vacation in. I know all too well the feeling of letting the blogging go to the bottom of the list. It's virtually impossible to fit everything in at this time of year. I hope you get enough time in your room to set up. I so can't wait for pictures of everything once you have it all set up. I know you will make it adorable! XOXO
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  8. One of my favorite field trips all year is going to Old World Wisconsin so the students can see what a one room school house looks like. They can't believe it! Try to remember to take deep breaths whenever you get stressed about getting into school. is what it is and you can only do what you can do. (It sounds good in writing, anyways! :) Have a great week!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  9. I love the color words! Do you happen to have these in a black and white version?

    1. I don't have a b&w version but you could use the white pencil in this free set to create one


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