Friday, October 4, 2013

1st week of October {Five for Friday}

I can't believe it is already October! This school year is just flying by! Time to link up for another Friday to show you all about my week!


We have a furry friend in our classroom! I just adopted a guinea pig from a teacher who could no longer have two. Our principal made a rule that teachers could only have one pet per classroom so this teacher had to split her guinea pigs up. I took over the little guy. My kids could not be happier! 

I  LOVE having a classroom pet. He is an inspiration for writing, keeps them quiet when he is napping, teaches them about healthy fruits and veggies, and taking responsibility. A special thanks goes out to the Critters in the Classroom blog! It helped me to get things going with our guinea pig.

My kids named him Shadow. We love our little friend!


We have been learning our doubles facts this week. My kids love this doubles video.
They also love to use these Halloween erasers as counters.


Fall is all around our classroom now. I put up fall decorations this week and the kids wrote about the season.


We had our Boosterthon Fun Run this week. This is a great fundraiser that promotes health and raising money for a good cause. The kids had so much fun running their laps! (think 5k kid style)  I think the program helps character building and is a positive way to raise money.You can read more the Fun Run here: Boosterthon Fun Run  Our school has used this fundraiser for the past three years to raise money for technology. Now every classroom has a SmartBoard! 


Not the greatest picture but this is our brag box! Let me explain...our staff morale has been low and we need a way to pump it up! Our old principal used to write us sweet, encouraging e-mails or leave notes in our mailboxes. We thought we could continue doing that with each other by writing positive things on a little note and putting in this brag box. At the end of our team meetings our team leader will read the notes. Hopefully everyone will feel more encourage, uplifted, and ready to take on anything! At least that is my thought. I'll let you know next week how it goes! We want to stay positive and continue to lift each other up through changes that are happening. I hope this helps foster our love for each other even more!

Hope you all have a beautiful and restful weekend! 


  1. Lots of fun in your classroom this week! Happy October!!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

  2. Love the brag box! We started "Morale Pals" a couple of years back where we picked names out of a hat and gave little tokens (aka. chocolate) and fun stuff to boost morale. It was so much fun when we had the "Morale Pal Reveal" and tried to guess who our partner was.
    The Rungs of Reading

    1. Thanks! Morale Pals sounds like a great idea too! We might just have to start that too!

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