Five For Friday March 27, 2015

Happy Friday everyone.  Today I am partaking in the Five for Friday linky over at Doodle Bugs Teaching.

Well it's always hard to go back to work after 2 weeks in  warm and relaxing place.
But, there's also nothing like the fresh, clean, and wet smell of home.
(wet because it rains a lot, clean because it rains a get my drift.)

This week at work was tiring, but there's always something comforting about getting back to the daily routine

This week we celebrated our 10th anniversary.  
I can't believe it's been 10 years.  This past 10 years have gone by the fastest of any 10 years of my life.  Where did it go?

We got married in Mexico during Spring Break.  Ironically this year was the first since we got married that our anniversary did NOT fall during our break.  But we had a fancy dinner last week in California and this week we went out for dinner as a family. 

This week we came back to school to find the garbage cans removed from our classrooms.
Yes, you heard that right - no garbage in the classroom.
There is garbage out in the hall, and recycling bins, and bins for organic waste.

And near the sinks we have bins just for paper towels.

It's all part of a new initiative coming down from the city.
I have an Earth Day post coming up soon that will have more information about this.

We continue to work on my Art Journal.  One of the concepts we worked on this week was VALUE.  Below you see the plates that the children mixed their paints with.

Here are a few of the kids pages.

to get your own copy of my Elements of Art Journal

Don't you love it when the kids spontaneously start doing something collectively?
I gave the kids some time to play with the math manipulatives this week with no instructions.  They started doing some interesting things.  I took a few photos to show you their work.  These kids were really proud of what they did and I can't begin to tell you the learning outcomes that were covered.  I  mean there was patterning, force and motion, puzzle solving, problem sovling, cooperative learning, structure building, and creativity at work to name a few.

We're doing some Spring poetry this week.  I'll blog about it in more detail next week.

That's it for now.
Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. I'm inspired by your school's recycling program & can't wait to read more about it. A few years back, I had my kids rinse their plastic containers which I took home to my recycling bin. I don't even have a sink in my current classroom so it would be a challenge but I hate seeing so many recyclables get tossed in the trash can. Oh, I'm your newest follower!

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  2. What an awesome week you had!! I wish I could teach art in the classroom!!! SO fun!!

  3. Happy anniversary! I love the recycling incentive. My classroom garbage cans fill up way too quickly! I'm looking forward to your Earth Day post more about it. Enjoy your week!

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  4. Congrats on your anniversary! Love the math manipulatives!