Five For Friday, April 17, 2015

Happy Friday everyone. So I got organized this week - yay! and I'm joining in with everyone over at  Doodle Bugs Teaching. for the Five for Friday linky.

Today is my son's 9th Birthday.  He is totally excited.  Tonight we are taking his friends out to the movies to see the movie HOME.  Today he woke up to his birthday gift from us of a series of Percy Jackson books.  He is an avid reader and just loves Percy Jackson books.  Thankfully my husband is just as interested in fantasy novels and he found these books for my son.

I think though, what he's really happy about is that he no longer requires a booster seat in the car.  Last night when we got out of my car, he grabbed his booster seat and said, "looks like we won't be needing this any more."   And took the seat with him.  

And that shirt he's wearing has the number 9 on it.  We found it last week.  He's been waiting all week to wear it to school today.

Back to my school life now.
This week we are continuing to work on addition with regrouping.  I like to use dimes and pennies.  This makes it highly motivating for the kids.  I use real money mostly too.  It's work loosing a few cents to eager hands if it motivates them to learn.

On Wednesday my school had a great fundraiser called BREAK THE RULES day.
Here's how it worked.  
The student council - with guidance from the teachers - came up with a list of 11 rules they could buy.  Any rule they paid $1 for, meant that they could break that rule.  There was a bonus price of $10 for all 11 rules.  The rules were ones like chewing gum in class, or eating in class, using a device and bringing toys.  Nothing that would affect safety like running inside.

The photo below is one of a stuffie that one my girls brought to school.  

I can't wait to try this again next year.  We raised a lot of money and the kids totally enjoyed themselves.  They were very excited leading up to the day, and quite honestly, the teachers found it to be the easiest day for us.  The kids were respectful.  We started a gum wall in front of the office, and the kids totally enjoyed going to stick their used gum on the board when they were done, and letting the kids use devices in centres time meant that it was the quietest period of the day.  (Kind of sad if you really think about it, but a nice break for one day)

We are learning about water, air, and soil.
  to check out my WATER unit.

The soil unit will be up and posted this weekend.

And AIR will be available after that.

This week we had a visit from The City Gardener who helped the kids plant vegetables for our school garden.  The kids will be growing seedlings under a special growing light for 6 weeks and then we will plant them outside in the school garden.  Here's a look at the kids' pots under the light.

This is a photo of my sample.  We are making these soil composition displays today in my classroom.  The kids will be adding their own pictures to show what exactly soil is made up of.   Detailed instructions are included in my SOIL unit which I plan to get up in my store this weekend. 

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


  1. Hi, Sandra!
    I love the Break the Rules day idea! It makes me wonder which rules my kids would want to break.
    Enjoy the movie and happy birthday to your boy :)

    Made with Love

  2. I think the Break the Rules Day is genius! I will bring that idea up to our PTA.


  3. I will also be bringing the Break the Rules Day idea up! I think it's fantastic.

    Special Little Learners