Sunday, April 14, 2013

Benchmarks, Carnivals, and Painting with a Twist ;)

Goodness! What a week! I am not even sure where in the world to begin, so I thought I would (late of course) join the Five for Friday linky party with Doodle Bugs! I have wanted join in forever, but I just can never seem to make it by Friday...LOL. However, since this Friday was part of the fun, I thought I would join late anyway!

Be sure to check out Doodle Bugs by clicking on her link. :) Whew...wee...lots of great blogging out there!
This is going to be another long hold on to your we go!

All our bright anchor charts are gone for testing :(
1. Let's start with the Super-Big-Get-Lots of rest-and a great breakfast-Deal....This week our third and fourth graders survived their Arkansas Benchmark exams! I sure had a hard working, sweet group of kiddos! I am nervous and excited to see the results of all our hard work!

We had to cover anything that might give our kiddos a clue...sure makes my room look sad...

2. Okay....confession time! I am failing miserably this year at our Biggest Loser Competition...I did so well last year, but I just cannot seem to wrap my mind and soul around the changes I need to make to maintain the weight loss I had last year. Now I am not saying that I am giving up! I am going to continue chugging along making small life changes as best as I can , so that I can lose what I gained having said all that....our lovely office staff and PTO do not make it easy to lose...hahaha
Snacks everywhere you turn...
to help sooth the fretful testing teacher
So one day after testing, I walked out of my class for a moment only to run into Ms. Shewmaker trying to burn off a couple of those snacks (with a smile even!).....ah...the things we do! LOL

We actually made it OUT for lunch one day this week...
talk about tempting....
walking away from these was harder than the Benchmark!
I sure do LOVE my girls!!!! So FUNNY!!!!

The hubby and I managed
a few walks through the week...
this was my favorite!
Slow & Steady...

3. Each day after testing...we tried to make it relaxing and fun for the kiddos.



4. Our kiddos worked hard all week to earn points/tickets to spend at a Benchmark Carnival...I was pleasantly surprised by how fun and successful it was! Not to mention ~ EASY! 


Mrs. Hanna joined in on all the fun!

5. The kiddos got to celebrate with a fun and sugar-filled carnival, but all the adults decided to get together Friday afternoon for fun at Painting with a Twist! It was so much fun! 

Now here is the funny part...when we walked in, who do we see...most of my class...LOL...we always seem to find each other :)

Crazy, crazy, sassy girl! Love her!


Sweet Ella was celebrating her birthday :)
After checking out their work...we headed in to do our own painting and venting and giggling and just good ol' de~stressing!
Look what Mrs. Hanna found....


I love how all of our paintings had our own personality!
We even made it to dinner at my fave...KanPai!
OK...I have a 5 1/2 LOL....When I pulled into work Saturday to get my room ready for the week...this is what greeted me! haha...

Yes! Ladies and Gentlemen...that is a CIRCUS! The circus has come to Cabot and parked right on our playground! I spent the day working to the sounds of the Big Top...elephants and all! (Even made me think of The One and Only Ivan)

Holy Cow....what a week. I have slept since then, and I am tired just from reading this LOL...

Now for some picture books!

I want to start with another sweet, lyrical picture book. The illustrations by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher are what first caught my eye in The Dancing Tiger by Malachy Doyle. However, the graceful poetry of the story is what keeps me coming back as a the little girl moves through the seasons with her secret friend, the dancing tiger. The reader in me loves the precious rhyming story, but the teacher in my loves pointing out all of the prepositional phrases...haha.

Okay, Okay...since I am into confessions today, I must tell you that this next hysterical picture book...I ALMOST missed out on! I judged it by its cover...GASP...yes, I took one look at it and thought oh another alphabet book...I will skip it for now...then my good friend, Sarah, told me how her and her class could not stop laughing as they read it. Well, I always love a good recommendation, so I picked it up. I am sooooo glad I did. She was so right! This book is too funny to miss out on. I love the the conflict between poor Zebra and Moose as Zebra desperately tries to "produce" this story. You just have to love the ending of Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham.

Katie Byrd came to help me in my room this weekend, so I asked her to pick out a couple of her favorite picture books. I was not surprised to see how much we are alike in our picks! ;)

I Love You the Purplest by Barbara M. Joosse was her first pick. She chose this one because she remembered me reading it when she and her brothers were little...ahh...sigh. So sweet! I remember it, too! It was always one of my favorites as a mother, and I love it just as much as a teacher! This has a treasure of mini-lessons within these beautiful pages. Organization and word choice jumps out the most, but I always love to see if kiddos pick up on why the title is "the purplest."

These next two she chose because fairy tales are her favorite. She could not have picked two more beautiful books!


Little Red Riding Hood retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman and Beauty and the Beast retold by Mary Pope Osborn and illustrated by Winslow Pinney Pels are both breathtaking reads. SO beautiful! I love both of these books, and you will never go wrong with a classic fairy tale!

Welp...don't know about you, but I am worn out!....Happy reading!

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