Five For Friday!

Today I'm linking up with Kacey at DoodleBugs for a little 5 for Friday...


But first, can y'all believe it's already the 16th?!  I always feel like January and February are the two months of the school year that just D-R-A-G on, but dang...this month seems to be passing me by in the fast lane!  

Anywho, let's get started.



Let's start with someone to follow.  Are you on Instagram??  If you are and by some chance you're not following Miss May at One Fab Teacher, do yourself a favor and follow.  I absolutely LOVE her posts.  They are always SO positive!  In a profession where it's easy to let the worst get the best of you, Tiffany is a  bright spot in every day.  Her positivity is contagious!  I just LOVE her!  And she's a Houston girl, so she had my heart right away ;)  
Miss May blogs at One Fab Teacher, too!  Love her blog!!!


I've been a little busy the last couple of weeks prepping and planning for a busy February full of conferences.  
I love presenting. I really do.  Let me follow that up by saying I am NOT a pro at it.  I have a LONG way to grow.  I get nervous...REALLY nervous.  I get so nervous that I talk  REALLY fast.  I have that problem normally, but put me in front of a room full of teachers and it's fast talking times ten.  I often rush through my presentations without giving enough wait time or explaining everything in perfect detail because I don't want to leave anything out.  My ADD gets the best of me for sure.  However, I'd like to think I'm getting better each and every time I present. I'm learning what does..and doesn't...work for me. I've learned to slow down and talk slowly.  I've learned that it's okay if I don't make it all the way through every.single.slide.  I've also learned that no matter what the content or the way it's presented, you can't please everyone all of the time...and that's okay, too.

When I presented in Vegas, I had only done it two other times before that...and those times were spread out 6 months apart.  It's hard to get better when the breaks are so long in between!!!  I'm loving the consistency this year. I'm loving all the teachers I've met and all the advice and feedback I've been given.  I love feedback... I really do.   I love hearing what teachers liked or could've done without. Just like when I was in the classroom.  I loved getting feedback from my administrators.  There's ALWAYS room to grow!!!!


I'm excited to spend the next few weeks with teachers in my great home state and Alabama & Kansas, too :)  




Before heading out to present, I'll be hopping on a plane and heading to Atlanta.  I'm crossing off one of my most exciting bucket list items...to spend a day at the Ron Clark Academy!!!!  AAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!


I can't wait.
This has been a dream of mine for years!!!!!  I can't wait to learn from the best of the best.  And, of course, I can't wait to become slide certified!!!  And did you know they just opened a new wing in the school?!?!  MAGICAL!!!! 

I really can't wait to meet the face behind the book, too.  Kim Bearden's book, Crash Course, is one of the most inspirational books I've ever read.  Ever.  Whether you're a teacher or not...it's a book for everyone.  And it's a game changer.  I blogged about it back in the summer and you can read more about it HERE.






If you're in the market for some quick and easy to prep...as in NO prep...math activities, I just posted a series of Flip Strips just for math.  These were by request and I'm currently finishing up Money Flip Strips, Time Flip Strips, and the rest of my ELA Flip Strips, too!  Quick and easy...and I put them on sale for 20% which makes them all less than $4!!  


Here's a sneak peek inside each....

These Numbers 1-20 Flip Strips are perfect for my K friends, but a great review for 1st, too.  Included are numbers 1-20.  Lots of cut & paste options are available which is great for honing those fine motor skills.  You can grab it for $2.60 until tomorrow!

This is the time of the year our K babies start on 3D shapes and I never have enough 2D/3D shape activities to supplement my curriculum.  These 2D/3D Shape Flip Strips are the perfect little supplement with lots of opportunities for independent practice.  They're on sale for $2.40.


These addition and subtraction flip strips would be a great for quick assessment, but you can use them lots of other ways, too.  Cut and paste options are available for all of the strips and offer lots of opportunities for reinforcement and independent practice.

You can grab them individually for $3.40 a piece (through tomorrow)...





OR...

you can buy the bundle for $5.60 (through tomorrow) and save!!


Stay tuned for more flip strips in the next week!



I know a lot of y'all are celebrating the 100th day of school in the next few weeks.  I posted all about my 100th day fun last year.  Let me tell y'all that in my 13 years of teaching, last year's 100th day of school was the best, smoothest 100th day EVER.  Yes...quite a bit of planning and prep work went into our day of fun, but it was totally worth it.  I can't stress it enough!!! 

If you want to read about what made our day so special, you can read more about it  HERE.


Tomorrow, I will be posting a packet full of 100 day FREEBIES!!!  Some of y'all asked for the downloads to the station signs, 100 day hat, folder printable, and the punch card.  I'll post them all as freebies tomorrow, so come back and get yours if you're thinking about organizing your 100 day activities this way!!

Many of our 100 day activities came from this packet...



...and you can read more about those activities and how they were incorporated into our day HERE.




Don't forget to stop by tomorrow to grab your 100 day freebies!!!

TGIF!!!!








27 comments:

  1. Visiting RCA is on my bucket list, too! Have the most wonderful time :)
    I look forward to Tiffany's posts - a huge bright spot.
    Can't wait for the freebies, thank you!!
    Jen

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    1. Thanks!!!! And you have a great weekend!! XOXO

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  2. I LOVE IG, too! I'm "litlovegal1". :) Miss May has always been on my Follow list. I agree that she's an optimist, which I adore. :) Thanks for the book recommendation and good luck on your presentations! You'll be fabulous, as usual. :)
    Literacy Loving Gals

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    1. Going to follow you NOW!!! I love having new feeds to follow!!! Have a great weekend!

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  3. You have some amazing adventures planned! Good luck with all of the presentations, I can't imagine you will be anything short of FAB-U-LOUS!!

    Mrs. Plemons' Kindergarten

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    1. That's sweet of you to say!! Have a great weekend!!

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  4. Hi Cara,

    I love those Flip Strips! Here is Australia we go back for the beginning of our new school year on Monday and I think the Number and Shape strips will be perfect for my Preppies! I've always loved the idea of an interactive page for the kidlets to make but most others I've seen have been too tricky.

    Have a wonderful weekend! :)
    Lauren
    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

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    1. Oh yay!! I hope they work for you, too!! Have a wonderful start to the new school year!!! XOXO

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  5. You were AWESOME presenting in Vegas and such a natural! We learned so much! Our vocabulary development has really been kicked up quite a bit thanks to your tips. I sure hope you are presenting in Vegas again this year!

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    1. That is really sweet of you to say, Laura Dee!!! I know I was a HOT mess!!! I'm hoping this year's presentations go much more smoothly!!!!!! Aaaaahhhh!!!! I'm so happy tohear about your vocabulary!!!! That's just awesome!!!!! Have a great weekend!! XOXO

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  6. I am so jealous that you are visiting RCA! I can't wait to hear all about it on your blog. Thanks in advance for the 100th day of school freebies! And my word, I agree -- January is flying by so quickly! Enjoy the 3 day weekend!!! :) :)
    Lauren
    DynamicDuo1and2.blogspot.com

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    1. You enjoy the extended weekend, too!!!!

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  7. I'm so excited for the 100's day freebies! I'm trying to go ALL OUT this year and the kids are sooo excited! :D

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    1. Yay!!! I hope you like them!!! And I can't wait to hear all about your 100 Day festivities!!!!

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  8. A new wing at RCA??? Are you interviewing while you visit? :-) I'll see ya at the Texas conference.
    KaSandra
    MemoriesMadeinFirst

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    1. Hahaha!!! NO!!! I'm not cut out for any of that!!! I'll leave that to the pros!! Looking forward to meeting you in San Marcos!!! XOXO

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  9. I love your flip strips! Your 100th day looks like it was so much fun!

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    1. That's sweet of you to say, Jamie! Thanks!

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  10. We are only on day 78, day 100 feels SSSSOOOO far away!

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    1. Wow!!!! When did y'all start school?! I bet you feel like the end of the year is years away!!!

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  11. I am so jealous that you are visiting RCA! Have fun my friend and be sure to share some fun things you learn.

    Renee
    Fantastic First Grade Froggies 

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  12. Cara words can't express how humbled I am by your kind words. I feel so blessed to be complimented and noticed on YOUR BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are one of the TRUE OG bloggers slash TPT'ers in this educator world of ours. One of these days I pray to be able to hear you present because you just don't know how much your ideas inspire sooooooooooo many of us educators!! How awesome that you will be going to see Ron Clark Academy!!! I bet that is one of the most Happiest, Positive, Inspiring places ever!!! Please post, post, and post some more on IG. :) :)
    Stay fabulous!!

    ((HUGS))
    Tiffany (Miss May)
    One Fab Teacher

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  13. I love Miss May's IG posts, too! And yours, Cara! I follow you both!
    @alwayskindergarten
    -Andrea

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  14. thank you! Love your blog! Yesterday as I was blog reading, I read a post on Martin Luther King activities. Included was a short video clip that had been made by a primary age student - does anyone know the of that name of that blog. I wanted to show my students today but was unable to find it again! Thank you !

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  15. What happened to One Fab Teacher? I tried going to her blog and it's gone as well as instagram acct.

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  16. Not sure why, but One Fab teachers blog is down and I can't find her on instagram either. I love her inspirational quotes and haven't seen them in a while. The Lord put her on my heart this morning. Hope she's doing ok. Have you heard from her? -Jessica
    Tales-Of-A-First-Grade-Teacher-jessica-Berggen

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