Friday, August 9, 2013

Five For Friday!

So glad Five For Friday is back! I'm even more glad I got to meet some wonderful blogging buddies this week!
On Monday, I met Gina from Beach Sand & Lesson Plans, Michele from Coffee Cups & Lesson Plans, and Natalie from Being the Queen Bee Isn't Easy at Planet Hollywood in Orlando for lunch. It was so great to meet these wonderful and beautiful ladies and their children in real life! It's amazing how friendships form from this blogging world-I'm so thankful to all the wonderful people I've "met" who inspire me to be a better teacher. I loved how easy the conversation was between us, like we've been friends for years! I hope for a future meet up--SOON!

Michele, Gina, Natalie, and me (Joanne)
Last night I got to meet up with Jess from I Heart Recess again! We met for dinner and talked for over 4 hours! Oops! This time we met without children, so you know how teachers are when they get talking!
We exchanged goodie bags (not planned, just because!). Check out all the high heel stuff and all the bright colored supplies!
Guess what Jess made me??!! Isn't it just fabulous? She customized this hand sanitizer for me with her Cricut! I love it!
 Remember a couple of weeks ago I pinned a website with inexpensive necklaces? I placed my order and they came this week! I am super happy with this purchase! I love big necklaces on a teacher budget! Did you notice I was wearing two of the necklaces in the pictures above?
Next up is a staple tip for those teachers who are a little OCD about their bulletin boards like me! I hate those shiny staples showing on dark border or paper, so I color them before I staple! :O) 
Please excuse the junk drawer!
See? You can't even see that shiny staple!
I also made two new products!
I made a Reading Response Menu for Non-Fiction text too! It's a great resource to add to your curriculum and gives your students choice. An easy way to assess their understanding and learning. My students love using my menus and I love reading their responses and thinking!
  I have also bundled my Fiction and Non-Fiction Menus for additional savings.
 After blogging about my getting to know you beach ball, I decided to make a resource with all the different beach ball ideas I use in my classroom. Check it out here!
Let's give a few away! Pin one or both to win! After pinning, paste the URL in the comments for a chance to win! Good luck!

***There will NOT be a Spark Student Motivation tomorrow due to the big blogger back to school gift exchange. I hope to see you next week!
I hope you had a great week! Teachers start back to school next week in my district!


  1. That staple trick is making me laugh. At first I thought - I can't believe she thought of that and now I am thinking - I'm totalling doing that too. I also laughed that there is no linky tomorrow - as that is the only blog post I have managed to get organized since Tuesday :)
    Hope everything is going well in your classroom set-up - can't wait (but will have to I guess) see pictures!

  2. I am loving that staple tip! I am thinking to myself, "I wish I had thought of that!"

    Lil Bit Country In the Classroom

  3. Thanks for sharing tidbits from your week! How nice to meet up with your blogging friends. That hand sanitizer is adorable! Thanks for the great stapler tip...

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  4. I've been looking at the Non-Fiction Reading Response Menus! Now I'll have to wait (with bated breath) to see if I win them! :)


    So excited for the menus...they're on the wishlist!

    Smiles and Sunshine

  6. That staple tip goes in the 'why didn't I think of that?!' file! Love those necklaces, going to check out that site right now!!

    Love, Laughter and Learning in Prep!

  7. Love the necklaces-- I just ordered two earlier today for my "back-to-school-gift-to-myself". :)
    And seriously, that staple wishing I knew that before I put up all of my bulletin boards!


  8. What a great idea to color staples first! It's little things like this that I don't think of that are just genius! :)

    LOVE your new necklaces!

  9. Oh goodness...LOVE the jewelry website! It reminds me a lot of Very Jane, which I am already totally addicted to! Yikes! But, I am stocking up on early Christmas gifts...for me and for family! LOL! :)

  10. I am loving those necklaces. How is their quality? I am always leery of buying stuff like that. Loving the staple tip as well! :)

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  11. Genius staple idea! Love those menus too.

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  13. The staple idea makes too much sense! Can't wait to try it out! :)

    Fluent in Fourth

  14. Joanne,
    It was so wonderful meeting you! I'm still loving all the post its! You can never have too many of those goodies.
    I hope we will have a chance to meet up again soon.. so much fun!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  15. Great idea with the staples!

  16. Looks like you had a very fun week! I love your new products. Pinned them both!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  17. I wish I would have known about the staple trick a day ago. I have white letters I stapled up and the staples stand out so much:( Your staple trick is so awesome!

  18. I'm so glad you were able to complete a nonfiction reading menu! I look forward to implementing both in my classroom this year!!! :)
    The beach ball idea is so fun! I can't wait to play with my 4th-sters...they're in for a challenge.
    Here are my pins:
    Hoping I win!!!

  19. Coloring staples black....... you're a GENIUS!! How have I not thought of this?!

  20. Great staple trick

    it was nice to meet you at the Offic Depot Star Teacher breakfast :)

  21. It was great seeing you at Office Depot this morning. I hope you got one of those Meet the Millers hats!!


  22. So glad I read this before I hang my black paper tomorrow! You'll find me coloring my staples!!

    Treats 4 Teachers

  23. Color the staples BEFORE you use them BRILLIANT...why didn't I think of that...they tease me for coloring all my staples with my Sharpie too! Ha wait 'til they see me now!!!
    Thanks for putting the link to the necklaces...yours was so FABULOUS!!!
    See you soon (hopefully)
    Being the QUEEN BEE isn't Easy

  24. Love the idea of using beach bals in the classroom!

  25. OMG! I thought I was smart, now not so much! Color Staples!

    Ms. Chae Charges In


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