Five For Friday

Hey everyone! We are linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching again this week for a little Five for Friday. So here is a little peek at my week.

My week started off wonderful! My little boy turned one! Time sure does fly and even though I am sad that he is growing up, I am excited for him to become more mobile and independent. He isn’t a full fledged walker yet but he is soooo close!

We just had a small, family only party but it was a good one. Check out that cake! I made that all by myself thanks to Pinterest!

My nightmares started this week. After the first night, where I had a dream that I got stuck at Starbucks and I couldn’t get to school on time for Back to School night, I thought maybe this is just a fluke? Maybe they aren’t really starting???? W.R.O.N.G. I have had one every night this week! This gave me a kick in the pants to start working on stuff. I have been changing the colors of my room which is requiring me to make some new decor pieces that I have been avoiding so, that’s the first thing I started with.

This is what I have done so far. A new welcome sign for the door, pieces for a new job chart as well as a class helpers sign, new learning target posters and finally a parent flip book, another idea from Pinterest! Now I need to laminate all the pieces and copy the flip book on some bright paper. I am feeling better that I have gotten some stuff done. Maybe this will make the nightmares go away??????? Am I that lucky????

To go along with number 2, my mom and I took our annual trip to Lakeshore and Ikea this week. It amazes me that we go every year, and every year I still find so much to buy! At Lakeshore, I just stocked up on smelly stickers, my kids LOVE them, and other staples. I did find these two things:

How cute are these letters?!?!?! For the past few years I have had my kiddos make their name tags and I put a little paper on them that they use to track their behavior score each day. This year I made a new behavior clip chart to use, so I found these SUPER cute name tags! I’m pretty excited about them!

At Ikea I found these super cute frames that I am going to spray paint to match my room and put behind my desk on a bookshelf. They were $3.00! Can’t beat that!

Here are the rest of my finds. Now that I’m not in a portable, the kids shouldn’t be bringing in as much sand which is why I chose this new rug. The stools are for my computers and who can resist those frames??? The green storage tubs are my favorite. I already have a bunch in blue so I am excited that they have green now!

Right after school got out this year our district had some presenters come and present to us. I learned A LOT of cool things but my FAVORITE new piece of knowledge…! Have you checked this place out?!?!?!?!? ADDICTING! They are all used books and they are at cheap prices! A lot of the books ship for free. I have probably ordered 25 different books so far and I haven’t had a bad one yet.

These are the only two I have left at home. The rest I have already taken to school but look at how awesome they are! Anytime I can get cheap books I get pretty excited!!!

Finally, this week was the big sale!! We want to thank everyone who helped us have a great sale and for all the support. We truly hope that our resources are helpful to all those that purchased them. We are currently working on adding A and B passages to our Fall Passages bundle. So if that is one you purchased stay tuned this week for a new revised version to download. As a big thank you we uploaded 2 freebies to our Facebook. We hope that you enjoy them and can find a way to use them with your students at the beginning of the year. Click HERE or on the picture to check them out.

We hope that everyone has a great week!!


  1. Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd
    August 8, 2014 / 11:00 am

    Ahhh those stitch letters are BEYOND cute!! LOVE LOVE LOVE 🙂

    Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      August 8, 2014 / 7:22 pm

      I wish they came in more colors!!!

  2. Kidpeople Classroom
    August 8, 2014 / 12:08 pm

    I love seeing how teachers use those flip books. Great. And I just got back from IKEA, too… wot-woe!
    Thanks for sharing. Kathleen
    Kidpeople Classroom

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      August 8, 2014 / 7:23 pm

      I LOVE the flip books! I wish they were easier to make. That one took forever!!

  3. Middle of Lit
    August 8, 2014 / 12:24 pm

    I am moving within 20 minutes of an IKEA very soon – I can't wait to go there! Those frames are adorable 🙂

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      August 8, 2014 / 7:24 pm

      Be prepared to spend a lot of money! I swear they target teachers! Too many great deals!!!

  4. JanCT
    August 8, 2014 / 1:38 pm

    Wow. You found some great stuff! You've been super busy, and your new decor looks great. I hope your nightmares cease! I usually have at least one before school starts. Last year I dreamed that I was standing in front of my class, which was huge! Several of the students in front of me were challenging students from previous years. And… in the dream I had NOTHING AT ALL planned! I was just standing there with no idea what to teach. Yikes.
    Laughter and Consistency

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      August 8, 2014 / 7:25 pm

      I have had that same dream!!!! Most of my dreams are about not being ready or being disorganized! I hope you don't get any bad dreams this year!

  5. karen @ Smarticle Particles
    August 9, 2014 / 5:29 am

    I certainly understand about those back to school nightmares. Mine have started as well. I'm your newest follower!
    Smarticle Particles

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      August 10, 2014 / 8:45 pm

      I think that it's crazy how almost every teacher gets the nightmares!! Thanks for following us:)

  6. I Love Common Core
    August 9, 2014 / 6:27 am

    OMG, I had those letters in my cart at Lakeshore today and I didn't get them…now that I see them again I wish I did!!! That dump truck cake is to die for, lucky little 1 year old!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      August 10, 2014 / 8:46 pm

      How could you resist???? Too cute!! I wish I could take all the credit for the cake but it was straight pinterest!!

  7. Mary Dressel
    August 9, 2014 / 1:55 pm

    Thanks for passing along the info about AbeBooks! I need to order a bunch of Chris Van Allsburg unit so the two at our level who teach ELA have 2 copies of each of his books. This will save A LOT of money!

    4th Works

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      August 10, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      My advice is to also check Amazon because sometimes the prices are cheaper, especially for newer books. Once you start shopping there it will be hard to stop:)

  8. Carol Davis
    August 9, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    I have a friend that tried to make a flip book like yours and changed it to a tri-fold eventually! Yours looks great! I LOVE your blue-green combinations!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      August 10, 2014 / 8:48 pm

      The flip book is A LOT of work I am working on a way to add spanish to the underside so I can save copies. I don't blame your friend for changing it!! Thanks!!

  9. Firstie Favorites
    August 10, 2014 / 1:07 am

    Your little one is adorable! Love the cake, too!

    Firstie Favorites

    • 2 Literacy Teachers
      August 10, 2014 / 8:47 pm

      Thank you:)

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