Five for Friday Linky!

 Yippe!  It's FRIDAY!  Y'know what that means?

My first Five for Friday!

Let's get started.


 I have been pouring over the Olympics the past week and a half.  My COUSIN was actually in them!  He was in the competition with Sage Kotsenburg on the very first day.  While he didn't make the podium, it's still a great story to tell..  How Awesome!

This weekend I hope to embark on the arduous task of potty training my 2 year old daughter.  Wish me luck!  I've got the pull-ups, the potty, now all I need are some big girl underwear...


 In the midwest this week we had two days where the temperature was over 60!  I spent that time cleaning up the house a bit and opening the windows for the smell of that sweet sweet February air.  Mmm.  Back to 20F tonight, you say?...Better get the sweater ready.

{4} Gearing up for a long week next week -- My job pickings were so slim this week plus I had a stomach bug for the tail end of it which kept me out of a few jobs.  Here's hoping!

And finally, the husband and I got to spend some quality time together.  We've been so busy and wrapped up in our own things it's nice to settle in and have a quiet conversation together.  It's the little things, right?

Keep smiling, and have an awesome week!

Secret Sight Words, Anyone?

Sight words (and spelling words in general) have been the bane of my teaching experience with struggling readers.  We both get equally tired of task cards, writing them three times each, spelling them forwards and backwards and sideways..

Until recently when I threw caution to the wind and presented my students with...

Just add water!

Yes.  Watercolor paint.

My tools:

A box of crayons, a printable, my list of sight words, a cup of water, and their watercolor palette.

Here's how it works.  In the "Paint it" section, you (the teacher) write the sight words in white crayon.  Give the lists of (sight) words to your kiddos and have them copy them down in order on the "Write it" section.  Students will then paint over the "Paint it" section and Voila! Self-checking greatness! 

Doesn't have to be perfect by a long shot.

This is a great activity to help reinforce proper letter formation!  Plus it's something out of the ordinary for the kiddos!  You can catch this Very, Very Vocabulary freebie on my TPT store!  Have a great weekend!

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