A Little of Last Week & Looking Ahead...

Okay, tell me that we have been in school for at least four weeks since break! Last week seemed like it took for.e.ver! I honestly feel like Christmas was at least a year ago! Ha! So glad that we are back into the swing of things! Anyways, here is a quick look at a few things that we did last week. I will be back tomorrow with a little geometry this and that! We are completing that unit this week, and we have had some serious fun! 

Last week, the kiddos wrote about their resolutions for 2013. I wish I could take complete credit for the display, but this belongs to the sweet Lesson Plan Diva. You can check it out {HERE}! So, so cute! {Please ignore my hallway. Our school was painted over break, and we have not yet received the approval to put things back onto our walls! That means I had to take EVERYTHING down. Sad day!} 

I *think* it is safe to say that we have our five paragraph essays down! Now, we are just working on refining some areas and strengthening our content...something you can never practice enough! 

So this week, we will be moving on to more informational writing. My kids are all about researching, especially animals. They are going to be thrilled to learn that we will be researching one of their favorite animals...the polar bear. I had to go to school today to get some things ready to go! You can check out more resources for polar bears in my Winter Writing Bundle

Since we began the month of January upon our return {and a new year}, we revealed one more of our "inspirational thoughts". Here is this month's food for thought...

This was the perfect start to our Monday morning together! We *all* {including the teacher} needed a little motivation! I also gave them their bracelet to keep that inspiration going strong throughout the day! You can find both of these resources in my Desire to Inspire and my Desire to Celebrate packs! 

Along with our inspirational quotes, each new month also brings new jobs! So tomorrow, the students will be applying for their January jobs as part of our classroom economy. You can check that out {HERE}. I have been amazed at how much their applications have improved over the past few months. I can't wait to see why they will be the perfect employee this month! 

Well, here we go...it is Monday once again! Have a great week, sweet friends! 


  1. This is such a cute craftivity! Wow, your kids were working on five paragraph essays? That is amazing! We are also moving on to research soon and I get so excited whenever I see resources for that!
    Your displays are always so cute!
    Learning In Wonderland

  2. We are working on our snow globe final copies and craftivities from your Winter Writing Bundle today :) I will be sharing pictures on my blog and crediting you when we are done. I love your stuff! Your classroom must be so much fun!

    Ladybugs Lounge

  3. Job applications for the classroom jobs - what a great idea! And a fun read for you too. Very clever.

  4. Definitely adding your classroom economy pack to my wish list! what a great idea!

    Recess and Beyond

  5. Please share how you manage to get your second graders to write FIVE paragraph essays!!! Seriously. I have taught first grade for so long, the focus was on sentences. This is my first year teaching Second.



  6. The 2013 kids look great! I LOVE that the kids apply for their jobs! That is absolutely awesome!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  7. Thos resolutions look super cute! I love the glitter on the 2013.

    Lovely Literacy & More

  8. The pics look fantastic. How do you do them?


    Fonts 4 Teachers

  9. I love the 2013 as their eyes. Looks like those awesome New years glasses, which I'm sure was what they are.

    Darling Little Learners

  10. You're 2013 crafts came out perfect! All the glitter fell off mine : (

    Primary Punch

  11. Hi Hope,
    Your 2103 craftivity is just precious. I also love the job apps. How fun! I want to be in your room. :o)
    Traditions, Laughter and Happily Ever After

  12. Oh my, Hope. What a treasure trove your blog is! I've just discovered it and have joined in the fun.

    Please stop by my blog and see if you can respond to my Friday's post. I sure would appreciate it.


  13. I did thes 2013 creativity as well. HOW did you get so much glitter stuck to the numbers? Did you use glue sticks or Elmer's white glue? Did you have any problem with it making the heads top heavy? Mine needed a little support in the back. Also, did you have the kids cut their own hair, or did you give them options? The hair all looks great!

    Would you be willing to share the Resolutions paper that you created for the project?
    Thank you!!