Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Appreciation Continues. . .

     Well, it's the end of Teacher Appreciation Week and I hope you feel as appreciated as I do.  Our PTA went overboard this year They treated us to breakfast on Monday, lunch on Tuesday, a manicurist in the Teacher's Room on Wednesday, a dessert bar on Thursday and a masseuse on Friday.  How great was that?  They also organized surprises for the kids to do each day.  One day they brought in fancy school supplies (boy did I get some cool sticky notes!), one day they brought in a handmade card, one day the brought in a little something sweet. It took a lot of time and effort to organize such a fabulous week, and it certainly made us all feel very appreciated!  I'd love to hear how you were celebrated at your school so leave a comment if you'd like to share.
     To show my appreciation to everyone who takes the time to visit my blog, I thought I would end the week with a bunch of freebies. 
     First up is a little end of the year goodie.  I usually do an end of year slideshow for the kids and their families and for the last song I use "Movin' On to First Grade" by Stuart Stotts and Tom Pease.  You can listen to a clip of it here - it's the CUTEST song!  The kids all sing along and the moms all cry. To match both the beginning of the year badges (here) and the 50th Day badges (here) that I made earlier in the year, I made similar ones for the kids to wear for the slideshow.  You can use them a lot of different ways, so grab a set to send your kiddos off in style.
   The next thing I have to share is a game I made in honor of one of the boys in my class who said he was "so over" all of the flower and butterfly themed spring math and literacy stations that have invaded our classroom.  He was totally right, so I made this baseball themed sight word game.  It's played like the old classic game, Bang!, and the kids love it!  Grab a copy below the picture for your anti-butterfly crew.
   The last freebie is something I pull out and dust off when I'm writing last minute sub plans. Yesterday I had a surprise curriculum writing work session to attend (yes, that tragically means I missed my massage...) and left this for my sub to do during Math.  It's a basic number Bingo, but the kids have to first fill in the missing numbers on their boards.  It's great for both counting and number writing practice and the kids never get tired of it. Detailed directions to leave for the sub are included.
     I hope you all had a great Teacher Appreciation Week and my wish for you is that you feel appreciated year round for all that you do.  Have a great night!


  1. How fun! Thanks for all of the freebies :)


  2. Thanks for all the freebies. You were really appreciated this past week. Our PTA did our teacher appreciation week the week before. They feed us a lot and then kids brought in flowers and then gift cards. It was really nice.
    Ms. Kerri and her Krazy Kindergarten

  3. Thanks for the freebies! It sounds like you had a great Teacher's Week!

  4. Your Teacher Appreciation Week sounds great, mine was great too. Thanks for the freebies. These will come in handy for the beginning of the school year --3 days to go! Love your blog- I am your newest follower!

  5. Thank you for sharing the great activities!

  6. Thanks so much for sharing the "Moving on to First Grade" song! I'm actually working on my end of year slideshow right now--and I am SO EXCITED about this new addition!!
    Karen :o)
    Mrs. Stamp's Kindergarten

  7. I have a boy and I am always looking for boys activities. This was the perfect post for our Summer Reading Sight Words game post @ theclassroomcreative . Enjoy your summer! Karen & Ncolette

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