Saturday, October 11, 2014

Five for Friday- Farm Style

I'm back with my usual Five for Friday on a Saturday antics. Last night, we went to our friend's  pajama birthday party. The birthday guest was turning 3! My friend made the evening so precious...complete with breakfast food, fruit loops necklaces, and cereal box favors.

This is my second post this week...and I'm pretty excited to be blogging with much more regularity than ever before. If I keep this up, I'd LOVE to spend some extra time (and a little bit of $) to redo my blog design. I just couldn't justify a nice new blog before with posts months apart. Ha! Anyone have any suggestions for blog designers that are fairly reasonable?

I've started to sit down and create some TPT products...ones that I'll actually try to sell. (Cue my husband's Hallelujah chorus!) But first...another freebie! I've been making some simple class books that we've done so far this year. They're pretty typical for all teachers...nothing new and fanciful. I have 4 so far and you can find them in my TPT store: Mrs Murrays Kinders. Creating TPT products has made me THAT much more appreciative to all of the TPT sellers I buy from! I already knew this (because I spend all my paycheck on TPT) but you guys rock!

This is one of my farm activities that I'm working on. I put the entire unit on the back burner to figure out whether or not my ideas were "good" ideas. This was a simple emergent reader working on our popcorn words I, am, the, and little. We adopted Reading Street last year so this emergent reader goes along with Unit 1's introduction of sight words.

Simple Simon. These cute chickens were fun and easy to make during a week filled with assemblies. And what great fine motor practice to have Kinders cut out their own handprints! These two clucks were probably better than some others...but overall, the hands looked good.

Glow in the dark there anything more fun than that?! Well, if you asked one of my kiddos he would say "Yes" because he'd rather use our Monster finger puppets. Sadly...I don't have a class set of those yet. These readers are from our RS series and the kiddos love to use something special to find our popcorn words and try to whisper read it to themselves. We also read in a whole group and in a small group. Anything to make reading fun!

Mrs. Wishy-Washy was a GREAT way to end our farm week. These ideas came from Mrs. Williamson's class blog: Welcome to Room 36! You can check out her blog post here. The kids loved finger painting the blue spots on Mrs. Wish-Washy's handkerchief and then stamping their WHOLE hand onto our mud poem. It was a FUN Friday! 

I hope you all had an amazing week! Check out these sunrise pictures I captured on my morning commutes this week. I'm going to be sad when I don't get to see the sunrise each day.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends!


  1. Those little Mrs. Wishy Washy faces turned out so cute! I'll have to add them along w/ the mud poem to my farm unit for next year.
    BTW...I'm your newest follower!

    Learning at the Teacher Table

  2. The sunrise photos are beautiful! I also am excited for you to get started on TPT! I got started this summer and it has been a really rewarding experience. It is hard work and sometimes I feel like I get totally stuck in a project and it just has to pause for awhile - mostly because teaching full time takes priority and you know how busy that all gets! But TPT is super fun and I also spend way too much money there hehe :)
    For my blog I went with Kassie from Designs by Kassie for the design. She does a ton of teacher blogs and she is awesome. I loved how she was always so accommodating and super fast with her responses. The cost was reasonable also, depending on what you want. I definitely recommend her if you decide to pay for a design!

  3. Hello, I wanted to let you know that I have nominated you for the Liebster award! You can see your nomination here: Christina’s Kinder Blossoms: Liebster Award
    Have a great day!