Five for Friday {5.31.13}

It's Friday...which means linky party time!

This week we had our Student Led Conferences (which we called a "Learning Celebration").  We could not have asked for them to go any better!  We were worried about how they would go because we had never tried them; I don't think we will ever do end of the year conferences the other way again!!!  We offered an evening session and a morning session.  Parents were able to choose which one worked best for their schedule.  We had almost 100% attendance (which is better than regular conferences)!  We made sure the students knew that they were leading the conference; there was an agenda to help them which worked great!  The kiddos were SO proud to show off their good work.  They were very thorough and made sure to go over every last detail with their family members present.  

Proud Kiddos and Families:

Some of the work they showed:

After doing these Pinterest inspired projects, we are ready for SUMMER!!!  We still have about a week to go!  

To thank our parent volunteers, we tried these simple (also Pinterest inspired) gifts!  Aren't parent helpers GREAT!?!   
Tamra's Volunteer Gifts
The cards said: 
"Thank you for your commit"mint" to our class this year!"  
and the baskets were full of different types of mints.  

Sarah's Volunteer Gift
The cards said: 
"Thanks for 'beeing' so sweet to help our class this year!
and the baskets had a jar of Savannah Bee Co. honey and chocolate from a local Raleigh chocolate factory.

Something that we haven't ever blogged about is Star of the Week.  I'm sure many of you do Star of the Week in your classrooms.  We have always enjoyed it and we think it's great for the kiddos to have a week to shine.  One of the things we have our star student do during their week is invite a guest reader. This past week one of my students had his grandma come to read and she read a book that she wrote and published!  How neat to have a real author there to read to us!  The kiddos were very excited to ask her tons of questions about being an author!

We have our Star of the Week packet for sale in our store which gives you all the things you need to do Star of the Week in your classroom if you're wanting to try it out next year!  
This packet is our donation to Hoot's and Holler's Giveaway...
head on over to their site to enter, there are some great prizes!  

Students were loving our End of the Year Fun  activities this week!  They were working so hard and loving it!  We were even able to get last minute assessments completed during this time! 

Have a GREAT weekend! 


  1. I love your posts- there's always so many bright and cute photos!

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

  2. Your parent volunteer gifts look great!!

    A Sunny Day in First Grade

  3. What a fun idea to have a Learning Celebration. I'm sure the parents LOVED it! Your parents gifts are awesome - so cute! I'm filing that away for next year for sure! Happy Friday, girls!

    Lucky to Be in First

    1. Thank you, Molly! They were easy and quick but still were a great way to say thank you. Yes, the parents really liked the learning celebration. We are happy to help with any questions you have if you want to try it out next year!

  4. We do have star of the week, but I haven't thought of inviting in guests! Fantastic idea - thanks so much!
    Whimsy Workshop

    1. It's been one of the kiddos' favorite part about being the Star Student. We have had siblings, parents, grandparents, aunts/uncles, and friends chosen to read. Always a highlight of the week!