Five for Friday

I love cute shirts, especially for school.  Like seriously!  LOVE fun shirts almost as much as pens and monograms.   I got a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas and I made these shirts for my nieces.  Before you ask, yes, they will have shirts for EVERY special day.  Oh, and so will my teammates.  I'm just slightly addicted.

For Fun Friday, my kiddos got to make anything they wanted with paper, scissors, glue stick, and markers.  Sometimes life can really be that simple.  It didn't cost money or time.  I just cut them loose.  I saw armor, hearts, snakes, crowns, and lots of jewelry.  One of my kiddos made me this.  Love my kiddos and their creativity!

When we get ready to write, we always brainstorm, talk about WH questions, come up with a word bank, and discuss what they need to self-check.  Last year, I started drawing pictures on my Activboard as reminders.  My kids love them!  The hand and pencil is to remind them to use neat handwriting.  The A is remember capital letters.  The dot is for punctuation marks.  The hand with the finger pointing up means remember finger spaces.  Of course, the words complete sentences is self-explanatory.  It has really helped because now when they try to turn in their writing I remind them to go back and self-check using the pictures.

A few weeks ago, I wrote about how I do my small group reading time.  I completely forgot to include a picture of my basket.  I keep the books for the group, comprehension and phonics activities, a schedule, highlighters, sharpened black pencils (The kids call them Batman pencils), and lots of different finger pointers for reading.  Love this basket because all I have to do is grab it and I'm ready to go.

I had a friend with a birthday last week and wanted to do something a little different, so I got a jar from Target and then filled it up with snacks and her favorite candy.  Then, I put her initial on it, so it can be used again for trinkets, pens, etc.  It was quick and simple, but something different and fun.

Have a great weekend!


  1. I'm loving those shirts!! I've had my Cameo for almost 2 years now and I've never made a shirt, but I've gotta change that! You've inspired me. Where do you buy your heat transfer vinyl? The jar gift is adorable, too. I've done a cookie jar with my favorite recipe inside, chocolate chips, a mixing spoon, and oven mitt. I need to do your version of the jar for my secret pal at school! Happy Friday!
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    1. I buy mine from craft vinyl and expressions vinyl.. You pay a little more than some places but it is really good quality!

  2. I love those t-shirts for your nieces!! Can I bring my machine to your house for lessons? I have a pinterest board titled, "Oh, Silhouette, how you intimidate me" just to give you an idea of where I am on the scale of making things!