5 for Friday: End of Year 2015

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177 days of school later and it is officially that last day of the 2014-2015 school year.
It’s been an interesting ride, for sure!
Why not celebrate the last day with a 5 for Friday linky party?!  Today I’m linking up with [DoodleBugs] to share five random things from the past week.

Today is the last day of our countdown to summer.
 We’ve been having a blast popping the balloons to reveal a surprise for each day.  Today is bubble day – shhhh, don’t tell!
You can read more about this end of year countdown [here].
As you know, I am making the move to private school this coming school year.  That means completely packing the classroom up and hauling it home for the 3rd time in 2 years.  Even though it’s a ton of work, I truly am excited about the future!
This is all that’s left for me to tote home today.  I would say then it’s summertime bliss – but I start PD for my new school on Monday!  The good news is that July will be super calm!

This year I decided on a smaller end of year gift, instead of the beach buckets that I did last year.  Part of it was because of the home reno we’re going through – trying to save some $$$.  The other part of me wanted to really focus on the message of the gift.
Today I’m giving each kiddo a copy of The Story of Ferdinand.  The message this story gives about accepting diversity and differences has always struck a chord with me.  It’s my hope that it will inspire my kiddos to be themselves, no matter what.

I attached a copy of this poem to the inside.

We wrapped up our unit on Eric Carle this week.
After reading A House for Hermit Crab, we had to make our own hermit crabs!
This craft is super simple and requires NO printing!
The kiddos traced their hands on red construction paper (this is the hermit crabs’ head/body).
Then we glued a small paper plate on (this is the hermit crabs’ shell).
We used a black crayon to add eyes, antennae, and a swirl on the shell.
Then the kiddos got to go to town with the watercolors to add details!
BTW say a little prayer that our butterflies come out of their cocoons today!!!  We reviewed butterfly life cycles with The Very Hungry Caterpillar, then got a chance to watch our own caterpillars grow – but these little ones need to hurry up so my kiddos can see them before summer break!
This week we got our new cabinets installed & painted!!!  The reno is coming along, and will hopefully be finished in about 2 weeks!  I can’t begin to tell you how excited we are to be able to cook in our own kitchen again!  Here’s a look at the before kitchen (50s style), after demo, and with cabinets installed.
Anyway, I’m off to spend my last few hours with my kiddos.  Happy Friday y’all!


  1. Hi Bryce,
    The hermit crab craft looks adorable! I am putting that into my file for next year. Love the remodel. It always seems like such an endless process, but when it is done, it's so worth it! You will be cooking in your remodeled kitchen before you know it. Good luck with packing up and the move. Have a great weekend!

  2. Have to mimick everyone else here – the hermit crab craft is fabulous!! It looks brilliant!! We are getting out caterpillar kit in the next couple of weeks, our current topic is The Very Hungry Caterpillar too!!

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