An emotional and busy FIVE FOR FRIDAY. - Susan Jones Teaching

An emotional and busy FIVE FOR FRIDAY.

I love this linky, but I always seems to miss the boat... 

so here I am... late... but here!

This has been my week in random pictures:

My home. My heart. My family.
I have been pretty emotional this past week with all the craziness that has gone on in Boston. My family is safe, thank God, but unfortunately, the MIT officer who was killed was a classmate of mine from college. A sweet, man who ALWAYS wanted to be a cop and brought so many laughs to others around him. While the madness is over for now, his family and friends are just starting their own journey without him. If you have an extra minute in your day please send a prayer to them back in Boston.
Rest in Peace - Sean Collier <3

Our entire school showed our support and love for Boston yesterday by wearing our running shoes:
This made my heart happy.

I got a haircut. Bangs. Ahhhh! I love them, but I haven't had them in about 5 years so it was quite a change from my usual 'do! (Don't mind the picture -"selfies")
Whatcha think?!
Most of my kids loved it... most of them...

One of my sweet girls was staring at me Monday morning.. like really staring... 
 "Em, whatcha lookin' at??"
"Your hair.... (picture Em with stink face)"
"Do you like it?? I got it cut!"
"No. I do NOT like it (still with stink face)"
"Well.... it's okay - you will get used to it!"
"I will N-E-V-E-R get used to it. You used to be pretty!"

6 year olds.... oy! It's a good thing we are learning about writing our own opinions! Now, I should teach them when to keep their opinions to themselves - ha!

Speaking of opinions, we have had these nasty lovely little critters in our classroom all week:

We did a little opinion writing about insects from my Butterfly Unit:
It was pretty split in my classroom - half of them LOVED insects and the other half HATED them. They had fun sharing their opinions and providing reasons for them though!

We also played some math and language games from my butterfly unit as well.
My kids needed maaaaajor practice with adding and subtracting 10 from 2 digit numbers in their heads. They can use a number line, their fingers, or their hundreds chart like pros... but identifying that 10s place and adding or subtracting a 10 from it mentally... was WAY hard for them. Thankfully, this game helped a bunch:

 We also needed some practice with inflected endings:
This game was helping us practice adding -ing to root words and determining when to double the middle consonant and when not to!

Last, but not least, I am so excited to have my practicum student, Ms. Paddy!
She is so much fun and my students loveeee her. She is doing a fun unit on plants and the kids are in the process of growing their own lima beans.
Check back in the next couple weeks to see more on Ms. Paddy's plant unit!

Well.... I have lots to do today... so I will leave you here!
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  1. An emotional day indeed. As a fellow Bostonian (and fellow SSC alum -- small world), I felt the tragedy that all felt this week. Sadly, I too knew Sean, and he will be deeply missed.

    Mindful Rambles

    1. Very small world! Thanks for stopping by, Rae. Many thoughts your way.


  2. I don't know how butterflies can start out so creepy, but I love that you wore your running shoes for Boston.

    I'm a new follower (found your blog through the five for friday) and thought I'd say hi. I'm brand new to this blogging world and would love if you checked out my blog too!

    Enjoy the weekend,


    1. Thanks for stopping by Margaux! I loved that our student council thought to wear the running shoes - I thought it was perfect :)

  3. Yes it was emotional, that is for sure.

    Woo look at you with bangs :) Sassy!

    Journey of a Substitute Teacher

  4. You look super cute with your bangs! Reminds me of an actress but I can't put my finger on it!

    1. Thanks, Hadar! Hopefully it's a pretty actress.... ha!

  5. So glad your family is heartbreaking!!

    Love the bangs!

  6. I love your bangs! They look cute!!! Did you shorten the length of your hair too?

    1. Why yes, I did! I chopped it!! Washing my hair is SO much faster now!

  7. I love that you all wore your running shoes. That is the sweetest thing. Your hair is sweet too!
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

    1. Thanks, Tammy! Still getting used to it ;)

  8. Love that your school wore running shoes to show your support. Lovin' your bangs too! :)

    1. :) Thanks, Gladys... now I have to work on my little one...

  9. Your hair does look cute...change is always good! Leave it to a student to tell you what they *really* think! Keeping you and your city in my prayers!

    For the Love of First Grade

    1. Thanks for the thoughts, Lindsay! And yes... that little student has NO problem telling me what she really thinks!

  10. Love the new do! Looks fabulous despite what your tasteless student says!
    Love the caterpillars too-well, Christy does-Tammy not so much. This is when we are thrilled there are 2 of us so the other can do the stuff you don't enjoy!

    ~Christy & Tammy
    Fluttering Through First Grade


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