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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Great Day, Performed a Play, and a Linky Par-tay!

I have to tell you, this was probably one of the best days my class and I have had all year.  Today, we performed our class play which was a spin off of P.D. Eastman's Are You My Mother.  When others heard that I was creating a play around the book, they kept telling me how much they loved the book.  I kept telling them that they weren't going to recognize it because it was so distorted.  I mean, I have 21 kids that have to be in this play.  I don't care leave any out!

I won't go into a summary of the book, because you can probably find it in any school library.  But, I will tell you a nasty little secret about our version of the play.  You see....well....the baby bird was the product of an illicit affair between a flamingo and some other unnamed bird which resulted in a parrot with a yellow body.  Actually, those were the only 2 bird masks I had in my stash of 'stuff'.  But, it made for a good story when I had the attention of a bunch of my co-workers!!

We had the typical kitten, a dog, and a cow....but we also had a moose, 2 ferocious grizzly bears, a bunny rabbit, a frog, a raccoon, a pig, 3 chickens, a duck, and a sundry of other animals.  I had a great time ad-libbing in all of the animals as I narrated.

I also want to share about some of my new friends.  I am so thankful for them.  Many of them are contributors to the Best Practices 4 Teaching Freebies Pages and each of them already, or are beginning to, play an important part in my life.  There is Brian who is always so positive.  Also, Yvonne (who lives way across the world!) and Michelle are very dear to me because they help keep the Freebie Pages going and love it as much as I do.  Because of their dedication, we haven't run out of freebies yet!  And then there is my friend Leanne who is forever cracking me up with her incite and stories.  In the blogging world, it pays to have friends far and wide as those of us that create activities and centers always need proofreaders, advice, and support.  I didn't realize how valuable bloggers are to each other until a few months ago when I was disconnected from several of my blogger friends.  So, to Brian, Yvonne, Michelle, and Leanne, thank you so much for being my friends!

Speaking of Michelle, she is a having a linky party over at Teach123 and has asked me to join up.  I'm not one to let a linky party pass by, so of course I joined up to provide some teaching advice.  Those of you who know me, know I am full of advice (opinions!!) so I felt like I was obligated to help out!  So, be sure that you go and visit her linky party!!!

Here is the advice I am giving to the new teachers out there:


  1. Jennifer, that is sooo sweet of you! It is nice to have blog buddies, isn't it? I'm glad you had a good day at school, too. Those are the days that make all the extra time and dedication worth it!


  2. Thank you so much for the kind words, Jennifer! I try to be positive and I hope it rubs off on others! Glad the play went well and love your awesome tips! They are all so true!

  3. I love your tips especially the parts about plastic drawer shelf units. I should have bought stock in Rubbermaid years ago!!!!

    Thanks for joining my Teaching Tips Linky Party. I made a Pinterest Board called Teaching Tips and added your tips. You can check it out here:



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