Friday, July 31, 2015

Five for Friday - Back from Tampa

Thank you Doodle Bugs Teaching for another week hosting this weekly linky! It is always so much fun to share the five randoms of our week! If you would like to participate, click on the image below and it will take you to the link where you can learn more about it.

I am so glad to be back home from Tampa. Like Dorothy said so accurately: "There is no place like home".
Here we go:
Thank God everything went well with my husband's back surgery. Fortunately, because it was laser surgery, we were able to leave the next day. With this type of surgery you can walk out of the recovery room, nothing like the traditional kind in which you would have to stay in the hospital for several days. Like I said everything went well, however, he is in a lot of pain, which was expected. He has to take it easy for the next few days, and soon he will start to feel better. Just being back home it's a relief. Thank you all for your prayers!

One thing about this trip, it was raining constantly, plus this part of Tampa doesn't offer much to do, but at least I got to finish my Camouflaged Letters and Numbers. I had so much fun making these, and color these samples was such a stress reliever! Click on each image to download a free sample. If you want the whole packages, they are on sale for $1 TODAY ONLY! After today they will go to their regular price.

 I found these magnifying glasses at Michaels, in their dollar bins. I feel like I hit the jackpot! I bought four sets, although each set comes with two.

These are perfect for my "I Spy" activities. Students use a magnifying glass to look for the hidden sight words, letters, or CVC words. As they find each letter, or word, they write down on their recording sheet. This type of activities are always a hit in my classroom, and I made lots of different sets. These below are just a few, but if you go to my store, look under my categories for "I SPY Activities", or you can just click on the picture below. You will find some for free as well.

I am so excited to find Susan Barton, a wonderful advocate for Dyslexia in Pinterest. This disability has been always important to me because my son and husband are both dyslexics. I couldn't describe even if I try the frustrations I have both experienced  and witnessed.
Since my son started school, I've always been on the search for resources, tips, ideas, information, or anything I could find about it. One of the best resources I found was Bright Solutions for Dyslexia. (you can sign up for free newsletters). Now, I have also found her on Pinterest, and I was amazed at all the information you can find there.
This letter below was included in a newsletter she sent a long while ago, but I have saved in my computer, and every time I read it it makes me cry as I think of my son and wonder if his new teachers will consider things like these:

I recommend you to follow her Pinterest, you will find so many helpful tips, and relevant information. Here it's, one more for you:

For number five, you probably already know, but just in case you didn't hear about it, TpT is having a "love back to School" sale:
See you there!

Thank you for reading!


  1. I'm glad your husband's surgery went well! I know how stressful that can be. My mom had open heart surgery on Tuesday. She is still in the hospital, which gives me lots of computer time to get work done while she rests! I hope he has a quick recovery!

    Carlee Van Ness
    The Kindergarten Press

    1. Hi Carlee, thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! I hope your mom gets well soon! Heart surgery....that must've been tough! Wish you the best!

  2. I'm so very glad that your husband's surgery was such a success! I hope that he is able to recover quickly without too much lingering pain!! I love your camo letters, what a super fun way to practice identifying letters and numbers! I can relate to your troubles with dyslexia, I am okay with words but I ALWAYS transpose my numbers in my brain so nothing ever makes sense when I try to handle math equations!!
    I hope you're able to have an incredible weekend and enjoy whatever summer you have left!!

    Kindergarten Dragons

  3. I am so glad the surgery went well also!

    Your camo letters are adorable! What a creative way to practice letter identification!

    Mullens Madness

    1. Thank you so much Kara! Thank you also for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  4. Hi Marta!
    Loooove your two camouflage products! They are so cute and super engaging! I bet my kids will love them! So glad your husband's surgery went great! Thanks for sharing your 5! :)
    Magically in First

    1. Thank you so much Zay! I hope your class has a good time spotting letters and numbers! Thank for stopping by and leaving a comment! :)