A Five for Friday (and freebie) kind of day!

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It is Friday, which means we are linking up with two of our favorites today… Teaching Blog Addict and Doodlebugs {First Grade Rocks!} for their wonderful weekly linkies!

1.  You still have a few more days to enter our “Blogiversary” Giveaway!  There are lots of fabulous prizes so make sure to check it out by clicking on one of the pictures below to enter.

2.  We are so excited because Aylin’s non fiction freebie is the “featured freebie” today on Teaching Blog Addict!  There are so many fabulous freebies on this site each Friday so it is quite an honor to be picked.  Non Fiction is tricky for our little ones but thanks to Aylin they are making great strides on truly understanding their reading of non fiction text.   Check out Aylin’s post on non fiction by clicking here!
3. We only had school on Monday and Tuesday this week.  During those two days, we were able to spend some time creating some fun “turkey” crafts that my kiddos just adored.  I am not one who often uses paint…but I gave it a try and I am glad that I did.  Look at these cute turkeys my first grade friends made!  I painted one hand on each child (each kid got to choose their “feather” colors.)  As I painted their palms and their fingers my kiddos kept saying, “that tickles!!!” which then gave them the giggles and seeing them laugh and giggle brought a big smile to my face as well!   
Hand painted and stamped down on the paper. 

After the paint dried, the kids added their own flare to each of their pictures.  We finished this project by putting a special poem on it to truly make this a keepsake for families and adding a googly eye for some extra fun!  This cute poem is floating around the web and I simply put my own touch on it by adding a border and some clip art.  To grab your free copy click here.

The finished product with a poem and the infamous googly eye!
4.  Thanksgiving was wonderful.  I am sad it is over as I love Thanksgiving and all that it stands for.  We have so much to be grateful for.  Yesterday, we went over to my in-laws house and my parents joined as well.  The hubby and I both have fairly small families so we are usually able to get everyone in one place…which is fabulous.  We ate tons of yummy food and I definitely went home stuffed (thinking I would never be able to look at food again…) but now this morning I am super happy that my Jeff’s mom sent us home with some delightful leftovers.  In fact, the hubby and I just made turkey sandwiches with stuffing for an early lunch…delicious! The leftovers certainly won’t last long in our home!
The hubby with our niece on Thanksgiving!
5.  Both Aylin and I will be participating in the TPT sale on Monday, December 2nd and Tuesday, December 3rd!  We have many things on our wish lists that we are excited to purchase and hope you are able to do some buying as well!  This sale is totally my kind of sale…I can do it in the comfort of my own home (no crowds or traffic and all while wearing sweats with my hair up and my glasses on!)   Get your wishlists ready…happy shopping! 
Thank you again to Doodlebugs {First Grade Rocks} and Teaching Blog Addict for hosting two of our favorite links…we look forward to them each and every week!

Happy Friday!

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