April Currently & April Fools!

I'm so excited to be linking up with Farley for my favorite linky party!! I just LOVE Currently!! Click HERE to join in the fun!! 

But this time around, will be a DOUBLE LINKY! I'm also linking up (for the first time!) with Teaching Trio to bring you a few of my favorite parts of my classroom! Enjoy!!

1) This banner is from my first Kinder class ever. Each year, we walk as Dr. King did and with that first class, we designed this banner. My kiddos love holding it, and I love hanging it above us through the year to remind us of all that we can do together. :)

2) LOVE LOVE LOVE these Lakeshore SMARTboard games! I actually picked them up at Savers near my hometown, marked down to only $4!! The kiddos love getting to play them during indoor recess and on Friday, we use them as a reward center. They are so engaging and Common Core aligned!!

3) Our "Family" shelf is where we keep Master Splinter (our hamster), a photo of my husband and I, and a family photo of the Student of the Week (removed for this photo). It's such a home-y corner of the room and one of my favorite places to be.

Now for Currently with Farley!! :)

Listening: Arrow! The Hubster and I are obsessed with anything super hero related! We've gotten a little behind on Arrow, so we are trying to get caught up! Love Oliver Queen! 
Loving: That it's beginning to feel like spring! So, so, sooooo excited!! We've got big plans to get golfing this weekend. I. CANNOT. WAIT!!!!
Thinking: How very glad I am to have joined this crazy-awesome Teacher-Blogger-Creator community! I'm loving all of the new friends that I've made!!
Wanting: To get to bed early, but.... Ain't nobody got time for that!! Oy! April Fools knocked me on my BUTT!! "There's a spider on your head!" "There's a snake in my desk!" Ugh... all the classics. I honestly cannot wait for this long weekend (and Spring Break in 2 weeks!!)
Needing: To finish those Easter bags for our party and Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow! Can't let the kiddos down! :)
Explain the name: Shoe Laces.... Sweet Faces. Come now, don't we all deal with both daily? YUP! But I really wanted the Shoe Laces in there to help motivate me to fulfill my dream of becoming a runner. I have always, always, always wanted to RunDisney! Here's to hard work!
Speaking of April Fool's Day....

Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU to Layla at Fancy Free in 4th for the freebie this morning! You see, she created a word search without any words. GENIUS! I downloaded it for future reference and told myself that it was cruel. Well, this afternoon, after what felt like the 769th spider crawled on my head and the 485th student needed consoling (my least favorite! STOP PLAYING ON MY EMOTIONS, KIDS!), I decided that they needed a dose of their own medicine! So, I printed it. I printed it and I explained what they were to do.
I planned to let them run with it for maybe 5 minutes. 
I tried to stop the activity, but they were so into it! 
So, in reality... they tried for probably 15-ish minutes. 
I took pictures... I took video.... they kept asking why, but never caught on. 
Just look at their focus!!

Finally, I felt bad. So.....

Don't you just LOVE that moment of silent shock?! It was amazing. Best prank I've ever pulled. In my entire life. Thank you, Layla! It made my day! 
Now, my kiddos apparently took those pages home and pranked their families because I've already received a few emails and text messages from parents. 
HAHAHA! YES! Amazing!
Thanks for stopping by! :)
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  1. I just read your personal info on the side... my Hubby is a Dave too! Great name, huh!?!? :)

    and keep running... it's hard work but such an accomplished feeling to cross the finish line! you can do it! :)

    Tami :)

    1. Hahaha! Yes, well... my husband, father, and father-in-law are all Daves! Indeed, it is a great name! ;)

      And thanks for the support!! :)

  2. Our vacation is in two weeks too...and I can't wait! I hope you enjoy yours!

    :) Kaitlyn
    Smiles and Sunshine

    1. Ahhh!!!! It feels like it will never get here!! Enjoy yours, also! :)

  3. LOVE the pictures of your class!! You can do it!! Hoping you have a great spring break!!

    1. Awww, thank you! I love my littles! June is going to be rough on me! I can't believe we're finishing up our loop! :(

      Thanks for the good wishes! :)

  4. Love that you pranked your kiddos and they went home to prank their parents. Too funny! Love the story behind your blog, especially the double meaning with the shoelaces. I was putting my Easter goodies together late the night before our party too. Why does it seem to work out that way so often?? Enjoy your break when you get it in 2 weeks!

    Luv My Kinders

    1. I had so many parents needling me yesterday because of the at-home pranking! I loved it!
      And you're right! It never fails! There is ALWAYS something to be done late at night! I always think that I'm ahead on these holidays and celebrations, etc... but somehow, it never comes together until about 11:30pm the night before. Yikes! There should be PD on THAT!

      Thanks for popping on by! :)

  5. I love the family shelf! That is such a great idea and a great way to create community in the classroom.


    1. Thank you! We have so much fun with it! The kids love getting to choose a picture from home to bring in and we always add our class picture. I just love that I get to work with my little family every day! :)

  6. I love your student's focused bodies :) Enjoy the silence while it lasts, right?
    Lakeshore is one of my favorite stores and thankfully I do not have near by otherwise I would be in so much trouble!
    My Second Sense

    1. Hahaha! Yes! They were sooooooooo focused! Probably more than on a regular day! I couldn't believe how long they stuck it out! Super proud of them for not giving up!

      We have a Lakeshore about 25 minutes from us, but as I said... I found those games at a Savers (like Goodwill) for $4. A total STEAL! I love those finds! Especially, since 3 of the games were UNOPENED! Unbelievable! :)


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  8. Hi there!

    I love your blog name, I am pretty sure we tie EXACTLY the same number of shoes a day (and have to because of those sweet faces). Also, I have not been into a Savers yet for fear it may turn into a problem for me....like the Target dollar spot, where I spend way to many $ dollas $.

    Excited to be following you on your teaching journey now!

    Hip Hooray in K

    1. Awww, thank you! Yes, I'm sure you're quite right about that! Those sweet faces will getchya EVERY time!!

      I'm obsessed with Savers! My husband and I go by all the time for new books. When we first got married, we actually bought a bunch of furniture there, also! There are some seriously great deals! And they get donations from big-time stores like Target and Walmart so oftentimes, their items are BRAND-SPANKIN'-NEW!

      Thanks so much for the follow! If you're not already, pop on over to instagram and follow me @Shoelaces_Sweetfaces! I'm gearing up for a HUGE giveaway with some other outstanding Teacher Bloggers starting tomorrow night!



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