Friday, June 29, 2012


"...It's Friday night in America...Friday night in America...You can bet it's Friday night in America!..." ~ New Grass Revival

I love Fridays.  There is just something about finishing a work week...not that we are really ever done working but there is just something fun about the night.  There is nothing better in the world than heading out for a Friday fish fry in Wisconsin, having a glass of wine, and just taking a deep breath..thank you Lord for helping me through the week!  I had an idea to call my Friday blogs I Recommend Fridays.  I'm hoping to "recommend" a few things:  something I've read or seen, a thought I had, a fabulous idea or blogspot so here goes:
 RECOMMENDATION #1   Mutts by Patrick O'Donnell
I do lots of Mutts writing in my classroom.  Go to and hitch up with some freebies that Patrick has.  It's a great, clean, fun cartoon with lots of purpose and meaning.  It helps my students do some amazing creative writing.  They get so attached to the crazy "stuff" that main characters Mooch and Earl do (Mooch is the cat; Earl the dog.)  Don't miss Mutts in the comic section of your Sunday paper.

comic strip

Kindred SoulsRECOMMENDATION #2  Kindred Souls by Patricia MacLachlan 
What a tender book about a little grandpa, Billy, and his grandson Jake and the bond between them.  Death is told in a tender, child like way in this great childrens read.  It also hits upon sod houses; the wish of grandpa Billy to have a sod house again, the kind he grew up in, and Jake who hopes to make that wish come true for his grandpa.  It got me looking up sod houses and perhaps making replicas for my pioneer unit...hmmmm.....

 Ok, I'll admit that I'm behind the times but when I went on my new friend Heather's blog spot I absolutely loved many neat, fun ideas.  In fact, my first grade friend Annette and I spent some lunch time today talking about this fabo blogspot.  She has tons of followers and I'm happy to say that she's following me, too!!  Thanks Heather!  If you haven't checked it out please do!

Well, again friends, thanks for following my little blog.  Thanks to all my new friends.  I'm thinking about having an interesting 'lil old give away myself one of these days...stay tuned...Happy Friday!


  1. You are so sweet Linda! I have your ADORABLE blog on my list of blogs I am giving a shout out to!

    I seriously might just come over to stare at your blog everyday...I LOVE it! =)

    Heather's Heart

    1. You're the best. Thanks so much Heather!!

  2. Love using comics in the classroom! I've added Mutts to my list to use.
    2B Honey Bunch
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  3. You won't be disappointed. Lots of great teaching! Thanks Erika!

  4. I just gave you an award. Come check it out.

    Chickadee Jubilee

  5. I just found your blog through Hooty at Hooty's Home Room. I couldn't help but read all your posts. I like how you begin each one and the reminders to be thankful for what we have.
    I am new to blogging also. If you ever get a free moment feel free to stop by.
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