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Five For Friday: A Few of my Favorite Things

I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for Five for Friday so I thought I'd share five of my favorite things.

This is my Erin Condren Planner.  It keeps me organized and helps me remember where I'm supposed to be and what I'm supposed to be doing.  I know we live in the technology age but I still like to have a paper planner rather than a phone or computer version.  

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Frixion pens.
They are a little expensive but they last a LONG time and the best part.....

They erase!  Did I mention that I love these pens?

This is a GREAT pencil sharpener.
It is a manual one so it isn't noisy and it sharpens smoothly and quickly.
With electric pencil sharpeners I always have problems with the pencils sharpening evenly all the way around.  I haven't had that problem at all with the pencil sharpener.  It's easy to install and easy to use.  
You can read more about it HERE 
The one shown is the $24.99 version.

Heidi songs!!!  Heidi has  the best songs for teaching sight words, letters and sounds and more!
I just love her songs and videos.  The tunes are so catchy and the songs are repetitive so the kids learn them quickly and sing right along.   Research has shown that kids learn better with music and movement and once I started using these my Littles learned their sight words much quicker.
You can check out her website HERE

Check out a classroom full of Bumblebees performing the Letter B song.  How cute is that?

I love all of my Blog Hoppin' friends and we have a week's worth of fun posts coming next week.  :)

What are some of your favorite things?


  1. Wow! I don't think I've seen erasable pens since I was a student - and they didn't look like that! Is that the Erin Condren Life Planner? Or a teacher Planner? I can't organize and plan on a comp or phone - I need to write it down!

    1. Michelle, That's the life planner. :)

  2. I am like you I love using a paper planner. I think it is because I love crossing items off my list. (It's like a I need to get some of those markers like yesterday! Erasable markers?? LOVE!

    Can't wait to link up with blog hoppin' next week!

    Mrs. Pauley’s Kindergarten

  3. I am a sucker for great pens!!! Love those! I'm an Instructional Tech Specialist for my district and I MuST have a paper planner! I need to see the whole month at once! Old school!
    The Techie Playground 

  4. I always enjoying reading your blog, I always find something new to add to my classroom. Thanks so much! Love the Heidi songs, just got the sight words cd!

  5. I have never heard of those pens, but they look awesome! I love Heidi's Songs too. We use the shape songs, teen number songs, and sight word songs. The kids love them.

  6. I am so so so excited for the Blog Hoppin' weeks worth of posts linky! :) I'm also going to have to check out those pens! I love my flair pens but I definitely need something that erases hah

    Tasha Emmerson
    Confessions of a Tiny Teacher

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  8. LOVE FRIXION PENS! My GLC was stunned to know I had no idea what they were.. so she made me try them. I couldn't believe they erase so clearly! I'm going to buy myself a set this weekend :D

    A Little of LiLi

  9. I have been looking for this pencil sharpener everywhere! A teacher down the hall received one as a gift so she didn't know where it came from. Thanks to you I just ordered one in blue!

    Paiges of Learning

  10. I've been contemplating the Erin Condren Life Planner for over a year. I'd love to just splurge and do it. The Frixion pens look AMAZING!! In searching, the ones you have featured look like the Frixion erasable markers but you stated they're pens. Would you mind clarifying if you have the gel pens or the markers or if you have both which you like best?

    Thank you for always inspiring me!!!


    Tammy Hood

  11. I had one of those pencil sharpeners, but recently donated it to my daughter's new first grade classroom. She's the teacher! She needed so much for her new room. So I loaded a truck and hauled stuff to her! Definitely investing in those erasable pens. I hate marking things out!
    Teachers Are Terrific!

  12. I love Frixion pens! I have the gel pens and the highlighters! Where do you buy yours? The have small sets at Staples and Target. The colored pens I bought on Amazon.



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