Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Currently July

It's time for July's Currently linky party. But first of all, how is it already July?? Summer is going by way too fast.

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Listening - My favorite part of summer is watching the Today show in the morning. During the school year, I get to school before it even starts so I enjoy watching it in the mornings when I'm not at the gym.

Loving - Okay, y'all, I found the best little planner for around $25. It's from Create 365. I saw it first at Hobby Lobby but they have them online too. 

Here's an image I found of them online. I bought the one with the rainbow cover and the words "Good things are going to happen." I felt much better about buying this because you can open it and add other things to it. Plus it's 18 months and you can add extra months as needed. I'm bad about buying expensive planners and not using them so since this was only around $25, I won't feel so guilty.

Thinking - I really need a trip to the beach after seeing all these amazing beach photos on Instagram. My new puppy and my new house are my vacation this year but it's not quite the same as relaxing on the beach.

Wanting - Puppy training is some serious business. Toby is a cutie but he is driving me crazy. 


I'm hoping I get him mostly trained before I go back to school. I'm worried about leaving him during the day. I probably need to get a dog walker but I don't want a stranger in my house. Any suggestions???

Needing - I need to start working on some school stuff. I took June off to have a mental break and mostly because I needed to study for the GRE. Man, that test was incredibly tough and studying for it was no fun at all. I have a few PD books that I want to read this summer. I'll be sharing them soon on Instagram. (My Instagram username is @swimmingintosecond if you want to follow.)

All Star - I am an All Star Zulily shopper. I am obsessed with that site. It's going to get me in trouble but I've found some great deals on things that I love.

I also love to read in the summer. My goal each year is to read 50 books but I upped it to 60 this year. I'm not sure I'm going to make it because I've not had as much time to read as I like.  Maybe I should count all those kids' books that I read???

Thanks for reading! Have a great day!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Throwback Thursday

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Today for Throwback Thursday, I put all my Reading Street resource packs on sale. They are 50% off for today only. This is the lowest price that they have ever been and probably will ever be so be sure to stock up today. Click on the image above to head over to my TPT store.



Saturday, June 6, 2015

Summer Reading Picks (2015)



I always look forward to summer because I love to read and I just don't have time during the school year. I'm really excited about some of my summer books so I thought I'd share them with you. I love when I see people post their book picks.


Any book by Mary Kay Andrews is the perfect beach read. All her books are set in the south and are so funny. This is one of my top picks for the summer!

I picked this book up from the library, mostly because of the cover. Doesn't it look like a good summer read?


I've seen "Fish in a Tree" on many book lists. I can't wait to read this one.

I love books by Diane Chamberlain. I've read most of her other books and highly recommend them to anyone.



I've seen this book everywhere. It's getting great reviews and I love suspenseful books.



I absolutely love Chevy Stevens' books. They are suspenseful and full of twists. This new book comes out in July and I can't wait to grab a copy.



First of all, I love the design of this book. The outside is so beautiful. I'm excited about starting this devotional this summer. I've heard great things about it and I can't wait to begin.




I love Jen Hatmaker! Her blog is always straight to the point and I love her HGTV show. So I thought I'd read one of her books. I actually picked up a few at our local used book store but I'm starting with this one.

For my professional reading, I'm planning on reading the books below.

   
Okay, so those are a few of my summer reads. I actually have more that I want to read if I can get to them.  I'm studying the take the GRE in two weeks so I'm mostly reading the GRE study book right now.  I don't seem to remember any math past 2nd grade so I'm in trouble. But I've got the language part down.

In other news, I got a new puppy, Toby, and he's giving me a run for my money. Oh man! Puppies are exhausting. But luckily, I can give him lots of attention over the summer. 


Hope you have a great weekend and happy reading!

I'm linking my post up with a summer reading linky party at "Adventures of Room 129."

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sunday Recap (with a freebie)

Long time, no post. I've been so busy with moving and now I have to pack up my classroom for the summer because we are getting new floors. I've been dreaming of boxes.

In my classroom, we've been up to some end of the year fun. Only 3 more weeks! My genius (now retired) teammate Joni shared a fabulous end of the year idea with me a few years ago. She had an appreciation day for all the kids in her class. Each student writes a letter to the other student and tells them why they are appreciated. It's a big hit and makes the appreciated student feel really special.


We started off our appreciation days by writing letters to our principal telling why we appreciate her. Each student reads their letters to the appreciated person. Then, I make them into a book for the student to keep. 

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We celebrated our secretaries with this poster and my students all made them a card.


Love how this turned out! I painted Dixie cups yellow and covered them in glitter. Then I used pipe cleaners and tissue paper to make the rest.

We had cowboy week last week and it was lots of fun.We read Cowboy Boyd and Mighty Calliope. This is a really cute book.

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After we read the book, we used character traits to describe Calliope. We also drew Calliope together. I love kid artwork!



We also made cowboys using a pack from First Grade Fever by Christie. These take a while but they turn out so cute!

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Some of my boys insisted on making beards and goatees. Love the personality of these!

Hope you have a good week! I'll be back to packing but I'll try to post soon. 
Don't forget that the TPT sale is this week on Tuesday and Wednesday. You can save up to 28% in my store. 

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