It must be summer because all day I was thinking I could write up my Five for Friday post tomorrow. But, guess what? It actually was Friday and not Thursday. One week into vacation and I've already lost track of the days. We are settling into our summer routine around here.
For the kids it includes poking at each other, using very loud voices inside and telling me how hungry they are constantly. My mom graciously watches my 3 kiddos three days a week during the school year and she always says if we didn't have to feed them it would all would be much easier...I agree!!
For me my summer routine so far consists of attempting to clean and organize all the areas I have been neglecting since September, making all the appointments I have neglected since September, tackling all those projects I thought I'd do this summer.... and the one day I plan to spend at the beach- it rains!!! And things aren't looking to great around here in the 7 day forecast. Lots of rain! I hope it isn't one of those rainy summers.
Even though it sounds mundane it actually feels good to catch up on all these little things. Clean and organized drawers and cabinets make me happy. I've got about 3 done. Only 48 left to go!!
So my 5...
1. Keep the kiddos busy! We took a trip to the library and my oldest got a library card and is keeping it in his very own wallet! He is growing up so fast. He also has two loose teeth. That news floored me more than the fact he's off to K in the fall. It a funny thing when the person you can trust most to help you during the day is only 5. Thank goodness he's the oldest because the middle one would leave me hangin' big time..I am so nervous for her teenage years! ps...The almost 2 year old will not be coming to the library with us on our next trip. She does better with wide open spaces where you can be loud. I respect that and will spare us all the pain next time.
Here they go heading in to the library...my son's shorts are too small (hehe).
2. Prepping for next year! My school gives us some money to spend on classroom items. Yippee! They provide us with crayons, glue, paper and other office type supplies. This money is more for us teachers to build our classroom offerings. Browsing through those catalogs is overwhelming! My math materials needed a little refresher. I do a Math Workshop model and needed more choices for the kids. And also more things I could rotate. Here's a few things I picked out for this year...
I have heard good stuff about these things.
I thought they would be great for our "Math with Technology" area.
Do you use Hot Dots?
I got these for my "Math Facts Area". I think they will keep the kids engaged, especially if I put them out for a few weeks. Then put them away. Then bring them back out later. You get the pattern?!
My neighbor uses Mancala with her class all the time. We borrowed the games towards the end of the year and my class loved it. I remember playing this as a kid and it's great.
It really works the logic and thinking skills!
I have a million uses for these for math and ELA. It's nice to be able to create your own dice for a variety of purposes. I use them to create dice with different numbers, to put math signs on, to put suffixes and prefixes on, to make nonsense words with...and so on and so on.
I saved some of the money to spend on some TPT goodies later this summer!!
3. I bought this book to start my summer personal professional development. I am not signed up for any classes this summer for the first time in a long time! But of course I can't get away from teachery type things. I just downloaded this book to my Kindle app.
So far I am really liking it...I've only read 3 pages though!
I'd also like to check this book out.
I feel like my reading groups are something that could use some zazoo! I also purchased this unit from the one and only Deanna Jump in the big teacher appreciation sale.
4. It can't be all work and no play though right? My favorite author just put out a new book. Have you ever read anything by Elin Hilderbrand? She is a great writer of perfect beach reads! All her books take place on Nantucket which is an island of the coast of Cape Cod (where I live). They are perfectly beachy, nautical and preppy. She also has a way of describing food that makes you want to literally take a bite out of the book.
Here's her newest book.
This book has been around awhile, but it is my absolute favorite of hers.
It may be in my top 5 books of all time.
I taught dance on Nantucket for several years. I flew back and forth every Saturday and allegedy she was at one of my recitals once! She also had a character in one of her books named Deirdre and I convinced myself it was after me. The friends she thanks in the back of the book are the parents of many kids I taught dance to. It is my small brush with fame!
5. Lastly I am hard at work these days on some phonics printables. We are moving away from Scott Foresman Reading Street. But, we still need to teach phonics. I am a gung-ho phonics person! We will continue to follow their order of introducing phonics skills and use the decodable readers, but we are adding in more quality text in our class and our groups. That said- I never really liked their workbooks. Some things were great, but most didn't work for me. Sometimes kids need some good old fashioned skill practice. Today's freebie is a taste test from my upcoming PHONICS PRINTABLES pack- which I am headed to the library to work on later because I can't get a thing done in my house!
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