Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Summer Lovin'

Hey friends! Sorry I haven't posted in well like a month.  Opps! The end of the year is always crazy, and then when you teach the grade where you sweeties leave elementary school, it seems there is an event or field trip every single day the last ten days of school.

This poem below is literally one of the few pictures I took the last few weeks of school. :) Enjoy! :) I will miss the kid that wrote this poem, SO much!

My students' last day was Wednesday but today was my first real day of summer.  I spent Thursday, and part of Friday and Monday moving classrooms, which is never fun.  Glad to get away from the playground noise and a to gain few extra feet, but I hated moving classrooms for the third time in three years. 

Admit it, you are so jealous of those chalkboards! Any great ideas to cover them up?  Paint is out of the question, so I'm thinking about black contact paper but haven't decided yet! 

Basically friends, I'm LOVING this summer.  I've been trying to balance being productive with relaxation and having fun.  I am taking a class for my masters this summer but it starts next week and only goes through the first week in July.  So even though I'll be in school, I will still have lots of summer to enjoy!

I've spent lots of time reading on my iPad mini already this summer.  We went to Pittsburgh to visit family this weekend, so I got to finish this fantastic book! Such a great summer read, click on the image or here to check it out! 

Karen White is one of my favorite authors land I read Falling Home and its sequel, After the Rain this past school year and loved them. So I can't wait to read her newest book, The Time  Between.  What is on your summer reading list? :)

I've also been watching lots of baseball. Go Reds! :)  Nothing screams summer like a Reds game to me.  Even though I love going games, I love watching them at home too.  In fact, we are heading to Great American Ballpark for my birthday this weekend! :)

McDonald's dollar drinks are back.  Which means I've consumed about four large Diet Cokes in as many days. #addicted

I've pledged to be active every day and not get Blogger Butt again this summer.  Blogger Butt is when you spend all your time behind your computer in the summer and your clothes don't fit in the fall.  So far, so good because the pups and I have gone on long walks at our local parks each day.  I don't know who enjoys it more, them or me!

My husband and I have also been busy in our yard.  Our fence is under construction and we've redone the landscape in the front of our house. After years of renting, we've fallen in love with taking care of our yard and doing little weekend projects around the house. 
I love, love, love our front porch.  If my hubs isn't working, we spend a lot of time out there at night. We light our citronella candles and chat while the sun goes down.  It's always the favorite part of my day! 

My grade level is implementing the Daily Five next year, which I am very excited about, so I haven't been all play and no work this break! I've worked on this a little bit last night and today, and I hope to have it ready tomorrow.  

It's my hope to make one for each month! I know my big kids will love them, since they always enjoyed doing making words activities as team builders this year, so it's been a lot of fun making this packet!

Well friends, I'm off to catch up on your blogs now! A few FB fans asked me to share how I organized math workshop, so look for that in the next few days! :)


  1. Changing classrooms is the worst, but I would love to have the space you have in your new room. It looks huge. Your front porch is beautiful! I truly adore the bench. You should be very proud of your work. I am looking forward to seeing your new word work activities.

    Foreman Teaches

  2. I love your front porch! So cute and relaxing. I spend most of my time outside with my kids and with the hubby when he's home. Enjoy your time!

  3. I read on a Scholastic blog....

    that using plastic tablecloths is a great, fade-free way to cover up boards! They'd look great with some of these magnetic borders:


    I use the striped magnetic border in my classroom and I love it. :) It makes our classroom so much more cheerful...!

    Can't wait to hear more about your implementation of the Daily 5, Lisa! Looking forward to seeing all your Word Work ideas. :)

  4. Cracking up at your chalkboard comment! I'd suggest black contact paper for sure! I love the look of black with bright color accents. Looks like you have a great summer planned. Hope we can catch up soon :)


  5. I had the same issue with chalkboards this year when I moved into a new room. I covered them with black contact paper, but the contact paper was leather-like. It went up super easy and looks great. Plus, since it is a little thicker, it has held up great! I put up bright polka dot border with it and I LOVE it!

  6. My husband had chalkboards in his room. He just unscrewed them and bought large pieces of the whiteboard at Home Depot (I believe they cut it for him to his measurements) and screwed those in. It wasn't very expensive or hard to do.

  7. Best idea I ever stole from a teammate was to use pegboard over the chalkboard in our portables. You can get the hooks and that makes it super easy to move and rearrange things. I had to move this year too and I took my pegboard with me. You can bet its going up in the new room somewhere!!

  8. I'm currently reading The Lake House based on your post. I LOVE it! Karen White is also one of my favorite authors. Have you read her Tradd Street series?


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