Holy Cow folks! Where is the month of July going? I know I’m not the only one rushing around trying to accomplish all those tasks I procrastinated all school year long. I am taking a little time though to link up with Forever in 5th Grade to show & tell you about a few things that have been going on around here.
I’m Raising Ballers
We’ve been busy building and creating around the house. My husband and his buddies formed and poured concrete for our three kids’ basketball court. Now all we have to do is buy an amazing goal and paint the lines and we are set for outdoor games.
In the house I have been busy creating vinyl items with my Silhouette machine. I made this jug for my son for Little League games and I made these sunglasses for my students’ end of the year gifts. Next item I’m creating is some cute teacher tees for myslelf.
Who loves to craft? I do, I do! I mean when I have time to do it. My husband built me this fabulous craft table from 2 bookshelf and I must say he knocked it out of the park. I found my inspiration from a blog post from The Story of Five that you can read all about here.
At the end of the school year I told myself I would disconnect from all things school related and really focus on relaxing. My goal was to only turn my brain on to school after our family vacation the first week of July. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed a disconnected June and my family vacation!
Now, I am in full blown school-mode since my return from vacation. I even completed my classroom decor theme for this year. I can’t wait for an “Out of this World” school year!
Show and Tell Tuesday is here again and I am linking up with Forever in 5th Grade to show you 4 pictures of things that are going on in my life and classroom and tell you about them.
Illinois Reading Conference
Recently I attended the Illinois Reading Conference with a few other educators from my district where I collaborated with other professionals and heard author’s read aloud from their own books. A colleague and I were both recognized by the Illinois Reading Council for receiving the Pamela J. Farris Rural Library Grant at a luncheon while at the conference. During the luncheon we got to hear the author Joan Bauer speak. She was such a dynamic speaker with words of inspiration and motivation for all.
Jacob Gets a Vehicle
In a few short months my oldest child will turn 16! It is truly a mixture of emotions. I’m grateful that he is a happy and healthy person, happy that he will be able to help me with my “Mom Taxi” responsibilities, full of pride that I am raising a responsible and respectful young man, and sad that he is growing up so quickly that I just want to slow down time a bit.
Dollar Tree Temptations
The Dollar Tree Store it awesome! Items for STEM activities can be found for cheap there so I snatched up these for the Help Save Fred STEM activity. I also found plastic round eye balls that I am going to write numbers on and use in my math centers to practice even/odd numbers and create addition/subtraction problems to solve. The owl is a dry board eraser that was just too cute to pass up.
We Are Family
I love to refer to our class as a family. We work together, we help each other, we build each other up, and pick each other up when we fall down. Our class proudly hangs our family thumbprint tree on our classroom door to remind us of this.
Work, work, work, work, work! That stinking song keeps playing over and over in my head as I work on preparing my room for the upcoming year. My new theme is confetti and candy and I love it! I have also been reorganizing my library, little by little, when my children are at open gym. It is not done yet, but I’ve put a large dent in it.
13th Birthday Celebration
My baby girl turned 13 (*gasp*) this month. We celebrated by going to The Melting Pot in St. Louis for some fondue fun. She had a blast and said she can’t wait to go again. Of course, her favorite was the chocolate fondue. It wasamazing! We finished off the birthday weekend with a family party with comfort food and a Dairy Queen ice cream cake.
The kids and I took a trip to the St. Louis Zoo this month. Many of the animals were out and about. The monkeys put on an entertaining little display in the primate house that we enjoyed too. We had a blast! Very rarely do we all get to be together anymore with sports schedules. It was some much need and cherished family time. I’m already planning our next day adventure.
Pokemon Go has hit our house like a storm. Since we live in a rural area my kids can’t catch these little creatures unless I drive to a neighboring town. (*sigh*) On the bright side, at least the kids don’t complain about running errands in town with me now.
It’s time for July Pinterest Pick 3 Linky with PAWSitively Teaching, The Inspired Owl, and Just Reed. I simply cannot believe it is July already. Where in the world did the month of June go? At the end of the month I like to look back and see what all I accomplished. I then set new goals for the upcoming month. I can always count on Pinterest to give me some motivational ideas.
My July Pinterest Picks
One of my goals is to pull out my Silhouette machine and make some of these adorable teacher tees. There are so many cute ones to get inspiration from! I love to wear a comfy tee, cardigan, and jeans on casual Friday… and these tees fit that description.
I am having so much fun trying out new apps this summer. If you have time check out Nutshell. It lets you snap 3 photos then add captions and graphics to your images. Then you create a mini-movie of your 3 images. Best of all…it is FREE!
I’ve been working on my classroom little by little each weekday. My two oldest children have basketball open gym each day (one in the am and one in the pm) and it is not worth my time and fuel to drive home. Therefore, I stay at school and be productive.
First, I purged my room of unused and unwanted items.
Second, I arranged my classroom for flexible seating. I had some seating options last year but have added to it for the upcoming year. I love looking at other’s adventures in flexible seating on Pinterest. I can get so many wonderful ideas.
I hope you get some motivation and inspiration from my pins and boards. Be sure and check out all the other bloggers taking part in this linky to get ideas from them too.
So far, my summer has been consumed with watching my youngest play Little League baseball and my oldest two play summer basketball. I love watching them take enjoyment in their activities.
Create! Create! Create! I have been trying to create a classroom theme for my own classroom and I am really struggling to finding something that I am absolutely in love with. I did, however, put together a travel theme for my bestie’s junior high classroom. Now to decorate her room with it!
In my own classroom I have been working on my flexible seating plan. My school PTO purchased a few items for me at the end this past school year.
a mini futon
I was super sad when they told me the futon was on back-order. I have been looking forward to it coming in this month! I am excited to incorporate it into my classroom seating options this upcoming school year. For this school year I will have
My long awaited summer break has finally started! I always begin my summer break by giving a little T.L.C. to my back patio. This is where my family and I spend most of our time in the summer. If you drop by you may catch one of us out there…reading a book, grilling, swimming, paddle-boarding or just enjoying the peaceful sounds nature and country living.
My first task I decided to tackled was adding some colorful flowers to my back patio. I saw this idea and loved how they had the Tiki torches in the giant planters.
So I set off to Lowe”s and purchased a few items, enlisted the help of my three kids, and put together my own version. I am liking it so far. Fingers crossed the citronella plant I planted in one of the planters wards off misquotes like it advertised.
Now I have this idea on the Hub’s honey-do list. My current patio swing has no cushions (hazard of owning a new puppy) and no canopy through years of weathering. Now I am on the hunt for some chic patio pillows to throw on it.
My children and I are going to try something new this summer. We are going geocaching! Ever heard of geocaching? If you are like me then it is probably new to you too. Here’s a short video about it.
How fun does that sound? We are excited to go out to explore, discover, and find! Check out my Pinterest board below for some more fun summer break activities to enjoy with your kids.
This linky is hosted by A Dab of Glue Will Do and Sara J Creations and takes place the first Wednesday of every month. I will pick a product from my store, share it in detail with you, and give you a chance to win the product for FREE. All you have to do to enter to win is enter your name in the Rafflecopter. Don’t procrastinate entering…it only lasts one day!
I am giving away a fun an engaging way to practice commas, quotation marks and apostrophes in singular and plural possessives with Macaroni Grammar.
All you need is a bottle of glue and a handful of elbow macaroni noodles and you are ready to review these early elementary level grammar skills.
Today I am linking up with Forever in 5th Grade for a fun little thing called Show and Tell Tuesday. So today I am going to show you 4 pictures of things that are going on in my life and tell you about them.
I love being a teacher but I got to wear my most favorite ‘hat’ of all at the beginning of this month…my mom hat. I was so happy to be able to attend my youngest son’s Mother’s Day Tea in 1st grade.
The event got me reminiscing about each Mother’s Day Tea I attended with my other two children as well when they were in 1st grade. Below is a collage of each of their 1st grade teas. It makes my mommy heart melt! (top left: Jacob now age 15, top right: Jolie now age 12, bottom left: Jagger, age 7.)
We hatched chickens in my 2nd grade classroom and actually got to watch our first chick emerge from its egg. It was nothing short of amazing! We got to see the entire thing unfold before our very own eyes in real time. The class recorded this time lapse video of it on the class iPad.
Since this was the first chick to hatch the class named it…Uno.
Over the weekend two more little chicks hatched! There is nothing cuter than a little fuzzy-bottomed chick.
This past weekend we spent Saturday evening riding a 4-wheeler and side-by-sides with about 25 of our friends. The weather was a surprising 42 degrees so we had to really layer on the clothing. Despite the cool weather everyone enjoyed the ride, friendship, and the mud!
I love creating and decorating. I get inspired when I see something beautiful in nature or a really amazing piece of art. Lately, I have been having a lot of fun trying to come up with my new classroom theme for next school year. I saw a cute sign at Hobby Lobby that inspired me to start working on a Nautical Classroom decor pack. I cannot wait to decorate my room with it next school year!
Welcome to Winner Wednesday! This linky is hosted by A Dab of Glue Will Do and Sara J Creations and takes place the first Wednesday of every month. I will pick a product from my store, share it in detail with you, and give you a chance to win the product for FREE. All you have to do to enter to win is enter your name in the Rafflecopter. Don’t procrastinate entering…it only lasts one day!
This month I am giving away a brand new product. Cuckoo for Time contains activities for telling time to the hour, half hour, and quarter hour.
Students can use the clocks as task cards and log the answers on the record sheet.
The cards can be used to match the digital clocks to the analog clocks like we did below. We also plan to play the game of Concentration (or Memory) with the digital and analog clocks.
Students used these task cards and read the digital time written and then drew the hands in the correct place.
Pull out all the task cards by their number in the bottom corner and match them to their log sheet and you have a mixed review activity. I had to hand write my numbers with a Sharpie because I printed and laminated my task cards then realized I needed to place numbers in the corners of each card within the product file. You live and you learn, right?
Storage was a snap. I labeled my zip top bags and found this handy snap file folder pouch at Dollar Tree to store it all in.
Enter the Raffelcopter below for your chance to win Cuckoo for Time. The winner will be announced Thursday, May 5th by email. Thanks for stopping by!
May is here! I find that May is probably one of the most exhausting months to teach in. The children sense the end of school is near and I am physically and mentally drained. “You’ve got this. Finish Strong” is going to be my mantra to get me through the rest of the month.
We make these adorable fingerprint flowers into bookmarks to give to our moms each year. I also laminate for durability and add a ribbon tassel to the top.
We are working on habitats in 2nd grade. Each students will be drawing and watercolor painting their choice of biomes. Then they are going to choose an animal from their habitat of choice and mold it into the animal shape with air dry molding clay.
This week we are finishing up our chapter on telling time. I have plans to do this with my kiddos; except I am using pretzel rods instead of Twizzlers.
Thanks for dropping by. I hope you find some fun ideas to finish out your school year. Finish strong!