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.
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!
Five for Friday is a weekly teacher linky party over at Doodle Bugs Teaching where you post five random things from today or this past week and on your blog.
This week brought us a nice long spring break for the three kiddos and I. We spent Easter weekend with our families hunting eggs and eating delicious food. Who doesn’t like an egg hunt? As you can see, my youngest had fun. The oldest two REALLY enjoyed finding eggs with $$$ in them (Ha, teens!).
We spent some time visiting Abraham Lincoln’s home, museum, and tomb in Springfield, Illinois. It was a fun day hanging out with friends and my children while learning a little history.
I celebrated my 41st birthday this past week and got this adorable lawn ornament from my mom as a gift. I LOVE turtles. Think about it…you can’t get anywhere in life without sticking your neck out!
Each year that I get the chance to celebrate another year of life I feel blessed. Blessed with good health, a wonderful and healthy family, and a job that I love. I want to celebrate my year of life by offering others something…a free item of choice from my TPT store. All you have to do is enter the Rafflecoptor below. That is all! I’ll announce the winner on Monday, April 4th by email.
I got a chance to finish up aligning activities to go along with the story Missing: One Stuffed Rabbit by Maryann Cocca-Leffler. This story was originally in my old, old reading series years ago. In the story the class has a stuffed rabbit that gets to go home with a student each weekend. The student then writes in the rabbit’s journal about all the weekend’s events. When I started this activity, 14 years ago, I couldn’t find a stuffed rabbit locally so I bought a stuffed German Shepard. The class named it Skip and he travels with his journal. The students love it! The best part…showing the graduating 8th grade students their journal entries at this time of year as they are reminiscing about their elementary school years. Priceless I tell ya!