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.
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!