Tuesday, August 9, 2011

A Busy Close to the Summer

 This is my last week of freedom summer vacation.  I know I should really be at school working on my classroom, but I have the cutest toddler that just doesn't want his momma to leave.  I went in last week and worked on my mess room.  This is what it looked like:  

You can't even see the other pile of junk from this view.
I started working on my classroom library.  I organized my books by genre at the end of the year and placed them in plastic bags.  The big problem was that I did not have enough bins.  See that pile of fantasy books on the shelf?  Double that and that's how many books I had without bins.  And Dollar Tree doesn't sell my beloved black dish pan bins anymore.  *tear*  I did find some bins at Ollies over the weekend. Smaller, not black, but I'll deal.  

On top of everything else, the laminator was out of laminating film, so I couldn't even get my bulletin boards done.  SCREAM!  Discouraged, and loving my cutie pie, I haven't been back in.  This is what I've been up to:  

Sidewalk chalk paint!  
I originally saw this on pinterest, but it was first posted on pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com.  If you haven't visited this blog yet, you really should! The author is a former art teacher, now stay-at-home-mom, and she has some really great art ideas and activities for kids!  

We also visited a local park today that has a spray ground. It's fairly new, and never crowded!  It's always a nice change from the pool.  

It hasn't been all fun and games around here, though.  During naptime today, I created my classroom jobs bulletin board.  It's posted in my Teacher's Notebook store.  Here is a preview:  

I plan to laminate each card and write the names of the job holder with dry erase marker.  There are 21 job cards, but it is designed for 30 students to have a job.  
I will be posting my job descriptions and applications as a freebie as soon as I get them finished.  

Back to reality tomorrow.  My Principal called and wants me to attend a technology meeting.  Our district is finally changing over to Progress Book this year.  This has been in the works for a long time, and I couldn't be happier.  Since I have to go in for the meeting, I'm going to work in my classroom.  I'm hoping I'll get enough done that I can enjoy the rest of the week before starting back on Monday.  

What else are you doing besides working in your classrooms?  


  1. Your little one is too cute! Enjoy this time. The school stuff always gets done, but he'll only be little once!

  2. You will get your room done! Just think in just a few weeks we will remember our freedom and wish to have it back!

  3. Adorable boy!!! And besides that, awesome art teacher weblog you shared! Have a wonderful rest of the summer. - Victoria :)

  4. What a cutie pie! Glad you took some time to play. ~Amanda The Teaching Thief