Sunday, June 30, 2013

July Currently!

Are you tired of me linking up and ready for some original content?  Sorry, not today.  Because today, I am linking up to Farley's Currently party!  It's not even July, but she's ahead of the ballgame!  These are always so much fun and I didn't want to miss out. So without further ado....

My son, who is almost four, has been into superheroes since he was two.  We kinda joke that he's Sheldon.  Right now, he's watching a classic (codeword: old) episode of the Superfriends.  Remember the Wonder Twins?  Yep, they're in this one, activating their powers and all.  

I think I mentioned Friday that we saw Monsters University.  I'm a huge Disney and Pixar fan as it is, but this one was just one of the best!  I loved it so much!  How can you resist that cute little Mike Wazowski?  The movie actually inspired me to go with a monster-themed classroom this year.  I downloaded some super-cute monster graphics from Scrappin Doodles today, so be on the lookout!  BTW, Scrappin Doodles has a free item-Chevron Paper when you spend $5.  They also have the discount code June2013 for $1 off.  

Laundry.  Hate it.  I truly don't think anyone can hate laundry as much as I do.  You may think you do, but you don't.  Trust me.  My husband learned early on that I don't keep up with the laundry.  He does his own and I do my own, and we share the kid's.  Whatever works right?  I think I have three baskets of clean laundry taking up space in my bedroom.  I wonder, if I had a smaller bedroom would I put it away sooner?  Probably not.  

I'm wanting dinner to be ready because my hubby is smoking chicken and I have been smelling that delicious mesquite smell all afternoon and my tummy is a-grumblin!  

Tips, tricks, hints-Farley wants us to offer our blogging advice.  Ha!  She doesn't know I just took a year off and really shouldn't be offering advice.  So, I'm offering blogging/writing advice.  It's the advice I give my students--good writers write about what they know.  Obviously, I'm a teacher, so I write a teacher blog.  But, will there soon come a time when I'll write a post about my son?  Probably.  Will you see some Disney posts from me?  Yep.  Will I write about Big Brother and The Real Housewives and those other trashy reality TV shows that I call my guilty pleasure and my hubby says I'm too intelligent to be watching?  You betcha.  If people don't like it, they don't have to read it.  But, I'm going to be true to myself and write about what I know.  

Alright, that's all for July's Currently.  Go link up with Farley and check out all the other awesome blogs!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Picture Books for Back-to-School

I'm joining yet another linky today with First Grade and Fabulous!

I L-O-V-E picture books!  Who am I kidding?  I love all books.  Mostly kid-lit and YA, but who cares. One of my good teacher-friends texted me the other day after reading The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and said, "Whoever said YA is just for teens is a complete idiot!"  I whole-heartedly agree!

Anyways, I'm linking up with DeAnne to talk about my favorite picture books for the first week of school.

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg.  Surprisingly, most of my students have never heard this book when they get to fourth grade, which makes the ending even more fun!  

I truly identify with Miss Malarkey in this book, Miss Malarkey Leaves No Reader Behind by Judy Finchler and Kevin O'Malley.  I'm sure many of my students agree.  Miss Malarkey refuses to give up until she puts the right book in each child's hand.  

I use A Crazy Day at the Critter Cafe by Barbara Odanaka when I am introducing Daily 5 and CAFE. It's just a fun book when we start talking about the CAFE reading strategies.  

How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague is a fun tall-tale about a boy and his summer adventures.  It is also a great book to jump start your first writing assignment for the year-have students write their own tall-tale vacation stories!

Nothing builds a classroom community like bucket-filling!  How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids teaches kids how their words and actions affect others.  I didn't read this or do bucket-filling last year, but I will definitely be starting right off the bat this year!  

Make sure you go check out all the other awesome back to school picture books and link up with 

Friday, June 28, 2013

Five for Friday

What better way to get back into the bloggin' thing than to link up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday?!

This is my little astronomer checking out the Supermoon this week.  We got him this telescope for his birthday last year.  He loves looking at the moon-even when it's not super!

This is my baby at Vacation Bible School.  Each night, at the end of VBS, they had a little song and dance for the kids to do.  Each night, my little one didn't want to do it.  He has this thing against singing and dancing.  My husband blames me since that's what I love to do, and he things I overdid it when I was pregnant with him!  Anyways, on the last night, my little guy decided to sing and dance!  My mom and I couldn't believe it!  

This is the professional book I have been reading-Notice and Note by Kyleen Beers and Bob Probst.  After I was about one chapter into it, I text-messaged my friend & colleague and told her if she reads only one professional book this summer, Notice and Note should be it.  I highly recommend it.

My Disney photopass pictures came yesterday!  When you visit Disney, their professional photographers will take your picture for free!  Get a photopass and add all your pictures throughout your trip.  The photographers will take pictures with your own camera as well.  We always buy the photopass CD, though, because the pictures are so much better!  And you can add cute enhancements, like the little phrase in the picture above.  This was our first trip to Disneyland, after visiting Disney World several times.  We loved it, though, and plan to go back!  You just can't beat the southern California weather in the summertime!  

We went to see Monsters University tonight!  This is my son with his "girlfriend."  It was a triple date.  
They've known each other since they were infants.  Her mommy and I work together and they go to the same sitter.  As we were walking into the theatre, he grabbed her hand.  Of course, we had had to snap a picture!  Monsters was super-cute!  As you can probably tell from above, we are huge Disney fans, but we are even bigger Pixar fans.  I have to say, this movie might be one of my favorites.  It was so funny!  You do not need to have a kid or be a kid to enjoy this movie!  

Thanks for reading!  Make sure you go check out Doodle Bugs for all the other Five for Friday posts!  

Side note-I want to thank those of you who commented on my post yesterday.  It was so nice to read all your supportive comments!  

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Back from a LONG absence!

Hello everyone!  It looks like I still have my followers and you all didn't abandon me in my year-long hiatus from blogging.  If you're reading this, I thank you.  Yesterday my little sis, who owns a food truck in Orlando and runs a food blog told me, "You should start a blog!" I embarrassingly admitted that I have one, but haven't written anything in over a year.  Her little shove put me back in the saddle.  

This past school year was a very difficult year for me.  In fact, the most difficult of my (short) career.  Without going into details, lets just say there were many sleepless nights, many tears shed, and much stress on my family.  I'm sure many of you can relate.  I was so exhausted by the time I got home, it was hard enough to just fix dinner and take care of my son, let alone think about writing this blog.  Looking back, I'm sure so many of my awesome followers could've offered support that only teachers can with one another.  

Although I wasn't blogging, I kept up with the education field through social media.  I continued to read blogs (through Feedly since I knew Google Reader was going to disappear), follow my Twitter, and of course pin away on Pinterest.  

I also read A LOT.  I love reading.  I am definitely a member of the Nerdy Book Club.  Reading is my oasis.  If I was having a bad day, I could easily escape into a book.  Needless to say, I did a lot of escaping this past year.  Follow me on GoodReads to keep up with my reading life.  

Though it is still June, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the fact that yes, I am gearing up for next school year.  I'm trying to be stay positive.  Last summer, I completed my generalist endorsement so I added that to my Middle Childhood license.  Knowing I needed a change, I asked my principal and my teaching partner if they would support my decision to try a self-contained classroom.  This will be a HUGE change for me, but one I am looking forward to.  This time I will be reaching out to all my bloggy friends for their help and support!