Tuesday, July 3, 2012


If all has gone well, I'll be on the road or home in the mountains when you are reading this!  Hooray for escaping the summer heat and chilling in JL for a week. Or two.  I plan on reading, soaking up some sun, attending some fireworks, hitting the Jazz Jubilee, visiting some good friends, and cooking lots of food for the family.  It's always more fun to cook for more people than just myself. :)

I am joining up, for the first time, with Farley's Currently linky for July!  This is something I discovered through teaching blogs and it looked like so much fun, I couldn't resist this time around.

So, without further ado:

Yay! Sucess! It took me a few tries to get this to save as an image instead of a document. Ah, technology.

Listening- I am a Pandora addict. Broadway, Big Band, Film Scores.... Enough said. Oh, and I had my kids addicted to the "How to Train Your Dragon" soundtrack last year. :)

Planting my summer veggie garden is one of my most favorite things to do each spring. I usually plant during Spring Break, but life was a little crazy this year and I didn't end up planting until Memorial Weekend. I ended up purchasing slightly more mature plants that I normally would to help compensate for the late planting.

I am just now reaping the fruits of my labor!  Cucumbers, bell peppers, jalapeno, cilantro, tomatoes coming out of my ears!  Yum!  Add in some fruit from the farmer's market, and you have my daily summer lunch.

In addition to Pandora, I'm a bookaholic. I admit it.  I've been on summer break for a whole two and one half weeks and I have already finished eight books. Yup. Eight.  This girl is in heaven!

I am procrastinating the washing of the dishes. I don't want to do them. Nope.  Maybe if I ignore them long enough, they'll clean themselves?!

As for reads:
1- I absolutely love to read Junie B. Jones to my kiddos!  I usually bust them out around January (it takes everything within me not to do it earlier!).

 I selfishly read around three chapters every day (am I the only one who thinks read aloud is the BEST part of the day?!  This is the first thing I keep pushing the kids stamina for at the beginning of the year.  By January, I read alound for 20-30 minutes daily, and the kids usually beg for more!), do voices and the whole deal.  I love Junie B. Jones!

When we finish the series, the kids are always so sad and wonder if Barbara Park will write a second grade series. :)

2-  This is an oldie but a goodie. I read this during grad school and continue to read it every August before school starts.  It's just such solid, common sense advice that I need to be reminded of every fall. Those first few weeks are SO critical in setting up rules and procedures.  I'm going on year eight as a teacher and I plan on reading this again starting in a few weeks.  It's definitely my "beginning of the school year" go-to book!

Well, there you have it. My first Currently!

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. What a great exercise to do on a regular basis. SO important to set the rules down early. Learned that as a camp counsellor - be tough the first few nights as you can always ease up during the week if you need to but if you start off slack, then you can rarely gain control later. Good on you for making it a priority for your classroom - you no doubt reap the benefits throughout the year :) Have a fabulous time at home!!

  2. Yes, I almost put The First Days of School as my professional go to book as well. My aunt introduced it to me and then I was actually asked questions about this book when interviewing for a teaching position. Then I got to meet Harry Wong at one of his conferences. It is a great book.

  3. I love the First Days of School and review it every summer! I found your blog on the Currently link up and am happy to say I'm your newest follower!

    Twins, Teaching and Tacos.

  4. First Days of School is an EXCELLENT book. Same as Elisabeth - it is a must to review before the start of school.


  5. First Days of School used to be my go to book until I found Conscious Discipline. If you want to learn more about building your school family come read more about it on my blog.

    I would love to grab some of the veggies from your garden to make some salsa or just have tomatoes, basil and fresh mozzarella....yummy! =)

    I am happy to be your newest follower. I would love for you to hop over and visit me when you get the chance. =)

    Heather's Heart