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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Summer Bucket List Linky

I have been on summer break for a month already! Hard to believe! I am joining up with What the Teacher Wants for the Summer Bucket List linky.
I am reading Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction by Laney Sammons, and engaging in a book study. My partner and I just purchased Kindergarten Guided Math Lessons for an Entire Year: The {growing} Bundle, by Kristen Smith. I want to implement guided math this year and so I am working hard to get ready and start the new year organized!
I have a new teaching partner this year! We hope to get a fair amount of planning done this summer and teach together. I don't even know what all to say about this.... I am excited about my job, my partner, and Kindergarten! Hooray for Kindergarten and for getting organized!
Our school district uses Fundations which I have a limited knowledge about and have never used at the Kindergarten level. I have heard really wonderful things about Fundations and I am excited to learn as much as I can about it.
I am involved in two book studies this summer. I am studying Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction and The Next Step in Guided Reading.
Read! First of all I love to read. But also, I hope to better myself this summer through reading. Currently I am reading: On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City by Alice Goffman. I just received two more books in the mail (thanks Amazon Prime! for the two day shipping!): Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline by Becky Bailey; and Daring Greatly by Brene Brown. Becky Bailey is the author of the Conscious Discipline books that are widely used in schools. The choices are overwhelming. So I chose the book I thought would suit me for both school and home. And then there is Daring Greatly. I chose it because my friend is hosting an online study and she speaks very highly of the book. I have big plans to consume some purely "fun" books, mystery thrillers, James Patterson type of books.
Last summer, I bought paint for my living room and dining room. That is right, I said, LAST summer. So.... wouldn't it be great if I took care of it this summer?
I have loved garden'ing. But in recent years, I have had a fickle relationship with gardening. I love it on some level, but I haven't really been motivated enough to do it with any level of success. This year my Dad helped me build I really nice garden in the front of my house. I planted my vegetables there this year. It was really designed to be more of a flower garden, something that is visually appealing from the curb. But I'm trying to get my gardens in order this summer. Because digging in the dirt is therapeutic after all.
Friends! I have neglected my friends and I need to reconnect. I need it for my soul. Because the next year will most likely be brutal as well. Although I am beyond excited about this next year and being back in Kindergarten. I know I need to nurture my friendships this summer, rebuilding them and rejuvenating... for myself and for my friends! Summer is the time to meet up and reach out.
I want to have with my family! We made memories and went to Kauffman Stadium to see my Royals play baseball. I hope and pray the memories are larger than life for my girls like my memories are from when I was a kid. We went to visit family in St. Louis over Spring Break and we are going back in July! Hooray!
Swimming... yeah, not so much a fave for me, but my kiddo.... she is a favorite of mine. And she loves to swim. So I plan to do some swimming with the kids.
Friends.... I already mentioned that. I gotta connect and reconnect.


  1. I would give anything for a garden - I have no idea how to do it, but my mom always grew cherry tomatoes growing up and I loved eating them from the vine. You need to take pics of your garden for sure! I can't wait to hear about it!

    I'm so glad you got Daring Greatly! I can't wait to hear what others think about it. I'm going to look up that other book you're reading - Fugitive Life in the American City, but is it sad? I'm currently reading Out of My Mind by Draper. Pretty good, but I prefer more middle school aged books, so glad I'll have read it, but not my fave.

    Have a great Sunday! Rainy in Chicago so looks like a blog day for me (and couldn't be happier about that!) :-)

  2. I love that you bought paint last summer and still haven't painted! That is totally something I would do! I do that all the time! Maybe we need an intervention! LOL! Looks like you have a fun summer planned! Hope you enjoy every minute!

    A Tall Drink of Water