Monday, June 29, 2015

Monday Made It

Thank you, Tara for your great linky party!

    Only one made it this week.
    It's strawberry time in northeastern Wisconsin!  I spent time in the local strawberry patch, I picked berries for my mom and myself.  This delicious pie was a wonderful treat!

     Like so many of you, I have many things going in the summer.  Even with all the activity I love and enjoy the chance to stop and smell the flowers strawberries!

     Have a great week!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Free T-Shirt!!!

Unbelievable!  Outstanding!

     Did you know that you can get a free t-shirt from A+ Images? My shirt arrived in about two weeks, in the color I wanted, and with my blog title!
     What's the catch, you ask - if you are a teacher, a blogger, and are willing to share your site with A+ Images you can get a free shirt.
     It will be fun to wear my new shirt during my August get-my-classroom-ready days.  I look forward to having my teacher friends ask me about my shirt.  
     A huge THANK YOU to Doug at A+ Images!  Stop by his site and get your shirt.  I know that A+ Images will be the first place I go to order shirts in the future.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Reflect, Rejuvenate, and Refresh

    One week of summer vacation gone.  Teachers understand how precious each day of summer vacation can be.  Summer is our time to reflect, rejuvenate, and refresh. Like many of you, I have a long to do list for the summer. I find that working from a list is important for me and probably you also.  Although I love lists and organization I have to remember to allow time to rejuvenate.

     This past week I did some spring cleaning.  Can you relate to the piles that accumulate during the school year?  I love the feeling of getting rid of items and refreshing our home space.  My closet appreciated my refreshing endeavors also. 

     On to organizing my piles of accumulated school related items.  I was doing a happy dance when I threw out many old papers, by old I'm talking only three years old.  If I haven't needed it in three years do I really need to hold on to it any longer.  As I reflect on the items I'm getting rid of, I can't help but think why did I get it in the first place?  Did I really need to print out all 50 pages of a certain packet I purchased? Did I really need to buy five containers when three is really what I needed for my classroom?  

     You get the picture.  I need to remember before I purchase something to reflect and think, do I need this? 

     Summer also brings time to slow down and enjoy time with friends.  This past week I started a Bible study with many ladies from our church.  We are working through the book Choosing Simplicity Embracing the Benefits of a Simpler Life.  How wonderful to sit back, learn, and visit with other ladies.

     Many happy days of summer are ahead of us.  Take time to reflect, rejuvenate, and refresh.  I'd love to hear how you are taking time to do all three.


Friday, June 5, 2015

Five For Friday

     Thanks Doodle Bugs for my favorite linky party...

     This is my first Friday of summer vacation!  Today is a little gloomy outside and as usual I'm feeling a little gloomy on the inside.  So far I kept pretty busy with catch up work around the house and visiting you.

Here are five four three things from my week...

     Games galore!  During the last month of school we had tons of testing.  But my rockin' 2nd graders did great!!!  Anyway, with so much going on I had my kiddos create games to go with their final guided reading group books.  How exciting to see their creativity and sometimes over-the-top ideas.  Students selected construction paper, made spinners, wrote questions, created answer keys, and gathered bottle caps for game pieces.

     "Mrs. Brown will you play my game with me?" was heard numerous times throughout the last week of school.  Even though I had read each book with each group of students I still got some questions wrong.  This produced giggles from game's creator and other players in the group. 

     Everyone helps!  The last day of school had everyone in our class working, organizing, and cleaning.  The kids were surprised how mixed up the books in our classroom library were.  Their help will make my back to school job way easier!  Thanks kids!

     Our elementary school has a tradition of wearing our Cougar shirts/colors on the last of school.  (Tip:  A first grade teacher said they had the students wear their green cougar shirts for the their field trip.  They loved it because it was easy to spot their group!)

     Another tradition we have is to have the elementary staff line the sidewalk and wave to the buses as the students leave.  It's great - the drivers honk, we hoot and holler, and the kids wave and yell!  It is a great quick celebration of our school year!

     I started this post this morning when it was gloomy outside.  Well, I'm happy to say the day brightened and so did my spirit.  I worked in the garden and did a little extra cleaning.

Happy summer!