Saturday, June 29, 2013

Currently...It's July...and HOT!

Currently...It's July!!!  And's definitely HOT!!!  Yesterday I wanted to take the kids to the park again, but it was TOO HOT!  Got to love Georgia weather!  
{Hahaha!  By the way that park visit will be in tomorrow's post so stay tuned!  Sometimes kids ask for something, and then they find out that they REALLY don't want it!}  

Anyway, I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh' Boy, It's 4th Grade!  So check out how I'm "currently" feeling in July!  Be sure to stop by and join the Currently fun!  

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lovin' Bloglovin'

I'm linking up with Laura Candler from Corkboard Connections, and I'm Going on a Blog Hunt!  
You should pop on over and link up!

It's time to make a decision...How can you follow your favorite blogs?  Bloglovin', of course!  Every since the announcement that Google Reader is going away in July I've tried a couple of different blog feeders!  By far Bloglovin' is for me!  It's so easy to use!  I signed up for a daily feed to see posts from the day.  And, of course, "there's an app for that!"  Sooooo....guess what I do when I'm at the doctor or dentist office waiting and waiting and waiting....I'm catching up on my favorite blogs!

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Five for Friday {June 14}

 Happy Friday, ya'll!  I'm linking up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for...   

I'm so glad that it's summer break!  I still don't have time to get much accomplished, but I love saying "summer break"!  Here is a snapshot of my week in pictures...

This summer my youngest kids are finally taking swim lessons.  We have always had our oldest take lessons when she was younger but our other three not so much.  In the past I was always teaching summer school and did not have the time.  Sooooo.... after the kid's first lesson I felt like a bad parent.  Our two girls didn't want to put their face in the water.  Our son was afraid that water would go up his nose.  They SO needed the lessons a long time ago!  They are getting better though.  Most importantly they are getting more comfortable with the water which is what I worried about the most.  Wheew!  SN....I signed the girls up to participate in Guinness Book of World Records largest swim lesson.  On Tuesday, June 18 at 11:00 am many water parks around the country will conduct a swim lesson at the same time to try to get in the records book.  If they pull it off my girls' names will go in the Guinness Book of World cool is that?  I will let you know how it goes!

We always have visitors...well, kids, anyway!  My niece, Jaia, is with us for a few weeks.  She's a sassy little 4 year old!  Jaia told me this morning that she's never going home.  Sorry, honey!  After a few weeks it's "home, sweet, home".  I also have a 14 year old cousin who seems to always be at our house as well.  He's now on week two with us.  We're up to 6 kids in our house!  I need groceries!!!

A friend's birthday party

Do your kids love veggies?  Well, mine despise them.  They will "play" with them but not eat them.  I have to sneak baby food veggies into spaghetti in order for them to get some servings.  I've even gone as far as putting avocado in their chocolate milkshakes.  Sounds gross but it tastes delicious..very rich!  {Love The Sneaky Chef book!!!}  Anyway, my oldest daughter, Kiana, has a paid internship (Woo Hoo!!) this summer at the Cooperative Extension Office.  She brings home vegetables sometimes.  Last week it was Vidalia onions, and this week she brought home zucchini and squash.  So I have plans to make a Zuchinni and Squash Casserole...Yeah, Ive never made nor tasted it!  Ok, I'm a very picky eater as well.  Any recipe suggestions?

I love our local library!  Every year I sign the kids up for the summer reading program.  They love it because they earn prizes!  I love it because it encourages them to read.  Each week they have an awesome show or activity.  We attended the Chad Crews Magic Show.  He talked about the importance of reading and brought in some "friends"!  I wasn't going to touch this particular friend, but my kids loved it!

Cue the slow, sad music!  My most favorite fabulous discontinued GAP long and lean jeans have finally run their course.  No!!!!!!!  I LOVE these jeans!  Best jeans that I've ever owned!  They have been discontinued!  What now?  Bring on the patches!!!!

Here's an extra pick...I finally got my son to wear flip flops...we live in the south and he hated wearing flip flops because he cannot stand to have anything between his toes...Talk about a time saver!!!!  Love flip flops!

Coming soon!!!

I'm in the middle of updating my Tracking Common Core Checklists.  You can use these checklists to keep track of the standards that you address in class as well as the standards that your students master.  Here are some of the updates that I'm making are...
1.  The name of the standards strands have changed a bit.  The strands for my checklists were named by my state, Georgia, so I change from CCGPS to the CCSS.  Only the strand name changed not the actual standard.
2.  Added a class checklist to track mastery of standards for each of your students.
3. I think I'm sort of digging creating covers...I placed covers and some ideas on how to use the checklist.
4.  Most exciting--- I will be adding bundles!  I know that some of you teach multiple grades so I will sell them in bundles at a discounted price.

The checklists are available for K-5 for English/Language Arts and Math!  Check them out by clicking on the picture!

Hop over and link up with Doodle Bugs Teaching for the Five For Friday linky party!  Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 3, 2013

Currently June and a NEW DESIGN!

What a way to kick off the summer "Currently June" and a new blog design!  I am so SUPER, DUPER excited!  I have a new blog design and ABSOLUTELY LOVE it!  It's so ME!  Huge shout out to Megan from A Bird in Hand Designs...she does FABULOUS (ok last all caps word) work and makes things so easy!  She is very patient and Ah-May-Zing!!!!  Be sure to check her out if you are looking to fix up your blog!  Now..'s June!  I'm linking up with Farley over at Oh, Boy It's 4th Grade...Check it out!

Be sure to link up and join the fun!

(Yay!!!...Megan also did my blog signature...Heehee!)