June 8, 2016

Hot Dog! Summer's begun! 2016!

Someone once told me that when you retire you starting counting your days differently. You have regular Saturday, then second Saturday, third Saturday, and so forth.

I think summer for teachers is a bit like that too. So...

Today is my fifth Saturday of the week and I'm loving it. Summer is a much needed time of rejuvenation. I don't know what I would do without.

And this summer, I have big plans for my lil' ol' blog. First up... A NEW DESIGN!

I almost fell out of my chair when I realized I started this blog in July 2011! It was time for a little spruce up.  I wanted something cute, bright, and fun! It is still a work in progress, as I'm doing it myself, but the frugal teacher in me says it's worth it.  Please pardon any random works of creativity that might pop up over the next week or so. :)

Next Up, my favorite book linky, Fiction Friday, will be returning! I have been working my way through the 2016-2017 Bluebonnet Nominee List and there are so many good books to share. Make sure to tune in this week for the first round of books and please consider linking up to share some of your favorite children's books with us.


I also want to share:
1) Thoughts & Ideas from Professional Development
2) Technology Project Ideas
3) Classroom Management Tips
4) Reflections of the Year
5) Freebies along the way
6) And whatever else my brain comes up with 

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/The-Teaching-ThiefFinally, this year I have taken the plunge and started creating some things for Teachers Pay Teachers. It has been so much fun and a little addictive. Everything has been tried, tested, and approved by my classroom throughout the year. Fourth graders are never shy about suggesting improvements or finding mistakes. LOL. I'm excited to share some of my creations with you in hopes that you can use them in your classroom as well.

As a summertime blogger, these are my months to reconnect with friends from around the world and meet new ones. I hope you will continue to follow me on this journey and join in the conversations.

Looking forward to the journey,


  1. I like the new look! :) I also look forward to reading your ideas.

    Not Just Child’s Play

  2. Love the colors and prints you used...and the raccoon is adorable!

  3. Nice new blog design - looks great! I'm still in school until June 24th, but I'm looking forward to that summer feeling! Enjoy!

  4. Looking forward to Fiction Friday! I just finished all 15 of the Sunshine State Young Reader Awards books for 2016-17 and look forward to sharing them.

    Math is Elementary


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