And my most exciting news?! Yesterday, we bought a new Jeep! My husband had an older Jeep that I absolutely loved (but stunk at driving). He decided to sell it, so we made a deal that if it sold I would get a new 4-door Jeep. (This is also my very first brand new vehicle, which is way exciting!) We went and picked it up yesterday and I love it. I'm just itching to get the top off of this baby. We are planning to get some black wheels for it, too. In LOVE!
Other than vacation to Florida next month, the rest of summer seems to be pretty open. It is a great feeling to be able to relax at home with my husband that I didn't get to see much during the school year because of his sucky work schedule. We recently became bicycle riders, too, so that is a lot of fun.
Yesterday, I finally gave in to the teaching in me and decided to start working on some things for my classroom next year. It will be my first time implement Daily 5 (and hopefully CAFE, if I can wrap my brain around both) and I'm very excited/nervous. I got several other teachers in my school on board with it, so I feel a little responsible for its success. I updated my Daily 5 posters, so if you downloaded be sure to go get the new ones. I added some different clipart and check off sheets for each Daily 5 components. My thought with the check off sheet is to laminate it and then write each student's name with a permanent marker. Then, I will have a dry erase marker that he/she can use to put a check next to his/her name after the component is finished. Hopefully, this will help me keep track of where students are and need to go.
I ordered these baskets from the Dollar Tree for our Daily 5 book bins.
I really wanted to order the cute ones from Really Good Stuff, but they are so expensive. It would have taken a huge chunk out of my requisition money to get them. So, for now we will have these. My plan is to make some cute name tags with the Boston Terrier clipart for each student. I think I will laminate and attach them with book rings because I have a million of them. However, if I find some cute paw print ribbon, I might just change my mind. ;) I will let you guys know if I make some name tags, and post new ones for free.
I think TpT is great, but I have decided that I'm not going to spend hours upon hours making things to sell. I will just make items that I want to use in my own room and then offer them for free. As a teacher, I LOVE free stuff, so I'm going to stick to just giving back. Hope you enjoy what I have!
Hope your summer is going great so far! Let me know if you have any awesome Daily 5 or CAFE ideas- I would love to check out some other teachers' ideas!