Monday, August 4, 2014

August Currently


August...still seems like summer to me, but it's the start of the slippery slope back to reality.  School is starting for me on August 11th.  Time to accept reality, huh?  Here's my link up with Farley for her fun Currently series.  I always enjoy reading what others are doing each month.  Enjoy!

Listening:  Just got back from camping at the beach.  My washer and dryer are processing more sand than should be allowed.  Add to the laundry list, my husband and son's Cub Scout camping laundry.  They came back from camping on the SAME DAY as we left for beach camping.  So, you see how I'm spending my next few days.

Loving:  Finally, our drought woes are temporarily relieved by the biggest summer storm ever!  Thunder and lightning had my kids and poor puggle jumping all night.

Thinking:  I had a buying binge this morning at the CRACK of dawn!  I timed this to help some of my TpT favorite sellers start their days off with a CHA-CHING!  I can't wait to download all of my goodies from Ashleigh, Common Core Galore and More, Teaching and Tapas, Bright Concepts 4 Teachers, and Nicole Rios.   This is only round one of shopping.  I still need to make up my Gemini mind on the other things lurking in my Wish List bin.

Wanting:  What every busy mom wants--to wiggle my nose and have a clean, organized house.  It's just not in the cards though.  As my classroom gets cuter, my house takes a hit...a hard hit.  You know it's true, don't you, teachers??

Needing:  I've been living all summer with the dreaded COMBO curse.  It's just not fair to do to kids and teachers!  If it comes to life, I will get the job done, as I have in years past.  I can still hope though...

1st Day:  My husband is SO happy that I finally took the dozens of toilet paper tubes out of our bathroom.  Did you know that it takes a little less than a year to save up toilet paper tubes for my annual Owl Craft?  It's a fun first day of school adventure--I'll try to post a picture or two.

That's it for now!  Happy August to all of you!


8 comments:

  1. Rain sounds good about now....we need some here as well. If you figure out a way to wiggle your nose and get your house clean...please let me know. :-) Kristi Teaching Little Miracles

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    1. Will do, Kristi! Thanks for stopping by! :)

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  2. Can't wait to see your pics of the TP tube owl craft! I have an owl theme, too, so will definitely be checking back for inspiration! Have a great school year, Carol!

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    1. Great, Jenna! Start saving those empty rolls--lol! :)

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  3. I think I second the nose wiggling - didn't Samantha the witch from Bewitched use to be able to do that? Boy, would it be useful - I can just see my vacuum cleaner powering around the house by itself! Anyway must fly I have yet another load of laundry waiting to go through. Thanks for stopping by my blog - lovely to meet through the Farley Currently linky :-)

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    1. Yes--Bewitched! Loved that show! Nice to "meet" you also! Enjoy your day!

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  4. Where in California do you live? I grew up in Anaheim. I am used to the ever-present drought there, but hadn't heard about floods. Pouring rain in August was unheard of when I was growing up. Now I live in Tennessee, and it rains several times a week.

    Teaching a combo class is difficult, but just try to think of it in terms of differentiated instruction. When I had a 5/6 combo I had my sixth graders working on one level in math, while my fifth graders worked on the same concept, but at a slightly lower level. I worked with the fifth graders first, which worked out to be great review for the sixth graders. When I worked with the sixth graders I just added a layer of difficulty to the same concepts. This worked out to be terrific extension for my higher fifth graders. However, I firmly believe that combo classes only work if all the students are independent workers. It doesn't work to put low sixth graders with high fifth graders, for example. I hope that everything works out for you and your students! Carol

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  5. Hi Carol! {It's always nice to meet a fellow "Carol"}
    I live in Upland, which is about 20 minutes from Anaheim. Tennessee must be a big change for you!? Thank you so much for your combo advice. You put it into perspective for me. :) Have a super start of the year and stay in touch!

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