Summertime is Here!

Summer has officially begun! Although I have been on maternity leave since the beginning of March, today is the first day of summer break for my husband (also a teacher) and my 8-year-old daughter. That makes it official. Summer is such a nice time to relax, have fun with the family, and take vacations. However, I do find that we get a little stir-crazy after a few weeks. So, besides spending time with my wonderful family, here are my plans for filling those idle moments:

1.   First, I am going to take on Donalyn Miller’s Book-A-Day Challenge. I am going to set aside 30 minutes (or more) a day for my daughter and me to read. I am always looking for new picture books and novels to read aloud to my students. I just bought a huge stack from B&N to get me started. Today I read Sun and Spoon by Kevin Henkes and tomorrow I am going read The Lemonade Wars by Jacqueline Davies.
  1. I am still working on developing a “writing program” to use with my 4th grade students. I received many helpful hints, words of wisdom, and suggestions from my fellow bloggers. Now I need to start piecing all my thoughts and ideas together into a meaningful writing program.
  2. My district just adopted a new math curriculum for next year: Everyday Math. While I it seems like an amazing program, it seems very overwhelming. I brought home boxes of materials and plan to tackle them ASAP!
  3. Blogging, blogging, and more blogging. It’s been less than a month since I started my blog. However, it has become an obsession (I was warned that this would happen). I can’t help myself from sharing every new idea I have. But more importantly, I spend much of my time blog hopping, and seeing the wonderful ideas that other bloggers have shared.

I love the summer! What a wonderful time to have fun and relax, collect myself again for the next school year, and make plans for my new kiddos, who I will meet in the fall.