May 13, 2012

Summer Planning (and dreaming!)

Hadar, Teri, and April are having such a cool linky party--My Summer Bucket List!! There's nothing I love more than dreaming of those long, hot, lazy days where I can plan and create to my heart's content! I have a bit of time 'til I get there (28 days for the students, 29 for the teachers) but that's ok, it's fun to dream!

Usually, I get carried away with classroom design, but I'm going to try and curb that a tiny bit this summer. I'd like to keep things balanced, so here's the plan...

Classroom Design
I really enjoyed the black and whites with brights color scheme we had this past year and my students enjoyed it as well (which is more important, right?), so I think I will keep with that. Mostly...I'd like to tweak some things...

I think my math games and manipulatives closet will have to be repurposed...I'm going to find a different way to store my math items now that I've decluttered down to practically nothing!! Thanks to Jodi, from Clutterfree Classroom, I am down to the bare essentials!!

I adore my round labels, but I might alter them a bit to match the room scheme a bit more...I have a few ideas rolling around. Most importantly, I need to finish organizing my classroom library, I'm about 3/4 through and it's an impossible task (for me) to complete during the school year. So I am determined to finish it this summer!
Planning
This is the really big thing I want to work on. I tend to work on classroom design and organization a lot over the summer, and plan during the school year. Since I have many things the way I would like (finally) within my classroom, I am going to work on planning out my year more than I ever have before.
I would like to have some resources all printed out and set up for the major units we cover through the year. This will involve plenty of blog-stalking (YAY!) and printable-making (and sharing of course!). I plan to have them sorted into those drawers I use for my units (I need to weed through them and get rid of some really old things I no longer use before school is out).

Blog Designing
One of my most favorite activities--I can't wait!! (this is my good friend, Mor's blog--I think you all know of her fabulousness!)...
Vacationing!!!
My mom, my sister, and I began a weekly tradition of visiting the beach (it's about 40 minutes away, so we're pretty lucky). I can't wait to read on the beach! And I have a couple of vacations already planned out. This was a long year (not because of my class, they are just lovely, it was just BUSY) and I plan to relax and regroup so I can be the best possible teacher for my students next year. :)

So, what are you up to this summer? Join in with these lovely ladies and share your summer plans!

A very Happy Mother's Day to all of the sweet moms out there and to all of you teacher-moms who take care of your precious students each day!

23 comments:

  1. I wish I lived that close to the beach. Sounds like fun!

    Swimming into Second

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  2. I love your list!! You're even organized in your attempt to get organized! We have 27 school days to go! Thanks for linking up Kristen :) You're the best!

    Hadar

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  3. I love your list! I am also incredibly excited to see blog designing make your to-dos {hint, hint!} :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!
    ~Stephanie
    3rd Grade Thoughts

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  4. I am very excited to link up! I will have to when I am done babysitting. I only have 9 more days of school....9 more days to get my room all packed up because we of course I am moving rooms. Actually half of the school is moving so I am not alone! I can't wait to see all your great organization! I think we would definitely be good teammates if we could work together!! ;)

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  5. Guess who's doing black, white and bright designs next year??? ME! Thanks to your beautiful pictures (and our good friend, Google).

    I just went to Party City and bought some bright colored pom-pom fluffy thingys to hang. I'm so excited...and it's MAY :)

    Elizabeth
    Fun in Room 4B

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  6. I absolutely LOVE your classroom design and color scheme! How can the kids not love it?!?!
    Inspired by you I started going through my filing cabinets a few weeks ago and threw out papers I no longer needed and binded together ones I did want to keep. It turned out to be a huge task and I put it aside for now to work on over the summer. I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE my blog design!!! You are the most talented designer in the blog sphere and I make sure EVERYONE knows it! You are the BEST to work with!!!!
    Thanks for the shout out friend :) I'll def. be joining the linky this week!

    Hope you have a great week!

    ❤ Mor Zrihen from...
    A Teacher's Treasure
    Teaching Treasures Shop

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  7. You always have such great ideas!! Thank you for joining our party!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  8. You inspire me to be more organized with my blog and my "homeschool room." Thank you:)

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  9. Wow! I love your organized classroom! Your students are so lucky you have planned it out so well!

    Enjoy your summer and trips to the beach!

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  10. I love your classroom organization and color theme! You always have such amazing ideas!!

    Misty
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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  11. Love the organization ideas. Saying hello from the Summer Bucket List linky party and from the giveaway at A Teacher's Treasure.

    ~April @ ideabackpack.blogspot.com

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  12. ahhh..Kristen vacation..just about 30 days away! Love your list, can't wait to see all the wonderful things you post this summer. I'm going to Aruba & I can't wait to relax and read on the beach too..

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  13. I'd love to hear more about how you're organizing your classroom library. That's on my list for the summer to!

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  14. I wish we had access to the classroom over summer, instead I can only haul a limited amount of stuff home. I want to tackle my files, my cupboards, and my classroom library. Somehow I'll have to do it in the next couple of weeks or wait till the new school year. Next year I also want to redo my walls like yours.

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    1. I bring my files home in plastic file crates. I just empty the filing cabinet and bring the contents home. I set up on my patio with a table, trash can, and ice cold soda or coffee and look at each folder. I usually toss extra stuff away. It is bulky and I know I will be adding new activities and assignments. I also use new folders that are sturdy. Lately, I am filing according to grading periods and common core standards. It is a work in progress but the system has worked for me. I don't feel so overwhelmed during the school year.
      Good luck,
      Gail June 5, 2012

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  15. Your blog designs are wonderful and your classroom design is just as great! Your organization tubs look awesome. Sounds like you have a busy summer planned. I popped over today from Mor's A Teacher's Treasure giveaway to say hi.
    Pamela
    pfulk@cox.net
    First Class Teacher

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  16. Sounds like you will be busy this summer! I love your round labels too :) The library is such a time consuming task. Good luck with it!

    ~Steph
    Teaching in Room 6

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  17. Love your list!! Isn't Jodi awesome? She's definitely inspired me to declutter as I too am down to bare essentials- my co-workers on the receiving end were thrilled!! :)

    Color Me Kinder

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  18. I'm actually stopping by to say hi for Mor's giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

    Allie

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  19. Love your list, and I also want to do A LOT of planning this summer!! Make my life during the school year easier! :)

    Shannon
    http://www.irunreadteach.wordpress.com

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  20. Like everyone in the teaching blog circle, I love your work! Have you received a Lovely Blog Award since redesigning your blog? I'd love to pass it on to you!

    Heather
    teachittoday.blogspot.com

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  21. Okay ladies... I love checking out teacher blogs, I am totally addicted to pinterest. The next leap for me is "How do I create my own teacher blog?" The purpose is for sharing with the professional community and not parents per se.... Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

    Marta

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