Sunday, May 25, 2014

10 Things I Want to Do This Summer

Hey yall!
Schoooooooooool's OUT for SUMMER!!!
The kiddos last day was Friday, and even though I have to go back Tuesday and Wednesday for post-planning, I'm already enjoying my summer break :)
This summer is going to be a little bit different for me, because I'm going to be working! I'm going to be babysitting for a family friend fulltime over the summer months, so my schedule isn't going to be super flexible like usual. So I thought I would link up with Deanna to focus myself on things that I can do this summer!
Here are the top 10 things I'm going to do this summer {in no particular order}:
1. Pool time...lots of it!
Okay, so this is not the actual pool that I'll be spending time at. But the family I'm babysitting for does have a pretty nice pool! So pool time will definitely be happening....every. single. day.
2. Running or spinning every day.
They also have a great little gym room, complete with a treadmill and stationary bike. So I have absolutely no excuses!
3. Create new classroom décor sets.
The summer is my best and busiest time for TPT. As teachers are deciding on their classroom themes for the next year, I'm going to be busy cranking out lots of new décor sets. I currently have 10 different sets available in my store, with tons of coordinating items. My goal is to create at least 5 new sets this summer.
4. Look for new positions.
I love my firsties. First grade definitely has my heart, and I would love nothing more than to stay as a first grade teacher. However, I feel like its time for me to move on to a new position in a new school, either with my current county or in a different one. So I will be spending the summer actively pursuing other positions that may become available and praying that God has the perfect place for me to be.
5. Organize my library.
Teacher confession: I have never taken the time to level my classroom library.
Honestly. I've just thrown books in baskets and let my kiddos dig through them.
I really have no good reason for why, except for that I've just never taken the time to do it.
So this summer, my goal is to decide on which way I want to organize them-by levels or by genre.
I also need to purchase all new book baskets, because the ones I've been using from the Dollar Tree this year are all but destroyed.
Any book baskets that you just LOVE???
Here are some libraries that I envy:
this blog post has SO many tips to organize your classroom library
Love the organized classroom library and LOVE the crates on their sides with a cushion on top for seating!!
Half the classroom library
6. Read!
I LOVE to read, especially when I'm spending the day pool side. I've got a couple of books on my 'must-read' list, but I'm always looking for recommendations! What are some of your favorite books?
5summerreads Top 5 Must Read Books for Summer 2014
7. Visit with family.
I'm dying to go spend some time with this sweet girl.
My niece Brooklyn <3
8. Time with friends.
I'm planning on getting lots of face time with these sweet friends!
9. Shop for peacock décor!
I've decided to retire my owl theme and move on to a different kind of bird...peacock! I just loved my new Peacock Themed Classroom set so much, that I decided to use it in my own classroom next year!
So now I'm on the hunt for more peacock stuff :)
10. VEGAS!!!
I'm am ridiculously excited about going to VEGAS this summer for the first ever TPT conference!!! I'm also going to be attending the HUGE teacher/blogger meet-up as well, so I'll get to meet my blogger idols! I swear, I'll probably be like a giddy schoolgirl :)
Side note: do you  know how long it took me to write this post???
I kept getting started on some of these things....looking up classroom libraries on Pinterest, looking at clipart for new décor packs, researching good book baskets, and checking out different books!
Sheesh....I better get started on this list!!!


  1. I like the idea of a peacock themed room! The color scheme alone is so cute. My favorite pick of the pictures you picked for a library idea.. I would have to say the first, by Kinder Craze. Super cute ideas!! Thanks for sharing!!


  2. Ugh I wish I had the ability to have a classroom library. With 1700 students and 170 staff crammed in a small building, I don't even have my own classroom! Super jealous that you will be able to make your own.

    Teaching in Flats

  3. I love your blog design! Sounds like a lot of great plans--especially the pool!

  4. Sounds like a great summer is planned! Wishing you the best while you search for a new job....I know how that it because I am doing it now, too!

  5. I'm totally with you on peacocks & Vegas... it's funny, because much of my room decor (not that I manage to keep it all consistent... I teach 8th grade, ya know!?!) are the peacock colors you showed above.

    Tammy (Mme Aiello) @ Teaching FSL


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