Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Making Progress...

I'm continuing to feel overwhelmed with the amount of work I need to get done before school starts,  but I'm making progress.  As stressed out as I am, I have to admit the more I work on getting the things on my "to do" list done, the more excited I get about school.

Since I am not able to get into my classroom until a week before school starts, I'm doing everything I can to get things done at home.  One of these things includes making different signs that I will hang around my room.  Here are two that I finished yesterday:

I got both of these sayings from Pinterest, but made them myself using my digital scrapbooking software MyMemories.  (Which I highly recommend if you are at all interested in digital scrapbooking!  I have tried a  couple different programs and this one is by far the easiest to use and the most versatile. )  Now I just need to get them printed at our local print shop.  I have quite a few sayings or signs that I have seen on Pinterest that I want to make.  Some of them are specific to math or science.  Hopefully I can get them done and printed before I head into my classroom.

I'm still trying to figure out how I am going to set up my math notebooks.  I started making sheets for my 5th graders notebook and realized if I continued to do it how I was doing it, I would end up making one for each lesson.  Even as I type, I'm getting more ideas.  It's a process that I know will all come together eventually.  (And I know this year may be a bit of a trial year for them since I've never done them before.)

One last thing...I came across my newest favorite teaching blog.  Head over to Making it as a Middle School Teacher and check it out.  She has LOTS of wonderful ideas.  Now to find time to look at all those wonderful ideas...

God's blessings!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

So much to do...so little time

Only 27 days until school starts...ahhhh!  I have so much to do!  I stopped at my school today to register my kids and take a look at my classroom.  It's a little (okay, a lot) stressful to think they say it will be done a week before school starts.  It's construction, so that means 2 days before school starts right?  They don't even have a ceiling or carpet in there right now so it's even hard to visualize how I will set things up.  Ok, just breathe.

I'm anxiously awaiting the arrival of my math book I ordered.  I have read lots of good things about this book and I'm hoping I get lots of good ideas from it.  Anyone else read it?