Saturday, August 3, 2013

Currently...running behind!

It's 2 days before school starts, and I spent the last two days prepping my room and meeting my students & parents. I'm super excited about the new year, and my new bunch. But is it August already? And can someone tell me what happened to my summer? I swear it just started last week!

Anyway, here's my August Currently...


Seriously, is there any better sound in the world than your husband reading to your child? Not in my book! Right now, I'm laid up in bed trying to keep from getting the two of them sick. Hubby is in the living room reading Llama Llama to little man, and I'm loving hearing the two of them play together :)


This is the first year, in 6 years of teaching, that I haven't had to move classrooms. It has given me so much more time to catch up on my professional reading, and to make some significant changes to the HOW of my teaching instead of always needing to deal with the WHERE.

Last year, I went full-on with Dots on Turquoise. I even made a slew of signs and labels to match (They're in my TPT store if you're using the same theme). This year, I decided to keep most of it, and incorporate some new colors and patterns. I'm using mostly the things I've added to my TPT store this summer...birds, chalkboards, chevrons, & quatrefoils. I'm loving the way it's all come together. I can't wait to do my classroom tour post!


Not much to say here...I have more important things to do, but this is what makes me happy. I'll get to the Grad school eventually (like, before 11:59 PM tomorrow when it's due!). Lesson plans are taking priority since I'm starting school in just 2 days!


Summers are getting shorter and shorter, amiright? We've been busy travelling this year, which was great, but it makes the time just fly. Between 3 separate trips in June and grad school both months, I feel like I've been working all summer. On the plus side, those dreaded furlough days do mean a couple five more days off are in my future. Our first furlough day is during my week off of grad school, so I am officially going to relax all day!


I don't know how it happened, but I caught some kind of cold the week before school starts. I've been dealing with it all week, but yesterday, after talking to parents for 2 hours at open house, my voice was gone. Seriously, I HAVE to be better before Monday.  I can't do the first week of school with no voice! Thoughts and prayers are much appreciated!

B2S Must-Haves...

  1. New teacher bag - Last year, I used a Thirty-one tote with a file box inside, and LOVED it. Honestly, the plan for this year was to keep using the same bag. But then we went to Jamaica, and I saw a cute tote bag in the Harley shop in Negril. Seriously, if I have to bring work home, at least it's coming home in a bag that reminds me of two things that are NOTHING like work - riding on the back of Hubby's bike, and our amazing vacation in Jamaica! Added bonus - my file crate still fits inside :)
  2. Purple Expo markers - It's the simple things. I don't even use them that much now that I rely more on my SmartBoard, but purple Expos make me smile!
  3. Cherry Coke Zero - My school fridge is all stocked with my caffeine of choice for those bright and early mornings :)
  4. (I know, there were only supposed to be 3) Flair pens! My go to pens for grading. They're nice and smooth, they don't bleed through, and they come in so many cute colors! I pick up a new pack every year for back to school.
So that's it for me this month. Head over to Oh' Boy 4th Grade to join in the linky fun! Don't skip over reading her explanation of her Currently. She has a great idea for how to use "Currently"s with your students!


  1. Hi Kristin!
    Thanks for checking out my blog and leaving such a nice comment. I'm now following you on bloglovin'.

    I'm with you on the nice school bag. I figure for something you carry everyday for a full year, you should be REALLY happy with that bag!


  2. I have to say I love the purple Expo markers too! Just something about them. Sounds like you are all ready and excited for school. Enjoy it!

    Apples and Papers

  3. I can't believe you start school in 2 days... I don't go back until September 4th! We go until the last week in June though. I love that you added the flair pens as an extra B2S must-have- I can't wait to go to Staples and stock up!

    Floating Through Fifth

  4. I may have to check out the Flair pens you mentioned. I love color of any sort. I haven't had Cherry Coke forever..thanks for reminding me. Good luck with the start of the school year.


  5. Good luck with back to school! I hope you have a great 1st day!
    Grade 4 Buzz

  6. I hate moving rooms. Every year I have to box up so they can clean. I love my flair pens. I have to keep track of them or my students take them.

    Toad-ally Exceptional Learners

  7. I found your blog through Farley's link up! How could you not add Flair pens? I think they've been on just about every teacher's list including my own... maybe I should take up some stock them ;)

    I'm glad I found your blog! I definitely agree a cute and functional teacher bag is a must! It's practically part of your everyday wardrobe!

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  8. Hey! I love your blog! Especially all of your creations. I'm also nominating you for the Liebster Award. For information on how to accept:


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