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Thursday, June 6, 2019

Countdown to SUMMER!

Hello friends!  First blog post in 10 months!  The time has just gone by so quickly this school year!  After the hardest year of my teaching career last school year, I am just wrapping up the best school year I have ever had.  Life lesson: The principal you work with can make a BIG difference in your happiness, productivity and general well being.  

My kids are getting older and I always imagined I would have more time to devote to my blog and online lesson plans.  The reverse has actually happened.  Instead of being home all the time with early bedtimes, we are on the road so much for school and sport activities.  Summer break is only a week away and there is so much I want to write about so look for a much more regular posting schedule this summer!  

Our last day of preschool thank you gifts!  We went with a handwritten thank you note from my daughter, an assortment of beautiful purple flowers and our favorite spring/summer hand soap, Mrs. Meyer's clean day in Lilac! I ordered extra in my last shipment from Grove Collaborative and will be using these in many thank you gifts this spring!  Small, inexpensive, smells great and consumable! Want to add a little something extra? Slip a gift card to Teachers Pay Teachers or Amazon in there! 
My youngest just wrapped up her last day of preschool today which was fun and exciting and emotional.  All my kids will be in full time school for the first time this fall and that makes me super excited and nostalgic all at the same time. 

Despite a super successful school year, I have been feeling like the daily grind of life has really been wearing down my gears this year.  I have been working hard at being more intentional about how I spend my time and making sure I am finding time for the things that re-charge me (like blogging!).  I have been using some of my Audible credits to listen to some books on productivity and personal growth.  I have recently finished Deep Work, Girl, Wash Your Face, Girl, Stop Apologizing, and Getting Things Done.  Next up on my list are The Power of Habit and Stumbling on Happiness.   It's amazing how much more reading I am getting done with Audible!

I do plan on some summer teaching/math reading as well but still working on exactly what I want to read next!  I am super excited for Jo Boaler's new book, Limitless Mind but that is not out until September 3rd.  Look for a book study on that in the fall!  In the meantime, if you have any summer teacher reading recommendations, leave them in the comments below!