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{book room help} #sol15

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I'm having a hard time today with writing a slice of life.  I start writing.  Then delete.  I write more.  And then delete.  The stories are just not ready to be shared.  I'm still finding the moments, the words, and the messages.

My brain is full of so much more.  You know what I'm talking about.  There is a lot going on during the end of the year.   End of the year benchmarking.  Team meetings.  Documentation of instruction and learning.  Celebrations.  To do lists.  All the while I try not to count down the days.

And then exciting news .... every school in my district is being blessed with a book room.

Late in the game, but the teachers are excited ... resources and leveled books at their fingertips.

Add it to my overflowing to do list.  Creating a plan.  Thinking about organization.  Book bins.  Shelves.  Collecting books…

#cyberPD: Share YOUR Book Stack

This is our fifth annual #cyberPD summer learning event and we are more excited than ever!  

Our #cyberPD group has a new meeting place -- #cyberPD Google Community--  and Cathy Mere,Laura Komos, and I are anticipating YOU joining our community and conversations.
It's almost that time of year.  School is quickly coming to a close.  A little extra free time is in the near future.  There will be time for sleeping in.  There will be time for vacations and get-a-ways.  There will be time to just sit and chat.  There will be time to slow down life.  

And there will be lots of time to read.   Early in the morning.  The whole afternoon.  Late into the night.  Whether it's picture books, MG books, YA books, or even a PD book or two.  Uninterrupted time to just read.  

I know you.  You will be reading a PD book over the summer.  That book that will make you think differently about your classroom.  And then you know you'll w…

{hooked} #sol15

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How is it that I am counting down the days in panic?

There is still so much to do before that last day when we wave goodbye for summer.  Praying that I helped hook my readers into reading to continue throughout the long, hot days of "There's nothing to do ..."

Yet, I was able to smile amid these last stressful days.

You see, a fourth grade student that I work with during intervention time wanted to share a book.

Jaden sat down and immediately opened his book.

"What are you reading?" I inquired.

"Oh, this is a new book that my mom bought for me."  He WANTED to share a book that he is reading.  I encouraged the book talk.  And his friends in the group listened.

"Tell us a little about the book and why you like it so much."

Jaden provided us with a great overview of the book.  We discussed the blu…

{like riding a bike} #sol15

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This Mother's Day I received two special gifts.
One.  The BIG gift of time.  My husband took our now five year old daughters for a couple hours in the afternoon so that I could have some time for me.  In a moment like that, it's quite sad to say that I almost didn't know what to do with myself! 
My initial thought was to open up my school bag that I drag home every day but rarely touch.  But I didn't.  Then I thought I should just start a load of laundry, do the dishes and clean off the counter.  Nope, I walked away.
I found myself on the couch.  I learned more about the BIG planning it takes when visiting Disney.  I studied the Unofficial Guide: Walt Disney Word with Kids 2015.  Tabbing pages and making notes.  I scoured my Disney Pinterest board for tips and hints and suggestions to make that planning easier.  I found ou…

{birthday celebrations} #sol15

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Birthday Celebrations

My baby girls, who will always be my baby girls, were born on May first.  We celebrated their fifth birthday last Friday.  I now have five year olds daughters.

And I cried the night before their birthday.

I sobbed in my husband's arms.  I cried asking him to pray together for them.  The more I thought about it, the more tears that streamed down my cheeks wetting the pillow.  I may have cried myself to sleep the night before ...

But by morning, the tears dried up, and it was all celebrations!  A joyous day full of smiles and laughter.  We are so blessed to treasure and nurture and develop independence with these gifts from God.  There was nothing else to do but celebrate all day long!

However, after I picked up the girls from school that morning, P. told me that when they were playing outside, she cried by the sw…