Sunday, July 29, 2012


Sooooo...when I signed up for four days of CGI training at the end of the last school year it seemed like a great idea.  Now that I'm sitting here realizing that the training starts tomorrow, I'm rethinking my decision!  Haha!  I know a lot of you are heading back to school but I don't have to be back until the end of August.  Woohoo!  That gives me a few weeks to figure out how I'm going to handle book boxes for Daily 5.  The plastic bins are so expensive and here we have 30-32 kiddos.  I sure miss when we had 20:1:(  Having 30 kiddos also means less space for movement around during Daily 5 and less space to store stuff and less carpet space, and less space for centers, and less space for reading areas....  Yikes!  Starting to depress myself!  Actually, my room is bigger than the other two on my team.  They are really tiny.  
I'm trying to get sympathy from the hubby cuz I have to work tomorrow.  Somehow he doesn't feel my pain!  Haha! Must have something to do with the fact that he works every day all year long.  Sounds dreadful!!  One thing I love about our job is we have a beginning and an end.  It's always new every September:-)  
Almost time for Big Brother!  Yep, I'm a sucker for reality TV.  Have a fab week!   


  1. Hi...I just found your blog and am now a follower. I'd love for you to visit back and check out my blog (and enter my giveaway, if you'd like).
    Adventures In Teaching

  2. Hi Amy:-) Thanks for stopping by. I will go check out your blog now:-) Deana

  3. Deana,
    Your blog is very cute. If it isn't cute, it isn't worth doing is what I usually think. :)

    Hey, I totally had to splurge and get all purple tubs for D5 from Really Good Stuff. We have big classes, too (30ish) but I wanted them so badly and didn't want to have to buy new cardboard bookboxes every year when they got beat up. However, now you can get even better tubs from Target's Dollar Spot. They're $2.50 each and you may need to search a bunch in your area to collect all that you need. Check out my post and see the pics. I bought them so I could organize my mentor texts for writing, comprehension, etc...
    I'm your new follower. C'mon over for a visit. :)
    Teaching Fabulous Firsties!

  4. Hey Corinna:-) I think I am going to have to suck it up and get the tubs from Really Good Stuff too. I tried a few Targets and they either have none or just a few. Teaching is an expensive job! I'll head over to your blog now:-)

  5. We're doing CGI as a team this school year - I'm excited to hear that you're also doing it! Can't wait to hear what you think!

    Do you live near an Ikea? They sell white, cardboard magazine files 5 for $1.99. (They usually have colorful ones, but not this year. :( ) So I'm just going to have my kiddos decorate them. I buy my book boxes there every year and it works out great! You need to take a little time to show them how *not* to hold them, but for that price, I think it's worth it! Good luck!!

    Second Grade Sparkle

  6. Hey Kate! Thanks for stopping by:-) I will check out the Ikea magazine files. I was concerned that they wouldn't last the year. I'm also considering putting their books in a ziploc and keeping them in a bin or in their desks. It would take up less space.