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Currently ~ Jubilant January!

Happy New Year!  I wish you much health and happiness in 2022!  I am linking up with Anne in Residence for:


These days I am looking forward to feeling comfortable living life without worrying about getting sick or worse, making someone else sick.  I did get a PCR test yesterday, and it was negative.  I feel lucky to know this before going back to school tomorrow!


My most recent organizing accomplishment is cleaning out the silverware drawer.  There was so much unnecessary things in the drawer, and now it is clean and neat.


I just starting reading this delightful book:

You can click on the book cover to read more at Amazon as I have only read the first few chapters.  The good news is that I can tell that I will finish this book!


I desperately need to stop eating so many cookies and other treats.  Once I start eating these delicious and sweet treats, I can't stop.


My hairdresser got Covid so I have scheduled a new haircut for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  I am looking forward to getting a wash and cut.  

As always, thank you for popping in to the blog.  I am hoping to write more blog posts this year.

Currently December!

Happy Delightful December!  Welcome to another monthly installment of Anne in Residence's:


I decorate with snowmen and snowflakes so I can keep my decorations up all winter!



I feel like school is more manageable.  My students know the routines and expectations.  We made amazing Native American dioramas for Thanksgiving.  When my students are happy, I'm happy!


I'll be sending/gifting these sea glass creations by  @designsbyheidib to my children for Christmas:


Yesterday my friend and I went to a church fair.  Upon entering, someone from the kitchen was bringing up a fresh baked batch of cinnamon buns.  Yum!


Here is my confession:  I never wrap anything.  I only use gift bags.  I keep all my received gift bags and use them again.  I am just too lazy to wrap gifts when I can just pop them into a bag!

In closing, I love this meme so I'm ending with this thankful message:

Currently November!

Happy November!  It is amazing how fast the fall has gone by.  Now that I have had conferences on a Thursday followed by Halloween on Friday, I feel more adjusted and relaxed.  Now I can join Anne in Residence's monthly link-up and write in my blog (hopefully!):


In my classroom, the kids need to sit 6 feet apart for social distancing, especially while eating snack.  During snack, I love to read to the kids so I have been borrowing e-books on Overdrive.

This way I can show the book on the big screen (whiteboard), and everyone can see the pictures!  With everyone spread out physically, I had to find a way to read books to the kids which is one of my most favorite activities!


As you know, I do love TJ Maxx and Marshall's.  My friend and I go to one of these stores every weekend, and I can always find something to buy (kind of like Target).  This weekend I purchased a cozy pair of Kooba memory foam slippers to wear now that the clocks have been turned back. 

At school, I am planning a unit on Massachusetts Native Americans.  This is my favorite unit of the year.  I have great admiration of how the Native Americans lived and respected nature.  We also make the best diorama for Thanksgiving:

Click here to get the pattern for the wetu (wigwam) and here for the mishoon (canoe) or here for another canoe template.

The students in this picture are in 6th grade now, but I have been doing this project for a long time, and it is a keeper!


This year I spend a great deal of time prepping for our new Reading program:  Fountas and Pinnell; and for our new Phonic program:  Fundations.    Check out an example of how to mark up a word:


I just finished this book:

I enjoyed the story as it contains lots of references to Greek mythology.  However, it is not an easy or relaxing book because there is so much to remember about all the different characters and time periods.  You can click on the book cover to read more at Amazon.

Yesterday I started:  L.A. Weather which is a Reese's Book Club book.  So far, I'm still happy to live in Massachusetts even if it is always sunny and warm in Los Angeles.

As always, thank you for visiting the blog and checking in.  Please let me know if you have any questions about anything in this post.

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