I’ve had a lot going on the last couple weeks that I need to fill you in on.  This post is going to go through most of them.  Prepare yourselves now for the thought hopping!

First, I’m over at Classroom DIY today showing you how to make some cute picnic centers.  I used items I got from the Dollar Spot at Target.  Um, yeah, I’m definitely one of those people that gets sucked into that section. How is it possible to spend over a half hour going through such a small place?  I digress.  I also created these cute hot dogs that practice the “not” contractions.  Click on the picture below to read more about it and download yours.

Have you checked out the 15 Days of K over at Mrs. Lirette’s Learning Detectives?  She’s featuring some great guest bloggers who are sharing some great tips for kindergarten- and can be applied in other primary grades as well.  You should definitely head over there if you haven’t checked it out yet.  Saturday would be a fantastic day to go- hint, hint. 🙂

I’m participating in some professional development through blogs this summer.  I’m excited because I’ve never done anything like this before!  I’m participating in Mrs. Wills Kindergarten‘s book study of “In Pictures and in Words”.  I’m just waiting for my book to arrive!  You can check out more information on the book study by going here or you can get the book by clicking the picture below.

I’m also helping to host a Daily 5 book study.  I read the Daily 5 a few years ago and have helped some of my teachers implement it in their classrooms.  I’m excited to go through it again and get some new ideas through other blogs.  You can find more information on the book study by clicking the picture below.  Hurry, though!  We begin next week!

If you don’t have a copy of the Daily 5 yet (wait, what?!?) click the image below to buy it NOW!  It will change your life!  Okay, maybe only your reading block, but trust me, you want to.
I have at least two other books to get read as well.  I have pretty much taken a professional reading break since I finished my masters program last spring and I’m ready to get back into it!  Did I mention that I only officially get off the month of July because of my position?  I’m totally okay with working through June to get stuff ready for the next year.  I actually enjoy the planning and big picture stuff.  But, I always think I’m going to be able to get so much more done in the summer than I’m going to be able to.  I have big hopes!  Stay tuned!