JULY Currently

It's July. Hooray. Can you tell I'm excited?? I'm not.
July to a teacher means one thing: Summer will not last forever after all! Hmmm...

Farley's Currently makes it a little easier to take, so here's mine.

These Olympic Trials have me fascinated! I love The Olympics, really, I do!

I also love my new blog design! If you are reading in Google Reader, click over!
I didn't create this design so I can brag a little, right??
Erin at Creating and Designing did this beautiful job! LOVE. IT!

I ate too much sushi, and we need the rain.
Makes me shudder to think of fireworks Wednesday!

Have you read Goin' Someplace Special by Patricia McKissak?
I had the pleasure of hearing Mrs. McKissak speak at a Children's Book Festival,
 and she told the story behind this book.
It's a story about her childhood and tells of the power of the written word. Love so much!

Chalkdust is probably not what you have in mind for a resource book, but it's a go-to book of mine. It has been since I received 2 copies for college graduation in 1990.
It's a collection of devotions written specifically for teachers-by a teacher.
There is a sequel called Recess. I have it, too.

My favorite devotion:
For the "Why Aren't I Doing Anything Important?" Blues

It begins this way:

"Oh, Father,
How small this world of the classroom is,
bounded by alphabet charts and chalkboards,
bookcases and maps.
And how far this world seems
from the adult circles of money and prestige.
While other adults work together in those circles,
I am alone
among a throng of scurrying, chattering little people."

Elspeth Campbell Murphy
Chalkdust, 1979

Love these two books!
The links will take you to Amazon!

Happy Monday!!
Click my Currently to link up with Farley!


  1. Your new design is super cute. She did a great job :)

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  2. Love the blog design and your book choices!

    Live, Laugh, Love, Teach

  3. What a cute blog design! I'm disappointed that July is already here! It is going by way to fast for me. We need some rain here too!


  4. Cute Cute Cute design. . . I'm jealous!
    I too like to watch the Olympics, but the gymnastics are my favorite. . . Do you cringe when you think they are going to fall? Or think if they fall how bad it would hurt?
    I'm a new follower. Stop and see my 2nd grade blog sometime, I might have some freebies that would work for your kids.
    Second In Line

  5. I am so happy about Farley's 3 rules cause i got the chance to see your blog. I think our blogs have something groovy and peaceful in common. Check mine when you have a chance and you'll see. I"m so happy to know about Goin' Someplace Special, I'm checking it out on Amazon right now.

  6. I found you through Currently. I am your newest follower! I would love for you to come visit our blog sometime. http://primarypossibilities.blogspot.com/ When you hit 300, we would love to be part of you celebration!

  7. Love your blog! I'm beginning my first year this year and I'm teaching first grade! I just decided that my theme is going to be Peace, Love, and 1st Grade so I'm super excited about starting. Look forward to reading more of your blog!

  8. Your new design looks great!! Can totally relate to not being excited about it being July!!