Thursday, August 1, 2013

August Currently...Already?!?

I cannot believe that it is August 1st already! I have 24 days before school starts, but 9 of them are already taken up with all day trainings.  I am starting at a new school and in a new grade level this year, so I have a lot to learn.  I am linking up with Farley from Oh Boy, 4th Grade! for August’s Currently

Listening: My fiancĂ© and his friend have been completing a lot of little projects around our new house, so power tools have been heard daily.  I love how everything is coming together!
Loving: Living in the Bay Area, we don’t get a super hot summer and each day usually starts with fog.  However, the past few days have been sunny and warm.  I have been trying to soak up the sunshine.
Thinking: I didn’t know until Monday that I was for sure teaching 2nd grade this year, so I hadn’t printed anything out specifically for 2nd grade.  Now my printer has been working overtime to get everything printed, organized, and ready to start the new school year.
Wanting:  I really want to meet the other teachers I will be working with this year.  The staff I met during the interview process were awesome, so I’m sure the other 2nd grade teachers will be awesome too.  I will be meeting everyone next Wednesday, and I can’t wait!
Needing: I have no idea what my classroom looks like, so I am super anxious to see what I am working with.  The principal is going to show me my classroom tomorrow, and then I can really start planning, organizing, and decorating. 
B2S Must Have #1: I would be lost without my Scotch laminator at home (can't beat $25 and free shipping with Amazon Prime).  Having the laminator at home allows me to prep so much before heading back to school.  Plus the sheets are so much thicker than the stuff in the school laminator.
B2S Must Have #2: I am like a little kid, and like to get a new lunchbox before every school year.  This year I found a sugar skull lunchbox with matching reusable bags that I love!

B2S Must Have #3: There is always so much to get completed the first week of school, but I love to include fun activities throughout the days.  I use these fun activities at centers while teaching the procedures and routines that we will use throughout the school year.  This year I am excited to use two great resources from Lyndsey Kuster at A Year of Many Firsts. I will use her activities in Back to School for Seconds to get to know my students and teach them about the expectations in our classroom. 

I can't wait to introduce the Daily 5 with her adorable resources.  

I hope you’ll link up with Farley too because I love reading everyone’s entries. 


  1. Another California teacher who is also in the Bay Area?! Woohoo! Looks like we are both starting our first year of teaching second grade together! I can't wait to read about your adventures! :)

    Diary of a Second Grade Teacher

    1. I didn't know you were in the Bay Area too. Maybe we should think about having a Bay Area Blogger meet up. I am always jealous of the east coast teachers that meet up. I am excited and nervous to teach 2nd grade for the first time. I am so thankful to all the great ideas in blog land though. I will be following your adventures too.

  2. Lauren,

    Found your blog through the Currently!

    I've nominated you for the Liebster Award! It is to promote blogs with less than 200 followers. Follow the link if you'd like to participate!
    I'm also your newest follower!


  3. Good luck in your new room! I cannot wait to get into my new room either!

    What's Working This Year?

    1. Thank you! I just found out that I can't actually work on my classroom until August 12th...EEEK! So much to do and so little time. Good luck setting up your room. I can't wait to see pictures.

  4. Hi Lauren! A new school and new grade can be scary and exciting! I wish you the best! I'm looking forward to hearing about your new classroom and what it looks like!

    Covered in Glitter and Glue

    1. Thanks Jessica! I am used to the new school and classroom thing, but the new grade level is nerve-racking. I will definitely be posting pictures of my new classroom.

  5. Oh my goodness I can't believe you've got 9 full days of training! That's rough!!!! I've just found your blog through the linky and started following along! I love how well traveled you are- you must bring such a diverse range of experience to the classroom

    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

  6. What an exciting time for you. New school, new grade, new classroom. I remember that feeling. As stressful as it is, it's really exciting meeting all the teachers and getting a brand-new classroom all decorated. Have fun with it and good luck at your new school. : )

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