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Thursday, July 19, 2012

To do or Not to do? So many things on my list! (linky party)

Today is Thursday, July 19th.  Ahhh, the days of summer.......hanging out with my kids, staying up way to late at night and sleeping in until noon like I was a teenager.  I have lots of thing to do during summer but first I will just chillax (chill out + relax...I'm pretty hip, huh?).  

Today I rescheduled a doctor's appointment from tomorrow until Aug. 7th so of course I had to pull out my Erin Condren life planner to write down the new appointment when all of a sudden I start to PANIC!  Holy "beep"!!!!!!!!!  Only 4 weeks until I start setting up my classroom.  We don't officially have to go back to work until August 20th but with all the staff development and meetings we have that week I never have time to set up my classroom.   Did you hear me?  4 weeks to do EVERYTHING I had planned to get accomplished over the summer!!!!!! 

You think 4 weeks is a long time?  You are CRAY-ZEE!!!!!!! I have so much to do including: decluttering the house (especially the garage), painting the kitchen and family room, replacing the carpet, replacing the fence, painting the exterior of the house, painting a mural in my sons room, re-doing my cross wall, find a new sofa table, buy new lamps...... oh my goodness I can go on and on and this is just my to do at home list.  There is a to do personal list like start exercising, eating better, etc and there is a school to do list that is a mile long!  In fact, I have so much I want to do before the first day of school I can't even think of everything! 

The house stuff and me stuff will have to wait until Christmas break (like always)!!!!!! 

Because of my lack of focus and lack of movement (yes, I'm a couch potato.... don't judge) I've decided to have a linky party! A "what do you still need to do before the first day of school" linky party!

Here is my list of only my school stuff that I need to do before the 1st day of school
(in no particular order)
  1. Make my parent orientation brochure and order through vistaprint (done)
  2. Create several "class journals" like I've seen on pinterest
  3. Plan out my curriculum for the year... a very loose timeline
  4. Figures out what classroom jobs I'm going to have
  5. Make labels for student spirals and folders (I made stuff for my own binder already)
  6. Plan out Daily 5 - make posters, think about how I will track students, etc.
  7. Plan out gathering area, student book boxes, etc (for daily 5)
  8. make and organize word work
  9. write out P.O. for two grants I won at the end of last year
  10. Make an book about me (autobiography w/ pics) to share with my students
  11. Make little "recycle paper bins" for the student desk groups
  12. Make birthday bucket with "birthday treats"
  13. Create Sign In/Out binder sheets 
  14. numbers for labeling (create, print, cut out, laminate, cut out again)
  15. 5 Jenga get to know you games (buy, print, create)
  16. Create buttons/badges... "ask me how I did on my test today",  "Ask me how I filled someone's bucket today", etc.
  17. Bucket filler board/shoe organizer (buy, print, create)
  18. Check out station for my library books (posterboard w/ library pockets- buy, print, create)
  19. Make class schedule
  20. Door decoration  from pinterest (make, print, cut, laminate and cut again)
  21. Make Peace Maker / Peace Breaker board for back of door
OK, I am stopping at 20 (#1 doesn't count because I did it already) because just #3 will take me forever!!!! Now its your turn to share what you still have to do before your first day of school.  Hopefully you will get other ideas and/or you will get suggestions on how to make your to list shrink quickly!

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After writing your post with your "to do list"(don't forget to include the linky party button on your blog post so others can check your post out)link up here:


  1. Great idea for a linky party, can't wait to link up tomorrow!
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  2. OMG, I have until Aug. 7th!!! I have to go back on the 1st!!!!

  3. You have me in TOTAL FREAK OUT MODE now! I go back for "teacher work days" Aug 13th! THAT IS 23 DAYS FROM NOW! Guess I need to start burning the midnight oil!

  4. This linky really got my list-living self in gear. Gosh, I have a lot to do!

    Krazy Town

  5. ..atleast we can all say we are not alone!!

  6. I should've compiled all my mini lists. I leave Sunday for a week-long institute, and then go back Monday, July 30! Aaaaaaah! Where did summer go?!

  7. Lorraine- You are making me tired just reading your list. I am in extreme denial that I go back in 4 weeks. I have been bogged down with PD lately but i need to get my act together. August 16th will be here before you know it!!

    Tales from a 4th (and 5th) Grade Teacher

  8. Lorraine, I am so not judging. I am a fellow couch potato :)
    We go back in 2 weeks!!!!
    This linky is a great idea. Since I have it listed, I might get something done.

    One Class, One Sound

  9. I need to make a birthday bucket too! Thanks for the reminder! I linked up!

  10. Thank you for the linky! And for the inspiration to kick it into gear! I am your newest follower!

  11. I might start having a panic attack thinking about this! :)

    I'll join the linky tomorrow~ :)
    Apples and ABC's

  12. OMG, I love the long list of home projects you still have to do, sounds like me!! I was hoping to have our 2 bedrooms turned into 3 by the end of this summer. So far we have closets in the third bedroom, that's it. We need to scraped the ceiling, put in the egress window, paint, floor, purchase furniture etc. Then paint and separate the girls room. Don't get me started on the shed, storage room and garage. *sigh* and then there is the school to do list, which I would love to link to right now but I'm already distracted from leveling books. Glad I'm not alone!

  13. Oh I am sooo scared to do this! Haha, I feel like my list would be too long to actually accomplish! But... I think I need to suck it up and do it. Plus this is a great link because there are so many things that people mentioned that I need to do too! Daily 5 is definitely at the top of my list... eeeee! I need to get busier!!

    Reaching for the TOP!

  14. I think I posted a comment to everyone's blogs :)

  15. This it's going to be my first year as a 4th grade teacher, and my only experience it's Pre-k... I don't have idea what to expect and what I have to do... I will appreciate if help me with some advice's.

    Thank you.!!

    Anxiousnewfourthgradeteacher/soshelp!.com :P

  16. I'm back tomorrow (offically) !!!! But since our schools merging into neighborhood schools, I changed classrooms AND school sites. Have been running in circles getting things put together and about a million trips to Target, Hobby Lobby . . .etc . . . sometimes twice in the same day!! lol