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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Celebrate America!

Some of my best summer memories growing up are celebrating Fourth of July with my family.  I can remember driving with my older sisters and brother to choose the fireworks and then returning home to cause havoc in the background until my parents called for us to clean up.  I loved and still love the sights of the sparklers, the feeling of being so nervous before the fireworks went off, and then watching in awe at the colors and lights.

Although I won't be able to celebrate 4th of July with my students the way that I did as a child, I know that there are many fun ways to make it memorable and meaningful for them.

Here's a fun writing activity that I have created to help my students celebrate America's birthday.  It's fun and will really help my students connect the holiday to the America's actual birthday.  If you would like to use it for your classroom, simply right click and save the file.

For the complete unit which this activity is a part of, click to Memorial Day and More! Bundle {Flag Day & 4th of July Too-1st/2nd/3rd Grade}.


My Summer 2014 Bucket List

I'm so excited that it's summer again!  I love the feel of the sun on my skin, the soft wind blowing in the air, the taste of watermelon and lemonade on a lazy afternoon, the sight of my baby boy playing in his kiddy pool, and the time that summer allows me to just be me and rediscover me again.

With that being said, I'm thrilled to get started on my Summer Bucket List.


1. Go to a Painting Class- I have seen so many of my friends on FB attending painting classes, and I have been telling myself that I need to go to one myself all year!  But with everything going on in the school year, it's hard to find time.  So thrilled that I am attending one soon my sister-in-law this week.  I have to admit that I'm a little nervous and  hope the painting turns out as it should.  Either way, I'm glad to be trying something new and hopefully it is good enough to hang on my wall at home.

2. My family lives in all different parts of the U.S., so it's very difficult for us to spend time together.  This summer, I hope to visit my parents, in-laws, siblings, nieces, and nephews as much as I can. I can't wait for my baby boy to be able to spend more time family.  He is going to have such a great time!

3. If you know me, you'll know that my husband and I LOVE LOVE LOVE to travel!  We are very blessed that our baby boy loves to travel and is (for the most part) a very compliant and easy traveler.  We can't wait to take him on some more adventures this summer and build more family memories together.

4. I've been meaning to get back into cooking and learning new dishes to make.  I hope that while visiting family this summer, I will be able to pick up on some more cooking skills and dishes along the way.

What's on your SUMMER BUCKET LIST?


Sunday, June 8, 2014

Happy Birthday, Sweet Baby!

I couldn't ask for a better way to kick off my summer than with my baby's 2nd birthday party this past Saturday. After months of planning and being glued to Pinterest, it was finally here!  Although the bounce house that was delivered wasn't the one that we reserved and the balloons that we blew up the night earlier started drooping when we woke up, we marched on and managed to find more cow-print balloons and blew them up right before the party along with getting everything else ready.  Needless to say, it was a success as our sweet baby boy had a blast and so did his little friends.  We're so grateful to have such amazing family and friends to celebrate with.  Here are some photos from the party.















Monday, June 2, 2014

Three Reasons Why My Dad is a Superhero

Every child loves to believe that his/her father is their superhero, of course, I still do. :)
Any dad can understand how challenging it is to raise a girl, yet my dad raised not one but five and a boy! My dad was also always able to fix anything for me growing up.  He might not have known how all the time, but somehow he always had the right tool and always managed to get the work done.

Last but not least, my father is a SUPERHERO because he was a SUPER hard worker.  Rarely did he ever miss work and was always willing to sacrifice for his family.  For a man with only a 6th grade education, he raised college graduates and watched us fulfill our dreams. That alone makes my father, a superhero to me.
Feel free to download the file below for your own classroom use.  If you would like to see more Father's Day activities, please click to the link to see my Father's Day & Grandpa Packet.  It is filled with engaging activities that will surely bring laughter and smiles to dads and grandpas everywhere!
Thank you for visiting. You can also connect with me on my First Grade Shashay Facebook Page.  Have a great day!


Clipart by MyCuteGraphics

 Father's Day & Grandpa Packet

 Father's Day & Grandpa Packet
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Monday Meet Up- Mrs. Garcia

So excited to be participating in the "Monday Meet Up" with The Teaching Tribune this summer!  Every Monday, I hope to introduce a new blogging friend with you.  My first blogging friend is also my good friend and teaches down the hall and to the left from me, Mrs. Sandra Garcia! :)

You can find her blog at Dual Language Garden.

The Dual Language Garden
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