July 21

Summer Reading

One of the joys of summer is having more time to read. My reading this summer can be divided into three groups:  Bible study, professional growth, and fun reads. A love for reading and life-long learning are values I want to share and model for my students.

Bible Study:  I am part of a women’s neighborhood Bible study. The group meets in the morning during the school year, so I cherish the opportunity to study with friends and neighbors each summer. The study is led by a KRCS parent. This summer, we are studying Becoming More Than a Good Bible Study Girl by Lysa Terkeurst. I’ve enjoyed her insights. She has a blog and is a leader of the Proverbs 31 Ministry.


Click here to go to Proverbs 31 Ministry




Professionally, I’ve read The Daily 5 and The Cafe Book by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. I am participating in an online book study as I read these books about developing children’s literacy. Looking forward to applying these ideas in my classroom this year.






I have just begun reading Rafe Esquith’s Teach Like Your Hair’s On Fire. Lots of ideas for parents and teachers to ponder.

 Fun Read:  I just finished Sea Change by Karen White. Karen is part of our KRCS family and I taught both of her children. Click here to go to Karen’s web site.  This is her 15th novel about Southern women.

Hope I’ll have time to finish some more of the novels on my nightstand before school begins!

(Click on each book for a sneak peek inside.)

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July 19


I spend lots of time working in my garden.  We have always had snakes, and I understand the benefits of having them.  However, we had two copperheads this spring, a neighbor killed one between our yards, and I caught another one in my garage this week!  I was home alone, so the fear of it returning to my garden overcame my fear of capturing it.  Oh the joys of living in the South!

July 14

Word Apps

KRCS gave each teacher an i Pad prior to the end of school. The technology department wanted us to “play” with the i Pads this summer, so we can use them confidently with our students this coming year. We had several training sessions before school was out and there is an optional workshop next week.

One of my favorite new apps is appsgonefree. Each day a few apps go free for a short time to build a greater fan base. I have found several word games that I wanted to share with you. The first app is Dabble. It is also a board game. After you are given random letters, you have five minutes to create a two, three, four, five, and six letter word.  I used my knowledge of phonics to create words. For example, “qu” and “ex” are often found together in words. I looked for “ing,” digraphs (sh, ch, and th), and vowel teams (ai, oi, ee, ea). Also, every word and syllable contains a vowel.

Dabble Game Board

The other two apps are Word Grind and Bubble in Paradise. In each of these apps, letters appear and you score by combining them to form words. All three are fun and a great way to practice spelling skills.  (I did have to turn the music off because I found it distracting.)

Have you found any great new educational apps?  Leave a comment to tell us your favorites.

Bubble in Paradise

Word Grind

July 12

Summer Vacation

I sure am enjoying my time off, but I miss everyone and wonder what adventures each of you have had this summer.  I just returned from a visit to Kentucky and Ohio to see my family.  Kelsey was able to drive in too.  I’ve been able to complete lots of projects around the house and my kitchen is in the process of being renovated (LONG overdue!).  I’ve braved the heat and added to my garden.  So grateful for the rain this week!  Love working out and getting lots of rest!  I’m also spending a little time at school doing a mini-makeover of my classroom.   Please leave a comment and give us the highlights of your summer.

July 12

New Series

I love discovering new series for my classroom library. When I visited my niece and nephew, rising third and fifth graders, they recommended two new series. I have read half of the first book in each series and they are great fantasy stories.

The first series of four chapter books is Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist  by LaFevers. The books chronicle the adventures of young Nathaniel “Nate” Fludd, a beastologist in training, who travels the world in search of mythical beasts like the phoenix and unicorn.

Beastologist Home Page








The second series of three chapter books is Doll People by Martin. This story is about the adventures of a doll family who has lived in a dollhouse for over 100 years.


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