Today was a great day despite the sweltering heat. It’s days like today when I wish I had a swimming pool or air conditioning. I think I spent most of the day sweating!
I finally got around to getting my ten-frames put together for a math lesson. In order to get it done, I had to go to work to run them off. I brought my paper cutter home to get them cut apart. I brought home a box of gallon ziploc bags to place the sets of ten-frames. I convinced two of my daughters to come with me so they could at least sit in my air-conditioned classroom while I prepped everything. They were so hot that they didn’t mind taking a ride to my school just to sit in the air conditioning! I have yet to staple my art sketch books, but there is always tomorrow. I am hoping it won’t be too hot. I want to go for a short run, so I will have to get up early before the heat sets in.
Tomorrow I am going to take some time to read my book club book. We are reading The Language of Flowers, by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Here is a summary of what the book is about.
The Victorian language of flowers was used to convey romantic expressions: honeysuckle for devotion, asters for patience, and red roses for love. But for Victoria Jones, it’s been more useful in communicating mistrust and solitude. After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. But an unexpected encounter with a mysterious stranger has her questioning what’s been missing in her life. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
I am only on Chapter 3, but so far I am enjoying the book. I have many more books on my night stand waiting for me to read. Many are teacher resources. I just ordered and received Donalyn Miller’s The Book Whisperer and I need to read Mind-Up which is a curriculum that encourages children to self-regulate their behavior and helps with concentration. It is promoted by the Hawn Foundation. My coworker told me about it, so I thought I would check it out. I am still not sure how it all works.
Even though it is a three-day weekend, I am still thinking about work. I guess as a teacher you never can get away from that. I am still going to try and enjoy what is left of this weekend.