Not every summer week can be awesome. Some have to be ordinary.
Day 52 Sink
Free Paid For Childcare
Moms and dads: In case you need permission for some reason, I want you to know that in my humble opinion, it’s perfectly fine to use your gym membership for childcare. Drop those kids off, grab a table and a friend, and get some work done. Or read a book. Or stare into space for two quiet hours….whatever the heck you want to do. You’ve already paid for it, and the kids are getting exercise. No guilt necessary. I lost track of how many times Rachel and I met for work dates at the gym this week. I’m so thankful for the Kidz Gym at our local Y.
Day 54 PLC
For my non teacher friends, PLC stands for Professional Learning Community. Usually PLCs are groups of teachers that meet together weekly to analyze assessment data, learn together, plan, etc. Ruth and I joke that we are each other’s PLC. Monday through Thursday we run and mostly talk math. On this day, Emily joined us and wasn’t lost as we talked closed and open sets of numbers and integer operations. This screenshot shows how we add items to our daily PLC agenda.
Day 55 Algebra
I’ve started my second class of the summer. By looking through the pictures on my phone from this day, it appears homework is all I did. Here’s a model I drew that I thought was particularly cool. I used it to demonstrate this generalization: If the number being subtracted is reduced by a certain amount, the difference will be greater by that same amount. (If a–b=c, then a–(b-x)=c+x OR a-(b-x)=(a-b)+x)
Day 56 Daughters & Sons
After book club the kids easily talked us into eating dinner out. We checked out Daughters & Sons on Fifth St. for the first time. The price was very reasonable, we got popcorn while we waited, and the pizza was yummy. Oh, and ice cream sandwiches. We’ll definitely be back.
Day 57 Girls Night
These people are my tribe. Or at least part of my tribe. Every once in a while, the stars align and we get to hang out….without kids. And it’s wonderful. This night’s fun included all the junk food we could collectively round up from our houses, conversations that remind each of us that we’re not alone, and a slow game of Ticket to Ride. I’m thankful for them.
Day 58 Fishing
After church we had a birthday lunch with Papa, then he took the kids fishing. Papa put the worms on the hooks, and then Jay took the fish they caught off the hooks. Nana and I were the encouragers. Both kids caught 2 or 3 fish, and then Chica pulled up the biggest surprise….a turtle!
Tonight we also bribed the kids with Mr. Goodies to clean their rooms. I wanted to go anyway, but I might as well get some work out of it, amiright?