Currently July

Nooooooo!  It's July.  I don't know about you but as soon as the Fourth of July is over the summer seems to fly by in a wink.  I've got lots to do before school starts, so this is my cue to GET BUSY!  I'm linking up with Farley at Oh' Boy 4th Grade for her July Currently.

1.  Maybe you can help me with this one!  My youngest daughter does not think her life will be complete until she has an iPhone.  All her friends have iPhones.  She is the only soon to be 7th grader in the world who does not own one.  She pleads her case on a daily hourly bases.  She made a Power Point explaining the reasons why she needs one.  Now, don't worry because we my husband and I are not planning on getting her one any time soon.  She has a phone and an iPod Touch. The best of both worlds, right!  How do you feel about middle schoolers having iPhones?  Be honest!  My husband and I have different opinions on this topic!!

2.  We recently returned from a short vacation to Norris Lake, TN.  We had a wonderful and relaxing time but what made it even more relaxing was knowing that I would still be on vacation when I returned!  I LOVE summer!  Here is a picture of my daughters on the lake.  It was the only picture I remembered to take while we were there.  I'm awful at capturing memories!!

3. I'm starting to get a little nervous about my new teaching position!  Next week will be my first opportunity to get into my classroom and start unpacking the 125 boxes that are waiting for me.  I don't know if you are like me but I can't start thinking about planning until my room is ready!  It's a huge room that's a blank canvas, so I'm looking forward to making it mine!

4. My youngest daughter leaves on Monday for a ten day trip to England.  She's traveling with her soccer team.  I'm so excited that she gets this opportunity but I know I'll be a nervous wreck the entire time she's gone.

5. My neighborhood has a garage sale every summer.  I'm not a big fan of getting ready for garage sales, so I usually don't participate.  This summer my husband is giving me no choice!  We are hoarders!  I have junk in every nook and cranny of this house.  I also have lots of teaching materials from my time in first grade.  My plan is to work hard while my daughter is in England to keep myself busy.  Maybe I'll make enough money to buy everything on my TpT wishlist during the back to school sale!!

Blog tip... do your homework!  Research and read lots of blogs before you begin.  This will give you ideas for topics, giveaways, linky parties, etc.  It's always best to be well prepared before beginning this part time job!!


  1. It certainly is a part time job!! My sis is going into 9th grade and has the same as your daughter- phone and iPod touch. :)
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  2. I'm with you on the classroom thing. I'm moving rooms and grades and it is hard to even think about the school year knowing that I have tons of stuff just crammed in boxes right now...

    And I'd lean towards saying that a 7th grader doesn't need an iphone...

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  3. Your room is huge! I'd gladly take on the task or organizing that space rather than the small one I have!

    This whole iPhone thing is crazy. Some of my students in 3rd grade last year had one in addition to other electronic devices. I know I wouldn't be getting that for my younger child. Unless she was in a position where she might need to call you for a ride after a practice or something, I don't think I'd lean to getting one for her yet.

    Ms. Julie aka Southern Teacher
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  4. It looks like you have quite a large room. I can't wait to see pictures of it when it's finished. I love going to garage sales, but I hate having my own. Good luck!

  5. I'm in the same boat! I'm starting at a new school and can't wait to start planning but I feel that a HUGE amount of lesson planning has to do with the flow of your room. Can't plan for that until you get in there and set up!

    Teaching Isn't Scripted

  6. I'm with you - no real lesson planning can take place until everything is all set up in my room.

    About the iPhone, both of my kids have one, but they paid for them and they pay for the data plan. We only pay the part of the plan that we would pay for any other type of regular cell phone. We also make them pay for a whole year of the data plan at once. They use birthday money and chore money to pay for their phones. They are vested in taking care of it. My kids will be in 6th grade and 9th grade. Hope that helps.

  7. My soon to be 7th grader saved and bought her own iPhone. My husband and I agreed that the kids can have a cell phone in 7th grade, but they had to save and buy their own. She will do extra chores to pay for the $10 a month data plan, her line is technically "free" because I get a teacher discount. If she breaks it or loses it, too bad! I am all for learning lessons like this. Hopefully it will teach her about saving money and responsibility.