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Monday, June 17, 2013

Monday Made It {and a Wedding}

Yay!  I'm participating in my first Monday Made It of the summer.  This week it will be simple.  I've designed "Welcome to 5th Grade" postcards to mail to my students in the fall.  I mailed postcards home at the beginning of this past year.  I didn't think it would be a big deal, but the kids really enjoyed receiving them.  These postcards are much more pretty {and personalized} than what you find in stores!  I haven't ordered them through VistaPrint, yet.  I'm waiting for a better deal...  What do you think?

Let me tell you, folks, PowerPoint is a useful tool.  I never actually use it to make presentations, but it is great for layering images (especially when you can't afford specialized programs)!  That's all for I've made for this week!  I can't wait to see what everyone else has made!! :)

Onward to other news:  I went home to SC this weekend for the wedding of a friend at Clemson.  It was a very nice Catholic wedding and the reception was absolutely beautiful.  It was in an old, renovated cotton mill {the Loom at cotton mill place} in Simpsonville, SC.  I should have taken a picture of the venue, but I didn't.  I do have a picture to share of two other friends from Clemson.  It was a fun reunion.  It really made me miss living in SC (which doesn't happen often).  By the way, I had my hair cut last Wednesday.  I am NOT happy with it.  I wanted it to be about two inches longer.  I'm not sure where I went wrong when I said "shoulder length".  While everyone seems to love it, I'm taking biotin religiously! :)

I almost forgot... Refocusing on teaching, after seeing several blog posts about the book Teach Like a Pirate, I decided to order the book last night.  I'm excited to receive it in the mail within the next week or so.  Those of you that have read it (or are currently reading it), what are your thoughts?  I've only heard good things, but I haven't put a lot of research into it.  Is it like a {required} book study book, or will I actually enjoy reading it?

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  1. Thanks for linking up:) Love the colors of your blog:) Teach Like a Pirate is AMAZING!!! Just what I needed to read this summer;)

    4th Grade Frolics

  2. CUTE postcards! I love your idea about ordering them from Vista Print. I'm going to have to borrow that idea!

    Crofts' Classroom

  3. Hi - I wanted to let you know, that I thing Teaching Like A Pirate is something you will enjoy reading. To me it isn't like reading a textbook, it is more like reading a memoir of someone's accounts as a teacher. To me it is an easy read, and has caught my attention quickly.

  4. Cute postcards! I used to send postcards, but our school went to a standardized letter. Might have to return to sending the postcardsl It's such a great way to connect with students before they walk through the classroom door!
    Glad to find another fifth grade blogger!
    Fabulous Fifth Grade Fun

  5. TLAP is a REALLY good book. Nothing like required reading is. It is quick, easy, and motivating. Once you read, if you blog about your thoughts, feel free to link up with us.
    Third Grade Tidbits

  6. Love the postcards! Every year I say I'm going to send postcards and I never do....maybe this will be the year :)

  7. Love the postcards. I've been wanting to make some but didn't know where I should print them.

    1. Definitely VistaPrint! They always do a great job. I've used their postcards to make bookmarks (2 per sheet) before. The color and quality are great. Right now, you can get 100 for $16.74. They have some nice designs, but I always upload my own. The easiest thing to do is make it on PowerPoint and save it as a PDF.

      Thanks for reading,


  8. I just ordered that book too! Can't wait to get it!

    I'm waiting for a great Vista Print deal too...

    *Bunting, Books, and Bainbridge*

  9. I like your postcards! I am your newest follower.

    Simply 2nd Resources

  10. I found your blog through Monday Made It and am your newest follower. Those postcards are very cute! I've never used Vista Print before. I'll have to check that out. I just ordered the Pirate book myself. It should be here today. I've read so many great things, I'm sure we won't be disappointed!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  11. I LOVED Teach Like A Pirate. It's definitely not just a required reading kind of book. I'm sure you will enjoy it.

    room 4 imagination


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