Monday, August 3, 2015

Pinterest Pick 3 for August

August already?!  Woah!  Many are heading back to school.  Not to rub it in but I'm not going back until September. But....I'm getting ready. Actually, I've been getting ready since June 30th but....whatever.  Much of my back to school prep involves stalking Pinterest for great ideas I can't miss.  Here's my picks for August:
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Have you ever heard of this book?

It's called The Dot by Peter Reynolds and it is ah-maz-ing! Here's a brief synopsis:

Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says.

That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. That special moment is the core of Peter H. Reynolds’s delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.
The bulletin board above (that my students would help make) would be a great connection to the book. And I just love how colorful it is! 

While on the subject of books...have you ever seen this book? Laugh out loud funny, I tell ya. Your students will love it and then love you for reading it. Get it. It's that good. I promise.

It makes for a great writing prompt for students to write about what they did over the summer.

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I have a confession. I just don't cook. Like...hardly ever. I'm horrible at it. But...we all gotta do what we gotta do and sometimes I have to step out of the pasta and chicken nuggets rut and force myself to get creative.
So then...I whip out the crockpot. The crockpot is the holy grail to those of us who struggle with "Cooknophobia" (Cooknophobia: [noun] A term that refers to the person who is afraid to cook. The term can also refer to someone who is horrible at cooking.) And there you have it folks, there's a term for it.
Anyways...back to school means we have less time for me to get my act together in the kitchen so I've been searching for recipes. I like this one. It's different. 

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If we are still living after my attempt at cooking this, I'll let you know how it goes. :)
Don't forget to check out the other Pinterest picks this month by the others who have linked up. Many thanks to Lisa from Pawsitively Teaching and Marissa from Inspired Owl's Corner for hosting.

You can follow me on Pinterest here. Thanks for stopping by!

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  1. Kidpeople ClassroomAugust 3, 2015 at 7:16 AM

    Always glad to hear of a new book. And yep, crockpot season is just around the corner. One of life's simple pleasures is coming in the door after school to the smell of dinner that is READY TO EAT! Yes! Thanks for sharing. Kathleen Kidpeople Classroom

    1. afirstforeverythingAugust 3, 2015 at 7:23 AM

      I totally agree! Crockpot meals are the perfect Sunday meal on a Tuesday. Thanks for stopping by!


  • Pawsitively TeachingAugust 3, 2015 at 8:18 AM

    I can't wait to read that book....thanks for sharing and linking up Julie!

  • Inspired OwlAugust 3, 2015 at 9:36 AM

    I need to get that Dot book- I have heard so much about it! The bulletin board is a great idea! I have I'm You're Finally Here, but I can't find it! Thank you sharing your pins and joining us!

  • Breanna LodatoAugust 3, 2015 at 10:54 PM

    I love The Dot. Such a great book! Have you read his other book Ish? It is a great one! Thanks for the inspiration!
    Lodato’s Loves

    1. SandiAugust 5, 2015 at 12:09 AM

      Love Ish too :)

  • SandiAugust 5, 2015 at 12:08 AM

    I love The Dot. Looking forward to International Dot Day this September. Pinning the bulletin board idea to my The Dot board.

  • Mrs. MooreAugust 5, 2015 at 7:34 AM

    At first when I saw the bulletin board, I loved it because it looked like confetti. Now that I have read the reasoning behind it, I love it even more. I will definitely have to check out both of those books! Thanks for the ideas! :-)
    Teaching in Bows Pearls and Glitter