Surviving until Summer: Linky Party

Tomorrow I go back to school after being off for Spring Break.  Y’all I had so much fun with my boys and while I miss my little first grade friends, I know that these next 6+ weeks will not be the easiest.   So Katie from Queen of the First Grade Jungle and I thought we’d share some of the things we do to make it through these next couple of months. We’d love for you to link up and share things in both your personal and school lives that help you to survive. 
Here are some of mine!  
Personally there are a few things that relieve my stress and make this girl a happier mommy and teacher. 
Also, shopping for, and decorating my house makes my heart happy.  In fact I was just talking to my sweet friend Kathleen today about decor.  She’s amazing at making old things new and she has a great eye.  Not only do I want to continue to redecorate our house, but I also have a new classroom next year to think about.  I’m all about farmhouse inspired decor.  I love distressed furniture, cute knick knacks, wire baskets and tin.  
In fact, today I found two great sites with all kinds of fun items on sale. 
It might not currently look like it, but I love to workout. I especially love to run and lift weights.  I miss my sweet trainer and I really miss running.  I gave both up this winter and it’s my biggest regret. So, now that we are having some beautiful spring weather, I’m so ready to run and relieve stress.  
Here are some of my favorite things to help me while working out:
The first are my Adidas Energy Boost. I am in LOVE with these shoes. I’ve literally tried every running shoe ever invented and these will forever be my go to! Like clouds, girls! 
I also really enjoy Les Mills Body Pump. It’s a great workout and it makes me feel strong.
And I REALLY love my Spark to get me through my school day and workouts.  SO YUMMY!
Going outside! 
Whether it is with my students, or my sweet boys, I love to play outside. Doing outdoor activities with my students makes my heart happy and them happy as well.  Here are a few ideas of things you can do that are both academic and for the outdoors. 
Target had packs of frisbees on sale not too long ago in the pet section.  I give my students a word to begin with and they write it. They then throw the frisbee to their partner and their partner has to change one letter in the word to make a new word.  They continue this making tons of words! It’s such a fun activity and the frisbees can be used like this for many topics and standards.
We also love to use chalk to practice spelling and math.  
With Kindergarten kiddos you can draw outdoor Elkonin boxes and have them jump the sounds of picture cards you put in front of them.  For example: place a picture of a cat in front of them. They would then jump in each box and say the sounds in the word.  
Take advantage of Go Noodle. The end of the year = fidgety children.  Brain breaks are a perfect way to make it through the day and it’s free.  
Make others happy! It always helps my mood when I know I’m making others feel good.  In the past we showered our 4th grade buddies with treats to make it through their testing.  These cute tags are from my friend Hope’s Sweet Support pack. 
 We also love to make our mommy’s feel good by hosting a Mother’s Day Tea.  It’s one of my favorite days of the year and it’s absolutely precious.
Here are the books we make for our mommies.
Here are their cute fingerprint vases.
Reading the moms their books.
 Singing to our mommies.
Here is my pack that explains our tea and includes the items we create.  
And if all else fails… this is COMING SOON!
Now we would love to hear what you do to make it through.  You can link up below. 
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Michelle Oakes

Wife, mom of 2 boys and a bulldog, reading specialist, Target frequenting lover of fashion, home decorating, Cincinnati girl.

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