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Setting Up

Even though we didn’t have to report for school on Monday, I went ahead and got up early.

First on my to-do list was a walk.

It was 73 degrees – almost blissful when compared to the heat I’d faced the day before.

The sunrise was glorious.

I am so glad that the developer of my neighborhood left some of the natural foliage.  It’s a welcome respite from the sidewalks and streets that line my route.

It was just early enough to see a bunny friend.

Y’all, I put in some miles!  I was proud of myself when I finished.

When I finished, I gave the dogs some treats to placate my guilt.

Then, I loaded up my car because y’all, we teachers bring a LOT of stuff home during the summer, and headed to the school.

When I opened my classroom door, this is the sight that greeted me . . .

It may look bad to you, but this was the best shape I’d ever found my room in.  The floors had been waxed, and some of the tables had been returned to their proper places.

After rearranging a few things, I got down to what my true love is . . . books!!

It was like a family reunion as I pulled each stack of books out from under my cabinets.

There were a lot of stacks, because I buy all the books.

I grouped the books by author, series, and theme and began setting them out on my tables, countertops, and book displays.

I set a few out to do as book talks the second week of school.  My plan is to have students read independently the first ten to fifteen minutes of class each day.

I stayed until 2pm and headed home and relaxed the rest of the day.

It’s all about the pacing, y’all . . . slow and steady wins the race.

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