It is always tricky to trade in my slow-to-rise summer mornings where I may or may not get out of my pajamas for a routine with a 5:30 alarm clock and the grind of packing lunches. But with these staples in my routine, back-to-school is as easy as 1-2-3! Here are my top three…
1- I need the warmth of my morning tea to center my focus. I love this corksicle mug given to me by a special student. 2- For better or worse I need to know how my day will begin so I wake up and check my email. 3- With four of us headed to school together, we have our own mini carpool karaoke!
Andrea Beatty, Laura Numeroff, Drew Dewalt, Leo Lionni, David Shannon, Oliver Jeffers… oh i can’t pick three, are you kidding? These just scratch the surface…it would be hard to narrow down to 300 favorites let alone 3! These are a few that I love to start the year with.
1- If you are still cutting your velcro strips STOP now! Buy the velcro dots and CHANGE your world!! 2- I still prefer a paper calendar and these flair pens help me to color code. Plus – they are so much more fun to use on my data sheets than blah black ballpoint! 3- On a clipboard, on my lanyard, on my name tag, all over my walls – visual cues are my lifeline!
1- I can’t stop listening! And singing! And dancing! 2- Whether he is singing as Hootie or Darius, his songs make me happy. There is an honesty in his message that I connect to. 3- I have been known to jam to “This Girl is on Fire” with my EC team before IEP meetings!
1- I will admit that I don’t always show up at my book club with the book read (All the Light We Cannot See…I’m talking to you) But I always enjoy that time to unwind with girlfriends and talking about topics with different perspectives. Two of my all time favorites…The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah and Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler. They took my breath away! 2- Baking – and eating – always relaxes me. Just don’t ask me to clean up. 3- I have been known to plan multiple (sometimes hypothetical) trips at once. Planning makes me happy!
I’d love to hear your TOP THREE as you start a new school year.