We are buying a house?!?!
That’s right! We put an offer on a house and after receiving a very good counter-offer, we have accepted! The house is absolutely perfect for us and is exactly what we were looking for. We were actually in a 10 day option period for another house, but after finding this one we couldn’t imagine it not being ours so we cancelled the offer on the first house. This house just matched what we wanted a little more closely than the first house. We are scheduled for inspection today at 3, so everyone keep your fingers crossed that it goes smoothly – I know they usually find SOMETHING, but hopefully it will be nothing major! Here are some pictures of the beautiful, soon-to-be-ours house!
First, with the excitement of buying a house building up, I have been searching for ways to take care of a few of the small things we will need to do to make the place our own. This post on Buzzfeed DIY has some great tips for painting that we will definitely be following! I would have never thought of some of these tips.
I’ve been looking at ideas to use when planning this year (still don’t know what subject I will be responsible for planning, but I’m hoping for science/social studies or math) and I found this great “Math About Me” idea from First Grade Smiles. What a great way to help scholars see how math relates to their everyday lives!
Here is another fun idea for a Fall math center. Scholars match the top of the candy corn with the bottom that has the correct answer. I think that my scholars might have some difficulty with this more abstract representation of addition/subtraction when it is still early in the year, but I am thinking of ways to modify it. Maybe something as simple as giving them counters to use to visually represent the problem. Unfortunately, the pin does not actually link to anyone’s site so I can’t give them credit for their idea.
Another thing that I have been looking for is fun ways to teach and practice sight words. I stumbled across a pin one evening for Sight Word Money which is a great incentive for scholars to learn sight words and allows them to keep track of which words they have mastered. For each sight word the scholar learns, they get a dollar with the sight word printed on it and can place it in their Sight Word Wallet and check the word off on the back of the wallet. Seems like a fun and motivating idea! Check out this sight word activity from TheMoffatGirls.
Time for one last pin. This pin is from on of my cohort members who has a GREAT food blog for vegan food. I am not a vegan, but let me tell you that her recipes are incredible. This one is a recipe for a gluten-free banana bread that she made for us to have in class one day and it is delicious. In my opinion, it is one of the best banana breads that I have ever had. Check out her blog, Almonds and Avocados.
I sure love your blog design….I think I already said that. 🙂 Your new house is PERFECT! and I hardly know you. It is awesome 🙂 Congratulations!
We are moving too at the end of August (schools and houses!. When do you move?
I also wanted to wish you good luck on your exam! I remember it like it was yesterday and I wrote it in 1995 lol.
Cheers to you!
The Perks of Teaching Primary
Hey Shelley! We close on our house on August 23rd, but the sellers have asked for a week lease-back because they actually bought the house across the street and need extra time to move. So we will be moving in on August 30! Thanks for the wishes of good luck, I feel pretty confident about it and I'm ready for it to be over!
We will be moving around the same time!
By the way, I have nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can check it out at The Perks of Teaching Primary
I hope you will accept! I will send you your 11 questions.
Thanks so much for the shout out! The pictures of your house look awesome. Have fun!!!
First Grade Smiles
Your new house looks amazing! So super jealous!
Teach Dream Inspire
Congratulations on putting an offer in for a new house! The pictures are beautiful. We have been looking, more like peeking, at homes in the area. I cannot decide if we want to buy or build…we'll see. Not this year. Good luck!
I am headed back into first grade this coming school year and I am very excited! Would love for you to head over and check out my blog! I am currently doing a give-away!
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