Currently in July

It's time for Farley's Famous Currently!

I look so forward to these every month. It's a fun way to get a glimpse into the lives of the bloggers behind the blogs without those long and winding "Tell 45 things about you" kind of posts.

So, here's mine for July. Most are pretty self-explanatory except for the last one. So for that one, "reads" you need to list your favorite book to read aloud and your go-to professional book.
Well, my favorite, favorite, favorite book of all time forever and ever and ever is Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli.  It's one of those books where the characters just become real. Really real. Then they burrow into your heart and stay there. for a long time. Sadly, the themes and content are a bit much for my second graders. I think if I ever had to move back to 5th grade, being able to read Maniac Magee might be the only reason I wouldn't have a complete and total breakdown.

Now, my go-to professional book is one that I can not find! It's a book by NWEL that I've had for a hundred and ten years. It's basically a compilation of picture books to use as mentor texts according to  writing traits. It's dog-eared, sticky-noted, and highlighted like crazy and somewhere at school packed away in a box in my classroom.

So, that's me currently! Head over to Farley and link up!



  1. WOW! Congrats on the 4 sizes smaller since MAY! That's amazing. I need tips, please!
    ❤Dragonflies in First ❤

  2. Congrats on being 4 sizes smaller!! That is AWESOME!!!!!!


  3. HOLY SMOKES girl 4 sizes smaller... that is AWESOME... and thanks so much for linking up!!!

  4. Wow, down 4 sizes?! Awesome! I don't know what size you are, but Lane Bryant has some great jeans that sound like they would solve your problem. I am the exact opposite shape...if they fit me at the waist, they are typically WAY too big for the rest of my legs. Their jeans are about the only ones I'll wear now, although Target has started carrying some for people of different shapes and sizes, too. Anyway, enjoy your summer and congrats on your weight loss!!!

  5. Congrats on reading 13 books! Gotta love summer break. Any favorites?
    My last 13 books have been teaching related. I can't seem to get interested in reading anything else.
    My Second Sense

  6. I'm listening to Food Network too- CRAZY! Same way I'm obsessed but not the actual cooking (unless its desserts)

    I'm your newest follower- found you through currently!

    Sparkles , Smiles, and Student Teaching

  7. Congrats on being 4 sizes smaller! WooHoo! Try Levis Curves - they are awesome! One of Kelly Clarkson's favorites!

  8. 4 sizes! You go girl! I'm sure trying...any and all tips welcome!!!

    Waving from The Teacher's Chatterbox,

  9. woohoo!!! you go girl with your 4 sizes!!! that's so awesome!!

  10. Good for you! Ten books and 4 sizes down! Way to go!

    Peace, Love, and First Grade

  11. Congrats on the weight loss! :) I LOVED Food Network Star last season, but I can't get into it this year. :(
    Fourth and Ten
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    Formerly Stories From Second

  12. Holy Cow!! Four sizes you should be so proud! That is awesome!! I need to get my tummy undercontrol and you are motivating me!! Keep up the good work!

  13. One of the best things about summer is the reading time. Yet I still feel I'm trying to get through my reading list :-/ I love Food Network it sucks me in, makes me hungry, and gets me snacking even when I don't need it . . . LOL

    Sweet Seconds

  14. Congrats on your weight loss my friend! I am so proud of you! Share your secret because I seem to just be gaining :(
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies
    We Read, We Blog, We Teach

  15. I love Maniac Magee, too. I was lucky enough to meet Jerry Spinelli many years ago and have an autographed copy. I also have the NWREL book and love it!

    Krazy Town

  16. I love Food Network too and congrats on your weight loss!

    I Love My Classroom

  17. Congratulations on the weight loss!

    3rd Grade Sprinkles

  18. I love Spinelli. Have you read Loser? You might be able to read it with second graders. Zinkoff is the most lovable, vivid character I have ever met. It's my second favorite read aloud.

    The Idea Backpack

  19. Maniac Magee is SO GOOD! I totally agree. :)

    Marvelous Multiagers!

  20. Congratulations on the 4 sizes! That's AMAZING!!!
    Why can't they make jeans that fit your whole bottom half instead of one or the other! I have that problem too. I always end up wearing a belt.
    I love Spinelli too!
    ❀Beth Ann❀
    Taming My Flock of Firsties

  21. Holy moly....4 sizes smaller. LOVE!!!!!! I bet you feel like a million bucks...and what a gift you've given yourself...the gift of health!

    Crisscross Applesauce in First Grade

  22. Congrats on 4 sizes smaller! I need that! :) Teach me your secrets!! Haha. Also, the jeans problem? It happens to every single woman, I think. I have jean-fitting problems too. I love to shop at the Gap for my jeans. Maybe you should look there!

    I LOVE me some Maniac Magee. That's one of my favorite books ever. Of all time. It's such a good story.

    Miss A's Kindergarten

  23. 4 sizes smaller since May!!!! That is awesome! Congrats! I wanted to let you know I am awarding you The Versatile Blogger Award! Check out my blog for details!

    Mrs. Wood's Class

  24. Yay for 4 sizes!!!

    Jessica Stanford
    Mrs. Stanford's Class
    I hope that you'll join me for my giveaway ♥

  25. I'm not sure what impresses me more... 4 sizes smaller or 13 books since June 10!

    Sally from Elementary Matters

  26. We really need a post explaining how we can lose 4 sizes in such a short time, please...? :)


    Stapler’s Strategies for Sizzling Second Graders

  27. Maniac Magee is one of my favorites! I actually did a whole author study on the author, for a class I took.

  28. 4 sizes smaller and 13 books read? I wish I was having your summer- but I bet you are working hard to make time for both :)

    I have that same problem! If it fits my hips/ legs/ butt, it gaps in the waist. I've heard "curvy" fits are good for them!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  29. Just found you through the Currently linky! Congrats on the weight loss! That's a hard things to do!

    Your newest follower,

  30. Congratulations on your weight loss!

  31. Wow, 4 size smaller = awesome! What books have you been reading? I've been totally slacking on my blog stalking!

    Living A Wonderful Life

  32. Must share weight loss secret!!! That's inspiring! I love WW but need to buckle down.

    ps- I always have luck with Talbot's jeans :)


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