I spent the first three of my six weeks (we are on a modified year-round schedule) of summer vacation getting a lot of school work done. I have been reviewing 5th grade materials, updating materials I have made, making lots of lists, and creating new materials. Last week my sister, nephew, and I traveled to Washington to visit my grandmother (who just turned 94!) and uncles, aunts, and cousins. Before we left I was torn about taking my laptop and/or tablet with me or leave them behind. I knew there would be downtime with my family, and figured I could squeeze in some work, but realized that leaving them behind would be a great way to force myself to take a vacation during vacation. So, the only connection I had was on my phone, which I used only sporadically for email, Facebook, and photos. I thought that I would have regretted this decision, but it actually turned out great. There wasn't much downtime because I filled it with playing with my nephew or reading and it was nice to not be staring at a computer screen.
Now that I am back I've been trying to limit myself, but there is just so much that I want to get done! I created a really neat little wheel of common core math standards for 5th grade and I have been getting so many requests for this for other grades. I'll be posting more about these soon! For now, here is a little collage of some of the Instagram photos I took.