May 28, 2019

A Summer Plan

A Summer Plan

If you live in the United States, chances are you are approaching (or already on) Summer Break! As of this exact moment, I have 8 more days of school left! I am super excited to be on break and will definitely need one as I have decided to compound the end of school with buying my first house! I guess the title of Frazzled Teacher really fits me right now!

Because of this, I have decided to write a slightly different kind of blog post. Instead of giving tips for the classroom, I have decided to focus on writing a bit about my summer plans in the hopes that it will inspire you to create your own Summer Plan.

Below are some of the larger categories for my planning. I know my summer is pretty up in the air right now as I as I could be moving at any point. I will also create a to do list with about 50 million things that I would also like to get done. Don't worry, I also plan quite a few Netflix binges. I can't remember the last time I even turned my TV on. I think it's feeling neglected!

Read for Fun

I already spend a ton of time reading each week! Each summer, though, is when I dedicate even more time to books. I join the local library reading program as well. I have a huge stack of books ready to go - some on my Kindle that I have bought, some borrowed with Kindle unlimited, books from my local library with Media on Demand, and a growing stack of actual books that I have been collecting.

Having books to read before finishing a current read definitely helps to encourage the reading trend. If you are not a reader, think about stumbling blocks that keep you from reading and work on breaking through them.

Make Doctor's Appointments

This has been my downfall. I am so frustrated with my insurance that I haven't been to a real doctor in a couple of years. I had a doctor that I loved until she moved away. Ever since then, I have been shifted to so many different doctors and medical groups that I never figured out which doctor was really mine. This summer I need to rectify this and actually find a regular doctor.

Part of self-care is taking the time to take care of medical needs. You may be healthy and think a doctor's visit is not necessary but seeing a doctor on a regular basis allows you to establish a connection and make any future issues easier to deal with.

Do Something for Fun

This is a favorite one of mine. I already have a lot of fun activities scheduled and hope for more spontaneous ones to pop up! Here are a few - New Kids on the Block concert, a visit to Springfield to meet my new nephew (He's due in about 2 more weeks!), and my annual trip to Michigan to visit the beach. I know that lots of other things will pop up along the way and I will be quick to try them out!

Start small if you don't normally do something fun for yourself. Make a list of things that you enjoy and make a point to do at least a few of them this summer. 

Schedule Time to Work on School Work

I know this is a touchy subject. However, I actually want to work on small tasks now so I don't have to stress myself out with everything when going back to school. For example, during summer school, I like to make copies of work for our first week back and my parent flip book of classroom information. I have to admit that one year I spent a small fortune making copies one weekend before school started because I hadn't thought about making them ahead of time when I set up my room. I never want to stress out like that again!

What can you focus on this summer to make your transition back to school a smooth one? Whatever it is, dedicate some time each week or set a specific week in which you get it all done. A little time over summer can save a huge hassle!

What is your plan for summer?

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