Mentor Text Linky & a Little Dancing!

It's my first Sunday of summer break and I am being LAAAAZY!

Last night was my daughter's dance recital. Let me tell you it was so beautiful! One of the best I've been to. (She was in 11 dances with 6 costume changes.) The theme was Broadway and there were several dances that actually brought tears to my eyes. Well, most of the time that I watch Lily dance I get teary. (In fact, she told me after that during one song she knew I would be crying!) When I watch my little girl dancing, I know she is doing what she LOVES the most and that makes me really happy!!

Here is my cutie in one of her costumes.

(I had to learn French braid and smoky eyes for this recital, quite a challenge for me. Both came out really nice though.)

Here is an attempt at a "nice" family photo after the recital. Came out cute, but my son wasn't in it.

Did you just see that "serious" photo? Well if you were to look through my photos and scrapbooks you would see very few pictures like that one. Here is what you would see: 
I had no idea they were all making these faces, but this is a completely natural shot! Cracks me up because it's SO us!

After the recital, we headed to a local pizza place with the studio owners/teachers (we go to a nice family owned studio). One of the dance instructors happens to be good friends with a young man, Shane, who was just in the audition show for So You Think You Can Dance.  If you don't watch or missed this particular audition, check it out HERE. Shane is an amazing dancer and very kind person. (He made it to Las Vegas, but I'm not sure what happened there.) It was quite a thrill for Lily to hang out and have pizza with him.

Now on to the MATH Mentor Text Linky with Collaboration Cuties.

I love all of the books by David Schwartz and I use them each year when introducing certain math concepts.
This first one is perfect for place value and helping kids understand larger numbers.

Here are some pages from the book.

Another book I use often is all about measurement.

Kids think that our customary units have been around "forever", but this book helps them understand why and how today's units came to be. I like how it teaches the history of measurement.

Since I don't have my classroom library here at home, LOL, I'm going to "cheat" a little this summer with the Mentor Text Linky. I brought home this wonderful resource book, Reading Aloud Across the Curriculum by Lester Laminack. It is basically an anthology of picture books for all areas of the curriculum. I do refer to it if I need a book for a specific concept and sometimes I find a book in it that I already own.

Here is sample of the Table of Contents:

Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. I love How Much is a Million, but I do not have the measurement one. Thanks so much for sharing! Your daughter's pic is beautiful!

    Sarah @ Hoots N Hollers

  2. I still have my very worn out copy of How Much is a Million but have lost my copy of Millions to Measure. Thanks for the reminder to find a new copy! I do enjoy the history behind the measurements.

    We had our dance recitals this week too. Your daughter looks wonderful, great job on the hair and smoky eyes. I only had to do buns - easy peesy!

    Enjoy the start of your holidays.

  3. Thanks for all of the book suggestions. In first grade we certainly do not have to cover place value to the millions, but the kids are always really impressed when we talk about big numbers.
    Your little family is very cute.
    Thanks also for stopping by.

    School Is a Happy Place

  4. Love the family photo. Ours are usually pretty interesting as well since it's tough to get 3 kids to smile and all look at the camera at the same time. I can only imagine in a few years what it will be like!

    I LOVE So You Think You Can Dance! love! How exciting!!!!

    I love that Lester Laminack resource! I will have to check that out!!!

    Thanks for linking up! Enjoy your summer!
    Collaboration Cuties

  5. Your daughter is simply beautiful! You must be a proud dance momma! Love that family pic too! Those are always the best and full of memories! Thanks for sharing!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  6. Beautiful picture! Love it!
    I'm glad that was a perfect ending to your last week!
    Send me good karma~ I have 8 more school days!
    Coffee Cups and Lesson Plans

  7. I love the family photo with character! Such fun!

    How Much is a Million was in our old basal reading series before last. It is a great read!

    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  8. How Much is a Million is one of the first books I read during the school year. It is always one of my favorites!

    Foreman Teaches

  9. Gina,

    I am your newest follower! I found you via Miss V's Busy Bee's giveaway. I can't wait to read more posts!!

    Mind Sparks


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