Sunday, May 19, 2013

Updated Reading chart - free printable.

UPDATE July 2014: check out my PIRATE summer reading chart

I can smell summer in the air, or maybe it's just the smell of sweaty little kids from playing outside all afternoon.

When I think of my summers as a little girl I remember . . .
eating watermelons and trying to spit the farthest watermelon seed,
jumping on the trampoline with the sprinkler underneath,
bike adventures in the near by field and . . . 
going to the city library.

I made a reading chart last year but I didn't love the sloppy look of the squares. So I redid it making the squares more sharp and look more like a board game. 

(click on image and save to computer. Make sure to scale to correct size before printing)

I added little prizes along the way like "go to park," "zoo," etc. 
You can write in your own.  


Towards the end of the summer this can be a count down reading chart to school starting. 

There are 31 blocks, so one for each day of the month. 
You can use stickers, or just mark the squares off with check marks. 

Hope these reading charts help motivate your little readers this summer!!

Check out other my FREE summer printables -  "I'm BORED" poster and Summer Service chart here.

NOTE: If you ever have trouble printing any of my free printables just send me an email and I'd LOVE to email it directly to you. springmcdonald@gmail.com


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Updated free teacher printable

UPDATE: If you would like more teacher gift ideas check out this post! Ya!

Teacher appreciate week was this week, or maybe last week, whoops. But also the end of the school year is winding down. Here is a picture I put together last year for my daughter's teacher. Here is the original post.
 (Click on image and save to your computer) 

I found this original art work (the beautiful wording) at www.bitsycreations.com. I asked permission to add my little doodle to the bottom, but still kept her logo. 
Here is her free printable. Take a look at her website and blog.  She has amazing work. 



I put mine in a 5x7 frame. 
Print this on regular computer paper or card stock and then trim down so you have two 5x7s. (Click on image and save to your computer)


Can't thank my children's teachers enough. Their world is so small - mom, dad, grandmas, grandpas, cousins, a few friends . . . and then their teacher. My FAVORITE thing my daughter's teacher taught her this year was "You get what you get and you don't throw a fit." She started saying it when her brother would complain about dinner. Aww, how I love that line and how it means so much because it came from HER teacher. THANK YOU TEACHERS!!




Saturday, May 11, 2013

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day! 
My little one is 7 months old and she still loves to wake up several times at night. Oh it's quite awesome, let me count the ways. I'm awake just long enough to have a hard time falling back asleep. This results in eating delicious PB&J sandwiches at 2am and  . . .  honestly I can't remember what I do. Maybe read, sometimes surf the web, fold laundry . . . ha ha, just kidding, I would never fold laundry - that is truly a necessary evil. It's like working at the post office, it just keeps coming and coming. 

But I found this wonderful little nugget. 


I loved this video so much that I decided in the middle of the night to make my own Mother's Day card.


I'll admit it, the first line in the video (accompanied with the newborn cry) had me in tears.



I've loved lots of people in my life . .  wonderful, amazing people . . . my parents, siblings, friends that felt like sisters, and then my quite awesome husband. 

But that instant love for my child was nothing I had experienced before.



 These 3 cuties each hold a chunk of my heart. 

The last line of the video is the best 

"Life doesn't come with a manual,
it comes with a Mother." 

So happy Mother's Day to all my friends, 
and especially to the dear mothers in my life, 

My mom - every good quality I have I owe to her.

My wonderful mother-in-law- who everyone loves to be around. 

And my sweet grandmas who are no longer here on earth with us, but I think of and miss daily.  


And happy Mother's Day to my sweet, hilarious, crazy wonderful children who each made me a mother. I sure love you, even when I wake up with my left eye twitching from sleep deprivation. :)