Author Archives: Jennifer Floyd, Ed.D.

About Jennifer Floyd, Ed.D.

I am a K-5 Reading Specialist in Virginia. I received my doctorate in reading education from the University of Virginia in 2016. I am passionate about literacy!

The First Days of Summer Break #sol22

Last Thursday was the final day with students for the 2021-2022 school year. Our last workday was on Friday, so I’ve now had a few days of vacation. First, I caught up on some house cleaning over the weekend. I love the sight of those neat lines in the freshly vacuumed carpets and newly dusted tables. However, it wasn’t all work and no play. I curled up in my favorite chair with a book (I’ve been reading David Rosenfelt’s mysteries) and enjoyed the coolness of the air conditioning, a glass of iced tea, and Skinny Pop popcorn (I can’t stop eating that stuff!). I watched the NASCAR race, even though the drivers I like all crashed out. I took naps even though I slept in late. We had a family dinner (Mom made brownies!) and took a short ride. We started watching the series about Theodore Roosevelt on The History Channel. I’ve done a lot of writing, too! Today, I shopped for a new laptop and found what I wanted after having a nice, relaxing lunch with my Mom. Then, back at home, I’m watching the second part of the Theodore Roosevelt series and I’m thinking about the bag of Skinny Pop in the pantry. It’s been a busy few days!

Hey, Mr. (or Ms.) Rabbit! #sol22

I pulled into the driveway and paused my audiobook. As I prepared to exit the car, I noticed a rabbit nibbling contentedly on grass. It had rained earlier today, so I’m sure the grass tasted delicious to him (or her). I expected the rabbit to notice me and hop away, but this rabbit must have been enjoying the meal. He looked at me and continued to eat, jaws working furiously. I sat for a few moments, not wanting to get out of the car, scaring the rabbit, and then ruining the rabbit’s meal. The rabbit glanced at me a few times, chewed the grass, and seemed unconcerned about my presence. The rabbit didn’t stop eating when Mike pulled his truck in next to me. It wasn’t until Mike got out of his truck that the rabbit moved. The rabbit seemed to be determined to not let anything disturb his meal. And, when the rabbit finally did move, it did not seem to be in any hurry!

I ate the cookies-oops! #sol22

My Mom is an incredible baker. She makes the best cookies, cakes…you name it, she can make it and it will be delicious. Recently, she’s been making the most divine red velvet cookies. I could eat an endless supply of those red velvet cookies. And of course, I cannot forget to mention her chocolate chip cookies and another double chocolate cookies that are a part of her repertoire.

We met in town to run some errands together on a day when she’d been baking. When I hopped into her car after school, she handed me a bag of cookies. I immediately grabbed a cookie and started munching. The cookies were small and very, very tasty, so after finishing one, I pulled another from the bag. I’m not sure exactly how many cookies were in the bag (and did I mention that they were small?) and I hadn’t had much for lunch. Before I knew it, there were maybe two cookies (and they were small) left in the bag.

Mom and I finished our errands and I headed to Mike’s house. Later on, when I talked to Mom, she asked me if Mike liked the cookies. My response was, “I was supposed to share the cookies?”

“You ate them all?” she asked incredulously. I glanced at the bag with two (small) cookies.

“They were small!”

“You were supposed to share with Mike!”

“I was hungry and they were small cookies. And they were really good!” I could envision Mom shaking her head. Now, when she bakes cookies, she makes sure to remind me that I need to share the cookies and she checks with Mike to ensure that he gets a share of any cookies that she bakes. We have had a good laugh over this!

Checking in on Rosie and her baby #sol22

This evening, I sat out in the yard at Mike’s and worked on a paper for my School Finance class. I settled down in an Adirondack chair under the tree and started to write. It was a beautiful evening with a slight breeze and before long, I was cranking out words about school budgeting.

As I worked, the cows and their calves began to show up in the field across from Mike’s house. I’ve noticed that they have developed a pattern where they move in a circle around the available fields, ending up in front of the house between 6 and 7 o’clock.

Tonight, Rosie, the cow I’ve written about before, was out in the field with her calf, so I took the opportunity to take a break and check on them. Rosie’s baby is growing quickly and seems curious about the lady who always stops to take her picture!

Taking Time To Notice

This is the view from the front porch at Mike’s house. I stopped to snap a photo after crossing through the living room and noticing the view from the window. I had been working on reading for tomorrow night’s class, compiling a purchase order for my school’s book room, and jotting notes to myself for tomorrow’s lessons. It had been a busy time, but when I glanced outside and noticed the sunset, I had to stop and take time to pay attention to the beautiful colors. I stepped out onto the porch and for several minutes just soaked it all in. It was such a peaceful sight and I felt myself relaxing and ready to settle back down at the desk to complete my tasks.

Spring? Really? #sol22

It’s April, right? I’m really starting to wonder based on the weather. The photo below is of the walk at my house yesterday afternoon when I arrived home from school. While the weather in Virginia can be quirky, sleet and a sprinkling of snow in mid-April just seems like a little too much! Last week, during Spring Break, the temperatures were in the 70s and the weather was gorgeous! Then, Saturday is supposed to be in the 80s. I’m ready for some consistency and not this mish-mash of weather!

Buying Books=A Good Day #sol22

Today, I journeyed to the Green Valley Book Fair, near Harrisonburg, Virginia. The Green Valley Book Fair is one of my favorite places! I was especially excited today because I had a purchase order to buy books for a Title 1 event next week. My Mom and I spent two hours choosing books and it was so much fun! Not only did I have the chance to spend time with my Mom, but we found some great books for the kids at my school!

I also love the Green Valley Book Fair because they are so teacher and school-friendly. They made the process so easy and even helped us load the books into the back of my car. Now I just need to get all of these books to my classroom!

Rosie’s baby, again! #sol22

I’ve written a lot (probably too much!) about one of the cows and her new calf that live on the farm where my fiancé, Mike, lives. Rosie, the mother, is one of my favorites, so I was excited when her baby was born recently. As I cruised up the lane to Mike’s house, I saw the baby at the fence. Rosie had wandered on up into the field, but the baby seemed curious about the lady in the black car who stopped to chat:) The baby seems to be doing well!

Valentine’s in March #sol22

This afternoon, one of my students came to my room, ready for our session. He’s one of my hardest working students and is always so ready to learn! He’s also one of the kindest, most considerate students. Today, he handed me a Valentine, apologizing profusely. “I found this when I cleaned out my book bag. I’m sorry it’s a little dirty.” I had to smile as I opened the Valentine because my name was spelled “Flod.” While the card was a little crumpled and dirty, the sentiment meant so much to me and I placed it in a prime spot on my table so that it could be appreciated and enjoyed.