Monday, April 24, 2017

2 Educational Toys That All Kids Love

This year in my elementary library I added in educational centers for kindergarten and first grade.  Each class is 40 minutes long. For the first 20 minutes we read them books and then they do centers for the other 20 minutes. There are 5 centers total and three of those are technology (one computer and two ipad centers). The other 2 centers get changed out every five weeks. We've done blocks, dice games, puzzles, but the two favorites are the gears and the magnets. I never would have thought that the kids would love them as much as they do.

Here is the gears set that we have. The whole bucket is only $37.23 and is enough for 4 kids to play with happily. They really make some interesting things. I'm really surprised by how creative they can get.

The idea for the magnets came from our STEM teacher. I thought the kids would think they were boring but boy was I wrong. It is by far their most favorite center. It takes two of this set for 4 children. Each set is only $19.64. 

I can't rave enough about these two educational toys. If you are looking to add in some activities that your child will really love and keep them occupied for a very long time then these are perfect. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Thursday Confessions

1. The other day I blogged about the beautiful rainbow we saw at our house. Here is a picture. It was amazing! We are so lucky to live on such a beautiful piece of land!

2. I've been giving the ACT Aspire to 4th grade this week. Next week is 3rd grade. It is a lot of me walking around and I can't even wear my Fitbit. I hate not being able to count those steps. I'm giving tests 13 days days this month. It is very boring. I'm just thankful that I only have 3 more days of it.

3. I found a great swimdress on modlily. It came in today and it fits perfectly! As a plus sized girl finding a swimsuit is not easy so I'm so very happy to have one that looks good and fits good.

4. In one month we will be at the beach! Jack has never been and I can't wait for him to see it. Also, my dad who is 56 years old has never been to the beach. It is going to be the best time.

5. When I do get a chance to watch tv I've been watching reruns of ER.

6. The other day Jack started screaming that he wanted to see "my Maybree". It makes my heart smile that they are more than cousins, but more like brother and sister.

7.  I need to put the Easter decorations away but don't have the umph to get it done.

8. Speaking of Easter decorations, two of my glass bunnies no longer have ears (thanks Jack!)

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

I Survived Easter Weekend!

Our Easter weekend started with being off for Good Friday. I was hurting pretty badly in my neck and so my Mom offered to rub this stuff called Biofreeze on my neck. She said it does wonders for her knee. Well within two minutes of it being on my neck, my neck was burning so badly. I did all I could to clean it off but the damage was done. I had a chemical burn! Four hours later I was home from the ER and was much better. 

Saturday was a much better day. I would even go as far as calling it perfect. We spent the whole day outside playing, coloring our eggs, riding gators, and taking some super cute pictures. We ended the night with a small rain shower where we all played in the rain. Then we got to see a double rainbow. It was almost dark and we decided to have a hamburger cookout. We ate hamburgers and hotdogs. Everyone was ready for some serious rest.

Then all hell broke loose.

First, Jack vomited a few times. It was The mattress was soaked. We moved to the couch to sleep. Then it hit me. I was sick all night long. My sister texted me at 10:15 that night saying her little boy was vomiting. The stomach virus had hit.

Easter day Jack and my nephew were feeling better but I was not. My family had a cookout with 20 members of our family. I came out periodically to say hi but I kept my distance. 

I feel a little better today. I'm just not eating anything and I'm chewing ice. 

Here are a few pictures of the happy times!