May 16, 2014

Toddler Color Sort

Getting Pickle to sit down for more than two seconds and focus on anything is a struggle. However, as soon as he hears the rustling of a candy of cereal bag I have his full attention. I think kids are equipped with an internal sensor that goes off when I am about to eat anything tasty. They come out of the woodwork like the roaches in Joe's apartment. Horribly gross movie that freaks me out completely but you get the point. (Thank you Cody and Deidre for introducing me to that one.)

I didn't google this so it probably has been done before and probably better but I thought I should share anything that works.

Fruit Loops Sorting: Yep exactly like it sounds. Bowl of fruit loops, used his empty cup to trace circles (6 total, I had to count the colors on the box to figure that one out. Your Welcome!)

Tips from a teacher: While sorting the colos say the name of each color you sort. New words and concepts take the average kids to hear see and experience repeatedly for it to become learned (permanent knowledge) not memorize (temporary facts).

Teacher Appreciation

Okay, Being an educator on hiatus, I have a bunch of fun during teacher appreciation week each year. However, this year I wasn't as "on the ball" as I would have liked. My, not so brilliant, idea was to send in a present every day of the week but I ended up sending in one bag with all their favorite things. While not as fun, it still conveyed my heart felt thanks for the women who have poured their lives and energy and time into Posey this year. The idea is one that I had while listening to the Sound of Music soundtrack and sewing one morning. However, after "googling" the idea I found out my brilliance wasn't as innovative as I originally thought. Just goes to show their really is nothing new under the sun. 

Inside is a bunch of things the teacher said they like from the "My favorite Things" sheet I sent in at the beginning of the year. 
I also included a letter that I adapted from a post on Jen Hatmakers website. (She is an amazing women, writer, blogger and teacher whose testimony and biblical teaching touch me deeply) Her post really encompassed all that I wanted to say to Posey's teachers. Same message just my spine on it. 

March 18, 2013

Free Books

When I was a kid we went to the library all the time. I loved walking down the rows of colorful, neatly lined books. I enjoyed the feeling of opening a new book and discovering the beautiful pictures and adventures. This was the beginning of my love affair with books and come to think of it, art.

After college and grad school I never wanted to see the inside of a library again. (Side note: School libraries are required to keep a copy of every class' text book. If you know what classes you are taking go online and reserve the books before the semester starts and you won't have to buy the books. I made it through 2 years of grad school without buying a single book.)

However, A few years ago I rediscovered a love for the library. I was surprised to find they are keeping up with the new digital age. Here are a few things I learned about the updated digital library (at least libraries in Georgia). And the best part is they are free to use with your library card. If you don't have a library card, take a proof of residence to the local library and sign up. Simple. Easy. Fast. They will give you a card and a number for signing into your account online. That's it! 

Here are a few new additions to the traditional walk in and check out books.

- Audio Books-  You can download a wide range of audio books from kindergarten to adult. I download books and listen to them while I am running or cleaning the house.  Each account can download five at a time and you can keep each one up to 2 weeks. Audio books are great for teachers too. You can put them on mp3 players, burn them to CDs or download them on class computers for kids to follow along with in their books.

- ebooks - If you own an ipad or tablet you can download ebooks for free instead of paying a monthly fee or buying each one. They have lots of books in all different topics. The app is Overdrive Media Console and can be downloaded from the library's website.

-Reserve books online- I love to read with my kids but I can't take a 2 year old into the library long enough to pick out books. So, I go online and reserve them and pick them up when they are pulled and waiting for me at the counter. This makes things so much easier. Also, if the books I want aren't at my local library you can request them from any library in our system, for Free! Also, they send me emails when the books are due back so I won't forget and get over due charges.

I love my library! And I hope to pass this love on to my kids.