May 4-8 is Teacher Appreciation week. While everyone is scrambling to find something pinterest worthy gifts, I'm already a step ahead of the game. Educents is giving away a $10 gift card (no minimum purchase to new users, $10 off $20 purchase for current users) and 3 months of lesson plans.
I will combine these with something else - thank you notes written by my kids. When my kids were young they used to dictate what to write to me. They told me all kinds of interesting things. Sweet Son claimed one former teacher lived at an airport. Sweet Daughter mentioned another former teacher's favorite activity was watching Sweet Daughter play. These days the comments are more realistic and even sweeter. Sweet Daughter wrote that one teacher is good at following the rules. Sweet Son wrote that his favorite teacher makes learning easy.
While others are going overboard at the end of the year with gifts we have taken a different approach. Each month we have done something small to say thank you. Sometimes it's just a note or drawing from the kids. Sometimes it's a small gift card. We've done books from the book fair, edible treats, jewelry, etc. Teachers get a lot of encouragement at the end of each semester (December and May). It's those other months when the kids are all going crazy that they really need to know they are appreciated. I can't take credit for this idea. When I was a teacher, our parent group organized a monthly teacher appreciation for us. They had a different parent sign up for each month and suggested less than $10 be spent. The school my kids are at doesn't have a parent organization, but we have continued with the idea on our own.
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We took a fairly quick weekend trip to Sarasota, Florida and met up with some friends. There were 3 families there - the Dad's have all been friends since at least high school. Between the 3 couples we had 5 kids which is always a recipe for a good time. We started at the Jungle Gardens.
Feeding and petting goats
The goats weren't shy.
Her idea was for him to put his leg in it's mouth.
His idea was for her to put her head in.
Attempting to feed the pink flamingos.
Standing like a flamingo
I will have more posts from this vacation all week and one day next week. We had such a great time!
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Here are some of my picks:
Life of Fred - Elementary Math
We have this set (and paid more than this).
These would be great for younger kids.
Know anyone who is into Minecraft?
I bought this Science Club subscription and we loved it. I highly suggest it.
Continuing our discoveries at the Maker Fair, we ventured toward and into the building.
The kids are watching him heat up and melt the glass at the top of bottles into ducks.
They had to ask what this was. I'm old.
This was by far their favorite part. She played with that robot dog for 45 minutes. She would play ball, get it to sit, pet it, and on and on. He sat for 45 minutes learning how to disassemble, reassemble, and understand how the dog worked. (I keep the blog a year in the past, but here's a hint of what is to come - by the end of the year they both have their own robot dogs.)
Watching a 3D printer. There were a few different variations at the fair. Some were homemade, some were multicolor, and they were all working and had people to answer questions.
The final post about this amazing maker fair will post on Thursday. It involves explosions...