Are You Done Christmas Shopping Yet For Your Littles…..
Well, Jerral and I decided to do something very different this year. Our boys have enough electronics, and toys that they can handle. We love Christmas and it brings a lot of sentiment for the both of us. If you are an avid reader here, you know that I lost my mom five days after Christmas Day, in which I spoke about HERE. No matter the situation or circumstance I still try to find JOY in this season, and be happy for my LITTLES (they deserve that happiness).
I thought I would take a class survey or maybe pick the minds of my students to see where they’re minds were on Christmas goodness. This particular school year, I am enjoying these children so much. They do bring me so much joy day in and day out. My team that works with me has been God sent, and those ladies are like my LOVES. We work great together, and we get the job done. We are all definitely in the business of teaching some pretty amazing kids. Ok, on with the GIFT GIVING friends….
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Classroom GIFT Guide….
El Deafo- (Written By: Cece Bell)…This is one of the most heart warming books about going to school and making new friends. Which can be tough, in all honesty for lots of kids. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? My students attached themselves to this book, and it is definitely the talk of my classroom. Some of my students are even hoping that Santa stuffs this book in their stocking. Your student will found out that this book brings about bravery, making some amazing friends, and that being different is NOT always bad!
Snap Circuits Jr.– My 10 year old sparked this find. He has such an amazing Science teacher, and she gives him a new meaning to Science altogether. I love that he wants to experiment, and keep working at it. She brought about that curiosity, and desire to practice STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). He has learned a bit or two about circuits, and performed really well on his test. This was another extension to what he is learning in the classroom. Cole and my son Aaron really love Math. Providing them with opportunities to extend what they learn in the classroom, I am all over it! This toy was voted Dr. 100 Best Toy For Best Educational Product…
Guess Who- This was also a class recommendation for thinking yourself through things. This game also provides the children with opportunities to figure out strategy, ask those probing questions. It allows the children to ask those questions that, we as teachers pose to them during read-alouds. I am all for kids understand story plots, the climax, plot, and the changes that characters may go through in one story. You can find that game HERE.
Game of Clue-One murder (Don’t get caught up in the description) and 6 suspects! In this suspenseful Clue game, players have to find out who’s responsible for murdering Mr. Boddy of Tudor Mansion in his own home. Kids have to get the scoop on the mansion’s rooms, weapons and guests and start asking those detective questions. Was it Plum with the wrench in the library? Or Green with the candlestick in the study? Eliminate information throughout the game in this classic whodunit. Once again this game allows kids to use the best strategy questions to figure it out. Something that we use in Read Alouds, small group guided reading, and one on one conferencing.
Rubiks Cube- My 2nd to oldest son used this as a challenge to himself to figure this out. It took him maybe two weeks to figure out the pattern, and speed behind crushing this cube! I video taped my son solving this cube in under 1.5 minute. It inspired them to want to try this mastermind puzzle, and also beat it. I love inspiring them to be great. That is my job! If I can spark that curiosity, then we are definitely moving in the right direction.
Kano- (Motion hand Sensor Kit)- This is another coding kit, for my thinkers. This kit is another item that my boys have asked for, and the class surveyed. There are over 30 challenges in this kit to conquer. This kit works with Mac, PC, and Linux. There is no previous tech experience required. Children may need help from parent to get the ball rolling, but this sounds like fun!
The Season of Sharing…..
I am so happy that I could share with you guys my class recommendations of the best toys of 2017 Christmas. They are so excited to give their opinion, and share their thoughts on Christmas ideas. We even shared the best books that we have read this year so far. A lot of the books are some true favorites, and they come highly recommended too! If you would like me to put together a kids book gift guide let me, and I can do that. Leave me a comment down below….
What has been some of your kids toy recommendations?