We just got back from a trip to the county fair – a trip we’ve been building up for my 2-year-old daughter all week – animals! ice cream! cows! goats! pigs! chickens!
Guess what the favorite animal was? Bees. Yup, that’s right. The hit of the trip was the beekeeper exhibit where we got to see the queen bee in with all of the rest of the bees and got to listen to the hum and buzz of the pack (sorry, forgot my bee terminology!). Cows, pigs, horses – ho hum. All she cared about around those animals were the cool ribbons and balloons that the 4H kids hung on the fences. Seriously, the kids going to be a designer, I swear. I’m saying this after seeing how she tried to be creative with my Lix 3d pen. Oh yeah, and, Can we have ice cream now? was the constant refrain.
What will my husband and I remember from the trip? The goat trying to eat Jakes sleeve – no lie, a goat bit my sons sleeve – only at the county fair, right? What will Maggie remember? Bees and ice cream. What will Jake remember? Nothing.
The trip reminds me so much the most important thing about parenting and teaching – its not about me and what I want to happen, its about what actually DOES happen.
I wanted an idyllic farmyard experience, we got a coveting of sparkly streamers, sticky hands and honeybees. Oh, and dont forget the hungry goat.
My constant need to control often leads to frustration in parenting and was probably my main weakness in the classroom.
I just need to remember: its not about expectations, its about experiences. Maggie will remember the bees, that’s whats important. The test we …
Happy New Year!
And I bought a new bread maker! I got the item from craigslist and it’s a little bit of an older model. However, so far, I love it’s performance. The bread maker is theFal OW5005001 Emerilware.
Here’s my reviews of the bread maker.
If you’re looking for an innovative bread and baguette maker that makes a 3 pound loaf of bread, then you should look into the T-Fal OW5005001 Emerilware bread maker. You will also have the option of making loafs that are 2 ½ pounds or 2 pound loafs. The loaf pans that come with the unit are made of non-stick material for convenient empting of the bread and cleaning.
Before I bought this appliance, I had read Zojirushi bread maker reviews and was initially going for the model. However, I changed my mind at the last minute, and I’m not disappointed.
There are 14 settings that are already pre-programmed for baking and 3 crust settings, so you can have the exact crust flakiness you prefer. The express cycle will bake your breads in less than an hour and a half. While making your dinner for the family your whole house will smell delicious from making fresh bread for dinner.
You can also delay the baking of your bread up to 15 hours with the delayed start timer. The mini baguette tray is a perfect size for a family with young children, or if you are having guests over for tea and want to serve a smaller size baguette.
Besides the many bread baking setting there are also settings for making cakes, dough, pasta, and even jams. You will be pleasantly surprised at all the different features the T-Fal OW5005001 bread maker has to make your life easier.
Your bread unit comes with an easy touch …
I saw a very interesting article on Twitter this morning and it brought up so many of the niggling issues I have when I get all evangelistic about technology in education. It doesn’t make me doubt the usefulness of technology itself, but the implementation of it. I highly suggest reading The Laptops Are Coming by Sarah Heller McFarlane to get a teachers reflection of her first year of teaching with a classroom of laptops – it brings up some interesting issues that I’m currently processing.
And I believe this is important even in the advent of 3D technology Check this BCN3D Sigma review to see what I mean.
The main thing Im taking away from Heller-McFarlanes article is this (one that Ive heard over and over again, especially when I was meeting with a group of ed tech people earlier this month):
Technology does not solve all problems and throwing technology at teachers without working it seamlessly into existing curriculum is NOT the answer.
The solution? Im working on it, I know its out there. Right now, Im going with this:
Before a district spends even one more dollar on technology, they need to spend the money on people. People to make the decisions about the technology, people to train teachers, people to help with the integration.
Before all of that, though, they need to spend the money to make sure there are enough people PERIOD.
A 4th grade classroom of 29 students with one teacher and no TA is positively impacted more by the addition of a TA than by a set of laptops. Do I have numbers on this? No. Do I have experience in 4th grade classrooms with too many kids and not enough teachers? Yes. I want my own children in classrooms with human beings to …
With the obesity rates in the country going up, I always wonder why Americans are ranked among the most obese people on earth! I can bet you a dollar that you know someone who is obese.
However, I’ve realized that Africa also has obese people. I was doing some research on obesity in Africa and was surprised to find out that stores are coming up that sell the same weight loss supplements in the States.
Here’s what I learned about one of the top weight loss retailers in South Africa.
There are many weight loss supplements that are on the South African retail market currently. These supplements are either natural or nutritional supplements which have been specifically formulated to help those individuals who need some assistance in losing weight.
MelanotanZA is one of the leaders in the market offering weight loss products. Their products have been specifically engineered to assist you in achieving dramatic results and reaching your much anticipated weight loss goals.
MelanotanZA has 4 specific categories of questions that help people make correct decisions in choosing the right product to assist them in achieving the targeted goal.
This article will direct you in choosing the correct product depending on what you looking for in a weight loss supplement.
A Supplement That Works Fast and Is Effective
You probably want a supplement that is quick yet effective in helping you lose weight. Thus, you need an effective appetite suppressant. MelanotanZA has 2 weight loss products: Shape Platinum and The Secret Fat Burner.
You may be wondering which one you should choose. From customer reviews, the Secret Fat Burner is one of the company’s most effective products. It has more side effects compared to the Shape Platinum but does not cost much.
The Shape Platinum, on the other hand, …
I just completed my ultra geeky mom certification today, I promise. No, it’s not an actual title, but it SHOULD be! I actually cant believe I didn’t think of this earlier, but you can blame it on my late-start to the ultra tech world.
What did I do? I just bought domain names for my 1- and 2-year-old.
Yup, that’s right. I’m paying $9.95 per year to hold domain names for my kids until they’re ready to use them. And with me for a mom, they’ll be ready to use them sooner than later! I was kind of bummed that they didn’t have .coms left for my kiddos names, but I did end up with .orgs which are good enough.
I’m worried about their safety with the phones. I’ve been reading FlexiSpy reviews 2017 to determine whether it’s the right app to use to track my kids. But that’s a story for another day.
I actually plan to help my kids build their first sites when they get a bit older – I’m not going to use the domains to build them blogs right now where I blog about each kid, but want the domains to be used for sites THEY create eventually. I’m seriously not leaving the tech education of my children up to their schools, well do this as a fun mom-kiddo activity.
They may not use these domain names for a few years, but my kids will be thanking me laterthey WILL, stop doubting me!
I’m also excited because my .com name was FINALLY available and I just managed to grab it – yay! Now, if you will excuse me, I’m going to get my nails done at the closest nail salon to me.
And yes, the total of my domain purchases this year …
My hubby is an avid outdoors person. And I have to admit he has been influencing me and the kids to spend more time outdoors too. Last weekend, he was researching a rifle scopes online and I got to learn a thing of two about them.
Here’s a summary of what I learned.
Most optics from the WWII era are of lower quality than modern optics found here: https://www.legiontactical.co.za/collections/vortex-optics. However, these optics are still very usable. Often, you will find clear though not perfect parts for the scopes
How to make Sure it’s a Good Purchase
Make sure the Vintage Rifle Scopes you want to buy still function smoothly and have no significant rust on the ranging ring. Apart from this, ensure the scope is in good condition, there are light or no ring marks, and few normal use marks. Make sure the optics are clean, clearand bright. The lenses should be scratch free.
If everything works as it should, the scope can be a good purchase. Make sure the external adjustments work fine and that none of the cross hairs is bent or loose. You can expect to see some exterior signs of use. But again, as long as the optics and crosshairs are clear, you are good to go.
Some old scopes are so simple that they have no crosshairs nor adjustments. Some have what are called “TV views”. These are basically flattened circles that allow you to get a little bit more left and right viewing.
The Weaver Vintage Rifle Scope
Weaver makes some of the best vintage rifle scopes in US history. Although the scopes are simple (fine and simple crosshairs), they sometimes come with variable objectives and power settings. If youwant to buy a vintage scope, make sure that most of the wear …
I usually don’t publish my comments to other blog posts here, but this one was long enough that I thought it deserved space here as well. As you know, I’ve entered the world of mommy blogging and I’m a freelance writer (check my last post on a comprehensive guide to stethoscopes), so have quite a few thoughts on the below issue.
Jeremiah Owyang of Forrester wrote an interesting post after attending a BlogHer party – he poses the following questions after commenting about the swag that the BlogHer party attendees received:
When this organic and natural market gets saturated from the many vendors pitching at them (would make Scoble blush) what impacts does this have to: 1) credibility of the women bloggers, 2) Effectiveness of brands trying to reach this inundated market? 3) If credibility and demand is reduced to this market, will it decrease their influence? How will they be able to maintain these levels? I think something has to give.
Of course, me being me, I responded. The comment I left was this:
Ok, I’d like to believe that every education-related professional that reads this blog actually took my advice and joined HARO. I’m a realist, though, and realize that you probably didn’t. Here’s why you should have:
There’s a HARO request today for teachers who work with children with Asperger’s – the query states:
“Hello, I am looking for a teacher who has taught a child with
Asperger’s. The article is in a magazine for teachers. You’d need
to be able to say your school district and discuss what worked for
you and any possible challenges that can come up. “
I recently wrote about some excellent parenting blogs that deal with autism and Asperger’s and know there must be some excellent educators out there writing about this topic as well. If you aren’t on HARO yet and want info on answering the query, just leave a comment here or email me at kolson29 at gmail dot com. I wasn’t sure if it was ok to actually post all the query info, but I’d be glad to forward the email to you. In addition, JOIN HARO.…
The traditional school desk is being replaced by a kitchen table. The educational shift is known as on-line (or distance) learning, where all a student essentially needs is a computer and a high-speed Internet connection. Sometimes, you they may carry some aids such as a 3D drawing pen , rulers, Plasticine and so on.
Such education is similar to a correspondence course, where the student receives a course pack of materials and learns at home. The format can seem very appealing; however, it also has its drawbacks. On-line learning can be effective for those students who live at a distance from the educational institution. Traveling time, fuel and maintenance costs as well as wear and tear on a vehicle may be excessive and will often make daily commuting to and from classes impossible. Who wants to be on the road at 6:00 a.m. and drive for a couple of hours to arrive for an 8:00 a.m. class? Inclement weather would dramatically slow that commute.
On-line learning also offers tremendous flexibility to students; while there are deadlines to complete assigned readings and write tests, one can make one’s time his/her own. Reading textbook chapters can be done at 3:00 in the morning or 3:00 in the afternoon. If there is noise in the house, one can wear noise cancelling ear plugs and continue reading.
Such flexibility may strongly appeal to single parents (who can save childcare costs by remaining at-home), full-time employees or even adult caregivers. Mature students may not feel comfortable returning to a school setting and could prefer this method of study. Students are not restricted to studying at-home either; they can pack up their laptops and visit their public library or sit on their patio on a pleasant day. On-line course offerings work well for educational institutions as …
This was originally posted on Sleepdeeper.net, but it got buried there quickly. I realized that educators really need to be reading these as much as parents should, so decided to cross-post:
I’m not a parent of children with Autism or Asperger’s but know many who are and really feel the need to share these 4 (of many, I’m sure) great blogs by parents who DO have children with these unique challenges.
As a teacher, I have had a lot of training about the “definition” of these disorders, but none of it gave me insight the way these women do. My children are really young and I truly have no idea what challenges and hurdles are going to be placed in my path – we’ve dealt with speech therapy already, but that’s the most of it and that was hard enough to go through without a community to go to for resources and advice.
I love how these women write with such complete honesty and welcome others into their experiences – as I’ve said many times before, parenting isn’t for the lonely. We all need people to vent to and share experiences with – these parents might need this even more.
These women and their blogs astonish me with their strength and honesty – check them out, stay a while………and pass them on.
Note: Autism Sucks is a community and anyone willing and with a story about parenting a child with Autism or Asperberger’s is invited to write. In the sidebar of the site is a email link – email the blog owner and you can contribute!
Do you have any blogs to share that could give parents and educators more insight on the children we teach and raise? Let me know!…