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Monday, June 27, 2011

Good News.....

I survived VBS. 

I think there should be a special spa for all the VBS volunteers to go to after it is all over, don't you? 

We had 87 kids this year.  That is a lot of kids.  My church in Georgia does VBS differently than my church in Minnesota, so I had a bit of learning curve this year.  I helped out with music.  In Minnesota, we taught music at the opening assembly and at the closing assembly and the kids rotated in between to craft, story time, snacks, recreation, etc.  In Georgia, although you sang at opening and closing, music was one of the rotations, so I ended up singing for 3 hours straight every day.  I almost lost my voice by week's end....but, I survived!  I also danced around and did silly motions for those 3 hours (my special cowboy dance was the best), so here's hoping that it kick started my weight loss!!!  The kids were sweet with only a handle of "know it all" children and too cool to be there 5th graders.  It was exhausting...but I think we made a difference to the kids. 

In other good news, I have been selected to be part of the TOS Crew. 

What is that, you say? 

The TOS stands for  The Old Schoolhouse, which is a homeschool magazine.  I have subscribed for about 6 or 7 years, I think.  It is the only magazine that I read cover to cover - ads included - because they are so interesting and always give me ideas for school or new curriculum to try.  If you are a public school teacher, you may want to give it a read too - there are a lot of good classroom ideas and fun unit studies that could be integrated into a regular classroom also. 

Anyway, one of the things this magazine offers is product/curriculum reviews and I have been selected to be part of that "crew".  I am excited to get started and try out some new stuff in our school and give my feedback on the products.

So, I survived VBS 2011 and am getting a chance to serve on the TOS crew for 2011...that is all good news.