Community Helper

Kindergarten is studying community helpers and students were asked to dress up as a community helper. Nurse, fire fighter, police man… the choices are limitless. That is unless you are Raynes Robinson when there really is not but one choice which is Office Mitchell who keeps the school campus safe. Raynes found himself a SWAT team ensemble, complete with a walky talky just like Officer Mitchells. When he grows up, can you guess who he wants to be?


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Math Treasure Hunt

With child number three, it is rare that I do what’s called ‘sit on the floor and play with him.’  Now that Raynes is in Kindergarten, I’m forced to up the ante and spend more one on one time with him – reading, math facts, coloring, or ‘homework.’  Now that doesn’t mean I’m going to gather school supplies to do this– let’s not go crazy. But… there is always Pirate Booty in our pantry, as it is one of the four foods Raynes will actually eat (hence the size 3T shorts he is still wearing)… and that? That is something I can work with.

*Guest Contributor Natalie Thrash has offered the below math game to serve a duel purpose in our family: counting and calories. I’d call that a win win!    

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 Math Treasure Hunt

There’s nothing like a treasure hunt to get kids excited. The good news is that all that pirate booty can be used to boost their math skills. Here’s how to work the numbers as they sort their loot.

What You Need:

  • A fittingly treasure-esque box or jar for your pirate to place his bounty.
  • A collection of small items like colored gems, strings of beads, and “coins” (can be found at craft stores) or household treasures like buttons, bottle caps, screws, old keys, or anything else that can be counted and sorted.

What You Do:

  • Hide it. Spread the loot around your house or in the backyard. Once your pirates have located their booty, the math begins!
  • Estimate. Put all the treasure in a clear container. Ask your kids to guess how many items are in the jar. Challenge them to empty out the portion they think is half, or to take out a quarter of the amount. Then empty the entire contents and check the accuracy of thier estimations.
  • Sort and classify. Ask your kids to sift through their treasures and match like items. Then throw them a few questions. For example, are the buttons all the same size? Do the keys look alike? Are some of the gems square and others round? Not only does this activity teach children to group items into sets, but it teaches them to observe carefully. Ask them how the things in each set are alike and how they are different.
  • Tell a story. Use their treasures to tell addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division stories. For example, if we share 17 buttons among 3 friends, how many will we each get? Will there be some left over? Or if we have 3 shirts that need 5 buttons each, do we have enough buttons? Ask your kids to act out the problem, by dividing the buttons between the “3 friends” or the “3 shirts”. They can use stuffed animals if they’d like, or just their imaginations.


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Doughnuts for Dads

As Mr. Robinson reminded me, the last Kindergartener’s Doughnuts for Dads was held at school this morning.  Tend to hold on to these special occasions a little tighter now.  When I arrived (someone has to take the girls to school) Raynes ran over to me wearing his teal flip flops. To school. Perfect attire for this morning’s event.


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One of my favorite babies made a special appearance adding to the Friday morning fun.


Irma Interrupted

I had almost forgotten about much I love Friday nights. The possibilities of the weekend are endless.  Low key, football, fun events, action packed.  Last weekend fell into the action packed category with the introduction of Irma to our beautiful state. Luckily, she was a little less ticked off when she finally arrived in T-town. We were without power but only momentarily compared to our friends in South Florida. Poor Darby and Danya are still without power in Miami/South FL. If you’ve never spent September in Florida – let me tell you, it is anything but Mums and pumpkins. It is hot. Throw some love bugs in there, sweat beads and you’ve got yourself a September day

Today it’s taking it back to the first week of school. Seeing that our interim reports go out next week, you can do the math to see just how far back this dates. Okay, it was last month which is technically right on time for this ol’ blog that has been gathering some serious dust.

Boys will be boys

Boys will be boys

Irma Interrupted via grateful simplicity


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And speaking of the first week of school, Kenley’s middle school cheerleading squad ran the pep rally that week to kick off the new school year. Talk about full circle. I wore that same cheerleading uniform over 25 years ago. Ouch!

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