Saturday, February 8, 2014


Discover. Play. Build.

Ruth Ayres has a link-up on Saturdays where people link to posts that are celebrations about their week. I love this reminder to celebrate every day.

These boxes held $500 worth of books
Aren't they gorgeous?
*One* A big joy this week was opening up the boxes of books that we got from First Book through a donation by Target. I was happy to see that they had many diverse titles available and I was also over the moon to see I could get many copies of Flora & Ulysses. I have already handed every single one of those copies out to happy staff and students.

*Two* A few months ago an email came my way that announced a Head Start conference and was asking for presenters. I passed it to my two favorite Pre-K teachers, the ones I work with every week :),  thinking they would be great presenters. They decided they wanted to give it a shot. Last week they checked out iPads, chrome books, and laptops in preparation for their trip. I gave them the few suggestions I could since I have only officially presented two sessions at conferences. I was so excited for them. They presented on using technology in the pre-k classroom. Their main focus was on the social networking tools they have been using to connect with parents, but they also showed some of the things they do with children which honestly isn't a lot since we like the little ones to interact with each other more than with screens at that age. They had a fantastic experience and I am so proud of them for stepping out of their comfort zone.

*Three* A friend's young child has finished his last round of treatment at the hospital and can finally walk around with hair and without tubes. There just aren't words for that.

*Four* The blog that I am part of, Rich in Color, is just about to have its first anniversary. Audrey and I met on a #diverselit Twitter chat that Stacey Whitman or Lee & Low was doing about this time last year. We connected and recruited others to work with us. We have three posts a week on our blog about young adult literature written by or starring people of color. I can't believe it has already been a year since we started this journey.

*Five* I started a computer programming club for 4th and 5th grade. We will be meeting before school every Wed., though I may add Fridays too. The students that showed up were great to work with and I am looking forward to learning with them.

I hope you had some wonderful celebrations this week too!


  1. What amazing celebrations this week! I love that you are so proud of your Pre K teachers! And wow, lovely books! Hurray for Flora & Ulysses Hope that many teachers are reading this aloud. I'm reading it to my ownchildren and they love it.

    1. Yes, several teachers are reading Flora to their classes. I think the students will love it. :)

  2. OMG so many amazing celebrat9iosn this week for you...heath...there is no greater celebration...and's right up there and's near the top of the have certainly fueled my celebration tank this weekA@

  3. Lots and lots to celebrate this week! I didn't know about your other blog, but am headed over there right now to check it out! Sounds perfect for my kids (both at home and at school)!

  4. WOW - those books! How wonderful! So happy to hear about your friend's child. There's nothing scarier to have an ill child. Here's to another week of celebrating!

    1. My friend's family has had a really long road of treatments and this was such a happy milestone. Thanks.