What a mess... This is what my mom's living room currently looks like... I couldn't start boxing it up until I'd finished buying what needs to go back to Moscow. As any expat knows, it's an art to get a box no larger than 62 inches in volume filled with precisely 50 or 70 lbs, not a bit more, and not a bit less.
I thought I'd have all kinds of free time while the girls are in camp... Instead, I've been so busy doing "work"--but it has been fun.
Let's just say that Barnes & Noble has probably never had a customer get so much mileage out of the educator's discount card...! I carefully (i.e. spent a full day) choosing these books to enrich the curriculum in the elementary school. The poetry books and Mad Libs will also be used in the middle school. Some will be used in class, some read independently, some read and then acted out by the kids. Behold 32 lbs of books:
Then... Here's the really fun part... I've put together a library of educational games to be used in the classroom by all of our teachers. I used many of these the past year, but didn't want to have to keep carrying my kids' games back and forth. The other teachers also kept begging me to use them as well, or to bring back whatever I could...
Here are the games for the elementary school:
And here are the games that will be shared by teachers in grades 4-11:
I figured, if I'm going to bring back extra boxes for the school, I may as well do it once and for all and be done with it! I did so much research in choosing them, imagining how they'll be used, what skills they'll reinforce... I bought duplicates of the most popular games so it'll be easier to share/use them with larger groups. I'll get reimbursed by the school, thank goodness!
My colleagues (and the kids) are going to be GIDDY when I crack open those boxes... I know that a few of them will be like children on Christmas morning!
I'll be glad once everything is all boxed up, though. It has been a tremendous amount of work.