Bingo has been my go to library game for the last few weeks and it is a hit for all ages!
We celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Bingo cards made by Megan from Balancing Home.
I’m telling you, this game brought out a kind of eerie silence in my middle school classes. I told them that I was brought up in a hard core Bingo family, so they knew I meant business. In my family we play for cash:
That was my gas money home!!
For my littlest kids, we started playing ABC Bingo to practice letter recognition:
This Bingo set was made by Amber at Crazy Little Projects. We play this game in Kindergarten in between books and I started giving out little erasers as prizes like I did with the middle school. The only difference is that in Kindergarten I had to promise to give everyone an eraser at the end of March to avoid meltdowns due to unfairness. I’m sure middle school felt the same way, but kept it to themselves.
I found the Bingo games on Pinterest, where you can find bingo boards covering everything from fractions to Star Wars!
One of the best things about working at a school is that your kids are close to being a literal captive audience. That means that once a week, middle school students come to the library for what I like to call, “Ms. Serrano’s feminist-socialist hour.” This month I am reading them biographies from Kate Shatz and Miriam Klien Stahl’s Rad American Women A-Z.
A student picks a letter and the beginning of their library time and while they are reading and browsing I put together a couple of book talks using the biography from A-Z and supplementary books that I find around the library. I’m hoping that someone picks the letter S so I can talk about my girl, Sonia Sotomayor!
(images from Rad Women A-Z)
I have been slowly working my way to running a 5K (one of my New Year’s Resolutions). I’m signed up for one this month and pretty sure I will not be running the whole thing just yet. But I have to say, I have been enjoying my run/walks so far. Maybe favorite part is making playlists to run to. Here is my current list:
Justin Bieber-What do you mean
Still a great running song but now it is my warm-up song now that I can go a little faster.
Madonna-Living for Love
I was seriously excited about this video when it came out because she is a matador outfit and that reminds me of her Take a Bow phase which I loved.
Missy Elliot- WTF (Where They From)
After the Super Bowl Missy tweeted something like, “I didn’t know you missed me”. What?!?! OF COURSE WE DID. And we were rewarded with this song and a video with puppets!
Madonna (Again!)- Bitch I’m Madonna
Clearly I made this playlist shortly after the Madonna concert!
Jill Scott-Run Run Run
Halfway there, this song is perfect to remind me of what I’m supposed to be doing!
Pharrell Williams- Happy
Good pick me up when I’m ready to quit.
Lana Del Rey- Summertime Sadness Remix
Beyonce-Why Don’t You Love Me
OF COURSE THERE IS A BEYONCE SONG ON THIS!!
Bonus Song: Nicki Minaj-Feeling Myself ft. Beyonce
I am usually not running when I get to this song, but I am certainly feeling as confident as Nicki Minaj when I am done!