Sunday, May 25, 2008

Estimation Game



Anyone up for an estimation game? I am currently teaching in a K/1 class as a long term sub. I have my students estimate on a regular basis. I was actually just doing this on Friday when my friend Andrea came in (she works at the school and is the one who got me the job). I was talking to the students about some techniques they can use and how to make an educated guess, based on what they know. I usually give them a range to work from anyway. Andrea was telling the students that she needed more practice because she wasn't very good at this. So I am not sure that she is reading this but this one is for you Andrea!

Kevin and I got this really cool glass water jug when we first moved to North Carolina. My brother kept his coins in one when we were kids and I think Kevin said he had one too. We moved here about 3 years and 9 months ago. For the most part we put all of our change in it. We spend some, but usually we drop it in the jar. We had decided that we would keep adding to the jar to save for a special trip or something. Well we decided that we will probably use the money on some of the things that we need for the kids instead. We were going to count it all and take it to the bank but we noticed that the Coinstar at the supermarket doesn't take a percentage of your money if you turn it into a giftcard. So after our dinner and movie date tonight (got to get out on a few last dates while we can :) ) we went to the market and turned our change into an amazon.com giftcard. Anyone want to try to guess how much it was? We were pleasantly surprised that it was a bit more than we thought. We plan to use the giftcard for some of the things we will need when the kids get home. Leave a comment with your guess if you would like to play and I will let you know the results in a few days.

Also, I found several other treasures in the jug as well. My friend's son Trent has always found the jar fascinating. He has dropped several things into it over the years, knowing full well he wasn't getting them back. He just likes to watch them drop in. I found a Star Wars figure's light saber, a banana Runt candy (I could not believe that hadn't dissolved in the three years it was in there) and a little metal ball, among other things. We also found arcade tokens, souvenir smashed pennies (I collect them), and some foreign coins.

P.S. I am keeping the comments of all of those who have sent me their email addresses to approve for the blog when we make it private. I figured some of you may be like me and don't want your email addresses posted for all to see. Thank you for all the well wishes and prayers. We really appreciate it!

5 comments:

Dan & Michelle said...

Let's see, we do this too, but use an old kitty litter container. Each time we have emptied it over the 2 adoptions, we have found we did pretty well. I'm going to guess there was probably about $350. My guess is mostly based on the amount of time you have been filling the jug :)

David & Monica said...

I would love to be able to follow your journey, will you let me know if you dont have my email. thanks! And my guess is 424 but only because that is what was in my glass jar when I cashed it in!

Owens Family Blog said...

Wow this is really hard!! I am going to take another look at the photo! Andrea

Owens Family Blog said...

Okay - I really have no clue, I bet the K-1 kids would still be better at this than I am. I am going to go up a little from Dan and Michelle to $400. As you can see I couldn't sleep I was so excited about this estimation game, it is 4:30 am....

The Hinshaws said...

I'm going to go with $459
That will buy some cute kids stuff! :)