Sunday, November 9, 2014


As Ms. Audrey's kids learn about farm animals, in the art room they are drawing and painting on paper and cloth, making pillows, stuffed animals, and brooches with tiny bells. There's been a lot of mooing and snorting, whinnying, clucking and baaing - along with the usual giggling and singing.
We made up a poem about making a cape and the kids flew. Ask them and they will tell you, yes they really do fly with their capes on!

Recently I have introduced our kids to a number of old fashioned toys and games, and they love them as much as their digital games. Some of the kids are making stilts that will stay on our playgrounds. They reluctantly gave in to not taking them home (which they admit is fair because most of the work is done by me), but they will wood burn their names on them and be the first to step on out - a foot taller in a moment, hooray! 

Ms. Sophie's big kids are studying ancient Greece again, decorating and making pottery.

Ms. Melody is teaching her students all kinds of magic about trees, and they peaced out making these wool felt crowns. I am so excited, we are going to have a "celebration of trees" parade!
Hazel got her hair done by Pearl while they waited for me to thread needles and tie knots.

We had ninety minutes of turning socks and gloves into real live creatures. What a hubbub!
 These two guys made squishy balls so their creatures could have toys.
With all these projects I am still getting my kids to work on their drawing skills, ha ha!
Tyler is very proud of his archer, which will be part of a collage for his third grade medieval studies with Ms. Megan.
See you again soon!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Tidbits Again

Very proud of my first and second graders - they have learned to draw people from the back, climbing trees with all sorts of gear and little creatures.
Along with beehives and a flying squirrel, this guy has a frog on his head, and the frog is catching a fly with his long tongue:
Getting ready for swings hanging from trees:

Wet on wet watercolors to prepare for lovely Halloween lanterns:
Twelve farm animals on a single page, very exciting. One of the boys said, "Look at what I have done! When I grow up I can be an artist!"

The big kids are pleased with their new tee shirts and plates:

Sydney is coming after school to work on the most beautiful lamp ever:

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Two Little Treats

Zanzi has an idea - Let's make messages to send with Tobren
(our school dog) over to Ms. Melody's classroom.
Zanzi and I made the yellow box (cut off on the left of the photos) to string
around Tobren's neck. And now Bella is writing the messages.
Nodding approval while chewing on his pinky:
 Putting no weight on his spine, Bella's form is excellent! 
It looks like Tobren will be a fine messenger dog:

 Can you see him below? Bella tells him he has done very well 
as Ms. Melody reads the messages.

Here is one more little treat from the first and second graders, who took a good look 
at maple tree "helicopter seeds" and made lots of their own out of colored paper: