On both sides, of course.
On both sides, of course.
Talk about a winning combination! I'm sure some of it has to do with the fact that we are reading a comedy. Who does not like A Midsummer Night's Dream? If you don't, don't tell me. I love it.
It was my first exposure to Shakespeare and I remember thinking it was absolutely hilarious. When speaking with the high school English teacher over the summer about what we should include in our literature, we both decided it was high time to have some Shakespeare in middle school! YES!
I promise you. They are NOT bored. All of these little cutie pies are intent on listening or speaking their parts. While we are on the subject of speaking parts...cue angels singing...they LOVE EVERY LAST MINUTE. I have hands waving each day to be picked for a part. I have many ask, "Can I use an accent?"
Um. Let me think. YES! Use an accent! My only stipulation is you cannot crack yourself up. You must be able to read in an accent plus maintain fluency. Boy oh boy do they deliver.
Caleb as Puck: Sid the Sloth from Ice Age accent. Yes. He did. Yes. He kept a straight face the whole period. **I, however, fought side stitches the entire class.**
Sarah as Oberon (I think): a cross betwix and Aussie and a Brit accent.
Myles as Demetrius: an Irish brogue.
As soon as our reading was done for the day, we all looked up from our books, took a deep breath, and laughed!
And then, there's Holly. Holly Holly Holly. I love that girl. She already knows the play backwards, forwards, and inside out. I have already told her that I will NOT call on her first because the child knows just about every answer. This does not deter her. She sits on the edge of her seat, enraptured the entire period, and when I ask, "So what did you just say so-in-so?" She literally convulses in her chair trying to hold herself back with excitement hoping no one will be able to answer so she'll get a chance.
Yesterday. Oh yesterday, she is once again sitting on the edge of her chair with her arm stretched up as high as it will go waving her hand frantically in hopes that she'll get a part. Once she is cast as Helena, she emits a "Yeeeesssssss!" a la Napolean Dynamite. All at once, her hand shoots up, and I say, "Yes?" "May I PLEEEEEEAAASSSSE read with expression!? I am like. the. ONLY ONE. who reads with expression!"
ROFLOL. Man, these kids are awesome.
We homeschooled for several years. I enjoyed the time it gave me with my children, and the flexibility it allowed while teaching.
I now teach MS English (7th/8th grades) and K-12 art. I am not required to teach K & 1, but this year my goal was to work classes for them into my schedule. Success!
As I pin ideas onto my Pinterest boards, I usually think to myself, "I wonder if my homeschooling friends ever check my boards to see what I've got up my sleeve?" (Of course, I have so many things pinned I'll not ever be able to teach/do them all.) I know there are not many of you (friends that HS), but y'all! seriously! Please check out my boards, cuz here's the thing...
I know you have tons to accomplish in a day, and you may just want to chuck the whole art thing out the window along with the mess it makes. However, kids really like to make stuff, and to feel arsty, and artisitc. So don't chuck it. There is so much you can do at home that is pretty much spelled out for you.
My 3rd grade class, aka The Most Fabulous Art Class in the World, sings, hums, and makes all sorts of happy little sounds as they work. They are in the zone. And if I were completely honest, this is probably one of the top 3 reasons I LOVE LOVE LOVE to teach Elementary Art. Watching them create is just about the funnest thing ever.
Just think! You could listen to your own little or medium sized one/ones do the same. I challenge you to try one project. One.
DeepSpaceSparkle All I can say is GO HERE NOW. The End.
Painted Paper Phenomenal! She is doing an entire Georgia O'Keefe themed unit right now, and the paintings these children are making are incredible.
Incredible Art Deptartment Lots of lessons for older students.
If you are in the mood to create your own lessons, pick ANY children's picture book your kids LOVE, and that has beautiful illustrations and try to mimic the illustrator's style. I make lots of lessons like these, and my students really enjoy them. We get to READ, study the illos, and then try it out.
Art supplies are super easy to find at Blick. Patty's blog, DeepSpaceSparkle has links to the supplies she likes to use. Hobby Lobby and Walmart are good picks, too, for supplies.
What can they do WITHOUT supervision, and very well?
> clean their bathroom (angels singing)
> wash dishes
> clean the table
> sweep any floor
> make.their.own.lunches. (Hallelu!)
> sort clothes
> put clothes in washer (working on correct amount of detergent now)
> put clothes in dryer and start at appropriate time and temperature
> take clothes from dryer
> fold every item
> put away their clothes and transport other items to correct locations
> water plants
> wash car (ok ok, I'm out there with them on this one)
> and constantly ask, "Mom, do you need help?"
I wish I could say we did this with Joshua and Caleb. Sadly, we did not. Yes, they were helpful. Yes, they help now. But. A big but...I was far too concerned with making my home magazine perfect to allow J and C to help. LESSON.LEARNED. Frankly, the little guys do a superb job at any chore needed.
Tonight, in less than an hour, the house was dusted, swept, vacuumed, bathroom cleaned, towels folded and put away. Soon they'll be at the ready to fetch, fold, and put away their clothes.
When I deleted my blog a year ago, it left some broken links. One being this lovely embroidery pattern by pam garrison. I keep getting notitfications via pinterest that people are searching for it on my blog to no avail. Here it is!
I did the embroidery, but it is Pam's pattern that she has for sale in her shop.
Fully awesome day. Instead of gifting Alan with yet another wonderful lego, which I do love to give, I thought it would be fun to give an 'experience' instead. The fun thing? Daddy took the day off and made it even better! And Nonnie came, too. They spent the night with Nonnie after the fireworks, and Alan knew he was getting a surprise gift but had no clue what it would be. We picked the boys up the following morning and off we went. The three boys talked about what it could be the entire way. We arrived at the caverns and Alan was surprised. He really was WOW'd by the cavern. As we were walking down the path back to the main area, we approached the Canopy Challenge. JEFF WAS INTRIGUED. We stopped to read the signs. Nonnie and I wanted to try the zip line. The boys wanted to do the ropes course, Jeff wanted to do all of it! So we did! And boy oh boy, the zip line was a blast! The boys were harnassed and ready, climbed the stairs and entered the course. Out of the three, I thought Daniel would be the least fearful. WRONG. Jeremiah took off. He was the first to the 3rd story. Daniel was very timid, and Alan unsure but they both ended up doing it on their own up to the 3rd story. Jeff went to the 4th story and back down and at times met up with the three to guide them around. I was totally blown away by Jeremiah. I asked him this morning what was going through his mind while he was up there, he responded, "That I'd make it." He did. They all did! I was so proud of my little men. Strong, brave, faced some fear and worked through it. I highly recommend the Canopy Challenge at Natural Bridge Caverns. You will not regret it.
July 4th is not just the celebration of our Nation's Independence, but in our family, it's the celebration of Alan (aka Ol' Toothless).
4 years ago today, I called Alan from Heathrow to wish him happy birthday. We had left the day before without the boys due to a 'glitch' with our Emb*ssy. (More like a nightmare.) He was walking across the field with Lindsay headed to his big party at the home.
Now he's 9. I cannot believe we've known him for just 4 years. That he's been our son for 4 years. Only 4? That just doesn't seem possible.
Here's the 9 year old today!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEW 9 YEAR OLD!
I am painting MORE TOMS. FUN! My client wanted owls and BRIGHT colors. Right up my alley.
These took a couple of days to paint. I have to stop and start a bit because I'm wife and mom first, and Toms painter second. My client loved them. I love them. I have 4 in the works and some on the way. Busy girl.
You know all those photos I took that I said were for personal use only? Yeah. About that. Surprise! Happy Birthday!
I love you. No matter what. I cannot believe that it's been 16 years already. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May His face shine upon you. May you follow him with all your heart, seek him, and know him.