Friday, November 29, 2013
1. I am learning how to play the piano. I have never taken any kind of music lessons before. So far it doesn't seem hard and I am learning to read music. It is also a good reminder to me how children might find learning certain things more challenging than I realize.
this project beyond the month of November.
3. Living in the same small community for a number of years really is a good thing. Twice in the last week I have had people check up on me because they wanted to make sure I was okay. One friend had not been able to get a hold of me by phone and the other had not seen me at work. It is nice to know there are people looking out for me.
What are you learning?
Monday, November 18, 2013
Joan Holub and illustrated by Melissa Sweet is a new picture book that I look forward to sharing with my students. Little Red's teacher, Ms. 2, gives her class of pencils a set of words and the assignment to write a story. Little Red sets out uncertain what to write about. She soon encounters a strange noise and discovers it is coming from Wolf, the pencil sharpener. If you and your children like new versions of well known fairy tales, this would be a book to look for at your library. If you teach children writing, you might also find it helpful as a springboard for a lesson on writing a good story.
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
this post). Each person got a blank book. Our goal is to write at least one thing we are thankful for each day of the month. The pages are large enough to add a picture for each day as well. By Thanksgiving we should each have 28 or more things to be thankful for, and more grateful hearts.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Monday, October 7, 2013
|made for others|
|quilts that live at my house|
I did a quilt trunk show last Thursday night at my quilt club. For those of you who aren't familiar with trunk shows, it is an opportunity for a quilter to share her work with others. I collected some of the quilts that I gave away, then added those to my own collection so I had a total of 25 quilts to show. (No, there are not 25 quilts in the two pictures shown since some already have gone back home.) It made me glad that I label my quilts because it helped me know what order they were completed. A person would think you could remember when something was made, but over the course of 13 years and about fifty quilts, my memory was a bit fuzzy. It was fun to share some of the stories of the quilts with other quilters. My favorite of the ones that I collected was the baby quilt I made for my younger niece(shown below).
After looking at all sorts of quilts (my own creations as well as others), I have come to the conclusion that the pattern isn't nearly as important as the fabrics put into a quilt. So the questions I have for you is-if someone was making you a quilt, what kind of fabrics or colors would you want in a quilt?
Monday, September 30, 2013
Kristin Kimball is based on the first year the author spent living on a farm and becoming a farmer. Kimball didn't grow up on a farm, or live on a farm, until she met Mark, a farmer. She was living in New York City working as a writer. He was farming on someone else's land. Together they found a place to start their lives together, as farmers. The first year had a steep learning curve for Kimball-she learned how to milk a cow by hand and how to work with a team of horses. If you grew up on a farm or live on a farm, you will relate to some of the things Kimball learned the hard way (by experience). If you don't have a lot of familiarity with farming, the story will make you appreciate more fully the resourcefulness and work ethic a farmer possesses. Though this story is nonfiction, in some ways it reads like a novel...you wonder how Kimball will come to grips with the reality of her newly chosen profession.