Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Willy Wonka/Christmas Party

We finished reading Charlie and the Chocolate Factory a few days ago. I try to plan something special at the end of each book that we finish. The end of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory happened to coincide with our last day before Christmas break. So we decided to have a fun day.

We decorated cookies.

Other than history I let Grace have the day off as well and come upstairs to have fund with us.

The littles first filled out a book report form then followed a step by step tutorial to draw Santa. That is the first picture up above. They did an awesome job.

We also watched the original version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to compare to the book. After the movie we did a little hand sewing of snowflake fairies that could be hung as an ornament. I neglected to take a picture of them.
We started our next literature unit this week and it is Black Beauty. The girls are also going to work their way through a horse unit study. The end of Black Beauty will find us going on a field trip to ride horses.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

A Funny To Share

A little backstory as to why this is so funny to us. Puppy is a stick fanatic and she is a Poodle to boot. Every time Scott goes out to work in the yard puppy is tearing down the door to get out there so that he will throw her sticks to chase. Our backyard is always littered with piles and piles of sticks. It has gotten so bad that during the day Puppy will not go down in the yard to do her business unless you throw a stick first for her to chase. Right outside our door is a container full of collected sticks just for that purpose.
Scott was going through some old newspapers last night to start a fire in the wood stove and he found the above comic. Stick on a stick for sale to dogs and a Poodle is the first in line. It was just hilarious to us.
Here is the culprit herself waiting at the fence line for Scott to throw her a stick.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Would You Like an Encouraging Evening With Some Wonderful Ladies

If you are local to me you might want to consider visiting this link and reading about The Little Farm Retreats. I just attended my second retreat last weekend. This is hosted by my close friend Amy and she is just the best at welcoming you into her home and feeling like you have been friends forever.

I think her plan is to do a retreat every other month, but don't quote me on that. So far that is how it has worked out on the calendar. Her house is so inviting. Great friends old and new, crafting, festive food, and lots of coffee.

Love this woman to pieces and can't wait for the next gathering. If you are local to this area and would like to join in on the fun send a message to her on Facebook - Little Farm Diary and see about getting on the invite list.

Merry Christmas to all!!!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Owl Unit Study

My "littles" really took my at my word. The past couple of weeks we did a short study about owls. I asked them to chose an owl species and do a project for me. Not just any project but something that would wow me. They did a great job. One of my students has been out sick for 4 weeks and I know she has already finished her project as well. So I am eager to see hers next week when she returns.

The creativity was just incredible. Of course this is a Tawny Owl and the girls named her Brittany.

This guy is a Snowy Owl and was lovingly named Alvin.

They did presentations in front of me, Scott, and Grace. They were a little nervous in the beginning but warmed up to it as they went along.

Last week they also dissected owl pellets. I chose to do the synthesized pellets instead of real ones. No muss, no fuss. The girls enjoyed most putting the skeletons back together. Once dissected we had a bird skeleton and a mole skeleton. 

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tis the Season

A whirlwind of activities have transpired since Friday and I really don't see it slowing down. Of course Friday night was the big Christmas performance at the Cooperative. A wonderful start to the holiday season. Saturday we traveled to see a Christmas parade that didn't really happen because of the weather. Sunday Grace was gone all day with a friend while I tackled my "to do" list. Monday we went off with our son and his girlfriend to Lake Lanier Lights to see the Christmas lights and other activities. Today I auditioned 27 kids for Peter Pan which will be performed in April.
This Friday night we go to watch a play and then some Christmas shopping on Sunday while Tuesday is moving day for the Cooperative. There are a few days of rest in between, but not many. No real break in sight until we actually break for the Christmas holidays.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Creative Christian Cooperative Christmas Program

This Cooperative has been one of the best things I have ever been involved. We are finishing up our third year as an extended fine arts cooperative and last night's program could not have been better. Sixty students are involved in our cooperative with about 35 participating last night in the end of the semester Christmas Extravaganza. I really could not be prouder. They were wonderful. This was my first go at directing the drama production, with the help of my co-director since my main drama teacher had moved away. She came last night to the performance and thought it was wonderful. That is like getting the golden seal of approval. So I was a very happy camper. You may ask, "Why in the world are there tarps under the choirs that are singing"? Well, they were performing a very creative song about baking a fruitcake and every ingredient that was mentioned was thrown onto the floor.

This was probably my favorite skit. Santa's Pop Quiz was a young girl quizzing Santa and just giving him a hard time. You don't figure out until the end of the skit that it is his daughter getting him ready to answer other kids questions about Santa while collecting money on the street for charity.

I love each and every one of these kids. Most times I treat them like my own. Some of the older kids I have know for years and a few just for the last 2 years. Doesn't matter. I love them all the same and look so forward to working with them each and every Tuesday that we meet.

Here is Grace with two of her closest friends at Co-op. Grace was in the Two Elves skit that told a lot of short jokes. They also manned the ticket table for me. All the funds collected at last night's event will go to building us a new stage in our new location starting in January.

I can't believe I didn't get a picture of Grace on stage in her skit, but being a director and stage hand for the whole program kind of limited me to when I could go and take a picture.

This was Girls Ensemble singing in between skits. I am looking most forward to Grace being a part of this group starting in January.

The Cooperative also had the end of the semester art shows for high school art, elementary art, and the Keepers and Contenders Class. I think it would be safe to say that we had at least 200 people in attendance last night.

I can't say enough about how wonderful a night it was. Also a great big thanks to my teachers, families, and students for helping us pull off this fantastic night. This program really helped to kick of the Christmas Season and hopefully bring a little joy to everyone's life. I know it sure did for me!

Friday, December 5, 2014

What Kept Me Occuppied Over the Past Month

To be honest with you - lots kept me occupied and busy. Family, friends, Christmas shopping, Cooperative business, tutoring three 5th graders, helping another family with math tutoring, homeschooling, and keeping up with a busy teenager. If we are talking what kept me busy in the social media arena that would be Instagram. I love Instagram. It's fast, quick, and easy. An online friend mentioned once that just like "video killed the radio star", we could also say that "Instagram is giving the blogging world a run for it's money. The feedback on Instragram is so much quicker than blogging and many more people are more prone to comment than they would on blogs. So I guess now that I am blogging again it will just be the best of both worlds. Here is my Instagram account if you would like to follow me.

In the past I blogged 3-5 times a week and this time you may see me blogging on 2-4 a week. I guess it just depends on what kind of creative juices are flowing that week, and quite frankly how many other things I have on my plate. Taking a month off from blogging was freeing, but there were many times I was at an event, etc. where I thought "This would make a great blog post", then slowly remember that hey I wasn't supposed to be blogging anymore.

So no promises - we will just see how it all goes. I will be talking more about "the littles" that I tutor three days and week and Cooperative events. Now that Grace is older she isn't too fond of sharing her teenage life with the world - I really can't blame her. I will continue to share her art work. I will leave you with a little Christmas cheer from Grace.