Friday, September 19, 2014

Perler Bead Projects

I had some Perler beads, so my students and I played with them. We had large ones.






And small ones.



The book that came with the large beads had a couple of projects I liked.





Once the beads are in place, you iron them with a paper covering so they will adhere to each other (which is why I did this at home).


This is the back, showing the beads melted.


And the front. Isn't she adorable?


I love the colorful butterfly, too. This is a wonderful activity for children. They can follow designs or create their own.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Not-Your-Childhood Patty Cake

I just watched this video on YouTube. It was so adorable, I wanted to share.

I love the song (written by Kurt Hugo Schneider, who you'll see at the end of the video), the creativity, and the way these young people are able to keep their hand motions going throughout the entire song. Amazing!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Don't Judge The Book, Just The Cover

I've discovered new artists because of the artwork on the cover of books. The most recent is James Jacques Joseph Tissot.


The Ball, 1880

Isn't that gorgeous? James Tissot was a French painter and illustrator who lived from 1836 to 1902. He was famous for his fashionably-dressed women in scenes of everyday life. I do love the clothes, though I'd only want to wear something this fancy on rare occasions.

On the Thames, 1882

Isn't it brilliant how Tissot uses bright color to focus on the child?

Hide and Seek, 1877

Here the bright color is used to outline the focus of the painting.

October, 1877

Seaside, 1878

I love the reflection on the floor.

Lilacs, 1875

I can't imagine how difficult it is to paint folds on a dress like this.

The Fireplace, 1869

The color of this dress is so beautiful.

The Bridesmaid, between 1883 and 1885

I wonder if she's enjoying her thoughts. 

Young Lady in a Boat, 1870

Even with a book, this young lady is thinking, too. I wonder if they're thinking about their clothes.

Kathleen Newton in an Armchair, 1878

Friday, August 29, 2014

Rainbow Day

I received this lovely thank you from a former student. Isn't the little book cute, with its arrow directing where to open it? So even though it's not a proper Rainbow, I'll still count it.



These small rubber-band bracelets were quite the thing this year. The student who gave me this one obviously knows how much I love Rainbows.


We did Tangram puzzles for each letter of the alphabet. S for Snake. 


I need to find a purple clothespin.



It's easy to be a Rainbow in our class. Just put on the headband.


Looks like I need to find a purple straw, too.


At least the tiles have all the correct Rainbow colors.





Sunday, August 24, 2014

Doctor De Soto: Dentist to the Animals

Doctor De Soto is a mouse. And a dentist. He treats all animals except those who would like a little mouse snack after their dental treatment. 



Mrs. De Soto helps out with the larger animals and she convinces Doctor De Soto to treat a fox with a toothache.


This isn't looking like a good idea. Do you think Mr. Fox is starting to salivate? Oh, Doctor De Soto! What have you gotten yourself into?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Dull Tree to Interesting Tree

This picture of trees is a bit flat, no?


With a little bit of light, we can improve that.



Some highlighting . . . even better.


We could make it look cold.


Or tilt it so it's straight.


But I like it best this way . . . wondering what world we'd find if we walked through these mystical trees to the other side.