Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bats, Bats and More Bats

I love Bats. 

Image by Bernard Goldbach

The Flying Fox is my favorite.

Image by ellenm1

Bats are amazing, wonderful, helpful creatures, so I especially love seeing Bat decorations at Halloween time. Some are scary.

Image by Anna Hirsch

Some are only a little scary.

Image by jason wilson

Image by Scott McLeod

Some are Jack-o-lanterns.

Image by Katie Brady

Image by Janet McKnight

Image by Ruth Hartnup

Image by Jo Naylor

And some are just plain cute.

Image by Sherry Venegas

Image by Patrick Lentz

 Image by http://www.petsadviser.com
Image by http://www.petsadviser.com

This Bat could definitely win Cutest Bat of All.

Image by Ross Griff

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Halloween Cupcakes? Yes, Please!

Who would be scared to eat these little ghosties?

Image by Cozinhando Fantasias

I think I'll stay away from this Cupcake, though. I don't think Ms. Spider wants to let it go.

Image by tehusagent

This spider is too cute to be scary.

Image by tawest64

Image by tawest64

Image by Barbara L. Hanson

Jack-o-lantern Cupcakes and Cream Puff. Too adorable.

Image by kinwart

Image by t-mizo

A candy-corn Cupcake? Perfect.

Image by Chelsea Nesvig

This is my favorite Cupcake. The only problem is that I'd want to save it instead of eat it.

Image by clarescupcakes.co.uk

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

'Tis The Season To Be Scared!

Dare we enter?

Image by woolennium

Perhaps in the daytime.

Image by Russ

But on a night like this?

Image by Dawn Ellner

That's not scary.

Image by Suzie Tremmel

But what if we find this inside?

Image by woodleywonderworks

At least Mr. Skeleton doesn't have nails like this.

Image by Reeh Frada

I think I'll stick with non-scary wallpaper. I put it on my computer at school for the kids and loved it so much I have it on my laptop. So adorable.

Image by afovar

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Patch Has Fun At School

Patch is our classroom pet. He's so easy to care for and the students just love him. He likes to climb on furniture, but he never hurts anything so we don't mind.


Could you say no to him?


The classroom Helper takes care of Patch, not forgetting him at snack time.


Patch is a good friend not only to people, but to other animals, too. No wonder we all love him.

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