Friday, March 30, 2018

Random Tid Bits

  1. I think it's odd that there's "Stationery" like a mailing package, and "Stationary" like someone is holding still. I noticed it's used wrong on graphic design websites all the time.

    There's 2 acceptable ways to spell, "Doughnut" and "Donut".

    "Wind" like your hair is blowing in the wind, and "Wind" like you wind your clock is the same spelling. The English language is so confusing. 

  2. I'm pretty sure Isaak doesn't believe in the Easter Bunny. He's playing his card well. I asked the boys, "So do you guys want to visit the Easter Bunny in a store?" Of course they didn't want to because they are too old. A Reese's Pieces carrot shaped bag fell down onto the ground downstairs. Isaak said, "This fell." I said, "That's too bad!" He said, "We'll have to leave it out for the Easter Bunny." At this point I'm about to tell him, "Isaak that bunny isn't real." I'm ready for, "I know Mom." 

  3. Mica thinks the Easter Bunny is like Santa. He starts to ask for things. I'm like, "The Easter Bunny doesn't work that way!" 

  4. The Director came into my office earlier this week to say, "I can't tell you anyone's name, or the situation, but a student thinks you don't like her."

    What in the heck am I supposed to do with that? It was one of three students. Two girls leave a lot. I started calling them out on it, to show I noticed. The one girl who I know it is went through a lot of depression the first part of the semester was all sad last Friday and left suddenly, which isn't like her. The last student I mentioned is the one.

    She was all happy and laughing last Friday morning. Then in the afternoon she was all down in the dumps. She turned no work in to me in the morning. Then slapped it all down on the table with missing components. I said, "You're missing this..." Then I asked if she was alright? She said, "Ya." and left. I told Travis when I got home from work, "I really don't know what I said. I was all excited because we were talking about Children's Books." He said, "Don't blame yourself if she tries something. It's not your fault." A different girl came up and said, "So did the Director talk to you about (insert name)?" So that's how I know who it is. Drama! Students in this field have to have a thick skin. I have no idea what I said, or how I offended anyone that day. I can't even ask because I'm not supposed to know it's her. 

  5. Finally taxes are in. With Travis adding that teaching gig, which is done now, me looking for "freelance jobs", and work we just got behind more than normal. They kind of looked cross-eyed at Travis when he turned them in. So much medical stuff this year! But I told him to tell them, "It's all calculated!" I hate doing taxes! I'm going to hate it even more next year when I can't deduct the kid's camps, medical, and dentist. 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Hurtz Donuts {Linky}

We stopped by a donut shop tin Lincoln, Nebraska. They have all kinds of crazy decorated donuts.

I picked a Reese's Peanut Butter Donut.

Travis picked a Snickers Donut.

Isaak picked a Thin Mint Donut.

Mica picked a German Chocolate Donut.

Which donut would you pick? Do you spell out donut, or doughnut? I think it's odd we spell it both ways here in the US.

Monday, March 26, 2018

An Art History Craft

What is Great About This Craft:
  • It's inexpensive 
  • This is a fun craft for older elementary and middle school boys or girls
  • You can research Egyptian history
What You Will Need For This Craft:
  1. A medium to larger disposable water or juice bottle
  2. Glue or Modge-Podge - Learn how to make your own Glue: 1 cup flour, 1 1/2 cup water, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 teaspoon vinegar  
  3. Newspaper 
  4. 5 to 7 Colors of Acrylic Paints: White or Gesso, Bronze or Gold, and a few other colors
  5. A container for glue and water
  6. A medium and small paint brush
  7. A small piece of cardboard
  8. A pencil
  9. Gauze or toilet paper
Here's How We Started This Craft:

Step 1: Have a disposable water bottle handy. Have an adult cut off the top.

Step 2: Cut strips of newspaper. Mix the strips in water downed glue.

Step 3: Wet the strips in the watered down glue. Then take a strip and run it through your fingers over the glue mixture. That way the glue is all over the strip + the excess was off of it.

I handed each strip off to Isaak to start to applying it to the water bottle.

Leave the glue handy. You may need more. It's a good idea to have the strips overlapping.

This is what the inside of the bottle looked like:

Step 4: Let it dry!

I usually let the project be overnight, or work on in the morning and come back to work on it some more in the evening. 

Paint it with white paint, or Gesso.

Step 5: Start an Art History lesson.

I showed Isaak images of Egyptian art. I had him draw a character on paper, then look at it to draw on his paper mache water bottle.

Step 6: Choose your colors to start to paint.

Isaak tried to color his drawing with gel pens. That wasn't successful. It's good to try different methods of working. We moved onto paint. We used the quickest drying paint: Acrylics. Tempera would would as well. We love the bronze, and gold that can be added - only those come in acrylic. 

Here's the colors Isaak chose:

Isaak got a little hesitant when it came to painting details. I helped him at times. Parent help really could very with each kid. I often paint with Isaak watching, then let him paint. He was much more confident towards the middle of the painting process. 

Use a brush that's the same size as the area you are painting. Try to not get paint in the metal part of the brush. That isn't always easy for kids.

Step 7: Parent - cut the bottle in 1/2 length wise. 

Step 8: Make the Mummy.

We used cardboard, a pencil taped to the back to keep it still. Then we wrapped it in gauze and toilet paper. 

 Step 9: Open your bottle and add the Mummy.

What's your favorite time in history?


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