March 6th, 2014 | Posted in
Monopoly all-nighters. Ever experienced one of these? Or how about a Monopoly weekend? Yes, to both of those for me. My brother, 8 years older than I, was so gracious to indulge me in these antics. I grew up with a team of game lovers (or maybe I should say two teams because we can be fierce competitors with one another as well). I remember thinking during my first pregnancy with our oldest that I couldn’t wait to play board games with him/her! That’s what parenting is all about, right? Now, I snicker.
Fun around the table or on the floor with games doesn’t have to take all night. So many wonderful games can be played in less than 15 minutes with the same sense of fun (or maybe more?) then Monopoly marathons. Engaging with your children in good humored, silliness is the stuff of great memories. And learning how to be both a gracious winner and loser takes some practice.
March 5th, 2014 | Posted in
In art you will often find geometric shapes and organic shapes. What’s the difference?
Geometric shapes are things like circles, rectangles, triangles, etc. They have edges that are clear and we can often refer to them as ‘rigid’ (except in the circle).
Organic shapes are more curved and non-rigid. Their shape seems to flow and can be created with just your hand; no tools, like a ruler, necessary. They’re usually asymmetrical and can be found in the natural world. You can see them in fruits, plants, and animals. Today we are going to create some organic shapes. Shapes I like to maturely refer to as blobs. We’ll also learn a fun way to create ‘movement’ with our shapes.
You will need construction paper and oil pastels for today’s lesson. That’s it!
March 4th, 2014 | Posted in
I don’t know about you, but I’ve really had enough of winter. Enough snow and slush and cold. Maybe you’re smart and live somewhere warm, but if you’re stuck in this same mess as me, I’ve got some ideas to bring a little spring into your home.
March 3rd, 2014 | Posted in
Well friends, this is it! It’s our 13th and final episode of Adventures in Learning. In this episode, we learn some of the science behind what makes buttermilk pancakes so light and fluffy.
This series, like life, was a joy and a challenge to produce. We had a wonderful time doing it. But to be honest, I wasn’t sure how I felt about exposing our family. I know I blog and do all the social media stuffs, but video? In our home? Well, it’s a completely different animal altogether.
I never really got over my nerves, but I did eventually decide that what I wanted was more important than what I feared.
What I wanted was
February 28th, 2014 | Posted in
It is not lost on me that people pay me to do things like make dollhouses out of cardboard boxes. I don’t get paid lots mind you, but it’s a nice thing for sure.
You know, I’ve been thinking a lot about my career path lately. It might be my age. It might be the “creative” thing. It might just be that I was born with a restless spirit. All I know is that I’m beyond grateful that for the past several years, I’ve been able to do the type of work I have.
Speaking of work, our 13th and final episode of Adventures in Learning airs next week! We’re going out with a big party. Be sure to tune in on Monday to watch.
I’m super proud of the series. It was the first time I’ve developed and produced something on this scale and while there are certainly things I’d change, I’m content. I’ll talk more about it next week, but for now, I’d love to hear what you thought of it and which episode was your favorite.
Here’s a list of episodes in case you need a refresher…
Stargazing | Farmers Market Math | Shape Hunt | Trees | Living(room) Global | Hot Cocoa, Warm Hearts | Bedtime Stories | Toymakers | Feelings | Pen Pals | The Writers Club | Electric Dough
I hope you have an amazing and relaxing weekend!
Here are some things this week that caught my eye. I think you’ll enjoy them too…
A sweet woodland birthday party
Amazing to watch both the evolution of the artist and the explosion of followers
A meditation on flow
A new style blog for the guys
How to fail artfully
Lighting tips for bloggers/photographers
Ground control to Major Tom
More about those Finnish schools
I can’t imagine this being us one day, but I know logically it’s inevitable
For you photography lovers, a new exhibit at the Guggenheim
February 27th, 2014 | Posted in
The Reading Nook
I’ve been a lover of NYC ever since I was a kid. When I was 11 I dreamt of living there. You wouldn’t find that at all remarkable unless you knew that I grew up in a working class family in a smallish city in the middle of the Canadian prairies. (I’m not so remarkable, it’s the NYC dreams that were!).
I’ve often wondered about the source of my taste for the Big Apple (pardon the pun). I knew no one who had been there, we didn’t travel a lot and no one in my family had ANY desire for big city life.
February 24th, 2014 | Posted in
Play + Learn, printable
Did you catch Jillian’s post last week on Venice? So cool. Inspired by her trip and gorgeous photos, I created some illustrations and turned them into a classic memory game. I figured that way we could all have a memory of Venice, even if it’s just in game form.
All you need to do to play is print and cut. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself belting out “O sole mio…”
February 23rd, 2014 | Posted in
How was your week? Mine was decidedly mixed. I got some bad news, but there’s so much cooking behind the scenes here that I can’t wallow for too long. I finished up an assignment that I’m excited about and schemed with some of my friends. You’re going to love what we’ve got planned for this summer!
Plus, the weather here this weekend has been swoon-worthy. Upper 50s/low 60s and sunny. I swear I’m in heaven. I mean I’d enjoy even warmer temps, but after all the snow and ice, I’m happy with any bit of sunshine thrown my way.
For those of you with school-aged kids, have you noticed an increase in workload this month? We seem to be at the point of the year when things pick up. Both kids are working on big projects, which, trickles down to extra work for me too. There’s organizing meetings for group projects, shuttling to the library, helping them look things up on the internet, etc. Have you seen this image going around facebook? Considering how many times it’s been reposted, I’d say many of us are feeling this way.
I’m trying to walk that fine line between pushing them enough that they develop a good work ethic and backing off enough that they develop independence. I’ve been thinking about this article quite a bit.
My favorite bit of parenting advice wasn’t in that article though, it was in the comments section:
Our job as adults is to ask two questions. First, ask your kids “What do you want?” …The second question to ask them is “What do You need to do to get what You want?” Not “how can I get it for you.”
I’m going to carry that bit of advice with me forever. Who knew a person named “Squirt” could be so wise?
Hope you’re enjoying a lovely weekend! And now some reading…
Cool blog alert
Look at the big brains on Brad
Creative social problem solving
Brilliant – the kids will love this one
Fab art project
Love these too
Small blog, huge inspiration
Yes, and yum!
for those planning a natural birth
Loving this series. Has me thinking about all the little things for which I’m immensely grateful
Can’t wait to give this recipe a try. Also, Giulia’s up for a Homies! Go vote for her!
SO excited for Carla! She’s been published! Aww yeah/a>
Looking for STEM activities? Check this out
And finally… Did you enter yet? It’s going to look fantastic in your house!