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Celebrate Mardi Gras

January 3, 2011
Celebrate Mardi Gras

Mardi Gras is traditionally celebrated on the Tuesday prior to the beginning of Lent. Mardi Gras translated means Fat Tuesday. Many people also enjoy the Polish sweet pastry, paczki on Fat Tuesday (in English, the common pronunciation is ponch-kee). Get in the celebration by making masks and downing festive attire. Make a Mardi Gras...
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Recycle Creations

January 1, 2011
Recycle Creations

I have never met a child that their eyes didn’t light up when they were given an opportunity to make anything to their hearts desire. On a day that it’s too cold to play outside, watch your child stay busy and happy for hours! Materials: Gather interesting and clean containers from everyday items like:...
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Snow People

December 26, 2010
Snow People

  Materials: Your child’s endless imagination assorted clothes – hats, gloves, scarf… for the snowman Sandbox pails to form shapes Assorted items to make interesting mouths, eyes, hair, ears – like mushrooms for the nose, red pepper for the lips, spaghetti for hair Steps: Make snow people in groups having fun. Your child can...
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Watercolors like Claude Monet

December 15, 2010
Watercolors like Claude Monet

Painting like Claude Monet Our students enjoyed listening to Linnea in Monet’s Garden and seeing the artist and his gardens from a child’s point of view. Then they had the opportunity to use watercolors and large pieces of paper to create a landscape picture.  The results were wonderful.  It can’t hurt that they got...
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Creating work like Henri Matisse

December 14, 2010
Creating work like Henri Matisse

Creating Like Henri Matisse I have a fondness for Impressionist painting.  I can’t say why, is it the fact the artist all expressed themselves in new and unique ways or the fact all the work (okay for the most part) is bright and lively.  I love the bright colors and that two people can...
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French History Hide ‘n Seek

December 10, 2010
French History Hide ‘n Seek

Studying French History I what my students to learn about Napoleon Bonaparte and what he did for France, the artists that have offered so much to the world, what the feudal system was and so much more but how?  I could make them all do reports or research them online or in the encyclopedia’s...
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Colonial America – the Virginia Reel

November 28, 2010
Colonial America – the Virginia Reel

Virginia Reel Children usually think of assemblies as when the whole school gathers together. But in Colonial times an assembly would be a gathering for dancing. My students enjoyed doing the Virginia Reel. I adapted the steps to make it less complicated and still have the feeling of the reel. Virginia Reel – My...
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Painting in the Style of George Seurat

November 27, 2010
Painting in the Style of George Seurat

 George Seurat During our study of France, it wouldn’t be complete without looking at the artists that have made an impact on the art world.  One that comes to mind is George Seurat who created pointillism.  He was an impressionist that took a different direction than many others.  He would paint using millions of...
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Harry Potter – Trading Cards

November 26, 2010
Harry Potter – Trading Cards

Harry Potter Trading Cards My reading group is enjoying reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” and to capitalize on their interest we are making trading cards for the characters.  The group discussed what is usually on a trading card and how they should do them.  It was interesting to watch them decide to...
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Turkey in Disguise!

November 6, 2010
Turkey in Disguise!

Thanksgiving Turkey’s in Disguise With Thanksgiving not too far off, this is a great art project that really allows your child’s sense of humor to come through! Turkeys are usually the center of the holiday meal.  Your child is going to make a disguise for a turkey so perhaps they can miss being on...
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