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Another chapter in an ongoing adventure...

One mom had an idea to begin her very own Destination Imagination Team.  She asked, and we accepted the invitation.  That was pretty much the end of peace and tranquility in my life and the beginning of what has become an amazing adventure. Another chapter to the story was added this weekend.
21 people, little and big, must be registered as team members or spectators on Lilah’s Global Finals team registration.  The team fee includes access to a dorm room, which will be our command center.  We could get more dorm rooms, but the parents would not be able to accompany the children, only the team manager and a co-manager.  This would not work for many of our children who do not do sleepovers.  Therefore, our team needed to make arrangements at a hotel.  The team member also gets a meal plan and unlimited drinks/snacks.  However, our team consists of children who are gluten free, sugar free and vegan.  College cafeteria eating is not going be easy for our team, which means the meal plan wil…

This week in coop....

Product Research

Over the past two years the girls have kept a poetry anthology.  In the binder are copies of poems they enjoy copied in their best print or cursive and illustrated with the medium of their choice.  Now that they are older, we are questioning if it a binder is the best place to display their work.  Now that we have discovered the joy of art journaling, it seems like an art journal is the best place to display their favorite poems... I needed some product research assistants.  I wanted to test out new watercolor paints before my coop class this week.  I asked if the girls and their friend who was with us for the day if they would be willing to test the paints while working on a page for their anthology.  Each child produced a very unique effect with the same paint.  I am very curious to see how the children in my classes, who range in age from 7 to 11, use these paints....



Minecrafting

When I was downloading pictures from my phone I found these.  Grace or Lilah?  I have no idea.  What I do know is that this game has become a huge part of my girls lives.  They are constructing entire villages and their focus is on beauty.  They are creating a world for their avatar to live in that is not only functional, but beautiful.  I love that. 



I want my girls to understand that what they can do in a virtual world, they can do in the very real and present one in which they live and breathe.  Perhaps Grace can not have the balcony that she longs for and Lilah can not have her own  attached bath...but they can celebrate the beauty in what they do have.  They can plant a garden, tend the soil and grow fruits and vegetables.  They can walk down pathways and admire the stone bridges and graceful archways of a park that is nearly 100 years old.  They can build a fort, a treehouse or construct a playhouse from a cardboard box. The beach is just a few miles from our backdoor.  The beaut…

This week at Co-Op...

The Big Dig Part 2: Artifact Day!

Building on our experience at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, the children met Thursday for artifact day.  During our visit to the museum, each child picked their favorite artifact from any time period of Greece’s history, from the Neolithic to Roman eras.  They had the opportunity to recreate that artifact using a variety of art materials.  Lilah made a terracotta doe from the Boeotian region of Greece.  Grace used air dry clay to make a version of a sphinx.  
Our day began with examining a Montessori timeline.  For each picture on the timeline there is a corresponding fact card.  If you are interested in an item and wish to learn more, the fact card will provide information regarding what the item or event is and when it took place.

The children set out to create their own 18 foot timeline of ancient Greece.  For every artifact the children choose, they printed two copies.  One was glued onto the timeline in the appropriate era.  The children researched the artifact, typed and printed…

Spring is like a box of crayons....

...come alive!
This is my favorite quote of the week by 9 year old Gwen. 


This was a writing group week.  It was simply wonderful to have a new addition to our group.  I hope he enjoyed himself and comes back again! 

We worked on a page that came from Karen’s Pinterest Page.  I thought the Kandinsky-inspired tree would make a good writing prompt. 

Saturday Fun Day!

The Crazed Carrots spent Saturday together, Saturday Fun Day, as we call it.  The team is preparing for the Earth Day Fair on the 28th.  We have several pretty awesome donations from local businesses for a silent auction.  In order to make the table more personable, the children wanted to craft some items to sell.
The felted some soap.  These soaps will be put together in a lovely basket.  I adore the soaps that my girls made for our family.  One bar last well over a month and every time you wash your hands you get to hold a piece of art that was created from the imagination and efforts of your child.  It beats regular old bar soap every day.

The team then headed to downtown Fairfield for some additional fund raising.  Standing in the background, listening to the children describe their project and why they are seeking donations gave me not only a feeling of pride but of awe.  I could never have done this at their age.  Never.  They presented a well planned proposal to each business.  O…

Art Journaling at Co-Op

I am finding great joy in facilitating art journaling at our coop this session.  I teach two sessions, one for ages 8-9 year old and another for 10+.  Just like my workshop that meets periodically at my house, this class has the same sense of peace and tranquility minus the comfy chairs and steaming mugs of tea....



Today we learned about Georgia O’Keefe, one of my favorite artists.  We watched a Brain Pop biography of her life and looked through one of my large coffee table books filled with her artwork.  Our focus today was looking through the magnifying glass.  Draw one thing, one flower, using as much space on the page as possible.  Then add your words to the page.


While they drew I asked them to reflect on their thoughts.  Creating art is very personal and often we are reminded of the little things that get pushed to the back of our brains in the hustle bustle of our busy days.  As always, I gave the children “Invitations to Write” or prompts to help spark a desire to write if they …

Today ~ Guest Post by a Crazed Carrot!

Today
We are leaving in less than an hour!  We are on a website!   The Earth Day website!   How Exciting!!!!   And my Mom said she's proud of us!   And she is my Mom which feels great!   And we are going to a DI party today!   The whole team is going to be there but Grace  :) :(    I can't wait!!  This is going to be fun!   And I'm going to Chuck's house today!   This is about the best day of the week!!   I wish we could car-pool with Cormac!   But we can't because he will probably have to leave early.   This is awesome!!   Less than an hour before I have to leave!   Wow this is amazing.   If you hold the pencil the right way, it looks like a really cool sun!   Try it!!  :)  It's fantastical! :)  :)  :) :) :) That's not a real word but I don't care. 
               Love,                    Gwendolyn

The Big Dig: Part 1

Tuesday found us aboard a 7:50am train bound for New York City.  Destination: the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Purpose: a 4 hour class led by an archaeologist and historian.  Content: Ancient Greece.   My first thought was four hours is a very long time to spend with children ranging in age from 7 to 12 in just six rooms of an enormous museum.  How would the children attend to the lesson for that length of time?  Would they enjoy it?  My initial thoughts and fears were for naught.  This was the best museum trip of my life.  This was more than a guided tour.  This was a lesson in history, geography, geo-politics, economics, mythology, literature, and career planning.


Let me back up a bit.  Grace and Lilah are participating in a very unique program called The Big Dig.  They will learn to be archaeologists from a professional archaeologist and historian.  A back yard will be transformed into the site, and the children will be taught how to conduct a dig; record their findings, fact check, …