Reading frenzy Thursday, Feb 8 2007 

So, because of a huge snow storm, I had SO much time to read this week.  I am almost done with “Girl Meets God” a book by Lauren Winner about being an Orthodox Jew and converting to Christianity.  Although it’s interesting, I admit I’m getting a little bit bored with it, but I will finish it all.  I also finished End-Times Simplified, which is about what Christianity believes about the end of the world.  Pretty intense stuff!  I also finally finished all 13 books in the Series of Unfortunate Events Series.  They were so good! I’m sad to see them end.  I think I’m going to read this book I just got about pirates.  Love pirates like I do?  Then you need to look at THIS site. 

Art Teacher continued Wednesday, Dec 6 2006 

So, this week in teaching has been a challenge as I have a few mentally retarded kids in my classroom, and I’m not sure how to effectively make sure they are included in all that we are doing in the project, and yet not spend so much time catering to their needs that I end up ignoring the kids who have very real talent evident.  It’s an age-old question for teachers I suppose, and I am still working it out for myself.  I wish there was some sort of place to ask practical questions.  I wonder of the Ohio MRDD would have any answers for me!

Anyways, there’s a scholastic book sale going on this week and I heard about a book series on artists that I have never seen before.  They are small books about each artists’ life aimed at younger kids.  They are written by Christians, and so they avoid any of the details that often accompany artist’s lives that aren’t appropriate for little ones.  I look forward to buying some for my classroom!

Art Teacher Tuesday, Nov 28 2006 

So, I am a part-time art teacher, and I am attempting to become a memborable one at that.  I’ve been thinking about what makes teachers excellent, and what makes children respond to them.  So, one of the things I have realized is that teachers have to be willing to put themselves on display, and be willing to look pretty silly actually.  I decided that I want to make an under the sea theme in my room for the school carnival this year, so I have been thinking of every topic that I can related to that.  I was thinking of buying some women’s pirate boots and a pirate flag and dressing up on the first day of the lesson plan.  So, anyways, I think the youngest kids will make the fish and animals that are under the sea, and as each grade goes up I want to make the lesson more difficult and a different aspect of the scene.  I need a few suggestions for books that I could read to each grade level to go along with the theme.  Do you know any good books about pirates or under the sea that aren’t too scary for little ones?

How do you feel about this? Sunday, Nov 19 2006 

I wrote this post a while back and accidentally saved it instead of publishing it…here it is 🙂

Have you heard of these baby einstein books and dvds? I have mixed feelings about them. On one hand I met this incredibly smart little girl, and she is always referring to things that she learned about on those vidoes, so I guess that’s cool. But, I also read that it’s not good for babies (it can stunt their minds growth) under the age of 2 to even watch tv, so it kills me that there are tv shows aimed at infants. Anyways, the reason I was thinking about it was because I was just looking around trying to decide what to buy for a baby shower. I think I decided on winnie the pooh crib bedding. No baby einstein buying for me, until I decide how I feel about it!

book sale Thursday, Nov 9 2006 

Today I got to go to my local library’s used book sale, and for $30 I got a load of good books!  I got a couple of children’s books to read to some of my art classes, one new one that I like called Art Dog, Froggie Learns to Swim, and Dinostory.  I have a few lesson plan ideas to go along with these books, so I’m thankful to find them for cheap! Of course I also took the chance to pick up an Andrea Bocelli cd that was cheap, and I’m currently enjoying it now 🙂  Merry Christmas to me!  Oh yeah, and thanks to that book I mentioned last time, I bought a gold eagle coin.  So, we’ll see how this collection comes along.

Reading date Sunday, Sep 17 2006 

Tonight I have a “reading aloud date” with two dear friends. We are going to head to the park, bring some drinks, a blanket to sit on, our favorite childhood book, and we are going to take turns reading them aloud. I can’t wait! There is this great park downtown with a fountain, and a view of the city skyline over the river. I love finding friends and excuses to lounge at parks. 🙂

Unfortunate Events Tuesday, Sep 12 2006 

I am in the middle of the books by Limony Snicket “A Series of Unfortunate Events” like I may have mentioned before, and I freaking love them!  They make me laugh out loud sometimes!  But, I will say that I am getting frustrated.  I think honestly, I just want it to end in a fairy tale ending!  I know it warns me the entire series that if you want a happy ending you shouldn’t keep reading, but for some reason, that makes me want to read it and find a happy ending even more!

New series to conquer Thursday, Aug 10 2006 

So, I just moved in with a new roommate downtown, and she has the whole series of Lemony Snicket’s “Series of Unfortunate Events” and I can’t wait to read them all! I loved the movie, and I happened across number 4 once at a garage sale, so of course bought it and read it. I am really excited to devour all 12 of them in the near future.

I loved the artwork at the beginning and end of the DVD credits, and I really enjoyed the scenery/set design of the film. I don’t know very many people who feel that way about the movie, but I for one am a big fan!

Books! Thursday, Aug 3 2006 

What books have you read that you will remember for the rest of your life? What books do you remember loving as a kid? Here’s your place to remember them again! I think I will start today with one of my favorite books as a child…Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh. Now, you may only know of this book because of the movie they put out in 1996, but try to ignore that. This book was so great. I remember carrying around a little notebook for weeks afterwards as a child. I wanted to be just like her! To have adventures, and record every thought I ever had about anyone. (a dangerous habit) What books did you love as a child?