Vancouver Waldorf School

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There’s nothing like a great weekend.  This was a “craft fair” weekend for me.  I ventured out with Martina, and Rosa, future blogger Little House on the Hill , to check out Make... READ MORE

Festive Suet

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It seems that almost every Christmas, we make treats for the birds.  Sometimes we make popcorn chains, sometimes, pinecone feeders tied to the tree with Christmas ribbon.  The snow we’ve had brings lots... READ MORE

Fall Days

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I am so happy to have my Iphone to take great photos anytime, anyplace, and I have enjoyed using it for many of these photos this fall: I’m so glad that in November the... READ MORE

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

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  My class enjoyed collecting acorns from this beautiful, large oak tree on the school playground.  The acorns later filled these cute turkeys that the students greatly enjoyed making out of egg cartons,... READ MORE

Making a Pumpkin Graveyard

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Munching on pumpkin seeds and looking through our photos is a great way to end a wonderful Halloween. This year we borrowed an idea we saw in a magazine and we decided to... READ MORE

Apple Print Jack-O-Lantern T-Shirt

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To add to our “apple adventures“, we made some apple print shirts for Halloween! First we practised on some paper, Then we cut our apples for printing.  Mark cleverly carved out this apple... READ MORE

Pumpkin Patch

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Well, it’s that time of year again where we go pumpkin hunting.  The kids don’t seem to feel to old for this event, and I love to be walking around on a farm... READ MORE

Vancouver Waldorf School

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There’s nothing like a great weekend.  This was a “craft fair” weekend for me.  I ventured out with Martina, and Rosa, future blogger Little House on the Hill , to check out Make It Vancouver at the Croatian Cultural center.  Many impressive tables, and of course a night of laughs as well.

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On Saturday, our family headed to the Vancouver Waldorf School Children’s Craft Fair and open house.  I have been fascinated with Waldorf, since I did my teacher training.  At that time we were introduced to the Waldorf philosophy and unique teaching methods which incorporate the arts, including visual arts, music and drama.  For years I’d had a desire to visit the school myself.  It was definitely worth the visit.

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The crafts, mostly children’s items were beautifully made and very impressive.  Lots of felt craft.  My children were drawn to the wooden toys and sculpture by Eric Renken and Gabriele Schaub of Jalu Toys.  I was also excited to meet Ella, of The Little Red Caboose, who had her lovely crafts for sale.  Her son attends the school as well.

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The school had samples of student work, which my husband (high school English teacher) and I agreed were of a superior quality.  There was candle-making, nature crafts, and “Strings Cafe” a warm retreat from the rain, where we had Christmas treats, apple cider,

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and listened to our first Christmas carols of the season, played live, even by some of the students.  There was definitely a warm and welcoming spirit in the school and we enjoyed the experience.

I also must mention the TED lectures introduced to me by Martina.  My husband and I started watching a couple and in Mark’s words we were “addicted after the first hit”.  They are a collection of lectures by almost anyone you can imagine on a large variety of topics and very motivating and inspiring.  Much better than watching the tube.  Check them out!

Have a great beginning to your week!

Festive Suet

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It seems that almost every Christmas, we make treats for the birds.  Sometimes we make popcorn chains, sometimes, pinecone feeders tied to the tree with Christmas ribbon.  The snow we’ve had brings lots of birds in search of food.  A couple of weeks ago, Megan and I made some Christmasy suet.

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We followed a recipe in a well-loved card that Mark bought for me years ago.  It’s a Nature’s Sketchbook card.  My favourite kind of card.

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Here’s the recipe:

1 cup bread crumbs

1/2 cup raisins

1/2 cup chopped peanuts

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 teaspoon sand

1 cup lard (or ground suet)

Mix first five ingredients in large bowl.  Melt lard in a double boiler.  When in liquid form, pour over dry ingredients and mix well.  Spoon mixture onto piece of waxed paper.

We substituted frozen cranberries for the raisins.  I think dry would work just as well.  We mould our suet in a plastic sandwich container so it fits in the feeder.

And our visitors were:  a Downy Woodpecker, Juncos, as you might know, these little guys migrate here in the winter, a Steller’s Jay, and I was so surprised to see some red-winged black birds in the mix.  I’ve never seen them in our neighbourhood before!  The red on their wings is just brilliant against the white of the snow!  Along with our friend, the pileated woodpecker.

Merry Christmas little birdies!!

“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”  Matthew 10:29-31

Fall Days

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I am so happy to have my Iphone to take great photos anytime, anyplace, and I have enjoyed using it for many of these photos this fall:

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IMG_0011IMG_0102IMG_0035IMG_0038_MG_3425IMG_0076_MG_3548_MG_3552I’m so glad that in November the trees are still changing colours so that we can continue to admire the beautiful colours of Fall.  I’m not in a rush to move onto December.  I just want to continue to enjoy and look back on these Fall days.

Thanksgiving Turkey Craft

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My class enjoyed collecting acorns from this beautiful, large oak tree on the school playground.  The acorns later filled these cute turkeys that the students greatly enjoyed making out of egg cartons, after reading a story about turkeys.

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This craft is a favourite of my students every year!  To purchase a copy of this craft pack visit this link on Teachers pay Teachers.

Making a Pumpkin Graveyard

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Munching on pumpkin seeds and looking through our photos is a great way to end a wonderful Halloween.

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This year we borrowed an idea we saw in a magazine

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and we decided to make a pumpkin graveyard in our front yard for the trick-or-treaters.

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Mark cut and painted the boards,

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and we added in our jack-o-lanterns with a few other store-bought decorations.

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Hope you had a very Happy Halloween!

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Apple Print Jack-O-Lantern T-Shirt

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To add to our “apple adventures“, we made some apple print shirts for Halloween!

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First we practised on some paper,

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Then we cut our apples for printing.  Mark cleverly carved out this apple and added a whole new dimension to our plan!

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We painted in the solid apple prints.  Some solid and some pre-carved.

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Next we added stems and faces to the solid prints.  We used orange and black glitter fabric paint and solid green as well.

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Ready-to-wear for Halloween and lots of fun in the making!

img_9661I made one too and wore it to teach today.  The kids at school loved it.

Pumpkin Patch

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Well, it’s that time of year again where we go pumpkin hunting.  The kids don’t seem to feel to old for this event, and I love to be walking around on a farm on a bright, cloudy fall day.

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Can’t wait to see what they decide to carve!

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If You’re Not From the Prairies Art Project

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I think the best way to teach students about Canada is to take the most visual journey possible, the next best thing to actually taking a trip.
When teaching about the Prairie provinces, the book If You Are Not from the Prairie, written  by David Bouchard, is a powerful teaching tool both in its poetic language and painted imagery.

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I read it slowly to the students, emphasizing the repetitive words, “flat”, “sky”, “grass”, “wind”.

After the reading, as a class, we discuss the pictures, focusing on the horizon, the colours, foreground and background.

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The students choose from photocopies  of some of the key pages from the book, which they, themselves attempt to sketch.

After sketching, they outline the bolder lines of their drawing with sharpie pen.  In this lesson, I shrunk the artwork on the photocopier, to darken their pencil lines as well._MG_4678

To finish the project, the students used water colour paints, mostly blues, yellows, greens and browns to paint their pictures.

A few carefully chosen spots in their paintings, such as a barn or flower, are painted with a bright, bold colour, such as red or pink. Lastly, the students use sharpie to print the key word that goes with their picture, such as “grass”, “flat” or “cold”.

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The students were thrilled with their finished pieces and others enjoyed them too.  Likely a small, but hopefully an accurate glimpse of the Prairies.

All Things Apple

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Thank you so much for your kind comments on my last few posts.  Our Apple computer is still  under repair and that has been quite a fiasco, let me tell you; but God in his grace is showing mercy even in this technical situation.  I am hopeful that we will have all our photos and data back and I am praying that it is not at the first price that I was quoted!

Right now, my mind is filled with thoughts of costumes, spooky decorations and Halloween crafts, but I have this post on apple-y stuff, that I wanted to do a couple weeks ago, so I hope you’re in the mood!!  After this delightful trip, we decided to have an “apple fest” and make as many things with apples as we could think of.

First, we made caramel apples, which I will post about when we retrieve our photos.

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We made these very cute turkey apples Thanksgiving afternoon with gummy bears, fruit loops, corn candy, raisins and marshmallows.  The kids loved eating them.

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Then, for desert at Thanksgiving dinner, I proudly made my first apple pie.

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It’s so interesting being back at work, because I am coming from conversations with other moms about baking, gourmet cooking and crafts,

and entering conversations of the best fast food, quick meal ideas and butterball turkeys.  At the beginning of the year social, we were discussing juggling work and home, soccer schedules, dance and gymnastics classes.  Naively, I asked the other primary teachers, “How do you finish work and get home every night on time to cook a nice, home-made meal?”  They all looked at each other and said the same phrase, “I do take-out!”

Whether at home or work, ordering take-out or making home-made, or simply enjoying apples,

Happy Monday to you!

ps I have just been noticing all of the home-made bread around a number of blogs!

Spider Research Craftivity

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IMG_2993We’ve been a little spider-obsessed lately, finding spiders and especially intrigued by the different kinds of webs that they build.

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Which you can find here on Teachers Pay Teachers.  Enjoy!

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