Snowman Ornaments

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I saw this cute idea on Pinterest, but there were no instructions, so I thought I’d try it myself.  It was a really fun project and the students loved doing it. I bought... READ MORE

Mini Christmas Village

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After reading The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, our class decided to make our own little “Whovilles” which also fit in nicely with our Community unit. First we painted toilet paper rolls with bright,... READ MORE

Christmas Lights

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Usually our first task to start out the season, getting those lights up.  This year we had a mild, sunny day to do it. This year it was a bit of a father/son... 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... 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

Snowman Ornaments

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028(1)I saw this cute idea on Pinterest, but there were no instructions, so I thought I’d try it myself.  It was a really fun project and the students loved doing it.

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I bought the ornaments at Micheals.  They were a bit pricey but I got them on sale for half price.  The ornaments are real glass, so remind the students to be very careful when handling them. 177

First the students used the black sharpies to put the eyes and mouth on.    They used an orange metalic sharpie to make the triangle nose. 021   With pink glass paint (Martha Stewart) the students sponge painted rosy pink cheeks and the last step was tying raffia around the top.025  Happy little ornaments that brighten up our classroom and to eventually find a home on the children’s Christmas trees!

Mini Christmas Village

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After reading The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, our class decided to make our own little “Whovilles” which also fit in nicely with our Community unit.

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First we painted toilet paper rolls with bright, festive colours.  We made the roofs out of wrapping paper cut into a circle and then glued into a cone shape.

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We glued the houses to a base made out of a paper plate wrapped in foil with a paper doilie on top.  The students had so much fun decorating the houses with windows, Christmas decorations and characters from the book.

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A perfect introduction to our Structures unit as well.  Happy Christmas crafting!

Christmas Lights

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Ah, love those Christmas lights!!  Gets me in the spirit.

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How to Make a Front Door Winter Container

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_MG_9359_MG_9355 While taking a winter walk, it can be fun to collect bunches of branches from the forest floor, especially after a wind storm.

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It was quite easy to use those branches to make an attractive outdoor container decoration to put outside our front door.  I simply used a foam block and some extra decorations from last year.

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It’s nice to add a little nature to the Christmas decorating.

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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