Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Arnolfini wedding portrait study

Picture study 10/3

F- there were two people in the picture

G- one was a man and one was a lady

MJ- the lady was pregnant

F- there was a pink bed to the left of them

G- it was red!

F- pinkish red!

G- red

MJ- there were like light colored fruits in the background.  Like whitish yellow

F- there was a pinkish reddish couch in the background

G- the chest and a window was to the left and a *chair* was in the background

MJ- you’re saying so much stuff!

F- who’s next?

MJ- there was a gear mirror in the background

G- you are supposed to say it looks like a gear.

MJ- whatever!  I don’t care!

F- there was a little dog that was brown in between

MJ- no it was black.

G- the guy was wearing a huge top hat.  

MJ- the guy was also pregnant.

F- the man was next to the chest and the lady was next to the bed.

MJ- there were shoes next to the man

G- they were in front of him.  And the guy was wearing a poncho thing- furry.  long.  It looked like a dress.  It had no sleeves.  He had sleeves- it looked like he had a shirt on under the poncho/ dress thing.

MJ- there were shoes in the background under the chair- in front of the chair- they were red or something.

F- the lady was wearing a green cloak, a white veil, and she had a blue dress under the green cloak.  

G- she had a belt high up on the waist- indicating she was pregnant.  And they were holding hands.

MJ- the mirror was another image maybe.  In the mirror there was no man.

G- the lady is looking down and the guy is looking to the left.

F- they were regular faces.  Resting faces.

MJ- the lady had white eyes.

G- she was looking towards their hands.

F- it was soft.

G- they were in a bedroom and it was in the morning.  They looked depressed.

MJ- it was dark.  They looked like they didn’t want to have a baby.

G- the floor was dark wood.

F- the walls were light white. 

MJ- the lady had brown hair.

F- more like orangish brown

G- more like blonde  her hair was shaped in a triangle.  Like a clown coming out with two points.

MJ- the guy didn’t have his shoes on.

G- he had blonde hair.

MJ- he had brown hair.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Homeschool 2017/2018 so far

we are on day 11 here.  and things are going smoothly.  I knew my inclination to overdo it and so earlier this summer I made my big fat list of things I want to do and things I think NEED doing.  two days later I went through the list and cut things out.  two days later I went back through and cut some more.  and some more.  until we had what we always have ultimately- the 4 Rs.  

I had the master plan book last year.   I really loved it.  But couldn't do the EXACT same thing this year because...yawn.
so I just got a nice leather bound $12 journal from Walgreens.  and I keep the master plan and the daily plan in it.  then every morning (or evening before if I plan on taking a class at the gym in the morning- that way the kids can start school without me) I transfer the daily plan into each of their spiral notebook planners.  here is a photo of John's for today.

Here is a look at the master plan.  I look back at this when I make the daily plan.  and then I look at the daily plan when I put kid specific plans into their spiral notebooks.  we keep my master planner and the kids spiral planners in a basket on the kitchen counter.  I learned this from the Read Aloud Revival lady- I think she shared this in a blog or podcast or something.  
something I've already adjusted to the schedule is the picture study. we are going to do it about once a week.  I love it and want to do it more but I know there is such a thing as too much of a good thing.  I want the kids to beg for beauty- not be overwhelmed by an onslaught of it.
I made room for seasonal things at the bottom- at first they were stickies then I thought, "I'll just do it in pencil."  So this is where I write "pack your soccer bag for practice later tonight". or "it's garbage day- get the cans to the curb."  and whoever is doing laundry that day has to do their personal load and a load of common laundry- rags, towels, blankets kind of thing.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

picture study- The Hülsenbeck Children by Philipp Otto Runge

This morning I received a beautiful book, 1001 Paintings You Must See Before You Die, from a friend Thanks Lisa!  And it came at such a great time! Last night at Scholé a member shared how they did a picture study in school earlier that day.  She described what a picture study was- the kids study a picture of a painting for 3 minutes and then they close the book and share as many details of the painting that they can.  The following is the collection of their observations.

F- There is a girl and a boy and a baby

MJ- the boy is wearing green

G- they are playing a make-believe game. 

MJ- no they weren’t

G- yeah they were- they were pulling that wagon and the boy was waving a stick

F- There were sunflowers 

MJ- There was a rock on the floor

G- There are three sunflowers

F- There are houses in the background

MJ- There was a fence

G- it was a farm

F- There was a fern

MJ- I think there were three girls.

G- The baby was sitting in a wagon

F- There was a field in the background

MJ- they were playing with sticks

G- they were acting like knights- standing up

F- It was daytime

MJ- one girl had red shoes.

G- the person pulling the wagon had a white dress.

F- the baby had a red dress.

MJ- the baby was bald

G- no the baby wasn’t!

F- the baby was NOT bald.

G- the baby was reclining on a green blanket in the wagon.

F- One girl was wearing a green suit.

G- it’s a procession- the baby is in the back, the white dress person is in the middle and the green suit person is in the front.

F- They were happy and they looked like dolls with pink faces.  

MJ- the baby was fat

F- the girl in the green suit had red hair.

G- the green person was looking ahead - to the right .  The wagon person was looking back to the wagon and the baby was to the left.

F- the sun was behind a bush.

MJ- the sky was blue

G- the green girl had her stick and she was pointing it up as if to lead a charge.

F- the girl or boy in the white dress had blond hair.

G- they pretty much all had blond hair.

F- no they didn’t

J- yeah they did.

G- sunflowers were on the left.

F- the house nearby was on the right.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

John alice and eventually Frankie pretend play transcript

the big kids really love the caterpillar transcript I took when we lived in Georgia. so I am motivated to share a transcript of John and Alice and eventually Frankie on the back deck on a summer day.

 Alice is curled up and sitting on the deck wearing a purple leotard and tutu. She presses her eyes into her bent knees. “When I see blackness I see purple that goes around and around and around. I can see inside my skin when I do that”  john is sitting next to her and assumes the same position and tries it out.

“Thats not inside your skin. It’s this skin.” They then spin off into pretend world.
 “Hey wheres’t that purple tree go?” Asks Alice.
 “And then you saw a apple tree growd at your house.”
 “Whelp- it has hands and feet and a head.”
 “And I was actually a bird turned girl turned butterfly And your mom said ‘we’re going on a treasure hunt’ and I was in a crystal.”
 “And I was like ‘mom I found a treasure!”
 “And she said ‘good and put it in a basket”
 “And the treasure cracked.”
 “And it cracked and a baby butterfly came out and you didn’t catch it.”
 “Buh buh”
 And you had a long net and you could catch the butterfly And I catched it And it got out
Tomorrow there’ll be more of us!
 And your mom came and your mom and you were looking out your window and you were goin to catch going on a treasure hunt And I kicked the door and the door opened. 
And you found a crystal *Right* by the door. and you said
“mama!  I found a crystal!”
 And she said “beautiful” 
And she put it in a box.
 And she was drinking water and eating her food. 
And there was an egg on her back and I cracked it
 And a baby butterfly came out.
 ((Eating mango that Frankie cut)) Mmmm.
 Mmmmm? Mmmmm. Mm.mmm.mmm.mm.
 And I was just a butterfly and we were both at petco and I couldn’t save you because I was a butterfly and butterflies can just fly.
 And you were in a cage.
 And Frankie you were at petsmart and somebody just Buy’d me because I was a pet.
 And I was a pet
 And someone buy’d you
 And then they died
 And you were at petco and Frankie buy’d John at petsmart.
 And I was only for #20.
 And I was only for $70 I bought John(frankie)
 A- and nobody buy’d me.
 J- and I only knew how to say “seep- sop”
And I also knew how to say stop I mean goggle.
 F- I knew how to say bon jour and gaga.
 A- I knew how to say mango
 J- remember that story you told me- I’m the lizard and you are the baby.
 A- and I could say bon jour bon jour bon jour.
 F- BON JOUR BON JOUR BON JOUR GAGA? And then John, you went to another universe and another house and another world.

summer in western Washington

it's just breath takingly beautiful. so beautiful I haven't blogged for awhile. we had a fabulous and fast swim season. we are wrapping up water polo season this week. and everyone is happy, healthy, and content. I truly feel like this summer really cemented us here. we are Pacific Northwesterners now. I even feel a little bit of longing for the rain. we had 53 days of no rain this summer and the sun is wearing me out. I long for boots, knits, leggings, hats, rain jackets, gloves. I'm trying to strengthen my foot so I can go for hikes this winter because that is what I love the most about winter here. the woods. all the green to be found there. the dripping ferns and the sheltering evergreens. and coming home to a warm bath and a cozy bed. socks. and hot tea. getting up early on school mornings. pilates and devotions before the sun comes up. it doesn't actually "come up". the sky just gets lighter. and stays a kind of glowing white all day. never letting you know just where you are in the course of the day. well, occasionally there is a window if you are lucky. I will miss biking. and leaving the pool in a comfortable cool feel. in the winter I leave the pool shivering. I'll miss swim team and water polo. but the girls are trying CYO soccer this fall- so excited for that. I will miss seeing my swim mom friends. Henry begins senior year this year. he's looking at some schools in cali. we'll see. sam is also looking at a school in cali. it'll be interesting to see what they decide.
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