3rd Grade Human Body Project



Brayden and his fellow third grade peers have been studying the human body.  This past Thursday they had project share time for parents to come in and see what they had been working on and learning.




Third graders used this book as a platform to talk about parts of their body that they like.  Brayden chose his leg and foot:DSC01402



Our school is great about interdisciplinary work, this is a piece of art Brayden created with Lucia in Art class.



Brayden was a part of the body ratio group.  He had folks measure how tall they were with yarn and then cut the yarn.  Then if you stretch the yarn from hand to hand and hold your arms out, it will be the same length.  DSC01396





Update & Photo Dump



Life is constant.  We are busy, to say the least.

The boys and I are 3 weeks into a new school year at Central Park School for Children.  I am teaching 1st grade and loving it!  I have the most amazing group of learners.  Working full-time, as a lead teacher, makes life full but I am enjoying it.  I am learning how to manage home life and more work.  I miss being home, but I have a peace about teaching at CPSC.  Yes, I am tired, but I am very thankful to be an active member of the learning community at our school.  There is so much to look forward to each day.

Kalen started 5th grade and Brayden is now in 3rd.  They are adjusting and enjoying the newness.

We are fostering to adopt a five year old diamond in the rough.  He has been with us since July 18th.  He stayed with us several weekends this summer to see if he would be a good fit for our family.  We all weighed in and decided to help this little guy out.  He is a little ball of joy.  He loves life and is very active, as are we!  He has some baggage, but don’t we all?  We are thankful to be able to love him right where he is in his life right now.

Madelyn, Kalen and Brayden are starting up soccer (we spent 8 hrs on the soccer fields today).  Julian is about to start high school, Maddie 7th grade.  Scott is revving up for another school year at Elon.


Maddie was a part of a Collage Project at Duke School this summer. Here she is the night of the culminating event. This is her moose puppet she made.


First day of school for Brayden, 3rd grade.


Scott and I waiting for Maddie’s presentation for the Collage Project.


July 18th. N came to stay. 🙂


First day of school, Kalen, 5th grade.


Kalen & Brayden


Julian Jeremiah, awaiting Maddie’s performance.


N practicing his numbers with my mom, not long after first meeting her. 🙂


Kalen’s amazing fish


Me this summer on a date with my Scott at one of our favs, Remedy Diner in Raleigh.


Madelyn’s owl


Some of my students right after lunch one day, during quiet time.


The first week in my class. I love first grade!


Last week, my dad took our whole family out for pizza and to a Durham Bull’s Baseball game. We had a blast. Maddie got her face painted.


Brayden pointing out something to N at the baseball game. N had a ball that night!

Kalen at the Gallery


This is Kalen at the gallery this week.  The fourth graders at Central Park were able to work alongside a local artist named Micah Mullen and produce beautiful pieces of artwork.  Each unique landscape painting reflected what Mullen had been teaching them, of course, with the help of our amazing school art teacher, Lucia.

Kalen and his fellow students were encouraged to pick a piece of landscape/natural area at Hanging Rock State Park when they took a field trip there recently, then they would paint it.  Mullen worked with them to make their background first, then add the larger focal points.

I love that this project took time and the process was truly the most beautiful part.  The kids were so proud to display their work at the gallery that was set up for them at our school.  At the tables, the kids had notebooks in front of their work for folks to come by and comment on their work.  Cash, one of Kalen’s friends, is pictured here commenting in Kalen’s book.DSC01194

Watercolors with Crayon Resist

One of the things I miss most about homeschooling is our extended art sessions.  Today, I decided to recreate this whole scene with our crew.  I found a great idea on Pinterest by an elementary art teacher.  We used Watercolor paper, Watercolor paints, sponges, water, brushes, sketching pencils and crayons for this project.

Side-note:  One of my co-workers, Elizabeth, makes painting a regular activity in her classroom.  I have been able to assist her with this and I have been very inspired.  Elizabeth doesn’t just have Crayola mediums out for her students.  No, she has the real thing.  She gives her students the chance to use really special materials.  She trusts them and gives them this privilege.  I appreciate how she doesn’t dumb down the process.  I can not tell you how much I enjoy being a part of this sort of experience.  I remember when we lived in Boone, we took our little ones (all under 7) into a local art shop to purchase canvas, acrylic paints, brushes and such.  We have always thought that our kids deserve to use really nice materials when creating their little masterpieces.

With this particular project today, our kids started out sketching their selected fish or water creature.


Then, they traced their sketches with crayon.  The crayons are suppose to create a resist to the paint.  Brayden is pictured below doing a little research about what the ocean background might should look like for his fish.  DSC00876

Kalen preferred to use a Draw Write Now book to get an idea of what to draw.  He copied/sketched an image from his book and traced it in green crayon.



After they traced their sketches, they used a wet sponge to wet their paper.  This wet on wet technique will allow the watercolor paints to have a different effect on the paper.  The paint will spread more easily.


Brayden is pictured here painting after he sponged down his paper.  This is the first time Brayden has ever had to think about what a fish fin looks like.  We looked at many pictures of fish in books for him to understand the need and placement for the fins and gills on fish.





by Brayden


by Kalen


by Julian


by Madelyn

Artsy Maddie


Side-note:  At our school, we have been talking about our hopes and dreams.  Last week, I was able to document one of our kindergarten class’s hopes and dreams for a display.  Their responses made me laugh and cry.  This post brings to mind one of my hopes and dreams.  I have always hoped that our children would enjoy the arts and have confidence in expressing their uniqueness through it.

I came home from work and found this beautiful museum awaiting my (our) viewing.  Madelyn and Julian have not started school quite yet, so they have been spending more time at home.  Left to her own devices, Madelyn came up with this beautiful idea of having her own art museum.  In one day, she made all of these things, presented them in a super clever way and wa-lah … showcased art!






Recently, our dining room table looks like this….