All Girls School

I Love Our Library
June 27, 2007, 1:55 pm
Filed under: About Us

I love our library. The children’s librarian, Ms. A., is awesome. My kids love her. Even the baby knows her by name and is delighted to see her. To her credit, she knows most of the kids’ names by heart and always says something sweet and encouraging to them when they show her their papers and books.

The kids’ section fills the entire basement and is painted with a full outdoors-y mural full of kids, animals and countryside. Where the pond painted on the wall reaches the floor, the carpet changes to blue and flows out, completing the pond’s other shores. The fluorescent light fixtures on the ceiling are arranged to look like puffy clouds.

There is a huge play area full of toys that is gated off by a white country fence. There are puzzles and boxes and boxes of learning toys stacked on the shelves. In the bigger play section there is a kitchen set and a slide and a huge firetruck that all the kids love to drive.

There is a long bank of computers filled with games for the kids (mostly Magic Schoolbus). Then there are, of course, the books. Some of the librarians’ picks are pulled out to fill the shelves on the outside of the cushion-y reading gazebo. There is also always a large selection of board books laid out on the small table for the littlest readers.

We have signed the girls up for storytime since they were little. Baby goes now and we read a couple of cute baby books and sing songs and play rhythm instruments. Mimi gets to listen to stories, watch puppet shows and sometimes there is a video. There is also always a craft of some sort. Bubba only has storytime in the summer now that she is school-aged. Hers consists of longer stories and a quiz afterward (with prizes the next week), a puppet show and six tables with three different crafts. During Bubba’s storytime all of the children leave with a book. The best part is that even if it is storytime for the older kids, the littlest ones are still more than welcome to listen, watch and participate in the crafts. I always make my kids ask Ms. A. first, to make sure that there are enough supplies for them, too. She is always very gracious, telling me that she has little ones and knows how it is with them wanting to do what the bigger ones do.

Now, there are lots of summer activites planned. Last week there was a traveling theatre performance out of San Diego. It was a two-person show on Sherlock Holmes and it was fantastic. There was lots of audience participation and action. Today we watched a World Champion yo-yo performer. He was all of 19 and had multiple championships under his belt. It was an amazing performance and the kids were riveted- especially during the light-up part.

Next week there is nothing, due to the 4th of July, but following that will be a puppet theatre troupe coming in. We can’t wait.


Harry Potter Mania
June 24, 2007, 2:38 pm
Filed under: girlies, summer

I loaded up the girls and drove them to the Cosmosphere for an exciting day of Harry Potter Mania. I hadn’t told the girls what we were doing, so it was a surprise for them. When we got in we were given a sheet that told us where the different stations were and had spaces to get stamped at each one. We decided that the Troll Ice Cream station would be a good starting point. They used the ice cream basics of sugar, cream and milk with some green troll coloring thrown in. They used liquid oxygen to cool it. It was pretty tasty.

Then we proceeded to make our own broomsticks out of paper and tape. Then the guy manning the station placed each broom over a piece of pvc pipe that was attached to some pressurized air and shot them out in to the foyer with a loud “POP”. It was to test the aerodynamics of our broomstick creations.

Next up was the Make Your Own Wand station. It started with clear plastic tubes and you got to choose what element went inside (signified by different colored sparkled pipe cleaners). Then they poured in a bunch of glitter and sequins. The wands got capped off at the end of the table. Here are my little wizards in their best Harry Potter poster pose…

We decided to watch some of the Harry Potter Look-A-Like contest after that. Here were some of our faves…

The lady on the end won, along with her family. Her husband was a very tall Hagrid and her two kids were a very good Harry and Hermoine. It was a lot of fun to watch (the Weasley family was my favorite). We then got to take pics of the girls under the Hogwarts seal.

The last one we had to visit was the Face Painting station. We waited in the line for 45+ minutes. That is a reeeeeeeally loooooong time with three kids aged 6.5 and under. They were great about it, though. Some kids (and adults) were having their whole face painted to look like different animals or to represent one of the four Hogwarts houses. The girls chose to be more minimal in their designs. Baby wasn’t too sure about face painting in general.

Mimi dictated some sort of princess story that was then illustrated all over her face. Bubba chose for a simpler hearts and stars approach. Was it worth the 45 minute wait? Decidedly not. But, what are you going to do?

Finally, we had all of our stations visited and the stickers placed on our paper.

This allowed us to enter all three girls’ names in the drawing for a Harry Potter 5 movie poster. I did the accordion fold on all three of our entries so that they’ll stick out a bit more than the others. We’re not holding our breath or anything, plus I don’t know that we have the wall space for a movie-sized poster.

We skipped watching The Goblet of Fire on the IMAX screen there because Baby is not one to sit through 3-hour-long movies at this point. Hubby took Bubba to see it there a couple of weeks ago. We also skipped the Magic For Muggles demo because you had to purchase tickets for it and again, Baby is not one to sit and watch performances so much. It was a fun program that they had put together and helped the girls get newly pumped for the next movie and book. (Not that we needed more pumping up, it is fairly consistent conversation in our household anyway.)

Summer Rules
June 20, 2007, 8:32 pm
Filed under: just for fun, summer

Today we went to a little courtyard area that has squirting fountains and the girls ran around for a long time. They had a blast. A local news station showed up and filmed them for a while, too. We’ll be watching tonight, but I have a feeling that it will just be used as filler throughout the summer instead of any sort of feature tonight. Baby just hasn’t been interested in water activities this year, she doesn’t love being cold.

She just ran around being adorable instead. When we left, we wrapped up in towels, but stripped down to skivvies for the ride home. The girls giggled the whole way. It was such a nice evening. I need to go get a tape in the VCR, just in case. This is when TiVo sure would come in handy.

And so it begins
June 19, 2007, 10:01 am
Filed under: About Us

I mights as well go ahead and get the whole “first post” thing over with. I’ll lay it out for you… we are a family of five and we are going to begin (continue, actually) homeschooling. We’ve taken the summer off, because I think it’s important, but come September, school will be in session. We’re planning on going the eclectic route, meaning we’ll be combining unschooling, more traditional schooling and everything in between. Bubba, our oldest, will be seven when we start. She finished public school kindergarten in May. Mimi will be four and will be attending the preschool that she adores two days a week. Baby will be two, so she’ll just be along for the ride.