All Girls School

The Show
June 15, 2008, 8:42 pm
Filed under: art, Bubba, party, photography

The photo show was a lot of fun. We put up all of the photos on the displays that my father-in-law made for my sister-in-law’s senior art show. They worked perfectly. We had a good turn out of friends and family.

Dad broke out his R2-D2 cooler for the event. A man that works with him came and played in the backyard. He was wonderful.

Here are the photos from the show.

Texture Series

Shape Series

Line Series

Color Series

Warm Colors

Complimentary Colors

Secondary Colors

Primary Colors

Free Choice Series

Self Portrait

We are excited to do this project again next year. I think next time we will work on capturing concepts with photography instead of doing any more elements of design. We’ll be covering those more thoroughly in our year-long art curriculum, so there’s not going to be any need to repeat them. Plus, I think she will embrace the whole experience more if she’s able to really express herself creatively without the constraints of “assignments”.


June 10, 2008, 8:17 pm
Filed under: baby, Bubba, mimi, photography, summer

This is pretty much all we have been up to lately…

Here is Princess Mimi telling a fairy tale to Princess Baby

Was that too many photos?

This weekend is Bubba’s photography show. It is promising to be a fun evening with bubbly drinks (for the grown ups and the kids) followed by a BBQ potluck with lots of friends and family. I think one of the kids that works for Dad is going to come play live music. He’s an amazing guitarist, but I’ve never heard him live, only on a cd. I’m excited for Bubba to get to watch him play live, too. After the show I’ll put up her photos, but she wants to surprise her grandparents, and they read here, so none until then.

I have a feeling that posts here will continue to be sparse over the summer as we are much too busy playing and splashing and having fun.

Ancient Writings
April 29, 2008, 10:16 am
Filed under: art, baby, Bubba, history, photography, writing

We learned about ancient hieroglyphics and cuneiform today. Bubba practiced the latter on a clay tablet that she made. The top one is hers and spells her name. The bottom one is Baby’s.

She is heading out to the Botanical Gardens today with some family and is taking her camera with her. I can’t wait to see some of her photographs. She is finishing up her series on texture and we skipped ahead to color for the next series because it wouldn’t be any fun to take all black and white photos at a botanical garden.

Yesterday’s art project involved markers, crayons and linoleum.

And then today that same floor looks like this…

Tearing up linoleum now ranks as high on my list as tearing down wallpaper. It will be so worth it when we get the new floors in, though. For now, we have a mandated shoes on policy in the house.

April 15, 2008, 9:56 pm
Filed under: Bubba, garden, pen pal, photography, reading

I have been swamped with work in the evenings lately, so I haven’t been great about updating here. Bubba has agreed to doing a full year’s worth of history over the summer. We didn’t start out with a history curriculum, but have decided that we’d like one. Unfortunately, history tends to build on itself, so to get her to where she needs to be next year, we need to complete the first year. We started it this week and she is really enjoying it. The curriculum itself is broken up in concise and fairly interesting chapters and most are just the right length for her attention span. There are lots of recommended activities with that book and then we’re supplementing some deeper researching with another book that allows for a lot of hands on activities for her.

I think we may try to keep up with some math over the summer, too. It won’t be every day, just some worksheet problems or puzzles every three or four days. She likes math so much, but tends to rush through the problems and make unnecessary mistakes because she’s not paying attention. She’s got carrying with large numbers in addition down, so we’re working on borrowing in subtraction now. She gets the subject, but is not as strong in subtraction, so I think we’re going to scale back and just work on the basic subtraction facts for a bit before going back to the borrowing.

Bubba shot off her first letter to her pen pal and is anxiously awaiting her first letter back. It was nice that she was able to write an entire page with no whining or complaining about how she hates writing because it’s soooo boring.

The garden is doing ok. The strawberries do not look like they handled the transplanting well, but I haven’t given up on them yet. The blueberries are looking good, though, and I am very happy about that.

She has been continuing on with the photography. We have progressed to texture as her current subject. It’s fun to go through all of her photos with her and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of them. She’s got a great eye for setting up a photograph. We’re working on learning why the piece works so that she can discuss art works in terms of their design rather than just saying, “I like the way it looks”.

She’s gotten into reading magazines lately during her silent reading time. She likes the Highlights subscription that we get and a friend has been giving us issues of a Nickelodeon magazine that has been coming to her randomly. Bubba is a huge Nickelodeon fan, which is funny because we don’t even have cable. She catches it randomly and likes to go to their website to watch the show clips that are on there. I don’t mind too much, I grew up on Nickelodeon. I remember watching endless hours of Pinwheel and You Can’t Do That on Television.

April 3, 2008, 9:37 pm
Filed under: art, Bubba, garden, photography, reading

Bubba has started her photography project. We’re choosing one of the basic elements of design at a time and discussing them. Then we look around at the art and photos around our house to find examples of that element. After that, I turn her loose with our old digital camera for a few days. Then, we put the photos on the computer and go through each one and discuss them. She and I choose five of our favorites and delete the rest. After we get through the different elements, I’m going to print them out and mount them. I’ll make up invitations and we’re going to have a “gallery” opening, with fancy finger food and everything. She’s been really enthusiastic about the project and we’ve looked at her first element’s results and she had some really great shots. I’m excited to share her photographs on this site, but since some of you that read here will be attending the opening, Bubba has request that I wait until after the gala.

In other news, our second round of tomatoes have sprouted. We’re still waiting on the peppers. ? The chives survived Baby’s herb-pot-smashing and are coming in nicely. The girls have enjoyed checking out the little starts poking through every morning.¬† Tomorrow we’ll plant the spinach and the strawberries. Our blueberry¬† bushes seem to be hanging in there. I am really anticipating all of our fruit for this year. Supposedly we’ll get a good crop from the blueberries this year as the plants are three years old. We’re crossing our fingers.

Bubba and I are reading Princess Academy by Shannon Hale. She found the book at the bookstore and thought it looked interesting. We’re only seven chapters in, but so far I’m not loving it. It has been a nice break from the Little House series, though. I’ve been reading some of the Amazon reviews about this book and it looks like many people prefer Hale’s first two books to this one, so maybe we’ll check those out. We’re a little fly by night with our book choices, reading whatever strikes our fancy at the moment. I’ve considered putting more thought into what books we read and what order we read them, but that makes it seem like work and I want reading to be fun. When I instituted a mandatory silent reading time every day, Bubba balked. She really did not like the idea, but started with a Junie B. Jones book. She suddenly found out that she loves silent reading and I find her doing it in the car and randomly in her afternoon and even late at night when she’s supposed to be in bed. I can’t even say how thrilled I am about this, even the sneak reading late at night. So, since we’re enjoying reading random books as our moods dictate, we’re going to just keep on keeping on.