Year: 2015

Arts and Crafts for International Day

My son’s school throws a festival each year with carnival games, food, and an auction. This year’s lead wanted to take on a more ambitious theme of Celebrating Our World and to add more interactive learning activities and crafts. Each grade level was in charge of a continent. I was head of the Fine Arts Read More

Making Cheese with Mel

I recently took a Cheesemaking 101 class at Solstice Sun Farm in Anderson, IN. The owner, Mel, is in a hippie FB group with me. Mel gives a couple of cheese classes. I went to the shorter 2 hour one so we made three types of soft cheese: mozzarella, ricotta, and fromage blanc. Mel raises Read More

Taking pictures of snowflakes

Having lived in Saigon, Los Angeles, Houston, and Austin, I am never prepared for the winters in the Midwest. But it does get better every year. I remember throwing a couple of tantrums a week about it when we first got here but this winter, I think I have only thrown two (so far). Besides Read More

Raising Silkworms

Whenever I run into former students, one of the things they always mention are the silkworms. I loved raising silkworms in the classroom because there are so many topics that can be covered that are in the school standards such as animal characteristics (habitat, diet, taxonomy, life cycle, etc.), ecology (they only eat mulberry leaves, what Read More

Making paper

I have always been a collector of beautiful handmade paper. After the initial investment (~$50) for supplies, it’s a fairly easy process to make your own paper. I recommend buying a blender just for making paper that way you are not worried about contaminating your food if you don’t clean it completely. You also need Read More