Author: Lucy

Destination Imagination – Rising Stars

Kids learn a lot of isolated skills in school especially now with standardized testing. Destination Imagination let kids put into practice all their learned knowledge and special personal abilities to solve challenges. There are 7 different challenges – Technical, Scientific, Fine Arts, Improvisational, Engineering, Project Outreach, and Rising Stars. There’s a different prompt for each Read More

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

Big Bubble Mania

We went to the bay area recently and while at Delores Park, we saw a man come out of nowhere and started making giant bubbles. People started gathering and the kids were chasing the bubbles with eyes full of wonder. It was a wonderful end to our park day and I just couldn’t believe someone Read More

Balloon twisting

Whenever I waited in line with my kids at some event for their turn to get a balloon animal, I always wondered where these people got their magical powers to transform balloons into works of art. I was amazed when my friend, Summer, twisted some balloon swords for her son’s ninja party. When asked how Read More

Roly-Poly Habitat

While working in the garden, we’ve been finding a lot of roly-polys. The kids love to hold them and see them roll up into balls. Zack said he wanted to take one in the house as a pet and I told him that you can’t have a rolly-poly as a pet. But once we were Read More

Decorating Eggs

I can’t eggsplain how eggcited I am to finally share all the eggstraordinary ways we eggsperimented with eggs this Easter. I should stop with the egg puns but there are so many ovum. Onwards and upwards! First off, we dyed some eggs using natural ingredients with our Waldorf group. We used red cabbage, beet, blueberry, Read More

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