Sunday, December 14, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
OK~ it is a cookie stamp~super cute, and you could go crazy with all the designs.
Have a look.
What a great start to the season. This past weekend we got busy with our craft projects, and made some shortbread cookies to celebrate the special visitor to our house on December 6th~
St. Nicholas!! The girls received a Peter Rabbit book collection, and gold coins of course.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Our house is upside down, in a nice way. On Thanksgiving, we got out all the Christmas decorations, including the tree and the kids got every single thing out. It was funny when we pulled out the "white tree" it had yellowed for some reason. It was ok, I wanted a real tree anyway this year. We have been having a great time decorating our house, and getting everything ready. I cant believe advent begins on Sunday! We have lots of beautiful reading, and crafts planned, and I am almost finished with the Jessie Tree.
Our long awaited park opened down the street last week, so that has been super exciting. Friends have been coming over and we all head down to ther together. It is so neat. Will post pictures on of these days.
Posted by Mama Rasheika at 7:29 AM
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Right now I am attempting to put the house back together since the trip, and prepare for Thanksgiving. It is always so fun to go away, and so wonderful to be back home.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl (known in English as "The Lady of the Dead").
Similar holidays are celebrated in many parts of the world; for example, it is a public holiday in Brazil, where many Brazilians celebrate by visiting cemeteries and churches. In Spain, there are festivals and parades, and at the end of the day, people gather at cemeteries and pray to their loved ones who have died. Similar observances occur elsewhere in Europe and in the Philippines, and similarly-themed celebrations appear in many Asian and African cultures.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
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Wednesday, July 16, 2008
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She is doing well according to our "homeschool teacher" and she is very pleased as well.
It is summertime and I am in the throws if my catalogs and books, doing planning for next year.
For the most part, things will stay the same (classical), but I am toying with the idea of ditching the First Language Lessons for Primary Language Lessons by Serl. The repetition in FLL was driving me crazy. I am also thinking of getting rid of Shiller for Singapore, and sticking to the Montessori manipulates that I already have.
I will be adding cursive, and am trying to figure out a way to work in the Children of the World program by Winterpromise that I think is so lovely, but never had the time to get to. Truthfully, I don't really know how I am going to work it in this year either. Oh yeah, and I am thinking of switching from living learning to R.E.A.L. or NOEO science. I guess that is a lot of change actually~ahhhhhhhh. But everything with Story of the World will stay the same.
I can see my beautiful friend in Massachusetts falling over as she reads this. We both started out with the same curricula at the beginning of 1st grade.
There really is a method to my madness, I just have not figured it out yet.
Here is a photo I am sharing of our backyard in summertime.
Posted by Mama Rasheika at 5:42 PM
Monday, May 26, 2008
Her father, Rupert, was a talented amateur photographer, while her mother Helen enjoyed painting landscapes in watercolour. As Beatrix grew older, she went with her father to art galleries, museums and auction houses and this influenced her development as an artist.
Beatrix’s parents loved the countryside and often took their family on vacation out of London. Every year they would travel north, first to Scotland and later to the Lake District, for long summer vacations. Beatrix enjoyed the freedom of exploring the countryside with her brother, Bertram. The scenery, flowers and creatures she found inspired her drawing and painting.
“My dear Noel, I don’t know what to write to you, so I shall tell you a story about four little rabbits ….”
In 1900, Beatrix borrowed back the letter and worked up a plan to get the story published. When at least six companies rejected her proposal, she decided to publish it herself. The privately printed edition was a great success and soon Beatrix had a publishing offer from Frederick Warne & Co.
Warne’s first edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit was published in 1902 and was immediately popular, selling around 46,000 copies in the first twelve months. Warne and Potter soon began to work on many more stories including, 'The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin', 'The Tailor of Gloucester', 'The Tale of Benjamin Bunny' and 'The Tale of Two Bad Mice'.
Beatrix had strong ideas about how her books should be presented, down to size, price and overall look. She also realised the wider market appeal of her characters and initiated the development of related merchandise, such as the Peter Rabbit doll manufactured by Steiff, Germany, in 1903. She always took an interest in all of the creative and commercial matters surrounding her characters and books.
Benjamin Bouncer was Beatrix's first pet rabbit.
She bought him secretly from a London bird shop and sneaked him into the nursery in a paper bag. 'Bounce' became the model for many of Beatrix's rabbit drawings. On the back of a photograph of him, Beatrix wrote "This is the original 'Benjamin Bunny'. Benjamin was extremely fond of hot buttered toast, he used to hurry into the drawing room when he heard the tea-bell!"
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Check out this precious site and get in touch with your inner Peter Rabbit.
Here is another, more educational site, with lots of amazing links.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
I am thinking... about my family in a tender way, we have recently experienced a loss.
I am thankful for... my family, our home, friends.
From the kitchen... summer soups, just made carrot curry bisque tonight and it was wonderful!
and we had salad from the garden~
I am wearing... flannel pj's my husband bought me for Christmas.
I am creating... two needle felted sea fairies for my girls, and a knitted hat.
I am going... near future, nowhere hopefully. I am really wanting to stay put for a while and catching up with things.
I am reading... Living Crafts magazine, Waldorf & Montessori curriculum books .
I am hearing... a documentary on FDR
Around the house... things are lying everywhere, books, and craft supplies-we have been spending way too much outside time to pick up.
One of my favorite things... seeing my little girls dance, exploring a city with my husband.
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week: a pool party, my dance class, Spanish co-op, an important meeting Thursday........
Here is picture thought I am sharing...Peace.
We had a good time creating it, we listened to Greek myths while painting and doing the paper mache'. Then I found this great site that had little movies of the myths, and theses funny images that we put on at the end.
Posted by Mama Rasheika at 1:05 PM