July 14 2018:
The Noisy Paint Box
“I let myself go. I had little thought for houses and trees, drawing colored lines and blobs on the canvas with my palette knife, making them sing just as powerfully as I knew how.” …. And …. “I could hear the hiss of the colors as they mingled.” ~Vasily Kandinsky
An historical fiction of the life of Vasya Kandinsky who was one of the very first painters of abstract art. So interesting to learn that he could hear the colors. They literally made sounds that he could hear.
It is believed that he had synesthesia; a condition where one sense triggers another sense. He knew in his heart how he wanted to paint and kept straying from it to please others. He finally let loose!!
Lillian was glued to this as she loves creating and learning about abstract art. Thomas and I loved it too!
February 18 2018:
It was Princess puzzles tonight. We love puzzles!! xoxo
February 21 2018:
It was volunteer day at the library for Lillian Darnell and I today. This was the largest hold list we’ve ever had!! 109 holds! Took us two hours and ten minutes! WOW!
It’s usually half that! Lillian was a trooper. Worked the entire time pulling those holds! As we were driving home, she said that every part of her was tired, except for her arms. xoxo
Tonight was read-together-on-my-bed-while-listening-to-classical-guitar-music night. We kinda love books … and music. xoxo
It was also get-invited-into-Thomas’ lair night. He showed me this cool community alongside a beach that he had created. He built me a little community of tiny houses on the beachfront. One for each Team member. My question: “When do we move in?”
February 22 2018:
Dominoes tonight! Lillian made domino stairs. These were really cool as when you placed a domino at the top, it would slide down! Wheeee!!!! I love standing them so as to give that first one a push and watch em fall!
February 22 2018:
And Thomas’ community has expanded since last night! Wow! I told him I have to move now cause it’s too crowded! Then he showed me that he left my wee little beachside community in tact and far away from the rest.
See that small square shape on the beach near the top right corner? That’s it. Told him I would stay as long as I could get everything I needed there. Yep! There are two markets and everything else I’d need. Ha! xoxo
February 23 2018:
Thomas and I had a workout this morning. We carried these boxes down from the third floor and then walked them over to huge bins behind the building. Took us about 30-40 minutes. AKA: Homeschool PE … HA!!
February 3 2018:
Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom
In the year 1859 the Statue of Freedom’s plaster model faced being broken unless a construction puzzle was solved. Philip Reid, a skilled and enslaved African American stepped forward and solved the puzzle.
In 1863, the Statue of Freedom was lifted to the top of the Capitol. Very interesting book! Had never heard this before and it was wonderful to learn about this amazing man!
January 27 2018:
The Mysterious Guests – A Sukkot Story
This was a GREAT book with wonderful illustrations about Sukkot, the Jewish harvest holiday. A story about two brothers and lessons learned by one of the brothers.
January 20 2018:
On a Beam of Light – A Story of Albert Einstein
Beautiful book about a boy who was endlessly distracted by the wonders of the world. When riding his bicycle as a boy, Albert Einstein, imagined himself traveling on a beam of light – a speed beyond imagining at the time.
We have enjoyed all the books written about Albert Einstein. Each has it’s own focus and they are all wonderful!
January 10 2018:
Today was volunteer day! Staying strong at keeping with our 2 hour a week commitment! Here’s Lillian pulling holds and pushing the cart. Instead of doing them together, now we divide the hold list and she’s pulling em by herself now!
We also may or may not accidentally find books we want to check out too! (That’s what the bottom shelf of the cart is for holding!! Right??)
January 6 2017:
Beautiful and colorfully illustrated book about Tie Sing. A Chinese American who lived during a time of terrible discrimination against ethnic Chinese in the United States. In 1882 Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which prohibited Chinese people from entering the country. The act also declared that Chinese-born people already in the United States would never be allowed to become citizens.
Tie Sing hiked the mountains with mapmakers, whipping up gourmet meals for them. His reputation grew and became known as the best trail cook in California. Sing cooked for the thirty men that Stephen Mather took on a days long hike to convince them that national parks needed to be protected. This was the beginning of the National Park Service.
Great book! We loved learning about this time in history and about Tie Sing.
“Long may you build the paths through the mountains.” ~Tie Sing, July 1915
December 30 2017:
Spic-And-Span! – Lillian Gilbreth’s Wonder Kitchen
We adored this book! Learning more about the life of the woman who was the subject of two movies: Cheaper by the Dozen and Belles on Their Toes was made all the more interesting with Monica Kulling’s writing style.
During Lillian Gilbreth’s lifetime she was an efficiency expert, an industrial engineer, an inventor, a psychologist, an author, and a professor. And, she always said that her favorite role was that of a mother.
December 16 2017:
Toulouse-Lautrec – The Moulin Rouge and the City of Light
In this book we learned about Toulouse-Lautrec who was a wonderful painter and draftsman famous for being the father of the poster. He was a painter of Paris nightlife and especially The Moulin Rouge!! Interesting reading!