Sunday, October 19, 2008

Five in a Row - October 21, 2008

These are the almost completed gourd dolls. We will be dressing them and stuffing their "bodies" on Tuesday. However, your child will not be bringing them home until after the door-to-door deal on October 31st. I promised Christa that these could be used to help decorate the one room school house for the church!
Also - on Tuesday - if time permits, we will be learning some square dance moves and reading another Little House on the Prairie story. After this Tuesday, we will probably move on and out of the days of Pioneers.... To be decided and annouced soon!
Remember we will be making butter in November so that is something to look forward too! Also -we are hoping to make pinecone people for Thanksgiving....

Monday, September 29, 2008

The beginning of fall and a new gourd community

For class for Tuesday, September 30...

We will be reading stories about life in the mountains and making a gourd doll as a christmas gift to keep or to give away
This will take time over several days and several lessons. A lot of the work will be done my me or my assisant and I - or anyone else I can get to help sew dresses and bows - carve shoes, paint, make hair whatver.
I am VERY excited about this opportunity. I don't think our dolls will look like the one pcitured, but I do believe that through these books and the hands on project we will be exploring, the children will get an idea of life before Mommy's and daddy's got us a baby at the grogery store, and whenever we wanted it. I think it will also teach them pride and workmanship it takes to make sure a beautiful creation.
However, hop a board, because I will need your help - and supplies. I plean to personally hand sew everything. If you are a sewer, with some simple stitching skills, man I could use you. If you can draw a good face, and braid and fix hair, carve an arm or a leg. Anything tio give these little guys some life.
If nothing else, do you have yard laying around, an extra gourd, material you are no longer using??? We need those too.
And as always - if you have questions, never hesitate to contact me. 977-66677 or With your help, I really believe we can make these classes better than anything out there today, tomorrow and always! Isn't that what we want for our kids???

Sunday, September 21, 2008

The Edge Five in A Row

Class for Tuesday, September 23, 2008

We will be reading the book How to Make an Apple Pie and see the world by Marjorie Priceman.

An apple pie is easy to make...if the market is open. But if the market is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients. First hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And, oh yes! Don't forget to go apple picking in Vermont!

In class we will be exporing the letter "A" as well as explore the smells and tectures of the ingredients the little baker needs to make an apple pie - cinnimom sticks, nutmeg, sugar, butter, and eggs. We will also share some apples to eat as our snack of the day.

We will have a coloring page, a letter page, and discuss other healthy snacks to eat.

We will also read another story at the end of class during teacher clean up, but as of now, I am undecided on the book we will feature! Any suggestions will be welcomed. It can be a book about snacks (last week we read the Berenstein Bears and Junk Food), a book about the world, or even a book about baking!