New Year

Is it possible that 2015 is almost here?  Already?  EEK!  I’m in the middle of holiday planning, and the new year is going to sneak up on me!

The new year is a fresh new page, a blank slate for me to write on.  And I can’t wait to write on it!

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Writing and Children

I have been taking some creative writing classes, and have fallen in love with my new hobby.  I’ve gotten some books from the library to help me learn to write better.

Your Child’s Writing Life

One book, in particular, Picasso has taken a great interest in.  It is Your Child’s Writing Life and it shows you how to teach your children to be life-long writers.

I picked this one up at first because I thought it would give me (as a beginning writer) some ideas on how to write well.  Instead, it has encouraged me to teach Picasso to write.  We have started some new routines to encourage this.

First, we created a word jar.  When we find words we love (or just words he wants to put in there), we write them down and put them in the word jar.  Every so often–hopefully weekly, but so far it has been daily–we pull out the words and read them.

We have also started daily writing practice.  Every day we set the timer for five minutes and sit down and write.  I try to write a quick story in that time so I can read it to them at the end of that time.  Picasso either draws a picture or copies some words from the jar during that time.

I hope I can continue to encourage Picasso (and hopefully Cassatt as well) to love writing with these practices!

Milk Painting

Have you heard of Milk Painting?  It is a fun thing to do with little kids. Picasso and Cassatt love seeing the colors swirl in their milk paintings, and I love that it is an easy craft that doesn’t use any special materials and doesn’t add to the “junk” in the house.

Picasso enjoys mixing the colors.

Picasso enjoys mixing the colors.

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Cassatt enjoys the swirls

It is an easy project to do.  I use a rimmed plate and pour a little milk into it (not too much so it doesn’t overflow).  I then add a few drops of food coloring.  The poke at it with a toothpick dipped in dishwashing soap.  The colors explode!

Milk painting helps develop fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.  It teaches them about colors.

It is a fairly clean craft as well, as long as the milk doesn’t get spilled.  I had to keep a close watch on them to make sure Cassatt didn’t get into the food coloring.  It was a good project, though, and we all had fun milk painting!

DIY Friday: Word Art

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Cassatt loves watercolor painting!

Here is a project that you can do with your kids, and it only takes a few minutes!

I was painting with my son, and thought of one of my favorite quotes by Goethe:

Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.

I don’t know why I thought of that at the moment, but I thought, why not put it on paper.  Not being anywhere near a computer, I took a pen and wrote it on a blank sheet of printer paper.  I then took some paint and did strokes around it–first in blue, then in purple.  I painted the center yellow to make it pop.Word Art

I was so pleased with it, that I bought a frame when we were at the dollar store (looking for potty training supplies).  I put it in a frame, and hung it in my new office!

This is a great project because it is easy.  You can use any quote or Bible verse. I think this quick project works best with a quote that encourages you to get moving!  I love watercolors because they are so forgiving; it actually looks good when things aren’t precise.  I am surprised how well the handwritten text looks (my handwriting is awful!), but it would also work well to print out a quote and paint around it.  Probably better, actually, although I don’t always make time for that sort of planning.

I will probably do a variety of these and swap them out!

If you do this project, please share! I would love to see what other people do with this.

Page is Moving!

Hi Friends,

This blog is moving!  It is no longer hosted at wordpress.com, instead it is at http://www.seasonofmotherhood.com.  All posts up to this point have been transferred, but as of May 16, new posts will only show up at the new site.  I hope you will follow me to my new location!

Thanks,
Sarah

Office Curtain

When we were making the room that is now my “office” (because the plan was, I would work from home), I found some fabric that I love to make into a curtain.  Then I matched the paint to the curtain fabric.

I finally got one panel up of the curtain, and I think it looks pretty good!

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Now, I need to finish the other panel!

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