Sunday, November 11, 2018

Journal Assignment Numbers 32 and 33

One day recently, we were on journal entry number thirty-two for the seventh grade class, and entry number thirty-three for the eighth graders.  Since they'd been doing such an interesting job with the numbers at the top of their pages, I gave them the assignment of just making the number itself their creative art journal entry for the day.  As usual, they amazed me.  


Okay, this one had me puzzled.  I couldn't find the 33 -- at first.  Then I saw it!  I love it when my students make me think.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Making Something Mundane, Beautiful Instead

When my students write in their journals every day, I have them write a number at the top so I know which entry it is.  If they have all their entries for the week, they get an A for a quiz grade.  After one of my students wrote their  number in a very creative way, I encouraged the others to make their numbers creative as well.  The results were interesting.  I love it when my students give me good ideas.  

This one wins!  She used a sticky note to make an aquarium -- complete with fish and plants.




Sunday, October 21, 2018

School Visitation Day

I had the privilege of visiting four different schools last week.  It was grand.  I grabbed my coffee and headed out.  I saw delightful classrooms, got a few new ideas, visited friends, bought two sub sandwiches, and was very much inspired.  At every stop I discussed curriculum and teaching methods with other teachers.  

What struck me the most was that the other teachers I spoke to -- some in bigger high schools, some in K-12 schools, and some in a little two-room Old Order school house -- all love teaching and are as passionate about it as I am.  That was invigorating!  

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Rats, Snakes, Brains, and Kite Spiders

Once a week my students enjoy Encyclopedia Day for their journal entries.  They pick something they find in an encyclopedia, sketch, and color it in about three minutes.  Usually, they choose something from history or science, and they are required to write a sentence which includes a fact about whatever they draw.  They learn and get to be creative at the same time.  That's a good thing.  

And this student creatively combined Encyclopedia Day with an idea from a Creative Art Journaling Day and tore the edge of the paper to make her journal entry.  

Saturday, October 6, 2018

7th and 8th Grade Indigo Dye Project

We had just finished four chapters in American history, and after the test I was ready to do something hands-on and creative.  But what?  Indigo dye, of course.  The Southern colonies made lots of money by growing indigo, which was then shipped to England and used to dye cloth.  
 Historians believe that the first flag of the colony of South Carolina was blue because of the indigo grown there, and the succeeding flags were also an indigo blue.  (The reason why the palmetto tree was added is also a fascinating history story.)
So, I told the students that they could bring in something white to dye, and that if they didn't, I would bring each of them a swatch of muslin to use.  After the test, we dyed it all an indigo blue.  It was way more fun than I thought it would be, and the results were beautiful.

This had been a very white t-shirt. 

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Sit Right Back and Hear a Tale, a Tale of Creative Art Journaling Day

For our Friday Creative Art Journaling entry last week, the students got to design their own islands complete with seas, oceans, lakes, mountain ranges, and cities.  What a fun exploration trip this would be!