Sunday, September 24, 2017

Woodwind Art Thingy

During the concert, the winds and brass play a few pieces by themselves while the strings (violins, etc.) take a break; then the strings play a few selections while the winds and brass take a break.  
This is what some of the woodwind players decided to do on their break. 

Instruments left to right are as follows:  3 flutes, 2 clarinets, 1 bassoon, 2 oboes, an alto saxophone, and another flute.  

Friday, September 22, 2017

Photographer Caught on Camera

Today was school picture day, and we caught the quick-witted photographer, Dervin Witmer from Witmer Photography, on camera.  Smile!  

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The 1855 Alleghany Mennonite Meetinghouse

This afternoon our family had the pleasure of attending a hymn sing at the 1855 Alleghany Mennonite Meetinghouse.  (The usual Pennsylvania spelling of "Allegheny" was not used for this church for some reason.)  The singing was robust and lively; the setting was quaint and peaceful.   

The Mennonites first lived in this area when a Native American offered to show Jacob Bowman, a descendant of Swiss Mennonites, some good hunting lands back in 1745.  Bowman received a land grant and settled here, living at peace with the Native Americans all of his life.  The Mennonite group in this area met in homes and shared a meetinghouse with the Reformed and Lutheran congregations until this meetinghouse was built in 1855.  The cemetery directly across the street has gravestones that date back to the early 1700s.   One of those just happens to be an ancestor of one of my students.  

The preachers and song leaders sat at the center table.

These hooks are for the men's hats.  

This was the nursery, with a window opening to the main room.

Several of the gravestones were written in German.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Happy Hippos

Marilyn Gehman teaches elementary grades at Great Lakes Mennonite School in Clare, Michigan.  Her students created this sentence with all the "h"s in it while they were studying alliteration, then to make it more fun, they diagrammed it.  
I love it!  Thanks for sharing, Marilyn.  

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Artwork and the Clan MacLaren

While we were on a choir tour in Maine this summer, a local recommended a quaint little sandwich shop which we decided to patronize.  Not only was the food scrumptious, but the decor was amazing.  I just had to inquire, and sure enough, the owner's wife was a former art teacher.    

I knew it!  She let me take pictures of some of her amazing decorations, and then she brought out these fabric self-portraits done by first graders.  I thought this was a project worth sharing.

And, if you are ever blessed enough to be in Rockdale, Maine, do stop by the Clan MacLaren.  (That is a large hornet's nest hanging on the left side of the second picture.)  

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

A Duck at School

It isn't every day that an adolescent duck joins your students at recess.  This one really enjoyed all the attention it received from the girls.  

I put it through the fence, back on its farm, several times, but it preferred recess instead.  I guess I would have, too.  

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Startin' the Year Off with a Bang (Or a Toot Toot)

Miss Diana Wesselink, a former student of ours, is now teaching at Lott Mennonite School, and I asked her to share pictures of her classroom after she was telling me her plans at Faithbuilders' Teachers Week.   She choose a travel theme, and the centerpiece is a wooden train that the students can crawl inside to read books. This was made by her industrious brother Scott, also a former student of ours, with help from Kevin Mullet.  Bravo!  


Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Peek Inside Calvary Christian Academy

Because I spent a week at Calvary Christian Academy this summer, and because I am a teacher, I really enjoyed looking at their classrooms.  

This classroom included a large plant in the corner and jungle vines hung with fishing lines from the ceiling.  There were also little animals hanging from the vines.

I always appreciate thought-provoking and edifying bulletin boards.  

And all three of these bulletin boards are actually hand-painted works of art.  Lovely!

Three-dimensional art is sweet!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

The "Whaling" Wall

This is the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, which can also be spelled by students as the "Whaling Wall", or called the "Weeping Wall".   Spelling doesn't count on history tests -- yet.  
Oh, yes, and did you know that the ark came to rest on Mt. Sinai?  

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Three Clarinets, Two French Horns, One Baritone, and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

While we always see many pictures of the beautiful string instruments, the other one-third of the orchestra is important as well.  From front to back are the oboes, flutes, clarinets, and trumpets.

Here are a bassoon and two trombones.

And to the right of them are the baritone and tubas.  

The Anabaptist Orchestra also has a tenor saxophone, an alto saxophone, two French horns, and a partridge in a pear tree.

Just kidding-- and a percussionist standing in the back.