T Is For (Christmas) Tree

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My intention this month was to focus on the artist Brian Kershisnik, but “the best laid plans of mice and men go oft astray”.   Although one of the art projects was in part inspired by  a Kershisnik painting, “Pruners”,  have I talked about Brian Kershisnik, or showed the children any of his artwork? No. Sigh… Luckily, there is always next week!  And I think that is the wonderful thing about life, there is always a new day and a new opportunity to be just a little bit better.

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Halloween Fun

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Invitation To Play

For our Tuesday and Wednesday invitations, I made Goblin Goo.  In a medium-sized bowl I mixed together 1 cup of cornstarch and about 1/2 cup of water. I added a few drops of green food coloring and then stirred the whole concoction scraping the cornstarch up from the bottom of the bowl.  It was a bit stiff and difficult to stir, so in the end I just dug in and mixed with my hands!  This will make what is known as a non-Newtonian fluid.  When you roll it into a ball, it acts like a solid.  When you let it drip through your fingers, it acts like a liquid.  I threw in a few black plastic spiders to complete the spooky effect!  The kids had a lot of fun exploring this, but be forewarned: it is a bit messy!

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The Storm That Broke The Back Of Summer

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Every autumn, my husband talks about “the storm that breaks the back of summer.”  I think that we just had it!  The temperature dropped from the sunny 80s that we have been enjoying to the 40s today!  I must admit though, that I do like the cozy, sweater weather that autumn ushers in.  I love to watch the colors change on the mountains–high at first, and then slowly bleeding down the mountainside to the valley.  Snow has dusted the top of Mount Timpanogas and my concord grapes are just about ripe enough to be made into juice.  The apples are rosy and ready to be picked–not too many this year, as we had a hard frost in the spring and many of the flower buds froze–but enough to make some applesauce.  It is autumn. Continue reading