I pulled a couple of photos to scrap and was really into all the blue tones in the pictures. I was also thinking about how I loved the irregular circles on a piece of paper in the new Twig line by Little Yellow Bicycle. Since I don’t have that paper (at least not yet!), I tried to recreate the circles on my page. While cutting the circles, it helps to wiggle the paper to get them more irregular. I used a bunch of blue scraps I had for this. I layered them and sewed them down with some equally irregular stitches.
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The whole family bundled up and went on a sleigh ride yesterday afternoon. The ride through the woods was really smooth. The horses, Ben and Bill, were so strong and impressive. We had cocoa before the ride. My boys are cocoa fiends, so that was a great way to start.
After the sleigh ride, we went to a laser show. The laser show featured music by Led Zeppelin. It was interesting. Some of the images were really cool, and some hurt my head. It reminded me of Spirograph pictures, string art, and a screen saver. Parts of it probably did need a “may induce seizures” warning. Other parts I wished I could have captured to expand upon in my art journal.
This is one of my recent scrapbook pages. The photo isn’t great, but I love what it represents — my son and my niece and their special bond.
This took longer than I wanted. My sewing machine gave me some grief, but I eventually got it working. This page has hand cutting and journaling, sewing, heat embossing , and chalking.
I incorporated the shadow in the photo into the page design.
My other idea for a final project was to add many tech elements to an existing literacy unit built around versions of The Three Pigs. I am NOT doing this for my final project, but I did do some of the pieces just to try new things. I had already thought of the ideas, so why not try them out. To read about my final project see my last post directly below this one.
I brought in my Flip digital video recorder from home. I had used it once. Usually my husband uses the Flip at special events and I take the photos.
I had the students act out a retelling of The Three Little Pigs with puppets. I have done this before, but never video “taped” it. I do it once a class session for as many days as it takes for each child to get a chance to be in the play. This activity takes less than five minutes (a class session) to do. After recording the groups, I had all the children watch the compilation video. My students enjoyed seeing themselves on the screen. I had a hard time getting students to speak up enough to be heard.
I also let the children use my old digital camera that I keep in my classroom. We were making a position word book using a pig puppet. Each child got to hold the pig and be a model illustrating a position word. Each child also was able to be the photographer for one photo for the book. I never thought of letting the students use the camera until reading an article handed out by my professor the first week of our tech. class.
I was very afraid that the children would drop the camera and break it (which didn’t happen). Most didn’t even need instruction on how to use the camera. A couple just needed to know what button to push to take the picture. A few needed instruction on how to use the little screen to make sure they weren’t cutting off their model’s head and that the pig was also in the picture. It did take a lot of my time (which I had to take out of pre-reading one on one skill work time) to help each kid set up their scene for different position words and oversee photographer. The kids enjoyed being allowed to use the camera.
I have got to sign off. I am falling asleep.
I had two ideas for my final project. It was a tough choice. I went with creating an iMovie as a general introduction to my Pre-K classroom. This is not meant to be an in-depth presentation. I plan to use photos I have taken in the last year and a half with my digital camera in the classroom. I hope to add an audio track with narration and background music. I am worried about syncing up with audio and images. I know (from playing around with my sample) I can do just an audio narration using features in iMovie. But to do narration and background music, I will have to do the work outside iMovie and import it and get the timing synced. But I am going to try.