Saturday Projects

My sister is throwing my nephews a minion party in April, so she enlisted me to make a “Pin the Eye on the Minion”  game.

I purchased two poster boards Friday night and Troy and I got to work Saturday morning.  He started working on Bob with his preferred media, pencils.  I started on Stuart with paint.


After drawing Bob with pencil, he traced the pencil with black marker. Later, he would color it with colored pencil.

As I finished painting the yellow part of the minion, my phone rang.  I answered it and was talking to my sister when I noticed that Troy was leaning over to my poster with his marker uncapped.

“Don’t you dare touch that!”  I burst out.

“But, you can’t see the mouth.  I’ll just trace it,” my son said.

“Don’t touch my minion! Work on your own!”  I demanded.

“What?”  my sister asked over the phone.

“Talking to Troy.  He is trying to fix my minion.”  I told her, giving Troy the stink eye.

Isn’t it supposed to be the parent that takes over the child’s project?


Saturday Skinny

Screen Shot 2015-05-26 at 11.58.24 AMReading Workshop 2.0

$_35Today I finished book #11 of my summer reading:  Reading Workshop 2.0 by Frank Serafini.  I was hoping for more than I got out of the book.   :/   A lot of the book was theory or lists of tech resources that are already familiar to me.  I did learn about some new resources and I set some goals for my reading workshop this fall.

1.  I want to use more videos of author and illustrator interviews during the reading block.  I know these resources exist, but I always forget to use them.  This coming year, published authors will be sharing in our reading workshop, too!  I promise!

2.  I will include more mini-lessons to model how to navigate and code digital texts.  I swear!

3.  Students can record their book reviews sometimes and post the videos on their blogs.  Switch it up and keep them engaged!

Painting and Crafting

20150704_145659For some reason, I agreed to paint a Minecraft inspired wall in my son’s room.  It is a work in progress, but this project is taking up the majority of my weekend while my son is away.  (I have been working on it for months, but keep finding reasons to procrastinate.  Reminder to self:  Do not make promises to paint entire walls with anything except solid color!)  I’m sure there was an easier way to do this, but my first attempt at stenciling and I don’t think it looks too bad…20150704_212945

I also created this surprise for my son to put in his room, when it is finally done…He creates all kinds of Lego men based on different characters from movies, books, and television shows.   Now he will have a way to display them!