Summer Solstice: Creativity, Integrity, and Gratitude

  Happy Summer! I’m so pleased with how my apple blossom block print turned out–and excited to report that my next print is well on its way. Since the Solstice marks the midway point through the year, it’s a great time to re-visit the goals I set for myself last winter. In this I getContinue reading “Summer Solstice: Creativity, Integrity, and Gratitude”

Gathering STEAM for Geometry

I get to teach my kids Geometry this summer, and yesterday we did circumcenter, incenter, centroid, and orthocenter constructions. I’ve never done those before, and I was captivated by the beauty of the constructions. I decided to turn a few into watercolors. It was a lot of fun. Here’s another: In this one I alsoContinue reading “Gathering STEAM for Geometry”

Treat Your Art Like It’s a Business

I have recently been inspired by Rachael Cook at the Yogipreneur website. She runs a business helping yoga teachers turn their love of yoga into a sustainable business. I am not particularly business minded, so I signed up for her 21 day “Fired Up and Focused” challenge. Rachael sends you an email a day withContinue reading “Treat Your Art Like It’s a Business”

Music, Motion and Learning

We have family visiting from Germany so it’s the perfect time to brush up on my German. For me, German is the topic that I can study and study and try to memorize things but the words just fall right out of my head. How to make them sticky? I remember never being able toContinue reading “Music, Motion and Learning”

Vibrant Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons

It’s my firm belief that painting and drawing are not only talents, but also practical skills which can be taught to everybody. I also believe it’s never too late to learn (yay, neuroplasticity!) So I bought the book You Can Paint Vibrant Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons by Yuko Nagayama and I’m very proud ofContinue reading “Vibrant Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons”

Girls on the Threshold of Math and Science

I remember so clearly standing in the doorway of the computer room as my teacher told me about the new computer club that was forming at our school. I was 13 years old. I had just finished 4 semesters of computer language classes: BASIC, Advanced BASIC, and LOGO (remember those days? Remember the little turtle?Continue reading “Girls on the Threshold of Math and Science”

Circles, Divisibility, and Wonder in Mathematics

I’m working with a student who is having a hard time memorizing his times tables. Indeed, I suspect he does not have a concept of numbers as representing quantities–I think sometimes he sees them as separate numerals, some kind of squiggly code that doesn’t mean much to him. In performing operations, he does his bestContinue reading “Circles, Divisibility, and Wonder in Mathematics”