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The Beginner Finger Knitting Class on Outschool is AWESOME!

Her bracelet

She took a finger knitting class today for the first time on Outschool.com.

Knitting and finger knitting are part of her Oak Meadow curriculum.

Here is an excerpt from a great article on the benefits of finger knitting for kids:

“Finger knitting is a fantastic, and addictive, activity for preschoolers. It builds dexterity and strength in those small muscles which control the hand, fingers, and thumb—all critical for later writing skills. Finger knitting also encourages eye-hand coordination, concentration, and perseverance—all equally important for children’s development. (Interestingly enough, when a child is fully engaging their small muscles, their large muscles relax and they actually can sit still!)”

It was so good, Maisie asked Ms. Cindy if she could do a weekly class. She has never done this!

This is the link to Ms. Cindy’s class on Outschool.com. She was extremely engaging, patient, and lovely with the children.

Maisie made a little bracelet today. She wants to make another with beads next.


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Oak Meadow 1st Grade “The Three Dwarves”

She had no idea why she had to draw geese after reading a story about a SWAN maiden.

She bawled her eyes out when I read “The Three Dwarves” story to her for Oak Meadow’s language arts lesson today- the fair Queen in turned into a swan.

The letter G/g lesson had her drawing GEESE, though, and that confused her to no end.

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Purple Hamsa DIY Birdhouse Art Project

I received a birdhouse from a friend this week and re-did it to live on the hammock post.

It was originally a plain wooden birdhouse, nothing particularly special about it.
Maisie and I spray painted it purple, painted the brackets a hot pink, then attached it to the top of the post.

I wasn’t happy with it, so I drew a Hamsa which is good luck against evil eye in many faiths and cultures, using sharpies. I did it freehand and it would have looked better, but Maisie insisted on swinging on the hammock, shaking the post as I drew.

I was perched precariously on a step stool at the time- and I have really bad vertigo lately from weird ear crystal issues- so I just wanted to get this done with.

I love the way it turned out! It’s looks pretty hippy dippy 🙂

 

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Hot Pink Mr Bunny Garden Makeover and “Fairies Are Super Cool” vid

The garden/landscaping project continues!

We had a forlorn little terracotta garden rabbit that was hidden in the brush, unpainted, and I wanted to paint it and give the poor old thing a makeover.

he was originally something like the above- I didn’t take a before picture, though.

Maisie INSISTED on choosing the spray paint colors this go ’round, so he had to be hot pink. I didn’t do the greatest job with the spray painting, I honestly just wanted to get it over with. However, it looked really creepy without ‘real’ looking eyes, so the child insisted Mr. Bun get them.

 

I didn’t have any craft paint, so we used sharpies, which turned out to her satisfaction, as far as hot pink bunnies go.

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The made-over Mr Bun

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he also got a nose and mouth

He still looks a little sad and lonely, but at least he now has pizzazz and eyes.

Maisie was very pleased with this project, so all’s well that end’s well!