Technically not a "field" trip, more like an art trip.
We've done quite a few "learning" excursions with the kids but this by far was my favorite. It was so creative and yielded such great results.
A friend of ours and fellow homeschooler organized a trip recently to the Maine Art Glass Studio. The children each created their own fused glass tile. Sounds harmless, thankfully it was. But anything can happen when you give a 5 year old shards of glass and "nippers" to cut with.
I can't take any credit for these works of art my kiddos created. The designs were their own and except for cutting a few pieces here and there these pieces were wholly my childrens' doing. I'm hoping they will hang on our windows for like, ever. These glass tiles capture their unique styles perfectly and I simply love them.
These beauties are going to seriously brighten my winter.
But sometimes life, and the different interests we all have, slows down to the measure of a steady heartbeat. An hour in late afternoon, when I'm on supper and all three sit, together, drawing and painting at the table.
I'm not reading these but they are worth mentioned as this book series is adored by all my children, ages 15, 13, & 12; a rare gift of literary connection in otherwise diverse interests and reading levels.
Another gorgeous Beth Powning book. Took longer for me to get into, different style than Shadow Child but similar lyrical prose and the same yearnings. A lot of stickie tabs in the margin. Just lovely.
Seeds of Summer (in Canada). Essays and photography of home, nature, 70s back to the land movement, creative living, making home, living a life imagine; practically in my back yard of New Brunswick. Beautiful.
My favorite type of writing all combined: a good story, a mother's memoir written with gorgeous metaphor, lyrical prose, all grounded in nature and beauty. I read this with commonplace book in hand and savor each word. A Canadian Katrina Kenison. 6/5.
A different kind of book for me, yet familiar in the "middle-aged-woman-examining-her-life" style I enjoy. A book about words and books and finding meaning, story, and structure in the written word (within native culture).
I had high hopes for this book but only gave it 3/5 stars. I liked the writing but the story itself was depressing and sad and I had never heard of Lucy Grealy before. Probably best to read Autobiography of a Face (by Grealy) before or with this book.
I've probably read less than a handful of murder mysteries but I am loving this book. Fascinating setting and plot, engaging Québec storyline, well written characters and laugh out loud dialogue. 5 stars.
Understanding Quebec, its history, culture and people is an important part of making this province my home. I am thoroughly enjoying Grescoe's "unsentimental journey through Quebec" and have gained helpful insights.
A perfect fall read. Poignant, melancholy, yet bright with beauty and love. A memoir about growing up during a Maine mill town's golden years, specifically the early 60s. Heartwarming and deeply engaging as both an historical and personal account.