The Handwork teacher

I am a mother to two beautiful girls and I teach Handwork and Fine Arts in our local waldorf charter school in Arizona.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Going MIA

I will be Missing in Action for the next few months. I am finishing up my BA and need to have ALLLLL other distractions taken away.

If I am doing something REALLLLLLY cool I will post it but other wise please look back through my blog to find questions you might have. I did not tag all my posts so there is LOTS if you just have time to look around.

I have posted my curriculum several times in the past and also on the side bar you can find where I order all my supplies

Blessings to all 

Saturday, September 11, 2010

my girls just LOVE this song

An AMAZING teacher and poet

Like Lilly Like Wilson
By Taylor Mali
I'm writing the poem that will change the world,
and it's Lilly Wilson at my office door.
Lilly Wilson, the recovering like addict,
the worst I've ever seen.
So, like, bad the whole eighth grade
started calling her Like Lilly Like Wilson Like.
Until I declared my classroom a Like-Free Zone,
and she could not speak for days.
But when she finally did, it was to say,
Mr. Mali, this is . . . so hard.
Now I have to think before I . . . say anything.
Imagine that, Lilly.
It's for your own good.
Even if you don't like . . .
I'm writing the poem that will change the world,
and it's Lilly Wilson at my office door.
Lilly is writing a research paper for me
about how homosexuals shouldn't be allowed
to adopt children.
I'm writing the poem that will change the world,
and it's Like Lilly Like Wilson at my office door.
She's having trouble finding sources,
which is to say, ones that back her up.
They all argue in favor of what I thought I was against.
And it took four years of college,
three years of graduate school,
and every incidental teaching experience I have ever had
to let out only,
Well, that's a real interesting problem, Lilly.
But what do you propose to do about it?
That's what I want to know.
And the eighth-grade mind is a beautiful thing;
Like a new-born baby's face, you can often see it
change before your very eyes.
I can't believe I'm saying this, Mr. Mali,
but I think I'd like to switch sides.
And I want to tell her to do more than just believe it,
but to enjoy it!
That changing your mind is one of the best ways
of finding out whether or not you still have one.
Or even that minds are like parachutes,
that it doesn't matter what you pack
them with so long as they open
at the right time.
O God, Lilly, I want to say
you make me feel like a teacher,
and who could ask to feel more than that?
I want to say all this but manage only,
Lilly, I am like so impressed with you!
So I finally taught somebody something,
namely, how to change her mind.
And learned in the process that if I ever change the world
it's going to be one eighth grader at a time.

Knit-a - thon baby hats and donation

my 8th grade did 11 days of Knitting baby hats that they donated to a women's shelter for pregnant women. Here is the picture of a pile of wrapped baby hats.  and the mothers are standing on the other side of the table receiving them.

the second picture is of a board I saw in the shelter that said "what is your temperament"   The mainlesson teacher and I were just floored that they had this in their living room.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Been so busy!!!

Busy first few weeks of school..... yes, we in the south west start school in Aug.....yes when it is blazing hot!

Well I usually get sick the first month of it is again...I have the cold and so do all the kids...sneezing on my hands while I help them and all....yuck! 
wash hands .....wash.....sung in my mind to the melody sung in the Kindergarten.

My advanced Knitting group for 5th grade is AMAZING!!!!  14 children in that group, the other 13 children in that grade are in woodworking class.

I have 4 kids already done with both CUFFS!!!!!

  Here is one of my  daughters  at pick up....just loving first grade!

I'll take more pics asap