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2014 Holiday Gift Fair at the Triton Art Museum

One of my favorite holiday traditions: participating in the annual holiday gift fair at the Triton Museum of Art!

Thanksgiving Travel and Pie

We traveled to visit S's dad and family for Thanksgiving. It was also his dad's 70th birthday, so there were lots of reasons to celebrate! Grandma C had decked out the house for Christmas, and it was really nice to get the holiday season started in such style.

That window is worthy of a department store, don't you think?

Masquerade Auction

S and I had a great time at the annual school auction. The theme was "Masquerade," and I had a lot of fun embellishing peacock-themed matching masks for us to wear.

We didn't go all-out with bidding this year, but we did get some nice silent auction items (a crafty basket for me!). The canvas piece that I coordinated for BJ's class went for more than $2000! Wow.

November -- Whoosh!

Where has the month gone? We've been busy at home and at school -- in addition to field trips and the usual stuff, we've been getting ready for the school auction, working on projects, and preparing for holidays.

As part of their unit on local ocean biology, linking up with the Monterey Bay Aquarium field trip, BJ's class assigned a project. He chose to make a diorama of the kelp forest.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Field Trip

We love the Monterey Bay Aquarium, and it was even better as a field trip!

The kids got to go behind the scenes a bit to a lab/classroom, where they investigated various sealife in a kelp forest. I helped out with the tank where they made hypotheses about sea kelp.

Halloween

I'm a week behind, but that doesn't diminish how much fun we had on Halloween! BJ dressed up as Luke Skywalker (from Return of the Jedi), and BB was a butterfly-winged fairy.

The End of Soccer Season

Soccer season is over, and the Red Tornadoes have come a long way!

Aboard the Balclutha

What a field trip! We survived a night aboard the beautiful tall ship Balclutha! The kids were all very excited, as well as being nervous about the experience of re-enacting life aboard ship. This field trip is a tradition at our school, a rite of passage if you will, and all the kids knew it would be a challenge. Here I am with BJ before we head to the ship. Balclutha is the tall ship with yellow masts. Isn't she a beauty?

Texture Trees

I put together a fun fall-themed art project for BB's class: Texture Trees!

I set up three different tables and invited the kids to explore three different ways of drawing leaves with an emphasis on texture. For one table, we did the classic leaf rubbing approach.

Kid's Biz

It's time for Kid's Biz! In fourth grade, the students learn about economics by having classroom money, earning fourth grade bucks for doing assigned classroom jobs, participating in classroom auctions, and running their own Kid's Businesses. They have to apply for a license, have a business idea (complete with a strategy for earning back any real-world funds that they spend in the process of putting it together), and prepare for the opening of their "business" a few times a year.

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