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Back to School Circus

Most of the time, we love where we live. But this week, not so much. Turns out they had to tent and fumigate the building where we have our apartment -- bad enough, but instead of doing it the last week of summer, as originally planned, due to an unfortunate scheduling problem they ended up doing it during the first week of school. Back to school is enough of a circus without bringing in huge tents to match, thankyouverymuch.

First Day of School! Fourth Grade and Second Grade

Here they are, ready for adventure!

And there they go!

It's back to school for me, too, since I'll be continuing to teach art. In fact, I've picked up more classes and will be teaching kindergarten through third grade this year!

Father's Day: Camping and Making the Best of Things

For the second year in a row, we spent the Father's Day weekend camping at the beach. This is definitely becoming a favorite tradition -- it's a trip coordinated with many other families at the kids' school. This year, more than 30 families participated! It was a nice, relaxing weekend, with plenty of time for scootering around, hanging at the beach, and playing games.

School's Out For Summer!

Welcome to Summer Vacation! We made it through the end of the year!

I really enjoyed the final celebrations with the kids. First grade marked the end of the year with a fun field trip to Vasona Park, where the kids did some wading. It was a little cold but lots of fun!

Third grade had the traditional "Tammy Town Cafe," where the kids served their parents dessert.

End of the Year -- Pioneer Day, Overnight Field Trip, and More!

It sure has been busy around here! All sorts of end-of-the year goodness going on. Third grade wrapped up the Wagons West adventure with Pioneer Day, a celebration of their arrival in Oregon. The kids (and adults) dressed up one last time in their Pioneer costumes and enjoyed a variety of activities, including crafts (tin punch ornaments and candle making) and chores (laundry with a washboard, egg collecting, washing dishes, and beating rugs). Students also claimed their land grants, which gave them 300 acres of land!

Homemade Playdough -- With a Secret Ingredient!

For my last volunteer hours in BB's first grade classroom, I made homemade playdough with the kids. Here's BB helping me set up the center:

Our recipe uses a secret ingredient...

Kool-Aid!

Pioneer Walk -- Fort Hall and Bison Stew

The second pioneer walk was, if possible, even more amazing than the first one!  This time, the kids were continuing their trek, to arrive at last at Fort Hall, Idaho. The teams left from their base camp, lugging their wagons through the hills...

Sewing with First Graders: Worry Dolls and Miniature Sleeping Bags

I love volunteering in my kids' classrooms! This year in BB's class, I've been helping the kids with their sewing skills (leading up to next year's big second grade project, making their own teddy bears). For our last sewing project of the year, we made wee sleeping bags and worry dolls to go inside!

Our First Schoolwide Art Exhibition

This year, we started a new school tradition: a schoolwide art exhibition!

Science Fair: Ice and Solar Energy

The kids both participated in the science fair this year (good thing, considering that I was the co-chair for the science fair committee!) and they were pretty independent with their projects, I'm glad to say. Mom definitely did not do the work for them! BJ made a solar powered car (with a little help from S) and investigated its ability to run under different conditions. He tested it in full sun, shade, sunlight through a window, inside under fluorescent lights, and under an OTT light. Turned out it only worked in full sun.

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