Thursday, April 18, 2013

Math lessons around these parts….

Lately we've been working on place value… A concept I understand to be so simple now, yet as a kid 
I remember it being extremely abstract and complicated. I wonder if our minds get more and 
more logical as we grow...
I like these cubes that make a clear visual demonstration of how the whole ball of wax actually works...
 I'm trying to tie the gap between the hands on manipulation and the actual written numbers. 
I've noticed a couple of the kids prefer the written numbers and it's  the cubes that are harder
 for them to tackle …
I find it so interesting to see how each child has their own way of reacting to new material. 
I can't image trying to teach something like this to a huge group of children, lets say twenty 
to thirty at a time??? My hat goes off to all those underpaid, over worked teachers out their 
who are given fifty oranges to carry with just two hands.
Hope everyone is having a good week!!
  
                                                                                   ~ Marica


Saturday, April 13, 2013

Today...

Was one of those rare gaps in time where it was only one of the kids and me…
My six-year-old and I spent from the early morning all the way to late afternoon just us.
 It started a little earlier than I might have aimed for, but we had lovely tea… Twice!!!
The second time round we devoured giant cookies...
We stopped by a yard sale and found a couple of very perfect things...
Which opened the door to a large size project...
Including using up some perfectly purple corduroy...
This young man was quite the help I needed, and a bit of a photographer too…
 His photos were numerous...
 And I always appreciate the unique prospective…
There was no time wasted in using the new addition… 
And with the momentum going, it was quick to fix this other needy piece of furniture… 
All in all, it was nice to spend some time with just one sweet kiddo, and realize how 
smooth the time can be when it's just one relationship to cocoon in.


Happy Saturday to you all!!!
                    
                                              ~ Marica

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Perfection...

Time and space meeting, creating the ultimate situation for emerging into utmost harmoney. 
Aka, a large rug, a few bolts of fabric, legos legos legos and a couple of fuzzy cats...)

Hope Everyone is having a nice start to April!!!!

                                                      ~ Marica

Monday, April 1, 2013

Easter Sunday...

Another excuse to make unearthly large amounts of decadent, overly rich food...
Such as Easter Pie which contains so much cheese and eggs 
that I'm not sure how it all fits into the pie crust… 
 So many eggs I ended up counting. Yesterday cost some hens approximately 
eighty plus eggs; thirty-six were dyed and hid, but the rest became an array 
of baked goods that left my stomach undoubtedly a bit too full...
 But isn't that what it's all about…?
 The beauty of a spring feast...
Deep commitment to not taking it lightly...
Depth in decadence... 
Hope you had a lovely early spring weekend…

                                                              Cheers ~ Marica


P.S. My favorite pie crust recipe goes:

Pie Crust

Mix in a large bowl, rubbing the butter into the flour
until it resembles sand-like crumbs:
1+1/2 cups unbleached white flour
A dash salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup butter cold and cut into small pieces

Add mixing gently until it forms a ball:
3 tablespoons water

If you have time let it chill a bit wrapped in the refrigerator.
Otherwise roll out immediately on a floured surface then place into
a buttered pie pan…