Friday, April 20, 2007

Ahhhh. Finally the weather has come around to a fabulous 60 degrees today. And the next few days look absolutely gorgeous, too. This morning the kids and I drove out to the monthly book club for the hour-long class. While they were in there W stayed in the children's wing playing with several other kids his size. I'll assume they're 4 or 5 years old, still in 1/2 day preschool, since they were there with their moms in some sort of playgroupy thing. W didn't care. He enjoyed playing with them. We spent some time outside, too, because he wanted to practice skateboarding. He's learning it slowly but surely!

When the book club was over, all the kids went on the library computer to play for a while before we went for lunch. We went to Quiznos for the first time and I was surprised at how good it was. I had a "veggie" sub with extra guac, baby. The kids all had a $2.99 kids meal. Not bad!

After lunch we drove to a nearby park where our homeschool group was having an art class. The focus was on oil pastels and the color wheel. I got each of my kids their own set of pastels and a big vellum pad (rough) to share. First the kids made their own color wheels on a paper plate. Red, blue, and yellow (the primary colors)were filled in with the pastels in alternating sections. Then the colors were smudged together to create orange, green, and purple (secondary colors). We talked about complimentary colors (opposite each other on the color wheel) and adjacent colors (next to each other on the color wheel).

Then the kids all made their own art. The moderator today (a great homeschool mom artist) hung everyone's art up on the wall and the kids would come up and talk about what they drew and what color scheme they used. We looked at works from Van Gogh and Georgia O'Keefe and discussed their styles.

When the class was over, all the kids (about 15) ran around outside soaking up the great weather. I love beautiful, fun days like today!

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