Thursday, November 13, 2014

School | Pumpkins

One of the things I miss most about living outside of the States is autumn. The changing leaves, the changing weather and pumpkin spice flavored everything.

To satisfy my fall craving, I compiled a math mini unit completely centered around pumpkins. We estimated how many seeds were inside each pumpkin and then broke them open to count how many were actually there (the results of which greatly exceeded my estimations). Then we dyed the seeds, graphed the colors, and practiced patterning. Living outside of the States also means a lack of canned pumpkin but I've perfected the art of boiling and mashing the fresh stuff, which I saved from our carving and put to use in this pumpkin bread with streusel topping. The kids were generally disgusted at the thought of eating a sweet vegetable but I was so proud that they all tried it...and liked it!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

School | Character Dress Up Day

This year's reading contest once again included a book character dress up day. Every girl came dressed as a princess and we had quite a few superheroes too!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Circo Spacial | São Paulo | Brazil

Since my arrival in Brazil, a traveling circus complete with star-speckled tents and flashing lights has been stationed on the represa, not far from where I live. And, two months later, I finally got to visit Circo Spacial! The show was a mixture of your basic circus acrobatics interspersed with the work of mischievous clowns.

And then, one of the clowns walked out and picked Felipe to go down to the front to be in an air band...