Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Pentatomidae (Stink Bug)

Prompted by the intriguing concept presented in the book, "The Private Eye", we invested in a few jeweler's loupes and entered into a magical world of magnification.

"The Private Eye is about the drama and wonder of looking closely at the world, thinking by analogy, changing scale and theorizing." (The Private Eye p.16)

There's no shortage of things to look at since Serena's pockets are always full of leaves, flowers, bugs, and whatever she's picked up everywhere she goes.

Here's the newest analogy poem she wrote about a bug we found hitching a ride on my pants during our bike ride:

Stink Bug
A tree pecked by generations of woodpeckers
Oil trickling through a grate
Caramel fondue, sticky to the touch
Crab legs scuttling across a beach
Dragon fruit flesh filled with black seeds, cold to the lips
Stink Bug

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Georgia O'Keeffe

Flower painting inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe
(Mr. Tony's art class)

Photographed next to O'Keeffe's artwork at Museum of Modern Art, New York

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Lemon Up Close: An Analogy Poem

Frilly as a fan
Shining like a stained glass window
An insect eye peering out at me
Glowing like an amber pendant
Rippling like rain
All in a

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Taekwondo Tournament

Patterns is Serena's most favourite and strongest area among the different disciplines within Taekwondo. She has a knack for remembering all the steps of all the patterns she's learnt for all her belts, from white to orange to yellow to camouflage to her current green belt.

She put on a solid performance at this year's tournament and won a gold medal for patterns.

Serena was thrilled when she was invited to join the Demo Team late last year. The Demo Team has the opportunity to represent the school and perform at community events.

The team trained hard for the past months and put together a fantastic routine at the inaugural Demo Team Competition, the highlight of this year's tournament.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Historical Fiction

Historical fiction is our favourite way to learn about history. Since our field trip to the Anne Frank exhibit, we've been learning more and more about the Second World War and the Holocaust. Serena read a couple more books recently on the subject and here is her book review:

"Good-Bye Marianne" by Irene N. Watts

Marianne was a Jewish girl living in Berlin in 1938.  Her life was interrupted by the Nazi Germans, and she was expelled from school. She was very sad and did not understand what was going on. Her father couldn't see her very much because he was in hiding to escape the Nazi soldiers from taking him to a labour camp. The book is about Marianne's life during the Holocaust.

I find the book sad because it shows how children struggled during that time. I like the graphic novel format because it brings the story to life.

"Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry

This story is about a girl named Annemarie in Copenhagen. She has a good friend named Ellen who is Jewish. The Germans have invaded Denmark. Annemarie's family is hiding and protecting Ellen and her family from the Nazis who are trying to "relocate" all the Jews. Annemarie has to be brave to save Ellen's family in the end.

I enjoy the book especially the action and the suspense in the story. I find the title of the book very interesting because it is a quote from the Psalms:

"He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name." (Psalm 147:4)