Richmond Food Bank website!
Serena also raised some funds by selling some of her old board games at her party. Along with her savings she had enough to sponsor a little girl from India, Monjir Katharpi, through the Bridge of Hope program at Gospel for Asia. Monjir is exactly one year younger than Serena - they share the same birthday!
Monday, March 26, 2012
We went with our HCOS friends today on a guided exhibition tour of "Autobiography of Our Collection". From the early collection of British paintings to the abstract works of the Group of Seven to Brian Jungen's contemporary art, we explored the diverse mix of the Gallery's collection.
Won Ju Lim. It immediately reminded her of her recent architecture project at Mr. Tony's art class, where they looked at interesting structures like cube buildings and inspiring architects like Zaha Hadid.
The fun part came when the kids learned how to make prints inspired by Andy Warhol's "Mao". They took turn sketching rough portraits of each other and making colourful prints in the pop art style of Warhol. No matter that the prints looked nothing like the models themselves. As Andy Warhol quipped, "Art is what you can get away with."
Friday, March 16, 2012
March 14th (3.14) was Pi Day! Thanks to the movie "Night at the Museum 2", Serena has '3.14159265' securely locked in her little brain long before this year's Pi Day. Not that she really knew what it meant then. We got that straightened out this week as we celebrated Pi Day with our South Delta homeschool friends. We sang Pi song, told Pi jokes, played math games, and of course ate pies!
What do you get when you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin pi.
Happy Pi Day!
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Inspired by the manatees she saw in Florida, Serena did a project on the marine mammal for the annual South Delta Science Fair. As always, there were many wonderful and creative science projects, but the big boys with their homemade trebuchet catapults stole the show, especially when they taught the young ones to make mini-catapults and they all started launching marshmallows everywhere...
The other fun part? Singing "I'm A Manatee" (by John Lithgow) all day long...
"Oceans Alive: Manatees" by Ann Herriges
"Endangered Manatees" by Bobbie Kalman
"Manatees" by Mary Ann McDonald
"Face to Face with Manatees" by Brian Skerry
National Geographic website
Friday, March 2, 2012
Recently I saw a couple Usborne books in the same series in two different bookstores within the same week. What are the chances! I snapped them up since they're so hard to find. Serena absolutely adores them and is breezing through the stories. It's hard to get her to pace herself; I understand what it's like to lose yourself in a book!
I think Serena finished this 300+ pages book in 3 sittings. She said it's hard to pick a favourite, but she finds "The 39 Steps" the most adventurous with its "bad guy imposters".
The collections include five classics: "The Count of Monte Cristo", "The Prisoner of Zenda", "The Three Musketeers", "The 39 Steps", and "Don Quixote".
Serena got interested in Shakespeare when we were in Verona, Italy few years ago where we visited Casa di Giulietta and stood at the famous balcony (supposedly) from the love scene in Romeo and Juliet.
Six Shakespeare's plays are included: "Twelfth Night", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Hamlet", "Macbeth", "Romeo and Juliet", and "The Tempest".
If only I could find these in the library!