This week, the children will begin exploring techniques that Jackson Pollock used when he created his paintings. Some of the older children will also work on self-portraits, inspired by Frida Kahlo. (Want to see Kahlo’s paintings? They are on exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum until May 12.)
We have been talking about things that the children want in our Dream City. They agreed that it should have a playground and a swimming pool, and a couple of children mentioned a hot tub!
James Rose was a landscape architect who lived in Ridgewood. His house is now the James Rose Center, located at 506 East Ridgewood Avenue. The Center gives guided tours and can be reached at (201) 446-6017. The house is built around a tree and might give the children ideas about constructing buildings.
The children enjoyed listening to Juliet, Eleanor’s older sister, read a book to the them. Ellie, Kate’s sister and Ruhi also visited us.
Last week, the older children were asking for Sally Snake’s father. Stanley Snake made a one-time appearance, taking the lettery. On Monday, Sally is coming back for the letter z. Later in the week, she will take the whole lower-case alphabet and the children will write new letters.
On warmer days, we opened the sandbox. Many children dug for treasure and created sand castles and cakes. The children have also been busy digging in the earth for worms, beetles, and other insects.