I’m a preschool teacher who recently took a 6-month break to write children’s songs in and around NYC. 26 songs in 26 weeks-- check!
Now I'm back at work (with toddlers!), and also teaching a Beatles class, still writing songs over at www.soundcloud.com/26songs
and sloooowly getting started on some music videos... all part of the balancing act:)
songs in the city
I’ve never been one to go all out decorating for the holidays.. though I do enjoy having little touches of Christmas around from October to March - why not?
Unfortunately things get misplaced when you move so I haven’t seen any of my Christmasy stuff since I came back from Switzerland. However, today I found these little beanbags my sister sewed in home ec and gave to me! Workspace is already feeling more festive. Also discovered I have a mini Madeline collection, including one in French that I picked up in Paris. Finding treasures while housecleaning!
In other news, one of our octopus’s gardens made it into the school art gallery:)
4:03 pm • 8 December 2013
December Flurries, re-recorded. ‘Tis the season!
*snowy day in switzerland photo by Ruth Openshaw
10:53 am • 8 December 2013
Illustrating a draft of this thing would be sooo much easier if I could draw… finally decided the characters for this book will be animals not dinosaurs:)
1:29 pm • 7 December 2013
More from bryant park.. some of my personal favorites, Lyle the Crocodile, Eloise at the Plaza, and Ferdinand the gentle bull:)
11:01 am • 3 December 2013
Shots from the fantastic children’s book exhibition at the New York Public Library. I went with girlfriends a couple Sundays ago and we made a day of it with brunch at Friedman’s to start off and tea at the Langham Place hotel cafe - all near the exhibit at Bryant Park so we wouldn’t have to walk far in the freezing cold that day.
10:01 am • 3 December 2013 • 1 note
Beatles class week 7
We learned about Ringo Starr and how he spent a lot of his childhood in hospitals. Among other ailments, Ringo suffered from appendicitis - just like Madeline! And he only liked playing in the hospital band if they let him play drums. Crayon+watercolor “octopus’s gardens” inspired by beautiful illustrations in Ludwig Bemelmans’ Madeline.
9:34 pm • 2 December 2013 • 3 notes
So for the next few days I’m going to cook and eat a ton with friends and take care of this little furball. Baby pics of Tinkerbelle include a custom-made Halloween ghost costume courtesy of Kleenex.
Mouse chocolates and handmade card were from my James! :)
Happy Thanksgiving all!
10:24 pm • 27 November 2013 • 2 notes
Beatles class week 6
George Harrison the “quiet” Beatle was a hit with Thursday’s group. Even Alex, who at first was adamant that “I like rock and roll and this is, like, too slow” got into it when we turned off all the lights and played our version of “Here Comes the Sun” and other old favorites by candlelight.
P.S. Forget sun science- who knew that giant fireball had so many parts?! It’s sponge painting and tissue paper on coffee filters for us Beatlemaniacs, thank you very much. Early finishers enjoyed a bit of peaceful reading time around the sun:)
11:40 am • 16 November 2013 • 1 note
Beatles class week 5
"I Want to Hold Your Hand" - the least open-ended "art" I will ever do in this class. (Until next week when we do sun science with George Harrison!)
Did You Know… Paul McCartney liked to practice his guitar in the bathtub?
And that the sound we hear when we place a conch shell against our ear is not the ocean, but just the sounds around us and inside our own body?
And did you know you can play whole songs on glass bottles filled with varying levels of water?
My kids learned about this stuff and more in this week’s class featuring Beatle Paul’s story and the science of sound, but all they really wanted to do was dip their hands in paint and press them onto a pre-cut heart to give to someone special (except for the one who didn’t want to touch paint). And of course play their instruments. Go figure!
7:27 pm • 12 November 2013 • 1 note