Due to our family's new endeavor of the process of starting a business, I am not going to be able to continue "Pause.Reflect.Learn.Grow". I would be honored if anyone wants to still ask me of any homeschool questions at any time when I am able and I can try my best to share from our experience, or at the very least, give a listening ear. I am honored and humbled by what I have gained and learned when I first put myself out there in the "unknown" of starting this blog just because of needing to know I wasn't alone in how we learn and grow at our own time and hope that what I have shared has helped in any way with you on your homeschool journey.
It is sad to end this blogging as we are still continuining to homeschool, but I know I won't be able to fully devote to this and haven't for awhile as you know, but have enjoyed every minute of it. I want to be able to do well with our new endeavor, so sometimes I know that means having to pick priorities.
I will always remember my first real blog where I connected with other Homeschool moms.
Love to all and wish you all the best with homeschooling,
My daughter loves art...all types. I still remember when she was still in preschool, her wanting to make a giant caterpillar and she creatively created about 5-6 pieces of paper, making each piece of paper a circle and attaching pom-poms to it for texture and taping them together as she wanted it as a decoration in her bedroom. She is very artistic and sees the world in such a unique way. I'm so glad she has a way to express how she sees the world through art. She also loves animals of all types, and a lot times..she puts these two things together.
It's now our second year finding smART Room Studio and couldn't be happier with Mrs. Bonnie Brunner and I had the opportunity to go with my daughter to class when the particular thing she was working on was her keyhole painting which was so neat. I love the set-up she has and appreciate her beautiful creativity as well.
I always wanted her to take art from someone who has a passion for it and we found that with smART Room Studio and Mrs. Bonnie. She barley can wait to get to art class each week to have time to work on her next project and love the most that she has learned art is a long process, not something to just finish right away. I love that she is learning so much about so many different types of art as well as constantly trying new things all the time thanks to the environment Mrs. Bonnie has set up to help inspire and encourage her to grow to her full potential and figure out what all she can do with her "artistic" gift and to unleash her creativity while learning at the same time.
Thank you from Ava's Mom.
If you knew Richard Vanderpool, Jr., ...you would know he loves making whirligigs to be enjoyed by all. It's so nice to see his passion for them and helped to inspire a trip we ended up taking last year to his hometown of Wilson, NC. He also helped us become more aware about these fun pieces of art for yards, museums and more.
We were able to take a trip with him in January 2017 along with some other family members, including my children. We went to Vollis Simpson's Whirligig Park, although when we were there we saw only the warehouse, sort of where the magic was happening in restoring these contraptions and learned all about the story through various newspaper clippings on a bulletin board and fell in love with saving the town and the art all at once to help revitalize the town! Very inspiring to see this in Wilson, NC!
I hope to go back one day soon with the family to see the Park as it's there now. We got to the see the plan...now to go back and see those ideas brought to life. There's an annual Whirligig Festival the first weekend in November, learn more here: WHIRLIGIG FESTIVAL. If you are interested in learning more about the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park, here's some quick access links:
I don't know how many of you reading this are from North Carolina, but if you are, I wonder if you knew that the official North Carolina State Folk Art are "whirligigs"? Thought it was quite fitting that this is in North Carolina.
North Carolina State Folk Art
We aren't sure of the origin of the whirligig, but think it may have come from either farmers and/or sailors because they both regularly use weathervanes. They aren't just yard decor, but also can be very useful and and are known by many names.
"They can be designed to transmit sound and/or vibration to repel burrowing rodents to keep them away from your house, garden, flowers, etc. There are also different ways they can be powered including by hand, friction or motor powered. Whirligigs are also known as pinwheels, buzzers, comic weathervanes, gee-haws, spinners, whirlygigs, whirlijigs, whirlyjigs, whirlybirds or plain whirly."
I think these are pretty great...and these are just a few. Grandpa Vanderpool has made a bird whirligig for our daughter to paint and when she finishes, hope to have it in the front yard.
I had seen them many times, but until I heard about them from someone with a passion for them, I just didn't know much about them. We have grown to appreciate these works of art because of Grandpa and his passion and love for making "whirligigs"! Ever since our trip to Wilson, NC we notice them everywhere: in yards, museums, movies, even in shops.
Have you heard of "whirligigs" before this article, or seen them and just didn't know quite what they were called? Let me know in the comments below. If you've been to the park or have some whirligigs, share a picture, would love to see them!