GM has been learning about Japanese Woodcut prints at school, and it downed on me that the Minneapolis Institute of Arts has an extraordinary collection. They recently had an exhibition of a portion of their extensive collection. Click here for an example of a Japanese Woodblock Print from the MIA.
I often forget how fortunate we are to live in the Twin Cities metro area that has a huge collection of really impressive cultural and educational institutions.
Here in no particular order are a few of our favorites;
- The aforementioned MIA, or Minneapolis Institute of Arts
- The Guthrie
- The Minnesota Zoo
- The Science Museum
- The MacPhail Center for Music (where I just happen to be sitting while I write this post)
- The Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
- The Walker Art Center, but most notably the outdoor sculpture garden which is more child friendly for the under 10 set.
- The Raptor Center
- The Mill City Museum
- The Children’s Museum
Now, this doesn’t even begin to mention the multitudes of theatres, art galleries/lofts, nature centers and other opportunities. Plus I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few of the big ones on this list. Many a blog has been written about these institutions; however, I still felt the need to name some of our favorites.
We have fallen in love with the Waldorf School near us. GM is currently on her three day visit of the school. (Today is day 2.) and she’s thriving there. Her little sister took an informal tour today and also really seemed to feel at home.
Today is the first day since I began this exhaustive search where I’m feeling like I may have found a solution that will work for all of us.
I’ve been trying to fight the stagnation and claustrophobia of the last vestiges of winter by finding exciting places, interesting projects and generally trying to keep moving.
For those of you not native to Minnesota winters, this is the point in the year when for many of us the extreme cold, paired with what feel like endless snow can get to be a little discouraging. At least for the adults in the house. SO far the kids have taken it mostly in stride, building snow forts and sledding, ice skating and baking. Continue reading
- Flexibility – My days are never predictable, as much as I strive for a routine, it’s not usually completely consistent, and it’s great to be able to take spelling lessons on the go, or double up on a science lesson if needed. Or when it’s too busy for school, being able to skip something in that moment, or even that day, and loop back at a more convenient time.
- Quality Time– I’m very lucky that I have a kid that loves learning and is very self motivated, which means most of the time we spend together in school is positive time learning, and bonding. Every once in a while we’ll hit a snag, but so far we’ve been really able to problem solve through them, or decide to put the lesson down and come back to it when we aren’t feeling so frustrated. Continue reading
All the applications were due between January 31 and February 15th, and most of the financial aid deadlines are due then as well, so for the most part now we are in a waiting game. We expect to start hearing from schools in mid-March to early April.
Meanwhile back on the home front, GM has worked her tail off in online school. She keeps telling me that she loves online school and still has no desire to move, however, if we did move, she has a ranked order of schools, based on a 1-10 scaled rating and a more in-depth analysis. That in itself has been a useful skill for her to learn.
Not much else to report at this moment. It’s actually been a lovely, calm week. More as it develops.
I’ve realized that I’m terrible at divorcing my core values and philosophies from finding a good school. I hate the fact that the system seems to be set up so that I’m competing with my neighbors and community to get MY kid in the best school instead of figuring out a way to bring my community a functioning, thriving school that welcomes everyone. Continue reading
The School hunt continues, while we are also completely immersed in 2nd semester work for online school. GM* is starting her first official report, in which she chooses a topic, in this case an animal, to write about. She’s chosen Dolphins as her topic, so we’ll need to slot in some library time this week to research them.
Sure, I could use Wikipedia, but I want her to learn the skill of actually having to go look something up and using reference texts. Granted, the bar for this research paper is age appropriate so she’s really only writing 3-5 paragraphs on her topic, yet I remember that I loved these papers as a child and often wrote much more than that. Continue reading