Archive | April 2011

Earth day crafts

Our entries for Shruti’s this month artsy crafsty challenge.

The earth was made by Adi at school long back.  I think they sticked papers over balloon and colored it. I remember she was super excited about this and it stayed hanging at her room door for couple of weeks.

The next set we made yesterday evening. The plan was to make it during spring break (a post is coming up on what we did on spring break) but we couldn’t so we did it last evening. Just to make sure we don’t get on to each other nerves I focused on the tree and she made the octopus all by herself.

Tree was made with used paper cup and kitchen tissue roll paper.  Do you notice that hole in the trunk and a  robin? That was Adi’s idea. She painted the cup/trunk and I helped her to assemble them and paint branch, bird and fruits 🙂

Octopus – I showed her a link from google and she took it from there.  This was made with toilet paper roll. It was done all by herself and I helped with clicking pictures.

I don’t know if this qualifies for the theme. A bunch of flowers made by her as a surprise for me.  She made this on one of the spring break day I worked from home and stayed with her. She even wrote my name on it and showed it to me a million times though I was not allowed to touch it. See it is a surprise for the evening. But it turned out to be an anti-climax for me as always :(.  She gave it to M saying “Daddy actually I made this for mommy but today I asked her something very humbly and she didn’t respond so I changed my mind. This is for you” and ran out of my sight.

Whatever I loved these flowers made with construction paper and chenille stems and I am the one who takes care of it and adores it at every visit to living room.


Report card night – 2

We had the second report card night yesterday evening and guess what the girl has proved herself.  She got 1 (Consistently good) for all attributes in the card.  Remember this post ? Trust me we neither cared about it nor pushed her for this.  I guess it is because of peer pressure as she always competes with another girl (A) in the class. At least few times a week I hear Adi saying you know amma A is the best, she is very good at everything, why should she win all the time et all… I have never reacted much to these.  All I can figure out is Adi had worked very hard for this.

This is what her teacher wrote about Adi at the back of the report card

“Adi is an all around wonderful student. She has a positive and caring attitude and is consistently involved. She is a thoughtful writer who approaches her assignments in a confident manner”

She has slowed down on execution and writes neatly these days. She knows amma will keep erasing the shabby letters until she writes neatly and at least to save TV time she writes neatly the first time. Lessons are always learned the harder way huh?  Framing sentences is a piece of cake for her now. Book report has worked out very well.  She is one among of the few selected for next level of book report. Now, she gets one book a week and has to do multiple activities with the book.  Make a book report, write complete answers for comprehension questions in her homework journal and write a small essay about the story Pheww.. This was our first week with this exercise and the girl is doing really really really great. I was amazed with the transformation in her writing and thinking skills.

About reaching school on time we are still struggling hard but definitely there is an improvement. We make it to assembly two days a week and rest of the days we stand outside the auditorium door while assembly is going on inside (that means we miss assembly by a minute or two) 😦

Needless to day, little girlie was happy than usual yesterday evening and we shared the happiness by treating her with cup cakes and banana walnut cake 🙂 She deserves more..


Pizza n Color Idli

Last weekend I made Pizza at home from the scratch. The girl has been nagging me for a while to make this and as usual she helped me with every step.  It was like this in a cycle she will play the video, let me know the next step, learn it herself, pause the video, help me with executing it, again play the video… She was telling M “Can you believe it daddy? I am doing real cooking” just for that two stirs she did with tomato sauce. “Can you believe it?” is her latest addiction.  I made cheese pizza for her and onion/garlic pizza for us. The verdict from daughter-dad duo is “Pizza is not great but eatable” all for that two solid hour I spent in the kitchen 😦 …

This is the video we followed step by step –

And this one I made on one of the weekdays for Adi’s dinner. She loved it. Just added a drop of food color to Idli batter and ta da color Idli is ready. I tried to substitute spinach for green and tomato for red but the batter was watery. Any suggestions?

Side dishes were carrot chutney and onion tomato chutney.