Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Our day with Johnny Tremain

Our FIAR group read Johnny Tremain this month.
We discussed pride (a huge problem for Johnny), Paul Revere and his portrait, some different styles of silver tea pots, and then read The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (an actual FIAR title but, since the kids have gotten so old, it was good to revisit it).

The kids then moved to the kitchen to try their hands at polishing silver pieces some of the moms brought. We've never covered child labor laws as part of our co-op days...and I don't think we plan to do so anytime soon.

After lunch, we left our friends' home and went to a pottery/craft shop so the kids could try making something silver for themselves.
They pressed silver clay into the mold of their choice, rolled it smooth on top, then chose to either press or etch a design into the top. Julianne etched her own design on hers; Allison used a stamp for hers. The clay was dried with a blow dryer for a couple minutes, then removed from the mold and put on a hot plate for a few minutes to complete the drying process.

Once dry, each piece had to be sanded before firing. I thought it was interesting that they could either drill a hole in the piece before firing or punch a hole through after it was fired.

Allison's creations are on the left, Julianne's are on the right. They plan to make them into earrings.
After firing, the kids buffed and antiqued their pieces. A quick polish and they were done.
Each month is something new and fun with this group. Last month, we read The Shakespeare Stealer and delved into Shakespeare a bit. (I mention it here because I didn't take a single picture or blog about it and I have a strong tendency to forget what we studied if it isn't written out.)
This is, and always has been, our favorite co-op group and they are one of the many things I have to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. They have become some of our dearest friends and I am truly thankful for all the memories we have made, and will make, together.
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  1. Awesome! Make sure the girls bring their silver polish for Thanksgiving, I have some peices that need polishing:>) I love the silver clay charms they made! I have seen the silver clay in magazines and thought it looked like it would be really cool to work with. I hope they bring the charms tomorrow so I can see them in person:>)

  2. That is a very creative field trip! I think we would have loved a group such as this too.

    Beautiful pieces!

  3. These are the kinds of things I want to do with my kids!

  4. Ooohhh those are very pretty!! I think I would have liked making my own stuff rather than polishing others personally :)


  5. Karen, I have been very lax in reading your blog and I apologize. I would never doubt your honesty, but how can Julianne be finishing Driver's Ed when you and Ricky just finished yesterday? I don't see how it can be. But seriously, have you firmed up your travel plans? You can write me at the Road runner address, please, and let me know what's going on with that. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving as I know you will with all the family. You know there is not a sheet of paper large enough to even begin to list our blessings. I give all glory to God. Hope to hear from you soon. LAS


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