Summer School Preps

While everyone else geared up for beaches and pools, we spent more than a week prepping for our summer school program.  At times like these, I miss the Middle East. Adjusting to a mere week-long summer break wore me out last year; I felt close to returning to the sun and sand where summer meant two sluggish months with my pillows.

Our theme for this year is “The World.” If not for the research I have to cram for, I would very much enjoy learning about different countries and cultures. I haven’t found the time to actually sit and read and while it’s good that I am forced to do so now, I would like to spend the few days I have to rest and go out with the kids. On top of the summer preps, I still have to update some of my bulletin boards. I only had energy to work on one – the cultural board at the back of my classroom. We are supposed to talk about Russia next month and because I would be busy with summer school in the coming weeks, I made it one of my priorities to make something simple and quick.

I found a nice clip art on Russia over the net, and just made a few tweaks on it when I drew.


I don’t like working with water color because it’s just too messy but it’s the way to go if you’re drawing for a board. I hate having to wash the brush every time and getting up to change the water in my bowl.


Of course you still have to wait a few minutes for the paint to dry before you could work on it again. Idle time makes me impatient. Isn’t there a way to do this faster?


That’s the finished work. That’s Anna (Frozen) on the side, a permanent decor on that board to use up the big space ;-).

1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. ummohamed
    Dec 25, 2015 @ 11:23:13

    Wow i cant believe it! Im so glad you are back to writing. I had no idea you were japanese 🙂 you still amaze me with your strength.

    That board decoration is really pretty.


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