Talent Show “Reflection” for Jocelyn

This week was the annual Talent Show at Willow Glen Middle School. Among many great acts featuring singing and dancing, Jocelyn selected a song to perform solo in front of parents and peers.

From Friday, April 27, 2012 … Jocelyn sings “Reflection” from Disney’s Mulan:

Mulan was originally released in 1998 — as was […]

Tale of Two (or Three) Grandpas?

It’s time for a 2nd Grade simile and metaphor lesson!

Editor’s Note: We’re going to withhold the name of the intended grandpa (Felicia did write this about one in particular, but it’s more fun to keep Grandpa, Papa, and GrandPaPa guessing!

My Grandpa is … by Felicia Keller

Old like Methusala, Hungry like […]

7th Grade Science – Jocelyn’s Plant Cell

As part of the seventh grade science curriculum at her middle school, Jocelyn recently completed a project to create a 3D replica of a plant cell. A big slab of styrofoam, a little fabric, some playdough … and viola!

Aside from using the circular saw to cut the styrofoam and a razor blade to slice […]

Constantinople: A Better City — A Better Home

“Goodbye, Run-Down and Vulnerable Farm! … Hello, Constantinople!”

Jocelyn has been working on a project this week for her 7th grade Social Studies class, which is focusing on ancient civilizations. The project was to make a real estate brochure promoting the desirability of living in Constantinople during the Byzantine Empire (roughly from 350-565 AD). She […]

Back to School 2011 … Like Clockwork!

Another year older, another first day of school conquered!

For reference, we present First Day 2010:


Felicia’s Sixth Year – 100 Soccer Balls?

Keeping with my long-standing tradition of honoring each of Felicia’s birthdays with books that tell the story of the year, I’ve got four selections to share.

By any measure, it has been a momentous year for our youngest.

2009-2010 was the year Felicia ascended into the world of her older sister, joining Jocelyn in many […]

Science Fair: “Up, Up, and Away”

What material do plants grow best in?

Jocelyn’s 2010 5th grade Science Fair was held today at school. For those of you wondering about various growing materials you might choose for radish seeds, we proudly share the entire project:

Purpose Statement

I want to know what materials plants grow best in so I can […]

15 Miles and 21 Donors

We’ve already discussed the Booksin Walkathon (at length) this year, including the great day that Felicia had in her first official event as a kindergartner.

Her celebration continued today with the all-school Awards Ceremony, where she received a certificate for collecting the most individual pledges of any Kindergarten student. She’s pictured here with other students, […]

50 Miles .. and a lot of Money!

Sure the Booksin Walkathon was actually two weeks ago, but since David was one of the major organizers, his responsibilities didn’t end with the walking. In fact, money isn’t due until Monday.

The 22nd Annual Booksin Walkathon was a huge success for our family! Jocelyn made it to 25 miles (her personal goal) in her […]