Wednesday, February 9, 2011

When your mailbox is at home and you are not . . .

Wooo hooo! Delivery from the Man in Brown!

Nothing perks up my day at the office like a delivery of books. Most of my books go to my home, but when I "order in" I like to have them come to the office.

Here's a peek at what was on the packing list:

First, I've been neglecting my dollmaking for awhile and it's time to get back to stitching. This one will provide some inspiration and education from a few of my favorite dollmakers.

From the Beginning and Beyond
 with Doll Masters Elinor Peace Bailey, Patti Medaris Culea, and Barbara Willis

Description (from the publisher):
Patti Culea, elinor peace bailey, and Barbara Willis are three of the leading doll artists and teachers in the country. They are also friends. Each of these artists has her own distinct approach to the design and development of a cloth figure. In this book, each artist's process will come alive through their choice of fabrics, sketches, simple patterns, and skill-building variations. The book is oriented toward beginning doll makers, but offers unique variations and embellishments to please even more experienced doll designers. Two introductory chapters cover basic materials and techniques. Each artist's chapter includes step by step illustrations, instructions, and patterns to make a complete doll, plus variations that create completely new figures. Readers are treated to full color photography and a look inside of each artist's workspace. A gallery of additional creations by each artist, along with commentary on each work completes the collection. This is a must-have book for any aspiring or experienced doll making.

And secondly:  A little "lite" math! (Ha!) Actually, math is a lot more fun when you don't have to take any tests.  I've been working my way through the grade levels so that I can help my niece and nephew with their homework. These workbooks have really helped me to understand the modern approach of New Math. I enjoy it, but it might help to explain why my dollmaking isn't get as much attention as it should!

by Sylvan Learning

Description (from the publisher):
Success in math requires children to make connections between the real world and math concepts in order to solve problems. Successful problem solvers will be ready for the challenges of mathematics as they advance to more complex topics. The activities in this workbook are designed to help your children catch up, keep up, and get ahead. Best of all, they’ll have lots of fun doing it! Some of the great features you’ll find inside are:

A twist on this classic game helps students develop a solid understanding of factors, prime numbers, and composite numbers.

Dueling Denominators
Students gain practice determining the lowest common denominator between fractions and then adding them.

Simply Simplify
Multiplying fractions can be easier if you simplify the fractions first, and students reinforce these skills by identifying numbers with common factors.

Fitting In
Measuring the length of a book, CD case, and DVD case to determine how many will fit on a shelf gives students confidence in measuring objects in centimeters and finding an answer measured to hundredths.

Fine Lines
Students practice recognizing points, lines, and rays by looking for pairs of lines in a picture and determining which are parallel, perpendicular, or intersecting.

And now, lunch break is over. Sigh . . .


dolleygurl said...

Speaking of this New Math - I hate it! Over the past few years I have been trying to help out my neighbor's with their homework, but I can never understand how they were being taught. Glad you can figure it out!

Zibilee said...

When I used to work I loved getting packages delivered to my desk. It was so much fun, and I didn't have to wait till I got home! I also love the doll book and would love to see one of your finished creations!

librarypat said...

I didn't realize Sylvan sold workbooks and study guides. Will have to check them out. Our daughter is home schooling her son and there are some areas where he needs extra help.

carla said...

I used to love all the workbooks when i was a kid.
Have fun! I need to find some and give it a try!

Have you heard of the math game, i believe its called Sumoku? It is based on multiplication.