BIAA Animation Class 1 of 4

Today we started a new session of art classes at the Butler. They are working on stop-motion animation, something the girls really enjoy playing around with. They spent today planning their animation and learning the iPad software that they’ll be using for their projects.

History With Homeschoolers

Today we attended one of the monthly “History With Homeschoolers” programs at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center. The Mahoning Valley Historical Society opened the Tyler Center about 3 years ago. It boasts a permanent collection of exhibits and also offers a variety of classes, lectures and other programs relating to local and regional history.

Today, we learned about the steel industry and how it affected the economy of the area. Next month, we will talk about why so many people immigrated here from the turn of the century through the sixties, all due to the steel industry.


Art Class 4 of 4

Today was the final class of our Clay Memory Box series. The kids finished painting their creations and wrote letters to their future selves to put inside.

S12’s finished Pokeball:


The letter she wrote to her future self:



She also made a second clay creation, in case the first one gives you a headache.



O11’s project is a narwhal. With a top hat. The hat is where the “box” opens up, and the narwhal body has a cavity for storing treasures. She has to finish painting the underside, but needed to let the top dry first. She’ll finish it up next week.


In the afternoon, we worked on Valentine boxes for our homeschool group’s party next week.