Joy and Wonder

Judging on the photos surrounding this one in the sequence, in this photo she is watching her sister dance or do something else imaginative (she loves her big sister).

Girl looks on with joy and wonder. NotSoSAHM

Joy and Wonder – ProjectEdit365 – 26 Nov

The original was a little busy with the background. Going black and white almost always helps with that. I straightened and cropped the photo to make her the focus. I decreased the clarity and increased the exposure just a touch. I used a couple of adjustment brushes on her face and hair and used a graduated filter to lower the exposure of the area in front of her. I ended with a small vignette. Here’s the original:

26nov

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Wonder by R J Palacio

Starting a Book Club

A friend of mine and I decided to start a book club for our oldest daughters who are in middle school. They both love to read, and we think it’s a great idea to challenge them by giving them books to read that they might not pick for themselves. It’s also great to engage them further by getting together and talking about the book. The first book we’re going to read is Wonder by R. J. Palacio.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

It’s about a boy with a facial deformity who, at 5th grade, is going to a mainstream school for the first time. Both our daughters have actually read it so far and really liked it. Time for the moms to get busy and read it!

We’re going to test out one or two books and if it seems successful, and we’re able to have a good discussions (and maybe add a craft if appropriate), then we’d like to open it up to other kids.

Does anyone out there run a kids’ book club? What are some guidelines or tips that you could pass along? And thanks!
   Not So SAHM

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