Monday, September 21, 2015

Still Life With Apples

As part of our study of apples last week, we looked at Vincent Van Gogh's Still Life With Apples

Miss M wanted to do her own, so we set her up a grouping to draw. 


Here is her final result! 
 

It was done with oil pastels on watercolor paper.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

This Moment: Science

This boy loves all things science and asks if we can do something every day.  After Miss M finished a recent experiment in chemistry, he had fun playing with the leftover materials (all kitchen items and safe).



Sunday, September 13, 2015

Teaching Art with Picture Books

Miss M loves art, and can often be found drawing and creating at her desk.  One of the resources we are using this year is Teaching Art with Books Kids Love by Darcie Clark Frohardt.  This book teaches kids about the element of art through the use of favorite children's books.


The first lessons are on the use of line.  We discussed Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully and focused on the use of line in the book.  Miss M did this tissue-paper collage to go along with that.  She wanted to convey the feeling of happiness, so she chose primary colors and horizontal lines. 



Then we read The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble.  There were several options for go-along projects, and Miss M made this piece. 



We are all really enjoying this book and learning the elements of art through favorite picture books and hands-on projects.

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Studying the States: Delaware

We are going to be studying the fifty states this year, going in the order they joined the union.  That made Delaware first up.  We used F is for First State and Don't Know Much About the 50 States as our spines but added many more books found at our local library.  Miss M did some notebooking, as well as memorizing the state capital, abbreviation, flower and bird.  She also watched this YouTube video.

We studied the horseshoe crab (Delaware's official marine animal) using several books from our library.  Our favorites were Crab Moon and High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs. We made a horseshoe crab using the template found here


Next up was the Lenape Indians.  She did a coloring page and watched several videos from this website.


Miss M wanted to make a dessert from Delaware, but none of us like peaches (peach pie is their official dessert).  So, she made jello with cool whip since Kraft has a large presence in Delaware.

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Donuts & Ice Experiments: Farmer Boy Unit Study

We are continuing on with our Farmer Boy studies.  For chapter seven, we made donuts.  Since The Bug has Celiac, I modified a recipe to be gluten-free, and was pleased with how well it worked out.

Frying in the oil just like in the book.  I did this part while they watched from a safe distance.

Finished donuts, rolled in cinnamon sugar.
Miss M and The Bug enjoying the donuts we made.
Chapter six dealt with cutting ice and storing it.  Miss M was very surprised when we read that the ice blocks would stay frozen all year packed in sawdust.  This called for an experiment!  We put ice cubes wrapped in aluminum foil, wood shavings (our closest to sawdust) and bubble wrap outside and checked every 10 minutes to see how fast they melted. 




We used plain cubes not wrapped as our control.  The kids were surprised to see that the wood shavings did indeed keep the ice from melting for several hours.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

The Fuzzy Caterpillar

When I was looking at pictures my husband took this past weekend, I found this shot of The Bug.  I love how closely he is investigating the fuzzy caterpillar on the bench. 


This is one of the many reasons we do nature study in our homeschool, to cultivate that curiosity and appreciation for God's world around us that is inherent in our children.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Portland & Eagle Project: Weekend in Review

This past weekend was a busy one - I went to Portland for a girl's weekend to celebrate the milestone birthday of a close friend, and The Boyscout completed his Eagle Scout project.  While in Portland we did many things, but one of my favorites was a visit to The Grotto.  Formally knows as The National Sanctuary of our Sorrowful Mother, The Grotto is a national Catholic shrine and botanical gardens.

One of the many statues set throughout the property.


Stations of the Cross set into stone walls throughout the lower walk.

If you are ever in Portland, I would definitely recommend a visit to The Grotto. 

With the help of many volunteers and family members (thanks Mom, Dad and Uncle Dusty), The Boyscout successfully completed his Eagle Scout project this weekend.  He cleared a 1/2 mile nature trail and built an outdoor amphitheater near a stream for the local elementary school.  This will allow the kids at the school to have outdoor time in nature as part of their regular lessons.

The completed amphitheater, one part of The Boyscout's Eagle Project.

The Boyscout (and The Bug) at the end of the project.

The Eagle Project day ended with a major storm here in the Pacific Northwest which left us without power for two full days.  Not quite the end we had in mind, but just part of what made such a memorable weekend!