This week we began our Advent unit, which is free, from Pam Barnhill. We are reading a lot of great poetry, studying the Nutcracker and Tchaikovsky. But first, we kicked it off by doing a painting lesson offered by Waldorfish, and we rolled our own Advent candles and we are now feeling inspired!
We are still enjoying our space unit. The kids are fascinated, and the activities included in the good and the beautiful science are so creative. They have also worked really well for the age range of our family.
The kids were painting Triton, Neptune’s largest moon, using puffy paint.
They decided to write and illustrate a silly story together after putting the finishing another wonderful writing project. They were so inspired by hearing me read their own stories, they wanted to write more… don’t you wish as adults we could inspire ourselves like that?
We just had a great adventure this morning. We washed our first ever lamb’s wool. The kids have been knitting a lot, and really wanted to know where the wool came from… so we will be learning more and more about wool.
Our raw wool had bits, manure and hay galore. We filled a huge soup pot with boiling water and dish soap, then added our dirty wool.
I watched a few online tutorials about how exactly to wash it while the kids were asleep, main point do not shake or stir, just push up and down with a ladle.
We dumped it out into a strainer and repeated many many many times.
Eventually we got clean ish wool. Which we put on a mesh strainer to dry.
Next we will learn how to card our wool.
These projects are all from the wonderful Christopherus curriculum.