Art Study of Red

Today, after we completed math, language arts and science we decided to do some art.

We have been doing a lot of yellow wet on wet watercolour.  Today the kids wanted to work with tempera paints… honest reaction – boooring… however, they were inspired, so I went with it.

I gave them each a disposable coffee cup lid with red, black and white.  I told them a very short story about a red leaf on an autumn tree as I demonstrated focused slow paint strokes, washing and wiping our paint brushes and let them paint beside me.  I also encouraged them to mix in varying amounts of white or black to achieve shade or brightness.

It was really exciting to watch each child paint at their own level.  Owen painted a lot lines and circles.  The middle  girls experimented with shade and brightness and colour.  Caleb painted a red barn scene set at night, and spent about two hours improving on his night sky.



Bees wax candle rolling

We have been enjoying rolling candles, using a kit from a child’s dream.  The kids have made something like 30?

Okay, let’s be honest, we finished the whole kit in less than 24 hours.  But we had a blast doing it.

Waldorf tree ideas??

We were gifted about 8 giant oak tree logs/stumps.  They are very heavy to move, mostly sturdy, except for one stump that rocks, which my kids have dubbed “the boat”.

The kids have made up many games, such as escape from lava, pirates and boats, and of course a few shelters have already been built.  So I do want to keep them available for open ended play.

However, we don’t know where to put these long term, because the surface they are currently on, will soon turn into our ice rink.

I would love set up or play ideas!  Have any??

Week 3 Homeschooling



We made stone soup.  The kids loved to choose a vegetable and prepare it, with various levels of independence.



We got knitting towers from A Child’s Dream and the kids knitted many many ropes, scarves, belts.  Caleb, may be turning into a Grandma though, because he asked for a rocking chair… to knit in.  …that is one step away from early bird dinners!


We also made many peg doll projects.  Which has led to hours of open ended play.


We are also blastng through our reading material for the year.  Elise has been reading between 4 and 6 books a day…  some with 7 or more chapters.  Caleb is still reading a tonne, but since they are novels, it takes him a few days to get through them.  He is currently loving “the Littles”.

We are wrapping up our safety unit for Science, next week.  We are also just beginning a big project studying Ancient Egypt.  The three oldest began designing an art project and a presentation about their favourite Egyptian God or Goddess.

Toys for imagination

Around here, we prefer to buy good quality toys that encourage open ended play, are made of natural materials and stimulate creativity.


Since getting rid of most of our plastic toys, (again… We do this regularly), I definitely notice my kids playing longer and more creatively.