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.
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.