Art and needle felting

We painted today. When we paint for lessons, we use just the three primary colors and enjoy learning how variations of mixing them create many other colors.

Below is my 2nd grader’s painting and above is my example painting. I also paint it a second time at the same time as him during the lesson.

My kindergartener painted as well.

My 8th grader did a chalk drawing on black construction paper for his artwork this week. I attempted to make it smudge-proof by spritzing some hair spray on it, but it left some wet spots. I guess that only works with aerosol hair spray?

Last night, I got my box of roving out to make a little doll for our kindergarten homeschool stories.

I followed the directions in the back of this lovely book.

I’m still not pleased with his face, and am going to fiddle with it a bit. But, he’s already well-loved. His name is Super Sam, the main character in the kindergarten stories I tell each week.

Homeschool photos

Monday morning we clean our school/playroom. Here is before and after.

Some 2nd grade work from the last two days.

Some 8th grade work. We started a short block on Russia geography and culture (brief history as well).

It wasn’t our baking day, but we were out of bread, so bread baking happened. It got a bit dark on top but still wonderful.

I managed to get a strength training workout in and couldn’t help snapping a picture of our bunny when i finished.

I plan on doing a whole post on this, but I’m working my way though my Planning for Peace journal. I’m charting my actual rhythm this week. (Something I’ve done multiple times over the years and I highly recommend!)

Busy days

Usually Tuesdays are an at-home day for us, but we spent the morning at the park meeting other moms interested in joining our newly forming Waldorf homeschool co-op. And once we returned home, I decided it’d be a relaxed rest of the day.

Wednesday, today, we had lots of lesson time. My 2nd grader did some multiplication practice (using his multiplication clocks that he made), practiced his form drawing for the week, and then wrote his summary of the fable from yesterday.

The 8th grader spent the morning reading. He usually reads for 45 minutes a fiction book that I’ve chosen for him to read (he reads plenty of fiction of his own choosing during non-lesson time), and then 30-60 minutes of nonfiction reading relevant to whatever main lesson block we are working through. We are currently doing a 2 week geography block on Asia. Asia is a HUGE continent and 2 weeks is really not adequate to do an in-depth study of the area. But we are, at this point, just doing an overview of the geography, flora and fauna, climate, and many cultures that compromise Asia. This is the book he was finishing up today.

He labeled and colored a blank map of Asia today. We also decided to visit the local Asian market and explore there. We brought home lots of goodies. He will cook some Asian dishes this weekend as well.

Normally I do about an hour of math each day with him but this week we are skipping math to make time for a paper he is writing for a class he is taking. So, he spent about an hour researching and writing that today. We are ahead of schedule with his math work so taking a week off isn’t really a big deal. He normally knits each day as well (making socks), but we had to zip off to music lessons early today. He had a mandolin lesson and his brother, a fiddle lesson.

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I got some exciting mail today that I thought I’d share. I’m on a Waldorf curriculum and supplies Facebook buy-sell-trade group that I occasionally find amazing deals on. It is one of the reasons I stick around on Facebook. I got these two books, brand new, for half off retail. They are both ones I’ve been wanting for sometime so i was very excited to find them!

The song book above is another in a series of songbooks that I love. I have three others that I’ve acquired over the last few years. They are fantastic for learning new songs and bringing singing into our everyday.

I think the best deal, though, were the main lesson books. I bought 30 newmain lesson books for $40! I still can’t believe the price. Such a steal! They normally sell for $3-5 each.

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Here is a random picture of our sweet hens sunning today. It’s been very rainy and i think they were quite happy to soak up the sun today.