Thursday, March 23, 2017

Imagination Viewing

With a massive stack of old pictures, we tried out Imagination Art

Dutch author, Toon Tellegen's work introduced itself to my eyes on amazon while I was book browsing.
Very quirky and irrisitible animals are featured in these funny stories. 'The Day No One was Angry' features a story about an elephant in a fight with his brain!

'If I had a little dream' is another sweet example of imagination, this time in rhyme.

Shade Art

Rainbow Colour Match is a simple and inexpensive activity kept in our Busy Bag collection.
We expanded the lesson by first finding the shade matches before trying our own hand at Shade Painting.

Wander Wednesday: Colours in Nature

Bridging from our rainbow theme to our Spring celebrations, we brought our Colour Deck on Wander Wednesday.
It didn't take long to figure out that Spring is full of brown with wee hints of green.

Vegan Bites: Cinnabunnies for Spring

Happy Spring!
Traditional baked goods might be some hot cross buns, but we opted for 'Cinnabunnies'.
(cinnamon buns with bunny ears)
When I burnt those, we just made Minibuns:)

Friday, March 17, 2017

Reptiles & Recordings

It's not that I don't care for snakes,
but oh, what do you do
When a 24 foot python says,
"I love you"
~Snake Problem, by Shel Silverstein

In the words of John Holt, children have an "Instinct of workmanship" in which they assign themselves activities that they deem relevant. It's only when those tasks are deemed 'educational' and assigned  by others, that interest and enthusiasm is at risk of being lost. The basis of unschooling and many homeschool philosophies, argue that interest-led learning is the most natural and successful way of acquiring knowledge.

After we returned from Reptile Day, Ms. O set straight to work on her picture journal titled, 'Today'.
She put several pieces of paper together in a book form, started sounding out words, sectioned her work into categories, drew reptiles based on her memory and even added word bubbles for the reptiles sounds!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Daily Doodle: Rainbow Creature's & Big Head

Mama: "Kiss Me! I'm Irish!"
Ms.C: "Gimme some gold!"

Have Your Cake: Lessons in Learning

Passion makes a great student.

After reading the delicious words of Dutch author Toon Tellegan, 'Letters to Anyone & Everyone', the planning took place.
They decided they would take orders and make cakes.
Next morning, waking before the sun, they were raring and refusing recipes.
Collecting and collaborating they developed what they hoped would be the best tasting experiment in history.

Mostly, they just wanted it to turn out pink!

A sweet read!
'Elbow deep in blueberries'

I didn't dare walk into the kitchen and disrupt the work.
Well, only once.
There I discovered our three-year old, elbow deep in a bag of frozen blueberries and clearly a heart filled with fleeting freedom!
I turned and walked back out, none the wiser.

When the cake was baked and iced the chef's weighed in.
"Does this taste horrible?"
"We shouldn't make cake anymore."
(long pause)
"We should make lemon meringue pie!!!"