Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Vegan Bites: Caramel Apple Slices

Caramel spread and chocolate sauce were met with much enthusiasm, the latter getting more attention!

Acorn & Oak

Form Drawing

We've been incorporating a lot of Form Drawing into our storytelling. 
It's a fantastic language tool, exercising early writing practice while introducing symbolism.

“Oh I’ll never be big,” the acorn said
As it gazed on high to the oak tree tall,
“I’m little and round as a miller’s thumb,
I’ll never be big, I’ll always be small.”
The oak tree smiled a knowing smile,
“My trunk is thick, and my roots are deep,
My branches and twigs spread high and wide,
For birds to nest in, and bugs to sleep.
But I was an acorn too on a time,
- ‘Oh I’ll never be big, I’ll never be strong,’-
That’s what I thought many years ago...
 And, dear little acorn, you see I was wrong!”

Paul King

Apple Star Story-telling

A lovely Waldorf story we do every year, but still results in surprised smiles!
Have an apple and knife on hand for the beautiful ending (slice horizontally in half to see the star within).

The Story of How the Apples Got Stars Within
by Madge Bigham

There was once a tiny seed sleeping in its blanket of earth all winter long until one early spring morning when Father Sun began to shine. The little seed awoke and began to stretch and yawn and stretch until its legs pushed deeper into the earth and its arms finally stretched up above the earth. Then, with one last stretch, the little seed poked its head up and looked around at the wide, wide world.
After all those long winter months in its brown earth bed, the little sprout thought it had never seen anything so beautiful as grass and flowers, and it gazed in wide-eyed wonder at the world. All day the little sprout listened to the music of the birds and the breezes and was full of wonder. She watched the clouds sail by in the blue sky and then saw the sky turn golden as Father Sun sank into his bed. And then, as everything grew dark again, the little sprout saw a wonderful sight: up in the sky diamond-stars were twinkling! She wished so much to touch one that she stretched and stretched to reach the sky. But she couldn’t touch the sparkling stars. And finally she began to cry.

Suddenly, there appeared a fairy, wearing a crown a just those sparkling stars. “Why do you weep?” asked the fairy. “Because I so want such a star for my very own,” answered the little sprout. “Ah, some day your wish shall be granted,” said the fairy. “But first you have much work to do. You must grow strong and tall and full of love.” And then the fairy vanished.
The little sprout worked hard to grow tall and strong and after some time she became a young sapling. King Storm came with his winds and rains and beat her down almost to the earth. But each time she struggled to stand tall again, and grew stronger and stronger. And after some time she was no longer afraid of him for she knew he helped her to grow.
After many visits from King Storm, one morning the little tree awoke to find her branches covered with pink blossoms. “Oh, how lovely!” she cried, and she took great care of them, day after day, until one day tiny seed babies appeared. Now the little tree was becoming a mother, and she was so busy caring for her tiny apple-children that she forgot all about her wish to the fairy. Summer came, and her children grew golden and green, and the little fairies came and kissed each little apple until it blushed bright red.
The little apple tree was so proud of her children — she felt she could not be happier. Then suddenly the fairy with the crown of stars appeared beside her. “I have come to grant your wish,” she said, “to bring you a star from heaven for your very own.” “Oh,” said the little apple tree, “I no longer need a star. I am quite happy with my apple children.” “Well then,” said the fairy, “I shall give my basket of stars to your apple children. But I will hide them deep inside where only the Earth-Children can find them.”
And so she did. And that’s where you will find a star waiting for you: inside each apple, guarding the little seed babies for you to plant in the earth again.

Apple Tree Balance

Tape tree + real apples = balancing activity.
Clever and enjoyed by all!

We combined this activity with "Winifred Witch & Her Kitty" from 'Tell Me a Story'.
With a little rhyme from the tale, Ms. O had the opportunity to practice some Copy Work, which she loves!

"Apple tree, apple tree, bear some apples for me.
Hats full, laps full, caps full, sacks full!"

Monday, October 24, 2016

Sensory Hula

MR. A was not excluded from our circle studies!
He received a Sensory Hula Hoop his siblings and I constructed from things around the house; playsilks, carrier teething pad, baby slippers, bell bracelets. bibs...

Ideally baby can be positioned in the center as they rotate their body from object to object, but he wanted nothing to do with this. He is interested in joining our lessons!

Math Monday: Cardboard Portraits

When math can be combined with art (and more often than not, that is totally possible) it's a win-win!
We used some cardboard shapes to sneak in little math lessons for Math Monday, courtesy of this inspiration from Artful Parent,

Pencil Strung to Chopstick
First I introduced this tool and declared that it could help us draw a balanced circle.
Basically a big protractor.
We used extra large cardboard to test out the possibility.
I inquired how we could trace a smaller circle? Wrapping the string around the chopstick a few more times.
Big circle= big sister.
Little circle= little sister.

We used remaining cardboard to cut a handful of shapes for features.
Before bringing out the hot glue, we painted each facial feature separately.
Ms. O was not fully satisfied with simple shapes, so she cut out more details, including eyelashes!

How Much Does a Portrait tell us?
Great activity to segue into an Art Study lesson.

Zero. We took a look at the "number" zero with the help of this clever book by  Betsy Franco.

Then did some (easy) old-school math on the blackboard.

Which Witch Scavenger Hunt

We took advantage of our warty Jack-be-Littles to create this mornings Word Scavenger Hunt.
I wrote the letters in plain view and the numbers to show order, on the bottom.