Saturday, December 23, 2017

Packing Snow

Toilet Paper Casting

Eric Carles Snow

Mr. M was particularly enamored with the button on the back page of Eric Carle's Snow book.

We used some strong clear plastic packaging to re-create his illusion that his illustrations were being snowed on!

Vegan Bites: Gingerbread Loaf

Winter Solstice: Bonfire Baked Apples

Though I cannot take credit for the Apple Pie Packets made by lovely guests of a Solstice Bonfire, I will definitely share the recipe!

Bonfire Pie Packets
~apples, peel & sliced
~pad of vegan butter
~maple syrup/brown sugar
~nutmeg & cinnamon
Wrap in foil and place in hot coals.

Winter Solstice: Caroling

Miss O made the suggestion last year, so this is our second annual.
When people answer their doors, they're all amazed we're there just for the spirit of the season:)

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Sci Fri: Inside the Cone

 Chilly Cones (closed)
Simple science. Loads of learning.

 Warm Cones (open)
Comparing Cones (closed vs open)

Then we moved into another portion of science: dissect, discover, document.

 Seed Search
 Free Hand Drawing
Trace & Detail

"spruces are stiff and sharp, firs are flexible and friendly"

Thursday, December 14, 2017

All I Want for Christmas...



Pining for Prints

Print-making is one of my favourite art forms.
Breyer and ink or roller and paint work beautifully.
However, if you don't want to commit to mess, stamp pads suffice.
Results are still stunning.

Since we're currently learning about conifers, I asked that the prints reflect our theme.
Miss O opted for four stamp-sized polysterene plates, while Miss C made one, big tree!
She took special care to note it's cone shape, trunk and branches.

She also made a sweet, 'side' print of a delicate branch.

Miss O's work reflected tree's in the four seasons.

Print Samplers. 

One of our picture books this week had multiple examples of print-made patterns, 'Henri's Walk to Paris'.
Not only were the illustrations super sweet, the storyline is very clever!

Conifer Books.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Vegan Bites: Fragrant Coconut Lentil Soup

'Oh She Glows'  has a recipe with too many of my favourite flavours to not give it a go.
Cardamom and coconut milk? Amazing!
Not one to shy away from spice, I doubled the recommended amounts!

Lacking spinach, we opted to use kale and I had my trusty kitchen side-kick to do the chopping!

Daily Doodle: Maya & Jack Frost


The kids set up their own Daily Doodle assignment; draw an outline of a figure in purple.
Colourful creations followed!

Jack Frost