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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Happy Earth Day

On this Earth Day we cared for our feathered friends.  What about you?

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Monet is Cheering Our Days

It has been over a month since I have written. A. Very. Long. Month.
This past winter the cold has forced us indoors more than I would like. However,our recent study on Claude Monet filled our learning area with beauty and cheered our days.
I started our Monet adventure by printing a variety of his paintings from the Claude Monet Gallery website. (Transferring them to a Word document allowed me to customize the size.) Then we hung the pictures on our little clothesline at the desks. This worked out very well as my boys (ages 8 and 5) absorbed the painings and would talk about them throughout the day and occasionally make up stories about what is going on in rhe painting.

We also read Who Was Monet. I read the book first so I could offer open-ended questions as Aidan narrated what he learned after each chapter. The Who Was /What Was books are great for the third grade level being factual and filled wirh compelling details.

Aidan also made his own masterpiece. 
First,  we used painters tape to tape down watercolor paper then using the wet-on-wet technique, he painted it blue. Meanwhile, I cut out tissue paper lily pads and wrapped little bits of pink, white, and yellow tissue paper around a pencil eraser to make little flowers. After the paint dried, he glued on the lily pads and flowers. Voila - Monet's lilly pads.

Toward the end of our Monet studies, we wentto the National Gallery In Washington DC to see original paintings. What a wonderful experience for us all!

Thank you Monet for cheering our days.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Winter's Day

Here in central Pennsylvania, we are at the beginning of what promises to be a lengthy snowstorm.  Last night I made sure our feathered friends would be well fed and they have been flocking to our deck all morning.

 Are you getting pounded with snow as well? Don't forget to catch the snowflakes.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

(indoor) Snowball Fight

Ready for a snowball fight?  If you live in the north east or midwest of the United States, you have probably had some great time in the snow with your family lately.  Whether it is warm or cold where you live, a little indoor snowball fight can be just what kids need to let off some energy.

Before we were pounded with snow this winter, my sister made these cute little snowballs for my boys and they have seen lots of snowball fights! 

Indoor snowballs are fun to make and will keep kids busy and happy.  Start with a yarn pom pom. (There is an easy tutorial found here.) Glue on a felt circle for the face, make a mouth and nose with fabric paint, and glue on googly eyes. Now you are ready to play! (These would be perfect for a winter time birthday party or playdate.)

Have fun!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

A Little History Love and Creative Learning #29

Welcome back to another week of Creative Learning. I began teaching a class titled "18th Century Life and People" for our homeschool co op today. I have 9 second and third graders and I can tell already that we are going to have a blast.

I began class by asking each student what they like to study the most and then explained that when you study history, you study about everything. I could see little light bulbs of understanding turning on in their minds as we talked. We also did a Venn Diagram of life then and life now to show that people now are similar to people then, yet some of our resources make our lives seem different. 

I will come back later and share some of my ideas on helping kids love history later.  Now it is your opportunity to share with us. What creative learning have you had this week?

Creative Learning on Friday

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sesquehanna Waldorf School Winter Festival

Today is a snowy cold day in central Pennsylvania, so in an effort to remind us of the joys of the season, I thought I would share photos from our nearest Waldorf school's winter festival held several weeks ago.

Ever wonder what a Waldorf school playground looks like?


Each grade decorates its own nature table.


A scene from The Elves and the Shoemaker.
All of the children were mesmerized and so was I.

The kindergarten room

Lovely isn't it?

Sunday, January 19, 2014


Live, teach, believe in Love.

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