In our homeschooling adventures, nature study has provided ample opportunity for my son to tap into his creative side and encourage his observation skills. One of his favorite parts of nature study is drawing what he has observed, whether it is a butterfly, a tree, or a rainbow. For detailed drawings he uses a small blank book that travels with us to museums and parks. However, often, he needs a larger space to draw an entire landscape or large, more pronounced aspect of nature. For that, he uses his treasured main lesson book.
Main lesson books are typically used in Waldorf education, but are gaining popularity in Charlotte Mason homeschool families for seasonal or nature studies. Main lesson book can be used for every subject, and are especially useful when teaching in blocks or unit studies.
|Aidan's tree drawings after a maple sugaring field trip where we|
learned that sugar maples have symmetrical branches.
(Drawn with Stockmar beeswax block crayons.)
Having quality art supplies is an essential part of our homeschool plan. My children know that they have nice supplies and therefor take better care of what they have. Our main lesson books come from Oak Meadow, are 31x24cm, and have onion skin between the pages so the crayon drawings do not rub off on to the next page. These main lesson books are such quality that we will keep them for years to come as reference guides. They will also be a treasured source of pride and a journal of our children's homeschool journey and discoveries. We currently use them for our nature studies, but next year we will use our main lesson books for creating a Book of Centuries for history lessons, and a separate one for form drawing and math lessons.
|The shining rainbow shows us Seven|
As it stretches down from Heaven.
For our crayons, Aidan, who is seven, uses both Stockmar Beeswax stick and block crayons, also from Oak Meadow. When we switched from cheaper crayons to these high quality beeswax crayons, Aidan remarked about how much brighter his beeswax crayons are than the ones in a traditional coloring box. And he is right. They are truly vibrant.
He recently began using block crayons and is learning techniques that give a soft blending texture that he cannot get with stick crayons and uses the edge for sharp lines. (I am looking forward to using them myself.) For more inspiration on using block crayons visit Homeschool Mo where Maureen writes about the evolution of block crayon use in her own homeschool journey.
|Block crayons are perfect for bark rubbings.|
Would you like to discover the beauty of block crayons as an art medium for yourself? Oak Meadow is generously offering one reader a set of 3 Main Lesson Books and a set of Stockmar Block Crayons.
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On the evening of Monday, March 11, my 4 year old son will pick a random number out of our math river rocks and I will reveal the winner.
Our next giveaway is from A Toy Garden. It is sure to inspire creativity!