Inspired by Sleepy Bears, and these beautiful "tiles" that Ava made me, we created paper quilts...
We finally got around to making ice wreaths! (ice muffins in our case) I have been looking forward to this for years. We used this activity as an opportunity to say goodbye to Winter. Like it or not, its getting warm here in Arizona. So we will embrace this weather while we watch our little icy ornaments melt away.
(I loved these SO much, that I've decided to dedicate a whole post to these little beauties later!)
This week was actually a week and a half long (illness messes with plans that way) so we had plenty of time for two art studies this week...
Albrecht Durer, Saint Eustace was not that interesting to Ava at first glance. She told me it was hard to look at because there wasn't enough color. After some time talking about all the tiny details (castle in background) she decided that the picture was fascinating, behind the 'skinny dogs' that is.
When we talked about George Stubbs The Grosvenor Hunt, it was the first time we ever discussed the idea of hunting as a sport. She thought hunting meant to look for things. (oops) After we got past the subject matter of the painting she decided that the real beauty was found int he open spaces, and small roads in the background. I can see what she means.
As the month wraps up, so does our time with Snow Clown, by Barbara Juster Esbensen. Starting in February I will have Ava choose our next poem she is to memorize. I wanted Robert Frost, but I just can't see us talking about a Snowy Evening while the weather is so warm....
One of my favorite art mediums that my children work with has got to be chalk. (Evident here, here, here and here) Lately we've been taking the chalk off the board and onto paper. I love how the simple process yields such dramatic results.
All you need is...
~Chalk (we use something like this)
~Dark heavy paper (we like black construction paper)
~Aerosol hairspray (I keep some on hand just for chalk art) For this....
Once your child is satisfied with their creation, spray the entire image with hairspray (keeps the chalk from smearing). We've found that pinning the drawing tightly to the walls keeps the paper from curling while it dries.
I really do love the results. So do they. And it really is so very simple. Which then leads us to my eternal conundrum... What do you do with all the resulting piles of beautiful art?
Its happened. Cyrus said he wanted his hair cut. I admit I've been (gently) nudging him in that direction for some time now. To say his hair was unruly would be a grave understatement. I will also admit that I mourne the loss of his wild curly frock.
We headed to my sister in law's were she runs an in home business. The location for his first hair cut couldn't have been cooler. Pizza for lunch, exploring the gardens, playing with the chickens....
Grab a quick hair cut (on mamas lap. Love that.) And its off to slam dunk basketballs with your uncle's aid....
Aunt Rachael was gentle, patient, and very understanding. She talked Cyrus through all of his apprehension. He's more grown up now than he was before he faced down his trepidation. Anticipation behind him, all that's left is pride. He's so happy with his new hair.
And me... I'm happy too. Really. I am. It can always grow back. ... I'll never have that younger boy back.
I want to thank everyone for all the well wishes that I've received in these last few days. It looks like all my babies should be 100% later today or tomorrow. It has certainly been an adventure to have three down with the stomach flu while my much relied upon partner has to work his busiest month of the year. Bleh. Turns out that with a few small changes in 'ideals' all things are possible. So my oldest two watched a whole bunch of tv, I spent one night sleeping on the floor, and my tiny baby had infant tylenol (gasp!), but we did it. We got through. I may have lowered my hygiene standards, and my house may be dirtier than I've ever seen it, but this time was in its own way very tender. And again reaffirmed my absolute awe for all those single mothers of the world. Damn.
As we are working through this flu that's claimed my all of my babies I thought I would post some pictures of the evening skies. One thing about Arizona that continues to bring me (and everyone else who lives here) joy are the spectacular evening skies. Shades of pinks, oranges, blues and purples. Its really something.
And surely as the sun will set tomorrow my little family will see the end of this bout of fevers.
These things come on sudden, and they come on strong.
One minute we are playing math games, and enjoying a cookie.
The next minute we are dealing with a stomach flu virus.
Time to use every special trick you can think of to
make your little one feel comfortable.
Warm washcloths scented with Chamomile
A little light television
A lot of story reading, and story telling
Countless reassurances that she will get through this,
that its hard but it will be over soon
"I love you"s,
"I'm right here"s
"You are doing such a good job"
With any luck by the time we are to have lunch again this will all be behind us. And maybe, just maybe she'll be the only one who gets it.
~learned the terms ellipse, hexagon, rhombus,cent, penny, and nickle
~observed symmetry and 'reflection' in geometry, and butterflies
~practiced recognizing 10s and 1s on the abacus
~continued counting by 2s into the 30s and beyond
~worked with clay to make winter imprints of evergreens, possibly to use as next years Christmas gifts!
Another great week! As I continue to love homeshcooling I am inspired to keep a log of some of the wonderful things we've been working on and learning. Could this be my new Friday blog posts? Maybe, we'll see if I like it.
In January we like to spend some time reflecting on the year ahead of us. To make it easier to visualize the expansiveness of a whole year I came up with our "Year Tree". A bare branch adorned with a charm for each month.
One of Arizona's only chilly months we have a polar bear to symbolize the cold.
Valentines, and love reign supreme this month...
Its time for some spring green, what's better than the shamrock for this month?
April... (usually) In April we celebrate Easter. I love decorating Easter eggs.
April showers bring May flowers, plus Mother's day just seems like a flowery day!
The month of the Summer Solstice, and the longest daylight of the year...
A month for celebrating our country's independence. Peace is a fitting symbol don't you think?
A bit of wishful thinking, but by this month all I can think about is escaping the desert heat.
The start of school, and trips to the apple orchards.
Gotta love a Jack-o-lantern!
The best time of year to visit Boyce Thomas Arboretum, and celebrate fall
Winter Solstice, and evergreen Christmas trees. I do love those trees.
Someday I'd like to make a large circular calender out of wood. I'd like to hang these charms in their respective months. For today, for this year, this will do just fine.