September 17, 2014

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of September 22nd

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of September 22nd | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

How has your week of homeschooling been going?

Can you believe that fall is almost here? I’m so excited! Our summer has been too long and too hot for my tastes. This week was a bit of a flop, homeschooling-wise, as both Noctis and I have come down with a cold. Sola has not caught the cold thus far.
If you missed my first week’s post about our kindergarten lesson plans, the books needed to complete our year of lesson plans are listed at the bottom of this post. I will continue to post these lesson plans on Thursdays of the week before they are meant to be used, so that you can be sure you have all the supplies you need to do these with us, if you’d like.

Lesson Plan for Week of September 15

  • Nursery Rhyme – Sing a Song of Sixpence
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye.
Four and twenty blackbirds
Baked in a pie.
When the pie was opened,
The birds began to Sing.
Now wasn’t that a dainty dish to set before the king?

The King was in his counting house
County his money,
The Queen was in her parlor
Eating bread and honey,
The maid was in the garden
Hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird
And pecked off her nose!
  • Seasonal Poem – Autumn: A Collection of Poems, Songs, and Stories – Here’s a little apple tree… (page 44)
  • Seasonal Song – The Singing Year – My Nice Rosy Red Apple (page 68)
  • Seasonal Story – Tell Me a Story – The Big Red Apple (page 64)
  • Drawing – draw a picture from week’s story
  • Painting – use week’s seasonal poem for inspiration
  • Modeling (ideally use modeling wax, but play dough, clay, etc.is fine also)  – make a blackbird
  • Seasonal activity – 
    • Set up autumn seasonal table
    • Set out autumn book basket
Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of September 22nd | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
Storytelling Props for My Nice Rosy Red Apple

Did you find these lesson plans to be useful?

If so, please leave a comment below to let me know how things went. I’d also love to see some photos of things you’ve made or read posts about your week.

Disclosure:

Some item links in this post are affiliate links. I will make a small amount of money if you click on them and make a purchase. All opinions expressed, however, are 100% my own.
Maureen

September 15, 2014

Cooking With Kids: Making an Apple Cake

Cooking With Kids: Making an Apple Cake | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
Young children love to help in the kitchen,

and though it usually require twice as much time and energy to cook something with young children, as it takes just to cook it yourself, it will help to guarantee that your children are comfortable in the kitchen when they are adults.

Last week’s Waldorf inspired lesson plan

called for making a seasonal recipe with apples. I had hoped to have us try several recipes, but life got in the way and we only made one. We made an apple spice cake . Not only was it very yummy, it was a really good recipe to make with Sola. At the age of five, she was able to use her wavy food chopper to cut up the apples (though the cake was a bit more chunky than I would have made by myself),Cooking With Kids: Making an Apple Cake | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

whisk the dry ingredients together,

Cooking With Kids: Making an Apple Cake | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

and even crack the eggs (I didn’t get a picture of this, since I was so paranoid about her getting raw egg all over the kitchen or herself).

Of course, Sola was especially good at eating the cake.

Cooking With Kids: Making an Apple Cake | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Do you have a favorite recipe to make in the kitchen with your kids?

If so, please share a link to it with us in the comments section below. 

Disclosure: Some item links in this post are affiliate links. I will make a small amount of money if you click on them and make a purchase. All opinions expressed, however, are 100% my own.

Maureen

September 12, 2014

Nature Journal Friday - Sunsets

Nature Journal Friday - Sunsets | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Do you find yourself having good intentions to get out and nature journal with your kids as part of your homeschooling, but never getting around to it?

I always do! Unfortunately, it seems that my intentions are just not enough to get us out in nature with art supplies at the same time. This year, however, I vowed to make a change. Sola is at the perfect age to make nature journaling a part of her weekly routine (up until now, we’ve gone on nature walks, but never tried to do any journaling). We even have one block of time each week that requires us to find something to do outside of the house for two hours. I finally realized, however, that if we were going to get into the routine of nature journaling, we needed to come up with some sort of assignment or task for us to focus on. 

So I have planned for us a nature journaling “assignment" for every week of the homeschool year.

Some of the tasks are very specific to a season. Others, are meant to help us compare aspects of nature over a period of time, such as sketching the same tree every month or the night sky every quarter.

I’d love for you to join us in our weekly journaling “assignment”.

It would be interesting to compare different interpretations of the same journaling assignment and/or the use of different art mediums. So please, if you decide to join us, post a comment below with a link to your blog post, Instagram photo, Tweet, etc. If you do join us, remember that the point of nature journaling is to help you observe nature more closely and document what you notice. It is not an art competition, so please feel free to share any and all entries that you or your children make. If enough people seem interested in sharing their work, I will start an official link-up so that you can show off your and your children’s work more easily.

This week’s journal assignment was to sketch, paint, or photograph a sunset from a location that we can study throughout the year.

We studied the sunset from our back yard. At first, Sola insisted on using colored pencils for her sunset. She was extremely frustrated and felt people would laugh at her picture and was comparing her sunset to mine. I just kept reassuring her that it wasn’t a competition and that we all had our own way of looking at things. Here is her sunset drawing, where you can see that she really focused on the colors.

Nature Journal Friday - Sunsets | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

I first captured an image of the sunset using my trusty medium of photography, mostly to make sure I caught an image before the sun actually set.

Nature Journal Friday - Sunsets | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

As you can see, our view of the sunset is framed by evergreens. While I was able to capture the color of the sunset fairly well and blend my colors much more easily than last week, since I used watercolor pencils, my evergreen silhouettes look suspiciously like stalagmites. 

Nature Journal Friday - Sunsets | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Nonetheless, when Sola saw my “painting” she was so excited by my ability to blend the colors, that she insisted on doing another journal entry, using the watercolor pencils. This time, she sketched a pine cone. As you can see, she filled up much more of the page and was able to really capture the overall shape of the pine cone. So, I think we may stick with watercolor pencils for the time being and come back to colored pencils when we have developed more skills.

Nature Journal  Pinecone

Next week’s assignment is to sketch, paint, photograph, etc.the night sky, perhaps make notes of constellations??? (I do not plan to put undue emphasis on the sky, but do want us to note the way the sky changes throughout the year, but next week we will move on from sky drawings, I promise!).

I hope that you can find time to get out into nature in the next week and maybe journal while you’re at it.

Maureen

September 10, 2014

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of September 15th

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of September 15th | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

How has your week of homeschooling been going?

This week has gone much smoother than our first week of homeschooling did. I am loving doing some autumn crafts, as I am really excited for autumn to begin! It is my favorite season!

I had a really hard time designing story props for this week’s story. I had no idea what a corn child should look like. I ended up making a peg doll corn child with wood burned kernels, a felt husk, and Stockmar opaque paints skin.

If you missed my first week’s post about our kindergarten lesson plans, the books needed to complete our year of lesson plans are listed at the bottom of this post. I will continue to post these lesson plans on Thursdays of the week before they are meant to be used, so that you can be sure you have all the supplies you need to do these with us, if you’d like.

Lesson Plan for Week of September 15

  • Nursery Rhyme – Muffin Man
Oh, do you know the muffin man,
the muffin man, the muffin man?
Oh, do you know the muffin man,
who lives on Drury Lane?
Oh, yes, I know the muffin man,
the muffin man, the muffin man,
Oh, yes, I know the muffin man
who lives on Drury Lane.
Corn Child Peg Doll | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells
Corn Child Peg Doll Storytelling Prop

Did you find these lesson plans to be useful?

If so, please leave a comment below to let me know how things went. I’d also love to see some photos of things you’ve made or read posts about your week.

Disclosure:

Some item links in this post are affiliate links. I will make a small amount of money if you click on them and make a purchase. All opinions expressed, however, are 100% my own.
Maureen

September 5, 2014

Nature Journal Friday - Trees and Sunsets

Nature Journal Friday - Trees and Sunsets|From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Do you find yourself having good intentions to get out and nature journal with your kids as part of your homeschooling, but never getting around to it?

I always do! Unfortunately, it seems that my intentions are just not enough to get us out in nature with art supplies at the same time. This year, however, I vowed to make a change. Sola is at the perfect age to make nature journaling a part of her weekly routine (up until now, we’ve gone on nature walks, but never tried to do any journaling). We even have one block of time each week that requires us to find something to do outside of the house for two hours. I finally realized, however, that if we were going to get into the routine of nature journaling, we needed to come up with some sort of assignment or task for us to focus on. 

So I have planned for us a nature journaling “assignment" for every week of the homeschool year.

Some of the tasks are very specific to a season. Others, are meant to help us compare aspects of nature over a period of time, such as sketching the same tree every month or the night sky every quarter.

I’d love for you to join us in our weekly journaling “assignment”.

It would be interesting to compare different interpretations of the same journaling assignment and/or the use of different art mediums. So please, if you decide to join us, post a comment below with a link to your blog post, Instagram photo, Tweet, etc. If you do join us, remember that the point of nature journaling is to help you observe nature more closely and document what you notice. It is not an art competition, so please feel free to share any and all entries that you or your children make. For instance, one cannot help, but note that my entry below is far from professional!Nature Journal Friday - Trees and Sunsets|From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

This week’s journal assignment was to sketch, paint, or photograph a tree that we can study once a month for the homeschool year.

I meant to post this assignment last week, but life got in the way. Sola has had a hard week this week, due unplanned events, new classes, family stressors, etc. So the only thing she would draw for me this week was a blue dog, which she refused to allow me to photograph or post about. So I am presenting my sketch of our tree. I used colored pencils and really struggled with getting the colors right. We have a set of 36 colored pencils and I was wishing that we had a set of 72 or more. I used a blending pencil, but still was unhappy with the results. I may try working with watercolor pencils next week. Of course, despite my being an art major in film and video, I have no formal training in drawing or painting, and have only been practicing since I started homeschooling Sola using the Waldorf method (ironically, nature journaling is actually part of the Charlotte Mason method).

Next week’s assignment is to sketch, paint, photograph, etc. the sunset (be sure to note the time of the sunset and make sure you are in a place that you can return to later in the year).

I hope that you can find time to get out into nature in the next week and maybe journal while you’re at it.

Maureen