October 30, 2014

Nature Journal Friday - Harvest Corn

Nature Journal Friday - Harvest Corn | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

This week’s journal assignment was to sketch a cornfield, cornstalk, or ear of corn

The weather has been pretty extreme this week. We had our first major wind storm of the year and it knocked a tree into a transformer, which subsequently blew up in a huge flash of green light, then set the tree on fire and knocked out the power to our city. Needless to say, it wasn't a week that lent itself towards nature journaling. We did have one nice day, when we joined friends at a local farm. It was a perfect opportunity to sketch a cornfield, except that we were too busy having fun instead of sketching our surroundings.

So instead, we sketched some calico corn that we had out on our nature table. Sola stuck with the yellow and white calico corn, but I decided to try sketching the most challenging variation. I am finding that I feel much more comfortable when sketching in black and white. Recently John Muir Laws wrote a blog post about choosing colored pencils, in which he states that

More is not better. You will not be happiest with the big 150 pencil set. With this many pencils, you spend most of your time searching for the right green out of twenty, or trying to put it back in the right place. research on choice also shows that you are also less satisfied with your choice, wondering if you picked the right one (Greifeneder et al 2009). If you have about 24 pencils, you grab what works and start drawing. You can mix the colors you need by combining pencils with soft strokes.

I wish that I had read this post a few months ago, before I bought our large set of pencils, because when I try to sketch with color, I do exactly what he mentions, waste too much time trying to find the right color. At the same time, I have most certainly not mastered blending well enough to capture all of the colors I observe. So, I find that sticking to black and white allows me to focus on form and shading without the stress of matching colors. Sola, on the other hand, cares only about the color of what she sees, and much less about the form or shading.

Nature Journal Friday - Harvest Corn | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Next week’s assignment is to sketch our tree for the month.

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

If you would like to join us, you can read this post to learn more about the whys and wherefores of our weekly nature journaling assignments.

If you do decide to join us, please post a link to your blog post, Instagram photo, Facebook post, etc. showcasing your “assignment”.Nature Journal Friday - Squirrels | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of November 3

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of November 3 | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

How was your homeschool week?

We had a big wind storm over the weekend and were without power for 24 hours. The wind was so loud, that combined with the pitch blackness, Sola was too scared to sleep, even with me sleeping with her. So she lost several hours sleep and has been sleep deprived all week, as a result. I’m hoping that she will get some extra sleep this weekend with the time change, but my kids don’t always react accordingly to time changes, so we shall see...

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 to join us. This week, I am adding three books to the list to help you with guiding your child in wet-on-wet watercolor painting, using modeling wax, and drawing with beeswax block crayons.

Lesson Plan for Week of October 20

  • Nursery Rhyme – Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle,
The Cat and the fiddle,
The Cow jumped over the moon.
The little Dog laughed,
To see such sport,
And the Dish ran away with the Spoon

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

October 27, 2014

A Spooky Halloween Fairy Garden

A Spooky Halloween Fairy Garden | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsWe've decided to start decorating Sola's fairy garden for the holidays. This Halloween was our first official attempt at this and we had a lot of fun with the project. A spider even built it’s web in the door of the fairy house, which added an extra touch of spookiness!

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.

October 23, 2014

Nature Journal Friday - Squirrels

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

This week’s journal assignment was to sketch an animal preparing for winter.

We opted to sketch a squirrel. Sola sketched a squirrel with full cheeks. I chose a squirrel that was eating.

Next week’s assignment is to sketch sketch acornfield or cornstalk or ear of corn.

We are hoping to see some corn when we go through a local corn maze. It was also be interesting to sketch some calico corn, though perhaps a bit challenging to get all the colors right, especially if it was glass gem corn!

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

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

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

If you would like to join us, you can read this post to learn more about the whys and wherefores of our weekly nature journaling assignments.

If you do decide to join us, please post a link to your blog post, Instagram photo, Facebook post, etc. showcasing your “assignment”.Nature Journal Friday - Squirrels | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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

October 22, 2014

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of October 27

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of October 27 | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsHow was your homeschool week?

Halloween is here! What are your family’s plans? We plan to visit a pumpkin patch with friends this week, where we also enjoy a hay jump, corn maze, train ride, and more seasonal fun. On Halloween, however, we intend to keep things simple and trick-o-treat with the neighborhood children. Saturday is All Saints Day and Sunday is All Souls Day. These are not holidays that my family celebrated when I was growing up, despite being practicing Catholics, nor are they holidays that I have celebrated with my children in the past. I have noted that many Waldorf families seem to celebrate them though. I like the idea of moving the emphasis away from getting candy on Halloween, to reflecting on family and friends who are no longer with us (our dearly departed).

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 October 20

  • Nursery Rhyme – Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn't keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of October 27 | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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