October 20, 2014

How to Make an Autumn Window Transparency

How to Make an Autumn Window Transparency | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsI like to use window transparencies and stars to brighten our homeschooling room with a gentle Waldorf-inspired seasonal ambiance. 

So, this autumn, I took the time to make my first really detailed window transparency. I used this book as a guide, but only as a general guide, as the book is in German.

If you’d like to make one of these transparencies, you first need to scan or copy the templates from the book (I enlarged the template a bit). Staple or tape the printout of the template frame to a piece of black card stock and carefully cut out the card stock template.

How to Make an Autumn Window Transparency | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Cut out all the other template pieces from kite paper. You can either look at the photo of the transparency in the book for a color guide or translate the German words. Here is a list of colors in German to help get you started.

black - schwarz

white - weiß

red - rot

blue - blau

yellow - gelb

green - grün

orange - orange

purple - lila

pink - rosa

brown - braun

How to Make an Autumn Window Transparency | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Cover the back of your card stock template with a light colored piece of kite paper, securing the paper with a glue stick or paste. 

How to Make an Autumn Window Transparency | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Layer the larger pieces on top of the light colored card stock, using glue stick or paste. 

How to Make an Autumn Window Transparency | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Now attach the smaller pieces, once again using glue stick or paste.

How to Make an Autumn Window Transparency | from Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Hang your completed transparency on your window using double-sided tape and enjoy!

What do you think? Have you ever made a window transparency?

The hardest part for me was cutting out the card stock. I think that the next time I make one of these, I might try using an X-ACTO Knife to cut it out.

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 16, 2014

Nature Journal Friday - Pumpkins

Nature Journal Friday - Pumpkins | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsThis week’s journal assignment was to sketch some pumpkins.

Sola did not put a whole lot of effort into this assignment, because she was too excited about decorating pumpkins and because she was a bit loopy from us having to get up early every day this week to deal with workmen. I, on the other hand, decided to focus just on sketching and remove the element of color from the challenge. 

Next week’s assignment is to sketch sketch an animal that is preparing for winter (animals that are stockpiling food, birds that are flying South for the winter, etc.)

We have many opportunities around here to see animals preparing for winter. Canadian geese and other migratory birds are in abundance right now, the salmon are swimming upstream, squirrels are scavenging for acorns… Obviously, we won’t be looking for any bears that are preparing to hibernate, our one encounter with black bears a couple of years ago was enough of bear encounters to last me a lifetime!Nature Journal Friday - Pumpkins | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

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 - Pumpkins | 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 15, 2014

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of October 20

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of October 20 | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsHow did your homeschooling go this week?

We had our first day of autumnal weather yesterday! We also had an exhausting and disruptive week as we are having work done on our home. It was work that needed to be done anyway, now that our home is nine years old, but we are also trying to prepare our home to sell this spring or summer. We are hoping to downsize to a town home. Amazingly, we were able to get quite a bit of homeschooling down, despite these disruptions, though I am now way behind on household chores and Sola is acting very loopy, due to exhaustion.

Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of October 20 | from Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsIf 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 – Ding Dong Bell
Ding dong bell!
Pussy’s in the well!
Who put her in?
Little Johnny Flynn.
Who pulled her out?
Little Tommy Stout.
What a naughty boy was that
To try to drown a poor pussy cat,
Who never did him any harm,
But killed all the mice in farmer’s barn.
Waldorf Inspired Kindergarten Homeschool - Lesson Plan for Week of October 20 | 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

October 13, 2014

10 Boo-tastic Picture Books for Halloween

10 Boo-tastic Picture Books for Halloween | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Do you have any favorite Halloween picture books?

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 9, 2014

Nature Journal Friday - Seeds, Nuts, and Berries

Nature Journal Friday - Nuts, Seeds, and Berries | From Blue Bells and Cockle ShellsThis week’s journal assignment was to sketch some seeds, nuts, or berries.

We went on a very long nature walk this week and found many seeds, nuts, and berries. In fact, it was such a long walk and we found so many seed, nuts, and berries, that though I photographed many of them, we were too tired to sketch any by the time we got home (we weren’t in a location where it was practical to sketch outside so we brought lots of them home).Nature Journal Friday - Nuts, Seeds, and Berries | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Next week’s assignment is to sketch a pumpkin (carved or not)

I know we shouldn’t have a problem finding a pumpkin, but we’ve had some pumpkin bad luck this year. The ones we grew in our garden ripened too early and have already rotted (I’m assuming this is because we had such a hot and dry summer that it threw things off some how). Then we were supposed to go to a pumpkin patch today, but Sola was too tired to go because she tried to stay awake to see the blood moon on Wednesday morning.Nature Journal Friday - Nuts, Seeds, and Berries | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

We’d love for you to join us in our weekly 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 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”. If enough people seem interested in joining us, I’ll start an official link up.Nature Journal Friday - Nuts, Seeds, and Berries | 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.

Nature Journal Friday - Nuts, Seeds, and Berries | From Blue Bells and Cockle Shells

Maureen