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

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