Monday, February 17, 2020

Four Seasons and Nature Study - Autumn

Naturally this topic can, and should, be a year-long study! We are just enjoying a quick dip.

    Spring - Feb 3, 4, 6

    Summer - Feb 7, 10, 11

    Autumn - Feb 13, 14, 17

    Winter - Feb 18, 20, 21


We continued with Farmer Boy as our read-aloud story this month; the older students used February to do their Farming & Gardening main lesson block.


AUTUMN

Thursday, February 13

  • begin individual hand-painted wooden Waldorf Perpetual Calendars, our beautiful seasons art project with Ms. Anna!


Friday, February 14

Autumn themes of migrating birds and the Harvest.

The GBBC, which begins today and runs through Monday, was a perfect fit, as was the field trip! Not everyone went on the hike (it was 18 degrees Fahrenheit) and so those who didn't go did their Positive/Negative Apple Art.

GBBC Instructions (PDF)

GBBC Data Form (PDF)


Monday, February 17

Today our delicious Autumn recipe, Cinnamon Baked Pears. And an Autumn game, Dragon Fire! This game is from Games Children Play: How Games and Sport Help Children Develop by Kim John Payne.

Since we are getting closer to the actual season outside, we can shift more into Nature Study. Today the Baby Wolves worked with the Cheese Puffs to grid the yard, a suggestion made by the SIU students with whom we are working on our landscaping projects. Working together to make a grid of the yard was fun. Each child will now begin to do daily observations and Nature Study on "their" section. Soon we will decide what we want to plant where!


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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Photos from the Classroom - December

Getting caught up on Photos....


setting up the Nature table for the first week of Advent
with beautiful stones

our new Roman Arch from Nienhuis


giving a friend a lesson on making knitting needles

assembling a map of the world --  the pentagon pieces 
prevent the continent shapes from being too distorted
(from the National Geographic Global Pursuit board game)


plural vs. collective nouns

working on beautiful batiks
for our Legends of Hawaii class play

yes, the kids unwrapped and melted 
hundreds of crayons for this

the egg in which Hi'iaka was carried to the Hawai'ian
Islands by her sister Pele

hanging orange bird feeders for the birds

working outside on a beautiful Winter day
at Dayempur Farm

planting garlic

building straw paths

time to string cranberries & popcorn!

this is a project for the "littles"

but all ages come to help!

who can resist freshly-popped popcorn

the colors are just so pretty

we take them outside and hang them in the trees

at snack we check and see if what they say in Farmer Boy
is true... that a glass of popcorn fits into a glass of milk

it does, but you have to proceed slowly

Zac makes rope the old-fashioned way
at the Harrison-Bruce Historical Village

crank and crank and crank some more

almost done!

a looong mat for a looong multipication problem

building our beautiful Advent spiral

reviewing the Phases of the Moon 
since they play a big part in one Hawaiian Legend

painting props and set pieces
the creation of the trees

the creation of the food plants

building a paper mache volcano
(which really erupts during the play)

designing and painting masks

adding antlers to the Forest Demon mask

celebrating Santa Lucia Day!

the older girl is always the Lucia

assembling and painting our backdrop panels
a BUSY afternoon!

making numbers with the Golden Bead Material

playing mancala

Roman Numerals
our beautiful wooden numerals are from Hello Wood

indoor "snow" sensory play
just mix shaving cream and baking soda

it even feels cold to the touch... amazing


when needed, students can trade tiles back into the box
to borrow or regroup

practicing indoors for our Advent Spiral Walk

a lesson at the Farm on how to start a fire

the whole group is fascinated

if you build it correctly, it only takes ONE match

success!

working on present-making

one last Sensory Play activity
before we leave for Winter Break


it so so much fun to sqeeze warm water on them
to soften and loose them


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