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Sunday, September 30, 2018
everyone watches intently as Becca helps a friend
take her potholder off the loom
turning an apple washing work into a stretching and
balancing core strength work...
and just enjoying sensory play with the water
inviting an older friend to help
guess what, Mom!
the magnolia cones are releasing their seeds
exploring my new Habitat Mats from Waseca Biomes:
creating a food web with the wooden pieces
the collaborative Cork Stamped Apple Trees
our finished artwork
Miss Aliya comes to help with Stone Soup preparations
long multiplication with the Checker Board
converting mixed numbers to improper fractions
looking at the elements of a map: Scale
looking at the elements of a map: Lines of Longitude
and their relationship to the climate zones
mixing up "ocean water" for an experiment in Science Club
piling every playsilk we have onto the Pikler triangle
wait... I just found one more!
maybe a fort under the playstands would fit everyone better
why wear your boots in the rain when you
can simply carry them around on a stick?
marching with long sticks
marching around in a circle as "elephants" with long noses
I think I'll just go ahead and stand in the digging pit
revisiting map skills and discussing the difficulties of transferring
continent shapes from a round globe to a flat piece of paper
looking at the actual shape of Antarctica
with the Antarctica Biome Puzzle
looking at the distorted shape of Antarctica
with the Biomes of the World Mat
making our own floating compass by magnetizing a steel
felting needle and placing it inside a straw, closing the end of the straw
with modeling beeswax, and placing it in a dish of water
time for Painting Pumpkin Portraits
we have assembled quite a collection of heritage pumpkins by now
of course, color mixing is the best part of painting
our class trip to Bandy's Pumpkin Patch
Zac and Mommy hanging out in the corn maze
Becca works on a microbiology project with a professor at SIU
some of the beautiful artwork from our lessons with special
guest teacher Anna Davis Smith
Zac uses a fork as a beater and helps a friend
weave a cozy bed in the underground mole tunnel
brand-new knitters sitting side by side
two cozy stuffed chickens in the making
researching Illinois State Symbols with the IDNR bin
Becca's book report on The Great Fire
whom shall we blame for the Great Chicago Fire?
Mrs. O'Leary and her cow?
Peg Leg Sullivan?
or the Chicago Fire Department?
our new Water Ways: North America
latitude & longitude mapping work
weekly yoga with our lovely teacher Miss Luna
reading A Nest is Noisy in Science Club
and looking at a paper wasp's nest
branch weaving... harder than it looks!
our family trip to Rolling Oak Alpaca Ranch
wet felted soaps... so, apparently, you can wet felt
with alpaca fiber too
we got to walk out into the pasture
and pet Blessing
and have some "chilling out with alpacas" family time
Posted by Renee at 9:28 PM