Thursday, July 9, 2020

Ideas for the Seasons: SUMMER

Although Zoom is not my favorite teaching modality of all time, it has been fun to go back and revisit some of the first and second grade main lesson blocks with tutoring clients. I'm looking forward to when Zac is that age as well! Doing a Science block on the four seasons in a Waldorf first grade classroom is impressionistic. Think about feeling it rather than explaining it.

Consider how you could explore the classic images of each season, and focus on using all of your senses. It should be a really rich and joyful main lesson!

Brainstorm ideas for the season of SUMMER:

  • read Summer Is... by Charlotte Zolotow and brainstorm images of Summer
  • read The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey; do an abstract painting in warm colors

  • read Knoxville, Tennesee by Nikki Giovanni; make butter in a mason jar and taste fresh cold buttermilk

  • make mason jar ice cream or popsicles (we did Raspberry Greek Yogurt Popsicles with orange blossom water)

  • play "The Water Bird" (game #94, page 50) and "Cork Scramble" (game #66, page 38) from Games Children Play by Kim John Payne

  • sprinkle dye white wool felt with colors of unsweetened Kool-Aid powder; sew tropical fish finger puppets

  • make sun tea
  • read Through Georgia's Eyes by Rachel Rodriguez; do a bug's-eye view painting of a flower in bloom

  • make Squash Blossom Quesadillas
  • make Perfect Lemonade
  • have a watermelon seed spitting contest
  • blow ink fireworks using acrylic ink and a straw (we use Daler-Rowney FW and Dr. Ph. Martin's)

  • read Blackout by John Rocco; do shadow puppets or cut silhouettes

  • collage a found poem inside a sea shell using words from magazines and newspapers

  • read Where Butterflies Grow by Lynne Cherry; plant a butterfly garden; get butterfly larvae and a butterfly habitat and watch them go through metamorphosis

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