Friday, March 31, 2023

Art History - Dale Chihuly

Our Specials schedule this year is

    Mon - Nature Study & Form Drawing

    Tue - Farm Day

    Wed - Handwork & Philosophy, Science Club

    Thu - Art History & Structured Word Inquiry

    Fri - Forest School

In my Art History 2022-2023 blog post, I decided April would be Dale Chihuly. Here are some resources and my planning notes:

Dale Chihuly
1941 -


Chihuly the Artist: Breathing Life into Glass

Classroom Chihuly (PDF)
lesson plan from Dick Blick - uses Dura-Lar

Faux Glass Flowers (PDF)
also uses Dura-Lar (.015")

Dale Chihuly Inspired Sculpture blog post
uses Shrinky Dink paper

Glass artist Chihuly will bring ‘most ambitious’ exhibition to Missouri Botanical Garden
Jan 25, 2023

I wanted to end each school year with a still-living artist. If you've been following this year -- my first attempt at teaching Art History -- you'll know that I originally planned to end the year with Faith Ringgold. When I heard about the exhibit at the Missouri Botanical Garden, however, I swapped her out for Dale Chihuly. Faith Ringgold is now in our list of artists for next year.

This week I made another change. Because May is a PPI month (Projects of Personal Interest) for my older students, it will already be very busy lesson-planning wise. I don't want to be rushing around trying to jam another artist in there as well. So I moved Claes Oldenburg to my list of artists for a future year, and moved Dale Chihuly to April. This way we can study him in April, go see the exhibit in St. Louis in May, and wrap up the school year in style!

Special Note:

    We will start our study of Dale Chihuly by looking backwards. We've had some nice connections happening here lately between what we are studying now and our work from the beginning of the school year!

    Read Aloud: Our current read-aloud story, Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham, takes place during and after the Revolutionary War, so many of the professions mentioned in that story are ones we are familiar with from our Colonial America Living History Day in Week 6.

    Art History: Another connection, which now comes in handy for Art History, is that we had a Glassblower as a Special Guest. And I'm thrilled that I have several examples of hand-blown glass I can show.

    So, this week we will reread The Glassblower. If you're interested in those Week 6 notes, I've put them below.

    The Glassblower (Colonial People)

    by Christine Petersen

    Thursday, Oct 13 - Colonial America Living History Day

    Many thanks to our special guest, glass artist Chad Goodpastor, who presented the profession of Glassblower.

    The children spent a lot of time on their research, backboards, and notecards. The results were wonderful! The driveway was set up to be a street in a Colonial village, and the professions represented were







    We also had a delicious feast featuring five authentic Colonial America dishes! All of the detailed notes for our planning can be found below:

week of Apr 10:

week of Apr 17:

    Thu - read chapters 3 & 4 of The Glassblower

    this book would have worked out better if we had read one chapter each day, Mon - Thu (the chapters are quite long... but interesting!)

week of Apr 24:

    Wed - read prologue and chap 1-3 of

    World of Glass: The Art of Dale Chihuly

    by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

    Thu - finish up The World of Glass by reading chap 4-8

    this book would have worked out better if we had read three chapters each day, Mon - Wed, and then done the Macchia artwork on Thu

    other good connections with this book about Dale Chihuly could be

      p.7 - looking at my large glass Japanese float

      p.7 - playing marbles

      p.21 - watching a fox use both ears to judge distance between her and her prey, doing experiments with depth perception

      Wild Isles with David Attenborough, episode 1 (24:30 - 26:45)

      p.29 - looking at Native American blankets

      Coyote Steals the Blanket retold by Janet Stevens

    look at examples of artwork in 2023 wall calendar

    make Chihuly-inspired Macchia (PDF)
    uses basket coffee filters, plastic cups, markers, water, spray starch

    Dale Chihuly: Coffee Filters in the Rain post

week of May 1:

week of May 8:

    less Chihuly-inspired and more just for fun... to play around with the Shrinky Dink paper, and to finish up our Mycology lessons in Science Club... we are going to make Shrinky Dink mushrooms! we can trace the mushroom designs from our coloring books (trace on the smooth side with a Sharpie, color on the rough side with colored pencils)

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Sunday, March 26, 2023

Week 24 Notes

Some things going on this week that have their own blog post or webpage:

Monday, Mar 20


    Morning Math

      age 6, 7, 8 - GBM Dynamic +

      age 10 - add long division to MLB

      age 11 - add finding the average (mean) to MLB

      age 12 & 13 - The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math
      "Lost at Sea" & "Beat the Bends"

    Jazz Artist: Thomas "Fats" Waller - add picture to our display, watch "Your Feet's Too Big" and "Honeysuckle Rose"

    Language Arts

      The hfw Project - < the >

      SWI - < fast >

      Grammar - contronyms

      The Canterbury Tales - continue to read the General Prologue in Middle English and work on completing Character Chart


    Board Games - Bugs in the Kitchen, Mancala

    Lunch Story - chapter 10 of The House at Pooh Corner (In Which Christopher Robin and Pooh Come to an Enchanted Place, and We Leave Them There)

    Outdoor Play

    Art History:  Helen Frankenthaler - write notes on Helen Frankenthaler notecards, do next lesson (Color Field Self Portraits with crayon rocks)

    read Summer Is... by Charlotte Zolotow (illustrated by Janet Archer)

    Nature Sketching - take a nature walk with Ms. Kamea and find and draw plants from our yard that are safe for the rabbit to eat

Tuesday, Mar 21

Wednesday, Mar 22


    Morning Math

      age 6, 7, 8 - GBM Dynamic x

      age 10 - Percents wkbk 1 from Supercharged Math, pp. 1 & 2

      age 11 - add long division with decimals to MLB

      age 12 & 13 - The Book of Perfectly Perilous Math
      last problems: "Deadly Treasure" & "Which Door to Choose?"
      do the Math Lab for probability

    Jazz Artist: Bill "Bojangles" Robinson - add picture to our display, watch "Stair Dance" and "Little Colonel Bojangles Dance"

    Read Aloud - chapter 2 of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

    Outdoor Play

    Board Games - Password, Mancala, jacks

    Language Arts

    Art History: Helen Frankenthaler - Abstract Expressionism assignment (Lee Krasner)

    Science Club - check on results of humidity experiments

Thursday, Mar 23


    Morning Work Time

      finish collage artwork from yesterday for Gallery Walk at 2 pm

      age 6, 7, 8 - GBM Dynamic ÷

      AZ - decimals dynamic subtraction with Decimal Stamp Game

      GZ & KEL - play Mancala, Race to the Treasure

      KA & KLL - The Canterbury Tales (finish Character Chart)

      LL - finish SWI illustration, begin reading Talisman 2 series

      AG - 2nd reading and annotation of short story, one-on-one meeting

    Jazz Artist: George Gershwin - add picture to our display, read The Music in George's Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade, listen to "Rhapsody in Blue"

    Read Aloud - chapter 3 of Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

    Outdoor Play

    Indoor Play - jacks, Quoridor, Pylos, Quixo


      AR - lamb

      Z - nature treasures pouch

      GZ - kitten

      KEL - lamb

      LL - lamb

      CR - horse

      AZ - finish kitten, begin chicken

      AH - pig

      KW - embroidery

      AG - elephant

      KA - kitten

      KLL - symmetrical cross-stich pincushion

    SWI - < bake >, discussion of the replaceable e

      bake/ + er

      bake/ + er + y

      bake + s

      bake/ + ed

    Art History - Gallery Walk at 2 pm to look at everyone's artwork, do "Intuitive Abstract Art" activity for Abstract Expressionism

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Week 23 Photos

These photos go with the post Week 23 Notes (Mar 13 - Mar 16).

I really do not like the built-in captioning system in Blogger because the print is so small, but if I override it, then you can't click on the photos to enlarge them. Hmmm....

I love the Montessori Golden Bead Material because it so versatile

it's very concrete so it is the first math material we work with
(after the GBM, students transition to the Stamp Game)
I love the number cards because you can "slide 'em and stack 'em"
or open them up to show expanded notation!
a beautiful Ahriman and Ahura Mazda two-page spread finally completed
she is very proud!
we love our ENORMOUS new wooden cubby system, 
donated from another homeschool group in town
Nature walk to look for signs of spring
new plant growth is always rosy-pink like the sunrise!
proof that 2/3 ÷ 6 = 1/9
Board Game Tuesday
we always start our day with SSR
some computations for Perfectly Perilous Math
the story of the word < I > from The hfw Project
(we even look back in Beowulf and find ic)

the Homophone Principle!

whenever possible, in English, when two words sound the same
they will be spelled differently (this is for clarity, not for confusion)
we make word sums for words in the < rain > family
first they have to pass two tests:
the Spelling test and the Meaning test
whenever you think in English that you have two prepositions side-by-side
you DON'T

the first one is acting as an adverb!
partner reading from the Alba series, our wonderful set of early readers
from High Noon Books
division is all about sharing out fairly, so everyone brings one of
our wooden animals to the lesson
then they draw the animals for their MLB
we continue with our St. Patrick's Day theme
and look at the family of < gold >

< goldfinch > and < golden > are in the family
leprechaun is NOT in the family!

it passes the Meaning test but not the Spelling test
jump rope games
our new swing
learning to knit
our Helen Frankenthaler art project
this is a lesson I got from TpT and it was really cool!
a review of the nine basic grammar symbols
from Lower Elementary (ages 6-9)
and they get curious about the Upper Elementary Grammar Symbols
(in Montessori, UE is ages 9-12)

Of course, during Spring Break I thought I'd get all caught up on older notes and photos, but we got a huge donation of furniture (cubbies and bookcases) on week 2 of my break so I spent most of that time moving furniture and rearranging things. I'm going to just stay up-to-date on what we are doing now, and catch up on the past when I can. I know a lot of people are interested in our notes from the World Religions block, and I haven't forgotten! 370 books were donated yesterday so I'm glad to have all those new bookcases...