Another busy week for us.
Picture of the week:
What were we up to this week:
- We had a lovely time with our friends at Denver Botanic Gardens, it is still pretty green and plenty of flowers to see and enjoy
- The same day D. had a class in our library, it was about states of matter and he made slime there
- Swimming, choir, ballet, homeschool program and karate all went well
- We had a most amazing time in Brainard Lake again, and saw a family of moose in the wild!
- Studies at home went well, D. learned about symmetry and C. tackled word problems, D. worked on his poetry and C. wrote a bunch of stories using story cubes. Our homeschool program took care of science studies this week-kids learned about light there. For history we wrapped up our pre-historic people study by making a couple of dioramas. That was a project that I left entirely to kids and they came up with two versions
- For art we learned a little but about Hokusai, and did a little project after “Under the Great Wave off Kanagawa” (a little bit about painting on this video, I enjoyed listening facts about the artist here ), after looking at some more Hokusai’s paintings and discussing what foreground and background meant, we decided to make our own waves :p I didn’t have materials to imitate woodblock printing, so we went with a painting. A good idea how to do it can be found here . We went a little bit different about it. First we separated our page into three parts and sketched out our waves starting with the smaller ones in the foreground, then the biggest one, and finally Mount Fuji in the distance. D. added his own details too. We painted background first and then proceeded to watercolor the waves in different shades of blue. The final touch was adding sea foam with white acrylic paints using q-tips. Very pleased with how these turned out, love how kids’ personalities show through-D’s reflections and dreaminess and C’s liveliness and tendency to leap into action without any hesitation.
In the kitchen:
Cool evening call for baking
Kids made sugar cookies, in the shape of animals in honor of our forest adventures:
What are we reading:
- D. read Neil Gaiman’s “The Graveyard Book,” he wanted something spooky and here it is. I haven’t gotten to it yet, but he said it was all right, only the first chapter gave him real creeps
He also read “Skellig” by David Almond and, like me, absolutely loved it. I just rented a movie too, hopefully we’ll see it sometimes next week.
- With C. we started Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan and although we didn’t get too far yet, we already love the possum family. Kids giggle when “possum babies” are mentioned because that’s what I used to call them when they were little and loved to hold on to my backpack stripes on our walks.
Looks like we have a “blue books” theme going on, huh 😀
- Mama reads: Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett! In love with the Discworld even more than ever.
- In Russian: Д. читает “Битва за Огонь. Пещерный Лев” Жозефа Рони-Старшего, как раз в тему наших уроков по истории. К. читает “Басни” Крылова вместе со мной.
Next week’s schedule is quite full once again-testing for kids, some medical things to sort out, camp for D. in addition to our regular activities. Hope all goes well and with only pleasant surprises. Wishing a wonderful week to everybody!