Saturday, October 29, 2011

Homeschool Happenings

{ This Week }

Arriving back midweek from a holiday at the beach we slowly edged ourselves closer to our 'normal' family rhythm. A week spent swimming, making sandcastles and wandering with no particular agenda had inpired the creativity in us all - as such times of nothingness have a habit of doing in our family. While the holiday was fantastic and much enjoyed, we all do settle in nicely to the normality of home. Home seems to be the place we can create and allow our imaginations and creative impulses take on lives of their own as we float from one project to the next.

This week our days were filled with lots of paper, scissors, glue, paints, pencils and patterns.

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A Montessori inspired tub was filled with colour a few weeks back. The novelty and exploration had worn thin and it hadn't been looked in for a while but I hadn't yet changed the contents of the colour tub yet. It got brought out again this week but the exploration took a totally new direction - I love seeing the children learning with their own creative imaginations like this. The children added a few paper plates, a pair of scissors and a bottle of glue to the tub and the creations (and conversations) which ensued were very 'arty'.

Alexander and I were looking through a simple Math book about shapes and patterns. The circle and square pictures inspired us all to create our own circle and square masterpieces. We cut out a pile of these shapes in a variaty of clours and sizes and added in some glue and pens. The outcome was some very cute people and a few trees. Most of these were made especially for some special people, with a lot of love!

I was a bit distracted one morning with several phone calls to make. I glanced out the office window to see this in process. The three children were using water to paint patterns on the pavers. They then experiemented with the patterns of leaves. An hour or so of simple enjoyment was had by all.

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