Why the Tree of Life?

11.23.2009

Four


Four is stability. Four is the square, a sturdy house, the four winds, the four cardinal directions, the four elements. Kirven drew water, wind, earth and fire.

Four is also the four seasons
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Happy Birthday, Kirven!

Kirven turned seven Saturday. Happy Birthday, Kirven! He had an oreo cake...
... and a mad scientist demonstration...
... and even made slime.
Afterward, when it was just family left, we had pizza and opened gifts. It was a great day!
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11.20.2009

Rising Castle Form Drawing


Like Castle a couple weeks ago, this one was very easy for him. Another linear one... interesting.
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Three

Here is our work with number Three. Three is Harmony. Think of a musical cord. I chose to draw a father, mother and child.
Kirven drew Heaven, Earth and Man. The black circle at the top is Heaven, and the green ball is Earth. And Man has a top hat.
And Kirven's numeral writing, triangle and three dots. He didn't like his first '3.'
Our reading from Rascal highlighted when Sterling, his father and Rascal all go to Lake Koshkonong to hear the whip-poor-wills; a happy trio. The link between our number work and our chapter book has become a little tenuous. I'm not sure either of us are feeling much of a connection. This is where I think the fairy tales would shine. We forgot to do recall this morning, and Kirven was very distracted during our work. That's probably the missing link right there, because he did better on all the other mornings.
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Two

Here's our work for the number Two. I drew Rascal and Poe-the-Crow, a pair of Sterling's pets (from Rascal) and also enemies. Rascal has a shiny penny in his mouth and Poe is about to steal it. In hindsight, I was too explicit about defining Two as 'pairs and opposites.' The discovery learning factor there was a little lacking (and in Three the next day as well). It is difficult when there isn't a class of kids to inspire each other.
Kirven drew a boy and a girl, a pair of trees, and dark and light (black & yellow circles). He seems to be enjoying choosing what he will draw. He doesn't want to draw what I'm drawing, which is new for him, and a nice step to see him take.
Kirven's numeral 2, plus two dots and parallel lines for the geometric form which expresses 'twoness.'
And mine...
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11.19.2009

Ironing

I found this super nifty applique iron at Joann's Fabrics night before last. I didn't know they made irons like these. It's perfect for chore time! The instructions say: NOT A CHILDREN'S TOY!!! KEEP AWAY FROM CHILDREN!!!

Heh.
Actually, I was very pleased with the temperature. It gets warm enough to start thinking about coaxing wrinkles out of cotton napkins (it would take you all day to persuade anything to press with this thing), but not hot enough to burn anybody. Ayla was even able to use it after we unplugged it, and it was cooling down. Needless to day, it was a big hit.
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One

We began our first math block this week, and we're focusing on Number Qualities. We discussed Zero on Monday and Zero's tricky quality of being nothing, yet being able to make other numbers 'more.' Zero is nothingness and emptiness. Zero is also potential... the moment before the beginning, yet also the moment after everything is finished and gone and the moment of completion. We didn't draw anything for Zero because there's nothing to draw!

Tuesday was a discussion about the magic of one. One is unity and uniqueness. We both drew the sun. We also discussed how we are each unique as individuals. I drew my lovely stick figure self, but Kirven was content with just his sun. I also added in one Rascal from Rascal. Rascal, a true story about a pet raccoon, is the chapter book we're working with for this block since we have shelved fairy tales for the time being. (And let me tell you... night and day, people. Recall is so much easier this block than it was doing our Fairy Tale Consonants block. Kirven is chiming in and finishing my sentences and is excited to relive episodes from the book as we retell it. It's been tough (for me) letting the fairy tales go for now, but it has been the right decision).

Then we drew the numerals large on a separate page. We also saw how one can be represented by a single dot (think dominoes) and also by the circle (one side). Kirven's is below, and mine below that.

(As a side note, today while we were discussing the triangle for three and that it has three sides, Kirven thought back to this circle and was a little confused that it didn't have sides. I added a little snake head to show him that it was like a snake (one side) eating its tail.)

I'm really enjoying learning about number qualities myself. This wasn't something we ever covered in school, that I can remember. Kirven said to me, I didn't know numbers had magic! I didn't either. I really, really like how we are setting the foundation for noticing the patterns in math and breathing life into numbers.




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The Dragon's Flame

Another painting story from Kristie Burns' ebook A Year of Waldorf Watercolor Stories. It's one that can be used for Michaelmas (but we don't celebrate Michaelmas), but we do love dragons around here!

Kirven's painting is above; Dunagan's below. This is the first painting where Dunagan followed along, and he was very proud of that fact! He was on the other side of the table from me, so his is upside down. :)

And mine...
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11.17.2009

Rising Wave Form Drawing

The form was really, really hard for me and for Kirven. It was so tough, that K and I gave up at the chalk board drawing stage and declared our mutual need for Daddy. Evan walked it with us Saturday morning, and then did the rest of the form drawing steps with Kirven. Visual-spatial. Not my forte. But I am genuinely loving form drawing. I am finding it fascinating to watch both Kirven and myself working with these forms and how our brains struggle to make our body movements match our mental pictures.
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First Cold Morning

We found our hats and mittens this morning.
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Big Spider

What the heck is this thing??? Evan brushed it with his hand on the banister.
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Independent Painting

Ayla's fingerpainting
Kirven's independent wet-on-wet watercolor. Very linear.
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Color Painters

We drew a picture from the autumn Enki Nature Story Color Painters. We were supposed to color the red and yellow leaves first, then cover them with green. Then we could scratch off the green to reveal the autum colors. The project worked great. The only problem was that K and I made our trees too big, and we got tired of coloring leaves. Kirven tried switching to block crayons, but that didn't work at all, and I just gave up on mine and did half and covered up the other half with my hand as I finished 'retelling' the story.

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Washing

One of the chores the kids can choose for morning chore time is washing 'clothes' (or napkins in this case). We hadn't done this particular chore yet here at the new house, and it was cold the morning Kirven requested it, so we laid out several towels on the playroom floor. It worked great, and they were not as messy as I feared. They can get really out of hand with the water play outside.



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