Alex and I are thoroughly enjoying our time together working on lessons. He’s listening, learning, intrigued, and asking good questions. He’s even making a few mistakes and is okay with it. This is big for him! He’s asking to get to his lessons each and every day and not because he wants some random reward. but because he wants to learn more, paint more, draw more, practice more, and/or write more.
Here’s a sampling of Alex’s work from this week so far:
Form drawing – crossing the midline
He’s really enjoying form drawing and has been practicing it on his own throughout the week. He came up to me last night out of the blue and drew it on my back.
We began our Creation story with Lucifer being sent to the dark world and then trying to re-enter Heaven with a dragon. We love the imagery and creativeness of the Jacob Streit stories and I’m so glad that I ordered them at the last minute! This is Alex’s picture of the event.
And Alex’s summary. He’s a great story-teller and loves to summarize the stories and write them out in his MLB. I tell/read the story (I seriously struggle with memorizing even the shortest of stories and always have the written version close by) and we’ve been letting it rest for a few hours before coming back to do our picture and/or summary. He narrates what happened while I write. We then discuss what the main points are and usually reduce the narration down a little bit so his summaries will fit the page. He copies what I wrote of his narration into his MLB.
We got this great idea from Our Little Nature Nest, who is using many of the same resources as we are for third grade. Thank you so much for the inspiration! Alex adored this activity of making both music and light with all colors of the rainbow all at the same time to illustrate the first day of creation.
After the food color was added to the water. (Hmm, maybe I could dye some yarn and/or wool after we’re done with this project?)
And lastly, here is Alex wet-on-wet painting of creation up to day 3. It’s our first effort with this technique and we’re both blown away with the magic of it all. We started by painting the top two-thirds of the paper with yellow and the bottom on-third with blue. For the third day of creation, we took the brush and mixed a bit of the blue and yellow on the paper to make green. We added plant life by introducing a wee bit of red into the green to make brown tree trunks. We’ll continue adding to this painting for each day of creation. This idea was from the Live Ed sample page for third-grade.
So what’s left for the week?
Well, I was hoping to go to an apple orchard today to see how a fruit farm works, as well as do a nature study of apples, but time and budget does not permit this week. Instead, we will look at our pictures from last year’s apple picking adventure and discuss a few things. We’ll contrast it to the chicken farm that we went to a couple of weeks ago (and re-visti our field trip and pictures from that farm as well from last year.) We also have homeschooling co-op today, so we’ll spend most of the day with friends learning and playing.
Alex loves codes and languages at the moment and positively lit up when I mentioned the Hebrew alphabet to him earlier in the week. We will be writing each letter onto a notecard and attempting to pronounce it. He can’t wait to dive into this project (another Live Ed idea.)
Tomorrow is the start of Rosh Hosannah and we will read a story or two about it before making a couple loaves of challah, one to dip on honey for an afternoon snack and the other for making french toast and/or bread pudding over the weekend.