I love Sundays. Today was no exception. I slept in a little later than usual, went for a run, my husband cooked us a delicious brunch, and then we went to church. In the afternoon, I wrote a letter to a friend, read, and went blackberry picking with my son. After dinner, I went out for a coffee date downtown with my husband. And when I got back home, I went a little crazy with some photo editing- as you can see from these photos. It's fun to play around with the different functions on Picnik though, experiment a little.
I took this photo for this weeks Live Every Moment photo challenge. The theme is aqua.
And since this is a photography post, I thought I'd also share some photography resources I've been appreciating lately.....
I love this book. I wish my camera manual was written so clearly and was as easy to understand as this is. Reading this, I finally felt like I "got it". Now, let's see if I can just apply this knowledge.....
Both of these graphics were found on Pinterest. I found them very helpful.
Grace has been studying India this month. We've had a lot of fun and gained some valuable knowledge, thanks to the generosity of others who have shared so many of their resources and ideas with us. So now, I thought I would pass along these resources and ideas as well.
Below are many of the books we used. Most of these books were not scheduled, but were used for independent reading times. I used the outline from the 5th Grade Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling to help me plan, and for many of the readings.
Here is the schedule we followed (if a story or book is scheduled, Grace would narrate and illustrate it...example shown below). It's a four day schedule because Grace has co-op once a week.
Day 1: Manu and the Talking Fish, form drawing (click here for some great Indian forms)
Day 2: Journey Through India website, made Chewda (Indian snack food)....we used garlic instead of hing because we couldn't find any to purchase, this prompted a little botany lesson through our research of what might work as a substitute, interesting article here.
Day 3: Story of Rama and Sita (public domain, Grace read the one printed in Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling)
Day 4: Watched Bride and Prejudice (we loved this movie), Rangoli designs with spices
Day 1: King Sangaras Horse (public domain, Grace read the one printed in Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling)
Day 2: Draw and label map of India- here is a free blank outline map of India, I used the Usborne Children's Encyclopedia of Our World as an example to copy, but any atlas would do.
Day 3: National Geographic Kids website (took notes), form drawing
Day 4: Gods and Goddesses of India...the animation in this movie wasn't my favorite, but the stories were told in a simple, easy to understand way that we found helpful.
Week 3: Selections from the Bhagavad Gita (public domain, Grace read the ones printed in Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling)
Day 1: Virtue in Work, chose and colored and picture from this site.
Day 2: Religion of Self Restraint, form drawing
note...this is where we are right now, the rest of these plans we haven't carried out yet
Day 3: Religion of Discernment, Hinduism for Children website
Day 4: Religion of Faith, Ancient India Kidipede website, henna tattoos
Day 1: Story of Buddha click here for link to e-book
Day 2: First and Second Noble Truths (public domain, Grace read the ones printed in Journey Through Waldorf Homeschooling), Buddha nets kid's page, draw a lotus flower
Day 3: Third Noble Truth, form drawing
Day 4: Fourth Noble Truth, Little Buddha movie
This is a post from the archives, October 2009
Grace just finished a very short unit on Africa. Not nearly long enough, but enough to entice her to learn more on her own...my primary goal from the beginning. She spent seven days on this unit. Here's what she did:
Day 2: Practiced copying some ancient African symbols and letters, made mbatata (sweet potato) cookies from Malawi...the chocolate chips she added may not have been authentic, but they sure were tasty. :)
Day 3: Read Crocodile's Treason (another South Africa folktale), wrote and illustrated a short synopsis, studied three part flag cards from Montessori African continent kit
Day 4: Studied three part Africa "places" cards from continent kit, watched Africa: The Serengeti... the whole movie can be played by clicking here.
Day 5: Labeled a blank map of Africa (available in continent kit)
Day 6: Read Why Dead People are Buried (a Nigerian folktale), wrote and illustrated a short synopsis, reviewed three part flag cards
Day 7: Studied three part plant cards from Montessori continent kit, researched, wrote about and illustrated the aloe plant, reviewed unit and put together a portfolio of her work.
Picture Books: My Painted House, My Friendly Chicken, and Me
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters
Learning About Forgiveness from the Life of Nelson Mandela
Ashanti to Zulu
We All Went on Safari
A is for Africa
Listening to in the car: African Playground
Service/Sewing Project: Pillowcases Dresses for Africa
Read Aloud: Star of Light
Independent Reading: King of the Wind