Don’t let my title “A New Homeschool Routine” mislead you. My recent homeschool goal is to incorporate nature study in a regular and consistent way — one nature walk every week and time spent documenting our walk in a nature journal. I’ve done a lot of research and bought some books (used, online; don’t have […]
Thanks to the over one hundred of you who took my daughter’s polls! Wow! We used the data collected to make our own graphs. cover of the mini-book the graph inside made with spreadsheet software. Sprite felt sorry for the poor tuba — no one voted for it. She wanted to add a vote just […]
We’ve been studying Renoir this term. On the left is Renoir’s Portrait of Claude (Coco) Renoir. (Claude was Renoir’s son.) On the right is Sprite’s version. She is 8. We use the Charlotte Mason approach — looking at one work each day, all by the same artist. The child orally narrates the painting after studying […]
This year’s art study has been going well. In an attempt to be more “Charlotte Masony” with our learning, I bought five big sized books filled with reproductions (and some text) each featuring a different artist. We started with Van Gogh since there wasn’t anything in that book that I thought I’d have to edit. […]
At the zoo in the mountains, we saw this dragonfly resting on the shell of his just-shed exoskeleton. He was very still and even let me touch his wings. There are lots of dragonflies all over China and they are often portrayed in Chinese art. I’ve always thought they were fascinating insects.