Monday, September 10, 2012

Weekly Wrap Up - What a Painted Umbrella Teaches, a New Take on Art History & a Birthday!

After a not so restful Sabbath week, we resumed with our 'normal' school activities.

In our study of Flying Creatures, we spent some time looking through field guides and listening to bird calls on CD.  We are brushing up on the birds that inhabit this area and looking forward to cooler weather to seek out these winged creatures!
Stokes Bird Call CD
Listening to the beauty and variation in Bird Calls.

During 'down time', my middle schooler had a great time assembly this 3-D puzzle of The Statue of Liberty.
3D Puzzle of the Statue of Liberty
3D Puzzle of The Statue of Liberty

My daughter and I had a special craft time together centered around The Princess and the Kiss Bible study.  Using an umbrella and fabric paint we created a visual reminder of 'submission to authority' citing  Jesus as our example.
Teaching submission with visual aids
Teaching submission with a visual aid
Painted umbrella
One view of the finished painted umbrella

Painted umbrella - The Princess and the Kiss
Another view!

Daughter with umbrella
My daughter with her finished project!

My oldest has come a long way in the pursuit of art.  Admittedly he's not a huge fan, but, likes the idea of earning college credit now instead of later!

This video was taken before our co-op Art class:

MC Escher - Meet the Masters
My oldest's version of MC Escher
The older kids studied MC Escher from the 'Meet the Masters' series.   I can happily report that the majority of groans over doing art disappeared after the project was completed!

Degas - Meet the Masters
My youngest's version of Degas
The younger kids did Degas, also from the "Meet the Masters" series.  The chalk dust shading went unfinished due to an undiagnosed chalk allergy!

Working on her task cards, my 3rd/4th grader discovered Biomes and Habitats! 

Creek Edge Press Geography Task Cards
Creek Edge Press Geography Task Cards 

 And last but not least, my oldest turned 14!!!!!


  1. Great post what a fun week. Did you get my email? You won my Ooogieloves giveaway. I sent it Sunday. Kathys Cluttered Mind

  2. LOVE the umbrella! Thank you for linking up @ Learn + Link! Have a great weekend! Stop by and link up next week! :)