Yesterday was another Five In A Row co-op day for us, and it was an excellent day! We studied the book Snowflake Bentley as a group and there were many interesting activities during our morning together.
As usual, the day started with reading the story out loud. If you have not read Snowflake Bentley, it is a really good book! I am amazed at how much the story touches me every time I read it, even though I’ve read it many times.
The next activity was block painting. Leslie, one of our teachers for the day, had taken florist material and cut it into blocks. The children then carved pictures into the blocks, painted over them, and then pressed them onto paper, making some lovely prints!
It took concentration to get their designs just right.
Some of the children came up with really impressive block designs. We talked a little bit about negatives. And we talked about how what you carve into the block comes out “backwards” when you turn it over and press it onto the paper, something some of the children were not expecting, especially those who had written words onto their blocks!
Michaela made a pretty design.
Later we went outside for more art lessons and for a special homemade guessing game, full of snowflake facts. Each child was handed an answer piece, while Leslie held all of the pieces with questions. She asked a question and whoever thought their piece had the right answer would say it. If they were indeed correct, their answer would match Mrs. Leslie’s piece and another part of the bigger picture was done. I am hoping Leslie will post more about this on her wonderful blog!
I loved watching the children interact with each other and with Mrs. Leslie in this game. It was quite fun. Some answers seemed right until the real fact was read and we would all be amazed over another snowflake fact.
If you are interested, here is a link to a site about Wilson A. Bentley, the snowflake man.
Today’s a work day for me, but I am thankful to be snuggled up in a comfy chair, drinking hot tea and doing something interesting. Seems I learn something new every day. I have actually thought of taking what I learn about prefixes, suffixes, word combos, and grammar and making up a grammar/writing class for homeschooling children to teach out of my home. Hmmm.
I hope you have a lovely Friday.