We are continuing to enjoy our "Little House on the Prairie" studies. This week the children finished up their covered wagon. I got the idea for this little craft on Pinterest. Here is a direct link to the lovely blog that shared some great directions! I used some scrapbooking paper I had on hand for the wagon, tissue paper that came out of a shoe box for the cover of the wagon, and a pizza box for the wheels. It was all fairly easy to do. K made the little people you see inside the wagon. She made Pa, Ma, Mary, Laura, and Baby Carrie.
We do a lot of writing once we are done reading our "Little House" book each day. T is getting more and more independent in his writing and is actually enjoying the opportunity to use the many field guides he owns to write about prairie animals. I'm sure many will shudder when they see how this child holds his pencil. I tried to teach him the "correct" way to hold a pencil, but he kept looking at me with tear-filled eyes and saying, "Mom, it feels weird that way. Why can't I hold the pencil the way I want?" I decided it wasn't worth fighting the battle. He is writing neatly and frankly most left-handed people I know all have their own unique pencil grasp.
We actually did an art project this week! The children color and draw a lot around here, but I have really slacked off when it comes to providing them opportunities to do some sort of structured art project. Again, Pinterest gave me the inspiration for this fun fall art project. Here is the link if you're interested in seeing how to do this project. You will need watercolor paper, watercolor paints, and some liquid glue. L was excited to get to use something besides a glue stick. She said, "Mom, I'm grown now, so I can use this kind of glue."
This is T's artwork. He wanted to add a lot of fall color to his piece and that is why you will see a lot of fallen leaves at the bottom.
This is K's artwork. Do you see the red bird up in the tree and the sun in the background?
This is L's piece. She used watercolor crayons and then painted it with water later. T and K simply used watercolor paints like the instructions in the blog explained. When she was using the red I asked her, "What is all that red?" She said, "It's a sunset."
A few other highlights of our week include piano lesson for K, making a homemade bird feeder, playing Wiffle ball, and the older two children working on their multiplication tables.
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