Two years ago we began homeschooling Lucy (8), Hattie (6), Beatrice (3), and Arlo (1). We’re including this on our Giants & Pilgrims blog as all our family adventures seem to impact our art & music so much! Also, we just like sharing the stories. So we’ll be sharing posts on the themes we’ve been covering each month and calling the adventure “ABACUS”! Our hope is that these posts will help spark creative direction and inspiration for your family as well as giving us somewhere to be document and record our experiences.
We continued our world tour this month with a “trip” to Japan. This was definitely one of our favorite countries/cultures yet! I surprised the girls by setting up a Japanese style low table in the middle of our dining room with zen inspired decorations and gave them each a silk kimono (twelve dollars on amazon!).
We had a Japanese tea party –
We practiced calligraphy and mark making with these lovely Teagas water scrolls –
We played with origami –
And REALLy loved getting to try all these yummy Japanese snacks from our TopMunch box!
We of course went out for sushi at the end of the month!
A reoccuring theme for January for us is “Snow”! Thanks Colorado!
A day at the best sledding hill –
All the snow books –
Building a funny snow man (snow deer?)
Painting snowy scenes
Lots of letter play for this little one –
The two big girls joined the Secret Society of Letter Writers
And for Harriet this month we worked REALLY hard to read every day. She has been doing so great!
Polymer Clay and Stop Motion:
We had lots of fun making some little stop motion videos with my iphone and also made lots of oven bake figures.
So many fun art projects this month. Buzzy helping me do the underpainting on a canvas –
Painting owls inspired by Owl Moon
Painting our to-do list clip boards
Face painting fun
And a really cool art show up at the university
For book club this month, we read Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
We got to experience Chinese Hot Pot
Went on a journey to find the Old Man of the Moon
Had a great discussion
And celebrated the Year of the Dog
Our Natural History Museum at a really cool touring exhibit of dinosaur skeletons, so we adventured to Denver to check it out.
Digging for dinosaur fossils
Some days, when the chaos is winning, it is best to take the morning off from normal homeschool and learn about the lost arts of homemaking. Headphones and fun music help (Annie soundtrack all the way for these girls)
Harriet came up with her own recipe for Orange Cake. Turned out pretty tasty!
A dinner Lucy and Harriet made.
One day Lucy really wanted to build something. So they designed, built, and painted this shelf with a cup holder for next to their bed.