Autumn, Books and Literature

Last Week’s Book Basket

Whoops! Forgot all about the autumn creatures last week, so here we go!

Pumpkin Soup by Helen Cooper
We just bought this one at Barnes and Noble, and the twins love the adventures of Duck, Cat, and Squirrel. They were disappointed it didn’t include a recipe for pumpkin soup! Do you have one?
You can hear the store read here in a lovely accent.

Yonie Wondernose by Marguerite de Angeli  yonie
This is a Caldecott Honor Book and the twins are fascinated by the “medal” on the cover. I always like to point it out to them, telling them that the illustrations in this book are sooooo wonderful that it won an award. That always gets their attention!

General

A call for help

Dear Friends,
As some of you may know, I have been out of work since March due to my epilepsy. There has been an increase in my seizure activity and I am having a bad response to medications. I am trying to get this blog active again to see if can lead to some other projects/work. I’m not exactly sure what yet, lol. Some possibilities include online teaching, curriculum writing, writing for other sources, parent/family coaching, etc. I’m open to ideas. If you would like to help at all, there are a couple things you can do.
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Autumn

Autumn Creatures

I just realized I forgot to write about this week’s theme– it’s autumn creatures! Although it seems a bit silly to be writing about autumn when it’s been 80 degrees this week. Humph.

Just a tiny little taste of the week- I’ll post later about our book basket and our art appreciation (both the one we were supposed to do and the one we ended up doing instead.) It’s a busy week here. Two children are in the thick of rehearsal, one is in tech week, one is starting rehearsal for a new project, one had an eye doctor’s appointment and new glasses and three have doctor’s appointments tomorrow.

Art

Art Appreciation: Autumn Rhythm by Jackson Pollock

Autumn RhythmWe’re looking at Jackson Pollock’s Autumn Rhythm painting this week. It’s the first time we’ve spent focused time at abstract art, and the twins were intrigued. We had a focused exploration of the piece, trying to find beginning and ends of lines, looking for where they crossed and tangled and became something new. Tracing the lines led to some discussion of mazes, a rabbit trail I would like to follow. There are lots of free printable mazes online, but I don’t think that’s the direction I’d like to do. Maybe we’ll use blocks to build mazes– it’s a shame we don’t still have a hamster in the family! Our Hexbug phase has come and gone, but maybe we can build a maze for hexbugs. Or I could always get out the marble run. Although I’m not looking for worksheet activities, I might make an exception for these number mazes— Matthew especially loves dot markers.

Autumn, Books and Literature, Painting

It’s Leaf Week!

I started noticing how climate change was affecting our area a few years ago. Some trees started losing their leaves and they began falling in August, and others held on to their leaves forever. And it’s several weeks into October and I’m only just now taking the air conditioners out of the windows, but I’ve had to turn the heat on as well. There doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of in-between, open the windows, jacket weather anymore. I planned on this being leaf week, but it’s hard to find pretty colored leaves, at least near our house. They’re either dead already or still green. Luckily there are some days off school this week, so we may have to go leaf hunting.