2016

Last Week's Book Basket

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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!

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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.

Autumn Rhythm

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.

Books about leaves

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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.

Etsy Collage 1

Etsy no longer allows users to create treasuries. Boo! Until someone creates a new way to do this, I’ll be experimenting with my own ideas. I really do love the idea of supporting small, at-home businesses though. Here ae some things that caught my eye this week.

I love this set of little wooden apples treated with beeswax, along with a scoop and bucket. These crochet apples are bright and colorful and squishy for little hands. There are several apple tree lacing toys on Etsy but I liked the 3-D aspect of this one. If you’re looking for a more traditional lacing/threading toy, you can find one here. And the details in this color shade matching game are amazing.

Apple Slicing

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Last week’s internet outage means I’m playing catch up with posting the rest of last week’s apple posts today.

Apple Slicing

Apple week has been the perfect opportunity to keep apples out for a healthy snack– I meant for us to make crock pot applesauce as well, but sadly, that will have to be non-thematic and wait for another week– and also introduce the children to using the apple slicer. Daniel is in a public magnet Montessori school this year, and I am hoping that eventually the twins will be as well. I’ve always had a deep admiration for Maria Montessori and her work, and will be introducing the twins to some of her lessons when appropriate. This one was easy as pie.

Cezanne

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As part of our afterschooling with apples, we’ve been looking at the still life paintings of Paul Cezanne. Specifically, we looked at his Still Life with Apples and Still Life with Bottle and Apple Basket.

Cezanne

We have a little art appreciation area set up, although we may have to change it if we end up getting a hamster.

Molly Cezanne

Michaelmas Star Bread

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Note: This recipe was an absolute bust. It was just too much flour and for whatever reason, the dough wouldn’t come together no matter what we did. Maybe I am not a good measurement converter. Who knows? I thought about deleting the post altogether, but it still really is a lovely story, so I’m going to post this anyway in the hopes that the story at least will be helpful. Perhaps you can use your own (edible) raisin bread recipe!