Katie Grace

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We’ve been having fun so far! Today Katie Grace made mood phases crayon resist paintings. It’s a little difficult to see.

I think I posted this before, but these are our phases of the moon beanbags.
Here is the moon phases chalkboard drawing

which Katie Grace then copied into her main lesson book.
O Lady Moon, your horns point toward the east. Shine, be increased! ~Christina Rossetti
And finally, phases of the moon with cookies. Yummy! You can check out the activity here.

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We’re starting Astronomy!

Next week I’ll share some activities, but I thought I would start by sharing some resources. I’d love to hear your ideas for great sun, moon, stars, and planet resources as well!

The Science Explorer Out and About from The Exploratorium has some great ideas. We enjoyed the shadow tracing yesterday!

Sunshine Makes the Seasons is a great early reader for primary grade kids. It also includes the awesome orange experiment you see pictured at the beginning of this post.

I adore our old Childcraft annuals I was lucky enough to purchase at a thrift store. The World and Space book is definitely getting good use!

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I’m not sure what prompted me to choose this as a main lesson focus this month. It’s not a Waldorf main lesson. I think it might be recommended in the Ambleside third grade course of study. It seemed like a natural jumping off point from Christmas.
The two main books we’re using are Tomie dePaola’s Book of Bible Stories and, later in the month, The Parables of Jesus, also by Tomie dePaola. They’re really lovely books, beautifully illustrated, and the retellings of the stories are very true to Scripture.

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It’s Miss Katie Face’s turn to be featured on Workbox Wednesday!

She started off with a little bit of spelling. We use “My Catholic Speller” from Catholic Heritage Curriculum. I know, I know, the kids are being raised Lutheran– but we tried A Reason for Spelling last year and all the stories about alcoholic fathers and impending divorce and doom were depressing.

Next, a little wet-felting to make beads. So fun. We have no idea what we’re going to do with them though.