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Showing posts from March, 2013

Indoor "Snow" Activity

I have had the Earthways craft book for about 5 years, but I can be SO slow (sometimes) in putting plans into action.  I have even had the ivory snow for this particular project since last winter, so finally, (FINALLY) we got around to doing this craft!

The little ones helped a bit whipping the 'snow' but as it took a VERY long time to do, I moved to the electric mixer, and even then it took a very long time.  I wound up adding a bit extra soap powder to the mix.  After quite some time, I had to call them back to the table.  We gathered some of our finds from our nature walks, pine-cones  seeds, pine needles and so forth, and created a snow scene.

This was a major accomplishment for me.  I don't know if anyone else suffers from this sort of "syndrome".  HA!  I am so often in-gathering and taking in information and hoarding books! yes hoarding them, that it is often difficult to actually 'do' all the ideas I see and would like to do.  (Talk about a need…

Window Stars

Today we had our once monthly art class for homeschoolers, in which we made some nice little window stars.  They are simple enough, and brighten up a room tremendously.  We had a great time!

For those wishing to continue what we did in class, this craft requires 'kite paper' which is translucent, quite like wax paper, and therefore a bit different from standard opaque origami paper.  It can be found in a number of places online.  Amazon had some, but seems to have none in stock at the present, but you can always try there, otherwise, A Toy Garden carries it.  One can also use tissue paper it seems.

Teaching Square Numbers

I have begun working with a slightly older student (middle school) and we began with square numbers, as it was one of the topics they needed to review.  I am delighted to know of these methods, and to be able to share them with others.  I really see math come alive, and the student become so much more engaged than with mere drill.
I have showed this little example to adults even, who were quite amazed to see that square numbers actually produce physical squares.  So often, in traditional schooling, terminology is used without depth of understanding, often, even by the teachers.  When we begin to use hands on, and even artistic methods, one is able to grasp a concept and create knowledge, which is the only true basis for learning.
We began in the lower left hand corner and put 1 row and 1 column (hence only one gemstone or box).  This is 1 x 1
then we put 2 rows and 2 columns, giving us 2 x 2, or 4.
we continued with 3 rows and 3 columns, giving us 3 x 3, or 9.
and thus we continued a…