We enjoyed our second week of homeschool with a Marian Craft for the Most Holy Name of Mary. My husband drew these pictures inspired by an old Catholic Holy Card. Then, we printed several on cardstock for the kids to paint! We used watercolors and white crayons. Painting is always fun with the little ones, and it seems to bring some relaxation to all of us after a stressful week (or weekend).
This second pictures shows the work done by #1 (6 years old), #2 (4 years old), and #3 (3 years old). It is always fun to see how the kids are progressing at their different ages!
This week is our first week of homeschool, and are learning about the Birth of Christ in Schola Rosa, Year II! For a history craft, we worked on painting a picture inspired by a painting we own of the three kings.
We discussed foreground and background. I gave them crayons for the background and acrylic paint for the foreground. #1 focused on the camel and two kings; while, #2 focused on the action of the camel itself. After they finished what the had deemed the “center pieces”, they turned their attention to the background, each with a different style. It is quite amazing to me that at these ages they do have such distinctive styles no matter what I teach them or how I teach them in art.
People often ask “Why move back home?”
We think it is as simple as this:
“For the Lord honored the father above the children, and he confirmed the right of the mother over her sons. Whoever honors his father atones for sins, and whoever glorifies his mother is like one who lays up treasure. Whoever honors his father will be gladdened by his own children, and when he prays he will be heard. Whoever glorifies his father will have long life, and whoever obeys the Lord will refresh his mother.”Sir 3:2-6
We are thankful that the children finally have a chance to experience a broader family life, and all this on the farm is an extra bonus! There is nothing like helping Grandpa and Papa stacking hay to dry on a cool, sun-shiny day.
#2 (4 years old) sketched a Church from memory this week. He tried to include elements of symmetry and one-point perspective. You can get a hint of the perspective by looking at his sidewalk. It narrows as it approaches the doors.
#1 (6 years old) was left alone too long and decided to do a mixed media piece, using pencil for the initial sketch and a mixture of crayon, pen, and markers for the finish. She, too, was focused on the skill of one-point perspective.
Both drawings were inspired by Churches in the local area.
We are working on iconography this year, so we also decided to make our own paint! This was quite the learning experience.
After trial and error we successfully mixed spices, oils, vinegar, and flour together to make paint. The most successful colors were brown made from leftover coffee and purple made from red cabbage juice.
The kids enjoyed the project — even the colors that were not successful — and they learned about symbolism in Christian artwork.
What a great practice run before the year gets started!
Details for this project and others can be found in the Schola Rosa: Co-op & Home Curriculum at www.therollingacresfarm.com/school
In Virginia most pictures drawn by our children contained mountains in the distance. Now, living on the prairie, their pictures have undergone changes that reflect their change of place. Notice the flat horizon line in this picture drawn in July by #2 (4 years old). Not only is the horizon line flat, but there is a great amount of space between buildings, only one tree, and tractors are the center-piece of most of his drawings.
After having settled down from a cross-country move, I thought it a good opportunity to share some of the tricks we learned along the way. These little feet have traveled from VA to MN!
- Need BOXES! Ask the local grocery store to set aside boxes for you at night. Pick up the boxes in the morning. Do this several mornings before your move.
- If your brother-in-law offers to drive the moving truck for you, let him!
- If friends offer to help pack, let them!
- If friends offer to clean, let them! You will quickly run out of time!
- If traveling with 5 children under the age of 6, double the amount of estimated time to reach your destination.
- Don’t leave the dog leashed to the trailer; he might rip the electrical wires hanging near the tongue.
- If you get the stomach flu while traveling, stop at the gas station and ask for bowls, LOTS of bowls.
- Don’t forget to charge your cell phone at the hotel.
- Not only should you have a spare tire for your vehicle, but for your trailer, too!
- Have a hard-copy of an atlas; don’t completely rely on GPS.
Pictures of our new Minnesota garden coming in following posts!
The children lately have been telling their own stories and drawing pictures to go along with the stories. Sometimes these stories are memories they have experienced, and they simply wish to share the visual memories they have. Sometimes their stories are the imaginative variety with all sorts of surprises!
Mistress of Composition and color, by #1, age 6
Mistress of Composition and color, by #1, age 6
by #3, age 3 There are soldiers if you cannot tell.
by #2, age 4, Men Working, he has just started working on foreground and background
This was a very simple recipe. We rolled out our homemade pizza dough, covered it with butter and brown sugar. Sliced bananas onto the top and sprinkled chocolate chips all around. A handful of oatmeal and a drizzling of sweetened evaporated milk finished it off! We baked the dessert pizza at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until brown and bubbly. A tasty treat, indeed!