I'm becoming that homeschooling mom. Or, wait. Maybe I already am that homeschooling mom! Grady commented the other day, "There sure is a lot of crafty stuff all over the kitchen counters. And why are there boxes of dirt on the windowsill? I think whatever you're doing brought ants into the house." I smiled with happy pride and said, "Just wait for another week. Assembling a worm farm is top of our list for science class!"
I never would have thought my kitchen would function as art studio and science lab, while cookies bake in the background and dinner simmers in the crock pot. Aahhh. It's all in a days work and, for now, I'm enjoying it.
Ever painted with a fork? No seriously, have you? Try it - it's actually kinda fun. And, when the paint dries you're left with an unusual streaking blend of colors.
After having heard me say a hundred and one million times, "Use your fork only for eating and not playing" at the dinner table, my boys were dumbfounded when I told them to get busy and start playing with a fork at the table!
When the paint-soaked papers dried, the boys cut circles, glued eyes, legs, and antennae, and ta-da: caterpillars! It goes without saying that any meaningful art project with my boys needs to involve something with bugs or animals.
Supplies: equal parts glue and water, shredded paper bags, plastic wrap, bowls, and an eager child or two to get sloppy and put it all together.
He dipped paper shreds into the glue mixture and then placed them on a bowl covered in plastic wrap. Actually, placed sounds much too nice for what was really happening. It was more like plopping and slopping clumps of gluey wet paper to the side of the bowl. But you get the idea.
With a lot of our school focus on springtime, I couldn't pass up the chance to learn about seeds, sprouts, plant parts, and while we were talking about it all, photosynthesis.
An on-the-ball mom would have neatly laid all the supplies on the counter and taken a picture so you could follow some step-by-step visuals before assembling this teeny-tiny terrarium. But, I'm not an on-the-ball kind of mom so this is what you get: two boys munching on cookies while being forced to hold their terrarium, look at the camera, and smile.
Today, as we talked about the various parts of plants, what each part does, and why plants are important to us, I had the boys draw and label the parts of the sprouts in this terrarium. If you were to ask one of my boys right now why plants are important, they would both yell out, "They help us breathe!" They were fixated on the whole photosynthesis process and Grady Lee even commented, "God is pretty amazing to think to make leaves that help people get clean air, huh Mom?" I love when science lessons are built on the Bible first.