Friday, 27 May 2011

Easter Mosaic Cross

I had hoped to write about this activity some time ago, but on the grounds that late is better than never and potentially I could just be early for next year (!) here is a brilliant idea from that artist woman.

Now, our results weren't quite so impressive as hers, but for what it's worth, here's how we got on with it:
It was one of those art activities which takes place in stages and involves eating along the way!  So, we cracked and used the eggs (I forget what for now), washed the shells and let them dry.  Then we painted the shells in different coloured acrylic paint and again let them dry.  Next we broke the shells into smallish pieces and organised them into their different colours and cut crosses from pieces of card.  Finally we glued the shell pieces onto the card with PVU and painted over the shell pieces with the same glue as we went along.
While we were waiting for paint and glue to dry we culled the nature basket which was still full with autumn treasure and needed some space ready for new finds!

Painting the eggs
Sorting the eggshell pieces by colour

Glued cross ready for decorationg

Decorated cross

Drying in the sun

Crosses at the bottom of our Easter tree
Easter tree 2011

Sorting through the nature basket

Discovering old treasures

Little ones' role play.

I have often worried that dd2 doesn't get the role play opportunities that dd1 did before we moved house, but I needn't have worried because she is more than capable of resolving any such problems herself.  Some weeks ago I came across her in her office.  She can send emails (including one to the Queen explaining why I couldn't attend the Royal Wedding recently!) and write letters from her portable office.  There are also signs on the two doors to the conservatory, or should I say to her office (!), saying opne (sic) and shut in case there is any doubt!

On a more serious note, I read some time ago that homeschool parents are inclined to worry that they don't have a shop corner, post office corner and a kitchen corner etc like you might find in a Reception classroom, but of course, homeschooled children don't have to go to pretend shops, kitchens and post offices etc because they get to do the real thing!  It's a no-brainer isn't it!

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Impromptu homeschooling

I guess impromptu homeschooling is one of the great benefits of teaching your own children - it's certainly one of my favourite parts and today we had a brilliant example of it.  Dh and I were trying to bring order out of chaos in our conservatory ready for homeschool after the (extended!) Easter break and some resources were discovered which hadn't been used before.  Suddenly the girls are old enough to use these wait-in-the-side-wings resources and beautiful things happen!  My Granny (who passed away a month ago) gave us some cards labelled Lucy Harrison Poetry Machines - I've found this website connected to them - and they were too hard for dd1 at the time they were gifted, but today they were just right, and I know my Granny would have smiled from ear to ear to see the poems which dd1 made from the word cards.  I wonder what you think of them?  I was very moved by them, but that's probably just one of those ex-Londoner motherly moments!
Morning wandered everywhere again.

Sometimes London people can become friends and smile.

Sometimes fiction can speak the language of London.

We remember fragments of happiness.