Monday, October 26, 2015

Art History Month #1---Pablo Picasso Poppins Book Nook

Welcome back to this month's edition of Poppins Book Nook!  Artists!!

I am using this as my kick off to Art History.  Stick around and I will be doing an artist every 4 weeks.  I will include books that we use and art projects.  This month we did Pablo Picasso.

Week 1

First we read this book:

Just behave Pablo Picasso
by Jonah Winter

The art project this week was  based off of Pablo Picasso's clown painting.   

I had him paint the background and then he used various paper to make the clown.\

Week 2

This week we read the book:.

Pablo Picasso
by Adam Klein

His art project for this week was based off of Picasso's guitar.

This one was found here.

Week 3

This week we read this book:

Pablo Picasso
by Mike Venzia

Then He did this project:

You can find it here.

Week 4

For our last week we read this book:

Pablo Picasso
by Catherine Nichols

Picasso was known for his Cubism movement.

So I had him draw a picture of  a person using those concepts.

Stay tuned for next month when we study Van Gogh!

Click below to see how other members of Poppins Book Nook were inspired!

 Clip art by MelonHeadz.


Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Mystery of History Volume 3 Lessons 55-57

Lesson 55 Samuel de Champlain and Henry Hudson

Henry Hudson
by Trish Kline

Samuel de Champlain
by Trish Kline

Explorers of the World - French Explorers DVD
by Schlessinger Media

Explorers of the World - Henry Hudson DVD
by Schlessinger Media

Lesson 56  John Smith

John Smith
by Trish Kline

Lesson 57 The Marriage of Pocahontas

Pocahontas DVD


Saturday, October 17, 2015

Keepers of the Faith-Sheep class #1

I decided to do series of classes on Sheep, wool, and weaving for my Keepers of the Faith class.

For this month's lesson I used the following books:

Warm as Wool
by Scott Russell Sanders

Farmer Brown Shears His Sheep
by Teri Sloat

Wool Experiment #1

You will need some:
2 pop cans
1 plastic bowl that is larger than you cans (I used a cool whip container)
hot water
2 thermometers

Boil the water and fill the pop cans 3/4s full of the hot water.

Put one of the cans in the plastic bowl and pack wool around it.  Leave the other sit to the side.  Put thermometers in both of them.  Write down the temperature of them ever 30 minutes for 2 hours.  Compare the temperatures of them at the end.  Our insulated one was 86 degrees, but our non-insulated one was 64 degrees.  This experiment shows why sheep's wool is so important to us and keeping us warm!

We practiced carding our wool.  For this I used 2 dog hair brushes and had him use them working them against each other.  Make sure you start off with a small amount of wool.  This takes time!!

As you have the wool out, allow them to feel and see the characteristics of the wool.

They should notice it is:
oily (lanolin is squeezed from it)

The next step was to use a cotton ball and have him SLOWLY pull and twist on it to form yarn.

This was off of one cotton ball!!  Take you time!!

This is a post that is a piggy back off of yesterdays FIAR post.  

This was our sheep snack!  You will need:
2 toothpicks cut in half
1 large marshmellow
purple grape for the head

I wrapped up the class by having them complete this art/weaving project.  You can find more information on this HERE.

Stay tuned for next month's when I will have some printables and some new lessons and ideas for you!!  This will end up being about 3-4 months worth of classes!


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Mystery of History Volume 3 Lessons 52-54

Lesson 52  Cervantes Writes Don Quiote

Don Quixote DVD

Lesson 53  Australian Aborigines

by Rosalind Kerven

Living in the Austrailian Outback
by Jane Bingham

Lesson 54  The Founding of Jamestown

by Sarah Tieck

Colonial Life for Children - Jamestown DVD
by Schlessinger Media


Saturday, October 10, 2015

Poppins Book Nook: Newberry Medal Winners

This month's theme for Poppins Book Nook was on Newberry Medal Winners.  I had a lot of trouble finding one that was age appropriate for Conner, but this one worked!  This is a cute little story about a boy becoming old enough to go over a mountain by himself to do an errand for his mom.

The Bears on Hemlock Mountain
by Alice Dalgliesh

Check it out if you are interested!!

Click below to see how other members of Poppins Book Nook were inspired!

 Clip art by MelonHeadz.

Stay tuned next month for artists!

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Mystery of History Volume 3 Lessons 49-51

Lesson 49  The Works of William Shakespeare

To Sleep, perchance, to dream:  A child's Book of Rhymes

by William Shakespeare

Lesson 50 Tokugawa Japan

The fool and the Phoenix : a tale of old Japan

by Deborah Nourse Lattimore.

Origami Frog we made to use with our science lesson on potential and kinetic energy!  Duel purpose activity at its best!!

Lesson 51 Sir Francis Bacon and the Age of Reason

Frying up Bacon for BLTs!!