We don't really do snow that well so while most of blogland are posting fluffy white pictures, we are excited about our first frost. We woke up to a beautiful sparkling countryside and got straight out there just as the sun was coming up to melt it all.
I'm all for the stress free approach. The day to day throws up enough challenges without us creating our own, and I didn't fancy spending the holiday season 'rescuing' the tree! Enter the toddler proof tree...
... a branch really! I love that our 'tree' is decorated with a complete miss-match of homemade decorations.
Helping... Faith and Roghan love to help, in whatever ways they can. To feel that they are necessary and important, to feel that the things they are doing are important. I work hard to involve them and make sure they participate. From washing up, and sweeping, to carrying hay and even to helping me remember things, the more responsibilities they have the more responsible they become. Of course, sometimes carrying hay turns into being the hay monster but that's ok too!
To us craft and creativity are very important, a big part of our days. A lot of our homeschooling is done through drawing, painting, modelling, photography, story writing etc, and I find that faith explores ideas so much more deeply when given a free creative space to work in.
Last week we met up with a few other families and I brought along fabric, wool, ribbons, card, glue, sparkly bits, pens .... a recipe for chaos!
Brilliant chaos.... creative chaos.... the kind of mess that means great things are happening. I wouldn't have it any other way. Wool can be re-rolled, ribbons re-sorted, paint scrubbed, and children put in baths (clothes and all!), but that kind of creative abandon is hard to get back once squashed.
Form drawing is a big part of our week. We usually do it 1 - 3 times a week, we do form drawing first thing and it really settles us and brings faith into a frame of mind for some work.
Recently Faith has been using the forms as inspiration and finding other shapes and pictures in them. We only began form drawing in September and the difference in concentration, pen control, evenness of line and things like that is enormous. I would highly recommend it.
Here's a good article on why to do form drawing and here's one on getting started. These are just 2 and there are many many more out there.
I only have photos of the chalkboard but form drawing is so much more than this. We draw in the air, in sand, walk lines on the floor, make our bodies into shapes, spot shapes in nature when we're out walking, and lots more. The drawing part of form drawing is almost the least important, it's more about really getting a feel for shape, line and balance, the drawing is just the simplest to photograph!