September 6th, 2011 by

Cave art and toddler lapbooks

We’ve made it through the first week of school; this used to be a big deal, but this year for the first time there wasn’t a whole lot of, “Oh crud, what was I thinking?!?” going on. I guess it only took six years to get here! I’ve set our days up to have Friday be more of a relaxed, fun subjects kind of day. I do sneak in writing, but so far they’re pacified; that may change when they’re writing rough drafts. Soon, Friday will mean 4-H activities, but until our books come in, the major subject of the day is art.

Today, we made our own cave paintings to help understand lines and form. I cut up paper grocery sacks and wrinkled them for a realistic textured effect, and the kids were told to use a black crayon for outlining their main elements in their drawings. Suggestions were horses, mammoths, simple people, plants, and so on. After outlining, they could use pastel chalks to add colors to their cave wall.

Hobie sat and ate Goldfish crackers and watched his siblings intently. He’s at the age where eating directly from the bag is the only acceptable mode. I had to cut the top off the bag so his little T-rex arms could reach the bottom. (He fed the dog the majority of the bag’s contents yesterday.) He also unfolded all those placemats in the background. I love toddlers.

I also whipped up an Ocean Animals Lapbook from one of my favorite pre-school sites, 1+1+1=1. I didn’t glue the pieces in even remotely the correct order, and we didn’t have any file folders, so I used an old paper folder – thus the kooky spacing. Do yourself a favor and do it the right way! Thankfully, Hobie didn’t care about the layout, and he thoroughly enjoyed coloring his very own special new book just for Hobie. This weekend, I need to find/make some more just for Hobie activities, or he’s going to drive us all insane!

He looks so innocent, doesn’t he?

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