Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Nature Study On a Windy, Cloudy Day

Even though it was windy (think hair flying straight up) and cloudy, we meandered around a great park one day.  From diving ducks (I had never seen one dive before!) to beautiful scarlet seeds, we had a great time!

I'm just letting the photos tell the story.

Magnolia seeds on seed pods with red seeds intact. Magnolia seeds are vibrant red.  In the background, is a lovely flame red tree.

Unidentified bird. It was so interesting! It actually DOVE under the water, not just the kind of thing you see with ducks and geese with their rear ends flipping up. This bird dove under the water and stayed there for a while.

Lovely bridge over the pond.

Foliage around the pond



Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Side Trip to Belle Meade Plantation

We have been here before, a couple of times in fact.  Well, Dreamer got car sick, and since we were close and she needed a rest to let her stomach settle, we stopped at Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville.  We didn't do much this time while we were here, as our destination was actually The Parthenon, but I snapped a couple of great pictures I wanted to share.

The mansion is set up for visitors for a small fee, but the rest of the grounds can be explored at your leisure.  If you're ever in the area, I recommend it heartily.  They have a lovely souvenir shop loaded with quality gift items.  In its heyday, Belle Meade was the premier thoroughbred horse plantation, the home of Iroquois whose blood runs through such stars as Man O' War and Secretariat.  It all started here.

Here are just a few pictures, as we only stayed for about a half hour, so I am missing many pictures, including slave quarters, dairy barn, horse barn, smoke house, and the original cabin.  We still had fun!

She loves magnolia trees; we have one in our yard

Front of Belle Meade mansion

Coco posing behind old dress

Dreamer posing behind dress

Beeps posing behind dress. A little higher please! LOL!

Having a blast running through leaves!


Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Parthenon Replica

The Parthenon replica in Nashville
What a wonderful field trip we had today.  After battling car sickness, we finally made it to the Parthenon replica in Nashville, Tennessee.  We are in the middle of our Ancient Greece studies, and this was pretty much the highlight of it all.  I didn't realize how big these columns actually were.  The girls were delighted to see the columns of the Parthenon were Doric columns.

Inside is an art gallery (not Greek) and upstairs is a giant statue of Athena, gold and gaudy.  There are also many, many casts of ancient Greek statues, friezes, and more columns.  It was absolutely fascinating!  I hope the pictures will help you see it better in your mind's eye, and I think our photos would be excellent to show your children studying ancient history.

Close-up of outer door of Parthenon

Walking through columns on the outside

The enormous, somewhat ugly, gaudy statue of Athena! It was pretty interesting.

Detail of Athena's shield

Girls with statue (what is this called? griffin?) and frieze in the background. This frieze helps us to see the details of what is on the outside of the Parthenon.

Girls posing in front of big door.


Friday, November 18, 2011

Greek Myths

Sonlight week 17 and SOTW Chapter 23


Parthenon booklet from History Pockets Ancient Civilizations Grades 1-3

Greek Gods book from SOTW lapbook (see link below)

The Trojan War notebook page is from We drew the Trojan horse from Draw and Write Through History, an excellent resource


Palace Art - Frescos:  See our art projects for this week.

Trojan Horse papercraft; image credit

Extras!  Extras!


SOTW lapbook


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ancient Greek Walls

I loved the results of this week's art project.  Since we are studying Ancient Greece, we did a project from Artistic Pursuits.  The palace walls of ancient Greek structures were often painted with fresco.  They would paint on the plaster before it dried.

Well, we didn't paint on fresco, but we did some artwork that resembles what they would paint all over.  It is quite distressing to me to think of walls covered in paintings, right on the walls, as I like muted generic colors and not messy, but I love the results of these paintings, and if I were brave (which I'm not) and had a "let's let it loose" gene, my walls could be covered with these paintings.  :)

We used oil crayons and water color crayons for these.  First we made an outline of the animals or whatever it is you are drawing, the framework including all the details within.  Next, we colored with watercolor crayons and painted with waters, making sure not to mix.  The oil crayons resist the water and you end up with a detailed picture.

I hope you like them as much as we did!

Coco's (8) Greek Palace Wall art using oil crayons and watercolor crayons, reminiscent of the Minoan bull jumpers.

Dreamer's (7) Greek Palace Wall art, goats. Notice the frame of the art too, which many Greek art pieces display.


Friday, November 4, 2011

Moses and the Exodus

Sonlight Week 16 and SOTW Chapter 14

For those looking for Sonlight Week 15, we didn't add much of anything, so I have no post for that week.  Our last week of Ancient Egypt!  Party-time!  We really loved studying Egypt, but enough is enough.  On to Ancient Greece next week; it's about time. Since we were getting burned out on Egypt, but still had a week left in our Sonlight curriculum, I decided to focus on Moses and the Exodus, and SOTW Chapter 14 goes along great.  Check out our week!  I made some notebooking pages, so be sure to look at those freebies if you want.  We added some great books from our library too.


Locust and frog drawings

This is a page I made for Moses and the Exodus; free below!

These are from SOTW and SOTW lapbook; see links below for SOTW lapbook

Extras!  Extras!

SOTW1 lapbook  This link is dead.  Google Story of the World lapbook, and you should get some good results.

Explore BM&AG Ancient Egypt

BBC Pyramid Challenge


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Paper Sculptures

For our preschool art, which Coco (8) and Dreamer (7) usually love to participate in also (art is ageless), we did some paper sculptures.

Beeps' sculpture wasn't 3D, but it was her own creation.

Just grab some construction paper scraps, start cutting in whatever shape pleases them and glue together here and there and everywhere.  Really, there is no rhyme or reason!

Dreamer's paper sculpture (7)

Coco's paper sculpture (8)