I am a farm girl, married to my high school sweetheart. We grew up on farms 9 miles apart and went through 12 years of school together. I liked him in grade school, but it took until we were Juniors in high school to get him interested in me as more than a friend. I have never lived more than 10 miles from home, except in college, but have travelled as far as France, Germany and Switzerland. We live on our own farm and have raised three of our six kids. The last three are growing up fast.
Above: A nice job by my 5th grade student. Below: My 9- year-old student's cricket.
My little entomology class studied grasshoppers and crickets. We used a finish-the-drawing exercise for art on the day we studied crickets. I just found a good illustration on line, cut it in half, and printed the half onto papers for the kids to finish. I thought they might have trouble, but they just dived right in and did a great job. I was impressed with how simple and effective this project was.
I gave them toy cricket clickers that I bought on-line. They were fun. Interesting fact: Clickers were used in WWII to covertly identify friend from foe. A soldier would click once and if two clicks were returned the other soldier was friendly.
We also made grasshoppers out of clothes pins. (Above W's grasshopper and cricket.)
My 5-year-old student did an amazing job on his cricket, and drew his own great grasshopper too.
I made a couple of permanent marker pumpkins for friends this week. I looked back at old patterns to do these two. Why reinvent the wheel? A very simple and satisfying craft. Draw your design on with washable markers, draw the final version with permanent markers, let dry, then lightly wipe the washable lines off with a damp paper towel. Other pumpkins are here,here,here, and here,here,here,here,here, and here.
In our entomology class we were studying dragonflies. I like to Google the insect we are covering and look for craft ideas and activities. Dragonflies are so cool anyway, and we did some fun dragonfly crafts. We learned a little basic macramé with t-shirt yarn to make our first dragonflies. We added a loop under some of them so they could ride on hands and fly around. The instructions I liked are here.
We used the flat sides of old milk cartons to make "stained glass" dragonflies. I pre-outlined a dragonfly picture with black permanent markers, and the kids colored them in with colored permanent markers while I read aloud from their textbook. Let dry a bit or the markers will smear. If you have more time or older kids they could copy out the dragonfly themselves. Cut out when dry and hang in a window or from a lamp. I first saw this idea here.
W. chose a monochromatic color scheme with white oil pastel outline.
Ian used nice fall colors.
Gideon's color choices were bold and looked great together!
Eleanor produced a soft and delicate leaf, also monochromatic.
And this is my attempt in blues and greens. This project is an old favorite, and is pretty self explanatory. I recently added the crayon (or oil pastel) outlining, as it helps keep the watercolors from running together for younger or inexperienced painters.
L. and I were part of a photo shoot for our niece/cousin Rebekah's purse business.(www.shoprsd.com ) It was fun and interesting. Bekah names her purses after people she knows, and L. and I each have one named after us! (above: L. in navy.)
My art kids made butterflies a few weeks ago. After cutting, designing and coloring with oil pastels, I "mounted" their work in thrifted frames. This is one of my favorite original projects. They always turn out great and are fun for the kids to hang on their walls at home. Here is the process from another time I taught this lesson.