Some cool stuff from June:
Clay Room, Hout Bay
We've gone to the clay room twice to make gifts for birthdays. I justify the expense by saying it's a bit like an art class, where you get a cool plate or bowl at the end... The brilliant bonus on our most recent visit was that they had three jumping castles set up for a party later in the day:
|Heaven = painting clay + bouncing castles|
|The first two creations from the clay cafe are the kids' bowls now. |
Eli's in the top right, Noah's still full of breakfast, in the front.
|Eli still likes pastels over anything else. He seems to be right-handed, but he sometimes likes drawing with two hands at once...|
|Burning the candles on both ends.|
We've been looking out for glycerine for this project and found some for R5 at our local Spar. It's cheap, it's fun, it works!
Noah has been wanting to learn chess for a while, but he also hates feeling like he's being told one way to do things, so up to now we've waited. But recently, he's been learning chess using an iPad app called Dinochess. His eighteen year old cousin is an avid chess player, and has also started coming over to play with him. Noah uses the "hint" function on Dinochess liberally.
As part of the quest to preserve my dad's sanity while we're crowding out my parents' house, we went to Tulbagh for a couple of days. We tried to work and hang out with the kids...
|Running to start art time.|
|Noah explains he's going to draw the mountain landscape. Eli explains he's going to draw a train track.|
|This locust hung out all day, and we spent a lot of time watching it.|
|Tulbagh is a pretty quiet area, so there's not tons of places to go to-- we decided to pull over and find a place to play by the river. It turned out to be the party bank of the century, covered with glass and trash. But the kids didn't care.|
|Trying to be good citizens, we spent a few minutes cleaning up. I spent cleanup time trying not to let my compounded public health/mom paranoia get the better of me.|
|Planning stuff by the river.|
|This time, the swimming pool was much too cold to swim...|
|...But not too cold to play, and try out making vortices in the pool|
|Hello Horse!! They leave their horses to free-range. The horses were calm and friendly.|
|They have brushes for pig-scratching, which the pigs seemed to enjoy...|
|The kids and mountain streams...|
|When we visited Tulbagh wholesale nursery, I was pretty much in heaven-- trees for half the Cape Town prices!! But Eli was disgusted that such a large nursery doesn't have a playground.|
|Truck tire swan...|
|bananas for R40!|
|Grapefruit for R79!|
|If only I had a large truck.|
|Noah found rocks and sticks to make a garden sculpture. Hopefully Eikelaan doesn't mind...|
Cool websites I've gone to for inspiration this month:
Project-based homeschooling for discussion of homeschooling generally, and an approach based on engagement in specific projects.
Happiness is here -- I love this blog about unschooling kids about the same age as Noah and Eli. Those organized wooden toys get me every time!! But I also had the insight that some things that look totally awesome on a blog don't fit every child's temperament (like when we try to copy stuff from Pinterest, right?!) and that I shouldn't derive theories about all children from my tiny sample size of two. The kinds of organized beautiful learning zones on this blog are completely lovely, and would make me go crazy if I tried to replicate them right now.