Our second week studying Plant Cycles focused on beans. We harvested beans from our three sisters garden (seeded and planted by many of the children last Spring.) We shelled and sorted beans. And we let their beauty inspire our watercolor painting.
The story this week, Beauty and the Bean, was about a little girl named Millicent who learns that when she shares what she loves and knows to be beautiful that hearts sing and happiness is cultivated in the world. It is a story about tending life in all its forms and beauty. Ask your child how whistling birds became songbirds.
In the tradition of creating beauty we began Form Drawing this week. (Form Drawing for Beginners, by Donna Simmons) We also began research on their nature names and understanding the 8 directions around the stump circle. We had our first truly successful round of the Canoe Song ! Have them teach it to you, and sing it with them. We ended the week with picking and baking apples for a Thursday afternoon celebration of plants and all they give.