Song of the Animal Behavior Lesson Block: I Am an Animal by Dana Lyons. Dana lyons i am an animal free mp3 download - Mp3olimp.com
We have put away our form drawing books for our grid patterned math books for the next 5 weeks. We are working on addition and exploring the quality of numbers 1-5 (not in order) over the next 5 weeks
I decided to use our first week of Animal Behavior Main Lesson time to review our Plant Cycles writings and drawings. We read and listened to their summaries of the stories. Their work is beautiful and they are proud of it. Please take the time to review it with them. The yurt is always open after Homestead even if I have to leave.
All of our afternoon activities focused on Samhain Celebration preparations. We created an ancestors altar with pictures we drew or brought in of loved ones who have passed on. There was path maintenance(which involves tool use and safety as well as plant identification) for safe travels through the enchanted forest and fairy house construction. The highlight of the week was harvesting our pumpkins and then carving them. There proved to be math lessons and lot of opportunity for cooperative problem solving as we had 7 pumpkins and there are 8 Homesteaders. The ease and grace around sharing and working together with this group of children is a beautiful thing to nurture and witness.
And thank you to all ( including Homestead OWL clan alumni and families ) who helped to create a magical and meaningful Samhain Celebration. I believe such co-creation of a culture of connection centered around this group of children is one very important way in which we honor their souls.