Ahh The Water Cycle. Always a fun time to do a little hands on science. We decided to talk about filtration and how dirty water ends up clean. Another easy experiment that you probably have all the supplies for. At least, if you drink coffee. Which, I do now. I know. I’m really maturing nicely.
First we needed some dirty water. So we dumped some dirt from the yard into a flower vase filled 2/3 with water. Red solo cup! We’re ready to party!
Michelangelo spent 4 years painting an enormous masterpiece on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. My kids spent slightly shorter time on their backs drawing moderately less impressive figures during this fun art lesson.
During our six weeks of great artists this year, we studied impressionism and specifically talked about Monet. I found a fantastic tutorial on Mr. Picasso’s Art Room and used it to create masterpieces and memories.
First let me tell you that I am NOT an artsy person. I’ve told the story before of how I went into Michael’s and purchased $100s of dollars of canvases, paints, and paintbrushes thinking I would be the next Michelangelo with all those supplies. Ha! Let’s just say all
that crap my art supplies have never been used. Until now. Mr. Picasso must be some kind of genius in the way “he” structures things, because even I figured out how to create art using his tutorial. Here are our finished products. We had a jolly good time and really experienced impressionism. Continue reading
I don’t know about you, but I have a mixed bag of emotions when I think about puzzles. My Grandpa was a stickler about them. You had to look at the piece and just know whether it fit or not. There was no “trying to see if it fit”. He was like the Yoda of puzzles.
But I also have some beautiful memories of puzzles. I’ve searched for years for a duplicate of a puzzle we put together as a family at Christmastime each year. It had pieces shaped like snowmen and ice skaters with hidden shapes. It was awesome. No luck on finding it though. Woe to me.
I wanted to share a set of puzzles that’s even more amazing (at least to a geography nerd like me) than my favorite hidden shape puzzle from childhood. I discovered these recently and they are just fantastic. Geo Puzzles.
They are made by a company called Geo Toys. The puzzles are just one example of their great learning toys. I ordered the 6 Puzzle Set
which includes The World, Europe, Asia, Africa, USA/Canada, and Latin America (South America and Central America). The pieces are shaped like countries, lakes, states etc. and fit together as a map would. You can see here the size of the pieces. The United States pieces are smaller than these because they’re scaled with Canada and Alaska. Which, really is huge by-the-way. The completed puzzles are around 19×16 inches.
They came in individual bags and had empty ziploc style bags to put them in after opening the shipping bags. Sweet! My daughter immediately began assembling the Europe puzzle, which was the main focus of our geography for Cycle 2 of Classical Conversations this year. It was amazing how many countries she was able to accurately place without the help of the printed map that comes with the puzzles. You can see below everything my set came with — the printed maps are two-sided, the packing bag is on the far right and the bags that come with to store them in are on the far left.
My kids moved right on to the United States and Canada once they’d completed the Europe puzzle. And then asked if we could do a couple more tomorrow. Success! If you are a puzzle family, studying geography, or would just like to learn while you play, I highly recommend these! You can purchase them individually too. I just know that our Classical Conversations curriculum is going to cover the whole world, so I figured it made sense to just get them all in one box. The individual puzzles are about $16 each.
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