Both my grandfathers planted their gardens on Good Friday. We’ve adopted this tradition as well. And while it’s a good practice to wait until Good Friday because all danger of frost has past, we’ve discovered another significance. We talk about Easter. We pour that fresh soil into a flower bed. And a little finger makes a little hole for a sunflower seed. It’s then that
Christmas Tree in Snow Art Lesson We had just finished up making some Christmas mixes when Nana offered a pastel lesson. As in other lessons, she sketched off the steps for the children to follow. Just six simple steps, starting with the colors above… You may want to turn your paper so it is vertical to have more room for a tall tree. Then get
A fall favorite from 2010… We are still enjoying fall scenes around our house. With that in mind, Nana taught us a pastel lesson with trees, water and reflection. First, we gathered our colors. And, starting with the green, we drew a line for the grass. Not a very thick line, to leave plenty of space for the water. Next, the blue for the water
Last year we followed the seasons with our red bud tree. Prominently center in the classroom bay window, we relished its pink blossoms, small heart-shaped leaves, dangling seeds. We learned so much! It was hard to leave this front yard beauty behind. We’ll always notice its changes. Still, we spent some time on the southern evergreen, the magnolia, just last month. It made us curious.
The afternoon breezes are picking up, the temperatures are finally beginning to drop, and I can just see the beginnings of changing leaves out my kitchen window. This is my very favorite time of year. I look forward to hot apple cider and pumpkin pie and watching the boys wrestling in the leaf piles. But, every year it feels like I’ve hardly had time to