## Saturday, October 26, 2013

Creating sets by sorting is for me a fundamental basis of virtual mathematics.  A set is basically a collection of objects with distinct properties.  And for kids, we do this mostly with the basic activity of sorting.

Since it's the midterm break, Mavi and I will be doing lots of math activities.  We'll be reviewing basic math concepts using manipulatives for retention :)

First on my list is the concept of "sets".

For toddlers, this is just a sorting activity.  But for a kindergarten, I have to elaborate that it's all about making collections or groups.

WHAT YOU NEED:

• counters and other manipulatives (buttons, bear counters, patterning shapes)
• instead of using a sorting cup or tray, I used colored cardstock

Here's how I set them all up on a table.  I prepared instructions on a strip of paper for him to read and work on.

Each instruction varies, like: "set of seven red objects", "set of three blue buttons", "set of four squares".

And we also revisited our Numbers and Counters :)  My son loves this!

We'll do basic addition and measuring next :)

## Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Due to some request, I made a copy of my Solar System and Astronomy Cards at Sellfy.  The file is now up!  It is composed of two files:

• Solar System Nomenclature Cards and Definition Booklet
• Space and Astronomy Nomenclature Cards and Definition Booklet
• FREE Planet GUIDE

The file is available for only 1.50USD, so affordable isn't it?!

Grab a copy now!

## Monday, October 21, 2013

We're doing  lots of art work for the past few days as we've been busy with school events (no time to brainstorm for other subjects).  This work is inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe's Autumn Leaves.
Georgia O'Keeffe is an American artist.  She is known for her paintings of flowers, leaves, trees and other natural forms.  Her work features enlarged objects from nature and painted as if viewed through a magnifying glass.
So what we did first, was to splash some colors into the art paper using watercolors. Once dry I cut them into different leaf shapes.
We identified the autumn colors and used oil pastels to add textures on the leaves.
This is how it turned out.

Son loved the texturing!  He would explain why he used certain color combinations on one leaf and a different one from the other :)
And finally, I added black paint for the veins and the outline. They turned out lovely and we compared it to the work of O'Keeffe.  He asked if we could do the shell as well, but told him we'll do that in the summer or try other objects around the house as well.  These leaves are so colorful that I'll be putting them in his window.
It would have been nice if it didn't rain for the past days as I plan that we do a nature expedition at first, observing natural objects using a magnifying before we do this activity.  But unfortunately, mother nature did not cooperate.  So if you're on the side of the world where the weather is good, I suggest you this activity first before starting the painting activity.
Happy Monday to all!

## Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Last week we tried looking into the works of Henri Matisse.

I told him that Matisse is an artist from France.  He loves to paint and later on got sick and was confined in bed. And because he loves art so much, he started using his scissors to cut paper to make pictures and paper collages.  He called this technique "painting with scissors".

More of Matisse's biography here.

Making Organic Shapes

Because Matisse uses a lot of organic shapes, first we practice how to create organic shapes.

I realized that it was hard for him to make organic shapes than creating the geometric ones. Though he can identify organic shapes by visualizing leaves, clouds and water splatter he still could not create something 'close' to organic. We'll be practicing more on this :)

Matisse uses bright contrasting colors

Now it's time to put our little skills and knowledge to test.  I took a few art paper for him to cut into rectangle and squares. Then we draw organic shapes on the paper, cut them and place them on the squares (using the contrasting color scheme).

Now this is the activity my son enjoyed.  He loves cutting and gluing!

Well what do you think?

Son loves Artist Study and I will compile the famous works of some artist so I can pile them in album.  So whenever we would do an Artist Study, we'll just skim through the album and select which one we would like to replicate :)

As of the moment, we're doing A LOT of Halloween crafts so we can use them as decor inside the house.  I have a  FREE Nomenclature and Counting cards for you to use this season.  Hope you like it!