Some Lessons

From our Fourth Grade Studies:

We began our story with Joseph and Katie pulling up camp and meeting Roak, the bear.  Katie learns she can talk to the bear and anyone can if the bears want to be heard.  Roak travels with them as they head toward the sea.  On the way, they meet a Bison.  A Bison is similar to the Cow in its behavior and body, so we take a closer look into “The Cow”.  We learned how it eats with molar teeth and it’s four stomachs, to create milk.  We learn a little about it’s personality and how it walks on it’s tippy toe nails.  We drew a cow in the field and wrote a small paragraph about the cow. T.’s first paragraph!  We then read and tried to memorize some of a lovely Poem titled The Cow.

While this study has been commencing, we I have brought T. back to the very beginning of learning to count and use all the four processes. We have taken each number, so far only 4,5,6,7, and 8 and found all the fact families for addition and division, but using subtraction and division principles to discover them.  Using gems we see if they can be split evenly, whether they are an odd number or even.  Then we discover the many ways these gems can be split up to create the total.  T. has enjoyed this process and I think it has  helped him immensely to see, feel, know each number in this way.  He seems to be holding onto the math facts much longer than he has in the past.


Third Grade Happenings

We have been working on our Main Lesson Book for Third Grade Studies.    We finished up our Old Testament Main Lesson.  T. actually enjoyed many of the stories.  I would have liked to have gotten in many more stories, but I think we got as far as we needed to.  Oma, the Jewish Grandmother was returning to her home.  She had been gone far too long from her own home, but loved sharing her stories with the children.

After we finished, filling in our Main Lesson book with drawings from each of the stories we had read through, T. received a letter from “Grandmother”.  A Native American grandmother from our container story through, A Journey Through Waldorf’s Third Grade Material by Melisa Nielson at  The letter told him he was to expect her to arrive shortly and enjoy new stories from her ancestry.

We are only focusing on the New York tribes.  The  League of Five Nations, Mohawk, Oneida, Seneca, Onondaga, and Oneonta.  Please excuse me if I misspelled these tribes or got them incorrectly, since I don’t have my notes in front of me and am guessing a little from memory.  We opened our study with a weaving project.  We have heard a couple creation stories from, “The Keepers of the Earth” book.  We read a book all about Mohawk Indians.

I will also be incorporating a Shelter Unit with in the N.A. study by using the various types of shelter used by them.  We began that part today.  We started with the plains Indians, tepee’s.  It was fun.  We have much more lined up for this unit.  I hope to  have all sorts of projects completed from this study.  If I am lucky I will find a reservation that we could tour and possibly have a presentation of their “ways”.

Todays Lessons

I introduced the topic of the “Rise of Islam” to B. in Main Lesson.  I gave him a breif history of Mohammed and his accomplishments.  Then into how his successors continued his legacy.  I also spoke about all the important works from the Arab world have benefitted us today in current times.  Then he listened to chapters 6 and 7 of Story of the World Vol. 2.  Their he learned about the 5 Pillars of Islam.  I had him draw the pillars and write a breif summary of what we discussed.  He read another chapter of “Lords, Ladies, Peasants and Knights: Class in the middle ages” on People of Faith.

I have created a monster with the Celtic Knot designs.  Now his creations are full sketchpad size!  He is having great fun with all the designs he is coming up with.  Now, if only I could get him to work with color I would be all set.

More Lessons…

Myself and B. continued on our journey into the Middle Ages today.  I had him read about Soldiers in the book, “Lords, Ladies, Peasants, and Knights: Class in the Middle Ages”, by Don Nardo.  After he read the chapter designated for soldiers, I had him outline the main points and created a Main Lesson Page with a drawing of a Knight and Footman.  From that point, we listened to Chapters 3 and 4 of Volume Two, Story of the World, by Susan Bauer.  We reviewed the story of Beowulf and I played several hours worth of Beowulf in audio form found on  He then began preparing for St. Martins Lantern Walk by creating a tissue paper Lantern.  Later in the day, I read him a few m ore chapters from “The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela” by cant remember.  Then showed him some great examples of Letter Illuniation I found online and even a great Powerpoint presentation about it.   He came back to me with several examples of his own and expressed interest learning Celtic Knot drawing.  So, I sped through the online resources and found a wonderful guide for him to read and practice with.      He immediately began drawing and has some great knots already completed.

T. and me began reviewing the Old Testament Stories of Cain and Able, then we proceeded with Cains Ancestory to include Jubal, Tubal and Jebal.  We breifly went over Adam’s ancestory so he would understand the importance of Noahs’ role in our next story.  Afterward, we played a great game I picked up on Discount the night before called “Word Monkeys”.  T. really enjoyed trying to create spellings of words from his cards so much so he didn’t want me to have a turn.  On his own he created 10 words and even checked some spellings in the dictionary.  He spent most of the afternoon reading Volume 2, Story of the World Activity Book by Susan Bauer, since it was out.  He also played with a string game I made for adding.  I took a peice of wood from some packing and created an addition wrap.  It worked!  He went through the math problems having fun doing it!  I am going to make more and will need white out.  Apparently, you must pay close attention to how it wraps, otherwise it can skip wraps.  Opps. He found himself repeating wraps and getting a little frustrated but still enjoying the process.