Saturday, January 29, 2011


"Too often we give children answers to remember rather     than problems to solve."
 ~Roger Lewin

In addition to having our lessons at home we are a part the creative learning cooperative that meets once a week.  We really love having this be a part of our school week.  This was the first week our coop met  after a long winter break.  It was my week to lead the lesson, and our preselected topic was earth's landforms. 

We start our mornings with yoga stretches and a few BrainGym exercises to turn on their brains.  Then we circle up for a discussion. 

It is funny, you can never predict how these discussions will go, but they were really into today's discussion.  Wahoo!!  We discussed the different landforms (plains, plateaus, volcanoes, mountains, grasslands, valleys, hills, islands, glaciers, etc) and identified them on the map. 

Then, they made their own maps out of clay.  I asked them to include at least four landforms on their projects.  I provided a small piece of cardboard, clay, cedar branches, and moss.
 They made the structures first and then we painted them after our lunch break with tempera paint.  They turned out so cute and were very proud of their work. 

If you are interested in making your own  you can find the air dried clay recipe at Our Little Nature Nest.  It worked great for this project!

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