Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Flower dyeing and a great weekend

Well, I am finally able to post some pictures! yay!  This month we learned a variety of cool things and I thought I would post about the ones that I actually caught on film :)

"Get over the idea that only children should spend their time in study. Be a student so long as you still have something to learn, and this will mean all your life". ~Henry L. Doherty

Dyeing flowers:

My bestie Ronda Roo had just arrived home from a mission trip with Mission of Mercy to Dominican Republic, giving aid to the Haitian refugees and it was her birthday.  It was also our summer "party" here on the hill.  FLOWERS were in order for this celebration!

What you will need: 
~Queen's Ann Lace Flowers (or some celery or another light colored flower, I imagine*fun to experiment)
~glass bottles (we used recycled bottles from drinks and mason jars)
~food coloring or dye (we used vegetable-based coloring)

~Add drops of food coloring to water in the glass bottles (about 15-20 drops)

~We added the white flowers to the colored water...

sorry this picture is sideways-not sure about that

Then we went outside to do what we do best...

Campfires, blowing bubbles, hula hooping, playing in huge cardboard boxes, harvesting from our garden, dancing to live music in the yard...

It is important that students bring a certain ragamuffin, barefoot irreverence to their studies; they are not here to worship what is known, but to question it. ~Jacob Bronowski

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. ~Mortimer Adler

The flowers and their colors got darker as the days passed, mainly more vibrant and beautiful.  We talked about stems and different parts of flowers, how they drink up water to live, how we need to live this way also, drinking from the LIVING water and how apart from God, we cannot live-His living water. 

Of course, a handmade card and a new vase for the flowers were also in order

Strips of tissue paper (torn and uneven) glued with a paintbrush onto a Mason jar

Dragonfly card painted by Cai Ocean. He was so excited!

“Each morning sees some task begin, Each evening sees it close; Something attempted, something done, Has earned a night's repose” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Peace to you

(Next up, a post about our Owl Unit Study)

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