We didn't have class last week because it was school vacation in this part of the world, but we will be resuming this coming week. Each week we end up with a different set of kids but we have enough regular comers to still progress along.
In our one hour session the older kids have had just enough time to choose a specimen, look, write some analogies, and then draw. Last session, Deb spent some time talking to the older kids about analogies--what they are, and what makes some analogies better than others. This coming week I think they are going to look back at something they've done and do some creative writing.
Poetry, nature journals, and creative stories are all types of writing that can be started or enhanced by analogies. I hope to have some more examples after our next meeting.
As for the younger kids, we've been able to get some haiku poetry and some descriptive writing out of them. We are still working on getting them to slow down to be more thoughtful and observant, and that has led to improvements over the weeks. I've been looking into various types of poetry since Jamie suggested the cinquain form; I'm hoping to introduce this to them next time.
We study nature through a loupe and draw what we see. We compare and contrast, make analogies, and consider why things are structured as they are. This simple process opens the door to scientific investigation, richer writing, and creative art. See The Basic Steps to find out how.
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Parents, teach your children to see nature, respect and protect it as a magnificent gift that presents to us the grandeur of the Creator! In speaking in parables, Jesus used the language of nature to explain to his disciples the mysteries of the Kingdom. May the images he uses become familiar to us! Let us remember that the divine reality is hidden in our daily lives like the seed in the soil. May it bear fruit in us!