Our homeschool is, very loosely phrased, ‘Waldorf-inspired.’ I tend to offer academic instruction way too early and am not nearly calm and patient enough to really stick with the entire Waldorf program of instruction but I do take inspiration and help from this incredible educational form.
Today Martina was in the mood to take photographs so I came up with a way to incorporate photography and form drawing into one, enjoyable lesson.
Using the crescent shape-one large, C-shape and 4 smaller, ) shapes I illustrated on the board and had Martina, standing, draw the shapes in the air.
She then drew them on the chalk board. We went outside and walked the shapes. She drew them on our concrete pad and then we came back inside (boy is it hot and humid out!) and drew the forms on one another’s backs–my favorite part. She then took up her block crayons and practiced on manila paper until she had a good grasp of direction and size.
Now for the part she was waiting for! I gave her my (expensive) digital camera and sent her outside to look for the crescent shape for her pictures. Yesterday the moon rose early and was a crescent, maybe it’ll be hanging around this morning. We have horses, they leave lots of crescents in the dirt. She has free run of the farm as long as she stays inside the ditches and out of the pen where the ram is. In some of her photos the crescent shape is completely obvious, in others the shape is more subtle. I think she did a great job. Here is what she brought back:
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