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Oil Pastel :: Zentangle Cows

Wisconsin is known for being America's Dairyland and we chose to highlight the cows this week. The kids had fun creating these silly cows and I love how each picture took on its own personality.

Note: Although I am using black marker to draw the cow, I started with a pencil, drawing very lightly. Then, I go back with marker. I am demonstrating with marker because it is easier to see, but begin by drawing with a pencil, then go back and trace with a marker.

Drew a large oval in the middle of your page. It can be slightly higher.

Starting from the oval, draw the head in a bit of a light bulb fashion.

On either side of the head, beginning in the narrow part of the "light bulb", draw arks for the shoulders.

Add the ears.

Now some horns.

Oval eyes with inner circles.

Draw a couple of angled nostrils in the oval.

Spot the face and body as you wish.

Trace your pencil marks with black marker, then erase the pencil lines.

Add patterns in your "spots" and horns.

We use One Zentangle A Day for pattern inspiration.

Adding Zentangle details.

Use Oil Pastels to color the background and accents on the cows.

And there you have it! An oil pastel/zentangle cow. Moooooo!

 

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State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 6 Great Lakes States

This is an outline of our State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 6 Great Lakes States. It is the fifth week of a 9 week homeschool unit. Read the State Studies Unit 1 Overview to learn more about the program and catch up on past weeks.


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Read about:
Illinois (IL), Springfield
Wisconsin (WI), Madison
Minnesota (MN), St. Paul
in Our Fifty States and The United States of America.

Map: Add the 3 new states to your United States Study Map. We color Great Lakes States dark green. They are colored coded on the quizzes. Number the states on the map to coincide with your state list (it gets too hard to fit all the state names directly on the map).

Color: Dover Coloring book page for each state. We like to add a couple of extra notes about the state in the margins. These are things that we learned about in our readings. Again we color Great Lakes States dark green.

Community Enrichment Book: The Edmund Fitzgerald: Song of the Bell

Community Life Book: Life in a Commercial City pages 24-end

Activity Page: I am a little bit behind on making these... but I do plan to include Activity Pages for every week with the completed unit. Last week's activity page is now available. Check back later this week for this week's.

Read Aloud: Bud, Not Buddy chapters 9-12

Student Reader (3-4 grade): Lost Star by Patricia Lauber chapters 11-end

Narration: Complete a narration on either Edmund Fitzgerald or your student's daily reading from Lost Star. You can use the Reading Journal or any of the other free Journal Page that you would like. If you need help with learning how to incorporate narrations into your studies, I recommend the book The Complete Writer: Writing With Ease. The Reading Journal includes space for your student to choose several words from his reading that were unfamiliar to him to use as vocabulary words.

Copywork: Use sentences from Edmund Fitzgerald or the Bud, Not Buddy for copywork.

Art Project: Oil Pastel... Zen Tangled Cows

Cooking: Make the recipe from The United States Cookbook: Deep-Dish Pizza

Picture Study: Choose 1 image from Come Look With Me: Art in Early America to study this week (we did "Black Rock, A Two Kettle Chief").

Poem for Memorization: You will have four weeks to memorize "The Pasture" by Robert Frost. Remember to review "The Sandpiper."

State Quarters: Another fun activity to add to this unit is collecting Quarters from all 50 states. You can display them in a quarter map.

Quiz: Study the 3 states and capitals you have learned throughout the week. Your student should be able to identify each state on the map, along with its capital and postal abbreviation. You can use your map or flashcards to study.
Week 6 Map Quiz

If you are following along with us and completing the State Studies activities at home we would love to hear about your adventures. You can leave a comment here with a link to your blog. If you don't have a blog or just want to share more photos we would like invite you to join our Wee Folk Art Homeschool Flickr group. Have fun!

 

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Postcards :: Spring Break 2014

 


 


 

Old Time Automobile Drawings

The automobile industry has been an integral part of the Great Lakes region economy since the early 1900s. This week, the girls and I worked on Old Time Automobile drawings. My original intent was to research old advertisements and have the girls design their own ads, but we ran short on time. So instead, we cut out images of cool, old cars, and drew the scenery to go around them. The girls, Fairy especially, really enjoyed this project. I think she liked having something that looked "real" on her page.

We found a lot of cool car pictures on mywvhome. Or if you would like to research old car ads, here are a couple of sites that I found that had Vintage Automobiles Advertisement.... Old Car Advertising and Vintage Ad Browser.
Be careful when visiting these links as I have not previewed all the material on the sites. They seem kid safe... but you should preview the material you wish to use with your kids.

Print out some images of old cars. Cut out the outline of the car.

Glue the car image onto a large sheet of drawing paper.

Add scenery details around your car with colored pencils. If you are working on an advertisement, you can type and print out any text that you would like to include.

 

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State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 5 Great Lakes States

This is an outline of our State Studies Unit 1 :: Week 5 Great Lakes States. It is the fifth week of a 9 week homeschool unit. Read the State Studies Unit 1 Overview to learn more about the program and catch up on past weeks.


Public Domain Photo

Read about:
Ohio (OH), Columbus
Michigan (MI), Lansing
Indiana (IN), Indianapolis
in Our Fifty States and The United States of America.

Map: Add the 3 new states to your United States Study Map. We color Great Lakes States dark green. They are colored coded on the quizzes. Number the states on the map to coincide with your state list (it gets too hard to fit all the state names directly on the map).

Color: Dover Coloring book page for each state. We like to add a couple of extra notes about the state in the margins. These are things that we learned about in our readings. Again we color Great Lakes States dark green.

Community Enrichment Book: Henry Ford: Big Wheel in the Auto Industry

Community Life Book: Life in a Commercial City pages 12-23

Activity Page: It seems like these are popular. I will try to keep up with them and continue making them. This week it ties in with Henry Ford: Big Wheel in the Auto Industry. Click here for the Product Improvement Journal Page.

Read Aloud: Bud, Not Buddy chapters 5-8

Student Reader (3-4 grade): Lost Star by Patricia Lauber chapters 6-10

Narration: Complete a narration on either Henry Ford or your student's daily reading from Lost Star. You can use the Reading Journal or any of the other free Journal Page that you would like. If you need help with learning how to incorporate narrations into your studies, I recommend the book The Complete Writer: Writing With Ease. The Reading Journal includes space for your student to choose several words from his reading that were unfamiliar to him to use as vocabulary words.

Copywork: Use sentences from Henry Ford or the Bud, Not Buddy for copywork.

Art Project: Old Car Mixed Media Drawings (directions coming soon)

Cooking: Make the recipe from The United States Cookbook: Bread Pudding

Picture Study: Choose 1 image from Come Look With Me: Art in Early America to study this week (we chose The Ohio Star Buggy).

Poem for Memorization: You will have four weeks to memorize "The Pasture" by Robert Frost. Remember to review "The Sandpiper."

State Quarters: Another fun activity to add to this unit is collecting Quarters from all 50 states. You can display them in a quarter map.

Quiz: Study the 3 states and capitals you have learned throughout the week. Your student should be able to identify each state on the map, along with its capital and postal abbreviation. You can use your map or flashcards to study.
Week 5 Map Quiz

 

The Pasture
by Robert Frost

I’m going out to clean the pasture spring;
I’ll only stop to rake the leaves away
(And wait to watch the water clear, I may):
I shan’t be gone long. -- You come too.

I’m going out to fetch the little calf
That’s standing by the mother. It’s so young,
It totters when she licks it with her tongue.
I shan’t be gone long. -- You come too.

If you are following along with us and completing the State Studies activities at home we would love to hear about your adventures. You can leave a comment here with a link to your blog. If you don't have a blog or just want to share more photos we would like invite you to join our Wee Folk Art Homeschool Flickr group. Have fun!

 

Copyright © Wee Folk Art, LLC 2008-2014. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce our text, images or patterns without prior written consent. Please contact us with any questions.

 

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