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Homeschool at Irvine

Art & Science of the Land: Week 12

December 20, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

12/4/2018 Today we worked on shelter building, an excellent skill to practice for fun and for survival situations.  We started by reviewing some basic shelter types, including a debris hut, a lean-to and a wicki-up which is like a teepee but covered in debris.  Another option for a shelter that we learned about was a… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 8

December 5, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

10/30/2018 Today we re-explored some of our favorite places at Irvine, the seven sycamore tree along the Bauer Path trail and the Native American site.  We set off from our meeting spot, along the Vista Loop Trail and stopped at the Gazebo and enjoyed snack and sharing moments from over the weekend or since last… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 11

December 3, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

11/27/2018 It was a cold day today with temperatures barely getting out of the 30s.  Despite the cold we hiked down to the Gazebo where we had snack and shared any exciting events since last class.  We hadn’t been in class for two weeks as we celebrated Thanksgiving so everyone had a lot to share. … Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 10

November 29, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

11/13/2018 Fall semester for homeschool is winding down with only a couple weeks left.  Today we learned about our third and last nature artist for Fall, Nancy Holt.  Holt’s vision was to allow people the opportunity to observe amazing features of the natural world, such as stars, solstices and vivid geographic locations using her art… Read more »

Art and Science of the Land: Week 6 & 7

October 29, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

10/16/2018 Mid-semester campfire Before enjoying a campfire with our families and fellow homeschoolers, we continued our lesson on leaves.  With fall colors starting to show we started with an experiment to learn more about the colors that make up leaves in the fall.  In this experiment we gathered three different colors of leaves, green, yellow… Read more »

Art and Science of the Land: Week 5

October 18, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

10/9/2018 With fall in full swing we introduced a new leaf artist to our repertoire, James Brunt.  He uses leaves and other natural materials to create patterns on the forest floor.  He takes photos of his creations to sell as art and they are beautiful!  Check out some of his amazing art here: https://www.jamesbruntartist.co.uk/ We… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 4

October 8, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

10/2/2018 Today we explored more of the science aspect of our class, learning more about the life cycle of the milkweed plant, experimenting with water flow by building a dam, and doing water tests to determine the health of the stream we were playing in.  Last week we learned about the land artist Ashley Kidner… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 3

October 1, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

9/25/2018 Today we learned about our first land artist, Ashley Kidner, a local Baltimore land artist.  Before learning more about Ashley Kidner and his work, we opened our journals and reviewed our Nature Achievements.  We got to add our first sticker to our list of thirteen achievements from last week where we learned about the… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 2

September 25, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Today was all about monarch butterflies, their life history, amazing beauty and crazy cool characteristics.  We started the day by meeting our three new friends who couldn’t join us for our first class.  It was a great opportunity to share a favorite memory from the weekend and go over our intentions and guidelines one more… Read more »

Art & Science of the Land: Week 1

September 25, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

9/11/2018 Welcome to our Fall session of Art & Science of the Land, where we learn more about land artists, create art installations out of natural materials, and spark our own curiosity and explore our connection to the land.  Before we learn about how others have expressed their love of nature by creating works of… Read more »