Art & Science of the Land: Spring Week 2

March 12, 2019 - Earth Friends, Preschool

Today was week 1 of our Maple Magic series.  For two weeks we will be learning about maple syrup, how to identify maple trees in winter, how to measure trees and tap them for syrup and about the maple sugaring process.  Our focus today was on how to identify maple trees in winter and measure… Read more »

Art and Science of the Land: First Week of Spring

March 4, 2019 - Earth Friends, Preschool

2/26/2019 Welcome back to Irvine for our Spring semester of Earth Friends Homechool!  This semester we are continuing on the theme we started in Fall, learning about how artists are inspired by the art and science of the land to create land art.  Sometimes this land art is small, sometimes it’s on a large, permanent… Read more »

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 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 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 »

Biomimicry: Decomposers and Recycling

May 30, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/15/2018 Have you ever eaten muscles before?  Most people go to the store or seafood market to buy them already pre-plucked from their rocky homes.  In the wild, muscles create an incredibly strong adhesive.  If you’ve ever been to the ocean and tried to pry muscles from the rocks, you’d know they can really hold… Read more »

Biomimicry: A Day of Color

May 14, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/8/2018 Today was our last class before Mother’s Day so we hoped to surprise our moms with origami flowers.  We made two different types of flowers, starting with the more complicated one.  This was a craft we had hoped to do a few weeks back when learning about how leaves fit into buds but we… Read more »

Biomimicry: Animal Water Adaptations

May 8, 2018 - Earth Friends, Preschool

5/1/2018 Today the weather was hot, the sun was blazing and there was barely a cloud in the sky.  On such a hot day a lot of us were thinking about water.  We reviewed what we learned last week by going over the three components of a wetland (water, hydric soil and hydrophilic plants) and… Read more »