Crafty Monday: Abstract Winter Trees Art & Poem

In this post: How to paint abstract winter trees, winter poetry, and a speedy winter lapbook. Links included.

The days are chilly and grey. It’s still winter, but now there are no twinkling lights and candy canes. January is a gloomy month for me. But there are a few fun activities to keep us busy. Bring on the winter art!
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Our homeschool is in full swing and is finally at pre-pregnancy normal. Okay, maybe not completely so. We’re not doing nearly as many crafts as we usually do, but that’s okay. I wanted to simplify anyways. We only did two art projects last week and I’ve decided to give each it’s own post, because I think they are so cool.
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I taught Michael how to draw and paint abstract winter trees by using this site as a guide:

Abstract Winter Tree

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First, he drew the trees in pencil. Then he copied a winter poem that we found here:
http://writerfox.hubpages.com/hub/The-Winter-Poems
We read several of these poems.
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Michael traced his drawing and poem with crayons in cool colors. Then he used water colors to paint and it created a pastel resist effect.
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Michael filled out this speedy Winter lapbook all week:
http://www.currclick.com/product/76606/Seasons-Winter–Speedy-Lapbook

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In other homeschool news:

I read the story of King Inch. It’s a nifty way to remember how many inches are in a foot, and how many feet are in a yard, and how many feet are in a mile. While I read, Michael made a picture book of the story. I found this in a math memory book that I’ve been neglectful of.

http://www.amazon.com/Memory-Tips-Memorization-Learning-Styles/dp/1430303042/

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In Language Arts, Michael typed his first draft of a letter, and then he wrote by hand his final draft. His letter was instructions on how to build a Lego house. Go figure :).

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So, how are you filling your winter days? God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

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