Two Ideas for First/Second Grade Blocks

I love the book “Where the Mountain Meets the Moon” by Grace Lin.  It would make a great read-aloud for Waldorf homeschoolers in the second grade.  You could also make a language arts block out of it.  My friend Jen over at Ancient Hearth did just that, and you can see the spectacular results here:  http://ancienthearth2.blogspot.com/2011/01/la-block-where-mountain-meets-moon.html  I am so pleased looking at Jen’s pictures; her block turned out so beautifully!

I also wanted to share a little idea I am working on for my First Grader’s form drawing blocks for fall.  I want to use the little mice of Brambly Hedge to do our form drawing and I may also move the idea of mice into our math blocks for the four processes. 

For those of you not familiar with the  Brambly Hedge books, they are small pocket- sized books with intricate watercolor illustrations about  families of mice who make their homes in the roots and trunks of Brambly Hedge, “a dense and tangled hedgerow that borders the field on the other side of the stream.”  The main first four books go through each season with the assorted activities of gathering food, storing it for winter, and all the feasts and festivities that go with each season.

These were first published in Great Britain in 1980.  You can see the first four books here: http://www.amazon.com/Year-Brambly-Hedge-Jill-Barklem/dp/0007371667/ref=pd_sim_b_8

My thought is to make a giant wall mural of the hedge and the assorted  places of the hedge and then to use the stories as a springboard for the imagery of form drawing lines and curves.  There is  also a Brambly Hedge Pattern Book to sew fabric versions of the mice characters here:  http://www.amazon.com/Brambly-Hedge-Pattern-Book-Dolman/dp/0399211942/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1295721650&sr=8-8

Many blessings today,

Carrie

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12 thoughts on “Two Ideas for First/Second Grade Blocks

  1. Hi Carrie,
    Do you have a list of favorite books for kids? Is there a backpost about this? That “mountain meets the moon” book you just talked about sounds great. My kids are having their joint birthday party soon and I would like to make a list of books we would like instead of toys (especially since most of our friends are not waldorf). The kids are 7,4 & 3. But they all enjoy long stories.

    Thanks!
    Tasha

    • Tasha — THere is a backpost on read alouds for Under age 7, First, Second and Third Grades…If you use the search engine, they should come up..
      Many blessings,
      Carrie

  2. I love the idea of using the mice for maths. I had thought of squirrels (following Donna’s Christopherus curriculum) but the drawback was that we don’t have squirrels (or any other native mammmals) here. But mice and rats we do have! Hmmm….Carrie, you’ve thrown a spanner in the works…I’d pretty much decided to go with gnomes but now I need to rethink. And our first maths block starts in a month! Please share more of your ideas for this :)

    • Carla, I think you could use Christopherus as is only substitute mice instead of squirrels running up and down a hedge instead of trees ( or tunnels or even up and down in a pantry. :))
      Blessings,
      Carrie

  3. Carrie – what an amazing idea, using the Brambly Hedge books! I could look at those illustrations for hours. I LOVE your idea of the mural as a back drop for the stories! I love how you think outside of the box, too – you come up with wonderful ideas in the traditional waldorf vein – a true visionary! Brilliant!
    Hugs (and thanks),
    Jen

  4. Hi Carrie,

    We are considering homeschooling our little boy and I have read you mention “blocks.” Would it be possible for you to expand on this – I am thinking it is like an in-depth subject matter study. Any insight would be appreciated.

    Thank you

  5. Hi Carrie,
    Have you made any progress on the form drawing with Brambly Hedge idea? I’d love more info if you have. I have had a hard time creating an imaginative form drawing experience!

  6. Pingback: Working With “Brambly Hedge” for First Grade Form Drawing | The Parenting Passageway

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