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,