Showing posts with label project based learning. Show all posts
Showing posts with label project based learning. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Teaching Manners with Table Setting

table setting
Table setting provides practical life experience.
Table Setting as a Practical Life Project

We recently completed a table manners unit as part of our practical life lessons. If you don't remember how to set a table don't panic, I am posting pictures of the basics from a 1950's cookbook that lays out directions in black and white. You can pick one up at your local library and it will likely have the same information as it was proper etiquette at the time.

The great thing about this older cookbook was that it didn't just have instructions for one dinner table but how to set a table for lunch, brunch, buffet, dinner for two, tea and a formal dinner. It even gave details as to what utensils to use and foods to serve. So we made it our project to practice every setting by the end of the week.

We started with a lunch table. This is what most people use for a casual week night "supper" minus the fancy place mats, ours plastic with Elmo.

lunch setting
Casual Lunch Table
 We also set a formal lunch table which I don't have pictures of and then below you will see our formal dinner table. I'm going to explain the details of setting below. We had so much fun cooking a four course meal and enjoying it together.

formal dinner setting
Formal Dinner Table
Table Setting Basics

In both pictures you can see a small plate, that is a bread plate. On the casual table the bread plate is on the left allowing room for a coffee cup on the right. On the formal dinner table the bread plate is on the right allowing for a water or wine glass on the left. Flatware works in from the outside in and plates and bowls are stacked in the order they will be used. So then, salad fork is used first, it is furthest out, spoon is used to stir get the picture. There is one mistake in the picture above. Can you find it? The butter knife on the far right is turned in rather than out.

This lesson would go great with A Day in Paris Mini Unit Study.
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Unit Study.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Melted Bead Sun Catchers/Intro to Glass Making

Our Melted Bead Suncatchers
We made these melted bead sun catchers as a project to introduce us to glass making a few months ago. Please excuse my spotty kitchen window! It is a great craft; one of those that looks good no matter how it turns out. We talked about melting points and watched a video about how glass is really made. I'm thinking a small stained glass project will be next. We gave a few away as gifts and it works in an oven with cheap plastic beads. You can read the instructions over at One Crafty Mama!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer Fun Activities Using Color and Texture

 We seem to want to color everything right now! I have been through two boxes of food coloring and the summer isn't even half over! It is awesome to see my kids apply it in so many different ways and that is why we love project based learning!!! 
We have also been on a texture spree this summer. We have done everything from crush egg shells into texture muck (picked up over at Fairy Dust Teaching) to tie dying table clothes and t-shirts. 
We also made a tie dyed cake. It was simple: white cake mix divided in equal parts add food color to each bowl, layer and gently swirl! You can pick up everything you need for tie dying at Walmart for under $20. The texture muck was simple, we mixed glue, glitter, rice, food color, and crushed egg shells. Paint the canvas first and add the muck after it dries.

We made sidewalk paint from a simple mixture of one part flour, one part water and food coloring. We made it in a muffin tin and used a medium size brush to beautify the sidewalk and driveway.
Finally, we played around with our own version of Phoenix Street Art ideas by spray painting an old piece of green board found in the backyard.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Perspective Drawing 101

drawing circles
Circle Drawing 101
Circle drawing is another great project for teaching perspective. Each circle adds a layer of shade! So much fun. 

How I became Considering frugal

Fueled by the growing list of pollution related allergies my family suffered from each day, and inspired by my 97 year old grandmother who could recycle ANYTHING before recycling was cool, back in 2011, I decided (in the spirit of the Julie/Julia Project...) to embark on a journey to see just how much one family could do to change our planet. I didn't consult any other parties before I launched this idea. Thankfully my husband, daughter and son are usually my biggest supporters. Here is the catch; as I'm normally very thrifty (you can note from early blog posts), I was looking for ways that I could reduce our carbon footprint and make socially responsible purchases without increasing our spending. Mmmmmm. We succeed in changing some of our habits a bit and finding ways to reduce our footprint. There were lots of fun epic fails alone the way too! But the biggest change we have made over the course of the last six years, was to move from the mega city of Phoenix to Wyoming. You can read my full bio on my About Me page.

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"...for your Father knows what you need before you ask." Matthew 6:8