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A large family, homeschooling, adoption, special needs, whatever strikes my fancy, sort of blog.

Friday, October 30, 2020

Our Week With A Spot Of Cave-Schooling

We're learning about France now.  When I think of France, I think Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, etc.  But, before France was France, the land was still inhabited.  

We got a couple of library books about the ancient Lascaux Cave that was discovered in France.  

And one morning while the girls were playing, I transformed the school room into a cavern so each of them could try their hand at cave painting.  

We ended up switching Katie's paper to the other side, because the underside of her table was too bumpy.  

We used oil pastels for this project.  

I printed "how to draw a mastodon" and "how to draw a horse" from Art Projects For Kids for suggested guidance, but the girls were free to do their own thing.  

We only used 4 colors, since cave people would not have had access to the whole Crayola assortment, having to make their own paints.  "Couldn't we squish up some plants and make green, Mom?"  

We learned about cave ecosystems, too, and talked about what senses would be the most helpful when spelunking.  Now I want to take them on a field trip to a cave.  

I was actually pretty impressed with the finished cave drawing projects.

Grumman thought the whole thing was very weird.  

Poor Grumman.  (Brianna is stacking pencils on him.)  It's been a rough week.  

The interloper (in his mind, anyway) is still here.  I've taken to calling her Jingle about half the time, as she's now sporting a bell on a hair elastic.  I may be projecting, but I feel like Grumman appreciates being able to hear where she is.  He keeps a suspicious eye on her.  

Learning about France means watching Ratatouille and Madeline, right?  (In my defense, we also watched a travel documentary, with some of the Parisian sights.)  

You'll never guess what we're learning about now in flying science.  Pterosaurs! 

12 weeks after putting up the first flag in Grumman's space, I finally got smart enough to move them out of his space (the "window" sill between the school room and the stairs) and onto a less Grumman friendly space.  They give the school room a little bit of a "United Nations" vibe, and they help us remember the places we've studied.  

Next week, hopefully we'll do some French cooking.  


  1. I just love the cave drawing. What a fantastic idea. You are such a fun homeschooler. I miss the early years.
    Blessings, Dawn

    1. I miss the even younger years, lol! I feel like I would have gotten a lot more use out of my laminator if I'd bought it 20 years earlier. The cave drawings were a project from ARTistic Pursuits, which we reviewed years ago. I love the way it worked out to include it in our study of France.

  2. I was looking at the picture of Jingle and reading about Grumman thinking, "I don't remember Grumman having such a kitteny face." Then I realized I was looking at a kitten and not at Grumman at all. :)

    What a lot of fun schooling this week!! I've been to the Lascaux Cave--ever so long ago (really, as in 30 years ago!) The art is magnificent.

    I like your flags of the world display. The idea of Grumman knocking them down for 12 weeks makes me giggle.

    1. Oh, how amazing to see it in person! We watched a travel video, and I realized how much I miss seeing more of our fascinating world.

      I goofed on the flag thing. I planned a day trip, assuming that we had a flag for a certain country, and when we got there, I pulled out my bucket of flags and did NOT have one. Amazon will have to rescue me in the coming week.