Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Unlikely Inspiration








Hoping and praying on Sunday for some fresh inspiration for this week's History/Geography lessons, my eyes landed on my nearby hand sewing project. Then the idea came - see all those buildings!!!!

Monday morning I set these two blocks in front of our (homeschooled) children - "These have something to do with this week's project," I told them. 
"Not quilting!" they replied.
"No, not quilting - keep looking."

Soon we were brainstorming a long list of manmade structures/buildings which are at least 200 years old. Each child has chosen one and have a written project as well as a model/drawing/painting to complete this week.












I'm working on building a "leaning tower" of my own too.

To be continued......



Sharing at WIP Wednesday.

Link for Buckingham Palace cut out as seen in photo #6.
Link for Leaning Tower of Pisa cut out as seen in photos #1, 4 & 5.


27 comments:

Adrianne said...

Great thinking. Your blocks are looking lovely and your childrens' projects look very interesting too.

Joop Zand said...

Looks very nice Karen..... compliments.

Greetings, Joop

Patchwork and Play said...

You are a great teacher Karen! I look forward to see your leaning tower!

Nilya said...

What a great idea to teach so many skills in one!

Seeing Each Day said...

Brilliant idea - wouldn't mind being a student in your class on some days. Hope your week is going along ok. Renee

Lisa Gordon said...

What a great idea, Karen, and they must have had lots of fun doing this!

Sarah Lizzie said...

Your 'school', Karen, looks like a whole heap of fun.....not how I remember 'the ole school days'!!

Gone Country said...

Genious! And so creative! What a fun way to learn.

sylvia kirkwood said...

What a wonderful and creative project! Your children are very fortunate to have you not only as their Mom, but their teacher as well! Terrific captures for the day!! A fun way to learn indeed!

Deborah said...

Brilliant. Love your photos, too!

mbartholomew said...

What a fun looking project!

Filip Demuinck said...

Super creative. Well done.

Greetings,
Filip

Gina said...

Inspiration is everywhere!! So fun how creativity leads to more creativity! Looks like your kids had fun with their projects and it sure makes learning fun!

TheChieftess said...

You and your family are certainly crafty!!!

geanina said...

Looks beautiful!;)

Karen said...

I love your blocks, they're coming along great! I can't wait for my Architextures to arrive... :o)

Nancy said...

I am sure that home schooling keeps your creativity at a high level as this is a perfect example...WOW I am so impressed with your son's tower....

flowersandhome said...

Must be so very rewarding to homeschool your kids.

BedTime Quilting said...

I home school my children as well. Love it all! I'm a new follower. :)

Marilyn said...

Will be waiting to see their finished constructions. That is a great lesson idea.

Rosemary said...

Best part of education is realizing how interconnected everything is. I go from math and fractions to measuring ingredients in a recipe, I see your quilting squares inspire a building/history lesson - so awesome!

Linda R said...

That has to be tough to come up with lesson plan. But it looks like you really know how to get there minds to working.. Looks like a wonderful quilt you got going. Love the color.

Hugs~

Anita Johnson said...

We went to the Wisconsin State Fair last night and some of the quilts on display too my breath away. I hope you share your finished ones with us!

diane b said...

I love the way the blocks play tricks with your eyes seeing shapes repeated in different orientation.
When you homeschool where do you get the curriculum from?

Karen @ Pieces of Contentment said...

Hi Diane, we are free to choose our own curriculum as long as we cover all the 6 main subject areas and the required content with in each (in NSW). Sometimes we use workbooks which are available in the shops for school/private use. For other subjects we choose our own resources and create our own curriculum, keeping records of what we have done. There will be some changes with the Australian Curriculum coming into effect over the next three years, but still some flexibility. The requirements within each state may differ slightly.

Elise Lea said...

Beautiful blocks and such a great surprising inspiration for your children's education! Can't wait to see even more of this lovely quilt!

Liz said...

Wonderful & creative!

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