Could Have Been Kindergarten
Today my daughter was supposed to start Kindergarten. In the effort to stay positive during this teacher/BC Gov labour dispute, we created a fun project together.
Nature Walk In The Rain
We started the day collecting colourful leaves. Of course, there were many “puddle breaks” along the way.
Beautiful Brown Snail
This was the best wildlife picture from our nature walk. We also counted eleven slugs and one pile of bear poop.
Drawing Seven Leaves
I asked Jade to draw seven leaves across the paper. This would be a guide to help us sort our colourful leaves.
Counting The Seven Leaves
Jade is double checking the amount of leaves she has drawn.
Colouring the Seven Leaves
Finalizing the map that will help us sort our leaves.
Jade’s Final Drawing
This map will help us count and organize the leaves based on colour. As one can see, Jade is still learning to write her numbers.
Matching A Map Out
Jade has sorted where the colours will be placed.
Sorting All The Leaves
Jade is sorting all the leaves she collected from our nature walk.
Stacking All The Leaves
At the end of the day, I added the leaves I collected from our walk together. All the leaves are stacked and ready for the next stage of our project.
All joking aside, Jade and I had a blast at StrongStart yesterday.
StrongStart is a FREE early education program in BC, Canada.
The top drawing is a fun doodle from our pressed plants (shown below).
Jade really loved being in the trails and picking leaves and flowers.
And I really liked drawing from our exploration.
This exercise helped me focus on unique details and shapes of our local plants.
Jade and I draw and think about our beautiful family time yesterday …
A spectacular Metro Vancouver trail during a rare sunny break in November.
Actually, I like the rain. If dressed properly, It’s so much fun!
An old pic of Jade and her mom on puddle patrol.
Ready, set …
The tree in front only has a few leaves left.
Creating a “rainbow” blend of leaves along our fence (inspired by Andy Goldsworthy).
1. Sorting our leaves.
2. Stacking and “blending” the colour.
3. The pile is organized to create “rainbow” blend.
4. Leaves are put on the fence (background).
5. A detail of the colourful leaves on the wire fence.
It’s raining outside but we’re still having fun.
An overview of our “play station.”
Jade named the drawing and she also “wrote” the caption in red.
A fun snail detail from our final drawing.
“I’ll Never Leaf You” … the final drawing.
Talking with Jade about the life cycle of salmon.
The salmon are spawning in our rivers right now.
It is officially fall in Vancouver — and the rainy season has arrived with a big splash.
Don’t forget your umbrella.
Jade & I collaborated on a fun leaf project during StrongStart.
All the leaves were collected during our nature walk. Very fun!!