Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Corn cob dolls and Native American Spear

We just started Tapestry of Grace Year 2 Unit 3. My friend has been telling me for the past three years that I should try it and she thought it was what I was looking for. Every time I looked at her curriculum (the classic) I was immediately overwhelmed. I just thought "they have to do all of this work?" Then she sat down with me and went through the redesign and I loved it. I was using Sonlight Core 3 and I loved the literature selections, but it was not working. I couldn't teach both children about the same topic and have the work be on their level. I love that about TOG, you can teach the children on their level(Blake-Upper Grammar Mikaela-Dialectic) and have a discussion as a family. Also , Sonlight was lacking the hands on experience and projects that my children love and thrive on. So here we are, and I can finally say after five years homeschooling, I have prayerfully found what I have been looking for. My son 8 said to me the other day, as he was working on his colonial project..."Mom this is more fun than playing outside!" I almost fell off my chair. How long I have waited to hear those words!!! Anyway, I wanted to share some of the projects they finished last week. They also made sweet potato muffins, which were delicious, and they shared with their friends.

Corn cob dolls:
To make your own corncob doll, you will need a knife, scissors and ruler, yarn, glue, scraps of fabric and thin ribbon, needle and thread and some acrylic paint and paintbrush.With your knife, cut the corn and the stalk off of the cob and let it dry for two or three days. Use your paintbrush and acrylic paints to paint a face on your corncob doll. Decide what color hair you want your doll to have and make about 30 loops of loosely wound yarn around your hand. At each end, cut the loops and tie them at one end to give your doll bangs. Now you are ready to glue the hair onto your corncob doll's head. Neaten up the hair and trim it evenly across. You can add a ribbon or bow to the hair to make it more attractive. Every corncob doll needs a fashionable 'do!Make a skirt for your corncob doll by using a strip of fabric about seven inches wide. Make sure the piece of fabric is long enough to reach the corncob doll's ankles. Sew a running stitch across the top of the skirt. Wrap the doll's skirt around her body and give it a gathered look by pulling the thread tightly and then tie it around the corncob doll's waist. You can make a blouse in much the same way as you made the skirt. The fabric for the blouse needs to be long enough to hang over the top of the skirt. To complete the look, tie a ribbon or piece of complementary-colored yarn around the top of the blouse.

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