Next week it all begins. Oliver is starting off the year with Nature, Number and Geometry while Molly will begin with Botany. It's so inspiring to look through this curriculum and recommended resources. Every lesson is presented with such meaning that they excite the soul.
Oliver will learn how to use a compass, creating interlocking circles and learn what these shapes have represented throughout history...it's connection to the universe. The resource book I will be using is just excellent! "A Beginner's Guide to Constructing the Universe: The Mathematical Archetypes of Nature, Art, and Science" is richly illustrated and has so many things to pull from for his main lesson book, not to mention, it's just so fascinating to read. "Do nothing unconsciously. Be aware of each action you perform with them. No act in a geometric construction is trivial or without profound symbolism and correspondence to the world's creating process."
Molly's botany block will begin with the plants relationship to the sun and earth. "Botany" by Charles Kovacs will be our main read for these lessons: "Imagine all these millions and millions of seeds held inside the earth during the cold season when there is snow, ice, and cold winds, but they are safely kept inside. And now imagine for a moment that each seed is a tiny light, and if you could imagine that we could see through the earth, it would look as though there were millions of stars. During the winter, the earth would look like the starry sky." Alive and twinkling!
More than facts, the child feels this information on a cellular level. They feel the truth in what's being presented. So do I.