Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Grade 3: Creation paintings

A couple of months ago I made a promise to Cathy, who leaves some of the nicest comments, that I would show some of our Grade 3 work on the blog.  It has taken me longer than I anticipated to go through the books and get pictures taken, but I hope they're helpful.

I'd like to start with our work from the Old Testament, specifically the Creation.

When I originally did this block with Sunburst several years ago, I didn't have any images to go on, just this vague idea that one should paint it.  There weren't as many beautiful resources then, so it was really a work of labor (and love!) to bring a pictorial quality to the days of Creation.

Nowadays, I can think of at least three resources that have examples for this work: Thomas Wildgruber's Painting and Drawing in Waldorf Schools, Elizabeth Auer's Creative Pathways, and the Grade 3 files at Millennial Child.  I had recently purchased a German copy of Wildgruber's book when I brought this lesson to Moonshine, so it was kind of neat to finally see what kinds of paintings one "should" do for this lesson. --- These are not those paintings.

Of course being the kind of homeschooling parent I am, as I presented each new day of creation, I showed Moonshine both Sunburst's image and the one from the book and let her choose.  Most of the time she was drawn to the ones I had created for Sunburst, but other times she had her own ideas about what she wanted to paint.  Of course she did!

I used the wonderful telling of the creation from Jakob Streit's And There Was Light.  I absolutely adored this book, and the girls did, too.  The accompanying writing came from their own summaries, something I think homeschooling allows us to encourage from them at an early age.  Most of them are different, but with a few, Moonshine fell in love with the words her sister used to summarize it, and Sunburst was happy to share her words.

In looking back over their work as a whole, I think it's a good example of not only how one child can inspire another, but how things can change from one child to another, even in the homeschool setting.  Each child is different and has something new to bring to the table, so why shouldn't the homeschooling reflect that?!

In the beginning:


Day One:


Day Two:

Day Three:

Day Four:

Day Five:

Day Six:

None of the resources I listed at the beginning of this post have images for day seven.  Coincidentally, Sunburst and I didn't do a painting for this day either because it was the day of rest, but Moonshine insisted on it.  So we brainstormed and came up with the following painting, and BOTH girls then wanted to paint it for their books.

Day Seven:




Both girls are so proud of this work.  It really speaks to the beauty and magic of Grade Three, don't you think?


  1. Cathy9:15 PM

    Sara, thank you so much for taking the time to post about your 3rd grade. I really do appreciate your blog. The paintings are lovely - my favourite one is the 7th day which is such a beautiful image.

    1. Thank you, Cathy. I'm sorry it has taken me so long. I hope to post more grade 3 work for you soon.

  2. This is wonderful! We are homeschooling for the first time this year and using 106 Days of Creation as our science curriculum for our second grade son. After seeing the paintings you posted, I think I will have him spend more time painting in his Creation Notebook.

    Thanks for sharing.

    1. Wow! That sounds really fun, Lynn. I hope you will be posting these on your blog, because I would love to see!

  3. as usual, wonderful work, Sara. It's interesting to see the different versions next to each other. I don't think my children have produced the same pictures because we always had different ideas for each child about approaching a new topic. So we don't have version 1, 2, 3, or 4 of each picture. My children do like to get out their main lesson books for comparisons, though.

    Did you notice that Thomas Wildgruber didn't have a picture for day 7?

    1. I would love to see more of the artwork your children are doing, Eva. How great that your mind is creative enough to change the images/content every time. I feel like we do so much artwork here, that it's too time consuming to change them all. So some pictures change, but some are just too good not to repeat. I think the kids feel the same way, though.

      No one has pictures for the 7th day. I suppose everyone wants to rest. ;)

  4. Just beautiful...we are working through this block again right now as well. Our second time through and we still haven't painted the. Felt the first time, this time chalk...maybe with my next kiddo we will finally get to watercolor. :)

    I love seeing how other children experience the stories and work through them so creatively.

  5. Creation myths are fascinating...I love the Native American ones involving the raven the most. :) Beautiful artwork, as usual!


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