After coloring our crayon transfer sheets with fall colored crayons, we got to wondering if the the colors we chose - red, brown, yellow, and orange were really the best colors to represent fall, at all.
To find out, we grabbed our largest box of crayons (one with multiple shades of each color), and headed outside to see if any of our crayons actually matched up to the natural colors of fall.
Right away, E (age 9) spotted a bunch of tiny, wild sunflowers growing in a nearby vacant lot.
She picked a few, and we pulled out the crayons that we thought might match the color of the petals. As we held the crayons up to the flower, we were surprised to find the petals were not nearly as orange, or even gold, as we had thought at first glance. Plain old yellow ended up being the closest match.
Then, we went on to match the crayons to the color of the stem, and center of the flower too.
And, of course, the sight of the girls drawing sunflowers in living color, brought to mind a picture book to share with them (click here to hear it being read on Vimoe)...
...and a math related video (even if I couldn't convince the girls to try counting the flowers' spirals)...
...and a page from the Montana field guide to check to make sure...
...our flowers were even sunflowers at all.
Just in case you're keeping track, that's art, history, literature, math (barely, but still), and science - not too bad for a wildflower growing as a weed in the autumn soil.
It's great to be a homeschooler.