We have jumped the gun on our Halloween fun! How about you? 😉 Who can resist when there are so many wonderful books, arts and crafts and school themed units with the focus of fall/Halloween? Bella is so excited that she has already ordered her Halloween costume and some Halloween toys!
A few days ago, Bella and I discovered Room on the Broom, the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. We are both in love with the book! We love it so much that we bought it, and watched the movie on our ritual, Monday movie night. We highly recommend it! We also purchased a Room on the Broom speech therapy packet from one of our favorite stores/homeschool resources Teachers Pay Teachers. Even if you aren’t homeschooling your kids, Teachers Pay Teachers has a lot to offer in the way of supplemental materials.
As art is a big love for Bella and therefore a big focus for us within our homeschool curriculum, I offered Bella a simple print out of the Room on the Broom characters on Monday. I am blown away by her version! Check it out!
I love how Bella’s version emphasizes bright color, shading, the color for the background, and most of all, the lovely expressions on the faces. Kids on the spectrum (sorry to generalize) read expressions first, and hear words second, third or sometimes not at all. So, it makes sense that Bella puts attention on the facial expressions and movement of her characters.
The pictures below are all from our Monday art, watercoloring fun! Just look at the expression in the eyes of the little bat (..see the close up–2nd picture below).
Even with our bumps in the road this past week, Bella has done well to complete her school work. Her handwriting is much improved from last year, and we are steady on with practicing. The other lovely thing to note is Bella’s continued improvement with the coloring she does on her school papers. Last year she would basically scribble out of the lines and not complete that part of her work. I’m very happy for Bella that for now she is finding joy in doing clean and complete work.
What Hippobellamus blog post would be complete without the mention of Hotel Transylvania? 😉 Bella continues to love the movies and the characters, but, ..most of all, ..she loves the Macarena dance from Hotel Transylvania 3! She loves it so much that she learned it, and requests that we dance often! Check out her dance moves below!
And…last, but not least, a look at Bella’s capsule wardrobe for fall and the transition into winter. She’s got some nice things to add to this, which are on her Christmas list! All clothes are from one of my favorite clothing stores for children, Zara Kids France.
Here’s to a beautiful fall, and to celebrating Halloween from now until November 1st! There’s certainly room on our broom for this!
Best wishes ❤
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