Shannon has a M.S. in Geology, is a teacher in a Waldorf School and has background as a children's yoga teacher.

She is passionate about connecting children to themselves and to the natural world.

About Backyard Mama

Backyard Mama's mission is for every child to spend time outside every day.

The intention of this blog is to offer inspiration to do that. Take this tips and tools and use them, or contact me and I can run a program at your center.

Our programs take many forms:
* classes in your school or childcare center
* classes for camps or nature centers
* professional development through conferences and workshops
* professional development designed for your staff
* community workshops at libraries and agencies

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Painting with Nature

Today I taught a class at a local Waldorf School. The topic was geology and painting. I decided to teach about subduction zones, it seemed appropriate with all the going ons in Japan.

We used water color paints, wet paints on dry paper.

Now, I am a good geologist, but not the best painter. So with a little practice and planning I put together this painting.

subduction zone painting

The scale is far from perfect, but I like the overall composition.

I got to thinking about how wonderful it is to teach science through art and as I watched these 6th graders compose their own subduction zones, I realized that with each brush stroke they solidified their personal relationship with this tectonic process.

For Earth Day perhaps painting about the process of recycling or decomposition, would allow children to relate on a kinesthetic and artistic basis to the importance of celebrating the Earth.

And hey, it’s fun.

Stockmar paints are non-toxic water color paints and are available to purchase at Bella Luna Toys.

Another fun project is:
Modeling with bees wax.


Feature blog of the day is: Caro and Co.: Engaging kids with nature, outdoors and food.

Tomorrow will have more on our Count Down to Earth Day!

Now get outside and ….. paint!

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