- a flurry of snow
- hail storm
Listen to the noise and see how much hail accumulated on the window sill!
- very strong wind
- iced-over water droplets by 5pm
All quite wild (by UK standard), if you ask me.
Looking through our list for the week, I asked Tiger to choose what he would like to draw. His first choice was to draw the hail storm, which both of us thought was the most interesting thing that happened, weather-wise. However, I could not find any instruction to draw hail storms, so we settled for capturing the essence of the sudden flashes of lightning in the middle of the week and the thunderstorm that followed immediately afterwards.
As you can see from our entries below, we have taken a fair bit of artistic licence with our Calendar of Firsts. Our entries probably won't pass the rigourous test of 'Charlotte Mason-style authenticity' (to whom the idea of Calendar of Firsts has been attributed) but doing it our own way has kept our interests up and more importantly, made us feel happy that we have remained true to our (my son's and my) uniquely defiant, non-conformist selves. I realise that we will probably never become flag-bearers for anyone else's system, no matter how much we admire or are inspired by it. Luckily, we are very comfortable with adding our personal touches to things/methods so what you see is more of a norm than an exception here!
As before, we noted the first sightings of nature occurrences in our books. At the end of the week, we chose one or two items from that week's list to draw. The first item we drew was the lightning, because that the most dramatic natural phenomenon for the week - this says it all, doesn't it? We actually lead rather placid lives.
Then, Tiger wanted to draw some trees on fire, although we didn't see that happen here, thankfully. By his logic, lightnight sometimes strikes trees which causes trees to catch fire, so drawing flames would be a suitably relevant addition to our entries:
The last thing we drew was the "Bang!" graphic. Obviously, any self-respecting real, serious artist would not draw sounds in his/her drawings, but we are not that serious around here so it's ok to add visual sounds to our drawings, and we did hear the loud cracking noise of thunder so I'd consider the visuals as our attempt at a realistic representation of what we heard:
For someone who is looking to replicate exactly the Charlotte Mason-style Calendar of Firsts, our example here would probably 'lead you astray', so to speak. However, it is an approach that keeps us interested and brings us joy, so it works for us.
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