We reluctantly flip over the cardstock to show the plain white side, where we'll draw points and lines lightly. Lightly because we'll erase them later.
Three points? But, the handbook says two points. Why on earth do we need three?
Technically, as Euclid states, you really only need two points to draw a line segment. However, Alexander Pope states, “To err is human," and we must anticipate errors.
We make a point at 6″ at the top of the paper, in the middle, and at the bottom. We rotate the ruler and draw a line through three points (or fix errors if a point is out of line).
This time, we rotate the paper to make another line. Technically, we are drawing line segments. A true line goes to infinity and beyond a mere six inches.
Since the paper is 12″ by 12″, the line segments cross in the center. Cutting along the two lines yields four 6″ by 6″ squares. Now, we can make envelopes, wall pockets, picture frames, or Valentines!
Then, we take one vertex (mathese for corner) and pull it towards the center. When the tip touches the center, we carefully fold and make a crease. We do the same for each vertex until all vertices kiss in the center. This makes an envelope, which is the very first project in the paper sloyd handbook.
The final step of folding is to pull a vertex toward the edge of the frame. When it's lined up perfectly, we make a crease. We do the same for all vertices and the frame is complete. The valentine looks a little plain and curve stitching will dress it up nicely.
I warn Horatio of the task ahead, and her dogs are begging for a walk. We head outdoors and swap stories of the big snow that blanketed the heart of the south recently.
Taking a break sounds like a waste of time. The secret to a lovely homeschool day and an active life is short lessons. Research shows that our brains function better when we take a short break after fifteen to twenty minutes on one task.
In fact, take the whole evening off. Odds are, you're watching Downton and Sherlock or the Superbowl. I suspect Horatio is watching the former as am I.