Tuesday, November 20, 2018

First 5k for Daddy and Daughter

Earlier this month Elisabeth and Daddy ran their first 5k at the 9th Annual Pumpkin Run. Elisabeth has been training with a local club for the past 8 months and felt ready for a 5k. All things considered, they both did great. Hopefully, the whole family will run the next one together.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018

Shrinky Dink Stained Glass

Using a printout template from our Story of the World curriculum, the kids made "stained-glass" Out of Shrinky Dink Paper. Once again, my art-loving daughter embraced the assignment whole-heartedly. This was a nice supplemental exercise for learning about the Protestant Reformation and Counter Reformation in our history curriculum.

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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Renaissance: Classical Architecture

Elisabeths clay reproduction of a Doric Column and drawing of an Ionic column.
While studying the Renaissance as part of our Story of the World history curriculum, we watched several videos on Greek and Roman columns including this one by Khan Academy on The Classical Orders. 

After studying the different column types especially Doric, Ionic and Corinthian, we reviewed photos of places we have visited such as the British Museum and the National Portrait Gallery in London to practice identifying the different column types. When asked to draw or sculpt an example, Elisabeth fully embraced the idea (pictured above), while Jonah's sculpture of a column quickly morphed into a an unrelated, worm-like creature. He did, at least, enjoy the identification phase of our study. I was glad to find activities that allow both kids with their differing interests to engage with the curriculum. In this case, the art component added interest to the subject matter for Elisabeth, who generally speaking does not get quite as excited about learning history as Jonah does.