Today we had our regular Friday Co-Op. Sickness seems to have taken hold of the group, as nearly half the families were absent. But those who attended enjoyed working on History (Story of the World Book 2, Chapters 14-15). They learned about English history and built or drew castles out of a variety of materials.
After lunch, we attended the Homeschool Players at the Dublin Grange Theatre. The kids are working on a Dr. Seuss-ified version of “MacBeth”, which will be presented along with the Afterschool Players’ Seuss-ified version of “Hamlet”, in mid-March.
Today we attended class 2 of 4 in the Just Drawing series at the BIAA. The students are working on creating a William Wegman-esque piece, using the pencil-sketched dog head they made last week. This week, they created a body in pastels to go with the head sketch.
S9 made a tap-dancing-fairy-princess-veterinarian (a la Lemony Snicket’s character, Carmelita Spats); she cracked herself up over the reference. (Actually, she says it’s just a fairy ballerina.)
O8 made a dancer, but a more serious one. (Well, as serious a dancer as one can make when it’s got a dog head.) She took a lot of time shading in the arm with pastels.
After a quick lunch, we went over to the Bond House for Young Historians. This month, the group studied Central America. They made faux sopapillas (using crescent roll dough) and painted ceramic pigs, though I’m not sure what that was for. They also did some weaving with yarn on a handmade loom. They were so fascinated with the weaving that they brought their pieces home and finished them right away.
Today we attended the 3rd of 4 classes at the Butler, in a series called “Monsters On Parade”. The kids are making pieces that will be included in the upcoming Maurice Sendak exhibit in June.
In the afternoon, we attended Young Historians (class rescheduled as Ms. Laura had a family emergency on the original date). They covered “Africa” and discussed some of the regions of the continent, languages and customs, music, and also art. They learned a few words in Swahili. The project was a canvas painted with mud, which dries with an interesting texture.
Today we attended Young Historians Club in Canfield. The theme for this month was India. The kids learned a very brief overview of India’s history, touched on its religious customs, tasted Indian food from a local restaurant, and made a felt elephant craft. They also did geography via a map and heard language samples.
Here is S9’s elephant:
Today we attended the first of five “Young Historians Club” meetings. S9 did this program last year. This year, O8 will be joining her. They are studying a different culture/country each session. This first session was on China.
The kids had a chance to taste some tempura, learned some Chinese symbols, saw photos and objects from China, did a mapping activity, and also made some calligraphy and a faux screen by painting a scene on a taped cardboard “screen” shape.
S9 painted a volcano, and O8 made a garden scene.
Today was the last of the clay relief classes. The kids finished up by painting their now-dry clay relief sculptures.
They also had plenty of time to finish their second pieces, too.
O7’s Hello Kitty:
After art class, S8 attended the last of her Young Historians Club meetings for the year. They held a mock session of Congress, in which she was a senator from South Carolina. In their congress, the kids learned how to introduce, argue and vote on a bill. They then set forth ideas for next year’s Club theme, and had to convince other students to support their suggestions. Finally, everyone voted and it was decided that World Wars would be next year’s topic.
In the evening, we went to OGI for our gymnastics class.
Next stop: Florida! We leave Saturday.
Today in our math work O7 was supposed to play a game of “Making Ten”. This is a simple card game where you remove the 10s and J, Q, Ks from the deck and use the remaining cards to make sums of ten. To play, place one each of the A, 2, 3, 4 & 5 on the center of the table. Deal five of the remaining cards to each player, and place the leftover cards in a pile facedown next to the center cards. First player can play any card in her hand on a card in the center that will make ten. For example, a 9 can be placed on the A (worth 1); an 8 can go on the 2, etc. Play continues in this manner until someone is out of cards. If you cannot play a card on your turn, draw two from the pile. I can’t believe how much they like playing this simple game. It is a lot like Sunya, but easier to set up.
We also worked on some items for the kids to display at the Kids Marketplace during our upcoming homeschool conference. The girls made bookmarks with craft (popsicle) sticks, glitter glue and construction paper. They have also made some little blank journals, mini journals, and even a photo frame. We need to think of a name for our little business venture and make a sign. I have a stack of posterboards and will have to remember to put a few in our luggage.
Later, we worked on O7’s Eiffel Tower puzzle, a 3-D model that one of her friends gave her at our recent Paris-themed birthday party. The puzzle/model was not that hard to figure out, but it was a little tricky in spots. It came out great, though. Now they have an Eiffel Tower for their LPS figures to visit. How fun, for the Pets to hang out in Paris!
Tonight we are headed to Open Gym for a few hours of activity. It will be good for them to have some time to burn off some energy. Between the weather and being sick, we’ve been confined to the house for a while now.