Thursday, April 15, 2010

Home school FUN!

Believe it or not, this was NOT a posed picture. These two think they had one up on me because they headed out to the swing set before school began this past week. It is a new addition to our yard thanks to Mee-Maw, Mr. Tim our handyman, and us. It was part of Olivia's birthday gift. They did not figure it out that I had spied them out there and grabbed the camera...I loved the reading on the swing idea. If it wasn't for the caterpillars falling from the oak trees, they might have lasted a while longer.
Today was our last classroom setting of our study of the Middle Ages. We had a really fun time rotating around the stations with a focus on the arts. They stained some glass like those found in ancient cathedrals, they drew telescopes, and they made storyboards and learned about Shakespeare.

This was a great floor puzzle of the solar system.
Taking time to learn about the solar system practicing the mnemonic device for remembering the order of the planets would have made Galileo proud. I just betcha!
The last station was so great. They had the chance to be like Michelangelo and DaVinci with their paintings. So it was not on the ceiling, but it was under the table or chair if you were of short stature. I saw some of them holding their arms and there were a few drips of paint of faces and in hair. They had a blast.

This is our whole group of Vikings. We studied them at our last co-op. They learned about the trade routes by our visiting teacher, Mr. Steve Porvaznik. He was great. They made long boats ("Knarrs") and, as you can see, made Viking helmets. It was a blast. These kids are learning so much about the history of the world.

It is a complete joy to work with a group of teachers (moms) who have a desire for their kids to learn more than just the basics. These kids are absolutely the ones I would want to have in my class if I ever went back to the regular classroom. They are willing to put forth the effort and love the adventure of learning.


Janet said...

Avery and I had such a great day, too. I have loved every minute of working with all of you this year too. Those vikings are too cute to be scary, though!

Samantha said...

Great post Jill! I completely agree with you...they are a JOY to teach....always full of inquistiveness....and excitement. This has been a great year!

The Light's, party of 4 said...

Loved this year more than any other! It was a, Mrs. Photographer, can you please send me some pics of this years co-op? I seriously never got a picture. Shame, shame....maybe that was because I was too busy beig such a great teacher! LOL