Revival to Revolution:
This week was all about connections galore! I cannot believe how many connections Wyatt is making in his learning, and how many times the dc are sharing connections among the 3 different HOD guides we are doing. It really is a blessing!
Wyatt made a lovely quilt this week for his RevtoRev history project, like those used in connection with the Underground Railroad. He spent careful time following directions to cut out certain numbers of shapes, and then he assembled them to match the quilt in his History Notebooking pages. It turned out so neat! His younger brother thought it was so neat, he began assembling a quilt of his own, only a miniature sized one.
One of the things we all enjoyed this week was role playing a scene from each of the boys' DITHOR books. It was the final project both of the boys chose, and as always, they involved our little guy and me too. Wyatt's book was "Sir Malcolm and the Missing Prince", and Riley's book was "Buffalo Bill". No surprise each of them chose a scene jam-packed with action and adventure. In one of the scenes, there is a shoot 'em up fight between an Indian war party and Buffalo Bill's men. In the other scene, there was a fight between highwaymen robbers and a party of peasants traveling to see the king. We all had SO MUCH fun!
I've just begun reading a book I think may be helpful to me called "Raising Real Men", and I am amazed at how many of the things the book suggests doing we are already doing simply because we are doing HOD! It has been very affirming! Anyway, here are some of the pictures of our DITHOR project (note the headdress is yet another HOD project Wyatt made for one of his history projects this year
We square-danced at the start of one of the scenes, as this was a part of the book, and of course THIS was the part I liked best!
We used soft blocks for the fighting scenes - boys can hit HARD - it was safer
We also got to do a DITHOR kickoff for our new genre of realistic fiction. I let Wyatt choose the kickoff, and he chose the one where I read a poignant description from a realistic fiction book, while each of them draws what I am reading without looking at the others. Then, we compared drawings for similarities. I chose to read the scene from "Understood Betsy" where the girls look threw the window and see little 'Lias in a cold home in a state of neglect. The boys were so compassionate about the state little 'Lias was in - even Emmett who was listening as he did his puzzle said, "That poor, poor, little boy". I see the boys have whisked "Understood Betsy" up to their room tonight, to each read it one more time.
I can't believe how all of the work with units/bars in Singapore math has prepared Wyatt for beginning Algebra concepts. He just GETS it! I truly am in awe. I feel like sitting down and whipping out some equations with letters and numbers, but by the time I'd get all that done, he'd have run circles around me and found the answer in half the time. I've decided to learn this way of math too, and it is so much quicker. I used to enjoy math so much, but I have to admit I enjoy it even more this way!
For creative writing, Wyatt decided to research and write a short story about "The Swamp Fox". I so LOVE it when history and creative writing collide! He wrote it in his own style, but even whipped out the computer and his book "The Swamp Fox" to aid him in accuracy. I like it that HOD has taught him to use multiple media resources well, and then to mesh that research into a work all his own. He really enjoyed it!
In Exploration Education, Wyatt got to build his own rocket. Wow - was he excited!
He was going to get to launch it today, but it was a white-out outside, so I guess we'll launch it tomorrow.
Today when Wyatt and I were sharing with one another in our "Biblical Worldview" study, Emmett's LHFHG verse was quoted several times. Wyatt was so excited to tell Emmett, and Emmett was so excited to say it for Wyatt - quite a few times.
We just had a terrific week!