The Living Library Wyatt has been enjoying is full of great living books, like "Wilfred Grenfell." The follow-up skill of writing a one-sentence summary is surprisingly challenging! To concisely give a one-sentence summary in regard to about 30 pages of reading is a great skill to learn. I can tell it is helping him with writing his topic sentence for his Essentials in Writing assignments. The guidance the WG guide gives for writing this one-sentence summary is so helpful. He has learned his sentence needs to contain the main character(s), the main action taken, any important conflict, the goal, and the setting. He must 'check' for these things in his summary, one day by circling, underlining, starring, etc. each element, and another day by writing first 3 sentences and underlining each element and then condensing it into one sentence. These specific guidelines have helped him become excellent at writing these summaries. The Living Library also has Wyatt writing a one-sentence summary in 'advertisement' form. He is quite good at this, and they are fun to read!
The other follow-up to the Living Library readings is for Wyatt to give an oral narration. The back of the WG guide has excellent tips for encouraging growth in oral narrations as well. I love that HOD carefully plans meaningful follow-up skills to readings that are fresh, varied, and interesting. This is so much better than the typical 'write a report' or 'fill in the blanks.' HOD is such a breath of fresh air!!!
Wyatt's MicroPhySci kit and manual are challenging enough without being tedious. He is working through is science labs independently, and he is learning so much. Wyatt also really enjoys reading his Integrated Physics and Chemistry books. In fact, he said it's one of his favorite ways to learn about science. He finds the readings very interesting, and he often shares something he read just in passing, usually at the supper table.
The follow-up assessment questions and easy to use answer key make this subject easy on me as the teacher too, and as I for one was quite worried about science and labs at the high school level - I am so very thankful!
It has been special to see Wyatt's Common Place Book grow through the years. His golden-edged journal is leather bound, and it just is a special book for him. Another special journal he is keeping is his Prayer Journal. For Bible, he is keeping a prayer journal using the Lord's Prayer ACTS model. Each day, he writes a few key words or phrases next to each letter to summarize his prayer (A - adoration, C - confession, T - thanksgiving, and S - supplication). His prayer journal is private and personal to him, and I can tell he has begun to really look forward to his prayer time each day as a way to work through all those emotions running high as a young teenage boy. He keeps a copy of the "Preparing Your Heart for Prayer" paper from the WG in his Prayer Journal, and that is super helpful, as it contains questions for all 4 parts of prayer. The Rooted and Grounded study always has Wyatt praying for different people he has read about around the world, so even this portion of the WG plans fits with the history theme and is incredibly meaningful.
Here Wyatt is with his Common Place book...
"Mapping the World with Art" had Wyatt constructing an octahedral globe this week. He drew Sir Francis Drake's route on his globe, using his WG Expedition Journal as a reference. Sir Francis Drake was the first Englishman to circumnavigate the world, and his 3 year voyage was secretly backed by none other than Queen Elizabeth. The WG Living Library book "In the Days of Drake" was a real page-turner for Wyatt! He really loved that book! Watching the "Scenic Cruises of the World" on DVD was a fitting way to celebrate the beauty of CA, as Drake harbored their and explored some of that area calling it New Albion. I love how all of this works together to create a great year of studying WG!!!
I can tell Wyatt learned much from reading about Henry Hudson's quest to find a route north to reach China in WG's "A Book of Discovery." His written narration begins with "Henry Hudson prepared to sail into the unknown...".
I am so thankful that Wyatt has learned to add more pizazz to his written narrations through the years! There was a time - a very lengthy amount of time actually - when he was quite dry and lifeless in his narrations. The gradual change through the years shows that he is beginning to develop his own writing style - and I love it!
All of the guided practice and helps HOD has given regrading written narrations and writing programs through the years has helped him become more and more accomplished in his writing. It has been worth every lesson, every discussion, and every follow-up we have worked on together!
The outlining assignments Wyatt has been doing for his WG guide are really helping him learn to take notes well. I like the format of writing one sentence for each paragraph read. Each Roman numeral has a sentence written next to it for each paragraph sequentially. The guidance given in the WG for this assignment makes it clear what is expected and easy to correct. I can see this skill being a useful one to have for college someday too.
I am so pleased with the World Geography guide! What a super year we are having together!
Who knew high school would be this enjoyable?!?