We were so excited to begin our World History, and it was everything we'd hoped it would be!
After 3 days worth of plans, Wyatt is already getting into the swing of things quite well. Doing World Geography last year really helped this year be a smooth transition. Wyatt is already fascinated "Unveiling the Kings of Israel." I was so pleased with his written narration. We had to fix the spelling of a few words, but otherwise all of those years of doing Dictation Levels 2-8, doing copywork, and patiently (and sometimes not so patiently
) fixing editing errors on each and every written narration together have paid off!!! Another plus - I do believe he is developing his own style of writing written narrations.
His opening line was...
You do not have to look far to find evidence that disputes evolutions's bold and far-fetched claims. In fact you only need to look to the flood...
His closing line was a clincher that acts a a repeat of the opening line, a technique he learned last year in WG with Essentials in Writing, as well as back in RTR in Medieval History Based Writing Lessons (which I am just doing again now with Riley and very much dedicated to helping him get that technique down
...Everywhere you look there is evidence for God and surety of His Word in everything!
Wyatt was beyond thrilled to be reading "The Cat of Bubastes," as Henty is one of his favorite authors. His literary synthesis sheet is already chock full of good analysis, but I'll wait to share that until its completion. I am please that the Living Library is still a part of his day, and also that the follow-up requires higher level thinking without requiring a ton of extra time. As CM would say, by being mindful of this we are not 'getting between the reader and the book.'
"People, Places, and Events of World History" really has Wyatt doing some excellent skills. I am especially thankful for the critical thinking questions he is answering. The suggestion to begin each answer by restating the question at the beginning of the answer has him off to a good start with each answer. One of my favorite things he did, and one I didn't get a picture of, was the bulleted list of important key words or phrases under two different headings - "First Faith" and "What They Built." This is a new way of orally narrating, and we all loved it! I say "all" because Wyatt liked it so much he used his bulleted notes to give the oral narration a second time to my dh tonight. My dh was pretty impressed. I like this activity for many, many reasons, but the one I'll share is it is helping Wyatt to use bulleted notes to practice speaking skills. He pretty much gave it from memory the second time, just glancing at his notes now and then. He stood behind the kitchen counter, and it almost seemed like he was giving a speech behind a podium. I was so proud of the confidence he had in doing so, as speech was something Wyatt struggled with as a child.
The notebook - well, it's absolutely beautiful, and such a neat way to keep track of what he is doing! He is so proud of it, and I am too!
A few things that were more of a challenge at the start for him were the "Introduction" to "Ben Hur," the "Author's Apology" in "Pilgrim's Progress," and the start of Geometry. They were tough readings and assignments! I really appreciated Carrie's notes on the Geometry especially. That was very helpful to seeing the layout of the year! I also love the annotating he is doing for "Ben Hur." I have annotated for years, and especially in reading difficult material it is so helpful. It also jogs my memory when I go back to look something up or reread a part. I always annotate in my Bible readings in my devotional each day. Such a good habit to form! Now that we are a week into it, he was clicking along with all of it. He now loves "Ben Hur," loves "Pilgrim's Progress," loves "Geometry" - oh how emotions run high with our precious teenagers!!!
The Art Study is really going to be neat. Barry Stebbing's narrating on DVD in "God and the History of Art" alongside the beautiful HOD "Art Gallery Notebook" with its thought-provoking questions make for an intriguing varied study. I love that it is Christian, and I also love that Wyatt is learning to take notes and answer questions using varied media resources like listening to a DVD (good prep for post high school - not to get ahead of myself).
The Science DVD's are bright, eye-catching, and interesting. The answer key is excellent, and he is definitely doing high school level work! It was nice to return to the familiar R & S English, which we really do clip along with now thanks to the routine of oral review questions, Wyatt reads the assignment on his own, orally doing a good portion of it, and then correcting the reserved section to write. Wyatt was also glad to return to Essentials in Writing with Matthew as his guide. I am too. It is an outstanding writing curriculum.
One last picture I snapped is of Wyatt memorizing the books of the Bible singing along with song on the Internet and little brother Emmett giving him a hug - being with family - one of the best parts of homeschooling - such a blessing.
What an awesome start to World History we had! I hope you had a super start too!