Resurrection to Reformation:
In history, Riley began reading "Gabriel and the Hour Book," which is a beautiful book about the making of an "hour book" as a wedding gift from King Louis of France to Lady Anne of Brittany and the blessings it brought to little Gabriel, Brother Stephen's color grinder, who managed scrawl a note that saved his family. Riley enjoyed his RTR notebooking entry on this, and he is loving reading reading this book.
RTR's notebooking had Riley researching Madrid and writing his postcard with his findings; doing his timeline John Calvin, Loyola and Xavier, and Ivan the Terrible, and writing his written narration about the Order of the Jesuits. He also wrote about John Calvin, and he located where Ivan the Terrible lived with his class of secret police.
We had an exciting week in Drawn into the Heart of Reading! Riley and Emmett shared their museum exhibit project for their nonfiction genre, and they had their kickoff for their new realistic fiction genre. They also received their new realistic fiction books to read, which is always highly anticipated!
For their museum exhibit, they were to choose a nonfiction book they both read, and create museum exhibits. Riley set up and told about 3 exhibits, and Emmett set up and told about 2 exhibits. Ironically, they chose their favorite nonfiction stories from "American Pioneers and Patriots," which they both 'read' for Beyond Little Hearts for His Glory. Emmett has been rereading the stories we have already read in school for fun, and Riley reread the entire book last summer for fun. So, I guess I can confidently say that "American Pioneers and Patriots" falls under the 'living book' category!
Sod houses, a horse ride announcing George Washingon's presidency, the Bible that George Washington was sworn into office upon, Pedro's knife that was used to block the door so seawater wouldn't seep in, and other 'exhibits' they each told about made this great fun for the rest of us on our museum visit.
For the kickoff, Riley and Emmett pretended to do their own version of the Battle of Bunker Hill. After doing this, we had a good discussion of how this could really fall under the genre of historical fiction as well, though they did their own version and it wasn't historically accurate, so possibly it could be under the realistic fiction genre as well. They had such fun narrating their made-up 'battle,' and even my dh watched this, as he happened to be home.
Riley began his new Realistic Fiction book "Just David," and Emmett began his new Realistic Fiction book "The Secret School." They were both excited to get their new books, and they did a nice job on their DITHOR Student Books. I still write Emmett's answers for him on marker board, but he now copies them all and does all the writing in his DITHOR Student Book. So, great progress!
In Science, Riley has been reading about shifting plates that make volcanoes and earthquakes in "A Child's Geography." He learned the new vocabulary words "magma" and "geothermal," and he used the context of his science readings and the dictionary to locate the words and their proper definitions. He wrote a 5 sentence narration on his printed postcard, and he drew pictures ton the postcard to match his narration. He chose to describe the good things that God designed volcanoes to produce.
For Storytime, Riley is loving Mr. Pipes and Psalms... His ring of index cards of special LA things to locate in his readings is growing. This week he added to his index card entitled "Great Lines," which has him selecting and noting a memorable line from his reading. He also added to his "Life Lessons" card, and that was my favorite! He noted that Mr. Pipe's said that only God can save a person - a person cannot save another person (spiritually). How important to know!
What a great week back!