Brilliant Building Blocks
This video, "Curiosity Time" is one that I am excited to incorporate in my homeschool day. (We kind of do this naturally, but a focused time of even fifteen minutes a day of asking our children to write down all the questions they have on a given topic followed by some time to guide them to find the answers to the most prioritized answers...)
What a fabulous idea!! So easy! I imagine that my children will look forward to "Curiosity Time" being put on our schedule this year and that they will learn more in that 45 minutes than if we used the time to read them yet another lesson that doesn't keep their interest..
(Not that I am against reading together.. we'll keep doing that too:).
Studying Architecture and the Arts supports the premise of the movie "Most Likely to Succeed" - "Project based learning motivates students and has great rewards." The movie is FANTASTIC! (From my perspective, it supports the way that many of us homeschool our children.) Giving a purpose for their studies inspires greatness.
An architecture project can entice students to dig deeper into history, construction, literature, drawing, writing, speech (presenting) and many more topics. An architecture project can be the purposed focus of any interest.
A theater production gives rise to memorizing lines, creating sets, choreographing, editing music, writing and more.
Learning to play the piano can be a subliminal study of shapes, patterns and organization as well as and appreciation for the beauty of the music.
Learning to write and writing creatively helps students develop a tool to share information. (Priceless).
One purpose of "Art" is a highly debated topic. For me creating art provides a connection with the heart of our Creator and a solid platform for sharing some of the most intimate emotions in a safe environment.
These are just examples, but using the Arts to support any educational course can even give the most challenging core type courses purpose.
Taking courses to learn the tools that the artistic mediums provide is absolutely necessary for students today as there is a new shift towards a desire for workers with huge creative platforms. In the long run, these courses are priceless for the students of this century.
For me, this movie sums up a lot of how I teach and how coach students to be come the best version of themselves possible..
For the summer, "Most Likely to Succeed" is FREE to watch on Amazon Prime!
I encourage you to watch it and get INSPIRED!
FS4T is a young company with a fantastic looking film making course! I consider it a perfect addition to an Art Student's curriculum. Creating films of the portfolios that you do in my courses will definitely help your students show their work in an updated and creative way.. (Hence why I don't mind sharing this exciting course even if I'm not benefitting from the kudos!:) (But hey, let them know that I sent you:).
My children and I are scheduled to begin the course in August, but WE ARE SO EXCITED about making movies this year! I am not sure that we will be able to wait that long :).
I will give you a heads up along the way as to our progress.
KUDOS to FS4K for what you do!!
The Hunt for the Mad Wolf’s Daughter review by Hsarch
The Hunt for Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras is an action-packed adventure novel. Drest, a young girl in medieval Scotland, learns that a high price has been placed on her head. Will she choose to spend the rest of her life hiding? Or will she face her enemies and earn a new role for herself? Will she follow the rules? Or will she risk her own solutions? Will her choices prove to be successful? This story is jam-packed with risk and resolutions.
The Hunt for Mad Wolf’s Daughter by Diane Magras is a beautifully written novel. Diane uses a good variety of conversation and description to lead readers through an incredibly active plot. Her characters have strong personalities, which remain relevant and challenged throughout the novel. Drest, the leading female character, faces physical, mental and emotional challenges while she makes life-altering choices. She is a prime example of “girl power”! Her friends and family are forced to make difficult decisions as well. This adventure novel has multiple layers. It could easily be read as a wild adventure as well as studied for an example of character development. I think that it would be an excellent book to assign to a middle school class. This novel includes educational lessons for an English teacher along with wild action and emotion for the students. There is something for everyone’s taste. I highly recommend The Hunt for Mad Wolf’s Daughter for ages ten and older. Can’t wait to read what Diane writes next!
Sidenote: I appreciated the Author’s Notes at the end of the novel. Great information!
One day in Spring, not too long ago, we took a family walk on a trail from Maryland to Harper's Ferry. Everything was a shade of green. It was beautiful! Our Creator's Artwork (life) is so incredibly awesome.
LITPICK - REVIEW by Mrs. G.
Bonjour! Let's Learn French review by Hsarch
Bonjour! Let's Learn French is packed full of information and French vocabulary presented in such a simple format that it makes what could be very complex feel workable. With photos and drawn pictures, vocabulary lists and short informational sections about French history, the combination of presentations keeps readers' attention. There is an audio link with the pronounciation, which is very helpful. It is colorful and alive!
5. Science - A tie is developing for me here. Apologia was my go to, but now Kahn Academy is proving to be FREE and very successful for my teens.