Friday, August 27, 2010

Weekly Report 23 Aug-27 Aug (Homeschool)

Well, this has been our first solid week back. We never actually stopped schooling over the summer, but we definitely slowed waaaayyy dooowwnn. As you can see, they don't know how good they have it! Pajamas, daddy, and The Hobbit? Boo-Hoo! I go back and forth on assigning "literary analysis," but we are trying it again. Nutmeg can remember every detail of a story that she chooses to read. Of course she glosses over stories she does not like, who doesn't? So I need a program with some fact checking, but I am more interested in discussing ideas. I am really trying to pin my husband down this year to cover writing and literature, those are his areas after all! We have started Memoria Press' Hobbit study guide. The study is written for 5th grade, which is about right (I guess, if it has to be exact), and I hope she will appreciate Tolkien's love of Norse myth and language as we study the Hobbit along with our history covering the Saxons, Vikings, etc.
Before we could study the Saxon invasion of Britain, we of course took a look at the people being invaded: The Celts. I quake at the thought that I "covered" the Celts in a week! So let me just say I introduced Buttercup and re-introduced Nutmeg to the Celts this week! We read history books and folk tales. The hands-down favorite was listening to Rabbit Ears Radio's "Finn McCoul." It is delightfully told, and the girls asked to hear it twice in a row.

I get a bit annoyed with art and music appreciation programs that give the impression that art started in the Renaissance and music started with the Baroque. I think studying Bach while doing the ancients, and Rembrandt while doing the middle ages is...odd. (Unless it is covered as a separate subject.) Art and music are two of the things that make us human, after all. Humans have been doing them in some form or another all along. That said, I don't have fantabulous ideas for the perfect Year 2 Fine Arts Appreciation Study! I did try to emphasize the idea that Scotland and Ireland are not the only lands with a Celtic past. To that end, well, we listened to Chieftains albums! We listened (during our HOURS of car time) to traditional Irish music, and then listened to the Chieftains' "Santiago" album which features music from parts of Spain with Celtic heritage. Nutmeg seemed to enjoy trying to identify the "Celtic" sounds amidst the "Spanish." Buttercup was not as impressed. *Sigh*
For Art Appreciation, they colored tons of swoopy-loopy, interlocking celtic coloring pages from the 'net while I read aloud about Finn McCoul and The Salmon of Knowledge, among others. We also spent time looking at Hill Figures, in particular the Uffington White Horse. (and then they asked about chalk, and we discussed dead sea-creatures bones, and they were grossed-out...)
Our landmarks were the Uffington White Horse and Giant's Causeway
I thought we should have salmon, and see if it helped us compose poetry, but the girls opted for oatcakes (with strawberry jam!) They don't look like much, but they were pretty good. This recipe was from a Williams and Sonoma bread book; the recipe in the Step Into the Celtic World book was salty and, well, nasty.
You saw this side of Buttercup earlier in the week.
We did tons of other stuff too: math, latin, german, grammar, piano, violin, science. But the Celts were definitely the favorite!



Daisy said...

Completely agree with you about the art and music. Listening to celtic folk music is a GREAT idea and something *I'll* enjoy anyway. LOL.

Funny, we both use the same nickname Buttercup for our daughter. ;-p

Kash said...

I love all the things you did with the Celts!

I definitely agree with you about the music & art appreciation. Of course, that meant I had to listen to a "reimagination" of ancient Egyptian music this week, lol!

MissMOE said...

The oatcakes would have been my pick, also. ;) Sounds like a sucessful week. thanks for sharing.

Robyn said...

We have had a difficult time with art and music too. We haven't studied those areas a whole lot because of it. Sounds like you had a great week! The oatcakes sound good!

Smrt Mama said...

It is definitely hard to find earlier pieces of music with any sort of discussion guide. Frustrating! I enjoy earlier music, myself.

Mandy in TN said...

How wonderful to have so much fun doing school. FWIW, I would have chosen the salmon.