Monday, April 14, 2014

Week 24 & 25 - Marco Polo, Black Death, and Joan of Arc

Here are a few highlights from our week...

Art for weeks 24 and 25 cracked me up...not because of the assignments the kids had to do, but because of the products they created. In week 24 art, the kids had been annoying each other and had just gotten in trouble when I handed out this assignment. So, none of us were in a very good mood when they went to recreate this image and, as you can tell, any attention to details went right out the!

When they were finished, I asked to see their work. I laughed so hard and this made the kids laugh too. Then we all stopped being mad and just laughed at what they had drawn.
Super skinny with short!

The tiny head of the joker on the body of  a fat man. My son's picture cracked me up the most!

In week 25 art, the kids had to recreate an image of The Crucifixion

and Lamentations
Look at the smaller faces on the side...hilarious!

LOL @ the little monster faces in the box ;)

When we started discussing Marco Polo and his journey to China, the kids immediately picked up on his name and the swimming pool game they sometimes play. Naturally, we looked it up...and according to most things I came across, this is where the game originated from. Interesting stuff!!!

A fun interactive map/game about Marco Polo's journey to and from China.
A video about Cheng Ho

We learned about the 'Black Death' and how recent studies show this plague may have been spread through airborne particles instead of fleas on rats.

Here are several videos about the plague.
Horrible Histories: Plague Report
Horrible Histories: Peasants Plague
Horrible Histories: Plague Song
5 Horrid Things about the Plague
Plague Song

We also learned about the history of the Battle of Agincourt through a short video and song, and learned about Joan of Arc through Horrible Histories and a song.
The kids are learning about Venus in Week 24 and Earth in week 25. Aleeya is continuing with the planet painting activity. My son made the radar in astronomy co-op class and it really was worth all the work it took to make! It helped the kids (and me) better understand how scientists can tell what the surface of the planets look like without ever having to physically set foot on the planet.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Week 23 - China, Haiku, and the Samurai

Here are a few highlights from our week...

We opted not to paint a Diptych because it was so similar to the Triptych the kids painted from last week and the kids already got the jist of it. Instead, we saved our Haiku activity for art time.

I think the kids did a great job!

Sorry, I cut off part of the says, "some have eyes and some do not"...pretty clever ;)

I had never heard of Peter Waldo and the Waldensians. It has been both fascinating and sickening learning about the early Church of Rome. With so many atrocities being committed by the supposed Christian Church in that time, it is easy to see how the Reformation period was ushered in.

Here is a link to the art of a Japanese Samurai Warrior Dance.

Sumo Wrestling  to which my daughter said, "Inappropriate!"

Last week was the sun and this week is Mercury. Both of the kids planets are coming along nicely. My son has been working in astronomy all year long and his planets are stored at co-op until the last class day. My daughter is doing hers at home though b/c she is not in the astronomy class at co-op.

We did not complete any of the projects on Mercury b/c the kids still remembered doing these same activities from a few years ago when we studied astronomy.