For "Essentials in Writing" this week, Wyatt finished his essay on "What Makes Great Leaders?" This writing program is helping him learn how to give strong supporting details. Wyatt has always been a 'big picture' writer, which has its good points, but which also can tend to lack vibrancy. His writing used to be quite general, and though it was solid in sequence and information, it lacked interesting supporting details. Now, his writing is beginning to have the best of both worlds - solid focus, theme, main points, and sequence, with excellent supporting details. Hooray!
This writing piece also showcases HOD's strong history focus through the years. He wrote effortlessly about the leaders he chose, remembering various details about each of them easily. This was just great fun to read for me, and somewhat of a celebration of our years together in HOD with excellent history-based living books!
When I began researching Charlotte Mason and started reading her volumes, one thing that grabbed my attention right away was the Book of Centuries. I thought this to be a magnificent idea!
But, I wasn't sure how I could possibly plan that out over multiple years of education, without having the dilemma of running out of space, or without having the difficulty of my high school ds wishing his elementary type entries weren't a part of his more porfolio-like special high school entries. Well, in the earlier years of HOD, Wyatt made various timelines. In fact, I should do a post on those, as the progression of timelines from Beyond to PHFHG is just plain fun to see!
Then in the Hearts for Him Through Time series from CTC through MTMM, Wyatt's timeline marched across the tops of each of his lovely notebooking pages from the ancients to the present day, all in chronological order, and all penned by his own hand. I thought THAT was pretty exciting, as we can put all of his notebooks together, and have one complete timeline of what he has learned!
BUT THEN, along came the World Geography "Book of Centuries" - and that totally fit with my dream for my mature ds to have a beautiful Book of Centuries in keeping with Charlotte Mason's ideals. I love that this Book of Centuries will take him all the way through high school, and will be stored in one place, to create 1 memorable keepsake of his studies in high school!
Now, that is pretty exciting!
For Wyatt's "Mapping the World with Art" map drawing this week, he drew North America. He has been fascinated reading the book "Longitude," alongside his "A Book of Discoveries." The fact that navigators could not accurately calculate longitude resulted in King Louis XIV forming the Royal Academy of Science in Paris, and announcing the chance to win a longitude prize. Though this spurred on many attempts to find ways to properly calculate longitude, there were many failed attempts. Wyatt found lots of these attempts quite amusing - especially the injured dog and special powder that could supposedly heal time difference example. (I know - it sounds crazy, and I won't even try to explain the details of it, but they truly believed this could work!)
Wyatt's oral narration for "Longitude" on this topic was hilarious. He really does have a dry wit and sense of humor!
For Literature Study, Wyatt has begun reading "The Children of the New Forest." He is finding this to be "an exciting read of an adventurous story full of survival strategies" (I am quoting him directly here, as I just asked him what he thought about this new book.
His written narration shows one of the survival tactics to pen a wild cow and calf to have access to milk for nourishment. Wyatt is only about 70 pages into this book, but he often tells stories about it impromptu throughout the day - he is truly enjoying it!
Wyatt wrote his narration about Vitrus Bering reaching Siberia and exploring the seas of that coast this week. The guidance for assessing the written narration in the WG guide is super helpful, and being in Unit 25, Wyatt now automatically does each of the guidelines noted, as he knows I'll be looking for them when he reads his written narration aloud to me for our midpoint meeting time.
Ahhhh, I love this time of year! Everything is just coming together so nicely now. Wyatt also watched his "Journey of a Lifetime" DVD, and after also reading his "Seven Wonders of the World" book, he wrote facts based on what he watched and read from those 2 different media resources. This is such a good skill to learn! I remember doing this for my college classes. Meshing several media sources of data into key phrase notes is a wonderful skill to possess.
What a super week we have had together in Wyatt's World Geography guide!