World History High School:
The Fine Arts study Wyatt is completing this year is one of my favorite things to see him do. It is not because he is an incredible artist, but rather that it is a study that is teaching him the beauty of appreciating the look of art and the talent it takes to create it from a Godly perspective. This is a continuation of how he has learned to view art through doing Heart of Dakota through the past decade. "God and the History of Art," which is narrated by Christian artist Barry Stebbing, has the unique combination of using beautiful colors, paintings and classical music to share narrative of the history of art. Learning about Michelangelo and Raphael this week was incredibly interesting to Wyatt. The Art Gallery Notebook that HOD has put together is simply breathtaking. The full color art pictured within the gallery really showcases the beauty of each piece. I cannot imagine the difference in studying art in black in white - a stark contrast we'd not enjoy nearly as much. Wyatt's writing project assigned in his "Short Lessons in Art History" was a great way for him to respond to his reading. The active part of the Fine Arts study continues to be a hit as well. Artist Pat Knepley helps Wyatt's art pieces turn out very well - her directions are so clear. His current project is on Pointillism Fruit, and I will definitely share a picture of it when he finishes it.
What a neat study this is turning out to be, even for a student that doesn't necessarily gravitate toward art!
In R & S English 7, Wyatt had to give a speech. The rubric that was provided was so clear cut in what the expectations of the speech would be. Wyatt looked over the rubric, and he practiced his speech first in front of the bathroom mirror (something I like to have the kiddos do, as it is similar to standing in front of a group without actually standing in front of a group). Wyatt looked over his rubric, and he really did a good job overall with his presentation. I had a copy of the rubric and marked points and deductions, noting the reasons for the deductions and the highlights of the presentation as I listened. One thing he was deducted points for was simply not standing! He missed that and had I realized he was supposed to do that before he began, I would have reminded him - but, this was a good lesson in itself to carefully read through the rubric prior to beginning. His notes were organized, sequential, and interesting, and the delivery was very good overall. These are excellent skills to be learned and practiced. I am thankful R & S English is so thorough and clear. It will help him in his future studies!
Wyatt's written narration was about the important roles that women played in the time period he is studying. His narration touched upon women such as Deborah, Hatshepsut, Esther, and Penelope. He did a good job of describing each of their contributions to history, as well as describing the historical backdrop that made their contributions so remarkable.
Wyatt completed his Literary Synthesis Sheet on "Cyrus the Persian" for his Living Library assignment this week. Each area was completed a little at a time over the course of the book, and HOD's plans indicate which areas should be addressed within each day's reading, such as plot, theme, connections, conclusions, etc. He is really enjoying this, and the Word and Helper Idea sheet is helping him choose higher level vocabulary in his answers. My favorite part to read was Wyatt's Conclusions and Connections answer this time. It reads...
This books shows me that whatever God promises to do He will do in His own time and way, which is more planned and better executed than any we could think of.
Now THAT is what I'd call a 'successful' education!
At least it is to me. I hope you had a good week too!