Art ~ We learned about gilding and Renaissance art this week with Grandma. Our favorite twins came over to join in the learning. After looking at slides of various gilded paintings from the Renaissance and also watching an excellent video lesson from Khan Academy, we tried our hand at applying gold leaf. It is harder than it looks but lots of fun. I didn't get many pictures, since I was busy trying not to turn into Midas with gold leaf all over my fingers.
|Dean really spent time on his project. He stuck with it for two hours.|
|Anne painted a picture of our school bell and then gilded parts of it.|
|From Left to Right ~ Dean -- bookcase shelf with hurricane lamp, gold flame, and books; |
Mine -- a Valentine for Dear Husband; and Anne -- school bell
|Side view of the bun|
|Working on his scavenger hunt worksheet|
The Rest of School ~ Despite our very bumpy start this week, we did accomplish most of what I set out for us to do. Here are a few of the highlights. We are halfway through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (literature). We are almost done with Life of Fred Kidneys (math), and I had to go out and buy new math workbooks in fractions to reinforce the concept of fractions before we move on. We are actually beyond fractions, but I really noticed a gap in their learning recently so we are backing up until we get it right. We are deep into our Elections Lapbook, which I will be reviewing for TOS soon (history). Dean completed his reading comprehension book and moved on to Vocabulary for the Gifted Student workbook, and Anne is plugging along with her reading comprehension workbook. They both completed two more spelling lessons (language arts). We made it to all of our out-of-the-home classes, despite the weather ~ Yay! So it was another good week.
Last Thought ~ I find one of the things that is truly lacking in our society is kindness. So many people are rushing around and thinking only of themselves. It is an especially sad thought, because I supposedly live in one of the top ten happiest cities in America. Of course, I am assuming that happiness equates kindness which I suppose is a stretch. However, I wish everyone would focus on teaching their children and themselves to extend a greater level of kindness on a daily basis. This week, I witnessed an elderly woman in a crowded aisle at Walmart struggling to pull a large box off a bottom shelf with her cane. I told Dean to go help her and he offered his services to her. She very gratefully accepted and thanked him repeatedly. All the older women in the aisle were beaming about what they had witnessed. Later, a few aisles away, two women who had seen him help the first woman started smiling when they saw him and commenting to each other about his kind act. It struck me that he had done such a simple act. It took him far less time than it took me to write this paragraph. However, it had a lasting impact on several people. Unfortunately, it had a lasting impact because it was seen as unusual, instead of the norm. We are living in a country with so much bitterness, hatred and despair splashed across our news feeds every day. Isn't it time to turn the tide and unite our country in love, peace and kindness? We owe it to our children and future grandchildren.