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Art, Week 17 at local homeschool co-op

Homeschool Ideas

This week students learned how to draw 3-D objects and how to use various shading techniques. For the younger children, I had pre-drawn cubes an
d circles for them to shade. The students caught on very quickly, and even the less-motivated among them completed their cubes and circles before class was finished.

The main point they took away with them was that light shines in a direction, so the side closest to light will be brightest and the side farthest away from the light will be darkest. They were sent home to look for shadows and to draw objects this week using their new techniques.

The Christmas Story/ Die Weihnachtsgeschichte

Children's Books Reviewed

A gift to the whole family this year was Die Weihnachtsgeschichte (The Christmas Story)  with illustrations by Wasyl Bagdaschwili. It is very simply told with semi-quotes from the Bible.

Great for children ages 2 and up! The illustrations keep the younger children interested as the older children listen with great interest. I would recommend this book to anyone using German at home.

The Marvelous Mouse Man

Children's Books ReviewedHomeschool Ideas

It seems to get harder and harder to find good, wholesome children’s books at the library and even harder to find poetry that still rhymes. At our last trip to the library, I was intrigued by the cover of this book, The Marvelous Mouse Man. I wondered if this might be a book about the orient or perhaps science, but soon discovered that it involved a tale in poetic verse. What a pleasure!

A town is quickly over-run by mice, and its people are desparately seeking help. A tall, interesting man appears and offers to help. Leading the mice away with his magic, however, soon the cats, dogs, and children follow! A dilemma to be sure. Thanks to the idea of one little girl, a solution is reached, and the townspeople and mice live happily ever after.

What is striking about the story is the rythm and rhyme. The poetic meter sets a fast pace at the climax and a slower pace as the story comes to an end. The vocabulary is broad and not simplified, allowing the opportunity for even your older children to learn new words. A great book!