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Jan 17

Weekly Wrap-Up

Posted on Friday, January 17, 2014

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This week all of our outside activities began and vastly changed our days compared to last week.  Our learning time at home was more rushed, our afternoons busy, and this Mama was beat.

Still, we had some highlights from the week.

Sketch Tuesday

Our four-year-old joined us for Sketch Tuesday this week.  I’m hoping to keep this tradition each Tuesday, as a way to spend relaxed time together as a family after a full day out of the house on Mondays.  Also, I’ve already seen the change in my son’s fear of drawing after sketching through various assignments over the past two weeks.  Slowly, but surely, with the regular practice of drawing, he’s gaining confidence. This week’s theme was “sketch something in a bottle”.

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Creative Writing

My two older girls started their writing class with author and friend, Jennifer Trafton.  This is their second year working with Jennifer for creative writing.  In their class this week they talked about the heart of a story, the important elements of a story, how to keep an idea box for stories, and then began filling up their idea box. They were overflowing with energy and imagination after class.

Jennifer offers local classes, but she’s also started online writing classes as well.

Here’s a sample piece of writing from their class last year, written by our 13-year-old:

The Shape of Me

I am a rugged silhouette
of the one whom I long
to be like.
I am a feathery column of compassion,
threatening to fall.
I am an interlaced tangle,
trying to find my way
out of the dark.
I am an eager blob,
exploring the boundaries,
trying to find
my true shape.

 A Ted Talk

We watched a Ted Talk, presented by a thirteen-year-old who calls himself a “Hackschooler”. The kids agreed with his approach to learning and it stimulated us to examine how our family is learning this year and what we want to change immediately or next Fall. But his message that our main goal in life is to “be happy” didn’t sit quite right with them.  They recognized from recent family discussions and sermons at church that our main goal is to glorify God and that can mean hardships and sacrifices.  I was glad to see that message taking root in their hearts.  As for our learning practices, there are some areas that we are happy with, and some that we’d like to tweak or overhaul altogether.

Animation-ish

Fueled by the desire to change up our learning a bit, I downloaded a trial of Animation-ish, a program created by Peter Reynold’s company.  We tried this program last year and loved how easy it was to use, even for our  (then) seven-year-old.  This week for history our eldest is reading about an American artist from the 1800′s and instead of writing a notebooking page, she’s going to try animating what she learned instead.  I’ll post some samples next week.

Have a great weekend,

Aimee