Monday, March 17, 2014

Lifestyle of Learning 2014 Edition: Volume Three

The last two weeks have been a fabulous whirlwind of activity.
Maceo had a plethora of theatre related activities.  He continued with Shrek rehearsals.  This musical will open in a couple of weeks so the next two weeks should be very full with rehearsals.  The Shrek cast had their first public promotional performance last week and Maceo participated in this.
Maceo at a costume fitting.
 He continued with his troupe rehearsals and with his private vocal instruction and all the practicing that accompanies it.  Our community theatre offers "play-in-a-day" on the days that the public schools are not in session.  For spring break they offered six separate programs.  Maceo was a co-teacher during one of these days.  It was quite a day for him as he had to be there at 7:45am, completed the program at 5:20pm and then had Shrek rehearsal from 6-10pm.  I love watching this young man assume such adult responsibilities.
I took both of the boys to see a stage production of To Kill a Mockingbird.  It was fabulous!  They both will be reading the book.  It revealed a piece of American history and gave them food for thought and it fit right in with some of the things we had been reading, viewing and talking about during February, Black History Month.
Bishop continued with his history group where he has begun studying Ancient Rome.

He spent some time in the kitchen preparing souvlaki and baklava for our history group's Greek history fun day.

Our Greek History Fun Day began with our Greek feast.
Then we moved on to studying the Olympics, both ancient and modern.
The kids got prepared for competition.

Bishop's outfit evolved throughout the Olympic games.
(The sheep "hat" was worn by him as a way to honor the sheep of Greece.  In preparing the feast he learned that beef is not often served in Greece because their terrain does not allow for pasture lands ample enough for cattle but sheep are easily maintained there).

As a nod to the modern Olympics the kids marched in to their Olympic games with the torch to the sound of "The Buglers Dream."
Then the games began - opening with the javelin
and ending with the most dangerous, life-threatening event (as they did in ancient times), a fighting event.

After the Olympics the kids moved on to taking a closer look at ancient Greek culture and had the opportunity to make mosaics and tragedy/comedy masks.
It was a fun-filled day of learning and fellowship!

Bishop also attended a class at Wonders of Wildlife related to nocturnal, diurnal, and crepuscular animals.

And then attended WOW's dissection workshop.  At this workshop they covered classification, which reinforced what he had been reading in his Biology textbook, and met animals from some of the animal classes.

He then dissected a rat.

Bishop also read In the Garden with Dr. Carver by Susan Grigsby and The Groundbreaking, Chance-Taking Life of George Washington Carver by Cheryl Harness in preparation for a much-anticipated field trip to the George Washington Carver National Monument.  Although some of us did make the trip, which I will tell you about in another post, Bishop did not make the trip as he was not feeling well.  We will reschedule and he will be prepared.
He also made progress in his Ranger's Apprentice book and did some drawing.

Many adventures were had and there are more on the horizon.
Always moving forward in this educational journey of ours
and loving it!

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