Saturday, October 10, 2015

Lifestyle of Learning 2015 Edition: Volume Twenty-Five

October 4 - October 10

Sunday:  After a late night at the cast party and anticipating another performance today Maceo opted to sleep in just a bit.  Bishop and I, on the other hand, had breakfast with Papa and Helen before they have to depart.  Bishop took some of his pottery to show them and gave them the one shown below.  Isn't it gorgeous?

Maceo performed in the final show of this run of Grease and participated in strike.

Monday:  This proved to be a busy day as Bishop and I had to prepare for a Boy Scout Court of Honor.  We helped organize some decorations and, of course, had to prepare our dishes.  The event had an international theme and the boys each brought a dessert to compete for the title of International King of Desserts.  Bishop brought that really yummy looking baklava below on the left..
...and WON!

Maceo had pre-professional acting (1 hour 20 minutes) and Huck Finn rehearsal (3 hours).

Tuesday:  Bishop had a low-key day today.  He did read science and history and did independent studies.  Maceo went to troupe (2 hours) and attended his improv class (50 minutes).

Wednesday:  This is a full day for Bishop.  He went to science and history groups.  Had a picnic between groups then stayed at the church where we do these groups so that he could hang out with friends.  He attended youth group then spent the night with those friends.
The skeletal system was studied during science group.  The boys assembled an x-ray skeleton, counted the bones, and labeled the bones.  They then labeled their own diagram of the skeletal system for future reference.

In history we introduced the topic of slavery.  We mapped the trade triangle and discussed indentured servants, as well.  We defined indentured and made a venn diagram comparing indentured servitude and slavery.  Then I read excerpts from Africans in America: America's Journey Through Slavery in hopes of giving them a deeper understanding of indentured servitude and the origins of slavery in America.  It is far more complex then what is typically presented to young people.  I want them to try to grasp the complexity, at least to wrestle with the information.
Maceo went to pre-professional acting (1 hour 20 minutes).

Thursday:  Bishop had a pottery lesson today and watched several episodes of Face Off.
Maceo had a touring company rehearsal (2 hours) and voice lessons (1 hour).  He then spent some time just hanging out with friends before a special performance by some of the Grease cast.
A local university was having an alumni reunion with graduates from the early 1960's so our performers treated them to some songs from the production.
Maceo performed "Hand Jive".  Love it!!!

Friday:  Bishop and I did some volunteer work.  We helped individually box 8220 cake truffles for a women's conference.  A good friend of ours is a baker and was hired to make the truffles.  On the day of the conference they needed to be placed in the small boxes that will be given to each attendee.  We spent three hours having a blast and working hard.  Afterwards we were blessed to get to have lunch with these wonderful folks.  In the evening Bishop and I watched more episodes of Face Off.  We are almost caught up.

Maceo also had lunch with friends then went to see a local production of the musical Dogfight.  It was a good day!

Saturday:  Maceo had a wedding rehearsal this evening then went to the theatre for a Huck Finn rehearsal/promotional event.  A country club was having a major scavenger hunt event and getting a selfie with the cast of Huck Finn was something they had to do.  They did manage to get some rehearsing done between the arrivals of the scavenger hunt teams.

It's a good life!

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