I finally decided to start a new topic for our homeschool unit study. With the Christmas season upon us and a plethora of ads ringing in our ears, I thought it would be highly appropriate to talk about how advertising works. I found Made You Look: How Advertising Works and Why You Should Know by Shari Graydon that I am slowly reading to the kids. I’ll have a full review of the book when we finish, but so far we love it. It talks about advertising in terms the kids understand and is written in an engaging style we all enjoy.
To go along with consumerism and advertising, my mother suggested we study Andy Warhol. We haven’t done an artist study in a while, so I was thrilled with the suggestion. I found two books to use. The first is Andy Warhol (Artists in Their Time) by Linda Bolton. This is a fairly detailed biography of Andy Warhol. I also has many images of his work, which we are using. The book the kids read to learn about Warhol’s life was Fabulous: A Portrait of Andy Warhol by Bonnie Christensen. The length was more appropriate for Miss Adventure, but it’s illustrated so it doesn’t contain any of Warhol’s actual work. So, we’re using both books.
Finally, I had to share Mr. Curiosity’s favorite new library book: Fifty Minerals that Changed the Course of History by Eric Chaline. This satisfies his desire for little snippets about elements, although “little” is rather big since each mineral that’s chosen gets a 2-8 page description, including it’s chemical formula and uses. Mr. Curiosity is slowly working his way through the book. It’s not something you’d sit down and read straight through, but the essays are perfect for in between times.
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