It’s the week before Christmas, and all through the house, everyone would rather be getting ready for Christmas than doing school. Regardless, we carry on and read books in the name of school. Between this week and last week, we did a bit of finishing up projects and topics.
We did have another American History Club meeting on WWII. I picked Hero on a Bicycle by Shirley Hughes. The hero is an Italian boy who, with his family, helps save a couple Allied pilots from the Nazis. I reviewed the book earlier, but the take home message is there are better books to read. Books like Snow Treasure by Marie McSwigan. I’ve also reviewed that book and it makes a great read aloud for the eight and up crew.
We’ve been using the Daily Art app every school morning for a taste of art, but this past week I decided to do a more in-depth artist study. I have a hard time decided what artist to pick when I’m faced with a wall of books as options, but ultimately I picked up Johannes Vermeer, part of the Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists series by Mike Venezia. I love this series because it talks about the life of the artist and some of the themes of the paintings, additionally putting into to cultural context. As a bonus, one of the Daily Art paintings for the week was a Vermeer painting we’d seen in the book.
The final book I want to talk about this week is Forget-Me-Nots: Poems to Learn by Heart, edited by Mary Ann Hoberman. Every once in a while, I decide the kids should be memorizing poetry. Trying to find a poem to memorize can be difficult, but this book puts many good poems together into one location. The poems range from single stanzas up to a page or two in length, with everything in between. It’s fun to be able to recite a poem from heart, plus it gives the kids a good piece of handwriting as well – two for one!
And those are some of the books we used this week. There’ll be a bit of blog silence as I take some time off to get ready for Christmas. I’ll be sure to share the Christmas books we get.
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