Our school year is almost done. We’ve got five days left on the calendar (out of the 180 that Pennsylvania says we have to educate for) that will be finished next week. Just like in public school, the last week of school will be pretty light on formal education. That means this will be the last weekly wrap-up for this school year. We do some school throughout the summer, but I won’t go so far as to do topics during that time, so it’s not likely I’ll have a weekly wrap-up until September when we start school full-time again.
I did let the kids choose a topic they wanted to research for the last few weeks of school. Mr. Curiosity chose comics while Miss Adventure chose gymnastics. No surprise from either of them. I was surprised with how many books were at the library concerning the history of comics. Let’s start with The Illustrated History: Superhero Comics of the Golden Age (Number Four in the History of Comics series) by Mike Benton. He starts with common themes found in Golden Age comics (those written between 1938 and 1954). He ends with descriptions of 50 of the most iconic heroes of comics from that era.
Next is The Art of the Funnies: An Aesthetic History by Robert C. Harvey. This book focuses on newspaper comics, starting with the earliest newspaper funnies. There’s a lot of text in this book, with representative comics alongside the text. The author provides some history behind the authors and their writing of some of the biggest newspaper comic strips.
Finally, Mr. Curiosity has been reading Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud. This book describes the medium of comics at the “how do you make good comics” level, in a graphic novel format. The art it black and white, with the occasional color page when it’s important to the creation process. It’s a fascinating book if you’re into graphic novels, and I would recommend it to anyone who has the desire to create comics.
Miss Adventure decided to look into some of the women’s gymnastics stars of the past. We found Solid Gold Gymnastics Stars by Darice Bailer at the library. It’s written for second grade readers, so it’s fairly simple text. She doesn’t mind, though, because it’s given her an excuse to watch routines by Olga Korbut and Nadia Comaneci on YouTube. We enjoy noting differences in the apparatuses and routines of gymnastics in the 70s compared to today.
And those are the books we used this week. Linking up with the Weekly Wrap-Up at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers Weekly Wrap-Up.
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