Thursday, December 29, 2016
Monday, December 5, 2016
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
- Watched portions of Animated Heros Marco Polo
- Discussed the idea that cultural learning happens in two directions
- Mapped the silk road and Marco Polo's route
- Folded origami animals
- Discussed God's plan vs our own in relation so Marco Polo's time in jail during which his book was written.
Optional lesson extension activities:
- Enjoy this printable activity book to go along with the movie we watched
- Watch a brief summary of the impact of the Marco Polo's travels
- Read or watch Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice to better understand the issues faced by Marco Polo and his fellow traveling businessmen during this time period
- Try your hand at more origami.
Enjoy your holiday! See you in the new year!
Assignment due 1-3-2017:
Read history cards MA 20-23
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
The students did an AMAZING job on their Coat of Arms project from last week!! It was impressive to see all the colors and details that each student put into their individual shields and coat of arms.
-How is Mary portrayed?
-What type of Backgrounds/Scenery surrounds the characters?
-Which work did you like the best? Why?
I am so thankful for the amazing children and parents at FAITH. A family emergency kept me away from class, but with only a few hours notice Mrs. Cross stepped up and made sure that the kids had a fun and educational lesson. I also heard great reports of the children making her feel welcomed and appreciated. What a fantastic community!
In class activities:
- Listened to the story of King John and the Magna Carta
- Discussed bullying
- Looked at what God says about bullying
- Watched a video about the Magna Carta
- Made "important documents" using basic calligraphy and sealed them with wax
- Read history card MA19, Marco Polo
- Practice your timeline
Thursday, November 10, 2016
- One of the most important developments in the history of Western music, was the emergence of polyphony, which occurred in the Middle Ages. Polyphony combines two or more simultaneous melodic lines. With this development, the flexible rhythms of the Gregorian chants disappeared and the use of regular meters increased. This enabled the different voices to stay together.
- Polyphony also created a need for music to be written down more precisely, to indicate both rhythm and pitch. A more exact notation system arose, very similar to the one we use today.
- Leonin was one of the first composers known to us by name. He was very influential in the increased use of polyphony.
- Perotin was a composer who studied under Leonin. He expanded on the polyphonic technique by writing for three or four voices.
- A Motet could be sung in two line of Latin or one in Latin and another in French!
- The Motet was in triple meter because, to early Medieval listeners, this symbolized the perfection of the Trinity
The class worked in groups, composing a melody and accompaniment for a Bible verse. Each group had 3 or 4 hand chimes to work with. The songs all sounded pretty good, each group had a different technique for composing and for recording the notes(they weren't allowed to use our modern musical staff).
She wrote a lot of music during this time, one of which was 'Columbis aspexit'. As the kids listen to, and analyzed this piece, they drew an illumination to put at the top of their musical notation. After listening to the medieval piece, they used hand chimes to compose their own songs.
In the early Middle Ages musical notation was still being developed, so the kids came up with their own ways to record the music they composed.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
COAT OF ARMS and FAMILY CRESTS can be very interesting; it was fun to watch the student's enthusiasm as they shared their family's coat of arms with the whole class!
HERALDRY was an art that came around in the middle ages. It is believed to have begun during the Crusades with the individual shields of the knights. These decorate shields then made their way onto flags to identify a knight, his family, and his followers. As time went on, these developed Coat of Arms were carried into tournaments, where HERALDS would announce the knight it represented. Theses coat of arms can still be seen today, predominately throughout Europe.
Together we talked through and sketched out the parts of the Coat of Arms. These include:
Heraldry Animals and Positions
Herald Shield Dividing
Heraldry Color, Patterns, and Symbols
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
- Viewed an animated map of the world, showing the spread of major religions - took particular note of the region of Jerusalem
- Reviewed the differences between the church in Western Rome and the Byzantine empire
- Named the three religions of the Holy Land, and discussed why the land was important to each
- Learned about the migration of the Seljuk Turks
- Discussed the closing of Jerusalem to pilgrims
- Mapped the geographical issues that made maintaining Christian control of Jerusalem difficult
- Made red crosses to add to our history notebooks
- Continued weaving our blanket
- Watch any version of Robin Hood. This movie is set during the Crusades. Consider the impact that the Crusades had on those who remained at home.
- Make your own stained glass out of shrink film (or plastic cups) and sharpies
- Learn more about the Children's Crusade
- Read History Cards MA 16-18
- Practice your timeline
Saturday, November 5, 2016
We looked at artwork by Jan Van Eyck and talked about his work being important because he was really one of the first to use oil paints and he loved to tell stories with his pictures. The kids have a coloring page of one of his works, that I asked them to finish at home. We also looked at stained glass from the Middle Ages and then the each designed a stained glass drawing on translucent paper and colored it in with markers. When finished, they should look fine hanging in a window.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
- Reviewed the history of the barbarians & vikings
- Learned about castle structure
- Briefly summarized the Norman conquest of England
- Discussed the idea of history from the point of view of the victor
- Looked at many pictures of the Bayeux tapestry while we read the story of the Norman Conquest from The Bayeux Tapestry by Norman Denny
- Began collectively weaving our own blanket and discussed the difference between a tapestry and embroidery
- Learned about the uses for fabrics in medieval homes
- Watch an animated version of the Bayeux tapestry's story
- Build your own Norman ship out of paper
- Print coloring and/or notebooking pages for William I
- Read history cards MA 14-15, Cathedrals in Europe, The Crusades
- Practice your timeline. We have a new video up covering this period's hand motions.
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
When you hear the word GOTHIC, you might immediately begin to think of something dark, black, sober, and even creepy... Though the Gothic Art Period began to expand outside of religious topics and into mythology, and included some art that was morbid, it actually began to get brighter in it's colors.
A large part of Gothic art was architecture: it grew quite tall and was very symmetrical. A huge type of art that came from the Gothic period was STAINED GLASS. This was much more then a mere piece of art- A lot of these were massive works that took years to complete!
While students created their own stained glass using colored pasta as our "glass", they learned the basics of how stained glass would have been created during Gothic time.
Barbarian Invasion and the Vikings
St. Jerome Completes the Vulgate
The Council of Chalcedon
The End of the Western Roman Empire
St. Benedict and Monasticism
Justinian the Great
Mohammed and Islam
Charles Martel, Pepin the Short, and Charlemagne
Alfred the Great
Otto and the Holy Roman Empire
The East-West Schism
The Feudal System
William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
- Created our own feudal system triangle using our chairs, and participated in assigned roles as food moved up toward the peak and land moved down toward the base.
- Discussed who truly had the most power during the middle ages (military leaders) and discovered the purpose for knights pledging loyalty to the king through a code of chivalry
- Reviewed the way that the church was intertwined with politics during this time period
- Made paper crowns (in-class for explorers, take-home for trailblazers)
- Signed our own pledge of loyalty and added it to our history notebooks
- Learn more about the age of chivalry
- Watch a video detailing the origins of the feudal system
- Two Disney movies took place during Medieval times: Robin Hood and The Sword and the Stone. Consider watching one and writing the names of the characters in the correct place in the feudal system hierarchy (worksheet)
- Read History Card MA - 13 William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings
- Practice your timeline
Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Today's class finished up a two week project of Romanesque Medieval Tiles. As we now are in the Romanesque art period, we are beginning to see how the art is branching out into other mediums and types of art.
Last week in class the students created their tiles from clay by molding and cutting it to shape. It was fun to see all the creativity as various pasta was used for imprinting a design into the tiles.
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
And then, we spent the rest of class working on their Music Projects.
- Email me your paragraphs for the Music Project
- this was the paragraph assignment: Write a few paragraphs on the music that is important in your life. Talk about how the music affects who you are. Focus on the music that relates to you, and speaks about who you are. Why do you love it? And what does that say about you? Or what do you hope it says about you?
- If you have not put your 4-6 songs onto a computer with the Audacity program, please send me your song choices. I will put them onto mine for next week.
- Listen to 2 different Gregorian Chants. Find the composer, and research/compare what the 2 chants are about.
We also worked on the 6th element of music - Form. Using 'The Happy Song' the students learned how to pick out the different parts. And then demonstrated the form using different motions for each part.
This week students need to review all the elements that we have studied in preparation for the quiz tournament next week.
- Melody - Harmony - Rhythm - Dynamics - Tone Color - Form
- Also review - Sound & Pitch
The kids listened to a story about the instruments of the orchestra. And practiced picking out the sounds of different instruments in the music.
Next week - please have your child bring in some recycling-containers, boxes, egg cartons, cardboard tubes, etc. We will be creating instruments in class together.
This week we looked at more paintings by the Limbourg brothers and reviewed that they were hired by the Duke of Berry to create paintings for his Books and a type of calender called The Book of Hours that depicted the castle and acivities of the seasons. We noticed many details including the colors they used. For an activity I showed them how to shade a cylinder shape and make it "pop" off the page. We also made a cone shape and shaded it. From there we made a new castle drawing including shading on the towers and rooves. The children did very well. They have the responsibility of bringing their notebooks with them each week. I have incorporated this because sometimes I need them to finish things at home and I want them to keep their artwork together as much as possible. Moms, if you could help them out, only by giving them a notebook and checking it occasionally to see if they need help keeping it neat! Thanks!
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Explorers and Trailblazers Art class:
In class we covered the last 4 basic elements of music-texture, form, tempo, and dynamics. For each element we listened to some great pieces of music to demonstrate the points covered.
By next week, students need to have 4-6 songs chosen for their Music Project. They need to either put these songs on a flash drive to transfer to my computer, or put them onto a laptop that they can bring to class and use for the project.
Tone color is what makes two different voices sound different each other. It's the reason you recognize someone's voice on the phone. Instruments also have different tone color. The sound that a violin makes is different from the sound of the trumpet.
The kids had fun identifying the different instruments that they heard in Wagner's Lohengrin, Prelude to Act III & Duke Ellington's C-Jam Blues.
They also sorted the instruments into their different Instrument Families.
Assignment: This week the kids are to create their own instrument, using recycled objects from around the house. Next week they will need to bring it to class. They'll need to share the name of their instrument, which Instrument Family it belongs to, and show us how it's played!
They also began working on a Medieval Christmas song - Personent hodie- for our Christmas Presentation.
For now, just know that Kristina will be teaching next week, and you will need to read the history cards for Otto the 1st and the Holy Roman Empire , and the East/West Schism.
See you soon!
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Today we finished our FRESCOES with the painting of them. Students began by getting their prepared plaster wet with a spray of water. 'They then took their egg paint that was made at last week's class, and painted a Bible story of their choice.
We made the bridge today from the Byzantine art period into our new adventure in the Romanesque period. Looking at images of two frescoes, we saw some of the changes- how colors were becoming brighter, and the art was extending into the architecture.
-Research what are the characteristics of the ROMANESQUE art period.
-View images of romanesque/medieval TILES
-Bring in a variety of pasta (shapes and types- a little bag full) to be used to create imprints into clay at next week's class.
Thursday, October 6, 2016
- Reviewed the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, & the subsequent re-expansion under the Byzantines
- Learned about the origins of Mohammed and his rise as a powerful religious and military leader
- Mapped the expansion of the Islamic empire and compared it to the Roman and Byzantine empires
- Discussed various forms of government and added the Islamic State to the list.
- Compared Christ's "one way to the father"John 14:6 vs. the pillars of Islam
- Carved our names into soap to remind us that God has engraved us on the palms of his hand. Isaiah 49:16 We can do nothing to earn our way into heaven.
- Read The Golden Age of Islam by Linda George or a similar book from your library
- Click through this interactive map showing the powers in control of the Mediterranean region
- Watch a 10 minute Crash Course video explaining the basics of Islam and discuss it with your parents
- For more advanced students (or curious parents): This professor at Yale does an excellent job of explaining why this particular religion has such a significant impact on politics: http://oyc.yale.edu/history/hist-210/lecture-14
- Read timeline cards MA8 & 9
- Practice your timeline
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
A FRESCO was a major type of art created during the early medieval/early Christian art period. A Fresco consisted of painting on wet plaster with paint, allowing the paint to actually become part of the wall or ceiling these frescoes were done on.
As we get ready to branch out of the BYZANTINE art style, students looked at and compared two different Madonna and Child Frescoes:
One of the frescoes was done by CIMABUE, a famous artist of the Byzantine art period; we saw how his painting consisted of several of Byzantine characteristics:
-The painting was one dimensional, lacking detail and depth
-The colors were sombre
-The faces were all front facing, and all similar, lacking any emotion or expression.
The other fresco we compared it to was by Cimabue's student, GIOTTO:
-The painting had depth and more detail
-The colors were brighter and had more variation
-The faces were facing different directions, and were different from one another with more expression
To capture the most authentic experience of painting a Fresco that we can in our limited art class space and time, students began the first step today by making their own paint. Paint from back then was made with egg and pigments. Students began by grinding up their own "pigments" (Chalk Pastels). They then had a blast - with a few "EWWWWS!" - separating their eggs to preserve the yolk for the paint. We look forward to using this collection of homemade paints next week as students' paint their own frescos!
Students need to fill in the index card they brought home with the title of their favorite Bible story that they will be featuring in their fresco. Please sketch out a simple drawing of this story on the card, as a plan of how it will be painted on the fresco next week.
To the movement of melody, harmony adds depth. Harmony pertains to the movement and relationship of intervals and chords.
Major tonality - Mozart: Eine kleine Nachtmusick
Minor tonality - Beethoven: Symphony No 5, First Movement
Consonance - Handel: Messiah, "Hallelujah" Chorus(No 44)
Dissonance - Ligeti: Disorder, from etudes for piano
1. Send me your own song/composition with harmony. Please send it to me by Monday.
2. Continue working on your paragraphs for Music and Identity. Put your song selections onto a flashdrive in mp3 form. Or bring them in on your computer for next week.
Melody is the tune of a piece-a series of notes and pitches adding up to a recognizable whole. Melodies have phrases, just like sentences. And they have a beginning, move in a particular direction, and come to an ending place.
The kids tried putting together melody puzzles. Each group had 4 songs that were all mixed up. They had to sort them out by following the direction of the pitch and putting them in the right order.
We explored pitch with water filled glass bottles. A different amount of water in each bottle creates a different pitch. The kids got into groups and created their own song, using the different pitches as well as experimenting with different parts of the bottle.
We started out with a clapping game - Double This Double That. The kids had fun trying to learn the pattern and keep it going.
We talked about rhythm patterns and started making rhythm patterns with body rhythms.
We talked about note values - especially the half note, quarter note, eighth note and quarter rest. And then we practiced following written rhythms with rhythm sticks.
Finally, we used monster rhythm cards to create our own rhythm songs, which the kids got to bring home.
They also brought home their Aquarium pictures from last week. So, if you want to have some fun with them, find 'The Aquarium' from The Carnival of the Animals on youtube, and listen together while your child describes what they drew from the song. :)
PATHFINDERS (YOUNGER GROUP)
Study Cards 8 and 9, Charlemagne and Alfred the Great, for the oral quizzing.
NAVIGATORS (OLDER GROUP)
Study Cards 8 and 9, Charlemagne and Alfred the Great, for the oral quizzing.
Write a BRIEF report and prepare an oral report on Alfred the Great answering the following questions; who was he and what did he do that caused people to call him great?
Here are some websites to consult
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to call. Please note that from Tuesday morning on I am not at home and may be unavailable for last minute questions so please try and get to me before Tuesday morning or contact Pastor Huntley directly at his email address above.
Have a great week and enjoy this beautiful day.
Tuesday, October 4, 2016
Art for Explorers and Trailblazers:This lesson I introduced the artist Giotto. He was important during the late Middle Ages/early Renaissance, because he made people look realistic. He is interesting because it is thought that he began drawing well as a child and was discovered and became an apprentice to the artist we learned about last week, Cimabue. As a child, Giotto was a shepherd boy, who drew pictures of sheep on rocks with sticks. So, we tried our hand at scratching a picture in pastels. The children should bring their notebook every week for art, and have their pictures neatly organized and colored. rewards are for bringing notebooks and sitting quietly and working diligently on the projects.
Friday, September 30, 2016
Our first purpose in this class is to glorify God and to enjoy Him. This past month, we have sought to accomplish this very goal. We have delved into many different speech and drama techniques to help the students feel comfortable speaking and expressing with their peers. In the process, we have helped cement a Biblical worldview concerning certain historical events.
We began with the fall of Rome for our first lesson. The students sat in a semi-circle to imitate Roman theatre. One by one, they all gained the opportunity to be Roman orators. For their impromptu exercise, they pretended they had time machines and decided which time period in history they would go. The students gave so many creative responses to this assignment.
The next week, the students morphed into Vikings ready to tell sagas around a roaring fire. They were each given fearless Viking names to help them practice dramatic facial expressions. They learned that they could choose and control their attitudes for speech and drama presentations. The verse of that week was from Philippians: "I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me." This verse reminds us that confidence ultimately comes from God. He created us with adrenaline that gives us energy. This mindset will transcend natural shyness and fear.
We also practiced correct speech posture using kinesthetic sense. Other speech concepts like eye contact and attention-maintaining introductions were discussed. During the last week in September, the students displayed their new skills with a prepared speech.
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
We started working on the Music Projects in class. Students wrote down a few compositions that they listen to on a regular basis, and began thinking about how that music relates to them. They will be continuing this assignment at home this week.
1-Listen to the Listening Examples for Rhythm, be ready to discuss next week
2-Write a few paragraphs on the music that is important in your life. Focus on the music that relates
to you, and reflects who you are in some way. Why do you love it? What does that say about you?
What do you hope it says about you?
3-Raid your music collection. Use the thoughts and comments you wrote above, and try to find the
music that best illustrates those ideas. Remember, you will be making an audio collage - so, be
thinking about the sounds and feelings that you want in your final project.
- Using bells we played high and low melodies & accompanied a song we sang together
- We listened to 'The Aquarium'(from The Carnival of the Animals). The children listened carefully to the way the melody moved up and down. And they described what they heard-bubbles, octopuses, and lots and lots of fish. And then they worked very hard putting what they heard into an aquarium picture.
- Using 4 notes each child composed their own melody to play on the bells
- Learned about Justinian's origins as a peasant
- Discussed the influence of the Demes, chariot racing teams who had great political power
- Divided ourselves into blue and green parties, and discussed what would happen if we only took care of the people on our side
- Literally stitched Rome back together, showing how Justinian attempted to rebuild Rome
- Wrote our own book of laws
- Watched portions of a cartoon explaining Justinian's influence
- Finish watching the cartoons we started in class (there are lots, and they are fantastic, so I'll only recommend this one activity this week):
- Justinian and Theodora episode 1
- Justinian and Theodora episode 2
- Justinian and Theodora episode 3
- Justinian and Theodora episode 4
- Justinian and Theodora episode 5
- Justinian and Theodora episode 6
- Justinian and Theodora episode 7
- Justinian and Theodora episode 8
- Justinian and Theodora episode 9
- Theodora episode 10
- Justinian and Theodora episode 11
- Justinian episode 12
- Justinian and Theodora - Lies
- Justinian and Theodora - Lies2
- Read history card MA - 7 and discuss the topic of Islam with your family
- Practice your timeline
Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Students jumped right into class by starting back to work on the MOSAICS we began in class last week. It was fun watching the random, colorful shapes that were cut out last week take shape!
Thursday, September 22, 2016
- Gregorian Chant: Haec dies
- Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
- Schoenberg: Pierrot lunaire, No 18
- Bach: Cantata No. 80, A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, No 2
- Send me your own music sample for melody
- look up and start getting familiar with 'Audacity' for your project
Today in class we began working on MOSAICS, a type of medieval art. Each student chose a Christian symbol and two colors to be featured in the creation of their mosaic; the significance of these symbols and colors from early Christian art were discussed last week in class.
We began a discussion on the Byzantine art period, and what were the characteristics of this period:
-It was simple, and one dimensional
-Colors were somber
-Human figures were almost always front facing, and featured long, narrow faces with little detail
-It was Pietistic (Christian) in subject matter
-Religious members such as monks made up a large percent of the artists of this period
-Sculptures were forbidden as they were considered idols
Next week we will look in closer detail at some mosaics from this art period as students will finish working on their personal mosaics.
-Research the artist Giotto di Condone, and learn about his life and works. CORRECTION: Giotto di Bondone - works & biography
Next we reviewed note values, and playing written rhythms. And we practiced reading rhythms with a Rhythm Telephone Relay.
Trailblazers worked on a Rhythmic Inventions page, figuring out the rhythms of syllables, words and phrases.
Pathfinders learned about polyrhythms, which is the simultaneous use of two or more rhythmic patterns. And then, in groups of three, they started composing their own polyrhythms.
The melody is usually the part of the song that we remember. To demonstrate this, the kids were each given a song to hum. As they hummed their tune, they also listened for what songs others were humming, and tried to find people who were humming the same tune.
A melody is the tune of a piece, and it is made from different pitches, some high and some low, put together in a particular order. To see the way pitch works, we made maps of a melody(Amazing Grace) on the floor, and then we started composing our own melodies.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
- Learned the meaning of the ichthus and made our own scratch art fish
- Reviewed the words barbarian and vandal in both their original and modern definition (the kids thought it was hilarious that pants were considered barbaric in Rome)
- Discussed the "hard words" on this week's history cards including "vulgate" and "council" - discussed why our timeline handmotions help our brains to remember the meaning of what we are saying.
- Played a game in which we tried to defend a large area from invaders
- Learned about persecution & Constantine
- Located Rome on a world map, and then highlighted the extent of the empire on regional maps
- Discussed cardinal directions & marked the portion of Rome that fell to barbarians
- Added to our Medieval Notebook
- Watch Crash Course History's brief synopsis of the fall of Rome.
- Play online games as you learn about ancient Rome
- Take a short quiz to see what you remember from class
- Read history cards MA 5 & 6 (St Benedict and Monasticism & Justinian the Great)
- Practice your timeline
We reviewed who Cimabue was and what was special about him. We colored in the" gold plated" area around Jesus head on a copy of his famous painting. We, then painted our castle drawings with watercolor. I reviewd or introduced them to the proper way to set up supplies and prepare your watercolor. We put our Cimabue picture into the notebooks.
Homework! finish coloring the Cimabue picture of Jesus and make sure you have a notebook for art history.
Monday, September 19, 2016
I read a story about an artist from the Middle Ages, named Chimabue. He was the first to try making people look realistic by turning their heads sideways or tilting them. He also used gold to accentuate certain things, like halo's.We drew a castle and added gold enhancements to it. Sometimes kids are intimidated about drawing buildings.So, we broke down the parts of a castle drawing with shapes, so they could experience success. I think they were mostly pleased with the results. This week we will paint these amazing drawings that the kids made!
Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Students will be asked each week to bring in their own samples of music that relates to each topic that we are working with. And there will also be a cool project called 'Music as Identity'.(more details on the project will be discussed next week)
Please come to class next week with a notebook & folder
- Music is a variety of sounds arranged in an organized way
- Sound is created from vibrations
- Rhythm is one of the basic elements of music. It is the organization of time in music, and it gives shape to the melody or tune of a piece.
- We started exploring the difference between the rhythm and the beat
- Note Values diagram
Melody - the tune of a piece
Harmony - when more than one note is played or sung
Rhythm - repeated patterns of beats and sounds
Dynamics - the volume or loudness of the music
Tone Color - the sound of a voice or instrument, each one sounds different
Form - how a song or composition is put together
In class we also talked about what sound is and how it travels, and then we listened to a musical story called 'Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo'
The Barbarians were among these recruits. Ultimately these tribes and others invaded and conquered the Roman Empire. Pastor Huntley shared a brief slide show of weapons used during that time.
Prior to the fall of Rome, Christians were still heavily persecuted. However, very often these Christ followers would willingly martyr themselves both in the Coliseum as well as being crucified. Their courage and reliance on, as well as devotion to, Christ strengthened other christians and the movement as a whole. It had the opposite effect that the Romans had hoped for which was to destroy it.
During the Barbarian rule christians continued to venture where others would not. Often they could be found entering places where plagues and disease were present. In stark contrast to those fleeing these places, they would move in to care for the sick and dying.
This is the way of the Cross - people willing to die to self and live (and die) for Christ.
Mrs. Cross introduced the students in the Navigators class to the story of Perpetua, a Christian martyr whose personal account of what she went through was the first recorded account of a martyr's experience. You can read more about it. I have included a link to Christianity Today
After the class, the students went outside to the parking lot where several of them were "crucified".
Homework: Please read Cards 3,4,and 5 for next week. For those who do not have the cards yet images will be sent to your email.
We reviewed rules of audience etiquette and respect for all as we dive into the very personal world of performing. The children were able to meet their fabulous TA Mrs. Baglio! We jumped right into being on stage as they shared one fact about themselves. Many drama skills are acquired through play so we spent the remainder of our class playing games!
In one 45 minute period we discovered things about each other we didn't know, worked together without verbal communication, performed together under a time crunch, and enjoyed one another!
Thank you to each of the children in these classes for being gracious, respectful, and kind! You are a treasure and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you again!
The term Barbarian does not describe one specific people group. It means outsider, or people who were foreigners to the main ruling countries (Greece, & later Rome). This included the Huns, Franks, Vandals, Saxons, and Goths, Visigoths. They were thought of as uncivilized and uncultured people. During the Barbarian invasions (also known as the Migration Period) from 400 - 800, these feared warriors conquered many lands including the Roman empire.
The Vandals' descendants later became known as the Vikings. Because they had to depend on the sea, the Vikings became expert boat builders who lived as traders and settlers. They launched ferocious attacks on Europe, looting and pillaging before returning to the sea.
___In class activities:
- Discussed the words barbarian and vandal and learned about their origin
- Thought about how foreign languages sound to those who don't speak the language and discussed the impact that lack of communication can have
- Built a Viking longboat
- Started creating a Medieval notebook
- Played the viking game Kubb
- Studied maps of the Barbarian homelands
- Discussed misconceptions about Vikings (they did not wear hats with horns)
- Watch a brief history of the dark ages - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV7CanyzhZg&list=PLy0B6ncmGtqcLNRmMA43e2cNFD2v5ZoF2&index=1
- Read Viking Ships at Sunrise (Magic Tree House #15) by Mary Pope Osborne (96p.)
- Read Adventures with the Vikings by Linda Bailey (48p.)
- Fun online Viking activities - www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/vikings/
- Learn about the martyrs - the Torchlighter videos are fantastic and they come with printable activities. For this week the ones covering Augustine and Perpetua are highly recommended. http://www.torchlighters.org
- Read history cards MA 3&4, and NT32
- Practice your timeline
Tuesday, September 13, 2016
It was great to see everyone back and eager for a new season of classes! We started the new semester with an overview of our theme for this historical period: art in the church. Medieval and Renaissance art found a large percent of it's inspiration and display in the churches. We began our journey of early Christian church art in the Catacombs.
The artwork found in these tunnels featured Bible narratives or Christian Symbols. We discussed the importance of colors in these works; because of the limited selection and often tedious paint-making process, the simple colors held great meanings. For example, blue meant heavenly grace or favor; this is why Mary, the mother of Jesus is often portrayed in blue clothing. Students created a reference sheet of the meaning of these colors, and also a list of various Christian symbols to be used in upcoming art projects.
-Select a Christian Symbol and 2 or 3 colors to be used in next week's mosaic project.
*Students might find it helpful to look up images of mosaics, both historical and modern.
- Bring in an old magazine or catalog that can be cut up.
- Research the Byzantine Art period; be prepared to share characteristics of this period.
I have found the following website to be a good wealth of info regarding Medieval and Early Christian Art:
Friday, May 6, 2016
We have so enjoyed working with your students this past year! Registration forms and policies are now available for the 2016/2017 session. Please take a few moments to print BOTH out and return them as soon as possible. Any open slots will be offered to new students, and we don't want you to miss out!
- REGISTRATION DEADLINE - Please print and return the paperwork by May 15, 2016 if you plan to return to FAITH. Please include the registration fee of $135 which covers materials, offering for the building, and liability insurance.
- TUITION REMAINS THE SAME - Tuition for the year per family remains the same. $375/family unless you only bring one child. (In that case tuition is $200/family)
- FIRST DAY OF CLASSES - September 13, 2016 - The full calendar will be available in the next few weeks. We may have a few changes and want to provide the most up to date details for you to plan with!
- VOLUNTEER SPOTS - Please feel free to provide feedback about where you prefer to serve for the coming year - We try to accommodate schedules and requests if possible. THANKS!
As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to us.