Another random homeschool post…..
It’s interesting how connections are accidentally made. Last week, we watched Treasure of the Sierra Madre. (Brief reaction: Sorry, but I have never really liked Bogart in anything but private eye/gangster roles. Didn’t really like him in The African Queen, felt he was stilted here. Of course, it’s hard to be onscreen with Walter Huston in this film and not just fade into the desert. But even Tim Holt seemed to create a fuller character. But all, in all, everyone enjoyed it. I was impressed by some stretches of Spanish dialogue, with no English subtitles. And of course I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!)
Okay, so back to that. We watched the movie about gold and greed and such. Then this week, Joseph’s chemistry work took us to view some of the Periodic Videos on gold: This one and this one. Then, in search of a new readaloud, I decided that The Call of the Wild would be the thing – and so, even more gold conversations.
Tons of great resources on the book.
This brief video was very affecting, narrated by the son of a Klondike prospector. The program dates from the 1950’s, but has quite a contemporary feel to it:
Other than that, not much exciting or innovative going on. We did a little art today. This project, which is quite simple, but served as a means of getting them to experiment with various media. It’s so interesting how their personalities come out in this process. One is completely uninterested in doing anything but the minimum, and the other is all about the creativity, blending and experimentation.
Oh, and if you are looking for a good explanation of syncopation, this might do it. One of mine has to do a report on Eubie Blake for a music lesson, and was unclear as to define “ragtime,” exactly. So, to the Internets. And this was there – and I found it very interesting myself – using Pachabel’s Canon to explain ragtime and syncopation.