A month before the previously announced publication date, the newest book from me and Ann Engelhart is available for order. I was hoping to do a big post on it this week, with quirky photos of my stash of the books, but….
I don’t have any. Yet. There was a delivery glitch, so I haven’t even seen the published book yet. Hopefully I’ll have them tomorrow, and then I’ll talk a lot about this book, which is much different from any St. Francis-for-Kids book out there.
(We have also, in the last month, come to an informal agreement on another book – #5 for us!)
School’s going just fine…for everyone.
The 8th grader is getting along famously, takes his homework in stride, and is enjoying his Days Spent With People Not Related To Him.
It’s weird doing school at home with only one, though. It’s almost too easy. Maybe I should add calculus and make it harder.
Speaking of math, I’m going to bore you one more time by talking up Beast Academy. I know, you go to the website and you see comic books and you think, how challenging can that be?
Well, plenty – you have to do both the guide and the workbook, and when you do…it’s impressive. I’m continually amazed by the pedagogy of this series. I think I would describe it as sneakily challenging. The workbook pages start off with simple treatment of the matter at hand, but within a few problems have led the student to a crazily higher level of thinking. This series and its parent, the amazing Art of Problem Solving embraces a pedagogy centered on the value of a student sitting and stewing over a problem in a fruitful way. I would show you the pages Michael did today on angles, but I wouldn’t want to violate copyright. Let’s just say that in a matter of ten problems, he went from simply measuring angles with a protractor to being challenged to deduce the measurements of angles without a protractor and without being given step-by-step guidance on how to do it.
We’ve started doing some logic, and for writing/spelling and so on, we’re going to – among other things – use the Brave Writer method again. He’ll be doing copywork and analysis of books for which BW provides issues of “The Arrow” – see here for more about that. The first, in keeping with our recent trip to NYC, is The Cricket in Times Square.
This week…music lessons began, an art lesson,.another trip to the botanical gardens, picking up where our previous visit – cut short by a hurting leg – left off. A trip to the Birmingham Museum of Art.
Also, a couple of library trips. Of course.
Sketching at the museum, math at the library.
At the beach for about 24 hours….wish it could have been longer….
Today, we caught a school presentation/performance related to an event called Earfilms, presented over the last few days at UAB. (University of Alabama at Birmingham). Earfilms is an aural experience in which audience members are blindfolded and listen to a mesh of live narration and recorded sound relayed in a “3d” manner – surroundsound, if you will. The school sessions weren’t the complete performance (which is almost 90 minutes) and we were disappointed there were no blindfolds (we were just asked to close our eyes), but we did get an interesting exposure to different understandings of music and sound from members of the UAB faculty and the artists involved in Earfilms, the latter of whom were British and one of whom wore a cool hat, so there’s that:
Super busy weekend with two pool parties, a dance and a sleepover. Because socialization.
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