Sunday, September 2, 2012

it's gotta be a story

back into our study of history.  diana and i are still in sotw volume 2: the middle ages.  (we don't follow classical education, for the most part, and we work according to our own timeline, so, it takes us as long as it takes us :)

we think it will still work for us to start with a sotw chapter and enhance with other reading and then have a drawing project inspired by it.

so we read about henry v and joan of arc.  our find at the library was joan of arc by diane stanley.  the illustrations particularly impressed her and the story was "not textbooky" (her words).

now she's working on her own "joan of art" project.  it's taking multiple iterations this time and for that i am glad.  i don't take pleasure in her frustration; i am happy, though, that she is trying different ideas and approaches and content for her drawing and she lets go of what's not working but shows persistence when she really wants it to work.  there's even been a draft!  it takes leaving it and coming back at another time.  she says she'll let me take a picture and post it, but only when it's done.

i could really use some suggestions on an abridged version of shakespeare's play of henry v.  we like reading usborne's stories from shakespeare but the bard was far more prolific than this volume can reflect.  a search on amazon turned up the author jennifer mulherin.  her books are not at our local library and i don't see any reviews.

ander loves his stories, too.  books have a greater enjoyment and retention and imitation and springboarding impact when they have a story line.  donald crews does a delightful job using his words and illustrations simply to convey a story, whether it is about a freight train, flying, or the progression of a parade.  ander wants to know what happens next, and a good story will fulfill his wish for that knowledge.  perhaps that's why many alphabet books hold such appeal for him - he knows what letter will come on the next page.  side note, though: it has to have a happy ending and it has to make sense.  we read sheep in a jeep by nancy shaw last night and he was incredibly sad that the jeep ended up in a heap and was worried about how the sheep got home.  i also tried reading q is for duck by mary elting & michael folsom and he rejected it because it followed an unusual pattern, albeit a funny one.  i definitely need to check through books before i introduce them to ander in a way i did not (need to?) for diana.

and now i must go so i can be even more involved in the story the kids are building with legos.

i am happyer at home because i am learning and evolving in making my home the primary, safe, ideal environment in which my kids learn.  and build.  and grow.  and tell their stories.

1 comment:

  1. i totally agree with the title of this post. there is nothing better than a book. take my blog, for example. it is all about reading & writing.
    go stories!