Monday, January 18, 2016

Schole' in Practice - Week 17

This week was filled with truth, beauty and goodness, as we explored through science experimentation, visit from a local farmer, a local author reading our students her original work about virtues and more.   Join us as we recap Week 17 of Schole' in practice...

Morning Time

The virtue focus for this morning was perseverance.  We defined our virtue and discussed how we might need to use perseverance in our lives.  Next I selected a few kids to do an object lesson for their classmates using ice cubes that I had frozen quarters into.  The three students were told that they had to get to the quarter but they couldn't smash, break or bite the ice cube.  The kids tried holding it in their hand, blowing on it, and rubbing it fast. The student who won got all three quarters.  Then we talked about how hard it was to hang onto the frozen ice cube and why they persevered.  We then read a story about missionary John Newton and his need to persevere in order to become a great preacher and song writer one day.

Fine Arts

Today in fine art appreciation the focus was on Impressionist, Camille Pissarro.  Then the students focused on coloring with dashes and dots, blending, shadowing and layering colors to make new shades both darker and lighter in the impressionist style.  

Great Books

In Great Books the students continued on in Greek mythology with the story about Persephone, Hades, Zeus, and Demeter.   They also enjoyed learning about how Athena transformed Arachne into a spider.  The focus was on identifying the protagonist and the antagonist, as well as reviewing the story board.

Schole' Lunch

Our visitor today for Schole' lunch was author and artist, Lizzie Branch from Soul Graffiti Art Studio in Clayton, NC.  She read her original work Fiona the Fiesty Fox.  The students had opportunity to purchase her books on site today as well.  Her books 1 and 2 are part of a series focused on virtue that she is continuing to write.  The third book should be out very soon!  We hope to have her back to share this work with us next year!


Our playground time was focused on playing the same four corner game we played last week.  The kids really enjoyed this game together!


Our Latin focus was on vocabulary regarding various types of jobs and the imperfect tense endings.  The students then played a tic-tac-toe review game after the lesson, to review their Latin vocabulary together.  

Science Experimentation

This week we had lots of fun exploring Euclid and Archimedes during our science time together.  The students started their class with the picture of the day, as they explored their observations, inference and predictions based on the picture.  Then we talked about our first scientist Euclid, who was considered the father of geometry and optics and Archimedes also a mathematician, and natural philosopher.  Students then did two experiments that were based off their ideas and discoveries about math.

All in all we had a Wonderful Wednesday together!

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