“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.”
When Donna Simmon’s fifth grade syllabus arrived I was a little apprehensive. How was I going to teach all of this; and in a way that would speak to my child? Well, it has been a fulfilling six weeks for both of us and our adventure continues. We started out with the Greek myths and soon after Logan’s 11th birthday he began to ask for something real. So, we shifted gears and went right into the history portion of our main lesson block. We studied historical geography & how it looks today. We also approached art like the Greeks by using several different mediums; we used stick crayons, colored pencils & clay. By approaching each segment of our main lesson with a different medium it deepened the experience of each area of study. Reading through the colorful stories of the myths we used stick crayons as they seemed the obvious choice.
As we moved toward the battles, maps and summaries, Logan was more meticulous about his work and found that color pencil gave his work a cleaner, more precise feel. Eventually, we moved to architecture and in came the clay. It was if we were Greeks as we molded columns, created vases and busts. Logan & I have enjoyed this MLB so much that we have decided to continue it for two more weeks.
What I have taken away from this block is that our children are able to have a deep spiritual connection to their lessons when they are able to express themselves in numerous ways. In Logan’s case, art is how he can attach himself to a hero, story or factual event; it is so beautiful to watch him immerse himself so passionately into his studies.
Coming soon: Ancient Egypt 🙂
Some websites, books and such that have brought amusement to our week; hope you find them as delightful as we have.
www.seasonsofjoy.com (I have been enjoying Annette’s posts as well as Waldorf Wednesday)
www.waldorfessentials.com Melisa Nielsen has created a wonderful program for families just coming to Waldorf Education.
Greek Myths by D’Aulaires
Ancient Greece by Charles Kovacs