Science, Poetry and Art Study
After Tirzah’s Occupational Therapist’s home visit this morning, Kezia and I forged ahead in our wonderful world of learning. We continued with Lesson Two from 106 Days of Creation Studies, then read a selection of poems from a poetry book by various poets such as Christina Rosetti, Robert Louis Stevenson, and others. Kezia was delighted with the poems and didn’t want to stop reading:) . Following poetry, we studied the first artist in the book, 13 Artists Children Should Know – Leonardo Da Vinci. Two of his famous paintings were presented to us – Mona Lisa and the Last Supper. Leanardo Da Vinci was a genius, who had a thirst for learning. He was knowledgeable in many subjects such as Mathematics, Anatomy, Botany, Physics, Engineering, etc. He believed that painting was a science, the highest science. We learned that he was left-handed and all his writings were mirror written (Mirror writing is formed by writing in the direction that is the reverse of the natural way for a given language, such that the result is the mirror image of normal writing: it appears normal when it is reflected in a mirror. Source – Wikipedia). He was definitely a fascinating person.
The last two lessons we covered were English Grammar and Geography. In Geography, Kezia is learning to memorise the countries of Africa. We’re focussing on the northern countries. She had 15 minutes to study the map, then when her time was up she had to write down on a blank map as many countries as she could remember. With this approach it is far easier for the child to remember [the countries] rather than learning [them] by rote. Visual learning helps imprint words in a person’s mind quicker than mindless repetition. She enjoyed her lesson, and it was a test for me too, because to be honest I don’t know where countries are in Africa, so I get to learn alongside my child. Isn’t that marvellous?
Whiles Kezia worked on her English Grammar workbook, I read to Azkarah. She selected a book from the Berenstain Bears series, The Golden Rule. The books feature a family of anthropomorphic bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story.
After lunch, Mark took Azkarah to her trampoline lesson, and whiles Tirzah took a nap, Kezia had a long-overdue piano lesson, which she’d been looking forward to. She’s been practising on her own every day without any prompting from me. She’s even began composing her own tunes.
Later on in the evening, we all bundled into the car and drove to Ponds Forge for Kezia’s diving lessons. It was fun watching her!
Today has been another day of memorable moments, and a lot of ground covered with regards to learning. We are slowly settling into a routine, and this is really helping the two older girls, especially Kezia, to have some focus and to know and understand that our mornings are primarily for learning in a somewhat structured manner.