Tuesday, 31 May 2011

A Topic a week- posted May 2010

This week, we are looking at Music Composers. We spend many years using Classic for Kids, but she has moved past it. I was recommended a Book, called The Gift of Music..-Jane Stuart Smith.., and U tube, to study each individual composer. So far, she has looked at Bach, Handel, and Haydn. She has plans to move onto Mozart today.

After Morning Tea, she begins reading or being read too, summarising, and writing notable information to make up a report each day, with Music playing in the background. She has plans to use these in her newspaper column, that she is writing.
She also has plans of highlighting her work, with a powerpoint presentation. All in the pipeline, but I am sure she will make it happen.
Next week, we focus on Geography, particularly Rivers of the World. I was reading a thread on here and someone suggested using rivers as a framework. I didn't have a book or curriculum to go by, I just wrote a plan for Brid to follow.
We will see how this approach goes and we will review it mid term. Although, Brid is already saying she feels much more relaxed. She isn't chopping and changing between work.

JUNE -Ballet Notebook
I noticed a couple of weeks ago how tired Brid was looking. This worried me of course, So I started thinking- dangerous, about cutting right back on School work.

Its week 9 why not, so....( we have 4 Terms of roughly 10 weeks in each term, here in Australia).
This week, we have kept up Maths and her History reader.
I thought, how about something fun, that she can embellish. So I found a lap/note book on Ballet.
All week, Brid has thoroughly enjoyed creating her project.
It has gone changed format several times, from a lap book, to a poster, to a book, now she has settled on a newspaper.
She spend hours looking through various books, pictures and choosing what she wanted to put in her newspaper.
So has it cured her tiredness, no not really, but it has been rather a relaxed week, and amazingly, the day has been finishing later, with "Brid you need to save that, its time to set the table...".
So am I surprised how it worked out, a little, as Brid was quite apprehensive about this project in the beginning.
Now she wants to do another one on Composers, next term.

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