Myself and B. continued on our journey into the Middle Ages today. I had him read about Soldiers in the book, “Lords, Ladies, Peasants, and Knights: Class in the Middle Ages”, by Don Nardo. After he read the chapter designated for soldiers, I had him outline the main points and created a Main Lesson Page with a drawing of a Knight and Footman. From that point, we listened to Chapters 3 and 4 of Volume Two, Story of the World, by Susan Bauer. We reviewed the story of Beowulf and I played several hours worth of Beowulf in audio form found on Librivox.com. He then began preparing for St. Martins Lantern Walk by creating a tissue paper Lantern. Later in the day, I read him a few m ore chapters from “The Travels of Benjamin of Tudela” by cant remember. Then showed him some great examples of Letter Illuniation I found online and even a great Powerpoint presentation about it. http://www.aaronkirker.com/type2208c/documents/Illuminated%20Letters.pdf He came back to me with several examples of his own and expressed interest learning Celtic Knot drawing. So, I sped through the online resources and found a wonderful guide for him to read and practice with. http://mysite.verizon.net/mihaloew/celtic/ck_tutorial_07.pdf He immediately began drawing and has some great knots already completed.
T. and me began reviewing the Old Testament Stories of Cain and Able, then we proceeded with Cains Ancestory to include Jubal, Tubal and Jebal. We breifly went over Adam’s ancestory so he would understand the importance of Noahs’ role in our next story. Afterward, we played a great game I picked up on Discount the night before called “Word Monkeys”. T. really enjoyed trying to create spellings of words from his cards so much so he didn’t want me to have a turn. On his own he created 10 words and even checked some spellings in the dictionary. He spent most of the afternoon reading Volume 2, Story of the World Activity Book by Susan Bauer, since it was out. He also played with a string game I made for adding. I took a peice of wood from some packing and created an addition wrap. It worked! He went through the math problems having fun doing it! I am going to make more and will need white out. Apparently, you must pay close attention to how it wraps, otherwise it can skip wraps. Opps. He found himself repeating wraps and getting a little frustrated but still enjoying the process.