Saturday, February 21, 2015

CHILS - Christian Home Inspried Learning Symposium

I am very excited about speaking at the CHIL Symposium in Calgary on March 14th, 2015. 
CHILS stands for Christian Home Inspired Learning Symposium. This Symposium will be a great opportunity to be inspired as you go forward in your home education experience. I will be speaking on two topics:

 Creative Ways to Teach Literature
Creative Ways to Teach Social Studies and Science

Please join me and many other Inspired Home Educators at CHILS

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Fiddler on the Roof Session 3

Session 3 for Fiddler on the Roof was all about theme and critical thinking. Followed up with opinions and group work based on their opinion of the play.

I started out by having our students yell out the themes that they felt were in the play. We made a list of themes and some of our students needed some coaching to get to the deeper themes.

Next I had our students answer several questions in groups.
1. Is it possible to preserve tradition? How?
2. Is change inevitable? Why?
3. Do events change people, or do people change events?
They then returned to the large group and we discussed these questions. Here is the worksheet we used.

Finally, I had the students answer these questions in groups.
What were your favourite characters in the play?
What was your favourite scene?
What were the impactful parts of the movie?
Based on the above, they were to make a commercial (trailer) to sell us on going to Fiddler on the Roof. Here is the worksheet we usedThis was so fun to see the creativity coming out in the students. They only had a few minutes to prepare for this - so it was a real exercise in Improv!!

After this the students got all dressed in their costumes and performed Fiddler on the Roof for us!! What a treat!! 
Blessings, Natalie

Fiddler on the Roof Session #2

Our second session of Fiddler on the Roof was all about Character. 

First of all I had our students focus on which characters were Round, Flat, Dynamic, Static etc. They yelled out which characters they came up with in each of the categories. 

Next we were onto these note booking sheets and working in pairs to fill out the Character Analysis and/or Character Transformation. They chose the characters that they wanted to analyze and then filled out the pages. We then discussed some of the characters, with the emphasis on the traits and evidence of those traits.

In the final exercise I had them take these paper dolls and draw a representation of one of the characters. They had to add both a speech bubble and a thought bubble to their character and then share them with the group. 
The students then went to practice the play for a second time! It was great to hear them having so much fun!!

Robert Bateman Centre

We once again took advantage of our Pass it Around Victoria passes and went to the Robert Bateman Centre. What a great experience! Not only to see the incredible paintings and marvel at the talent that it took to paint them, but to see the heart of this man Robert Bateman and the love between him and his wife in the many love letters on display.

The Gallery has lots of light and the paintings are hung with maximum impact. I came around one corner and saw two paintings and thought, wow, Robert Bateman was a photographer too! Then realized as I got closer that no, they were paintings that were so well done that from a distance they looked like photos.

I loved the variety of sizes of the paintings. The gallery added small boxes under many of the paintings where you could hear the song of the bird that was painted. That made the paintings come alive even more.
I loved the section of Bateman's early work, and the different painting styles the experimented with. Having a daughter that experiments with a by different mediums and styles, this section really was encouraging! 
There was also a great explanation of a variety of prints, numbered prints and originals. 

We were there about an hour and it was well worth the time spent! I think we all walked out in awe of this amazing artist!