This week we studied the Golden Age of Greece. Silas has been fascinated by all of the strange customs of ancient Greece. They were such a fascinating people and culture! It's been just as fun for me to learn these things the second time around. I have more time this time around to sit and chat with Silas about what he thinks about it all. We are both learning so much together.
Our history project this week was to make a 3D Greek column out of paper. Aedan made one the first time we went through CtC, so I thought it would be fun to do a variation. I love to have projects that can be easily stored in their binders as keepsakes. I saw this neat bleeding tissue paper art technique, and I thought it would be fun to try it.
After these years of homeschool we have quite the art supply hoard. We bought all these tissue papers way back when Silas was in kindergarten! It's nice always having what we need. All you have to do for this project is tear different pieces of colored paper up and lay them over your paper. We used watercolor paper as it is less likely to warp.
Next Silas sprayed the paper with water.
The colors bled onto the watercolor paper underneath. For some reason I thought the paper would stick, but as it dried it all came back up.
It left this really pretty design. You can cut the paper into shapes and make really cool designs if you like.
Next Silas drew the three different styles of columns on card stock.
Lastly he cut out the columns and glued them on his background. Fun!
Each of the designs was represented in our student notebook. Silas also drew the Parthenon from Draw and Write Through History. This one was tough. We might be missing a column, but who's counting? I still think he did a beautiful job!
We are really enjoying The Streams of History: Ancient Greece book. It was written a long time ago, and the cover doesn't show what a great book it is. It's written in a very conversational way, and we're learning a lot about Greek culture.
Battle of Salamis (Greeks Win) 480 B.C.
Pericles Rules during the Golden Age of Athens - 461-429 B.C.
Parthenon is Built and Dedicated to Athena - 438 B.C.
Silas wrote about what it would be like to go to a Greek theater. You better be good or you'd get pelted with figs!
We have a great local museum, and we try to visit if we are studying a new period. The museum didn't have a ton from this period in Greece, but there were a few things at least.
In one of the books we read about Greek pottery, so this was neat to see in person.
This is a stone carving of Heracles. Silas remembered him from the Greek Myths. He is posing like him of course!
This week our poem was "Lodged" by Robert Frost. It was about how he felt after the death of loved ones. He felt "lodged, though not dead" like flowers after a rain storm. This was such a sad poem, but so many can relate to how he felt. I finally got more paper, so I could paint again with Silas. This time I got mini 5 x 7 paper.
We have been working through Write With the Best this week. Each day we worked on the different elements of a descriptive paragraph. We read an example of a descriptive paragraph about a doll out of Little House in the Big Woods. There are few authors that wrote as descriptively as Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Silas is enjoying reading Lemonade War. He's wondering how it will end, and that's always a good sign of a great book.
Silas is learning so much about the earth through all of the science books this year! He has always had so many questions. It's cool to see some of them answered as he learns more each week.