Right now we are enjoying an unplanned and completely welcome serendipitous coordination of learning with our history and geography curriculums. One of my favorite perks of home-education is our family learning together. I love when connections are made – where we kind of “connect the dots“ between subjects as a family and create common familial context.
Case in point:
DOT: In geography we are studying Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
DOT: In history we are reading the Story of the World (SOTW), Volume 2 – Middle Ages.
DOT: We are binge watching the Crown on Netflix.
DOT: We just returned from a field trip to France and England.
DOT: Poetry Teatime Tuesday is a Bravewriter staple in our home. We have tea, hot chocolate, lemonade and treats on Tuesdays and read poetry or lyrics to songs. When we were in England we made sure to have high tea and brought home some special souvenirs to keep our holiday alive just a little longer.
DOT: My eldest daughter just finished reading Don Quixote and recently attended the Carolina Ballet perform it as well. (Spain, 1600’s.)
DOT: In the story, Georges, the main character is confiding to Lord Murray that he intends to duel his nemesis to win Sara’s (his love) hand in marriage from Henri (to whom she is already engaged.) Henri is of no masculine threat to Georges. Lord Murray makes a comment to Georges that perhaps he not worry about Henri as he is like a “windmill and not a giant.” This subtle little reference could have been so easily glossed-over and missed if it were not for my eldest.
CONNECT THE DOTS: Kayah giggled and ‘got it’ straight away! She explained to us that in Don Quixote he is preparing to fight a “giant” that turns out to be nothing but a mere windmill. Thus, the author was implying Henri maybe should be of little concern to Georges…nothing but a mere windmill.
All of these dots connect to create an image of connected context (that is some serious alliteration!) I may be a total dork, but I love when that happens.
These are the AH-HA moments that can never be planned – learning that occurs across curriculum. THAT is exciting! Subjects never seem independent of one another, but connected.
One of my favorite questions to ask the girls when we are exploring a new topic is “what was going on in the United States at this time…” I love this question because sometimes the USA was not even an idea and other times they can connect the global dots of what was occurring during the many phases of the United State’s maturity – a layering of history.
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