Sometimes when I plan a school lesson I question whether it is too simple, other times whether it is too hard. Most times I leave it as originally planned & see how things turn out. I thought one of today’s lesson would be completed in five minutes and we would move on to the next subject! HAH!
At this time we are studying chapter by chapter the story of James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl. One of the things the children had to do this morning was describe & draw James at night as described in Chapter Nine. Roald Dahl is very descriptive so there is no lack of inspiration from his writings. “The night was all around him now, and high overhead a wild white moon was riding in the sky…..” We had also recently read one of the Magic Treehouse books with Jack and Annie where they had been out on a moonlit night & their long shadows were in evidence SO the concept of a moonlit night and shadows were no strangers to Daniel and Hannah.
The kids were clueless. Of course they could draw a moon and James standing up but could they draw his shadow?! Thankfully it was a sunny day here today so we all headed outside to see how our shadows come out from our bodies. (We have certainly looked at shadows many, many times in the past but I do believe that this was the first time they have ever had to illustrate them.) In we came again. What did they draw? James’s head coming out of his feet! Out we headed again. What I thought was a very simple lesson turned into a full blown science, art, logic. concept etc lesson on shadows, why/how they are formed (our bodies blocking the rays from the sun and moon) etc. I was SO thankful Richard was here today to help with this!
Being able to diversify is one of the many joys of homeschooling. We are not confined to certain length lessons or having to cover a certain amount of “stuff” in a day. When we find a weak spot, like we did this morning, we can take time to expound on the subject so that the children actually understand it, rather than rushing on.
Happy Monday to you!
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