Curriculum and the New Homeschooler - CHEC Presentation

What a joy to be able to share with a great group of New Homeschoolers at our BC CHEC Conference! If you missed the conference this year I would consider putting it on your calendar for next year. I had the joy of doing 3 sessions at CHEC and in all of them I got a chance to meet some amazing homeschool parents!! Here is a copy of the powerpoint from the session - hopefully it will help a little. Enjoy!

Chemistry and the Periodic Table Co-op

Chemistry and The Periodic Table was our topic for this month’s Co-op and our Co-op mom excels in making things hands on and fun!!

The students started out by learning more about the Periodic Table and filling out the one on their own and colour coding it. Our Mom used this amazing resource

Throughout the whole morning as the students transitioned from one activity to another they went and sang a song about the Periodic Table! After 4 or 5 practices they were all singing it and smiling while they were. It was interesting to see them get more and more comfortable as the morning went on. It was a very, VERY catchy tune!!

The students broke into two groups and played “Quick Six” for practicing the Periodic Table. It was great to hear them playing and slapping their cards. This was a great way to reinforce what they had learned! 

In “the wink of an eye” the morning was over and we broke for lunch.

After lunch our Art/Drama mom led our students through art appreciation and painting… here are her words…

“In Monday's art class/Art History, we talked about the Norwegian artist, Edvard Munch. Born in 1863 and died 1944. He was a troubled man who experienced the death of his mother when he was 5, and his sister, father and brother when he was a teen/young man. He aligned himself with some other troubled souls and talked much about the benefits of suicide, and how he embraced his anxieties and depression because he felt it made him a better artist. During WWII Munch is said to have supported Nazi ideology.

Munch's grandfather was a priest and we talked about how he chose to turn away from God and embrace dark theologies. We compared him to another artist we have studied: van Gogh, and discussed how they took different routes to deal with their troubles.

Munch's most famous painting, The Scream, is one of four, and the only one not in a Norwegian museum was sold for a record $120,000,000 in May 2012. We looked at several of his paintings and discussed Realism, Impressionism, and post-Impressionism.

The kids were given the choice to paint either The Scream or van Gogh's Sunflowers. We reviewed how to begin a painting, mixing colours, and placement. We will finish the paintings next month.”

Our Art/Drama mom is such a gifted teacher. We only teach a few sessions a year, but she teaches every month. I know that I join all the mom’s in our co-op with a hardy THANKS to her!!!

After the students Art time they went and played basketball. Our gym dad does such a great job in coaching our students but also just letting them play and learn the game through playing it! Our “Sports Sampler” part of Co-op has added another dimension to our days and I am so thankful!!
Blessings! Natalie