7.29.2016

Inspired by Da Vinci

 

"But in Leonardo’s world the very air was different; it made people want to think. Science came into its own.” 


We are reading a biography of Leonardo Da Vinci and we are in awe of him. We are still in the early years of his life/career, but we are already inspired by his curiousity, his talent, and genius. Here is a depiction of the theatre set he invented for the staging of the myth of Orpheus in Milan.  


 

“He was great purely because of his tremendous intellect. It was his brain that created the adventure of his life, and that adventure is still exciting today, five centuries later."

Francesco Melzi Portrait of Leonardo WGA14795


9 year old son’s fascination with simple machines such as gears is back because of reading about Da Vinci through a living book. The ideas presented moved my son to imagine, explore, and be inspired. That is not likely to happen from a dry textbook, even if it had all the illustrations of Da Vinci’s machines or art. 

So far, these are the other people who have left a big mark in our way of thinking: King Alfred the Great, Jose Rizal, Columbus, and Benjamin Franklin. Their lives left a mark not just because we read about their strengths, but more because we learned about their struggles and weaknesses. We grew to appreciate what they have done because we understood the time and place from which they came from.

We did not merely read a list of what they had accomplished, we got to know them. That’s how living books work.

 

 

7.07.2016

Class Picture s.y. 2016-2017

 

Class pic 2016 2017 edited

 

I AM a child of God..

I CAN do all things in Christ who strengthens me.

I OUGHT to do my duty to God and others.

I WILL choose the right.

 

6.13.2016

First day school year 2016-2017


Survived our first day of Learning for school year 2016-2017 with a preschooler, AOyear 1, AOyear 3, and a grade 5 student (my niece). Tiring but lovely. We started our day reading from Luke 1:1-12, sang a new hymn, recited Mathew 6:19-34, prayed for the day, and sang the Spanish and Filipino version of Lupang Hinirang. We learnd about planktons, diatoms, Philippine Geography, Age of Discovery (from Columbus to Magellan), Cape Town - South tip of Africa, Cape Horn - South tip of Southern America, fractions, Henry V, “equivalence”, Perseus, Si Mariang Alimango, Da Vinci, greater than and less than, Sword of Damocles etc. etc.… whew.. what a feast!

I planned on taking a “first day” picture but never got to it. I only managed to take a picture of my 4 year old preschooler playing with math. It was a lovely lovely first day. 


Thank You from the bottom of my heart. 

for the strength that can only come from You;

for the overflowing Grace.

Amen.

IMG 4896 Fotor


5.16.2016

Living Learning Children

 

“What would our lives be like if our days and nights were as immersed in nature as they are in technology?”

DSC02609 FotorDSC02808 Fotor

"Every child needs nature. Not just the ones with parents who appreciate nature.

Not only those of a certain economic class or culture or set of abilities.

Every child."

DSC02629 FotorDSC02631 FotorDSC02634 Fotor

"How can our kids really understand the moral complexities of being alive if they are not allowed to engage in those complexities outdoors?"

DSC02805 Fotor

"We tend to block off many of our senses when we're staring at a screen. Nature time can literally bring us to our senses."

DSC02767 Fotor

“An environment-based education movement--at all levels of education--will help students realize that school isn't 

supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.”

DSC02763 Fotor

"Nature is imperfectly perfect, filled with loose parts and possibilities, with mud and dust, nettles and sky, transcendent hands-on moments and skinned knees."

Living Learning 4

"Natural play strengthens children’s self-confidence and arouses their senses - their awareness of the world and all that moves in it, seen and unseen."

DSC02770 Fotor

"There is a real world, beyond the glass, for the children who look, for those whose parents encourage them to truly see."

DSC02753 Fotor

"Children need nature for the development of their senses, and therefore, for learning and creativity.

There is another possibility: […] the rebirth of wonder and even joy."

Living Learning 2 1DSC02764 FotorDSC02782 FotorDSC02789 FotorLiving Learning 1

"Nature presents the young with something so much greater than they are; it offers an environment where they can easily contemplate infinity and eternity."

Living Learning 3 1

 "By bringing nature into our lives, we invite humility."

Living Learning 5

"Quite simply, when we deny our children nature, we deny them beauty."

DSC02814 Fotor 

Livinglearninglogo2

 

*** All quotations by Richard Louve, Last Child in the Woods  

 
 
 
 

 

5.07.2016

{Her Words, My Rambled Thoughts} Principle #1: Children are Born Persons part1

 (This is an attempt to understand Charlotte Mason’s 20 Principles. Check the Introduction here.)


13141124 10154115888471501 1949485463 n

“…truths get flat and wonders stale upon us.” (Vol 6, p. 33)

Charlotte Mason (CM) makes a point that truths get flat and wonders fade. We no longer marvel at the little things. We ignore and no longer mind the beauty of the way a nest is built by a bird, budding trees, or sometimes even the wonders of a newborn. It is easily lost. Our eyes wander off and busily take on tasks. In the case of infants, we naturally and easily move on to care and feed them. But she implies that there is more about them that we need to remind ourselves of:

That they are Born Persons.
  
IMG 3921  1

5.05.2016

Bible Art Journal


My husband recently bought me a beautiful Italian duo-tone, Note-Taker's Bible (NASB). He bought me one because he knows that I’m a compulsive note-taker. He knows me well :)  But I’m already using a Study Bible for my Precept Inductive Study, so I decided to use this new one for my Sunday notes, and to make #BibleArt (of some sort). Since I started doodling, it has provided a different way for me to appreciate the Word.
DSC02708

LinkWithin

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Disqus for my rubyslippers