Homeschool Week 12 | October 19

Finally! We wrapped up some projects and goals. They linger sometimes, don’t they? I continue to remind myself – and you – that expectations offer a great idea for where to start. Adapting is crucial. 

We had started building a theater out of a box for a class, and we decided we would make it a little more elaborate as our own continued craft project. It’s been fun designing it together.

I looked up images of a theater for a reference point, and Myles told me what he wanted in the background for his first setting. I believe I still need to make him a tree. It is by no means perfect, but we can switch this out anytime we want, and we can also add to it!

Image of Myles with his theater and puppets, enacting the opening of our vlog (to be posted)

We just used a box (from Amazon, where you can get the rest of the supplies you need!), some construction paper, and glue or tape.

Tru-Ray Construction Paper, 10 Classic Colors, 9″ x 12″, 50 Sheets*

Elmer’s Liquid School Glue, Clear, Washable, 5 Ounces, 1 Count*

Scotch Sure Start Shipping Tape with Dispenser, 1.88 in. x 38.2 yd., Clear, 1 Dispenser/Pack* I used this tape to keep the box together as well as to attach the construction paper to the box, so it would be removable.

The construction paper linked may not be the brand I have on hand – I couldn’t find it in my purchase history and may have bought it somewhere else. Any construction or craft paper will do. You can be as creative as you’d like, that’s the whole point!

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Image of Myles while I hold up the magazine that comes with Kiwi Crate

This month, we took it slow with our Kiwi Crate, doing one part each week instead of all at once. Myles dug in and completed the first projects on his own, then waited for me to help him with the messier part. Last week, he made a parfait, from the recipe in the back of the included magazine after we read through the science theme and examples. 

This week, I was determined to clear those piles I mentioned last week, so we finished the final project. Myles had already created the air hockey parts, and the final step was to set up an air sprayer to paint scorecards for the game. We engineered a marker with an air pump, and got to see how our theme “air in motion” worked with spraying air through a marker.

Image of Myles holding up his scorecards and me demonstrating the spray marker

We look forward to our Kiwi Crate each month and highly recommend it. If you sign up through our link, you get $10 off your subscription (we get $10 also, thanks!). There are other crates available for different ages and different topics. We’re considering trying the Atlas Crate soon.

Myles finished listening to his audiobook, Charlotte’s Web. You can check out books and audiobooks from your local library through the Libby app. We both have several books on hold, and we purchase longer titles from Audible. If you’ve been following, you know we’ve been listening to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4* (You can purchase this specific book or sign up for audible through this link, if you’re interested)

We read a few stories from Highlights magazine, and we will finish up our October and Halloween themed magazines this upcoming week. We’re currently subscribed to Highlights for Children*, recommended for ages 6-12, and we used to receive Highlights High Five*, recommended for ages 2-6.

We will also be reading some of our fun, Halloween books. I’ll share them at the end of the post in case you want to check them out at your local library or use the links to buy a copy for your own library.

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We started a new class with the same instructor we’ve had for Let’s Learn About Science Fiction, and much of the content is the same, just through a slightly different lens. In aMuse Me! students have viewed art by MC Esher, Yayoi Kusama, and Salvador Dali. They talked about how the art made them feel, and how they could use it for inspiration for their own art, then being encouraged to send a photo of something they just drew. 

In  Let’s Learn About Science Fiction this week, students learned how to write a limerick and then shared them with the class. They looked at art by Jean-Michel Basquiat and Edward Gorey as examples for the fusion of writing and drawing. Then they looked at some of their instuctor’s sci fi work and watched a video about the history of GIFs. While some of the content is neat, and it’s an introduction into art we likely wouldn’t experience together yet otherwise, I’m not sure we will continue to stick it out due to less appealing features of the class.

Our other two classes were art focused, with Comics, Cartoons, & Concept Art already wrapping up this week, after 5 short sessions. After working on character development last week, students were encouraged to use a storyboard layout to design their story, choosing drawings that best convey the story and its progression. They were given excellent advice for creating a plot outline as well as a list of all the elements to consider for their storyboard draft.

Myles drew his Storyboard layout in colored pencils that don’t show up very well on camera, so he has quickly drawn an example to show the kind of pages they used and give an idea of what it can look like. He did use a technique his teacher mentioned to distinguish between characters – especially useful for a draft – using a different color to represent each character.

Image of Myles storyboard example with stick people meeting and becoming friends

Because Myles loved this teacher so much, we signed up for her session of Kawaii! Drawing Anime & Manga, even though we had just completed the class with another instructor. Of course, this class has had a different focus so far, from the perspective of another individual. She focused on showing how easily objects can be drawn based on their shapes, starting with a circle and turning it into both a sun and an egg, and then drawing a kawaii face on it. She showed step by step directions for adding shapes to complete the big picture, and focused on cute versions of plants, flowers, and foods.

Myles took a step outside of the kawaii style, and drew a fun, scary Fire Flower King.

Image of Myles with his Fire Flower King drawing

Here are our Halloween book recommendations, as mentioned above!

One of Myles all time favorite books, well beyond Halloween: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything*

We absolutely love this book and it’s short film: Room on the Broom*

If you’re in Christmas shopping mode, this would be an excellent set:  Julia Donaldson X 10 Book Set Collection Pack Includes Room On The Broom*

We’re hooked on this series, and adding in a fun Halloween spin, we will revisit our copy of Click, Clack, Boo!/Ready-to-Read: A Tricky Treat (A Click Clack Book)* (We have the hardcover, not the Ready-to-Read version linked, which is currently cheaper).

I can’t count how many times we’ve read these over the years, and they continue to be funny – even to me! If you’re not familiar with these or just want your own set, here’s an inexpensive Ready-to-Read set: Click, Clack, Go!: Click, Clack, Moo; Giggle, Giggle, Quack; Dooby Dooby Moo; Click, Clack, Boo!; Click, Clack, Peep!; Click, Clack, Surprise! (A Click Clack Book)*

If you already love this series, but don’t have the holiday books, here’s a fun set: Click, Clack, Holiday Pack: Click, Clack, Moo I Love You!; Click, Clack, Peep!; Click, Clack, Boo!; Click, Clack, Ho, Ho, Ho! (A Click Clack Book)*

A couple others worth mentioning:

Creepy Pair of Underwear!* The number of times I had to read this book and eventually declined repeating it led to Myles trying to start reading himself!

Creepy Carrots!* Related to a book he already loved, Myles received this one for Christmas.

He often talked his grandmother into reading this silly one with him: Skeleton Hiccups*

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These are all books we own, even if we have a different version than the one linked. I tried to include sets and the less expensive versions, knowing it all adds up. We do have the hardcover books in the Click Clack series, and I believe some of those were purchased through ThriftBooks over the years. A few of these books were gifts or bought at consignment events. We value reusing items and saving money. If you want a new version, we appreciate the support through using our links, but please accept the suggestions without feeling the need to buy. You can also screenshot or jot down the list to take to your local library to check out!

Any way you choose, I hope you enjoy the book recommendations and find some fun activities to add to your homeschool and life! See you next week.

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Homeschool Week 11 | October 12

This may be a short one! My battle with fleas has escalated beyond my previous attempts which have only kept the fleas at bay but not yet eradicated them. Since all it takes is one to perpetuate the cycle, I’ve gone fully on the offensive. If you thought you already had too much laundry, try washing everything in your home over a weekend, just in case. I’m relieved my home isn’t carpeted, but I’m rethinking the large, cozy couch – so much vacuuming! 

Real life here. Sometimes we have more time, and sometimes we just do what we can to make it all fit. Maybe you’re perfect or you like to appear to be, but I’ve been more peaceful since I gave that up. No judgement either way. We do what makes sense to us at any given time and we adapt when it benefits us. 

Let’s look at our learning week. 

We still haven’t finished the Kiwi Crate I mentioned two weeks ago. Myles did look through the magazine and tried out the recipe for making a parfait by shaking whipping cream in a jar and then adding fruit. We were both pleased with the fun, taste, and ease of a snack he can make for himself. 

I have a pile of things to do “when we have time”. Who else piles? 

It includes an unfinished theater box and a stack of construction paper for making backdrops, several magazines we’ve glanced at or haven’t even gotten to yet, the above mentioned Kiwi Crate, and maybe a couple other things. Let’s not even talk about the virtual piling, aka all the tabs I have open for things I want to look at later. 

One thing I did catch up on last week was labeling and storing the many pages of artwork generated by the numerous art classes Myles has been taking lately. He has been inspired!

I like to sit down with him and ask him to tell me about the page, then I label the back with the month and year, and a title or short caption. Let’s be real, I don’t always know it’s a hadouken master fighting generic bad guys as he rises to power. This way he gets to share his artwork, I get to understand it, and we have a memory for the future. I don’t ask him to toss out artwork while he’s attached to it. He can go through it later and keep what’s sentimental. I just store it in simple folders, usually labeled either by month or concept, just to keep it all organized as best as possible. 

Here’s what I use in case you’re still struggling with organization. Once things have a place to go, it’s so much simpler to keep it together. Homeschooling just brings stuff and a need for containing it! These are simple and easily moved around as learning space may change, while you’re figuring out what works best for you. 

I just use standard file folders like these: Pendaflex File Folders, Letter Size, 8-1/2″ x 11″, Classic Manila, 1/3-Cut Tabs in Left, Right, Center Positions, 100 Per Box (65213)* but if I were going to reorder, I would buy the colorful ones to keep different subjects separate: Pendaflex Two-Tone Color File Folders, Letter Size, Assorted Colors, 1/3 Cut, 100 per box (152 1/3 ASST)*.

Then I keep them organized in these: Evelots Magazine File Holder-Organizer-Full 4 Inch Wide-6 Colors-W/Labels-Set/6*

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We’ve made it about halfway through Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4*, listening to this one much more slowly than the previous three. We’ve been listening to audiobooks individually as well, Myles wrapping up Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery)* that we borrowed through the Libby app from our local library.

We also started reading From The Mixed Up Files Of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler from the Internet archive for a class. It’s free, but this version is without pictures, as well as missing the prologue, which is significant to the story. You may be able to find it separately. If you prefer to buy a copy, you can choose which edition to get here: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler*

This book is wonderfully written and truly enjoyable to read as an adult as well, not one you just get through to do it. Myles liked it so much that we’re reading it again, even though we read it about a year ago. His Mystery Book Club chose this book to read and discuss as a class, and he jumped at the opportunity. Students were called on to share their thoughts on what makes a good mystery, who they thought the unidentified narrator of the book might be, and to share general thoughts about the assigned reading. 

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Several classes wrapped up this week. Myles had one final session of Kawaii! Drawing Anime & Manga, where they drew Naruto and Bill Cypher. 

Jurassic Class: All About Dinosaurs explored herbivores and omnivores and then concluded with a look at other prehistoric creatures. 

Create Your Own Storyland Using Minecraft finished up with students sharing their creations with the class and then watching some tutorials for different buildings, like a modern house and then a haunted house for a Halloween theme. 

Where the Wild Things Are: Art classes continued to be fun, both taking on a bit of a Halloween theme as well. 

One session included a haunted house, with elements suggested by the students as they were shown technique or ideas for how to shape and create each part. 

Image of instructor’s example during class

His other class focused on a mountain landscape, also taking suggestions from the class about what to include. 

Image of landscape, as teacher starts to draw the frame of a log cabin

Let’s Learn About Science Fiction is still ongoing and focused on music this week. Myles was not impressed by the music presented, and his general commentary as he was asked to consider storytelling or how the music made him feel was, “boring, annoying, ugh, eye roll, yawn”. What can I say, when you’re obsessed with Panic! at the Disco at a young age, what else can really compare? 

I realized that I forgot to include this class last week, so I’ll add that in here. Last week’s theme was creating images and writing about them. They learned about the program Photomosh and watched tutorials about how to use its features. Myles enjoyed this creative outlet and has continued to use Photomosh beyond class. 

Image of Myles’ Photomosh creation

Finally, our one new class this week, which has quite a bit packed into the 5 sessions that take place over two weeks: Comics, Cartoons, & Concept Art.

We’ve had the benefit of learning from many instructors who bring a lifetime of experience and insight, and this experience was no exception. With a background in painting and collage art, and an interest in cartoons and comics, his instructor laid out the course content on beautiful slides, asking students if there was anything in particular they wanted her to include as well. Focus for this class included developing characters, creating the world the story takes place in, and then building out that story. 

Students were encouraged to use characters they were already interested in for inspiration and to learn to recognize the shapes they were created from so that they could replicate them. They talked about lines and shading, and they were asked to consider drawing their characters from front, side, and back views. 

Homework assigned was to draw 3 characters and a background. Myles wasn’t sure what he wanted to draw, so we looked around for inspiration as suggested, and he chose a few Hatchimals.

Image of Myles’ homework

Next week, we’ll have fewer classes, and maybe I’ll catch up on that pile! 

If you want to check out any of the classes mentioned, they’re available through Varsity Tutors. Using this link gives you 3 free hours if you choose to sign up for any paid classes (we also get 3 hours, thanks!). All of the classes mentioned have been offered as free, large group classes, and we’ve enjoyed them as they are. 

Let me know if you try any classes and what you think of them. Have I shared some ideas that have been helpful? What have been some favorite aspects of your own homeschool? 

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Homeschool Week 10 | October 5

Looking back, it seems like we must have had a very full week, but it flowed so well. I’m sure the lighter load last week helped, and it feels like we’ve found a nice balance, for now. 

We continued with art, wrapped up our history class, and dove into a couple new classes as well. 

Occasionally we wish for Hermoine’s time turner from Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban* because classes we’re interested in are offered at the same time. We had several issues with that this week, and did our best to navigate our priorities while adapting to changes. There’s a lesson in itself!

Speaking of Harry Potter, we continued listening to our current audiobook on Audible: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Book 4.* It’s over 20 hours long, so it’s going to take us a little while!

My favorites are still the illustrated copies, so I’m going to share them just in case you haven’t seen them yet: Harry Potter: The Illustrated Collection (Books 1-3 Boxed Set)* You can add the 4th book to your set here: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Illustrated Edition (Harry Potter, Book 4) (4)* These would make a great gift for a Harry Potter fan!

Myles also kept listening to Charlotte’s Web, reading along in the book (Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery))* or helping me with some tasks. He’s not one to sit still and succeeds best when engaging his brain in multiple ways at once. Once we learned this, we were able to support his needs and improve focus and restlessness.  

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Beyond my philosophy and desire to interact with my child’s learning, I knew this particular kiddo would struggle within a school setting, and I didn’t believe it in his best interest to just learn how to deal with it. When we ask kids to use all of their available energy trying to “behave properly” in order to stay out of trouble, what are we teaching and what do they have left to use to embrace their education with?

In school, my child would have a learning disability. At home, we create an environment for opportunity and growth. He isn’t disabled here. It’s almost like it’s not his fault, but a faulty system. If your child is neurotypical or loves school, that’s just as wonderful. There have to be options that work for all of us. 

I genuinely ask – if you are someone who starts to brush this off as “well your kid just needs to…”, please consider that my child as well as many others have a different neurotype. Their brains are literally wired differently, meaning they process information at a different speed and perceive incoming data through different neural pathways. 

If you’re a family with neurodiversity, you are so welcome here. I believe in working with your child’s individual gifts, supporting their struggles, and creating a whole and happy human for their future and along each step of the journey. 

Let’s get into the classes we participated in this week. Any classes I mention today or have mentioned in previous weeks have been free classes through Varsity Tutors, usually meeting 2-3 times per week over the course of 1-12 weeks. They offer paid options for smaller class sizes and more individualized support. You can get 3 free hours by using this link (we get 3 hours too, thanks!)

One of the new classes we tried, Mystery Book Club, took place at the same time as Myles’ beloved Fables and Tall Tales Class. I volunteered to listen in to the new class to see if I thought he would be interested, and to let him know when he may want to divert his attention to listen in for a bit as well. During the first session, his instructor asked questions to get a feel for their reading levels and interests, so she could narrow down which book would be the best fit for this particular class. They spent the remaining class period reading the story, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, and acting as detectives to talk through what they think may have happened. 

Myles listened in for the short story, but moved back to Fables and Tall Tales as slides for a new story appeared on his screen. This week, their meetings focused on animal stories and then mythical creatures. 

Near the end of the first class, his teacher mentioned that she teaches another class half an hour later as well. This is how we ended up removing ourselves from Inside the Brain, which Myles had previously wanted to take as a follow up to Mayim Bialik’s neuroscience class this summer and switching to Jurassic Class: All About Dinosaurs. Once his current favorite teacher, who often calls on him and encourages interaction, offered more time with her, that was a clear priority for him. Learning about neuroscience at age 7 isn’t nearly as important as feeling supported and appreciated while contributing to discussion. 

Image of Myles with former instructor Mayim Bialik

We skipped the next session of Mystery Book Club for Fables and Tall Tales, later receiving an email follow up, explaining that they had watched an animated adaptation of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (we can do that on our own!), and which book she had chosen for the class. As soon as I told Myles they were reading From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler*, he decided this class was a priority again. We read it almost exactly a year ago, by recommendation from our fantastic librarian, and he remembers it fondly. When he realized that meant giving up the last two sessions of Fables and Tall Tales, he got to experience the bittersweet feeling of choosing from two good choices.  

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In Create Your Own Storyland Using Minecraft, the instructor continued building his greek temple while answering questions from the class. Highlighting his inspiration from Hercules, one of his favorite movies, he reviewed the process of designing a story land. He asked questions for them to consider: What kind of story and narrative do you want to take place? How do you want people to feel in your story land? 

The thoughtfulness and planning encouraged in these classes will benefit students planning future projects as well. I continue to be impressed with the skills learned and concepts considered in these classes, without adding the weight (and sometimes boredom) of traditional lecture. 

Myles had his last session of Exploring the Wonders of the World on Monday. Over the last 5 weeks, this class dove into ancient civilizations, examining cultural and religious aspects that made them thrive and fall. 

He agreed that he enjoyed the class but was also pleased it was concluding. He found many topics of interest that he is likely to explore in more depth on YouTube. I keep a running list of topics we can choose from if we’re not otherwise inspired – which usually, we are since we allow space for interest instead of bogging ourselves down with a day by day scheduled curriculum. 

We continued with two sections of Where the Wild Things Are Art class since Myles has enjoyed both of his teachers and multiple opportunities to draw. His teachers seemed to switch roles this week, as the one who had been more structured last week showed more freehand sketching and the other started moving into more specific examples. The first teacher had technical difficulties that kept her from drawing as intended, so she opened up Paint, and drew suggestions from the students in the chat, showing them techniques they could use to create the desired looks. The next session focused on dinosaurs.

Image of instructor’s doodles, taking requests from the class while showing technique

 In his other class, they made a castle one day and focused on a Fall setting with pumpkins the next. 

Kawaii! Drawing Anime & Manga class started this week with one of our favorites, Totoro. Students also learned how to draw different types of eyes, and what the size and shape of the eye indicates, such as age or emotion. 

Image of instructor’s art examples, including eye types and Totoro

If you haven’t seen My Neighbor Totoro (English Language), this movie takes you on the whimsical adventures of two girls who move with their father to the countryside while their mother is in the hospital. Totoro is a lovable creature the youngest finds as she explores their new home and copes with her mother being away.

We adore so many Studio Ghibli Films. Howl’s Moving Castle (English Language)* is another fun adventure, while Ponyo (English Language)* will always be my favorite interpretation of The Little Mermaid, capturing the playful essence of childhood, while highlighting unconditional vs romantic love.

We have the Studio Ghibli Hayao Miyazaki Films Deluxe 17 Best Movie Collection English Box Set (6 DVD)* and the price has decreased considerably since we acquired these! We may even reorder to replace our few scratched discs.

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Okay, enough of my movie reviews? But! – there will be cool rainy days ahead, so having some fresh activities available for those days may help.

What are you exploring this week?

Homeschool Week 9 | September 28

We kept it light this week with a casual pace that matched our energy. 

We read a bit of the Halloween edition of Highlights for Children magazine together, and Myles told me lots of knock knock jokes and had me try a few tongue twisters from his National Geographic Joke Book.  National Geographic Kids Just Joking 4: 300 Hilarious Jokes About Everything, Including Tongue Twisters, Riddles, and More!* or you can get the full set here:National Geographic Kids Just Joking Collector’s Set (Boxed Set): 900 Hilarious Jokes About Everything*

Several weeks ago, he asked if the library had an available copy of Charlotte’s Web, and we put a hold on it. This week, it was available on audiobook as he requested, so he started listening. I caught him reading along with our copy as well. 

Myles reading along with Charlotte’s Web while listening on Libby

If you have a library card, you can use it to access written and audiobooks on Libby and Overdrive. If you’re interested in a written copy, here’s a paperback version of Charlotte’s Web (Trophy Newbery).*

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We also started a Kiwi Crate, but I’ll tell you about it when we finish next week. 

We’ve had lots of interesting classes so far. Some have been fast paced or a great introduction to things we may explore more on our own time. Some have had recurring themes that have felt like a fluid lesson being taught despite having multiple teachers and class titles. 

This week was all about fun classes, and the teachers were excellent! 

I was looking through available classes when Myles walked in the room and asked if there were Minecraft classes again. I had just opened a tab for it! 

His teacher this week had a background in business technology, engineering, and game design, giving him incredible insight on how to make this a fantastic session of Create Your Own Storyland Using Minecraft.

He has done an excellent job with instruction, encouraging forethought and good execution while teaching design skills. He showed the class the process of creation, starting with consideration for the environment and how it will feel, as well as the story it will tell. Using the movie Hercules as inspiration, he started building an ancient greek inspired temple, which Myles happily recognized from Wonders of the World, and suggested using a reference image when building. 

I’ve been curious about an art class that keeps being offered: Where The Wild Things Are: Art Camp

We signed up for two sessions to test them out and see which teacher we liked. Turns out they’re both great, and Myles insisted on staying in both. 

One of his teachers made a point to write out the letters she was going to be using and then arrange them in alphabetical order. They talked about which letter they were using to create the desired shape for each step in their drawing. 

They created cats, dogs, birds, fish, and even a unicorn!

Image of instructor’s examples

His other instructor was less structured and encouraged more freestyle and individuality. She would show her process of drawing each animal, making suggestions while encouraging them to come up with their own style.

Image of Myles drawing along in class

While I was looking at art classes, I came across Kawaii! Drawing Anime & Manga and of course, we needed to try that one! Myles first became interested in reading because of manga. 

His teacher explained that Kawaii is Japanese slang for cute, and they talked about cute characters in anime and manga, including their features and styles. 

Class started with a YouTube video of a father showing his daughter how to draw Hello Kitty, then moved on to the teacher showing a still photo with step by step directions for drawing a girl in a frog suit. We were introduced to different methods of learning to draw, and got to practice drawing many images. 

Why not draw outside? We’ve had beautiful weather!

Continuing our theme of writing, I signed us up for Let’s Learn About Science Fiction, and told Myles he could join me if he wanted. It sounded like a fun class to me, but I wasn’t sure how he would feel about a late evening class about “science fiction” when he doesn’t know the definition of it. 

Class started with a great introduction, and we dove right into watching scenes from Harry Potter. Myles was sold. They studied the introduction to one movie, and used clips from others to discuss aspects of good writing and storytelling. 

Then the teacher presented several pictures by artist, M.C. Esher, and students were encouraged to write, using pictures as inspiration if they needed an idea. He then read stories and poems shared to the group chat and gave encouraging feedback. 

We had two continuing classes this week. 

In Exploring the Wonders of the World this week, we studied Ancient China, discussing the Dragon emperor and what he was known for. They covered gods and goddesses, culture, and tradition, as well as legends and Proverbs. Then they moved on to Chinese writing and how it contributed to modern science, and ended with a virtual tour of the Forbidden City. 

Myles particularly enjoyed Fables and Tall Tales with his new teacher. She opens the class to discussion by selecting kids who have virtually raised their hands to speak. Appreciating feedback, she has learned that Myles will respond with opinion and insight, and calls on him frequently to help keep the discussion moving. They choose a different story theme each day based on suggestions from students, and she reads and discusses two or three stories from that theme each class. 

Classes mentioned are through Varsity Tutors and all of these have been free. They do offer tutoring and smaller group classes for more personalization. Our link provides three free hours.

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