History & Humanities: Middle Ages, Renaissance & Reformation
Description: Building on the foundation of this year's study of the ancients, our journey continues into the medieval world of thought, through the Renaissance and Reformation. We will befriend Boethius, Dante, Aquinas, Erasmus, Petrarch, Bacon, Chaucer, Calvin, Luther, Machiavelli, Shakespeare and more. We will journey with knights and vikings, kings and popes, saints and martyrs, poets and artists. History, literature, philosophy, theology, church history and art come together for a delightful feast of western civilization. "A pageant of history..." ~ C.M.
Inspired by Charlotte Mason, our curriculum was custom created for this class, by the instructor and the grader, who is a CM grad. It brings together living books, poetry, source documents, treaties and writings, with picture study woven throughout. Daily written narrations solidify learning and keep writing skills fresh. Weekly dictation quizzes from challenging passages advance grammar, spelling and vocabulary skills. Writing and composition skills are reviewed and sharpened with research papers and essays. Artist and picture study complete our class time each Friday. The habit of attention is practiced by spreading out readings, and breaking up class time into short lessons, punctuated by oral narrations.
Homework expectations: 1.5-2 hours daily: Readings, written narrations, timeline entries in book of centuries, dictation quiz review. Rounding out at-home work are writing papers, preparing for oral narrations, speeches and spring debate. Exams are given quarterly. Middle schoolers' expectations and grading are individually customized.
Instructor: Valerie Bishop
Description: During Fall semester, students will read aloud through an entire play, immersing themselves in the rich language, and discussing characters and themes. In the Spring, it's stage time! Students will work together as a team rehearsing, memorizing, and learning theater skills. Rehearsals will increase from biweekly to nightly in May, with costumes and props. Students will perform a 45 minute play at the Family Showcase.
Great care is taken to make this timeless literature accessible and enjoyable to younger audiences. We are passionate about minimizing mature references, while preserving the beauty, depth and playful humor of the Bard. The spirit of the classroom also reflects this balance, with instructors keeping discussion pointed towards the good and the beautiful.
Homework expectation: Fall: none. Spring: 1 hour a week. Two weeks in May prior to production: daily or nightly dress rehearsals.
Curriculum: John Muir Laws, various
Homework expectation: occasional; optional
Description: A variety of techniques and mediums will be covered this year. Sketching techniques, still life drawings, dry brush, oil and pastel paintings and watercolor will be explored.
Students' work will be displayed at the end of year Family Showcase.