Saturday, October 18, 2014

Beginning of 2014 School Year

We didn't start this year until after Labor Day, and began the year with a review of our last topical area from last year:  The Renaissance and Reformation.

I asked my student to review SOTW chs. 36 and 37, which cover those topics.

Additional books regarding Renaissance artists/scientists:

Andronik, Catherine M. Copernicus : founder of modern astronomy. Berkeley Heights, NJ : Enslow Publishers, c2002. 
Anholt, Laurence. Leonardo and the flying boy : a story about Leonardo da Vinci. Hauppauge, N.Y. : Barron's, 2000. (simple, but perhaps fun....)
Burch, Joann Johansen. Fine print : a story about Johann Gutenberg. Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Books, c1991. 
Fine Print
Connolly, Sean. Leonardo da Vinci. Des Plaines, Ill. : Heinemann Library, c2000. 
Fritz, Jean. Leonardo's horse. New York : Putnam's, c2001. 
Hightower, Paul. Galileo : astronomer and physicist. Springfield, NJ : Enslow Publishers, c1997.
Macdonald, Wendy. Galileo's leaning tower experiment : a science adventure. Watertown, MA : Charlesbridge, c2009. 
Mayhew, James. Katie and the Mona Lisa. New York : Orchard Books, 1999. (simple, but perhaps fun....)
Mitton, Jacqueline. Galileo : scientist and stargazer. Oxford ;: Oxford University Press, 1997. 
Mühlberger, Richard. What makes a Rembrandt a Rembrandt?. New York : Viking, 1993. 
Richmond, Robin. Introducing Michelangelo. Boston : Little, Brown, 1992. 
Sís, Peter. Starry messenger : a book depicting the life of a famous scientist, mathematician, astronomer, philosopher, physicist, Galileo Galilei. New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 1996.
Stanley, Diane. Leonardo da Vinci. New York : Morrow Junior Books, 1996. 
Stanley, Diane. Michelangelo. New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c2000. 
Visconti, Guido. The genius of Leonardo. New York : Barefoot Books, c2000.
The Genius of Leonardo
I reviewed a little from the end of the year last year, and gave my student a Mayan excavation kit left over from my days of homeschooling with my boys.  I don't see anything like it online at the moment, but I think I have seen similar kits at places such as Hobby Lobby.  Here are a couple of kits I do see that are related:
Rainbow Resource Center actually has a bunch of these!
I also gave him a Da Vinci Kit:
He built the model that was included in it and we are going to use the timeline to add to his timeline for the year.
There are many kits of models of various inventions of da Vinci that may be purchased from various sources.  I see that RRC carries this one, as well: 
Sometimes Barnes and Noble or even Half Price Books will have such kits for a great price!  I think that I never paid more than $10 for any of mine and we used them for years!

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