Knowing that the pace of school-life would pick up as soon as we got back in swing after our leisurely spring break, I spent a couple hours in the classroom on Sunday putting up a chalkboard drawing. Though drawing has often been a struggle for me, I’m pretty happy with how this turned out.
I’m using one of my favorite resources to teach this block — The World of Walls by Polly Schoyer Brooks. It’s a great book full of Middle Ages biographies, but it is long out of print and sells for $1700 on Amazon (makes me wonder if I should sell my copy!) If you can somehow get your hands on a copy of this book, grab it! Update! It is available (not in the edition I own, but still, the stories are great!) Check out this Amazon link to get it!
This week we learned about St. Benedict and Gregory the Great. Next week we’re on to Charlemagne and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Good stuff!
We’re also in the midst of our play — Robin Hood. We don’t have a dedicated play block, which makes me a little nervous that we won’t have enough time to practice, but it will help us avoid losing focus with the spring. We have lots of activities ahead of us before the close of the year, but it promises to be good, fun stuff. I’ll do my best to keep you posted.
I’m also thinking a lot about 7th grade. It’s been a while since I taught that curriculum, but I’m up to the challenge and looking forward to entering the Renaissance with this vibrant group! Our team of middle school teachers is coming together to create a really exciting, enriching middle school experience that promises to bring a fresh, modern perspective to the Waldorf middle school. Creative juices are flowing!