Friday, January 20, 2012

Unschooling...



I love how my kids learn. They are totally engaged in their studies. Sitting around together with iPads and laptops looking up anything that strikes their fancy. We all love the show Grimm with its lush Portland landscape and the re-interpretation of Grimm's fairytales, of which we were huge fans already. They found a piece of classical music through one episode (not the first time that has happened-inspiration can come from anyplace), turns out the piece is called Danse Macabre by French composer Camille Saint-Saëns, (my son Lars puts his iPad up to his chin pretending to play the piece on his "violin") then they found out there are paintings by the same name, one painted by German painter and print maker Michael Wohlgemuth, now this led them to find out that he painted a picture of Pontius Pilate washing his hands, which in turn led me to tell them that Pontius Pilate was the man who authorized Jesus' crucifixion. They've only been awake for 30 minutes!!!! Now, they're making breakfast and having discussions about what they learned (on their own by the way).

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