Wednesday, January 05, 2011

::Unsavoury Characters & Turkish Rondos::

We have been back to school for a few days now. I hit another wall over the holidays, but have since come over/under/ around it.

Here are some of the things Cae and I took a peek at this week:

Cartier has proven to be an unsavoury character. I vaguely remember his people-stealing ways from high school, but had very little room in my heart to care. Now, as I read of his nasty dealings with Canada's earliest inhabitants, I feel ill-will towards him and his legacy.

C.S. Lewis has captivated Kate and I, not with his books, but with his life. We have watched two biographies, and been deeply moved.

Elijah was my star pupil for this hands-on bridge-building activity. In fact, Caelah was a no-show!

::Burkina Faso::


Ghana was located between gold-fields and trade routes. It became known as the "Gold Coast" as it became rich from trading. Traders would travel across the desert in huge groups. Hundreds of camels would stretch out in a long line.

::The End: Greek & Roman Conquest::
{330 BC~30BC}

Our studies of Ancient Egypt's history is coming to an end, as the Greeks and Romans move in. From here on in we will be focusing in on the daily life of Ancient Egyptians.

::Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart::

Caelah tucked herself into the back room and listened to this set of CD's for hours. I was drawn in, myself. It tells of Mozart's life, from birth to death. Remarkable stuff. We focused on the Turkish Rondo this week. She was able to pick out the repeating melody. We found a video of a tiny girl playing this challenging piece. Cae couldn't et enough of it.

Chapter 28~32

Rossetti was a fiery little girl, who was expected to do great things. When her father fell ill it was her responsibility to care for him, and the experience of nursing him took the fire right out of her. She became sombre and withdrawn. She never recovered her zeal for life. She did, however, begin to nurture a zeal for God. Her devotion was so great that, though proposed to twice, she declined both men. They didn't seem to capture her the way Christ did.

"Can anything be sadder than work left unfinished? Yes, work never begun."

What are heavy? Sea-sand and sorrow:
What are brief? To-day and to-morrow:
What are frail? Spring blossoms and youth:
What are deep? The ocean and truth.

~Jo's Favourite~

What does the bee do?
Bring home honey.
And what does Father do?
Bring home money.
And what does Mother do?
Lay out the money.
And what does baby do?
Eat up the honey.

~Cae's Favourite~