France and Italy for Kids

We’re lucky enough to have a well stocked library with an updated collection, but when they don’t have what we need, we listen on epic, youtube, or purchase our spines and other long lasting books from amazon. Thriftbooks is also an option, but amazon is super competitive in pricing and tends to be more likely to have things in stock.

With a history of famous artists and the year of enlightenment, we stumbled into a week overflowing with artists and the use of simple machines, so this week was heavy in the realm of art and science.

S4P3. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information about the relationship between balanced and unbalanced forces.
a.Plan and carry out an investigation on the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on an object and communicate the results.
b.Construct an argument to support the claim that gravitational force affects the motion of an object.
c.Ask questions to identify and explain the uses of simple machines (lever, pulley, wedge, inclined plane, wheel and axle, and screw) and how forces are changed when simple machines are used to complete tasks.(Clarification statement:The use of mathematical formulas is not expected.)

  1. Media:
    1. Mystery Science: Forces
      1. Tug of War
      2. Slides
      3. Roller coaster videos and create a roller coaster challenge
  2. Hands on:
    1. Simple machines with Kiwi Co (arcade game, disc shooter, ec )
    2. Draw simple machines that you see in everyday life. Then use simple machines to complete a task (compare with and without).
    3. Read about Davinci (Neo Leo) and discuss the idea of things that stop us from succeeding and how we build on others ideas to reach success.
    4. Gravity Maze a fun game to challenge your child to build a maze while using gravity to move the ball from start to finish
    5. Create a roller coaster using a pool noodle. Provide challenges such as create a roller coaster with one hill, two hills, a taller 2nd hill, a taller 1st hill, etc. Make sure you have a way to “end” your roller coaster so the marble doesn’t fly off the end. Feel free to include challenges by changing the ball (wooden, large, small, glass marble, etc). This is a wonderful challenge to encourage the idea of design, test, and revise. There will be failures. Take the time to talk about why things worked AND why they did NOT. Need a little more guidance, look here.
  3. Books: 
    1. Neo Leo (all about Davinci’s ideas that led to modern technology. Also includes “code” that Davinci used to write in)
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We decided to dive in deep with this one and studied a wide variety of artists and styles. We read countless books, watch videos, mimicked originals, tested new styles, and then compiled it all together to create our own “art museum” complete with hor ‘uerves and desserts from France and Italy. We invited friends to join us by contributing a food item, beverage, or art piece and then invited the families to join us for a night of art, food, and music. The artists created self portraits and biographies so they could be properly introduced before our guests toured the “museum”.

There are so many artists to choose from so take longer and go deeper, but for now these are a few that we studied; Michaelangelo, Leonardo Davinci, Henri Matisse, Claude Monet, and Artemisla Gentileschi with focus on Renaissance art , impressionism, and

  1. Media:
    1. Art with Mati & Dada cartoon series features many artists in a format great for kids
    2. Tate Kids art films for kids, such as What do Henri Matisse’s collages mean?
  2. Books:
    1. Use books by Eric Carle to discuss the similarities between his work and Matisse, as he was an inspiration for much of his art. Great time to discuss how we can use the ideas of others to create our own style.
  3. Hands on (Inspiration)
    1. Mona Lisa spinoff, use the template to help students create their own Mona Lisa without the intimidation of starting from scratch
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