Day 120
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Home Educaton Program

Day 120

Good Morning! Hope you had a fun St. Patrick"s Day Grandma does not have much to give you for today. A reminder for getting tasks accomplished, Childrobotics done, Physical Education covered through dance,  health learning or something physical. Work on language sometime today along with Math in gold buckets or clovers, Family scrapbooks, yearbooks, writing, journals, assignments, and  newspapers.

In our Calendar History Book (1) Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th president of the United States, celebrated his birthday because he was born in 1837 on the 18th of March.

Rudolf Diesel, German inventor, was born in 1858 on the 18th of March.

An event in March 18th of 1865 happened in which The Congress of the Confederate States of America adjourned for the last time.

Then on March 18th in 1900 John Luther "Casey" Jones, Illinois Central engineer on the Chicago-New Orleans run, was killed when his train crashed into another train. Therefore, it is Casey Jones Day,

Space Walk Day (which I would talk to the children about). For those who do not know the Astronauts were able to walk out in space attached with their hoses on their space suits. At that time was very miraculous, still is today.

 It is also IBU AFO Festival in Nigeria (which Grandma will try to find something about).

 It is also National Energy Education Day which Book (1) says, "Find out what your
(children) know about the amount and types of energy being used in the United States each day. For
example, can they name at least two fossil fuels? (These include petroleum, natural gas, and coal.) Which energy sources are renewable? (Wind, geothermal, solar, hydro.) What is the most plentiful energy source in the United States? (Coal.) (Which is the worst fuel made on our earth for the environment) Have the (children) research these and other energy issues, then design a 10-question quiz (with answer key) to keep in family records."

Read one Chinese book given in Book (6) of Grandma's. It's name is "Liang and the Magic Paintbrush by Demi (Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1980,32pp)
 Liang, a Chinese boy from long ago, longs to paint, but cannot afford to buy a paintbrush. Then, mysteriously, Liang comes to own a magical paintbrush that brings to life the subject of his paintings! Liang guards the paintbrush's magic until, by accident, the evil emperor learns of the brush's magic and tries to seize it for himself. This old folktale ends on a satisfying note when Liang and his magic paintbrush manage to outsmart the greedy emperor."
Before Reading
  • "Have the (children) look at the cover of the book. What about the cover suggests that the story comes from China? What about the cover makes us want to read (or reject) the book?
After Reading
  • Ask the children how this story reminds them of another book they have read, namely, Eyes of the Dragon by Margaret Leaf (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1987). (If students have not heard this book to date, this is a perfect time to introduce it, as there are many parallels in theme and storyline.)
Follow-up Activities
"Text and Illustration Cues
What about the book's illustrations suggests this is a story from China? Do the students believe the story takes place in modern times or long ago? How do they know? Have students examine the story text and illustrations to discover which elements seem to be particular to the Chinese culture, and which elements suggest a story of long ago. Do any elements belong in both categories? Record these on the bulleting board, notebooks, or posters or chart pad paper. 
Examining and Imitating Chinese Art
Liang and the Magic Paintbrush is illustrated with very fine line drawings typical of some forms of Chinese art. (Grandma is giving a second link you may like.) Have (the children) notice the fine detail featured in each of the illustrations. In order to provide (them) with examples of Chinese art work resembling those presented in the book, visit the library to borrow books featuring collections of traditional Chinese art works. (Which we have the videos from Youtube to help us.) Then,  provide (the children) with paper and fine line black markers, watercolor paints, and (if possible) a supply of Chinese rice paper (available in a variety of grades from art supply stores). Have the children paint illustrations or designs on the paper. (Students may refer to Liang and the Magic Paintbrush for illustration inspiration.) When the paintings are dry, have the students outline and detail their drawings with the markers. Display outlined and detailed paintings on a bulletin board, poster or an area titled,"Chinese Rice Paper Paintings and Drawings." Or, glue paintings to oak tag and fold twice to create mini free-standing folding dividers which may be displayed on a table in the (house).
"If I Had a Magic Paintbrush... "
 Liang is lucky enough to own a magic paintbrush, but quickly learns he must act responsibly for what he brings to life. (Give the children plain paper.) Have (the children) use the top half of the page to draw or paint what they would paint if they owned a magic paintbrush. Then, have (the children) use the bottom half of the page to draw or paint what would happen (good or bad) if the subject of the painting came to life. Encourage (the children) to label their illustrations. (The Children) may repeat the activity as often as they like. Staple (the children's) collections together between construction paper covers to create "(The child's name) and the Magic Paintbrush" booklets.
For the next book we will read tomorrow. There is a a Follow-Up Activity for Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Tale from China in which Ed Young's illustrations feature contemporary water colors and pastels on ancient Chinese panel art. Ask the (children) to comment on the effectiveness of combining these techniques--what  feelings do Young's illustrations evoke?...list...reasons why the illustrations in Lon Po Po are especially scary (e.g., part of almost each illustration is hidden, the illustrator uses lots of dark colors, the eyes in the pictures look frightful or scary, etc.). Suggest that (the children) try their hands at panel art. Have students use watercolors to paint a picture on a large piece of construction paper(or on pieces of Chinese rice paper available in art supply stores). When they dry, cut the pictures into three or four vertical panels of equal size. Mount each panel on a contrasting construction paper mat slightly larger in size than the painted panel. Mount the matted panels on a larger piece of construction paper or craft paper cut to size. Display in a large area (such as a hallway)""                                                                                                                                                                                         

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