Greetings. I couldn’t think of a snappy title to lure any and all into this posting. Well, you are here! Welcome! Here is our update from last night:
STORIES AND STUDIES –
India: We have completed our unit on early 20th century India. We finished the novel, “All My Noble Dreams and Then What Happens” by Gloria Whelan – a captivating read with interesting historical information and a wonderful point of view. I do think there is a disconnect between the story and the title, but nobody is asking me. We finished our unit on Mohandas Gandhi (maybe one of our best units ever). I am so impressed with the DK Eyewitness book on Gandhi: OUTSTANDING research and well organized. I am still trying to find a poster of Gandhi that I like…am thinking about having a print shop make up a poster sized copy of the DK book cover. Hope this is legal.
Explorers: Last night we read about Hernando Cortes, and we learned the difference between an explorer and a conqueror. Suffice it to say, we won’t be searching high and low for a poster of this MEAN man.
Le Fictitious Local Café story problem: The 3 cooks and 4 waitresses at “Le Fictitious Local Café” need new aprons. Aprons for the cooks cost $8 each, and each cook needs 3 (so there will always be a clean one to put on). The waitresses all want aprons with cute rickrack stitched on, and these are available for $15 each. Each waitress needs 2 aprons. How much will the owner of the café need to shell out to provide aprons for his staff?
Classical Music: It was VIRTUOSO NIGHT again, starring violinist Itzhak Perlman!
- Humoresque, by Antonin Dvorak. Until you’ve heard this piece conducted by Seiji Ozawa, featuring Perlman on violin and Yo-Yo Ma on cello, you have not heard the potential of this composition. BTW, a “humoresque” was a genre of music in the 1800s that suggested a fanciful, sweet mood.
- Out of Africa, the title music, by John Barry, composed in 1985. Itzhak Perlman’s solos break your heart.
- Violin Concerto in E Minor, movement 3, by Felix Mendelssohn. This video (linked below – my FIRST youtube link BTW!) is not the crispest, but who cares? We LOVE it! Perlman knows this piece backwards and forwards and upside down. We have watched this at least 10 times. It is the perfect background music for a cat stalking a mouse.
Welcome to the best part of my day!
– Jane BH