Zoo boy drew the same theme. For some reason he's been coloring in the background of all of his drawings with a black stick crayon before starting his drawing. I asked him about this, and he told me it was gray, not black, but couldn't give me a reason why. I'm interested to see where this might be going, so I'll keep an eye on it.
Our chapter summary, written by J.
Zoo Boy's abbreviated chapter summary. He's finally starting to inject a few lower-case letters into his writing.
The boys work on mashing some millet so we could make millet cakes like Malidoma's mother made in the first chapter.
Munching on millet cakes. Neither of them were particularly thrilled with them (and I don't blame them, they're pretty bland), but both of them ate more than one bite. They were both very interested in eating what Malidoma ate.
This week we also began learning a cultural dance -- in this case the "Gahu", which originated in Benin. We are using an instructional DVD called "Traditional Dances of Ghana", by Nana Yaw Koranteng and the Aziza Music and Dance Ensemble. J and I are loving it, Zoo Boy is choosing alternate exercise during that time frame, although he enjoys watching the group dance with us. There are 4 dances on the DVD, we're going to switch dances every 2 weeks so that we can learn them all. We're just getting the hang of the "Gahu" after a week's work with it, so next week we'll just enjoy actually knowing what we're doing while we dance!
My story drawing, of Malidoma waiting outside of his Grandfather's quarters while he is counseling another village member.
We did run into one speed bump during our work this week. J suddenly realized that Malidoma Some is a real person (he saw the photo of him on the back of the book that I am reading, Of Water and the Spirit, written by Malidoma Patrice Some), and for some reason he found this very upsetting. Best as I can figure, based on how he tried to explain it to me, he assumed that all of the stories we read are fiction and was just shocked to find out that some are real-er than others. We talked about St. Francis and Laura Ingalls Wilder, and he seems to have adjusted to it now. But we had some moments of distress over this initially. It made me a little uneasy about reading some of the further chapters in the Malidoma Some story, as there is quite a bit of strife and struggling there, but so far he's been OK with it (sad where appropriate, but not that over-the-top reaction that concerned me).
We're finishing up work with the 2nd chapter today and will be continuing our work with this sage story next week.