Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Brer Rabbit's house

First a warning: we're picking up the pace a bit with our curriculum work, so the posts are bound to be coming sort of fast and furious. Assuming I actually keep up with things, anyway....

I also decided that we need bigger pictures for these more detailed drawings. So you'll have to live with the new format.

As I mentioned yesterday, we're at the start of an African American cultural block, and we're starting with Trickster tales from that culture, which consist of Uncle Remus style stories, presented by Enki Education. The boys, having never heard Uncle Remus, are completely enthralled and can't stop re-enacting the events from the stories. Our first story was "Brer Rabbit's House," where that clever trickster, Brer Rabbit, tricked the other animals into doing all the work to build a community house, then further tricked them all into leaving him as the only resident. J (drawing above) drew Brer Rabbit tricking the other residents into thinking all that water he was spilling down the stairs was spit from a chaw of tobacco.

Zoo Boy (drawing above) drew all 3 of Brer Rabbits tricks -- shooting a shotgun (and telling the animals that was just the noise he made when he sat down); shooting off a cannon (and telling them that was his sneeze); and of course the water/spit trick.

My drawing (above), showing the first part of the story, where Brer Rabbit tricked all the other animals into doing all the work by spending his entire time measuring and marking everything.

When we got done with the drawings, J declared this to be the best year of homeschooling ever. Zoo Boy asked again and again all morning for another Brer Rabbit story. Needless to say, when it was finally story time, he was not disappointed.


dongdong said...

Same Here. Although I have trouble coming up with the drawing- esp. the animals.

What's your trick with yellow? Ours don't show very well and is the most used.

Harvest Moon said...

The yellow comes through stronger in the photos of the drawings than on the drawings themselves. But I've found that adequate lighting while we're drawing is the most important, otherwise the kids have trouble even seeing the yellow that they've applied. Natural lighting is definitely best, so our work table (which is also our dining room table ;) is next to our sliding glass doors so that there is plenty of natural light. It's still a little challenging on a dark stormy day.