Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Teachable Moments

The boys and I were at the Statehouse today to advocate for a pro-homeschooling piece of legislation that was to be voted on today. We went for the pre-meeting rally with about 200 other homeschoolers asking for the return of our liberty. [Side note: we didn't get what we wanted, but November "House cleaning" is coming]

Two weeks ago, this wouldn't have even registered on my boys' radar, but since we were reading and learning about ancient Greek architecture -- we've learned about dull Doric columns, interesting Ionic, and crazy Corinthian.

While leaving out of the Statehouse's west entrance, we noticed some columns-- actually lots of columns on the three buildings within our site -- and each type of column was represented. Since this is Ben's second time through Greek architecture, I wasn't surprised that he was able to pick up on the styles so quickly, but I was tickled pink to see Luke so excited to spy each of the styles!

If your education lacked a study of the styles of Greek columns -- as mine did --, here's an e asy reference:

Look at the tops -- or capitals -- of the columns. On the far left is dull Doric -- no special decoration. In the middle is interesting Ionic -- see the two curls on each side of the column? Sometimes there are little rosettes instead of curly cues. Then on the right is crazy Corinthian -- these were not really found on the Greek peninsula nor in the islands around Greece. The craziness is composed of carved leaves -- usually acanthus leaves. The Romans really liked these -- and embellished them even more on their building facades.

Lukie was so excited to see these styles, he even used his own camera to take pictures of them. Ahhh. I love homeschooling.

Now the fun begins -- as we vacation this summer, we can play I Spy and hunt out columns on all the beautiful buildings we'll see.


10 comments:

Masters Family said...

Very cool! You are such a great mom and teacher. :) Love hearing about your homeschooling adventures.

Kimberly, TOS Crew said...

Do you use the Structural Block sets too? We love creating Greek & Roman colosseums and strucures with ours :)

alecat said...

Hi Alane,
I'm visiting you via the TOS crew.
I had a huge smile reading this post, as my 8yr old daughter has been absolutely taken with this knowledge and is pointing out columns everywhere we go. Actually, I wrote a blog entry about it a few weeks ago: http://serenadesandsolace.blogspot.com/2010/05/architecture-in-melbourne.html
I'll have to tell her that there are others who share her enthusiasm for architecture.
Catherine (aka alecat)

Melissa said...

That is so cool!! My education is lacking in the Greek columns and I love learning something new! Thank you!

Berry Patch said...

Cool! I love teachable moments like this - especially when we aren't looking for them!

Debra said...

I thought I commented on this post when you posted it :)

My kids love checking out columns too, which sometimes is a lot of fun. Sometimes I just want to MOVE ON...

Jenni said...

I think having your kids there to witness the battle for homeschooling liberty is a great way to help them not to take their rights for granted. Icing on the cake that they were so interested in the columns. Maybe that association will help the whole package to stick. :)

Apryl said...

That's so cool. I love looking at architecture, and I wonder if my girls would have noticed that. I'm looking forward to studying ancient history next year and diving into the Greeks!

6intow said...

Love when learning and life collide. Even if things didn't work how you wanted, what a great experience to be there
~Erin

Jamie said...

Thank you for our teachable moment! My son, 12 (who is a history buff) saw the columns on the screen and walked over and gave me quite a lesson in Greek architecture. I had no clue he knew so much about the subject!! Lesson learned! LOL