Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Clown of God

One of our more recent rows (and our second of three in our study of Italy) was The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola.  It is a beautiful read!  Amazon's synopsis of it reads, "In this retelling of the old French legend, a juggler offers to the Christ Child the only Christmas gift he has."  Maggie and I were both so touched by this story.  I even plan to read it to my Sunday School class this Christmas.

This story takes place in Sorrento, Italy, so after we colored our story disk, we placed it over Italy on our world map.
In our ongoing study of Italy, we completed a second page about the country out of our Maps To Color and Learn: Europe coloring book and set it aside for our Italy lapbook.
Next, we completed the pages about Italy out of our Understanding Text: Passports workbook.
These, too, we set aside for our lapbook.
We discussed the Italian language while she did the last worksheet, then completed the printables with Italian words we found at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/clown_of_god.php.  (We added words we found when we rowed Papa Piccolo and from Madeline and the Cats of Rome, too.)  This was placed in her lapbook as well.
The Clown of God was set in the Renaissance period.  We learned a lot about the Renaissance when we rowed The Duchess Bakes a Cake (http://homeschoolingmom2mags.blogspot.com/2015/10/the-duchess-bakes-cake.html), but we reviewed that time period in The Usborne Encyclopedia of World History (pages 284-287).
We then went on to discuss other themes in the book: orphans, the elderly, and thankfulness.  I challenged her to make a list of things she was thankful for in this cross template, found at https://www.eggloentertainment.com/fall-cross-craft-for-kids/.
You just can't do rows based in Italy without food.  We decided to do the two recipes for this book out of The Five in a Row Cookbook, "Minestrone Soup" and "Parmesan Bread."
Mags loved helping with the soup!  Here she is, ready to drop the bay leaf in!
Our bread came out beautiful!
Our soup!
Dinner!
Giovanni was a juggler.  We talked about juggling, then watched this fun video of some talented jugglers at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPv2NuDTuYI.
As a child, Giovanni juggled produce.  I challenged Maggie to have her hand at these cucumbers!
 She tried!
 In this book, dePaola used many different styles of trees in his illustrations.
I challenged Maggie to illustrate three different types of trees on her paper, too.
 For a fun art activity, we decided to make the "stained glass" cross we found at http://www.momontimeout.com/2012/03/stained-glass-cross-easter-craft/.  Here, Mags is placing bits of colored tissue paper on wax paper covered in glue.
Once the paper was covered on one half, we put glue on the other half and sandwiched them together.  The glue took overnight to dry.
 Once dry, we cut it out in a cross shape, outlined by black cardstock that we cut to fit around it, and hung it in the window.  (We didn't mean to make the arms of the cross so skinny.  Oops.)
Finally, we decided to make the "stained glass" cookies from the recipe at http://www.homeschoolshare.com/clown_of_god.php.  We chose a star, a heart, and a flower for our cookies.
 Ready for the oven!
 The inside "window" is made from crushed Lifesavers!
 Just baked!
 Love it!
So pretty!
Our last row for our study of Italy (which will be posted today, too) was Little Nino's Pizzeria (Volume 3).  It was at the end of that row that we finished our Italy lapbook.  Watch for that post!

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