We at Urban Homeschoolers are very excited to be offering a special 10-week multi-age elementary learning block taught by Julie Leary on Tuesdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm beginning Tuesday, October 4th. This unique homeschool block will be held outdoors at the Studio City Unitarian Universalist Church playground located at 12355 Moorpark Street, Studio City. You can visit www.uustudiocity.org to see more about the location. This charming tree-shaded location has been home to many homeschool events over the last ten years. They are a tried and true, open-minded, and caring community and familiar with our homeschooling philosophies.

Block 1 – Artists and Their Impact 9:00-9:50 followed by a 10-minute break

These in-depth artist studies will include: artist biographies, their work, their culture, and surrounding environment, pertinent vocabulary, and how their work helped shape the world around them as well as served as an expression of any environmental or political events of the time. Each artist unit is built as a 4-week study.

Weeks 1 – 5 : Beatrix Potter’s Enchanted Nature

Week 1 – Who is Beatrix Potter? Artist, Naturalist, Conservationist, and Philanthropist

Week 2 – An in-depth look at Beatrix Potter THE ARTIST. Here we will focus on her art style, the art movements she was influenced by, and the flora and fauna she considered her muse.

Week 3 – Beatrix Potter and the world around her. Here we will discuss the Victorian Era, the Lake District, and the historical fashion elements found in her characters.

Week 4 and 5 – Beatrix Potter – a final review and Project.

Students will take the week’s assignments and put them all together to create their own illustrated stories filled with natural wonder and characters inspired by the works of Potter. This final project may extend an additional week or two so as not to rush students but instead allow them to enjoy the process of storytelling and illustration.

Week 6 – 10 Faith Ringgold and her Quilts that Tell Stories

Week 6 – A brief introduction to Faith Ringgold with a focus on the brilliance and breathtaking artistry of her quilts. Students will discuss how a quilt can tell a story.

Week 7 – A proper introduction to Faith Ringgold and the influences growing up in Harlem had on her art. We will also discuss the historical significance of the quilt.

Week 8 – Art is connected to everything. This week highlights the golden age in African American culture and the Harlem Renaissance.

Week 9 – Can art change the world? Faith Ringgold was an artist and activist. She used her art to help viewers see things from a new perspective and showed “big art” that it was time to include more diversity in the artists represented.

Week 10 – Throughout this unit students will be working on their own story quilt ( a paper/posterboard/painted quilt) I hope for projects to be completed by the end of this week.

Remaining weeks of the semester ( depending on the pace of the previous unit studies) we will start discussing artist Tarsila do Amaral and her Brazilian Modernism.

Block 2 – US History: Life in the Colonies leading up to the American Revolution 10:00 – 10:50 followed by a 10-minute snack break

All topics will include story and discussion, geography, student question and opinion time, a journal entry of a “day in the life of a child”, and an art project.

Week 1 – 2: The Mysteries of Roanoke

Week 3 – 4: Jamestown – the good, the bad, and the ugly

Week 5 – 6: Plymouth – freedom of religion and the difficulty reaching it

Week 7 – 8: The Northern Colonies

Week 9 – 10: The Middle Colonies

Week 11 – 12: The Southern Colonies

Block 3 – Project Based Literature 11:00 – 11:50 followed by 10 minutes of playtime before pick up at 12:00 pm.

Each novel will be read aloud by Julie to focus on students’ listening and comprehension skills. Each week will include vocabulary, character analysis, story elements, extended learning of specific story notations, and an art or project tie-in.

Novel 1 – Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren

Novel 2 – Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Novel 3 – Number the Stars by Lois Lowry (depending on pacing)