Monday, 27 May 2013

Express Yourself

On Sunday, my family and I toured a number of artist studios and had a chance to meet and speak with several artists. Each visit was a unique opportunity to learn. From witnessing Ocean Jasper ( a rock off the coast of Madagascar) ground and polished into jewelery through exploring the ironic beauty of devore, or fabric burn, to experiencing the making of an encaustic painting, each artist shared their trade with creative enthusiasm. As a challenge for June students: consider creating a new, never before tried work of art! I say this because ending our tour I was left with several feelings but one overwhelming conclusion: regardless your age or medium, it’s good to express yourself!

Monday, 20 May 2013

Field Trips and Learning

Today I will tell you about one of my mom's amazing field trips she organized! We went to the Kelowna Museum with another Youlearn parent and a lot more homeschool families. We all met up at the first exhibit where the large black bear is at the front door. Some home schoolers and I met the teacher named Jen and the other group of kids aged 9-13. The whole group headed downstairs to the classroom, and we learned all about the first nations of the Okanogan, the men and women's jobs and about the life size small version of a pithouse, that we got to go inside of. The aboriginal mens’ jobs were maintaining the camps, making the teepees and helping fellow families build their winter pit houses. Men were the hunters and fishers, and they caught everything from rabbit to elk. Another job the men had around camp was making weapons like bows, arrows, knives, and a hammer like objects for grinding. It took a long time making all the weapons because the men chipped stone to get the shapes. I thought this was a very interesting part of the trip, because we got to hold and feel the tools that the First Nations’ People made! The women's jobs were cooking, and often more mellow and did not need as much physical strength. Most women made baskets out of cedar (because cedar baskets can hold water), and clothes out of animal hide. They also dried the hide for the clothes and put deer brains on it so it soften up. The women's jobs were equally as hard just in different way. I felt good knowing that I hunt with my Dad and Grandpa, to provide food for our family! The pit houses were ideal for shelter and warmth in the winter, and took about 6 months to build. The pit houses were traditionally built about 8 feet underground, and had a ladder onto the roof (the fire pit is under the ladder and to the side 2 feet) for the men to use, and a tunnel out for the children and the wives. The first nations people would build a new pithouse every 25-30 years. I love my mom’s field trips, and especially that one, and I suggest you visit the Kelowna Museum some time soon!
~ Liam, gr. 7

Monday, 13 May 2013

My Two Years

For two years I have been homeschool and it was an interesting time. With all of the events it was difficult to be bored, whether it was skiing, skating, curling, or swimming. I never really had a chance to be bored. Though homeschooling didn't make me the most "social" person, it certainly didn't limit me, and it gave me plenty of opportunities to make a lot of good friends, and meet a lot of new people with similar interests as me. Overall, it was the best two years of school to date. I had a chance to do so many things I would never have had the chance to do in regular schooling and I loved learning things like Spanish and bagpipes! Though I am now going back into public school. I will never forget YouLearn and all the great things it has done for me! Thank you.

~ Cole

Monday, 6 May 2013

Time to Ring!

I am part of the Swingin’ Bronze, which is Oliver’s youth handbell group. This week we performed three concerts. We played at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, McKinney Place, and Sunnybank. I enjoy seeing the happiness on the residents’ faces while we play. I can see them tapping and hear them humming to the music.

~ Kelan, grade 5