I am hesitant to divulge everything I have planned because all of our activities phase in over the next few weeks and I don’t want to say what a great thing this is or how wonderful that is until I know for sure that it actually is. It is one thing to make up a list of curriculum and classes, but quite another to put it into action.
What looks great on paper or in a course description can differ dramatically in reality. While I am excited for these classes to start, I have learned to hold my breath and patiently wait before making public declarations of wonderfulness.
This said, a few of the things we have begun are working wonderfully. We begin each day with CNN Student News.
This is what we do:
- After each segment we pause and record it in our journal. This can be just a sentence or phrase like “crisis in Syria” or “high levels of radiation at nuclear plant in Japan”.
- Occasionally we compare news stories reported on different media outlets to show bias in reporting.
- Occasionally I solicit opinions from family members on news stories to demonstrate how opinions, philosophical and political beliefs can affect interpretation of news.
- We subscribe to World Magazine (both adult and middle school editions). I felt that if we were going to watch news and be fed biased reporting, we might as well temper that with our own philosophical and religious beliefs and present these news issues with a Christian lens.
- The girls will have the choice to write their essay on a story in World Magazine.