DOCUMONDAYS - to watch a pre-chosen (by me) documentary that tackles a range of social issues. There are incredible lists to be found but here are a couple we are starting with:
Sonicsgate (2009) - How the NBA moved the Seattle Supersonics to Oklahoma City and the politics surrounding financing new stadiums; worthy discussion will materialize. Streaming free on YouTube: WATCH HERE
Super Size Me (2004) - Morgan Spurlock keeps it entertaining for teens and this documentary is a good one to review periodically if you need added motivation to quit fast food. Streaming free on YouTube: WATCH HERE
FALL SEMESTER ART PROJECT - because our town holds an annual scarecrow contest, this made for an easy assignment. The teens will be tasked with choosing a character, creating its full construction and decoration, and then be staked into the yard. They will be able to manage contest deadlines and their entry into The 9th Annual Scarecrow Festival, October 2020 and I barely have to lift a finger!
I'm excited for this art project which gives teens the added responsibility of registering with community businesses and being engaged throughout a gentle judging process. City of Sierra Madre residents can check here for this years announcement from Creative Arts Group.
Not a major overhaul to the schedule, and a very watered down version of home schooling, but it's what's working for us while offering real-world smarts. What's cool is that instead of rolling their eyes, there is instead an interest in being forced to try new things and an accountability of being creative or engaged in the real-world discussions.
Supplimenting is a lot of work, I completely get it. Perhaps this post can offer some support! Cheers, B
(Photos: My Viva la Vida scarecrow entry from 2018; showcasing Frida Kahlo with her pets and a re-creation of her famous work. Lit by blacklight at night.)