Sunday, November 17, 2013

More Shakespeare - Co-ops 2 and 3

I'm going to combine 2 co-op meetings in this post.  We continued to work on various scenes from The Comedy of Errors.   We are all really enjoying the story too.  We covered Acts 1 & 2 through discussion, student readings and viewing different versions of the same scenes.  

 The students also has a lesson discussing ships/navigation of the Elizabethan times.

Additionally they learned about compasses.
And spent some hands-on time with making them.

 Afterwards, some of us went to the deli across the street for lunch.  Yum!

 In the next co-op, we covered Acts 3 and 4 from the play.

I loved the interesting ways the discussion of the book was held using questions, props and input from the students!  Great job involving all of them!
Next was an acting exercise.  The students took turns counting to 20 (I think) and were to use different emotions as they went through the numbers.  Emotions ranging from happiness to sadness to anger and more.

 There was a lot of laughter as they took turns and watched each other.

 I think they learned a lot from observing each other too!
 I thought it was a creative way to get them thinking about how they express emotions - with their voices, facial expressions and bodies.

More opportunities to act out various scenes in small groups.

 This was an opportunity both for the students to find roles that they enjoyed as well as to help in casting them for a future performance.
 It has been delightful seeing how much they have enjoyed all of this too!  I'm so thankful as my boys would have totally missed all of this fun if it had been up to me as I've never before (until now) found enjoyment in Shakespeare.  Thankful for friends who have shared their love of it with me and my boys!

We also had a lesson about Pentecost.  And learned the meaning of a covenant.  I wish that I could more clearly explain the significance of the things that were shared, but I'm sure that I would miss many of the details.  There is so much to be learned about our awesome God in studying the details He has laid out for us in the scriptures.  The feast provide great lessons.

They learned about the sacrifices and the significance of these.

 All of this from a friend that is very passionate about this topic and enjoys and opportunity to share it with others.
 I love this co-op and the many opportunities we have to share and learn from each other.  This is just what a co-op should be in my mind.  Each of us using our strengths to give and all benefiting and being blessed.

It was another fun day with this special group.