Saturday, January 28, 2017
Why it Takes Four Hours to Watch a 58 Minute Video...
Sometimes it takes us four hours to watch a fifty-eight minute video. And sometimes that's the best possible way to watch one.
On Thursday, my youngest son saw a picture of a stained glass window and wanted to know why when he saw that type of window it was always in a church so I did my best to explain how the windows were used to explain the stories of the Bible back in the days when most people couldn't read. And then we found a documentary because I can only rattle off so much art history without looking things up and, although I know exactly where to find the stained glass explanations in our packaged curriculum, I thought a video would be better.
It was. In addition to learning why the windows are there, we got to see reproduction glass being made and learn about the restoration process and how much of it involves fixing earlier "fixes." Along the way, we paused the movie to discuss Gutenberg and how stained glass was around long before oil paints and whether or not they should be taking the windows apart and putting them back together or they should leave them the way they were and looked at pictures of the Sistine Chapel before and after its restoration. And that's what I love best about homeschooling. We have time to explore rabbit trails and stop to look things up.
Today we're talking about Mitochondrial Eve. I'll definitely need a documentary to explain that one!