The boys have been watching the Tom & Jerry DVD which their Granddad got them. It has 12 original cartoons on a double sided disc (first one i’ve come across) and it seems like a perfect type of comedy for them right now, with plenty of slapstick action.
What I didn’t think would happen was for the cartoons to inspire a morning of home ed ideas!
The first thing was smashing bottles against ships to Christian them, which appeared in one of the episodes. This was obviously a bit of a strange concept for them, so this led to a lot of talking about why people do this and ways to do it. I found a number of videos on You Tube which showed this, but there were no really good ones of big champagne bottles being smashed against big ships, but I did find one of Michelle Obama Christening one with a bottle!
I did find a number of videos of ships being launched, which really piqued their interest! Some amazing images and the scale of the ships was impressive.
The other idea came from an episode where Jerry goes on a journey to New York, via Grand Central Station. We were talking about all the landmark buildings and places where he went and I got quite excited when he turned up at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, by the Rockefeller Centre! I saw that in 2000 and was so impressed with it. That, the Guggenheim and the Flat Iron building are the most striking building in the city.
The cartoon also showed the statue of the Greek god Atlas, holding up the globe, which is opposite the cathedral. We talked about the cathedral and what it looked like and why Atlas was holding the globe. I actually checked this on Wikipedia and the story is not exactly easy to tell, with many confusions and misinterpretations over the years.
Anyway, a good example of turning something not obviously educational into something home ed!