Homeschool Journey: Diego Rivera, Texas and a field trip

It was a great week! As it is Hispanic Heritage month, I thought it would be a great time to study a few Mexican artists, and we kicked it off with Diego Rivera. I knew a little about him previously, but not a whole lot. I was fascinated to learn that he was commissioned by his country’s government to complete a series of murals that was intended to “inspire and reunify the country after the horror of the revolution” (Diego-rivera.net). In our study, I focused on emphasizing to Wyatt how Rivera was an artist of and for the people, and depicted scenes from everyday life, workers and vendors and flower sellers.

For our art project, I thought it would be fun to recreate a version of one of Rivera’s flower seller paintings. I drew and cut out pieces of the actual seller for Wyatt to place and glue to create the picture, and had him cut out his version of the flowers. Then he went back and added in details with crayon. I was actually pretty impressed with how his flower stems turned out, honestly.

In Social Studies, we turned our attention to Texas- this state is so huge and has so much history, culture, biodiversity, just really so much in general, that frankly there was no way we could even really come close to even talking about it all. So, we stuck to the basics like the state flower, tree, etc. I wasn’t happy with what we learned but we can do a deep dive another time.

We of course also worked on the basics – spelling, reading, math, etc but I don’t share too much about that on here, except for our language arts projects. And this week the book we needed never came in! Since he does so much other reading during the week I didn’t worry about it and we will resume that part of school this week.

And, we went on a field trip! However, I am going to do a whole post about it tomorrow. Sorry, that was a bit cheeky of me probably to mention it and then not talk about it but there is so much to share.

What We Used:

This section contains Amazon Affiliate links. In addition to the curriculum I am creating for him, we also use curriculum from The Good and the Beautiful, The Waldock Way, and Blossom and Root for phonics, reading, science, and social studies.

L is for Lone Star || Diego Rivera His World and Ours

Overall, this was a good week. Not a ton of “extra” stuff but we did have that field trip!

13 thoughts on “Homeschool Journey: Diego Rivera, Texas and a field trip

  1. Every year for years and years, I have created an altar for dia de los Muertos. So many of my students celebrated the day of the dead but didn’t know about the symbolism and beauty behind the celebration. There are so many wonderful books about this celebration of life now days that explain the holiday. And of course, movies like Coco and Book of Life. Love that you guys studied Texas and Diego Rivera.

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  2. I love how you pull books into your studies. I’ve been trying to do that as well and Little Miss has really enjoyed having the extra picture books to read. Right now, though, all she wants me to do is find some science experiments for her and I think that is because she wants to make a mess! Ha!

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