Welcome to Historic Heroes and Heroines!
Thank you for joining SchoolhouseTeachers.com for our series of weekly hands-on activities, Historic Heroes and Heroines, which focuses on a notable figure from history. My name is Cathy Diez-Luckie from Figures In Motion. It’s a privilege to be able to share my love of history and art with you each month with projects centered on a different character that has influenced the world we live in.
Whether you are studying ancient or medieval history, the American Revolution or the Civil War, it is my hope that these weekly lessons will help you provide your children with meaningful activities to accompany your history studies. For the next several months, we will study famous people of ancient times. We will start first with Aristotle, and continue with Socrates (April), followed by Constantine (May). We hope that these activities will enrich your child’s learning experience:
- Standing Cutouts—Week 1, March 3-8: The first of your weekly lessons will include making a standing cutout of Aristotle in both a colored and color-it-in version. These cutouts may be used for dramatic plays, reenactments, or just for fun.
- Word Search Puzzle—Week 2, March 10-15: In the second week’s activity, your child will be provided a word search puzzle with words relating to Aristotle and his life. An answer key is provided.
- Coloring Page—Week 3, March 17-22: A coloring page of Aristotle will be given in week three.
- Use the final week of March for further study about Aristotle on your own, review past months of my lessons on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, or simply take a break before new lessons in April.
March’s Historic Hero: Aristotle
Aristotle, one of the most influential Greek philosophers, was the first great logician whose writings covered numerous subjects—logic, physics, ethics, politics, rhetoric, biology and zoology, poetry, linguistics, politics and government, metaphysics, aesthetics, and music. He was the leading student of Plato, and along with Plato and Socrates, contributed to constructing the basis of Western Philosophy.
Aristotle went to Macedon and was appointed the head of the royal academy, where he became the tutor of Alexander the Great, Ptolemy, and Cassander. He later opened his own school in Athens called the Lyceum, and conducted classes while writing about his many interests. One of his great works, Politics, investigates what makes for good and bad government and how to preserve a constitution. Aristotle has also been called the “Father of Science” and was the first to attempt to classify living organisms according to their natural relationships.
Our desire is to provide you with the highest quality history supplements that engage your children while they learn about historic heroes and heroines.
Blessings to you and your family,
Cathy Diez-Luckie, publisher at Figures In Motion, is thankful for being able to educate her three children at home and loves to study history and literature along with them. With training in art and a graduate degree in chemical engineering, her diverse background includes researching polymeric materials, directing manufacturing at a medical device company, and illustrating children’s books for a publisher in New York. Her award-winning children’s book series (Famous Figures) integrates art and history and engages children with hands-on activities and movable action figures as they learn about the great leaders of the past.