Thursday, June 13, 2013

Great Moments...

Things that warm a mother's heart:

When asked to fill in the blanks for the famous phrase, your 9 year-old says:

Pride goeth before...


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Words of Wisdom from a Nine Year-Old

My kids and I were looking through some motivational quotes. They were quotes like: 

Success does not come to you. You go to it.
You can crumble or you can conquer.
You are much stronger than you think you are.

 There's a lot of good stuff there, and my kids recognized that. We all printed off quotes that would help us in our work, school, healthy living. 

After reading the quotes, my nine year-old came up with his own. 

Don't quit if you don't want to start over. 
If you quit, you'll have to do it over. 

I thought it was great. He wrote it down and now it is in the rotation of motivational quotes that we have on our fridge. 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

World War 2

We're currently in the second week of our World War 2 studies. We are using Story of the World for the basic information. We read that together, narrate, and do map work. 

There are also projects which we do together. One of our favorites this week is a "rationing" experiment. Many countries instituted rationing during World War 2 as a way to distribute supplies. Rationing was a way to divide up scarce supplies and do it in a way that seemed equitable.

This week the kids were given a certain number of "ration stamps" for

-electronics time
-other favorite "only sometimes" foods

They were also issued one brand new pencil for the week. They need to keep track of it and take care of it.

Although my kids have no idea what it's like to have true scarcity as many people experienced during times of war, they do have a little idea of what "rationing" is. For instance, they received some "magic milk straws" and some fancy truffles for Christmas. They each had a different plan for how they would "make these last".

We talked about the need, during wartime, to do things to conserve resources such as fuel oil. Some people would keep their houses much cooler than we do in order to conserve. Neither of my kids were willing to try this, although I wouldn't have minded trying it.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Art Museum

We had the opportunity this week to take the kids to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. We wanted to see the exhibition of the Terra Cotta Warriors. We also wanted them to experience great art up close. It was a good experience. The warriors were so painstakingly crafted. It's also a thrill to be in the presence of very old history that we've learned about together. There was a large Egyptian wall piece which was even older than the warriors.

I haven't been to an art museum since college. I had forgotten how breathtaking it is to stand a few feet away from the works of the masters--to stand close enough to see the brush strokes and the fibers of the canvas. My son echoed this sentiment with regard to the amazing feeling of standing with a VanGogh or a Monet.

Unfortunately, the kids and I are still a little drained from being sick last week and our time frame to visit the museum was short. But all in all it was a great day!

Do you have an art museum within driving distance? When was the last time you visited?

Monday, January 7, 2013

It warms my heart...

One thing I enjoy very much is how my kids descend upon the new pile of library books whenever I bring them home.

When they come with me to the library I always have to remind them to watch out for traffic, since they're probably reading a new book on their way out to the van, too.