Monthly Archives: September 2015

Welcome Autumn!

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First The Photo:  The location of this photo could be almost anywhere that has 4 seasons to enjoy.  So instead of locating it on a map, can you determine what type of tree this leaf came from?

Second The Questions:  Autumn is a time for changes: changing leaves, changing temperatures, changing coats on animals (and people too)  and changing amounts of  light each day.  Many people enjoy the changes and embrace the beauty of fall.  As you contemplate the changes outside, think of yourself, if you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?  Would you change your eye color, your shoe size, where you live or the length of your hair? Would you live somewhere without seasons or do you like the changing world around you?

Third Next Steps: Go for a scavenger hunt outside and try to find as many different shapes of leaves as possible.  Collect on of each leaf and bring them home to make texture rubbings.  To do this all you needs is: paper, chalk or crayons(these work best if you take the paper label off them so you can lay them horizontally while you rub them, and finally you need leaves.  Lay the leaf on the table first, try to make it lay flat.  Place the paper loosely over the top and then using the chalk or color crayon begin to gently color over the leaf.  Soon you will begin to see the shape of the leaf and then you will notice the texture of the leaf as well.  Texture rubbings are fun to do and can be done with all sorts of items from the natural world like shells, evergreen needles, flower pedals etc. Explore the many textures of fall!

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Do you have a Mentor?

First The Photo:  Do you recognize where this lighthouse is from?  Hint number one:  It is located in the state that has the most lighthouses in the country.  Hint number two: It is not on an ocean shore.  Have you figured it out?

Second The Questions:  Do you have a person that serves as a guiding light in your life?  Someone who guides you in your decisions?  Talk to an adult and learn about the mentors in their life.  Most people have learned from someone else along the way.  Mentors can be very important people who support and encourage us along life’s path.

Third Next Steps:  Our third Explore Galore Kids Book:   The Guiding Light of Others available here, is a wonderful, in-depth exploration of the mentors in our lives.  It helps children of all ages begin to talk about the people in their lives who love and support them.  This book is a moving journey for parents to take with their children as they begin to explore how mentors can serve as guiding lights throughout our entire life.

Discuss:  Look up where lighthouses are located.  Talk about why they exist.  They were meant to show weary travelers that land was close by, but navigate with care.  What do you think people on ships were feeling when they finally saw the light of land?  What do you think life was like living for many weeks and months in the close quarters of a ship? Can you imagine the important role that lighthouses served back in the day of ocean travel?  What do you think it was like to live in a lighthouse?  How was there light in the tower before electricity was discovered?  Don’t know the answers to these questions?  Look them up?  Go deeper, learn together.  Find the closest lighthouse to your home and plan a road trip.

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Where would you call home?

First the Question: Do you recognize this famous home? It was designed by the renowned architect; Frank Lloyd Wright. Can you find where it is located? What large city is it near?

Second The Question:  When you look at the picture what is unique about the house? Would you like to have a river running through your house? Would you live in a house on a cliff?  Where would you build your perfect home? High up in a tree? In a crater on the moon? In a ship sailing on the high seas? Would you live in a tent or a library or a mall?? What things are necessary to make your house a home? What things would you make sure to include? Would you build it in a particular place? What things do you love about your current home? How would you incorporate those pieces?

Third Next Steps: Do you have some old magazines or catalogues around the house? Pull some out and have some fun cutting out your favorite room designs. Create some interior and exterior looks for your house by cutting images from the magazine.  Next try to creating a floor plan.   Try searching for home plans on-line.  First look at the outside structure of the house then look at corresponding  floor plan.  Are you able to see where doors and windows are located from looking at the plans?  Find some graph paper and create a floor plan for your own home. What rooms would you include? Where would you put windows?  Why not ad in some fun items..a pool, a stables, a library!  What would you include?

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Finally did you enjoy doing the interior design or the floor plan better?  Do you like the art piece or the scale drawing better?  Do you see yourself designing with colors or planning to build better?  These are all great things to think about as you grow and begin to imagine your career path.

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For the Love of Learning!

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First The Picture: Can you guess where this was taken?  A place celebrating the history of a nation.  A quote from a learned forefather of our country.  If you can guess that place, great, if you can narrow it down to the monument, Wonderful!

Second The Question:  What is your favorite subject to learn about?  Do you enjoy it because it comes easy for you, or do you enjoy it because it challenges you? Do you love the idea of school or dread it?  Besides school name, some other ways you learn… What things do you learn about outside of a traditional classroom?

Third Next Steps:  Start a pen pal or e-pal relationship with an older relation or mentor.  Start with a fun introduction of yourself.  Some creative ways to introduce yourself in writing include: try to write a poem about yourself.  Or write out your full name and attempt to use each letter as  a trait that describes you.  (see below) Once you do a fun intro, start a dialogue with your pen pal, by asking questions about their likes and dislikes, memories etc.  Feel free to use the questions from this blog.  Or if it is easier simply do the blog with them in writing.  Share your answers of each post and then invite them to send back their responses!  It is a great way to build a long distance relationship with a loved one!

Example:(here is one I did with my daughter’s name)

  • M: Miracle of watching you grow up each day
  • A: Adoring and kind, in so many ways
  • D: Dramatic and darling, our dainty spitfire
  • I: Intelligent mind, a little live wire
  • S: Sweet Maddie girl, always gentle and caring
  • O: Outgoing and fun, good at leading and sharing
  • N: Natural born traveler, you love someplace new
  • E: Enthusiastic and happy, people gravitate to you
  • L: Loving to others, from human to beast
  • I: Imaginative mind, with a memory that won’t cease
  • Z: Zany and silly, you’re a crazy young girl
  • A: Adventurous spirit, out to shake up the world
  • B: Bright shining star with a world to explore
  • E: Energetic and motivated, always pushing for more
  • T: Tender and loving to your sweet baby brother
  • H: Heart of an angel, there can never be another, Madison!

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