Monthly Archives: February 2017

Celebrating the Seasons of our Lives

First the Photo: Can you locate all of the areas on a globe that get snow?  How many of those areas are located north of the equator and how many are south?  Did it surprise you to learn the differences in the seasons for each hemisphere?

Second the Question:  Spend some time brainstorming all of the things that make you think of winter.  Make sure to include aspects from all of your senses: sight, sound, touch, taste and the way it makes you feel.  When you think of winter do you think of a time of harshness?  Do you tend to spend time inside or outside during this season?   What sorts of things do you do during the wintertime?

Third Next Steps:  What is your favorite season?  Ask the members of your family what their favorite season is.   Spend some time thinking about each season of the year.  Make lists of the things you associate with each season.  What activities do you do during each season of the year? If we think of spring as a season of new beginnings, summer as a season of growth, autumn as a season of gathering in and winter as a season of hardship. Do you see how this reflects the stages of your life?  Are there similar seasons throughout your life?  Does it make you feel better to see that our lives are ever-changing?  They flow through seasons as well.  Nothing will stay the same forever. A wonderful way to begin a conversation about the Seasons of Change is to share the sixth book in our Explore Galore Series as a family.  To order one of your own..follow this http://exploregalorekids.com/merchandise/explore-books/. Or visit the Make it Your Own section of our website.

Celebrate a Pillar of History

First The Photo: Do you know where this likeness stands?  Can you find that city on a map?  This monument stands as a tribute to the President who took the phrase.. “All men are created equal..” and gave it the value and purpose it deserved.

Second The Question: This Sunday we celebrate the birthday of our 16th President. Abraham Lincoln began his life with very humble beginnings and worked his way up to be ruler of the United States of America.  Then he used that power for a greater purpose.  He believed in the words of our Constitution and worked to ensure that it applied it to all Americans. He changed the face of America in amazing ways.    He was once quoted as saying: “Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves.”  Do you see ways that you can help obtain freedom for others?  Do you know of friends and neighbors who are not given the freedoms they deserve?  What can we do, today, to help advance freedom for all people?

Third Next Steps:  Look up the Constitution of the United States.  Read the Preamble as a family.  What things does it promise?  Talk about what those freedoms and responsibilities mean in today’s world.  How do we continue to promote the promises listed: Establish Justice, Insure domestic tranquility, provide for common defense, promote the general welfare, secure the blessings of  liberty to ourselves and to our posterity?  Abraham Lincoln’s determination to end slavery was finalized when the 13th Amendment was passed.  Read the words of the 13th Amendment..these represent the fulfillment of his life’s works.  Pretty powerful stuff.  If you were given the ability to change one thing here in America what would it be?  How do you think it would effect our citizens?  How do you think it would impact the larger world?

Before you set off changing the world, remember one more of Abraham Lincoln’s quotes: “Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” Wise words to ponder.  Spend some time celebrating the amazing life and birthday of our 16th President this weekend.

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