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When you need courage..Think back

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First the Photo: Can you name this National Monument?  Can you find where it is located on a map of the US?

Second the Question:  Do you know it is referred to as the Gateway to the West?  There was once a time in American history when many families packed everything they owned in a covered wagon and headed out on a journey that would last months.  It would required them to walk miles each day, cross raging rivers, climb mountain passes and go for weeks without seeing another living soul.  Can you imagine leaving family and friends behind, knowing that you will never see them again and heading to a place you have never seen, even in pictures, to begin your life anew?  That is serious courage.  Many people would never survive the trip.  They went for one reason: the hope of a better life for themselves and their children.  Would you make such a journey?  If so, where would you go?

Third Next Steps:  Spend some time as a family imagining life on the trail.  First what would you pack up and bring with you..a treasured piece of furniture?  A keepsake from a past relative?  Remember that your wagon could only hold the bare essentials..and needed to have space for all of you to sleep too.  Next using just recycled items build a diorama of a homestead you would live once you arrived.  This is a fun thing to do around Thanksgiving.  As you build your diorama remember that everything you include, someone would need to create…every sock you wear, someone needs to knit.  Every new piece of furniture you acquire, someone needs to cut and split the wood to build.  Every meal you eat, needs to be hunted, gathered or grown.  It boggles the mind the talents and courage that people needed just to survive. Would you move and be a farmer, a rancher, a store owner, a teacher or pastor?  What skill would your family offer to a new settlement of people?  Go to the library and check out some books about pioneering life.  It sure makes us thankful for the comforts we have today.  Whenever we feel stressed by our modern life..spend a few minutes remembering people of the past and let the gratitude of their sacrifices sink in.  How grateful we are for their courage and our comforts.

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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The Colors of Me

 

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First the Picture:  For this photo don’t focus on where it was taken, instead try to guess what is happening in this photo?  Have you ever been to a similar event? Have you ever seen such brilliant color?

Second the Question:  Think of the colors in your life.  If joy was a color, which would it be?  If anger glowed a brilliant hue what would you imagine it as?  If you tried to describe your feelings as colors can you name each emotion and a matching shade?  Sometimes it is easier to discuss feelings if you can identify them as a color and then try to describe or show their intensity through color.

Third Next Steps: Summertime is a time of brilliant colors; in flowers, butterflies, birds, sunshine, translucent waters and intense greens.  It can be a wonderful segway for kids to see colors in the world and use them to identify their feelings.  Start by taking a walk out through nature.  Notice the colors in the world.  Point out each color and try to talk about what emotion each color represents to you. Use lots of descriptive words and then help then identify what emotion each color represents for them.  There are no wrong answers, and even the youngest children can add in their input.

Create:  When you get home make a color jar..take an old recycled water bottle or a small jelly jar.  Fill it half way with oil..any type: sunflower oil, vegetable oil..or baby oil is the best since it is virtually clear.  Then add a few drops of food coloring.  Let your child pick the color.  Once you have the oil dyed the color they like.  Fill the rest of the bottle with water.  Glue on the top.  This is a great “emotion bottle”  When your child gets angry or upset have them shake shake shake the bottle until the water and oil blends.  Then tell them to hold the bottle, sit quietly and wait to talk until the colored oil and clear water completely separate .  This is a great visual way for children to “count to ten”  It basically gives them time to calm their emotions and bring themselves back to center, while giving them a distraction to watch that is calming as well.  Enjoy!

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