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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Mud Cakes

Right under my nose, As, L and Nh made mud cakes and mud cookies!!! 
They would never have made this had I seen them starting out for a litany of reasons!
Think germs!

Super scrub hand washing.

Mongolia

We just finished reading A Rode a Horse of Milk White Jade and I have to say Mongolia sounds harsh and fun!!! 
When I say "we read" its a read aloud. I do the reading to my kiddos ages 15, 12, 9 and 5. This is such a great time to be with each other. My older children have more outside activities and so reading a loud with all 4 of them present was not as easy as it used to be. Sometimes there are a ton of interruptions which could result in a project that is somewhat related to what we are reading, field trip, film viewing etc.
Here's a video I found about Mongolia. Hope you enjoy it as much as we did. 


Friday, May 3, 2013

Hot Topic: China

My book read for March  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon have nothing to do with Terracotta Warriors but we ended up dwelling on it. Here's L's clay Terracotta Warrior.

The following also came up while reading the book:
Where did Lolo's parents come from?
Communism, Great Wall, Emperors, Silk Worms, Foot Binding, Tiananmen Square 1989, The Forbidden City, Cholera...
I went on to read Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze. And we talked about the opium war, tea, silk, bad luck and laissez-faire.  Its so hard to stick to just reading- history, art, politics, economics and science sometimes even math blend in and we end up swirling around it.
Here's a video (same as the one below) we watched about the Terracotta Warriors that I would label as History but the video ended with Physics.

At some time during our China high, talk of rebuilding the Forbidden City was discussed suggested material was Popsicle sticks, here are some Forbidden City maps. Fear engulfed me as I imagined the time and magnitude of the project. I had a vision of stepping on glue and our entire living room filled with newspapers. Anyway it did not materialize. A and As made a timeline of the Dynasties.
 April was all about China. I wish I had been more creative or I had planned but this always seems to be an after thought for me. I wish we had an abacus although none of them were interested when I mentioned it. Maybe next time we can make our own abacus. Okay, I would not know how to start but I am certain that it is do-able, if one is interested enough.
I am so happy that my children will have memories of me reading to them. When I read to them, I have their time and attention. Its amazing that they connect what we are reading to previous work/ project/ conversation or material we have done. Now we have moved on to Mongolia. And here is the first book my kids and I read that has Mongolia in it...





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