Dear Folks, just a little note here from Grandma. Appreciate all that you have to say to me in your comments.It is real encouragement. Sometimes I worry because I write in the terms of Grandma and she instead of I to the point I do not want you to get the wrong idea. I will put it on this sight soon.) I as Grandma work very hard at what I blog to you. I so much want to give you so much that I can and worry about what you think. I have not been able to get a picture to show of me.(I have one now in a business profile on Facebook. I will put it on this site soon.) The writing of Grandma began in thinking what my granddaughter would write if she was writing these blogs herself even though I know she is not. Someday, though I feel she will write in the same rhythm as her grandmother though. I just want you to know I really do appreciate all the comments you have all made. Grandma is trying to get the product on the website and the choices are small and maybe I do some more contacts to add to what I have found. Please be patient for my time is very limited right now. Later it may be different.
I know you are doing your tasks even though Grandma reminds you and do the Childrobotics. I hope you liked the links I have set up; for, I liked them and I cannot even listen to them because in the move,
Grandma has lost the modem or something to the speakers so be that much more patient.
Grandma is having a hard time figuring out the time of things happening. That is what happened
first before another thing between the confusion of Mathew, Mark, Luke, and John together. She hopes
she does ok for you. Read-even if we have read it already-John 6:60-71 "Many Disciples Desert Jesus"
from Faith Alive then do from Faith Alive "Let's Live It! John 6:60-69 One Way--...There are many religions in the world. Most teach that people must live good lives in order to go to heaven. What is special about Christianity is that eternal life is a gift, a gift only Jesus can give a person.
Hold up your hand, with one finger pointed up as a "number one" sign. Trace around your hand with the
finger pointed up, to show there is only one way to heaven. Color the picture. Add pictures or Bible verses to make your poster tell others Jesus is the only way to eternal life."
Grandma remembers assigning this now. Next read Chapter 7 of John including "Jesus Goes to the
Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus Teaches at the Feast, Is Jesus the Christ" and answer from Faith Alive
"Did You Know? John 7:42 What does Christ mean? Christ means "Anointed One." It is the title
given to the one God would send to save his people. When people called Jesus the Christ, It meant
they believed Jesus was the one God promised would come to save us." and read "Unbelief of the
Jewish Leaders" on into the beginning of chapter 8.
Next we will cover the Calendar history of March 7th and 8th.
March 7th the first birthday is clear into 1849 in which Luther Burbank, American horticulturist, was born
Then in 1872 of March 7th Pet Mondrian, Dutch painter known for his geometric style, was born. Book (1) explains that "Piet Mondrian was a leading abstract artist." Look up class pictures of his distinctive geometric artwork (looks like a checkered piece of material in the book). Then have the kids create their own abstract compositions in his style and display it if you wish. Grandma feels it could even be done with material on a large scale if one wanted to.
The next birthday was in 1875 on March 7th when Maurice Ravel, French composer,
Next Janet Guthrie, American race car driver who became the first woman to qualify for the
Indianapolis 500, was born in 1938 on March 7th.
In 1960 on March 7th Ivan Lendi, Czechoslovakian tennis star, was born.
Only one event happened this day of March 7th in 1843 in which America's First Minstrel Show opened.
It is actually National Aardvark Week (first full week) of March 7th. Book (1) says, "To celebrate National Aardvark Week, encourage your (children) to investigate this unusual animal. Where does it live? What does it eat? What special adaptations does it have?Alphabetically speaking, the aardvark is first among animals. It would be a good choice to begin a class animal ABC book. So draw a picture of an aardvark on a piece of white construction paper. Write a capital and lowercase a at the top of the page to your (children). Then the word aardvark at the bottom." You can write something about them on the paper also or practice some letters, etc. Do this with the rest of the alphabet with as many animals as possible if you wish. Bind it into a book and present it to other young children in places.
March 8th is Aunts' Day and International Women's Day. Book (1) suggests, ""Family feelings" In the
spirit of Aunts' Day, help your students appreciate the importance of extended families. List on the board
the kinds of activities students enjoy with members of their extended families. Then have each student
make a family mobile. First, the kids should draw and color or cut out pictures of family members--including themselves--and paste the pictures onto squares of oak tag. Next, they should put a small hole in the top of each picture and thread a piece of yarn through the hole. Finally, have them hang the pictures from coat hangers to form mobiles." Or to even make them fancier, wire can be shaped from other wire and balanced to spin around each other. It might even be able to make a tree shape if someone could think it out. Link to Mobile1 and then to Mobile2. You won't be sorry.
The event for the day, March 8th happened in 1834 A Dog named Hero saved Two Boys from drowning in the Thames River in London. Dropship Direct has given me permission to market their products has big stuffed dogs and a few other animals for the floor. There was one Grandma will sell for $35 because
they are not cheap. The rest are much higher and Grandma would sell them for $75.You can use your own imagination on what the children can do with this story or maybe a combination of things. I will try to post the products on our website this weekend if I do not get it done tomorrow.
The birthday's for the day include:
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., U.S. Supreme Court Justice, born in 1841 on March 8th.
In 1859 on March 8th Kenneth Grahame, children's author who wrote the classic The Wind in the Willows, was born.
Book (1) says, "Tell your (children) that Kenneth Grahame, who was orphaned at age 5, lived with his
grandmother in Berkshire, England. His adventures wandering the riverbanks there provided fodder for
the bedtime stories he used to tell his son. Those tales centered on Mole, Rat, and Toad--animals who
lived on a riverbank but who thought and acted like people. In 1908, Grahame's bedtime stories were
published as The Wind in the Willows. Have your (children) tell a story using animals with human
characteristics.(You or them could use puppets for your stories.) They can draw a four-frame cartoon
and use dialogue balloons for conversation between the characters."
The last birthday is for Joseph Lee, pioneer in the development of children's playgrounds, born in 1862 on March 8th. One activity I have heard classes do is allow children to design a playground of their own and it has been very successful Let them use their imaginations on it, however, teach them to measure and use geometric tools as much as you can teach them and they can concept.
For reading etc. out of Book (6) Grandma is going to cover the Chinese book called "Eyes of the Dragon
by Margaret Leaf(Lothrop, Lee & Shepard, 1987. 28 pp.) To protect the people from wild creatures and
evil spirits, a Chinese magistrate surrounds his village with a mighty wall. He then summons a dragon
painter to decorate the wall with a portrait of The Dragon King. The finished portrait is magnificent...until
the magistrate insists that the painter add a dangerous finishing touch: the dragon's eyes.
Before Reading Eyes of the Dragon
Ask the children if anyone ever made and broke a promise to them. Invite them to share times they
broke promises they made to others and then offer opinions about whether it's ever right to break a promise.
After Reading Eyes of the Dragon
Dragon King Paintings
Have the children reread the section in Eyes of the Dragon that describes exactly how the dragon painting should appear. Also, share with the (children) the "Editor's Notes about Eyes of the Dragon" (following the book text) which describes the philosophical aspects of a dragon painting. Then, have the children use these directives to create their own dragon paintings. Have the children first sketch their interpretations of how the mural should look, and then, have them ...synthesize their ideas into final sketches. Provide...children with tempera paints and lengths of craft paper, and then use the paints to outline and fill in the paintings.
Allow them to decide whether or not they will add eyes to their dragons. Also, allow time for the children
to share and explain their artistic interpretations of the dragon. Display paintings together with the heading "Chinese Dragon Kings."
Get Acquainted with the Abacus
In the Eyes of the Dragon, the magistrate uses a Chinese abacus to compute the number of dragon scales the painted dragon needs. Show your (children) an abacus and, if possible, demonstrate how to use it, or invite another (person) in to present a demonstration. Explain that the abacus is an ancient Chinese counting tool. (Link to the Abacus function.) Ask the children to brainstorm a list of other tools they use for counting (e.g., blocks, plastic counters, Cuisenaire rods, fingers, calculators, etc.). Have samples of counters on hand.
Place these items in a designated math corner and allow the children time to experiment freely. Then, have the children make a simplified version of an abacus. Provide them with a supply of plastic beads (available at craft stores). shoe box lids (or a box as Grandma would use), yarn and craft needles. Knot one end of yarn length and poke through the lid...." (then load ten beads on the thread and pull the needle through the other side of the lid or as Grandma would use the shoe box and bigger beads. Knot the end of the string or yarn on the outside of the lid or box. Go up a few inches and repeat it for a second row. Do the same for a third row.) "Hold the box lid vertically. With a marker, label the bottom row of beads "ones," the middle row of beads "tens" and the top row of beads "hundreds." (to aid in counting, each row of beads may be of a different color.) To have children use their abacus-inspired counting frames, have them first push all beads to the left and push beads to the right as they count.
Have children reread Eyes of the Dragon and take note of any words they find unfamiliar. Then list them
down one side of a sheet of paper. Labeling it Vocabulary words, then use the middle part of the paper for meanings of the words labeling them that also on the top of the page. On the far right side of the paper in labeling it on the top you will find the synonyms for those words. Do this for as many as you want from the book and other books as well. "Then have children research another culture of their choice to find more synonyms for the Chinese words. Point out that despite different labels that are ascribed to systems and institutions, many cultures share parallel beliefs and experiences."