It has been a very eventful and progressive learning environment at the Geralds Learning Academy. There are eager learners and a teacher who is on a roll. Now that it has calmed down again the girls are easily focused on what needs to get done. So what have we done in the past two days?
Since Monday was Chinese New Year we stayed true to the theme of our studies and did not have our KTM (Kitchen Table Monday) activity. KTM usually involves lots of cutting and we could not use knives or scissors so I had to do something else. My mind wondered what sounded like a spur of the moment field trip and I chose the eagle watching along the Mississippi River around Alton and Grafton, Illinois. As we drove that way the girls caught a glimpse of the Arch. At the same time the asked me if we could go to the Arch instead. It did not take me but half of a second to reply "yes". Eagle watching was going to be a cold event and a long drive to reach our destination. We got a later start as I am dragging on Monday's and the Arch was only ten minutes away from us at the time.
I know that God intervened in our day as it was a much better choice considering our class time lessons. We have been reading and discussing the move to the west. It was rather light hearted as it was intended to be the first introduction to the topic. For those who do not know this, you enter the Arch underground and there is a large museum, two shops, and three theatres in that area. The museum is called The Great Westward Expansion Museum. Lets face it, there were very few people there this time of year. We attended the National Geographic movie about Lewis and Clark. We meandered through the museum viewing wagons, buffalo, bear, yokes, peace medals, typical prairie home layout, and a replica of the wharf of St. Louis where supplies were bought. That is only a small list of what they experienced. Best of all, it was all about things we have been learning about in class.
Following the museum experience we continued on with our Chinese New Year celebration by eating lunch at a Chinese Buffet. The girls were bothered by the fact that the ladies had to work on their holiday. We did have a discussion of how many times ones culture begins to blend with another when they leave their homeland. But wait, there's more.....they recalled the lesson when the pilgrims first went to Holland and left because of the influence on their children and the Indians and pilgrims who realized their children were influenced by one another and the changes that took place. OH YES! It appears we have begun to understand sociological impacts.
Our class is decorated for the Chinese New Year as well and they made a dragon puppet yesterday. G played with the puppet in front of the new baby and realized he liked it a lot. It was brightly colored with yellows, reds, blues, and other unknown blends. It also was capable of a variety of motions.
I feel so blessed to have such rich experiences with my grandchildren. K is ready to return to teaching, so she says, but I find she is still so busy with the business of a newborn, busy house, and grabbing some sleep that I think she should relax and enjoy the fact that her mother is handling it. Well, that just sounds silly! She knows we are having a blast and knows she is missing out on the little things that are happening. She wants to be a part, even if it means a little bit dirtier house or a little less sleep. I do wish she would nap a bit when the baby does but she keeps pushing through each day without a nap. I do not know how she does it but so many other mothers of many do. Me? Well, I spread my simple two children out by six years which is so much different that her experience.
We did hear a little about our Master's Lyceum this semester. It will be at a different location and will begin MAYBE Feb. 17th. This is driving me crazy as I hate last minute plans. I love spur of the moment activities but this is too big of an event to have so much dangling this late in the game. The schedule has not yet been released since they just got the approval for the new location. I look forward to the semester to teach the classes I have planned. I have heard from several parents who plan to participate if the schedule permits. Sometimes there are ongoing classes that get scheduled at the same time so a choice has to be made.
Well this is a long enough post for now. I hope others are feeling the winter revival that we are experiencing.