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Grandma's Place A Natural Learning Center

Grandma's Place of Natural Learning Center

Is The Best Place for Learning


Day 121

Posted on March 18, 2014 at 11:09 PM Comments comments (18)
Good Morning, since I still can't seem to find more to say yet. Grandma will give you an art project to go along with the lesson on Lon Po Po book today. Do your tasks, Childrobotics, Physical Education of sports, dancing or health lessons, language, writing and assignments, yearbook, journal writing, family scrapbook, and the newspaper.

From our Calendar History Book-Book (1), the first birthday of March 19 is that of William Bradford, Pilgrim Father and governor of Plymouth Colony in 1590. Book (1) asks How old he would be today? and suggests making a giant card in the shape of a Pilgrim hat to celebrate his birthday. It also suggests a time line, but we already have one in our Home Education Program.

 Then on March 19 in 1860 William Jennings Bryan, American politician and three-time candidate for president, was born.

In 1891 on March 19 Earl Warren, 14th chief justice of the United States, was born.

In 1955 Bruce Willis, American actor, was born.

One event for the day of March 19 includes that of 721 BC in which the Babylonians became the First Civilization to Record a Lunar Eclipse.

Then in 1831 on March 19 The First Bank Robbery in the United States took place in New York. The thief stole $250,000.

March 19 is also Swallows Day. Book (1) talks about "Tracking migration patterns- Since 1776, thousands of swallows have returned to the San Juan Capistrano Mission in California each year on this date. Ornithologists believe that the amount of daylight, not the temperature, triggers the swallows to return from their winter homes in Central and South America. The humpback whale is another species that has a predictable migration. Ask your (children) to find and compare the distances of these two species' annual migrations." 
Reading and doing activities for Lon Po Po: A Red Riding Hood Tale from China Translated by Ed Young (Philomel Books, 1989, 32pp.) given in Grandma's book (6).
"The tale of Lon Po Po, the wolf, parallels the European tale of "Little Red Riding Hood." This Chinese version is believed to be more than a thousand years old. As translator and illustrator, Ed Young relied on a combination of ancient Chinese panel art and contemporary pastels and watercolors to create dramatic illustrations that successfully complement a powerful text.
Before Reading Lon Po Po
  • Ask how many of the children have ever heard the story of "Little Red Riding Hood." Ask the children briefly to recount the familiar tale, then tell the class that they are about to hear a Chinese version of the same tale. Ask the class to imagine how the story might be the same or different from the (European) version that they are probably familiar with.
After Reading Lon Po Po
  • Hold a brief discussion about how the two versions of "Red Riding Hood" were, in fact, the same, and how they differed. Invite students familiar with both versions to tell which version they liked better, and why.
Appreciating Vocabulary"
Reread the book and see if any of the words in the book confuse the children. Book (6) said "some of the words might be hemp, ginkgo, and "Hei yo." Challenge the children to guess at the words' meanings from context cues. Ask the children in class to discuss what words they would substitute for the culturally-inspired words in questions if they were retelling the story, in order to make themselves understood in their own culture. Ask the class to tell why they believe learning such vocabulary may help us to understand and appreciate other people and foreign cultures.
Story Comparison
To acquaint the entire class with the European version of "Little Red Riding Hood," share a book such as Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman (Holiday, 1983)." Then fill out the page given below.
"Translator/Illustrator Ed Young was born in Tientsin, China and grew up in Shanghai."
                   Lon Po Po                                                                   
       Little Red Riding Hood
  Where we meet
   the wolf
   What the characters
   call the Grandmother
   Where the mother is
    during the wolf's visit
    with the children
   Who saves the
   What happens
    to the wolf
   How the story ends
"Our Home is the Sea by Riki Levinson (E. P. Dutton, 1988, 32pp.)
As they follow a boy on his way from school to the houseboat where he lives, young readers are treated to a trip through the busy city streets of Hong Kong. But the boy is not as interested in the city hustle as he is in the sea which surrounds his Hong Kong home. His mother says he will grow up to be a teacher, but in his heart the boy knows that, like his father and grandfather before him, he will grow up to be a fisherman and his home will always be the sea.
Before Reading Our Home Is the Sea
  • Locate Hong Kong on a map. Point out that Hong Kong is comprised of a tiny island plus some coast land area located on mainland China. Tell the children that people who live so close to the sea have a close relationship with the water (i.e., the sea is an important part of their lives). Tell the children that this is the story of a boy who lives in Hong Kong. Write the new Chinese vocabulary words the children will encounter(appearing on the copyright page, located in the front of the book) on a chalkboard or chart pad. Tell the children to listen for the words, but do not yet disclose their meanings.
After Reading Our Home Is the Sea
  • Review the text to locate the new vocabulary presented in the book. Print the sentences on a chart pad. Cover each new word with an index card. Have children attempt to fill in the blank cards with an English synonym for the concealed Chinese word. This exercise encourages students to guess the words' meanings from context clues alone. Compare their guesses with the definitions presented in the book.
Follow-up Activities
Tali Chi Demonstration
Have (the children) look carefully at the illustration which depicts the old man "standing straight and still under a ginkgo tree." Inform the children that the man pictured is performing tali chi, an ancient Chinese form of exercise." To further acquaint the children with tali chi, link to this video on tali chi from Youtube.
"Sample Congee and Tea
In the story, the boy and his family dine on congee and tea. Make congee and tea for your (children). According to the glossary (appearing in the front of the book), congee is a thin rice soup.
   Congee Soup
1/2 cup rice
4 quarts water
1/4 pound dried shrimp or scallops (optional)
dash salt
Place ingredients together in a large pot. Bring to boil and simmer for three hours. Serves 8-10. Serve with Chinese tea, if desired."
"Hong Kong or My Home" Card Game
Provide each (child) with a copy of the table below-print extra if necessary. "Record these things found in the story: the sea, a tram, market, streets, amahs(nurses or maids), bird men, peacocks, a wharf, a sampan(a very small boat). Add to these items some items found only in the students' neighborhood (e.g., specific shops and businesses, landmarks, etc.), and other items found in both places (e.g., report cards, streets, street lights, apartment buildings, school buses, parks, etc.) After printing all the items in the boxes, glue the pages onto construction paper. Let dry and cut the boxes apart, thus creating playing cards. Place these cards face down on a table. Allow children to take turns choosing a card and placing that card under the column labeled "Found in Hong Kong" or the column labeled "Found in _______(the children's home place)." Items found in both places should be placed in the column labeled "Found in Hong Kong and in______(the Children's home place)." Each (child) should attempt to be the first to fill his or her entire activity sheet with cards.
                     Found in
                  Hong Kong
                 Found in
       Student's home place
        Found in Hong Kong
                     and in
          Student's home place

Day 114

Posted on March 9, 2014 at 11:29 PM Comments comments (7)
Good Morning! Please check out the product page if you have not done it already. There is so much more for me to add on there yet; especially a couple of Networks, schooling supplies, more toys, children's clothing, jewelry, lace's, family clothing, picnic baskets, and much more that I can think of. I have posted on Facebook suggestion of things that you would like put on my product page. Please feel free to let me know of anything you feel would be good.
The Bible history for today includes Luke 5:27-32 "The Calling of Levi"; Luke 5:33-39 "Jesus Questioned About Fasting"; then Grandma feels we should read all of Luke 6 "Lord of the Sabbath" Luke 6:1-11; "The Twelve Apostles" Luke 6:12-16; "Blessings and Woes" Luke 6:17-26; "Love for Enemies" Luke 6:27-36; which includes Faith Alive's "Let's Live It! Luke 6:27-36 Loving Your Enemies--Love is not just a feeling. Christian love means caring about people and doing good things for them.
Read Luke 6:27-36. Jesus wants us to love all people, including our enemies. But how can we love people who aren't nice to us? We can, because Jesus loved us, even though our sin made us enemies of his. What a kind thing he did: he died for us. Think of that, and then find a way to be kind to anyone who's mean to you. Smile. Be friendly. Pray for her. Invite him to play and be on your team. Say positive things about everyone;" and "Judging Others" Luke 6:37-42; "A Tree and Its Fruit" Luke 6:43-45; "The Wise and Foolish Builders" Luke 6:46-49.
Our Calendar History of March 9th and 10th, begins with:


The birthday of Amerigo Vespucci, Italian navigator for whom America was named , March 9th, 1451.

Then in 1934 Yuri Gagarin, Soviet cosmonaut who became the first person to orbit the earth, was born on March 9th.

In 1971 on March 9th Emmanuel Lewis, American actor, was born.

The events of that day include:

That of 1822  on March 9th Charles Graham received A Patent for False Teeth.

Then on March 9th in 1858 Albert Potts received a Patent for the Mailbox.

In 1862 on March 9th The First Battle Between Ironclad ships were fought by the Union Monitor and the Confederate Merrimac off Hampton Roads, Va.During the Civil War, the crews of the Monitor and the Merrimac fought for 4 hours off the Virginia coast." Have the children work to research this battle. Give each an over sized sheet of paper or a poster. Then have them draw and color a wall mural of what they think the struggle looked like.

The last event that happened in the time before the 1900's was one that happened in 1864 on March 9th in which Ulysses S. Grant was made commander-in-chief of the U. S. armies.

The events that happened on March 10 includes that of:

1785 on March 10th when Thomas Jefferson was named U. S Minister to France, succeeding Benjamin Franklin.

1848 on March 10th The U.S. Senate ratified the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which ended the Mexican-American War.

1849 on March 10th  Abraham Lincoln became the First President to apply for a patent.

The First Paper Money was issued by the U.S. government in 1862 on March 10th.

1876 on March 10th Alexander Graham Bell used the telephone for the first time. Book (1) says, " Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone, first used his invention to call his assistant for help. Ask your (children) to interview their grandparents about the most important telephone call of their lives."

Harriet Tubman dying in 1913 on March 10. She was considered an American abolitionist. Book (1) says, "After escaping from slavery herself, Harriet Tubman, repeatedly risked her life by returning to the South and leading other slaves to freedom. She and her followers traveled at night via what became known as the Underground Railroad--a network of hiding places, or "stations," through which the slaves were guided north. Ask (the children) to speculate about the roles of "station masters" (people who provided refuge for the slaves), "conductors" (people who led slaves). What are some reasons for using such code terms?"

The birthdays include:

Jack Kent, children's author, in 1920 on March 10th.

 Chuck Norris, American actor, born in 1940 on March 10th.
The History Chapter out of our history book is all about the Reform or changes going about in our country at the beginning of the 1800's. The people involved include Horace Mann, Noah Webster, Emma Willard, Mary Lyon, Thomas Gallaudet, William Lloyd Garrison, Paul Cuffee, Frederick Douglass, Angelina Grimké, Sarah Grimké, Sojourner Truth, Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Dorothea Dix, Joseph Smith
Places include Liberia and Great Salt Lake
New Vocabulary includes reform, disabilities, abolition, abolitionists, political rights, public office, mental illnesses, criminals, asylums, labor, labor unions, transcendentalists, persecution
The Focus on Main Ideas include:
  1. What were some accomplishments of the reform movements?
  2. In what ways were the reform movements unsuccessful?
  3. What important religious movements began in the 1800s?
One of the changes that came about was for Better Education. "Before 1820 most American children did not go to school. Wealthy people paid to send their children to private schools, but there were few free public schools. Children who lived on the frontier went to church schools or were taught by their parents at home. In towns and cities, many children went to dame schools that women ran in their homes. A law was passed in New York requiring elementary schools for all children. Horace Mann worked to reformeducation in Massachusetts." Then because he believed schools needed well-trained teachers, three colleges were opened to train teachers. Then more and more education was opened in other states.
Then Noah Webster improved American education by writing the first American dictionary. His Spelling Book and Reader became best sellers that helped children throughout the nation learn how to read and to spell. In 1821 Emma Willard opened the nation's first high school for girls. In 1837 Mary Lyon opened the first college for women. Mount Holyoke Seminary, in Massachusetts. Schools for disabilities were started in Connecticut where Reverend Thomas Gallaudet opened the nation's first school for deaf children. Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe started a school for blind children.
Elizabeth Blackwell 1821-1910 worked very hard to find a college. After she got her own college and became a doctor. She worked as a doctor in Europe for awhile after graduating in 1849. After battling male doctors in New York to work after she came back in 1851 she opened her own hospital in 1857. With help from her sister Emily who also became a doctor, they started the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. It included a medical school to train women to be doctors. Since 1949 awards have been given to women doctors who have done outstanding work in medicine. The award is called the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal.
Another reform movement in the early 1800's was to end slavery. It was called the abolition movement. "People who worked to win freedom for all slaves were called abolitionists.... The abolition movement first began with religious groups.... One of the most famous abolitionists was William LLoyd Garrison. Garrison wanted all slaves to be given their freedom immediately. To spread his beliefs, he began to publish a newspaper called The Liberator." It was very powerful. Frederick Douglass who had been a slave and escaped to the North in 1838. He had been given secretly some reading lessons and taught himself the rest. He went to England for awhile and then returned to publish his own newspaper, The North Star. He encouraged people to work to end slavery.
Another reform movement was that of women's rights. Women who wanted to help with the abolition movement realized they needed more political rights for themselves. They could not vote, serve on juries, own property, or be elected to Public office. Some abolitionists as Frederick Douglass and Grimké sisters worked for women's rights. "In 1848 Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton the first conference to work for women's rights." Sojourner Truth, an escaped slave was famous for her powerful speeches. Link to Women's Right and the Abolitionists.Then to more Reform in the Early 1800's. Also link to the life in the Late 1800's. These should cover other reform movements as "when Dorothea Dix visited a prison in 1841" and people with mental illnesses were held there. Dix believed they should not be treated as criminals and asylums were built for their care. There was also a need for labor reform and labor unions were formed. A different form of writing was started by New England writers, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau, called transcendentalists, who believed in living close to nature. Then to escape persecution or being killed after they persecuted Joseph Smith out of misunderstandings of the Mormon Church, Brigham Young led his followers to the Great Salt Lake in Utah which was a part of Mexico at that time. Grandma does not feel the reading exercises at the end of the chapter are worth doing.
Stories to read for today include the following:
The Chinese story, Grandfather Tang's Story by Ann Tompert (Crown Publisher's, 1990, 28 pp.)
Just to make sure the history is covered Grandma's Book (6) gives the Tangram's Origins as follows:
"According to one story, the tangram first came about more than 4000 years ago when a Chinese scholar named Tan was carrying a ceramic tile to the emperor. He accidentally dropped the tile and it broke into seven pieces. In his attempt to repair the tile, Tan discovered the pieces could be used to make other pictures and designs.) If the legends about its origin conflict; ask the children to hypothesize why so many explanations exist.
See if the children can take one of the tangram's and form as many animals as possible. Make up stories about them. Draw picture's of their formation and put into a book.

Marketing and clothing

Posted on June 9, 2013 at 4:25 PM Comments comments (20)
Even though this lady is probably not pictured as a bride, she definately reminds me of one.So what does marketing and selling beautiful clothes or clothing in general have to do with my website of a Home Education Program with home schooling of children. Actually a lot, it gives parents the opportunity to value themselves as a family, see what is possible out of being an entrepreneur on line. With the economy being broken as it has society now knows there is another avenue of making money that they didn't know before. However, I believe people are going to have to learn the avenues around it also. It is one way Grandma can keep the costs of her services down for who home school using our home education program. It also gives parents a view at ideas and designing clothes which includes not only cognitative thinking, hands on, math and a form of art, history, social studies and science not only for the children but the parents.  Not only a tool for making clothes if not for the family but dolls. Simple things can be made from cloth. Homemade pot holders are better than boughten and matching aprons can be wonderful at saving clothes not to mention the cost of curtains and pillows. I have some neat ideas for pillow cases on the bed.