Saturday, January 21, 2012

HS Report 1/21/2012: Theodore, Theodor, Blue Carrots, and Feet

The Weekly Homeschool Report

Yes, yes, it's a carrot suspended over water mixed with blue food coloring.  Why, you ask?  Well, because we were studying the way tap roots take in water, of course!

Our artist for the week was Theodor Geisel - otherwise known as Dr Seuss.  On Monday we read a short biography of Geisel and just for fun, each day Tuesday-Friday we read one of our Dr Seuss books!  (The Lorax is my favorite.)

Jake camped out in the rocking chair reading Little Britches (from Sonlight).

Andrew discovered his toes this week :)  
He's also SO close to rolling over from back to belly.  If he could just figure out how to move his arm out of the way...any day now!

On Friday, each of the kids designed their own "Seussel" - imaginary creatures a la Dr. Seuss.  These are their creations.

Andrew likes to look at books, too!

Another thing we learned about this week, but I don't have any pics for, is that for several days in our History book we read about Theodore Roosevelt.  Now, everyone knows that name but I'm guessing not many people know all that much about him.  He was president in a time of peace, so he has no great war victories to his name.  But he was truly an amazing man.  He wasn't afraid of hard work or getting his hands dirty.  He placed his family's needs over his job as president.  He was a huge driving force in environmental conservation.  

Did you know: during his presidency, Theodore Roosevelt was responsible for:
        * increasing the national forests by 40 million acres
        * creating 5 national parks
        * creating 16 national monuments
        * creating 4 national game refuges
        * creating 51 bird sanctuaries

I mean, really, this is a guy after my own heart!  (Tony calls me a tree hugger!)  

Everyone knows TR's most famous quote: "Speak softly and carry a big stick."  But he also said:  "There can be nothing in the world more beautiful than the Yosemite, the groves of the giant sequoias and redwoods, the Canyon of the Colorado, the Canyon of the Yellowstone, the Three Tetons; and our people should see to it that they are preserved for their children and their children's children forever, with their majestic beauty all unmarred."

And I leave you with some wonderful words of his:

"The lack of power to take joy in outdoor nature
 is as real a misfortune as the lack of power
 to take joy in books."

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