Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Titanic Homeschool Adventures

I have been trying to get these photos on here for, literally, about a week. Blogger does not like me lately. I really should be finishing up my Sunday School lesson, but I've got to get this post off my "to do" list. So here you go:

For one of my co-op days in the month of March, I focused on the Titanic. As the families showed up, they were given "luggage" as they waited on the front porch for "boarding". The luggage contained a couple of clothing items and a boarding pass. Each of the kids, as well as each mom, were assigned the identity of an actual passenger aboard the Titanic representing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class, as well as ship employees.

After watching a short slideshow on the Panama Canal ('cause that was the other topic I wanted to cover for that day) they opened their bags, donned their clothing, and found out who they were. We proceeded to the dining area where guests dined in one of three dining "rooms" by class. Each class partook of a snack which included one food originally on the menus that final night aboard the Titanic.

First class dined on homemade eclairs (original), homemade crackers and cheeseball, apple juice, and hot chocolate. Second class had cheeses, grapes, lemonade, and American ice cream (original). Third class had homemade applesauce, bread (original) and butter, and water.

After they ate their "class" food, I let them have anything they wanted from any menu ('cause them eclairs were dang good!). Then we went back to the living room. After giving them some facts about the events of that fateful night, I called each passenger up one by one and told them their fate. Only about half of them survived. It was an interesting way of relating to the more individual stories of such a large catastrophe.

In the "boarding area"....checking out their boarding passes and wearing their partial costumes.

On of the moms explains the menu to the first class passengers.

Another mom (my sister) serves the second class passengers.

And here is third class.

Emma, second class, enjoying her "American" ice cream

Thomas and Spenser enjoying some homemade applesauce in third class.

Poor third tablecloth, no attentive waiter....

Austin, second class, with American ice cream

Try not to notice that the first class dining room waiter and this first class dining room guest are obviously related!! He got a kick out of demanding more apple juice from his "waiter".

It's Been a While....

Yeah, sorry about that. Things have been a little, well, weird lately. On the day I last posted, Rick was laid off from his job of 17 years. That came as a bit of a shock. Not only that, but the severance package they offered was pretty ridiculous.

Since that time we've been focusing our efforts on more positive ventures, like our garden. We've gone back to trying Square Foot Gardening because the newer book has better methods and ideas. Raised beds enclosed in wooden boxes and homemade soil mix. We're excited about this year's garden adventure and hope to be able to report pounds and pounds of tomatoes, zucchini, squash, sugar snap peas, shelling peas, cucumbers, lettuces of many kinds, spinach, eggplant, potatoes, onions, leeks, sweet potatoes, carrots as well as chives, oregano, thyme, rosemary, pineapple sage, parsley, dill, and some edible flowers like nasturtiums, impatiens, marigolds, etc. Pictures will be forthcoming as the garden grows in a bit more.

It seems like since Rick lost his job we've been busier than ever. Even now I should go work on a handout for my LDSEHE conference class in May. But it's been nearly two months since I've blogged and I had to get something in.

Things are going pretty well as we try to get Rick's resume professionally prepared for distribution. We went on a scouting trip to an area where he has already submitted a version of his resume. It's both exciting and scary to contemplate putting down roots in a completely new area, but we will go wherever the Lord tells us to go. Just wish he would go ahead and let me in on where that's going to be. I am not a patient person.

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