Sunday, August 2, 2009

The Hanging Gardens and A Bit of Our Own Garden

One of our timeline figures this week was the hanging gardens, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. After reading a little about it, the kids made their own brick ziggurat and hanging garden.
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These little projects are very helpful for narration. For Larkin, my auditory learner, narration comes naturally. For Miah, my hands-on visual learner, narrating from read-alouds can be frustrating. When we do something like build a ziggurat, decorate it with flowers, and talk about the hanging gardens of Babylon while we're using our hands, it's not so hard for her to give Papa an explanation of our newest little backyard creation when he comes home from work.
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The sunflowers have done well this year. Did you know that sunflower seeds are arranged in a perfect beautiful mathematical pattern? Click here to learn more.
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"To know the laws of God in nature and revelation, and then to fashion the affections and will into harmony with those laws - THIS is education." ~S. F. Scovel

10 comments:

  1. Their hanging garden is beautiful. The 3rd shot just melts my heart. :)

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  2. Miah look so much like Jessica in this picture! Thanks for giving us a little window into your lives. Looks like you are having a wonderful summer!

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  3. That is beautiful!! History is something we are seriously lacking in....You give me hope that it can be done in a fun, more hands on way.

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  4. Neat...I didn't know that about sunflowers! Mine are just opening up here...your kiddos are precious! I enjoyed reading the little "get-to-know-you" about yourself! Interesting! :)

    Blessings!

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  5. I just stumbled upon your blog ... and what a lovely blog it is!
    Much Peace.

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  6. Hello! I found your blog by following a link from a another blog! You have such beautiful children! What an inspiring blog. Thanks you for sharing.
    Blessings, Emma
    x

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  7. The Hanging Gardens are so beautiful! I like that picture very much.

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  8. Wow!!
    Their garden is beautiful! I love it.
    And I had no idea about the sunflowers... so cool!

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  9. What a beautiful way to make a ziggurat! We made some last week in our history class. Maybe I should get Cyan's out and have her decorate it with flowers. That would be awesome!

    Val

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  10. Beautiful! Really beautiful!
    Lisa :)

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