5.31.2011

on real-life learning: civil war

During our recent trip to Illinois, it was awesome to see what we've been learning about...
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...come to LIFE in front of our eyes and ears and nose!

I couldn't take those eyes off the Abe Lincoln guy who was an uncanny copy of the original! Seriously eerie.....I even found myself wondering if he'd had plastic surgery?! Here he is debating with Stephen Douglas.
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The boys AND Miss Lucy lined up for the soldier's call to arms. They took it VERY seriously.  Who wouldn't with a man like that barking orders in your face?
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She knows the truth of the matter - that war is a terrible thing.
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Back in Alabama (yes, I STILL have photos I haven't shared from there), the boys will tell you that one of their favorite things was this visit to Fort Morgan, an 1834 star fort which was not able to hold off the Union naval forces during the Battle of Mobile Bay.  (If you're curious, here's another site that has great photos/info.)
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There's still life in this place. My animal-loving boy sniffed it out tucked into a literal hole-in-the-wall. We chuckled in wonder...only that boy could find the ONE frog in the whole area.
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"...my object is to show that the chief function of the child--his business in the world during the first six or seven years of his life--is to find out all he can, about whatever comes under his notice, by means of his five senses..." 



— Charlotte Mason
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