We just had a really nice time of learning with Grandpa today. He was in the Korean War, so he came over today to tell us and another homeschooling family about it and what he did. His specific job was to disarm landmines, so he demonstrated by crawling on the floor and using props. He also made playdough “C4” to show the kids what that kind of material was like to work with (color and texture of playdough is apparently similar!). He got a little emotional here and there when he talked.
We could easily read about it in a book, but talk about an emotional connection! I’m so thankful that we can learn from those around us. I know some schoolkids are too busy with other work for something like this, and others probably wouldn’t even care. But I’m glad that my kids found it interesting, enjoyed spending time with an older family member, etc. I don’t know that I’m expressing it all very well, but I just think it’s another wonderful aspect of homeschooling.TiaParticipant
That sounds wonderful!SueParticipant
That’s a great story. We have gained a lot over the past 6 years of living with my dad, who is now 86. He has a lot of stories to tell, and he often explains the background behind common figures of speech.
This morning, he was involved in an ongoing project of transferring 14 hours of video he took of a Carolina Wren that had built a nest near his mobile home in Pennsylvania, putting it all on dvd. My younger two went upstairs to watch the bird feeding her young for several minutes. When they came back down, dd tells me, “Grandpa says to mark down nature study for us today.”
My dad is so CM….sherazParticipant
Love it! Can’t beat supportive family (especially men!) who teach so much more than “just the facts, ma’am.”
My grandpa has told me several times about serving in the Pacific during WWII. He tells about fishing with TNT when they were tired of the rations…lol, and so many other stories. It is wonderful to hear it from him.jeaninpaParticipant
How lovely to know someone who can give you the behind-the-scenes story.
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