Monday, March 5, 2018

No Technology = Creativity

Although we have always put restrictions on technology, Russ and I noticed a few weeks ago that things had gotten a little lax, especially with the homeschool kids (one in particular).  Even though what they were doing was not bad (listening to music, playing trivia games with each other, etc) it was sucking a lot of time.  It seemed that whenever they had free time, they picked up their iPod and did something for 5-15 minutes.  Well, those few minutes really add up in a day.  So, we decided that at 8:30 the iPods go in the basket, and they don't get picked up again until 4:00 in the afternoon.  Mom's phone included!  

We might make exceptions to listen to music while doing lunch dishes, or allowing mom to check her texts to make sure nothing important was coming her way.  What we found in those few weeks was that an amazing amount of creative activity took place!  Can you tell we are studying the medieval times--castles, knights, Robin Hood and King Richard stuff?  There is also a little Harry Potter and astronomy thrown in the  mix.

So good to see the 1-2-3 draw books out again!

It did make for a much messier house, but I'll take creativity over technology any day!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Sun Valley/Ketchum 2018

We missed the McCall Winter Carnival again this year because I had an all-day continuing ed class.  Instead we decided to take a trip to the Sun Valley area with the kiddos because we so enjoyed the beauty of the area last year.  We tried to ice skate again this year, but it had just been too warm the weeks prior and the skating rink had closed.  Maybe next year?   We drove to the scenic look-out up near Galena Summit and just explored and enjoyed the beauty of the day.

Friday, February 16, 2018

One More Homeschool Activity--The Capitol Tour

We had been to the Capitol building and looked around before, but we had never had an actual guided tour.  We learned so much when we went with the homeschool group!  Who knew so much symbolism and thought went into the building?   

The Senate side is decorated in red and the House side is decorated in blue.

All the sky lights in the Capitol are symbolic of the transparency of what occurs in the building.  This is the people's building and nothing should be hidden from them.

Some of the office door knobs have the State Seal on them.

The George Washington statue was given to the Idaho Territory in the 1860s.  It was carved from a single piece of pine.

This replica of Winged Victory of Samothrace was one of Idaho's gifts from France on the Merci Train of 1949.  Every state in the U.S. had a boxcar filled with thank-you gifts from France for the help they provided post-WW II.  The original is in the Louvre in France.

Currently used as the committee room for the JFAC, this used to be the Supreme Court from 1912-1970.

Representative Vander Woude's seat in the House.

Governor Otter has both a working office and a ceremonial office.  This is his ceremonial office.  We loved the stuffed otter!

The dome in the rotunda has thirteen large stars for the original colonies and forty-three small stars to represent Idaho's admission as the forty-third state.

A "no longer working" original elevator.

The State Seal mosaic.

An original vault door.

Lincoln Auditorium.  Lincoln is important for Idahoans because he signed the act creating the Idaho territory.