September through November is one of our favorite times. There are festivals galore and we try to go to as many as we can.
This week we went to the Civil War Reenactment they have every year at Pt. Mallard.† We always love this.† A few days before we went Keilee looked up “The Battle of Decatur” to find out some info.† She told me that during the Civil War the Union only left 4 buildings standing in Decatur!† She learned that the battle took place along the Tennessee River and an estimated 500 Southerners and 200 Northerners died.† She was a little frustrated looking the number up because 4 different sites all had different numbers!† It was a Union victory.† Before the actual battle starts we always roam around and see the tents that are set up.
They both had women in the field.† These women were nurses but there were women who dressed as men and fought in this war.† There are reports of as many as 250 women who fought for the Confederate Army.
While Kei and I ARE Southerners we both agree that the slaves should have never been slaves.† Being Southern is something that is hard to be described though.† You either get it or you don’t.†† While we were perusing the tents a “Union” soldier came to tell us to ‘Please leave the area because the reenactment was about to begin.”† I muttered “Dayum Yankee” under my breath and just giggled.†
Keilee had a great idea for her notebook for Coop.† She is beyond excited about this.† It starts Monday.† She just got her Spanish book and IT IS ALL IN SPANISH!† I was a bit freaked out.† I thought they would start with girl – amiga boy – amigo.† Uno, dos, tres…†† Anyway she got chrome spray paint and painted it.† She had asked me to buy her a small dry eraser board and she hot glued that on there and added stickers.† She was thrilled at how it turned out.† She is so much more organized than I am!!
She did an amazing report this week.† Her imagination just blows me away.† She did a typed report on Nomad and the Lab/Blue Heeler mix.† Then she made a PowerPoint presentation with slides and YouTube videos to go along with her oral presentation.† She did it on the iPad so as she was reading I was following on iPad and watching videos.† It was great!† Here are some of the ‘slides’.
A few weeks ago Phyllis at “All Things Beautiful” said she couldn’t wait to see Keilee do her own Notebooking pages.† Well she was creating all over the place this week.† She did one on the Battle of Decatur and it was so cool.† She had a string on it that hung down and the information was on both sides.† She used the program that we got.
She also made one on the “Transcontinental Railroad”.† This one had a train that ACTUALLY moved!† The Sun and the Mountains opened to contain information about the building of it.
This week has been one of my favorites in a long time.† Everything just flowed…the learning…the playing….the fun…..† Nothing was forced or stressed, even Math went smoothly. † Keilee is still reading so much, still creating on Polyvore, still playing with her Monster High Dolls.† Actually my friend Carla bought her the newest Monster High Doll and sent it to her without her knowing it.† She got it Wednesday and freaked out.† She is Robecca Steam and she is Steampunk.† Keilee LOVES all things Steampunk and has for a long time.† Kei also made an Instagram account for her.† Robecca Steam.† She is going to post pictures like it is really ‘Robecca’.
Yes I am still laid off…3 more weeks….but life is SO good.† I love this life we lead and wouldn’t trade it for all the money in China!
ìImagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you willî ñ George Bernard Shaw
My favorite Resource is a site from Dove.† It has activities and resources to build Self Esteem in girls ages 8-18.