28 January 2014
We celebrated New Year's Eve in Washington D.C. and of course made a visit to the National Zoo. While we were there, we discovered that we could take a virtual visit to the zoo any day of the week by tuning into one of their live web cams. Well I must confess, since we've practically been snowed in since our return, we've spent many hours virtually visiting the zoo's animals. Here are two of our favorite animal cams:
There is a six month old female baby panda at the zoo who made her public appearance last week. However, Bao Bao has been visible since shortly after her birth on the Panda Cam (here). We check in on her several times a day. She is often sleeping or nursing, but occasionally she will be doing something ridiculously cute. It's always worth the time to see what she is up to.
Last Friday, one of the zoo's African lionesses gave birth to two cubs. Their Lion Cub Cam went live yesterday, and you can watch the newborns and their mama (mostly sleep and recover) here. I'm sure they will be active before too long.
The Lion and Panda Cams are not their only Live Cams. You can see the entire list here. If you're snowed in for another day or two, it's definitely worth a virtual trip.
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27 January 2014
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ours hosts a children's class. Yesterday my daughter attended with several of her friends and painted this canvas (without the wine, of course !). She had a blast, and is once again contemplating becoming an artist when she grows up.
Posted by Anne at 2:35 PM
15 January 2014
I'll be honest. If you do not utilize Classical Conversations material, this post will probably not make much sense to you. However, if you are a CCer, and you are working with your child(ren) to become a Memory Master, I thought I'd share one of our trusty, yet incredibly simple, tips for mastering Geography.
I make a few copies of the maps and the Geography memory work from the Foundations Guide. Then we assign a color for each week. We mark that color on the landmarks on the map and the Geography memory work page. We also mark whether it was on map #1 (world map) or map # 2 (European map). To label all 24 weeks takes a little bit of time, but it's time well-invested. Plus parents, if you take the time to make a map for yourself also, I guarantee you will master the Geography in no time.
We have successfully drilled for Memory Master all three cycles using this technique.
Posted by Anne at 5:35 PM
09 January 2014
My children, for years, have always memorized parts of the Latin language in hopes that when they begin actually studying the Latin language they will quickly be able to grasp it. This year, we have been memorizing the first conjugation verb endings. Admittedly, they have most of the endings already memorized by list, but remembering which list corresponds with which tense is always their sticking point.
Today, we created these folders to help us study. We color-coded our tenses to help us remember them better. My children's instructions were of course written on our patio sliders. It's a little difficult to see because of the sunshine. [Side note: I'm super thankful for our sunny weather thawing out our hilly town!]
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