the greensboro 4:
joseph mcNeil, franklin mcCain, ezell blair, jr. (later known as jibreel khazan), and david richmond.
we should be able to roll their names off our tongue
just like m.l.k. jr and rosa parks.
four college freshman from north carolina A&T
marked a change in the civil rights movement in 1960s.
they faced the discouragement, shame, violence and hate of others
with the inner-strength of non-violence,
encouraging young people to get more involved
in creating a more just future for america.
join the student sit-ins was presented right in front of the
woolworth’s counter at the national museum of american history,
where blacks were forbidden to be served,
and instead had to stand and eat their food
while whites sat at the counter.
it was a thought provoking 20 or so minutes
where we stepped back into 1960 to imagine that we were attending a meeting
to be trained on how to sit-in,
to meet injustice with dignified, peaceful, bold non-violence.
we remember their names as well as the countless unnamed others,
and are thankful for the people like them who sat down in order to stand up.
catch the show every friday and sunday until the end of february.
after reading how an old man uses discarded scrap metal to create a forest
in helen ward’s the tin forest,
we examined jim dine’s assemblages sculpture, the gate, goodbye vermont
made of tools, steel and wood.
jim dine makes art that allows him to pay homage
to the people he loves and places he’s been.
he used to play in his father’s paint store
and grandfather’s hardware store while growing up.
later, as an artist, he would often travel to get inspiration for his work.
while in france, he had a view of an ornate gate from the window of his room
where he did his sketches.
after examining dine’s piece from top to bottom and left to right
and listening to marjorie — our guide — read his explanation of the work,
the kids took that inspiration and,
using colorful chenille pipe cleaners and flower foam,
created a modern masterpiece of their own.
here is radianceGirl’s assemblage installed on her window sill at home:
karen and laura at the navy yard’s national museum of the US navy
effortlessly pulled off another wonderful homeschool day.
this month the subject was aerodynamics.
while the older kids discussed the fundamentals of aerodynamics,
made gliders and took turns on the flight simulator…
…the youngins read how people learned to fly by fran hodgkins,
did a short science experiment based on bernoulli’s principal,
made their own kites,
and examined the effects of high and low pressure on bubbles.
this time we took metro, although the trip was a bit longer,
it only added to the day’s adventure.
they’ve been encouraging folks who drive to park
in the washington nationals “W” lot at 600 L Street SE ($10 fee).
i don’t know what they’ll have in store next month
on the second monday or thursday,
but we don’t want to miss it.
where do you go to get your homeschool science fix?
discovery theater put on another excellent program
called lions of industry, mothers of invention
which profiled four great personalities in american history:
booker t. washington, madame c.j. walker, george washington carver and george crum.
these young actors made history literally come alive
with their lively, interactive show.
the girls’ unanimous favorite was the young woman who portrayed
the entrepreneurial madame c.j. walker.
this month at clearwater‘s homeschool fiber gathering,
miracleGirl did more spinning with a drop spindle,
then ms. Bookbinder knitted her work it into a little rectangle for her to show daddy
her spinning skills.
mercyGirl practiced more weaving,
and later joined radianceGirl in needle felting with colorful bunches of wool.
even a homeschooling-rookie like me is often asked:
“where do i start?”
North American Montessori Center (NAMC) is providing another option
for those who want to get rolling quickly.
NAMC has been on my montessori homeschooling radar
even before they offered this new
comprehensive and quick-start primary homeschooling program
providing the step-by-step curriculum AND the montessori materials.
check em out: montessori-home-schooling.com