Monday, January 2, 2012

Non-Math Curriculum

I have done a few math posts here but there is a lot of information in our house on any of a number of scholarly pursuits.  I am pretty sure these are galleys from some of the textbooks they are working on:

This is from their science series called 'Backyard Bugs.'  As you can see it is an exquisitely rendered, near-photo quality drawing of a spider.  Not just any spider, a two-toed, creepy-smiled, round one.  With eight carefully and perfectly  proportioned legs.  Audubon move over, I mean look at that attention to detail, the movement in those dancing toes, the nearly human-like face, amazing.  It looks like it may jump off the page right into your face.  N outdid himself this time.

And this from what these days they probably call The Historylanguageculturalandotherstuff Arts curricula:

I will use the previously mentioned decoder ring here for you, Z's printing can be a little difficult to follow:

"The Big Cities"

A castle presumably in England.

The first panel reads:  "Most of the world's oldest towns and villages were built by rivers (okay).  Some of these are now capital cities (that's a very salient observation, I think).  A very big one is the Eiffel Tower (right, sorta)."

Next panel:  "A small place is Antarctica or the North Pole (well, I missed that transition, but... and isn't it the South Pole?).  People live in igoos (sic) there.  Igloos are made of ice and snow."

Well, I think that concludes the lessons for today.  Your 'learning points' (I kid you not, they use that in first grade) today are:  Eiffel Tower is the capital of France, in "ant are tucka" the people live in "igoos" and all the spiders are happy.


From Marci's '...things you don't expect to hear from the backseat...'  

"Want a dead Ladybug?"

"It's alive"

Pause.  "Oh...  Hi Little Lady Bug!"

Always ready to adapt...

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