Jefferson, da Vinci and Wright

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I love history. I've always enjoyed learning through other people's experiences. As a kid I remember walking the cobblestone streets of Colonial Williamsburg and imagining what it would be like to walk them as a child in early 1700's. Transporting oneself to places and past events through biographies and re-enactments is such a fascinating way to learn. And when the learning is fascinating, we learn better.

To that end, I like to connect our learning to historical events. I generally refer to my learning calendar as a guide whenever we have a lull in activities. This week marks Thomas Jefferson's birthday, April 13, 1743; Leonardo's da Vinci's birthday, April 15, 1452; and Wilbur Wright's birthday, April 16, 1867. What better way to open the door to discussions on history, politics and government, art, medicine, agriculture, architecture and engineering, and geography, for starters. From there, who knows where your path will lead? Perhaps you'll end up making paper airplanes, painting portraits, or baking Applejacks. Just open the door, then let your kids take the lead and enjoy the journey together.


1 Cup light brown sugar
1 Cup chopped, unpeeled apples
½ Cup shortening
1-1/3 Cup sifted flour
1 Egg
1 Tsp nutmeg
½ Tsp baking soda
½ Tsp salt

In a mixing bowl, combine together shortening and sugar. Then, add beaten egg. Sift together the dry ingredients and add to the mixture. Beat it, until mixed well. Then add chopped apples to this mixture. Shape the mixture in small balls and drop these balls onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake them for about 12-15 minutes at 375°F.

The Mother said...

I LOVED Williamsburg.

I feel the same way about history. It's a window into the soul of humanity.


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