Sunday, October 30, 2011

UU Parenting: Celebrating the Mysteries and Wonders of Life

As a parent who is a Unitarian Universalist, I celebrate the mysteries and wonders of life. One of the mysteries to me is the weather. Sure, science can explain it, but when snow shows up on your door step before October is even over, you must recognize the mystery of it.

I am sure you will shocked to know that we WNY/Buffalo people, did not receive snow this weekend but we did get a heavy frost.

As homeschoolers, I am sure you have stopped to gaze at the moon, not the size, color and shape but I imagine what really makes you smile is the shine. The moon shines. It glows, it fills me with awe.

This week we are learning about magnetism, and it has filled my children with many questions (many of which they don't need or want answered), and created in them the sense of wonder of the unknown- what don't we know about magnets.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Pinterest: Super fun waste of time!

Good Morning fellow bloggers! Several weeks ago I signed up for Pinterest, if you're not hip to this website, you really must give it a peek.

It is a site that works much like your home bulletin board, people post pictures, projects, ideas and information to the site and you can then create your own board dedicated to specific interests. It is a electronic bulletin board and oh so addictive.

If you are looking for new ideas for your curriculum, check it out!

If you want to see my boards, you can find me by typing aeress or if you happen to know my first and last name, I am searchable that way- I have a new board for UU activities and ideas, but don't have much pinned there as of yet.

Monday, October 3, 2011

History of the United States:Pennsylvania

We are very fortunate, my husband is attending a conference and we are tagging along, which will allow us to explore the state of Pennsylvania. Often times, when we study the United States, we are looking at the history that is often missing f texts, books and websites. We then begin looking at the history that we are familiar with, and moving onto new information. We do our best to see the whole picture, looking at beliefs, facts, information and sources.

I often struggle with the notion of true/false, right/wrong, fact/fiction when it comes to history. As a UU, I feel our religion helps us to see history in a different context, we try to see the "whole picture" as I mentioned earlier. Though there are some drawbacks, it takes time and energy to search out this information, and while we may do our best to search for truth and meaning, we are human and we will make mistakes.

So, on our adventure, we will document the history of Pennsylvania from various view points. Our first stop is this website Explore