Thursday, September 15, 2011

Autumn Is Here!

The air has a slight tang to it, the trees are getting a bit of color to them, and the days of warm weather are limited.

Yep this is the time to get into studies about the September Equinox.

  • How is it / was it observed
  • What cultures venerated it
  • What precisely is it
  • What nifty facts can be turned up about it...

A little research on the net and I turned up the following useful (or useless depending on your perspective) facts about the September Equinox.

  • In Iran it marks the beginning of Mehr or Libra – it's a festival of love – how nifty!
  • Korea has a major harvest festival with a three day holiday celebrated at this time of year.
  • In China the Mid-Autumn Festival is celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th Lunar month... mostly found near the Fall Equinox and it is an official holiday in not only China, but many countries that have a significant Chinese population. Remember though this is the Lunar Calendar we're talking about so it could be any time from Sept to October...
  • In the UK the traditional harvest festival was celebrated on the Sunday of the full moon closest to the Fall Equinox.
  • In the French Republican Calendar – in use from 1793 to 1805 the calendar year began...

These are just a few facts I could find in a quick Google search. What do you think you and your first grader could turn up at the local public library?

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Not Back to School day!

This sounds marvelous doesn't it? A number of local groups hold these and take their kids to the beach on the first week other kids return to school. It's a chance to get together, blow off steam and hang out with friends who might have been away or attending too many parks and recs programs over the summer.

C's daughter B has attended these since she was a pre-schooler and it is always a highlight of her summer, time where she can just be silly, put some of the knowledge she's gained together over summer from the various trips to the library and aquarium to use and maybe build a sand castle with a Renaissance flair.

As a homeschooling parent it's a great time to connect with other homeschooling parents and not worry about having a lesson crafted around your outing. Kids learn from each other and now is the time to watch the osmosis occur. It's almost a given that your child and another child will start trading facts back and forth and will use the knowledge gained from this last year to better their sand art or the sand mummification of their friends.