Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Technology Kid

As I start typing this post on one laptop, Julianna is "typing" on her sister's blog (Yes, she has an imaginary brother, John, and sister, Kate.  Whatever works.) on her Dad's laptop across the living room.  Got me thinking about how technologically advanced kids are nowadays.  Wonder what we were the great technological advances we had while growing up?  Cassette tapes?  What about those label makers that looked like guns that you had to dial the letter you wanted and then pull the trigger? Word processors and personal computers were available, but they were not nearly as much a part of our every day existence and you definitely couldn't carry one around with you.  How far technology has come in just the past *mumble, mumble* years since I was in high school.  Goodness, we get to laughing when we look at the old cell phones that we had just 10 years ago.  How did we hold those things to our ears without help?  We thought we were cooooool, too.  The speed at which technology evolves amazes me. 

Let's see, what can we talk about from last week?  We finished Asia and have now moved on to Europe.  The first country we studied was Russia. (I seem to only talk about Geography, but we are doing reading/math stuff every day too .  Lol).  We learned how to say hello (Dobrey Dyen), yes (dah), no (neyht) and grandmother (babushka) in Russian.  We prayed for the Moses family, a missionary family in Russia.  They are actually on deputation in the US at the moment, but she was kind enough to respond to our email (We email each family we are praying for, but most do not respond.  I don't think the UPCI website email works for the missionaries.) and asked us to pray for a couple specific requests they had.  I hope some of these families make it to CLC at some time.  I think Julianna would get a kick out of putting a real person with their picture and name.  We learned that in Russia, children go by three names:  their first name (girls all end with /a/), a nickname (variation of their first name) and then their patronymic name (which includes their father's first name), so Julianna's  would be Julianna, probably Julia for nickname and Julianna Mikelovna.   Adults add their last name.  We also looked at Faberge eggs online and talked about why they were created. (Wish I could find one of the original missing eggs at a yard sale. Can you imagine?  I wonder what they would be worth?)  We made our own version out of paper.  Of course, Julianna called it a Parmesan egg.  Lol.  Close enough. 

At Cedar Brook, the kids have geography class and they are doing Flat Stanley activities.  We have about 3 flat Stanley's already made.  Actually, none are Stanley.  Um, hello, Stanley is a BOY!  As if.  We have Flat Sadie, Twinkle Star and Jenna Helfer, complete with a "boot" on her foot. (Julianna's tribute to Jenna's bbroken toe.) We added Flat Rapunzel to the family this week.  She created her all by herself - complete with yarn hair.
We also made a candle holder covered with tissue paper.  We got the idea from the Highlights Magazine, High Five.  It turned out cute.  We put a battery operated tea light in it after it dried. 
 I might have to do more than one post per week.  I'm getting a little too gabby.  :)

1 comment:

JessicaH. said...

Aw! Cute. Made me smile. That is so cool that you guys have missionaries you pray for. What a great idea!
I had to laugh- I remember a movie from the 80's (cannot remember what it was) but a guy and a girl were across from each other on computers and the guy figured out how to send the girl a message on her computer- and that was like WAY COOL and unheard of! Ha. My how things have changed.