Scotland is a travel video tape we play for the
grandson since he loves the differences and richness of Scottish living. He
has become familiar with words like,
"Glen," "bagpipes," "loch." He knows about the Picks, the Scots, and some of
the other tribes. He loves the castles. The festivals of Edinburgh with the
performers intrigue him. I think he even has the accent of "My love is like
a red, red rose."
The boats of Aberdeen are especially
interesting since he knows about boats from our living close to our eight
hundred mile water line of the Kaw Lake. Of course, monsters are always a
way to catch the interest and "Nessie," does this.
The every day with the grandchildren is like
a new world's happenings for me. Wonder why I didn't see with my own
children what I see with the grandchildren? The respect one develops for
their mother's personality, genes and culture are just an extra gift of
understanding of why my son fell in love with her. The ways of her children
express so much in my being able to communicate more easily.
Try though we may in our imperfect way to
bring to our beloved children, dear friends, and even, acquaintances
something of caring and sharing often the feeling is that we have not done
our utmost. However, as we begin to age then one has the advantage of
pulling from experience as well as thinking through ways of entertainment to
create learning. If we stay rested, careful as to diet, and exercise
self-control to overcome limitations as to physical stamina, then we only
but a struggle to a goal.
Every day a new word is written on the
blackboard. Yesterday the word was stand. Today the word was fear. During
the day the word is used in sentences in a casual way so they become a part
of the child's vocabulary. At meal time we discuss the word while using
stories that pertain to it in some way.
With the word "fear," we discussed some
different words meaning the same thing such as scarred, afraid, frightened,
and terror. A very brief discussion about terrorizing in order to cause
fear. If a child is allowed to talk about the word one can get the feeling
as to whether they truly are getting an understanding of the meaning of the
To illustrate. While we talked about the word
"stand," it became apparent the dictionary could not be used because the
examples were far too many. There was over a column on the one word. So, we
go around the table asking each person to use the word in a sentence. One
said. "We stand in line at school." Another said, "I can't stand broccoli."
While I'm wondering. "Is this slang?" I'm not given time to decide because
we are moving right along as to different uses for the word.
My question was, "What would you say if I
told you to, Go stand at the gate?"
Rewards are small but so very appreciated
when ones sees the point has been made.
"Open it up for them, and close it after they