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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Legend of the Bluebonnet

Monday we read "The Legend of the Bluebonnet" by Tomie DePaola. It was a retelling of an old Commanche Indian Legend explaining how the bluebonnet flower came to be. The Commanche's made their homes mostly in Texas and they were nomadic and not a good tribe to tick off. They were known for their fierceness. The legend goes that a little indian girl named She-Who-Is-Alone loses her whole family in a famine and drought brought on by the sins of the Commanche people. The Great Spirit required a sacrifice of the most precious thing they had. The little indian girl knows it is her buckskin doll her parents made for her. It is her most prized possession the one thing she loves over anything else. She throws the doll into the fire and scatters the ashes to the four winds. In the morning, every place the ashes of her most prized possession fell, bluebonnets sprung up. She-Who-Is-Alone saved her people by her sacrifice. This was a great story to bring up the ultimate sacrifice made by Jesus on the cross. Jesus sacrificed his life, gave it up in a brutal and painful way to save everyone from their sins and to reconcile all to God. His life given so that all who repent and believe can have eternal life.
We made a state collage page for our 50 states notebook. I printed an outline map of the United States, Lillie found Texas, marked the capital and colored it in. Then she glued on pics of the state flower, bird, and flag and wrote in the nicknames. We then made cut and paste buckskin dolls using cut outs from crumpled up lunch bags. Lillie Anna's ended up looking like an easter bunny...

Lillie practiced her sight words and for math we worked on skip counting. She uses an interactive hundreds chart which you can find here.

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