Tuesday, 22 January 2013

I Have a Dream - Martin Luther King Jr.

I cover a lot of exciting educational material with both girls each week. We have finished one of our history topics and we have moved onto the next topic. Actually we swapped the order around because Martin Luther King Jr Day was on the 21st. We decided to do race relations in America because of the tie in with MLK Jr. Our next topic will be the Great Depression and New Deal.

I read an excerpt aloud to L from the infamous 'I have a dream' speech and I was very moved by his words. He was a powerful writer and leader. We started off by reading about him and his life and L has a research project to finish on him. Did you know he was actually originally called Michael?

Here is an excerpt from his powerful and moving speech:

"I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: "We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal."

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today.

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain, and the crooked places will be made straight, and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together."

M is a bit young for such a heavy topic, so we are doing a Finding Nemo lapbook which will take us two weeks to finish. ♫ Just keep swimming, just keep swimming ♫ The lapbook covers many skills and is cross curricular. I just need to add some Math sheets to her week and that's it. She is learning words like bioluminesence and camouflage and what they mean.

We disassembled the Dyson vacuum cleaner and reassembled the Dyson vacuum cleaner a few times and on Friday it will go back to the Dyson Foundation which is a charity. We were so fortunate to be able to have this item. Schools get it for three or four weeks and homeschoolers get it for two weeks.

L attends two drama groups and for one of them she has to memorise dualogues and monologues. M is such a good reader that she reads the other person's part for L and it's so fun to watch them doing that together. L was amazed by M's ability to read a script. Reading a script is not like reading a book and she does it without getting lost.

We are going to buy some bird seed and in February do the nature challenge as outlined here February is the month for birds so we will look at the birds that come to our bird feeder. We will also go for walks to observe birds in nature and take photos. Hopefully I will get some good ones.

I am looking forward to seeing how we progress through the topics we are studying over the next few weeks. Have a lovely day, wherever you are!