Tuesday, April 04, 2006

A Piece Of My Past


I have watched many World War II movies that I have enjoyed very much. Some gave me a feeling of great sorrow, because so many people died fighting, not to mention the Holocaust. War, even through its sadness excites me, but I can't say why. That's why I took a picture of my Great Uncle Ralph's World War II Veteran flag. It's an old piece of our families' legacy. In reality it's just a flag in a wooden box, but to me it is so much more. I often sit on the couch and gaze at it with the Civil War hat on top thinking about the history. It intrigues me. I hope one day I can own this valuable heirloom.

Written by Isaiah


We have been practicing our writing in homeschooling. I thought it would be fun for the boys to take our camera each week and have them take a picture of anything they wanted, then have them write a short paragraph about the photo. I am trying to teach the boys how to express themselves through their writing this year. Its not about being wordy, but their choice of words. The boys are loving this. We are doing this assignment once a week. Then we are having Dennis judge which picture and paragraph is best, and they win a spot on my blog for the day. So this week's winner was Isaiah.

19 comments:

scahays said...

WOW! That's an outstanding piece of writing. Great Job Isiaih!! I'm impressed!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

This is wonderful. You are so inspiring with your boys... we have considered homeschooling and haven't decided officially yet. Reading your blog REALLY makes me want to homeschool! P.S. I figured out how to link you finally!

Kelly said...

Excellent idea. A creative idea for creative writing......awesome!

Renee said...

That IS great! It's always nice when they get excited about schoolwork.

Neurotic Mom said...

Wow that is fantastic, i wasn't expecting that to be written by one of your boys.
I have to write this idea down so i don't forget when the kids are old enough to do this.

Nicki said...

Another great idea, Trina! I'm going to put this one in my 'ideas' file.

Well done, Isaiah!! You did a wonderful job expressing your feelings through your writing. I could also relate to what you were writing about.

Trina said...

Chantel: Isaiah says, "Thanks, it was fun writing it."

Stephanie: Homeschooling has become more and more of a real joy as we are becoming more creative rather then as convential. Its taking me a while to get comfortable to step out of certain boundaries, and its paying off with the joy of the boys.

Kelly: It started off with them watching me write stories and tie pictures in with them for my blog, and the boys started to get into it too.

Renee: Yes, anything we can do that doesnt feel like a chore that produces great results, is a BLESSING for sure.

NeuroticMom: I wasnt sure how well the boys would do either, but they each surprised me, pleasantly too.

Nicki: You have an IDEA file? Now thats a great idea too.
Isaiah says, "Thanks, I love to think alot about history, and so this one was easy for me to write."

WriteWingNut said...

He is so talented! I'll have to try your idea. My son HATES to write so maybe the photo would motivate him more.

He does love WWII, though...in fact is obsessed with it. If he were ever on a trivia show and WWII was the category, he'd sweep it, lol.

Trina said...

Writewingnut: All of my sons hate writing too. So this has been a challenge here as well, and yes the photo really does help, and only a paragraph too.
My sons are so into WWII and could answer all sorts of ridiculous questions concerning it too. It must be a boy thing!! LOL

jeneflower said...

My husband, Mike is a WWII fan too, he knows the name of every battle and every airplane that was flown and a ton of little known details about everything. Personally I just know that we got hit by Japan and then we helped defeat Hitler and then Hitler invaded Russia and Russia's cold was a big factor in Hitler's defeat. Something like that. We will be visiting a WWII museum in Russia which I am excited to see.

You sound like a great homeschool mom who really gets her kids involved.

steff81 said...

How old is this son? What a wonderful sentiment he has about a piece of your family's history!

The photo is great and so is the paragraph. This public school teacher would give him an A++!

Trina said...

Isaiah is 13. Isaiah is reading the comments today, and he is having fun with this. He says, "Awe...thank you."

Kim's Life said...

Fantastic idea you have just given me an idea for my children. Than you. well done Isaiah. I great Job. Full Marks for you?

Mike said...

A neat idea Trina. War history is interesting to me as well.

Better Full... said...

I gave my daughter my old digital camera, so this is a great assignment for her. She has her own blog too. I always loved taking pictures by myself when I was a kid.
See her blog at
www.subjectbean.blogspot.com

Better Full... said...

I love your Tall Chicks Rule blinkie. Haven't gotten around to learning how to make those yet.

SXYMMA said...

Wow!!! I'm so impressed!! I didn't even realize while reading it that it had been written by a child!! Good job, Isaiah! (And Mommy!)

momto3blessings said...

AWESOME Job Isaiah! You did a wonderful Job. Reading that I hadnt realized it was you that wrote it I thought Trina Had.

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