Friday, October 2, 2009

This Week I Learned....

I have a write-board in our school room that I use to put a new journal entry up every school day. The kids have a notebook journal and are required to write at least 3 complete sentences for each entry. I thought that I might participate on my blog... no promises as to my consistency, but at least it will give me something to write when I have nothing to write.
Oct. 2 2009 Journal Starter -- This week I learned...

This week I learned that The Walmarts carries over 4000 items that are made with or from corn or corn products, including pudding, marshmallows, and graham crackers. Is that bad? I don't really know. I also learned that the Right Choices Corn Maze in Southwest City, MO, is really 45 minutes away...not 30 minutes. I also learned that the Everglades in Florida are a national park. And, I learned that during the Great Depression, one of FDR's many programs included hiring a few hundred thousand men for the CCC...a conservation program where the men worked at national parks, forests, and monuments. They made $30 a month. They lived in what looked like army barracks and had early morning calisthenics each day...and they were thankful. I've caught bits and pieces from the PBS special by Ken Burns on America's national parks. Even though the contents is surprisingly interesting, all his shows are alike... Even the music sounds like the music from his civil war special.
OK, I think I've reached my minimum of 3 sentences.

7 comments:

Adelia said...

Ooooh, fun, fun. We're enjoying the National Parks series as well. Looks like yer gittin' yourself learned real nice like. ;) {I love random, seemingly useless knowledge.}

Mom Keena said...

My grandfather worked for the CCC. And YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK is my neighbor.

Sun-Kissed Scholars said...

You get a smiley face on your paper, Trish! :-)
Good job journaling.

A lot of that is new info for me, too. I don't get the channel, so you'll have to just keep passing on the PBS news for me.

Btw, we went horseback riding this morning and I brought my awesome chicken bag!! Love it!

Lauren said...

I love your blog!! I'm glad you are back!!
We watched the National Parks series yesterday too. It made me so thankful for our founding fathers!!
I really want to take a vacation to Yellowstone or Yosemite now. :)

Becky said...

FYI, Devil's Den was built by the CCC. Pretty neat history. I'm glad you're still blogging, at least for now! I mentioned you in my blog- check it out!

AfricaBleu said...

I just love that someone else calls it "The Walmarts" too. I started doing it as a joke, and now can't seem to stop myself from doing it all the time.

Mommas Soapbox said...

Wow, fun blog and educational! Now I need to lookup this national Park series!

Walmart a budgets best friend.... lol