Frozen but Still Learning
Our city and state may have been frozen last week, but our learning was not. We are grateful that we had power for more of the time than many, our pipes didn't burst and flood our home, and our water was on. We know this was not the case for many others in our state and our prayers go out to them as they deal with the aftermath of the storm.
While we waited out the cold, Luna was hard at work learning about The Civil War, new math concepts, and reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. We learned that while very few Texans had slaves, Texas joined the Confederate States of America. Given what we've learned about our state so far, it's not surprising that the voters in Texas didn't want the government to tell them what they could and could not do... they were an independent bunch!
The issues of death because of war, and slavery were very difficult for Luna to discuss. Both topics were so painful for her to consider and think through that there were days she simply would not engage, and other days she asked me to read aloud to her because she didn't want to see any pictures... it was just too much.
At the same time we were reading The Giver by Lois Lowry. The Giver deals with many difficult topics including differences between people, death, war, the value of life, and the importance of understanding even the painful parts of the past so as not to repeat history's mistakes. If you want to hear from Luna about The Giver, you can listen to her podcast by clicking the link. https://www.4thelove.net/podcasts