October 2002: Homeschool Journal, Minn of the Mississippi Unit Study

Wow. We read the first two sections of the book today. Our study has really jumped off on the right foot. I’ll admit I was concerned when I read the text that it would be pro-evolution instead of pro-creation. We have lots of exciting facts to research.

On page 10 of Minn, there are drawings of turtle eggs from the naturalist, Louis Agassiz, who is famous for his quote, ” I trust to outlive this mania” (1867: in reference to Darwinism) He toured the country disputing Darwin’s theory of evolution.

On page 14 of Minn, we read about the turtles’ ribs being different, then we found a link that says this is one of the reasons that evolution is disputed by some very famous naturalists.

In addition, the naturalist Agassiz was supported and allied with leading philanthroposts, politicians, and intellectuals such as Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a Louisiana poet! I actually have an “imported from London” book of Longfellow’s works and IN it is a poem called “The Fiftieth Birthday of Agassiz”. . .

“And Nature, the old nurse, took The child upon her knee,

Saying: “Here is a story-book Thy Father has written for thee.

Come, wander with me, she said, Into regions yet untrod;

and read what is still unread in the manuscripts of God. . . “

**, how right you are that one thing leads to another:

  • We talked about creation vs evolution, looked up vocabulary words like: proponent; tortoise, carapace, gulf.
  • We discussed classification of animals and the system that was set up for this.
  • We discussed the difference between turtles, terrapins and tortoises.
  • We discussed the origins of words, ie; chelonia from chelonium-Greek for shield is the order to which turtles belong while tortoise refers to their feet because Latin ‘tortus’ means twisted.
  • We looked at a map of the Mississippi river starting at Minnesota and going down to the Gulf of Mexico.
  • We discussed taking a trip to the Gulf of Mexico and have decided to write for information concerning this.
  • We discussed crossing the M.River to get to Uncle Larry’s house at Thanksgiving.
  • We used the atlas, the dictionary and the encyclopedias, not to mention books off our shelves [thank goodness I have a good library] including some poetry by Longfellow and books we’d gotten from the public library.
  • Then we searched the internet for more.

I’m going to work on a web page this afternoon to link this stuff together in my mind. And lap books, too. It is so cool~!!