Saturday, January 19, 2008

Out and About in the Blogosphere

A nice lazy, snowed in Saturday…..a good time was had by all. I sat in my chair and did all sorts of “webby things” on the computer. Dear Hubby watched movie after movie on his new high-definition surround sound television and made us Jambalaya for dinner. Tomorrow it will be football, football, and more football. Dear Daughter and friend created the wonderful snowman you see in the picture here.

Isn’t Frosty great? Not bad for two teenage girls who have only had real snow in their yards three or four times since birth.

You folks above the Mason-Dixon Line like to poke fun of us Southern types when we get ice and snow. Yes, we all run to the store when ice is in the forecast. Yes, schools shut down and folks stay home from church. Heck, ten people from our church called today to let us know church had been cancelled.

Apparently Jesus doesn’t drive too well in the snow and neither do Georgians. We just don’t get enough practice. It is a real safety issue in these parts when black ice forms on the roads. You can read more about the snowy south here, here, and 943 closings and delays in the Atlanta area are being reported.

I received a nice email this week from my friend, Mrs. Mecomber, who authors the great blog New York Traveler. Her kids are finalists in a video contest and they need our votes. Head on over to her post that tells you specifically how to vote. I always loved the Swedish Chef character!

The Georgia Carnival is up over at Georgia Politics Unfiltered…..great postings and great blogs to explore!

Dolce Belezza provided 13 Books Which Have Won an Award in 2007 and I’m so glad she did. There’s three or four listed I have on my list to check out.

I was most impressed with Dr. Pezz and his lesson plan that included showing his students the video Star Wars and Mythology produced by the History Channel. The good doctor states I think the kids will be excited to see how the patterns, structures, and archetypes used in Greek/Roman and Norse mythology are still being used in modern storytelling.

I love this! When the movie O Brother, Where Art Thou? came out many of my young students were very excited about it. I took advantage of the teachable moment that presented itself and we had a short talk about the time period presented in the movie as well as the connection to The Iliad and The Odyssey. It’s never too early to begin showing students connections between literature of the past and entertainment of the present and future.

Have a great rest of the weekend!


loonyhiker said...

I love the snowman! I live in Greenville, and we always watch for the snow to hit Atlanta because then we know it will definitely hit us too. We never seem to get it from the north, probably because of the mountains.

Dr Pezz said...

Thank you for noticing my (small) blog. I have absolutely loved working with these kids on this unit. It's about the most engaged they have been all year. :)

EHT said...

Most of the snow was gone by late afternoon...we didn't get the storm that predicted, but even yesterday (Tues) we still had some ice on the steps and under a few trees. It's been COLD!

Dr. Pezz you are very welcome. Your instincts to present that type of lesson to your students was right. We as teachers need to take heed to things our kids get excited about and keep doing it whatever it is in order to engage them.