Monthly Archives: March 2012

Local Geography and History Field Trip – One

We took a field trip yesterday in conjunction with Teal’s Local Geography and History block.  We began at Temple Square in Salt Lake to discuss how the Mormon settlers had laid the city out in square blocks after determining the central block for the temple.


We toured the Beehive House where the first Territorial Governor of Utah, Brigham Young, lived.  We had a snack next door at the Lion House which has 20 gables.

We went to the Church History Museum and saw a log cabin that had been built the first year the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley.


Inside the museum was a wonderful exhibit on the Pioneer migration to Utah.  It had a nice large map showing the route they traveled, an interactive video and map presentation to show how cities and towns had been colonized in Utah, and a large diorama of what Salt Lake City looked like in the early days.  It also had a covered wagon and lots of examples of what the pioneers brought with them on their trek.

We took a detour from school to check out the new City Creek Mall and have Chick-Fil-A for lunch.  (We miss having Chick-Fil-A nearby since moving from Georgia!) On our way to the mall, we passed the statue of the Native American, Mountain Man, and Pioneer on the intersection of South Temple and Main Streets.  It was a nice visual tying in the things we have studied.

Wigeon was a trooper and didn’t mind being the in back carrier all morning.  I snapped this picture over my shoulder after she had fallen asleep.  (The strap is not pressing against her nose.  That’s an optical illusion.)


When we could walk no longer, we drove to the mouth of Emigration Canyon to see where the Pioneers had entered the valley.

We had a terrific time, but were left with aching legs that evening!  Thanks for reading!

Sword Play

I know weaponry can be a touchy subject, so if you are averse to letting your children play with swords now is probably the time to go read one of my back posts.  I feel like sword play is pretty common and natural for children, boys especially.  They like to have a weapon to defeat dragons and such, and, if a boy doesn’t have a sword, he’ll probably just use a stick as a sword.  I am fine with my children using a play sword, with one exception;  I won’t tolerate hearing the word “kill” as a threat toward any other person, even in play.  My children know this.  They are free to kill dragons and capture people, but not free to threaten death to another person in the game.

I thought it would be a great project to let my son fashion his own wooden sword after reading Saint George and the Dragon.

First, he drew a picture of how he wanted his sword to look.  (I am heartbroken that I can’t find his sword drawing to post here!  It was painstakingly drawn and colored.)  Next he and I drew the sword onto a 1″ X 6″.  I followed his design, but changed the proportions a bit so the sword would feel balanced in his hand.  The crossbar, grip, and pommel comprise one-third of the total length.  The blade comprises the other two-thirds.  Once sketched, I used a Dremel drill to cut it out.  Pintail then whittled the sharp edges down with a pocket knife and sanded the entire sword.


Painting came next.


Voila!  Ready for battle.