Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bringing a little history to our grand daughter's classes.

It was off to the public school to teach the kids about woolly mammoths and walruses. The kindergartners first welcomed us on Monday and we stretched our measuring tape out to lay kids down along it to find out how many kindergartners it took to reach the shoulder of a woolly mammoth. And as we weighed kids to see how many it took to equal the 400 pound mound of dung left after a mammoth had eaten for 16 - 18 hours to satisfy it's appetite for one day, we also showed pieces of various mammoth tusks, a partial mammoth molar and walrus tusks too.

The kids loved it as they learned facts and we delighted in working with such an enthusiastic audience. Hands on learning is by far the best.
Our grand daughter's pre-school class joined us on Wednesday and we shared a much shorter version as many of the concepts we shared with the kindergartners wouldn't have been understood by them. Some of my other free moments, like I have very many of those, I spent photographing knives to get ready for an upcoming knife show.
I've still one knife to photograph but it isn't quite done but this puukko knife has me fascinated. The style of knife is from up north, way up north in Finland and Scandinavia and I can imagine a reindeer herder carrying one at his side so I photographed it on reindeer moss. The original style of Puukko is more simple and of course Kirk not being a copy cat added his own artistical style changing the bolster and butt of the knife just a little. The handle is woolly mammoth ivory.

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