Monday, January 15, 2007

From kings to birds

Reason 127 for why we're thoroughly enjoying homeschooling...

S. and I are continuing to work our way through the alphabet. To work on "K", we read Grimm's Koenig Drosselbart (King Thrushbeard).

In the story, the king's chin looked like a thrush's beak, hence his name. In preparation for drawing his "K" picture, S. wondered what a thrush looked like, so that he could render his king properly.

That led us to look up Drossel,... which in turn,... led us to learning about stones called "Drosselschmiede", which the birds use to break open snail shells.

At the outset, I had no idea that one could learn so many things from studying the letter "K"! :-)

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