Squanto & The First Thanksgiving

There are people in history whom God has blessed and used joyously and from them flowed wonderful and positive events.  I immensely enjoy the story of Squanto, the Native American who befriended the Pilgrims. He lived from 1590 to 1622.

He was a contemporary of John Smith, Pocahontas’ famous, English friend, and he even met him in 1614. It was not the honorable John Smith who fooled and kidnapped Squanto (Tisquantum) and took him to Europe but an English sea captain named Thomas Hunt. Hunt took Squanto to Malaga, Spain and sold him as a slave, but by God’s grace Squanto wound up with Christian priests who freed him and sent him to England. By 1619 he was returning to New England with the help of another sailor, Thomas Derer. Unfortunately, the inhabitants (including Squanto’s wife, children, & parents) of Squanto’s village had been all but eradicated by European diseases.

Squanto became a “prisoner” of another Native American tribe, the Pokanoket, whose leader was Massasoit. Squanto was treated well, and Massasoit saw the importance of his English interpreting skills. Squanto was eventually set free. It was Squanto along with another Native American, Samoset, who on March 22, 1621 walked into Plymouth to help the Pilgrims with their new land. Squanto taught the Pilgrims to hunt better and most importantly how to raise and care for corn, beans, and squash. Squanto along with the other Pokanoket Native Americans and the Pilgrims celebrated that first Thanksgiving in October of 1621. Most scholars say it lasted for two weeks.

No one is ever perfect, but thanks to Squanto and his vision of peace and brotherhood of different races and cultures, we have the wonderful example of how people who are different can entwine their lives into a peaceful existence.

Ammon, Carter, und Interviews

Volkswagen & Children

“Ich heiße Carter.”
“Ich heiße Ammon.”
“Ich heiße Catharina.”

Ich musste von Ohr zu Ohr grinsen. Carter hatte unsere Begrüßung mit Catharina Mette (von der Werkskommunikation Volkswagen in Chattanooga, Tennessee) einer gebürtigen Deutschen, die jetzt in Chattanooga, Tennessee, unserer Heimatstadt, lebt und arbeitet, ganz von allein initiiert. Carter hatte mit “Mein Name ist Carter.” begonnen, dann folgten Ammon und Catharina und teilten ihre Namen mit. Ich war so froh, dass Carter und Ammon hier ihre Sozialkompetenz unter Beweis stellen konnten und dies nun sogar ganz ohne meine Aufforderung taten. Wir hatten seit mehr als zwei Jahren an zwischenmenschlicher Kommunikation gearbeitet und jetzt konnten sie ihre Fähigkeiten anwenden und gleichzeitig üben, deutsch zu sprechen.

Ich schilderte Public Relations Mitte September mein Anliegen, erklärte, dass Ammon und Carter zuhause unterrichtet werden, neben der deutschen Sprache auch etwas über die deutsche Kultur lernen sollen und ich Ihnen eine Möglichkeit geben möchte, ihre Sozialkompetenz in einem einfachen Interview zu trainieren. Ich fragte, ob es einen deutschen Muttersprachler gäbe, mit dem sie ein persönliches Interview führen könnten. Er war so freundlich, ein Interview mit seiner Kollegin Catharine Mette anzubieten, mit der ich bald Zeit und Ort abstimmen konnte. Ein Mitarbeiter eines Multi-Milliarden-Dollar-Konzern erwies zwei 5-Jährigen aus Chattanooga, Tennessee die Ehre, Zeit mit Ihnen zu verbringen.

Catharina (ihre persönliche Höflichkeit ist fantastisch)persönlich begrüßte Carter und Ammon am Besucher Check-in mit einem warmen Lächeln und freundlichen Gruß. Die drei lagen sofort auf einer Wellenlänge. Wir wurden dann in einen Besucherempfangsraum geführt und Carter und Ammon konnten ihre roten Rosen, die wir als Dankeschön mitgebracht hatten, überreichen. Es gab bequeme Stühle, Tische und ein Mini-Theater mit einem riesigen Flachbildschirm an der Wand. Nach ein paar Grußworten und einem kurzen Austausch zu Carters und Ammons Deutschlandreise schlug Catharina vor: „Lasst mich euch zwei ein paar Videos über die Geschichte dieses Volkswagen-Werks zeigen.”

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So saßen wir im gemütlichen Mini-Kino und bekamen zwei Videos zu sehen: Das erste widmete sich ganz der Geschichte des Volkswagen-Werks in Chattanooga. Es war sehr professionell gemacht und stellte gleichzeitig einen persönlichen Bezug zu unserer Heimatstadt her, auf die Carter und Ammon sehr stolz sind. “Wow, Chattanooga!“, flüsterte Carter mir zu. Das Video endet mit einem Fokus auf dem Passat (der hier hergestellt wird) und dem Motortrend Car of the Year Award 2012, den das hart arbeitende Team des Chattanooga Werkes feiern durfte. Das zweite Video war nur 3 Minuten lang, aber es zeigte im Zeitraffer 12 Stunden im Bau eines Passats. Es fesselte Ammon und Carter an ihre Sitze! Als das Video endete rief Carter. “Wow, das Auto haben Sie aber schnell gebaut!”. Wir alle kicherten.

Rivited

“Jetzt wollt ihr zwei mir wohl noch einige Fragen stellen?”, leitete Catharina anschließend auf das Interview und Carters und Ammons Übungslektion in Sozialkompetenz über.

Die vier wichtigsten Fragen, die Carter und Ammon vorbereitet hatten, bezogen sich auf traditionelle Küche, Kleidung, Gebäudearten und Familienmodelle in Deutschland. Ammon und Carter wechselten sich mit der Fragestellung ab.

Ammon und Carter lieben es, Brezeln zu essen und hatten bereits gelernt, dass diese ein wichtiger Teil der bayerischen Kultur sind. Wir hatten sie während unseres Urlaubs ( http://bit.ly/13CXrSZ , http://bit.ly/ZvyR7c ) im Jahr 2012 gegessen und im Rahmen unseres Unterrichts zuhause selbst welche gebacken. Durch ihre Fragen fanden sie heraus, dass deutsche Brezeln nicht zu den traditionellen Snacks der Region Wolfsburg, der Heimatstadt von Catharina und Volkswagen, gehören.

Carter fragte dann: “Haben Sie Lederhosen?” – “Nein, Carter, Lederhosen sind ein traditionelles Kleidungsstück aus Bayern. Wo ich herkomme, hat man keine Lederhosen. ” Das nahm Ammon sofort als Ausgangspunkt für Ihre nächste Frage: „Sehen Ihre Häuser genauso aus wie die Häuser in Chattanooga?” – “Naja, irgendwie schon”, sagte Catharina und fügte hinzu “bei uns gibt es mehr Steinhäuser.”

Carter fragte dann: “Sehen Sie Ihre Familie in Deutschland?” – “Ja schon, ich fliege sie ein paar Mal im Jahr besuchen. Tatsächlich bin ich gerade letzte Woche von einem Besuch zurückgekommen”, antwortete Catharina.

Eine frei formulierte Frage von Carter bildete dann ein famoses Finale für das Interview und fasste den Sinn unseres Ausflugs und des Interviews selbst wunderbar zusammen:

“Haben Sie auch so einen Volkswagen?” erkundigte er sich.
Und Catharina antwortete schnell: “Nein, aber ich habe einen Volkswagen Tiguan. Der ist wie ein Van.” Zur Erläuterung wurde schnell ein Foto eines Tiguan gegooglet und Ammon rief sofort: „Oh, der ist schön!”.

Damit beendeten wir unser Interview, denn Catharina musste wieder an die Arbeit. Wir machten noch einige Fotos und Catharina bat die Rezeption, Volkswagen Besucherausweise für Carter und Ammon anzufertigen. Sie waren sehr stolz! Mit Umarmungen und Lächeln und mehreren „Auf Wiedersehen” verabschiedeten wir uns schließlich.

Dank persönlichen Höflichkeit Catharinas, Ammon und Carters Zwischenmenschliche Interview war ein großer Erfolg.

Carter & Ammon Shine in a Personal Courtesy Interview

Carter and Ammon Shine in a Personal Courtesy Interview

Volkswagen & Children

“Ich heisse Carter.”
“Ich heisse Ammon.”
“Ich heisse Catharina.”

I stood grinning ear to ear. Carter had initiated our introduction with Catharina Mette (Volkswagen of Chattanooga, Tennessee Plant Communications ) a native German who is now living and working in Chattanooga, Tennessee our home town. Carter started with “My name is Carter.” Then Ammon and Catharina followed with sharing their names. I was so pleased that Carter and Ammon were practicing their interpersonal skills without any prompt from me. We had been working on interpersonal skills for over two years, and now they had combined both interpersonal skills and speaking German.

I wrote to the Public Relations in the middle of September, and explained how Ammon and Carter were homeschooled, were studying the German language, studying the German culture, and needing to practice their interpersonal skills with a simple interview. I asked if there was a native German in personal relations with whom we could conduct an interview. They graciously agreed to an interview with Catharina Mette with whom I soon arranged an interview date and time. I was honored that someone from this multi-billion dollar industry was taking time to spend with two 5 year olds from Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Catharina personally greeted Carter and Ammon at the visitor’s check-in station with a warm smile and greeting. There was an immediate bond between the three. We were then ushered into a visitor reception room. Carter and Ammon gave her the red roses we had purchased for her as a “Thank You”. There were comfortable chairs, tables, and a mini-theater with a huge flat screen television on the wall. After initial greetings and a review of Carter and Ammon’s travels to Germany, Catharina interjected, “Let me show you two a couple of videos on the history of this Volkswagen plant.”

Roses for Catharina

We all sat comfortably in the mini-theater where we viewed two videos.The first video was on the history of the Chattanooga Volkswagen plant. It was so professional and personal to our hometown in which Carter and Ammon are so proud. “Wow, Chattanooga!”, Carter whispered to me. The video ended with a focus on how the Passat (the plant’s car) won Motortrend’s 2012 Car of the Year Award, and it all connected to the hard working team at the Chattanooga plant. The second video was only 3 minutes, but it showed a 12 -hour time lapse of how a Passat is fabricated. Ammon and Carter sat riveted. When the video finished, Carter exclaimed. “Wow, they made that car fast!”. We all giggled.

Rivited

“Now, I understand that you two have some questions for me.” , Catharina said while leading Carter and Ammon into their interpersonal interview.

The four main questions Carter and Ammon had created were regarding the cultural areas of food, clothing, types of shelter, and the composition of family units in Germany. Ammon and Carter took turns asking questions.

Ammon and Carter love to eat pretzels, and we had studied that pretzels were a favorite snack tradition in Bavaria, eaten them during our vacation there in 2012 ( http://bit.ly/ZvyR7c, http://bit.ly/13CXrSZ) and made them in our home during the study. Through questioning, they found out that German pretzels are not traditional snack foods from the region of Wolfsburg, Germany, Catharina and Volkswagen’s hometown.

Carter then asked, “Do you have lederhosen?”, “No, Carter, lederhosen is a traditional style of dress, once again, from Bavaria. I do not have lederhosen.” Ammon then took her cue for the next question with, “Does your house look the same as houses here in Chattanooga?” “Well, kind of….,” Catharina said continuing with, “…we have more rock and brick houses.”

Carter then asked, “Do you get to see your family in Germany?” “Well, yes, I return home to see them several times a year. As a matter of fact, I just returned last week.” , Catharina stated.

Our meeting ended splendidly with Carter’s free question, “Do you have a Volkswagen like this one (the Passat)?” Carter inquired. “
Catharina quickly replied, “No, but I have a Volkswagen Tiguan. It’s like a van.” We then Googled an Internet photo of a Tiguan. “Oh, that’s nice!” Ammon exclaimed.

We then agreed that our questions were over and that Catharina had to return to work. We snapped photos, and Catharina had the reception desk make Carter and Ammon Volkswagen Visitor badges. They were so proud! We then departed with smiles and hugs, and a few “Auf Wiedersehen” .

Thanks to Catharina’s personal courtesy, Ammon and Carter’s interpersonal interview had been a huge success.

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Find Out!

Ammon, Carter, and I are in a book! It’s called Find Out Anything From Anyone, Anytime.

http://www.amazon.com/Find-Anything-From-Anyone-Anytime-ebook/dp/B00HEZF9J6/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

Maryann Karinch and James O. Pyle co-authored this book, and one of Maryann’s chapters is Questioning in your Personal Life. She wanted to incorporate my good questioning techniques that I use with Carter and Ammon. She even references my future book (still unpublished, but written none the less!) and has a transcription of a conversation Ammon, Carter, and I had as we planned our Disney World trip last August.

Maryann sent Carter and Ammon signed copies of her book with a “Thank You.” We are all mentioned in her Acknowledgments, and our part of the book can be found on pages 208-211.

Maryann is a very dedicated author, and I think you all would enjoy reading this book. The “Find Out Anything….” can empower us to:

-Identify and practice good questioning techniques.
-Recognize types of questions to avoid.
-Know the questions required when hearing unconfirmed reports of gossip.
-Practice good listening techniques and exploit all leads.
-Determine when and how to control the conversation.
-Gain real expertise fast.

I enjoyed the book, and I think you all will too.

Letter B Unit Plan

Bb
Unit Plan
B=Believe

Cool, Simplistic Wheel of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences

Gardner

Gardner

(Thanks Connections Academy)

I had no idea that when I took a doctoral class of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences
in 1999 that I would one day be using it to educate my own children. On my way to my doctorate, I completed my Education Specialist Degree that is in Curriculum Design. During their Homeschool Preschool year, I created my own curriculum for Carter and Ammon that I still rely on from time to time even though they have a separate Kindergarten curriculum. I am using Tennessee state standards so be sure that if you are trying to follow standards, consult your own state’s Department of Education website.

Whether for your own homeschooling, student remediation, or student enrichment, please feel free to use my plans for your children or classroom.

Letter B "Bean Art"

Letter B “Bean Art”

Mathematics: TN KCC A.3, KCC B.5, KCC B.4b, KOA A.1 & A.2, KMD A.1 & A.2

Social Studies: TN Business 2.02, Seasons 3.02 “c” (Autumn)

Science: TN K Building Blocks 7.1.2 , Biology w/plants & animals 7.3.1 (water, food, & air), Weather 7.8.2

-Weather Data -Heat Chart

Language Arts: TN RFK 2.d, RFK 3.b, SLK 1.a, SLK 1.b, SLK 6, LK 1.a, LK 1.f, RLK1, RLK2, RLK3, RLK4, RLK5, RLK9

Bubble Bear by Maxwell Higgins

Multiple Intelligences

Verbal/Linguistic- reading, writing, Capitals & punctuation

Logical Mathematical- math (numbers 1-20)

Body Kinesthetic- Balance, basketball, bowling, base ball

Spatial- Draw /Color B & b coloring w/ABC Mouse.com

Music/Rhythm- Brahms, Beethoven, Bossa Nova

Brahms

Bossa Nova

Beethoven 5th

Beethoven: Moonlight

Ode to Joy

Interpersonal- Relating to Daddy S, Daddy H, & Mamaw, & Nana

Intrapersonal –Asking how they are experiencing their day with a video journal from iPad

Nature- Biology

http://concord.org/stem-resources/subject/biology?gclid=CPyti9L7hroCFWpp7AodC1oAPg

Letter A Unit Plan

Aa- Unit Plan

A= Autumn

A=Acceptance

Cool, Simplistic Wheel of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences

Multiple Intelligence Wheel

Multiple Intelligence Wheel

(Thanks Connections Academy)

Autumn

Autumn

I had no idea that when I took a doctoral class of Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences
in 1999 that I would one day be using it to educate my own children. On my way to my doctorate, I completed my Education Specialist Degree that is in Curriculum Design. During their Homeschool Preschool year, I created my own curriculum for Carter and Ammon that I still rely on from time to time even though they have a separate Kindergarten curriculum. I am using Tennessee state standards so be sure that if you are trying to follow standards, consult your own state’s Department of Education website.

The standards I have chosen for Preschool align with Tennessee’s Kindergarten Standards, and I have chosen the core classes of Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts (Reading, Writing, Poetry, etc.). Several letter “A” words from each core is then made focal points to study during the Unit Plan.

The plan for the Multiple Intelligences is the same whereby letter “A” words are woven through the intelligences and focused on during the unit.

Whether for your own homeschooling, student remediation, or student enrichment, please feel free to use my plans for your children or classroom.

Autumn Activities: http://www.123child.com/lessonplans/seasonal/fall/fall.php

Mathematics: TN KCC A.3, KCC B.5, KCC B.4b, KOA A.1, A.2, A.3, A.4, & A.5 KMD A.1 & A.2

Measuring ingredients for Home Made APPLE Pies

Carter creates his Apple Pies

Carter creates his Apple Pies

Ammon creates her Apple PIes

Ammon creates her Apple PIes

Social Studies: TN Seasons K3.02 (c) (Autumn), K 1.01-Physical Attributes, K4.01 (d) Authority, 4.04 (b) Allegiance

Science: TN K Take APART 7.1.3, Biology w/animals 7.3.1 (water, food, & air), Weather- 7.8.1, 7.8.2

-Weather Data -Heat Chart

Language Arts: TN RFK 2.d, RFK 3.b, SLK 1.a, SLK 1.b, SLK 6, LK 1.a, LK 1.f, RLK1, RLK2, RLK3, RLK4, RLK5, RLK9

The Adventures of Abby Alligator By Maria Fleming

Multiple Intelligences

Verbal/Linguistic- reading, writing, Capitals & punctuation, short “a” & long “a”, articulate, analogize,

Logical Mathematical- math (numbers 1-20), addition, analyze, abstract, analogize,

Apple Pies- Recipe (measuring ingredients)

Body Kinesthetic- Acrobatics, activate, assemble,

Spatial- Air art (straws), align,

Apple Jack Necklace (Kellogg's Cereal loved the Tweet)

Apple Jack Necklace (Kellogg’s Cereal loved the Tweet)

https://twitter.com/Twin_Travel/status/388708218433593344/photo/1

Music/Rhythm- accordion

Interpersonal- Relating to Daddy S, Daddy H, & Mamaw, & Nana, associate,

Intrapersonal –Asking how they are experiencing their day with a video journal from iPad, analyze, assess,

Nature- Adopt a tree

Adopt a Tree: October 10, 2013. Our Maple Tree is still quite green and Carter & Ammon can still wear shorts

Adopt a Tree: October 10, 2013. Our Maple Tree is still quite green and Carter & Ammon can still wear shorts

“Find Out Anything From Anyone, Anytime”

Ammon, Carter, and I are in a book! It’s called Find Out Anything From Anyone, Anytime.

http://www.amazon.com/Find-Anything-From-Anyone-Anytime-ebook/dp/B00HEZF9J6/ref=dp_kinw_strp_1

Maryann Karinch and James O. Pyle co-authored this book, and one of Maryann’s chapters is Questioning in your Personal Life. She wanted to incorporate my good questioning techniques that I use with Carter and Ammon. She even references my future book (still unpublished, but written none the less!) and has a transcription of a conversation Ammon, Carter, and I had as we planned our Disney World trip last August.

Maryann sent Carter and Ammon signed copies of her book with a “Thank You.” We are all mentioned in her Acknowledgments, and our part of the book can be found on pages 208-211.

Maryann is an effective author, and I think you all would enjoy reading this book. The “Find Out Anything….” can empower us to:

-Identify and practice good questioning techniques.
-Recognize types of questions to avoid.
-Know the questions required when hearing unconfirmed reports of gossip.
-Practice good listening techniques and exploit all leads.
-Determine when and how to control the conversation.
-Gain real expertise fast.

I enjoyed the book, and I think you all will too.

Letter N – Preschool Unit Plan

Nn

Unit Plan

N= Neighborhood…thanks, Sesame Street!

Mathematics: TN KCC A.3, KCC B.5, KCC B.4b, KOA A.1 & A.2, KMD A.1 & A.2

Social Studies: TN K 3.01, K 2.01, K 6.01

-North   -Needs    -Neighborhoods

Science: TN K 7.6.1, 7.6.2, 7.7.2, 7.7.3,7.8.1, 7.8.2,

-Weather Data      -Heat Chart   -Night        -Non-living  -Natural 7.7.3

Language Arts: TN RFK 2.d, RFK 3.b, SLK 1.a, SLK 1.b, SLK 6, LK 1.a, LK 1.f, RLK1, RLK2, RLK3, RLK4, RLK5, RLK9

The Nicest Newt  by Heather Feldman

Multiple Intelligences

 

Verbal/Linguistic- reading, writing, Capitals & punctuation

Logical Mathematical- math (numbers 1-20)

Body Kinesthetic- Practicing being Nimble

Spatial- Draw /Color N & n coloring w/ABC Mouse.com, Venn diagram (Night w/day….Moon & Stars)

Music/Rhythm- “Nonsense Words” -ABCMouse

Interpersonal- Relating to Daddy S, Daddy H, & Mamaw

Intrapersonal –Asking how they are experiencing their day with a video journal from iPad

Nature- geography with North, Night

Ammon & Carter: Museum of Natural History

T-Rex: Tuesday May 8, 2012

Wooly Mammoth

New York City’s Museum of Natural History: May 8, 2012

Ammon and Carter had survived the Uffizi, the Accademia di Belle Arti, and The Sistine Chapel in Italy, The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam, The Louvre in Paris, and many other smaller museums of Europe and the United States. However, they were MADE to go.

During our week in New York City, we had several free mornings and afternoons, and it rained several of those days as well. On Tuesday (May 8), we couldn’t go to Central Park or other parks, so I scoured my mind in thinking of where Carter and Ammon might like to go. I asked if they wanted to see some statues of animals, and they both said, “Oh, yeah”.

Well, we traveled up the subway to the Museum of Natural History, and the subway went right into the basement of the museum (perfect because it was raining!). We went to 3rd floor, winded through the halls, and entered the well-known dinosaur room. Carter was asleep in his stroller, but Ammon walked in, looked up, smiled a HUGE smile, and yelled, “T-Rex!”. She ran and started jabbering. We were in the museum for over 2 hours, and the children loved every moment. Carter even woke up and enjoyed the animals as well. I was so relieved that we chose well. It was a great acclamation to museums for Ammon and Carter.

John, Jesus’ Friend/Apostle: Ephesus

Sitting in the Ruins of St. John’s Basilica: October 16, 2011-Sunday

St. John’s Byzantine Basilica Ruins

Camel in Ephesus

Summary of John’s Life

John is the only Apostle who did not suffer a martyr’s death. He was human just like the rest of us, and he had his faults, but there was a spiritual connection and understanding that John had with Jesus that the other 11 did not. John and his family were well known in Jerusalem. He must have been liked by the Jewish rulers as well because he (Had to have been John!) was witness the trials of Jesus during the night of his arrest (John 18:15). John is then present at the crucifixion with Mary, the mother of Jesus. Because there was no Joseph, Jesus was traditionally and culturally responsible to take care of his mother. John was more family to Jesus than his own brothers and sisters, and on the cross, Jesus gave John the honor of becoming Mary’s adopted “firstborn” (John 19:26-27) to be responsible for her until her death. John carried out his appointment with love and dedication.

John the Apostle also died and is buried in Ephesus at approximately 100 years of age, and a huge church was built over his grave. Emperor Justinian and his wife, Empress Theodora of the Byzantine Empire replaced the large, simple church with a huge, Christian, Byzantine basilica. Based on the ruins ( earthquake), it looked quite impressive. It is said to be the first Christian church built in the form of a cross.

We had a great time searching through the ruins. There is even a Princess video that shows Ammon and Carter happily running and investigating their surroundings. The whole experience at Ephesus was excellent. We even got to have our pictures taken with a camel before we entered our tour bus to return to the port of Kusadasi.