Joyful Liberation

Joyful Liberation

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Learning about Austria

When my older kids were small we had a monthly Culture Club that was one of the highlights of our homeschooling.  We would meet once a month and share something that we  learned about a chosen country and bring a food from that country for a pot luck. that I am doing this all over again with Rowan, I decided to get it going again!
  Our first country is Austria~

Rowan thought that their flag was really cool!

 Today we learned about Friedensreich Hundertwasser.  He was an artist born in Austria in 1928. He was one of the most important artists an architects during the 20 century.  Rowan really liked his art! So we decided to make some of our own~

 I love his buildings and trees and how he worked hard to capture the flowing nature of Hundertwasser's work.

These are a couple of Rowan's favorites~

He is so proud!

I found a few books on Amazon about him, one is a coloring book and one is how to build your own Hundertwasser inspired city.  Rowan is really excited for that one to come!
 We started an Austria wall...I guess this will change each month.

We also read some Austrian fairy tales.  This one horrified by Willow and Rowan!

The Grass Snake of the House

A LITTLE girl at times got a dish of milk and a hard roll as a between-meal by her mother. The girl sat down in the yard outside with her little feast. And as the child calmly and delightfully ate and drank, came a grass snake that lived in the farmstead, and sat down near her, and crept ever nearer. Probably the grass snake smelt the food and was hungry. And the animal-loving girl let the grass snake sponge unhindered.
The trust shown by the grass snake made the girl so happy that from now on, if she had something eatable, the grass snake said:
"We two love the food your mother makes."
And the grass snake was never missing and ate so much that it had to be more careful, so as not to overeat. But the grass snake also showed how grateful he was. He brought a precious jewel from his secret treasure to the girl, and beads and golden decorations of marvelous splendor. Because of the gifts the girl grew more beautiful and bright.
The girl's mother did not know anything about the friendship between her child and the grass snake. One day she was frightened to see how the animal coiled itself in the lap of her daughter. And since the mother got scared and feared the grass snake might harm her daughter, she grasped it and dashed it against the stone floor till it lay dead.
Afterwards a sad change came over the girl. She grew so ill that the night swallows called to her and the robin brought her dead leaves. Then one early morning, when the mother came to look after her child, she had passed away.
We also listened to Mozart (Thank you Alexa) and Rowan was so surprised that he actually knew many of the songs! The funny thing about this is he was surprised to hear that the ABC song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Baa Baa Black Sheep were all the same melody written by Mozart. When we were on our trip to the Tetons we saw some black sheep and I started singing that song to Rowan and he has been singing it since!
And in case you didn't know, Pez was invented in Austria so we are off to get a pez dispenser today!
Off to the Library to turn in our summer reading program level up card and get lots of books on Austria~
It's an awesome life for sure...

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I am a mom to 5 amazing kids and married to my best friend and love of my life. We co-habitate with 1 cat, Asha, 2 dogs, Maggie May and Juniper Wren, a Chinchilla names Ozwald, and a Hamster named Fat Panda. We have lived in Salt Lake City for 13 years by way of Tennessee and Oregon. I love to be with my kids, knit, run, craft, sew, paint,travel, hike and play :) I love our crazy life!