May 9, 2009

Homeschool~ discovering customs of the world

Friday, as we were winding up our school week, I felt the urge to sit with the kids on the porch and look through one of our old children's encyclopedias (Childcraft-1969- Holidays and Customs, volume 5). We have been doing a study on India and according to the Guide, volume 5 had numerous pages related to India.

We started in the beginning of the book and searched page by page (Mama left the Guide on Princess Giggles dresser, where they live) for pages that would open up our unit study.

Often we stopped and read something interesting, not related to India, but fascinating just the same. Who would think that a old set of encyclopedias that had been rescued from a library book sale ten or more years ago, could now still bring so much delight.
I will share one such moment with you....

We learned that in Yugoslavia (when there was such a country...) two Sundays before Christmas, as the mother is sitting in her chair by the window (hmmm, Yugoslavia sounds lovely doesn't it?)...the children sneak up and tie her feet to the chair. (what?) Then they shout, "Mother's Day, Mother's Day, what will you pay to get away?"

Then the mother, (who is still tied to the chair) gives a gift to the children. When the children have received their gift, they untie Mother.

And by the way, the Sunday before Christmas is Father's Day in Yugoslavia, they do the same thing to their Papa.

My kid's thought this was the bomb. Let's say we are hiding the rope.

Have a lovely Saturday and my friends who are mother's, have a rope free Mother's Day with your children!


Shonni said...

Hi Kimmie...I would love to be apart of your doll ministry...thank you for thinking of us!

Lindsay-ann said...

Hi Kimmie
Thanks for sharing this interesting and fun custom from Yugoslavia. Our Mother's day was back in March. I hope you have a great day tomorrow.
Oh and I was amazed by the snake and how confident the kids all were to hold it. I would freak out if I ever saw a snake!!!

Kristine said...

I'll definately be sharing this with the girls. They love learning about customs......and this one sounds like fun for kids :D.

theArthurClan said...

That's so funny Kimmie! I think I won't be sharing that story with my kids anytime soon...or maybe I'll just wait until Father's Day. ;)

Happy Mother's Day to you!

Expat Mom said...

I remember those Childcraft encyclopedias . . . they`re wonderful! We had friends with the full set and I used to spend our entire visit reading. :)

Anonymous said...

LOL!! They'd be labeled "dysfunctional" now!
I just got a whole new set of Book of Knowledge "encyclopedias" 2006 version at a garage sale ! for FREE!! Not as cool as yours must be, before all the junk was thrown in, but we're looking forward to searching through them.
Happy Mother's Day!
Oh, and I'm sending a thank you card to our new church because it is the first time in nearly 20 years I have seen a church give the "Mother's Day gift" to all the women whether they have given birth or not. Many a misty-eyed lady there this morning as I saw many empty arms and many mourning the loss of a Mama.

Sue said...

H Kimmie,

We love our Childcraft too!


Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I grew up with the Childcraft books published in the 1950's. They had such interesting stories, and it is funny now to see almost all adult men were drawn with smoking a pipe!

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