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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

In Which We Discover "Peanuts"

Edwards Academy kids discovered Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the gang this weekend.

Tapestry of Grace Year 4 (Week 22) suggests that Lower Grammar kids read about Charles Schulz's comic strip and find a book of "Peanuts" strips. The strip began in 1950 and ran until Schulz's death in 2000. We have been reading the strips from 1967 and 1968, just because that collection was readily available from the library.

We don't watch TV, generally, so our kids haven't even seen the annual holiday "Peanuts" specials. They were all meeting Charlie Brown and Snoopy for the first time this weekend.

We sat down to read, huddled around the book on the couch, and the very first comic strip featured Snoopy as a World War I flying ace battling the Red Baron. Lane was hooked! Turning the pages we found Snoopy ice skating and hoping to go to the Grenoble, France Olympics. On the way he sings, "It's a long way to Tipperary..." which our kids thought was hilarious.

After that introduction, we augmented our "studies" with a quick Internet search.

"Lane, look, here's a Sopwith Camel bi-plane like the one Snoopy was flying."
"Hey! It has a target on it!" Lane noticed right away. Just like the Spitfire. "It's British!!"

Another Wikipedia search...
"Lane, here's the Red Baron and his tri-plane."

"Hey guys, listen to this song." I found a YouTube clip of The Royal Guardsmen singing "Snoopy and the Red Baron." We watched. And watched. And watched again.

"What about Tipperary, Mom. Can you find the Tipperary song?"

Thanks to Wikipedia, we were listening to it within seconds. All four kids huddled around the laptop grinning.
"Mom, can you find Snoopy singing it?"
"I don't know..." I hit YouTube and searched "Snoopy Tipperary."
"Well, yes, I can."

Well, not singing it exactly, but marching as Schroeder played it on his piano. (It's a clip from the Great Pumpkin special.)

If you hear Lane singing,
"Ten, twenty, thirty, forty, fifty or more
The Bloody Red Baron was rollin' up the score
Eighty men died tryin' to end that spree
Of the Bloody Red Baron of Germany"

you'll understand why.

Meanwhile, Toby, who hates his winter cap, found a new reason to wear it this morning.
"Come on, Toby, put on your World War I flying ace hat and let's go get in the car."
"OK, Mom!"

Thanks, Mr. Schulz!


momma24 said...

That is great! I can't wait to get to the Peanuts! For now, we are taking it one day at a time and easing back into a schedule!

Mrs. Edwards said...

Just so you know, we aren't working ahead! We just picked up the library books for the next four weeks and, well, what's the point in waiting to read comics? :)

We officially start week 20 on the 5th.

Sharon said...

Hi Amy,

Jeff spent three hours on the phone today working out how to get internet hooked up at our new house, now they've finally connected the phone. So I'm back to catch up with how you've been. I hope you had a great Christmas and a happy and safe New Year.


Mrs. Edwards said...

I'm glad you're back! I've missed you. Three hours! Hmm. So much for customer service.

I was just thinking yesterday, "I wonder how Sharon is getting along without being able to write posts." Sometimes writing is such a important outlet and way to think through things...I'm guessing you missed it.

Sharon said...

Oh no, that three hours wasn't waiting in some telephone line queue, that was actually talking with the tech people and trying different things and trying more things and you get the picture. It's still not great (we can't have both the phone and the internet in use at the same time) and now he's progressed from level 1 tech support through level 2 and he's just been referred to level 3 support, which means they're going to be checking the phone connections to our house from the street and then to the exchange. So actually, it seems like they have been very helpful in at least eliminating suspected problems from the list of possibilities, if not actually finding a solution!

And there were moments when I found myself thinking, "I must remember to blog about this" and running a little blog monologue in my head. All forgotten by now, of course! That's one of the best things about blogging, things get written down before they get forgotten.

~ Sharon

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