There’s a reason Knut and I sort of wish that our kids would skip over the age of 3 and go straight to 4. I know that sounds bad, but all of our kids thus far have had a tough time with that age, and grow out of it by 4. We finally got to a little shop and found a place for him to just sit and decompress.
So Knut took the older 2 and saw a bit more of the canyon as my mom and I took the little ones to more indoor places.
I ended up getting a school book for next year. Next year we’ll begin studying early American history, and I found a book put out by the council for Indian Education talking about the nation’s move to their designated reservation and adapting to their new environment and new way of life. It’s called Navajo Long Walk and is from the perspective of a little boy. I’m hoping it will be a good supplement for next year.
On a side note, I find it so interesting that down here, Indians call themselves Indians. You see it all over signs for their shops and different places. In the midwest where we live, saying “Indian” is wrong and you’re supposed to say “Native American.” I have yet to see any term of that sort down here and wonder if the tolerance and need for political correctness varies from Indian/Native American nation to nation. Sorry…just some random observations.
On another side note, on our trip down here to Arizona we stopped at a little Indian shop because one of the kids thought they were going to throw up from car sickness and we all needed to stretch our legs. We stopped and Silje found a map poster in the shop of Indian nations and their original location all across the United States. It’s a fascinating map, so for $4 we got that also to supplement our school year coming up.
Now back to our field trip.
Knut got a trail guide book there to study for the next few years as he plans a big trip to the bottom. No one in my family seems interested in going with him, but Silje really wants to. It would be a big overnight adventure, so maybe when they’re a tad older, and the trip is mapped out. Half the fun is anticipation anyway, right?
Here’s our dreamy principal. There was no way he could get me to pose over the cliff like that. I stayed nice and firm on the paved sidewalk thank-you-very-much.
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