Friday, June 18, 2010

Friday Fave Five (June 18, 2010)

I found Suzanne's Friday Fave Five via Katrina at Callapidder Days and decided to link up since I just got back from a great trip to Washington, DC with 4 students and my son.

1.  National History Day at the University of Maryland.  I had the opportunity to take 4 of the greatest students to compete at National History Day.  I admire the intelligence, determination and attitudes of these wonderful ladies.  Teaching young adults like this makes me so glad to be an educator.

2.  The Korean War Memorial - This is my favorite memorial in DC.  I love the concept, the reality of it and when you look at the faces of the individual soldiers, you see determination, anguish, pain, fear and love of country, all emotions that drive soldiers to do what they do.  More than any other monument, this one really brings home to me the sacrifices of the individuals who made the life my family and I have today possible. 

3.  Free Speech in Action - This is a protest against BP Oil that took place in front of the White House Wednesday when we were there.  The group was protesting the lack of response to the plight of the fishermen and shrimpers in the Gulf both from BP and the White House.  There as also someone there (the man in the blue Mickey Mouse Sorcerer's Hat) ranting against President Obama in general.  The kids were fascinated by the entire event.  The media was there as well as several uniformed Secret Service officers.  One of my students was even interviewed after the protest.  It was a great opportunity for them to see the right to free speech in action.

4.  Triceratops Skeleton at the Museum of Natural History - the triceratops is my very favorite dinosaur!

5.  An unforgettable trip with my wonderful, not so little anymore, little boy.


  1. We've done DC a couple of times, but I don't think I've ever seen the Korean War memorial. That is so touching. We'll have to take that in.

    Isn't teaching rewarding to your soul? I know what you mean. Sweet picture of you and your boy!

    Happy weekend!

  2. Now you’re making me want to go back to D.C. again. Maybe next year. I don't remember seeing the Korean War memorial either on my last trip. It's been too many years since I've been. Glad you had such a great trip.

  3. The time to go to the Korean Memorial is at dusk. The statues seem to come to life, even more so than in the day.
    Sounds like you had as good a trip as I did!

  4. Thanks for sharing your trip highlights. It must have been fun and satisfying to have the young people along, share in their learning, and see things anew through their eyes. Have a good week.

  5. Hi Jenny, I know what a great accomplishment it is to make it to National History Day competitions. My nephews have reached this event several times while they were homeschooled and before they went to college. They represented California there a few years running in junior and senior spots. How great to be able to get around and see all these other historical sites, too. Blessings...

  6. I had never heard of National History Day before, what a great way to motivate/reward good students.

  7. Hi Jenny and welcome to FFF! Your trip to DC sounds like it was wonderful. Love the pic of you and your son at the end.

  8. Welcome to FFF!

    You had a great and exciting week. I've been to DC once but didn't see the Korean War Memorial. As the mom and mil of military men, I'm sure I'd love to visit it.

  9. I'm glad you had a good trip. The Korean War Memorial is wonderful -- it's great to visit in the fog or at dusk.


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