Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Blog entry about our family by Nancy Kelly


 
Recently, my friend AnnMarie told me an interesting, humorous, and instructive story. She and her husband decided it was high time that they taught their young children about hard work. As he had been raised on a farm, he came to the conclusion that taking care of animals was how he learned how to work hard. While they did not live on a farm now, they could still use animals to teach this valuable life lesson.

They hired someone to build a chicken coop and eagerly purchased some adorable little chicks. At first, taking care of them was all fun and games but as the year went by and the weather started to turn colder, their enthusiasm waned. That hard work ethic they were so desperately looking for didn't materialize. The chickens had stopped laying eggs. It was easier to run to Costco to get the eggs, which they regularly did. The experiment was a failure.

What went wrong?  Well, first of all, the husband grew up poor and  in rural Michigan.  If nobody got out of bed to chop the firewood for the stove or feed the chickens, there would be no warmth in the house or eggs for breakfast. However, with their recent  chicken experiment, if nobody gathered the eggs and they went bad, they simply went to the grocery store. Second, it turned out the husband actually hated chicken chores and anytime he worked on the chickens with the children it was clear that it was not his favorite thing to do. It was his father who had a passion for taking care of animals, not him. In hindsight, they realized that the children could see that there was no real need for chickens and that they had fabricated a situation to teach them a lesson. In other words, it was fake!

The Nortons have since learned that contriving an atmosphere doesn't work. Life's natural circumstances are all that is needed to teach the lessons God wants us to learn. Also, the parents' attitude towards circumstances impacts the atmosphere greatly. Charlotte Mason warns us about carefully constructed circumstances that are not natural and reassures us of what is truly needed:

"What if parents and teachers in their zeal misread the schedule of their duties, magnified their office unduly and encroached upon the personality of children? It is not an environment that these want, a set of artificial relations carefully constructed, but an atmosphere which nobody has been at pains to constitute. It is there, about the child, his natural element, precisely as the atmosphere of the earth is about us. It is thrown off, as it were, from persons and things, stirred by events, sweetened by love, ventilated, kept in motion, by the regulated action of common sense. We all know the natural conditions under which a child should live; how he shares household ways with his mother, romps with his father, is teased by his brothers and petted by his sisters; is taught by his tumbles; learns self-denial by the baby's needs, the delightfulness of furniture by playing at battle and siege with sofa and table; learns veneration for the old by the visits of his great-grandmother; how to live with his equals by the chums he gathers round him; learns intimacy with animals from his dog and cat; delight in the fields where the buttercups grow and greater delight in the blackberry hedges." Vol. 6, p. 96

Teaching from Peace,

Nancy

Josh's first time mowing the lawn

8 is great! Look at those skills!

Fwd: Swimming



From: Jerry Norton <jlnorton1234@gmail.com>
Date: January 3, 2014 at 6:46:26 PM MST
To: Jacques Bazinet <Jrbazi@hotmail.com >, Marilyn Bazinet <mkbazinet@gmail.com>, SugarMama Norton <agroenorton@gmail.com>
Subject: Swimming

Pool time!




Thanks, Jerry

Interesting answers from Jarod, Nathan and Jonathan



From: Peter Groen <peter.2.groen@gm.com>
Date: January 4, 2014 at 8:04:28 PM MST
To: AnnMarie <agroenorton@gmail.com>
Subject: RE: Jarod Nathan and Jonathan brain food

Thanks for sharing.  I loved the answers and the diversity of thought.  Nathan thinks about a lot of things quite deeply.

 

I think my favorite is Jonathan's answer to having a magic wand.  I laughed out loud when I saw that he would have it clean up the house given the other more in depth answers he gave.

 

Sure do miss you guys!

 

Dad

 

 

From: AnnMarie [mailto:agroenorton@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, January 03, 2014 2:47 PM
To: Marilyn Bazinet
Cc: Gwen Norton; Peter Groen; Cindi Groen; Blog
Subject: Jarod Nathan and Jonathan brain food

 

I thought you guys might find these questions that we had the boys answer for an upcoming class interesting. It's a good insight into where they are at with things.



Name? Jarod Norton
Birthday? August 7, 2000
Favorite Color? Gray
Favorite Snack? Popcorn
Favorite food? Pizza
Favorite thing to study? Literature and diagramming sentences
Favorite Book of Mormon hero? Ammon
Favorite book? Harry Potter
Favorite Hero? George Washington
Favorite thing to do? Play in the fun barn at my house. 
What other things do you love? Hanging out with friends
What do you hope to get out of Brainfood? I hope that it will increase my skills in learning. 
What questions do you think about/wonder about? I wonder what my mission in life is?
If you knew you'd get an answer, what questions would you ask? What will I be like when I grow up?
If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it? I would make myself fly. 
What is something you dream about doing/seeing/becoming? I dream about being an entrepreneur and providing for my family.

 

Name? Nathan Norton
Birthday? January 20, 2003
Favorite Color? Blue
Favorite Snack? Donuts
Favorite food? Steak
Favorite thing to study? Space
Favorite Book of Mormon hero? Helamon
Favorite book? Enders game
Favorite Hero? My dad
Favorite thing to do? Play in the fun barn at my house. 
What other things do you love? American history
What do you hope to get out of Brainfood? I hope that this class will help me improve my character.
What questions do you think about/wonder about?

I wonder about when the second coming will happen?

If you knew you'd get an answer, what questions would you ask? What did dinosaurs actually look like?
If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it? I would use it to destroy evil. 
What is something you dream about doing/seeing/becoming? I want to go to space when I grow up and be an astronaut.

 

BRAINFOOD POLL--



Name? Jonathan Norton

Birthday? January 9, 2005
Favorite Color? Green
Favorite Snack? Hamburgers
Favorite food? Bagel with cream cheese
Favorite thing to study? Writing
Favorite Book of Mormon hero? Nephi
Favorite book? Magic treehouse series
Favorite Hero? Mom
Favorite thing to do? Play in the fun barn at my house.
What other things do you love? My dog Fufi
What do you hope to get out of Brainfood? I hope to get a better education. 
What questions do you think about/wonder about? I wonder if everyone sees the same colors?
If you knew you'd get an answer, what questions would you ask? How did heavenly father make the earth?
If you had a magic wand, what would you do with it? Clean up the house.
What is something you dream about doing/seeing/becoming? I dream about owning Disney World.


Thanks,

 

AnnMarie

 


Jarod's paper on What Makes America Different?



From: Jarod Norton <jarodnorton2@gmail.com>
Date: January 10, 2014 at 10:04:33 AM MST
To: Mama Bear <agroenorton@gmail.com>
Subject: What Makes America Different?

What Makes America Different?

        In this paper I will discuss how America is a constitutional republic,
why it's not a democracy, and why having God given rights are important.
    In America the people have the sovereign power to make the laws; however, we choose people to represent us. A government based on representation is a republic. If we choose them based on principles they will make the choices that we would like them to make. If we elect them based on an issue we don't know what they'll do the next time.
    For example an issue would be a law that would force people to close stores on Sunday. A principle would be that store owners should have the liberty to make that  choice themselves.
    In a democracy everybody votes on every issue. Usually they don't choose based on principle because they don't have time to study the proposed law, so they listen to someone who tries to convince them how to vote. Aristotle said a democracy is the worst form of government.  
    A constitutional republic is where the representatives make laws that are in harmony with the constitution. In America not only does the Constitution come from the bible and other sources that wrote about God's laws, it also lists the rights God gave us. These rights include the Right to Bear Arms, Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Religion, and freedom of Speech. This is important because it helps keep the people equal with their leaders.


Sent from my iPad

Meme and Papa come home from their mission fun



From: Tenille Norton <tenille.norton@yahoo.com>
Date: February 8, 2014 at 2:03:07 PM MST
To: Me <tenille.norton@yahoo.com>, AnnMarie <agroenorton@gmail.com>