Tuesday, October 30, 2012

He Teaches

Without lesson plans, without textbooks, without a scope and sequence, he teaches.  For as long as I can remember, he has been one of my main "teachers".  History, Science, Gardening, Life Skills such as hunting, tracking, perserving food, living off the land... these are just a few of the "lessons" he taught me.  From attending his Civil War reenactments, to learning how to start a fire with flint and steel, to butchering chickens, to helping him sew leather to make his authenic clothes for the Mountain Man Rendezvous he participated in for several years, the list goes on and on.  He has taught me many, many "lessons". 

And he still teaches... me. The Hubs. My children. and even the playschool children.

This summer, he planted loofa seeds.

After letting the gourds dry, he peeled them and showed the children a loofa sponge!


A few minutes later he is in the garden doling out pieces of rhubard to the children.
Some love it. Some... not so much!

Some pretend they do even when their faces give it away!

Every visit is a "field trip". He is a student of life. And he just naturally shares his knowledge, his wisdom, his experiences. Education at its best! No doubt, my Poppaw is one of the best teachers!

Plus....they adore him!

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  1. I didn't realize you could grow loofas! It seems you've inherited the teaching skill.

  2. How wonderful to have someone like that around. Hope you aren't drowning in the rain or been blown away by the wind!

    1. Central WV hasn't had it as bad as expected. Lots of rain and some wind yesterday. Snow started last night and continues. Only a couple of inches so far. Just an hour east from us and it is a differnt story... blizzard with a foot+ of snow. If I disappear for a while it will mean power outages.. there are some happening already... so it could be anytime.

  3. How good to have a great teacher in your life!

  4. I planted loofah last year too but it never got past the leaf stage, what an awesome poppaw.

  5. A very handy teacher indeed and I love the way you tell the tale making make every post sound so inviting and magical, that is a skill too! Great teachers for a great playgroup. Glad the winds haven't been too bad and hope the winter will treat you kindly and keep you on line to tell more magical tales of life for you and the children. Thankyou for sharing with me on Country Kids

  6. This is great! It reminds me of my grandpap who passed away last year. He was always gardening and teaching. I stopped over from Happy Whimsical Hearts, and I hope you'll link up at my new Eco Kids Tuesdays: http://organicaspirations.blogspot.com/2012/11/eco-kids-link-up.html.

  7. It's so lovely to stumble across natural teachers in our lives. They are everywhere! xx

  8. Oh, what a wonderful post!! I know my father teaches us all a lot as well. It adds so much to your family experiences and such wonderful memories. Thank you for sharing at Happy Family Times!!

  9. Wow, I agree with Melissa, you are a true teacher too - I never knew that's where a loofa came from! Kierna