Grandparents Day & New Castle

Yesterday was Grandparents’ Day at two of the grands’ school. I continue to be impressed with the Montessori method and enjoyed watching them perform various “works.”

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I had planned with my sister Madeline to meet in New Castle, Delaware, a colonial town about half way distance for both of us. Though it was hot and everything is closed on Monday except one restaurant, we had a good time catching up and walking around. William Penn landed here in 1682; the town is well preserved with period brick buildings and sidewalks, gardens and a waterfront walkway. We admired the fire marks—emblems identifying fire insurance companies on homes. Subscribers paid fire companies in advance for fire protection before municipal and volunteer fire departments were created.

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We ending the visit by sharing mud oil ice cream—a cappuccino mixture laced with some green food coloring, to look like oil.

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About cyclingrandma

I was a journalist (Danbury News-Times, Ct), before becoming a teacher, and continue to write for professional journals. I have written several study guides for Penguin Books and write for Education Update, a newspaper based in New York City. (www.educationupdate.com). I’ve interviewed many authors, college presidents, and scientists. I wrote “The Kentucky Derby’s Forgotten Jockeys” for Smithsonian Magazine's website, www.smithsonian.com. (April, 2009). Two essays have been published in book anthologies; one for Wisdom of Our Mothers, (Familia Books) and the other in “College Search and Parent Rescue: Essay for Parents by Parents of College-Going Students.” (St. Martin’s Press). I was a middle school Language Arts teacher for more than 10 years and have just completed a five year grant position under No Child Left Behind in Newark, NJ public schools. I have three children, two daughters-in law, and six grandchildren. I'm an avid cyclist, knitter, cook, and reader. I love theater, museums, and yoga.
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22 Responses to Grandparents Day & New Castle

  1. Darling children and you girls look great! Love the fire marks. Never heard of those.

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  2. OmaOrBubby says:

    I love magnatiles. I see they use them (naturally) in the Montessori classroom. :).

    Enjoy celebrating the grands’ milestones. They are cutie pies. And great that you spent time with your sis!

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  3. What a lovely day — and I too had never heard of Fire Marks — cool! Nor have I have heard of mudoil ice cream…. hmmm….. I like the idea of cappucino… not so sure about the green food colouring!

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  4. Just the other day I watched a documentary about Maria Montessori. She was an amazing woman who fought hard against the assumption that women should not be educated (because they had smaller heads) and should just stay home. Yet look at the movement and life’s work she accomplished!
    Diana xo

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  5. Shimon changes every minute.Big boy! I agree with Louise: pass the cappicino: Hold the green food coloring! The fire merks are interesting! Talk about special treatment!

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  6. Yes he does– he’s a big boy now!

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  7. susanissima says:

    Sounds like a lovely day is a beautiful town. We’re exploring Montessori here is Fairbanks, so your kudo is good to hear. All the best.

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  8. Huffygirl says:

    Wow, you two look a lot alike. Maybe you are tired of hearing that though?

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  9. No, I always think she’s prettier! Thanks!

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  10. Love this! There’s nothing like it in the world!

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  11. What a wonderful way to spend the day, Lisa! Thanks for bringing us along. It’s wonderful that you and your sister are close enough to get together for a day of fun and catch up.

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  12. Close in distance, close as sisters. My other sister lives closer but we’re not as close. Madeline really is my best friend.

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