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The Grandparent TRAVEL Diaries … and the REAL Adventure Begins!

Posted by on October 29, 2014

“A traveler without observation is a bird without wings.”

~Moslih Eddin Saadi

We are SO lucky! One of the Blogging Hawks’ GRANDPARENTS are travelling through INDIA right now! India happens to be one of the FOUR countries we explore in our Grade Three Social Studies curriculum! We have received SEVERAL emails with the most WONDERFUL pictures and descriptions of their travelling adventures!

We were actually SO close to SKYPING with them, one morning last week, which would have been a TRULY amazing experience because WE discovered that India is 11 1/2 hours AHEAD of us. That means that at 9:00 am OUR time … it would be 8:30 PM in INDIA!!! It’s pretty hard to Skype with ANYONE in India, during SCHOOL hours, unless you are LUCKY enough to have GRANDPARENTS who are willing AND able to connect IN-BETWEEN their adventures! Phew … OURS wanted to … but … SKYPE wasn’t behaving for us! Don’t worry … we are persistent!!! We don’t give up EASILY in the face of a challenge!!! So … now that Skype is “FIXED” … we WILL find time to connect with these amazing Grandparents … even if it is AFTER they are back at HOME … so that we can ask them even MORE questions! 😉

We are using our broken smartboard screen as a place to capture some of the wonderful photos and learning happening through The Grandparent Diaries right now!

We are using our broken SmartBoard screen as a place to capture some of the wonderful photos and learning happening through “The Grandparent Diaries” right now!

As ALWAYS, when we DISCOVER something … we wonder EVEN more!!! It’s CRAZY how that happens! This post will share just SOME of our wonders and SOME of our discoveries while learning through “The Grandparent Travel Diaries”! We are SO grateful to Carter’s Grandparents for sharing their adventures with us, for deepening our understanding … and for helping us to FURTHER wonder about the world around us!

Recently, we received an email from them telling us about the wonderful saris that some Indian women wear. We discovered that not ALL Indian women wear these beautiful dresses made from a long, LONG length of fabric. (Sometimes that fabric can be over NINE METRES in length!) WOW! Many women dress the same way that WE do … but … MANY wear saris. We ALSO discovered that saris are wrapped in DIFFERENT ways … depending on what REGION you are in in India!

Mrs. Renton's sari is only about FIVE metres long ... it's HARD to believe some are almost TWICE as long as that! She was LUCKY ... one of her "old" bloggers gave her this GORGEOUS sari at the end of the YEAR! THANK you, Chelsea!

Mrs. Renton’s sari is only about FIVE metres long … it’s HARD to believe some are almost TWICE as long as that! She was LUCKY … one of her “old” bloggers gave her this GORGEOUS sari at the end of the YEAR! THANK you, Chelsea!

Mrs. Renton brought HER sari in to show us. It was GORGEOUS but we couldn’t even BEGIN to imagine how to WRAP that much material so that it would look as BEAUTIFUL as the one that Carter’s beautiful GRANDMOTHER was wearing:

Carter's Grandma  ... looking FABULOUS in a GORGEOUS sari while out and about in India. Wow! We wonder if she could give us LESSONS on how to WRAP that much material!

Carter’s Grandma … looking FABULOUS in a GORGEOUS sari while out and about in India. Wow! We wonder if she could give us LESSONS on how to WRAP that much material!

Well … WOULDN’T you know it … THAT’S where the INTERNET helped us out! Last year, while dressing her marionette in traditional Indian clothing, even Mrs. RENTON didn’t know how to wrap a sari. She found an AMAZING video showing her EXACTLY what to do!

You will giggle … but just about EVERYONE wanted to wear the sari! How much FUN is THAT? We actually even had to “draw popsicle sticks” so that it would be FAIR! Don’t worry, we’ll probably wrapping the sari for WEEKS to come so that EVERYONE who WANTS a turn gets to try it on! So … we WATCHED the video, and PAUSED the video … and “REWOUND” the video … and wrapped … and TUCKED … and FOLDED … and wrapped some more!!! We hope you enjoy the slideshow … we had a TON of fun trying to wrap this sari “professionally”.

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GULP … it was HARD … but … we know PRACTICE makes PERFECT! *The photos for this slideshow were taken by one of the Blogging Hawks. THANKS, Riley, for CAPTURING our ANTICS!

We EVEN discovered that MANY old saris are “reworked” into GORGEOUS table runners and wall hangings and then sold at market:

At once we noticed the geometric shapes and wondered WHY they were done like that. They are SO beautiful ... the SARIS must have been SPECTACULAR!

At once we noticed the geometric shapes and wondered WHY they were done like that. They are SO beautiful … the SARIS must have been SPECTACULAR!

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure.

There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

~Jawaharial Nehru

We wonder:

  • Have YOU ever tried to wrap a sari? We’d LOVE to hear about it!

24 Responses to The Grandparent TRAVEL Diaries … and the REAL Adventure Begins!

  1. Sarah

    Hi Hawks! How special to have traveling Grandparents to help you learn about the world. I am fascinated by India and have read many novels that were set there, but I have never been. I also haven’t worn a sari, but all of that tucking and folding made me think of a game my kids are going to play at school tomorrow for Halloween….The Toilet Paper Spooky Mummy Wrapping Game! 🙂

    I am curious if you learned about Indian food which is some of my favourite food to eat.

    Great job, again, Hawk Bloggers!

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Sarah!

      That was one PERFECT comment! We REALLY liked the funny Toilet Paper Spooky Mummy Wrapping Game that you mentioned. That was HILARIOUS … and … it really SOUNDS a lot like wrapping a sari! It was REALLY hard tucking and folding the sari around one another and we had to restart a couple of times because we were just learning!

      What is your FAVOURITE type of Indian food? We’ve learned a LITTLE bit about Indian food but not a lot, yet. We will learn MORE about the food as we begin to research more about India.

      We wonder what your favourite Indian novel is?

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  2. Stacie

    I love how your class is exploring other cultures! Learning about other cultures is so fascinating. Did you know that someone who studies other cultures is called a Cultural Anthropologist? Here’s something I wonder about India:
    What is the most popular sport in India?
    I challenge the Blogging Hawks to find the answer! Good luck!

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Stacie!

      It sounds like YOU like learning about other cultures TOO! Did you do any research about any other cultures? Most of us do not know what the most popular sport is in India but a few of us think it is cricket! We will be doing a LOT more research once we are finished making our marionettes! We will definitely share our learning with our readers!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  3. Marcus

    Hi Blogging Hawks! 🙂

    By watching the Good Indian girl video, i thought that wrapping a sari looks beautiful when all of the steps are done….. but……. it takes ALOT of patience and a good attitude to follow all 4 steps! 😉 .I thought that saris are very interesting and wish to lean more about them. I STILL wonder why taxis are different in India than they are in Calgary? I’ll Google it well, i think i will! 😉 . I also want to learn about a boys clothes in India. I think that they are called Kurtaz. 🙂

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Marcus!

      We are glad that you watched the sari video again! A lot of us think it’s very complicated, too. Many of us also agree that it takes a LOT of patience to wrap a sari. Anyone who wore a sari everyday of their life would be really good sari wrappers. Some of us want to learn more about the boys’ clothing from India too. We wonder if you DID go onto Google to research more?

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Marah!

      Thanks for the awesome comment! We are glad that you liked the sari video! We wonder if YOU have a sari? We LOVE that you are sharing our blog with your Mom!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  4. Marah

    Hi Ms. Renton and my lovely classmates I showed my mommy the picture of the sari she loved it. We enjoyed video on how to wrap a sari.

  5. Marah

    Hi ms.Renton and my classmates I showed my mom the video I made on Iris she loved it I’m really proud of it:)

    • The Blogging Hawks

      Hi Marah!

      We love that you were showing your Mom your Iris page! We like Iris and we’re really proud of our writing and our videos!

      The Blogging Hawks 🙂

  6. Marah

    hi ms.renton i just wanted to let you now it was so much fun working with our buides today …but my real buddy doesn’t want to

    learn how to read i think. when ever i find an easy word i ask her whats this word she says i now it all ready can YOU read know so i just well i read.

    So i just wonderd if you can help me solve this problem please it would be great if you could.

    thank you 🙂

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Marah!

      Thank you for your comment! I am glad that you enjoyed working with buddies this afternoon. I am sure your buddy wants to learn how to read. I think what we have to remember is that they are little still. So … they’re working VERY hard at school. Sometimes, maybe, they want a little break from all that hard work … and … it’s okay to just read to your buddy! I still even like to be read to … to just enjoy the beauty of the language and enjoy the story without having to work very, very hard to decode everything!

      Give it a few months … you will be SURPRISED by what your buddy knows as the year progresses! Just enjoy the time together. It won’t all be about reading. Sometimes we’ll work with the iPads and teach them a little more about the technology we have available to us!

      I hope this helps, Marah!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

      • Marah

        Hi Ms.Renton
        now I understand that my buddy may be in need for a little time to know me better , thank you for helping me. 🙂

        • Laurie Renton

          Hi Marah!

          That’s right! They are PRETTY little still. Once you have a really good relationship with your little kinder buddy you will be SURPRISED by what you will be able to accomplish together! I can’t WAIT to see what happens!

          Mrs. Renton 🙂

  7. Marah

    December 2 2014
    hi Ms. Renton how are you feeling you were not at school today i hope you get well soon. 🙂

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Marah!

      Thank you so much for your sweet message. I am not feeling great. I think I caught the flu that is making its way through the classroom. I hate not being at school with you guys … because I miss you … but … you DON’T want what I have! It’s yucky! I will definitely see you at conferences … but … I WON’T hug you … I’ll keep my distance to keep you all healthy!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  8. Marah

    Hi Ms. Renton i hope you are ok. I was just wanted to ask if you are going to be ok befor conferences tomorrow

    Marah 🙂

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Marah!

      You are SUCH a sweetheart! Thank you for checking in with me! You make me feel VERY loved! I will definitely see you at conferences … I’m still not feeling great … but … I promise not to breathe on anyone … or hug them to spread this nasty germ! I hope I get to see you at conferences too!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  9. Marah

    Hi Mrs Renton,
    I am still in Calgary as our trip has been postponed, here is the typing website mum told u about:

    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Marah!

      Ugh. I am SO sorry to hear that your trip has been postponed. Does that mean the flight was postponed or that you are leaving on a completely different day? Thank you so much for sharing the typing site with me! I am excited to check it out! I’ve added it to D2L in the “Videos and other neat websites” section so that everyone will have the chance to try it out … with a special thank you to YOU! 😉

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  10. Marah

    Hi Ms Renton.

    We are not sure when we are going to leave we are truing to see if we can still go …but i will be very sad if we can’t go but if we can’t

    go dec. we will go march .I think that would take to long


    • Laurie Renton

      Hi Marah.

      I am disappointed for you all. I have my fingers crossed that you are able to go when you can. Marah, I think your Mom has my email address. You know, you could email me ANY time … it would probably be easier for you than having to leave a message on the blog! I played with the typing link you shared with me yesterday. You are right. It IS a fun one!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

  11. Marah

    Hi Ms.Renton,

    I hope we post something new on the blog.I ALWAYS check out the blog it’s great but…we need a new post

    And then more people all around the world will see it and we will get more heats right great I’ll see you tomorrow bye.

    Your lovely student Marah 🙂

    • Laurie Renton

      Good morning, Marah!

      You are right. We do need to get a new post up SOON! Luckily, we are working on an amazing post about Fair Trade! I am SO glad to hear that you check out the blog ALL the time … that makes me smile from ear to ear! Once we get our new post up, you’re right, we will start to get some new hits and maybe even some new comments!

      Fingers crossed!

      Mrs. Renton 🙂

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