Well, 2016 is rapidly coming to a close and I’d like to thank all of you for your time, dedication, and many contributions to our classes! It has been a pleasure to get to know you all! Today’s conversation was about the moon – facts to folklore to fantasy.
The moon is something that is studied by scientists, engineers, astronauts, and lots of other people interested in the solar system, the galaxies, the planets, and the universe. In 1969, American astronauts landed on the moon, and Neil Armstrong famously said “A small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”. Since then space exploration and discovery has been an important activity for all of us.
We talked about what we think about when we look up at the moon – we sometimes see certain lights and shading. We think the moon is mysterious, magical, and maybe wonder what’s going on out there. The moon is an important part of our culture and many children’s books and nursery rhymes have “moon” themes. Here’s one very popular children’s poem “Hey, Diddle, Diddle”
We talked about the significance of the moon in navigation, and in the lives of early settlers. Many native American indian tribes had special names for each of the monthly full moons, and the moon played an important part in the life cycle. In Chinese cultures, the lunar calendar is used, which is based on the phases of the moon. We talked about the Moon Festival and mooncakes, which is celebrated in mid-Autumn each year.
The moon also provides some magic as we use our imaginations and think about “the man on the moon”.
We all had ideas about the man on the moon, and imagined what he might look like, and how he would feel, and what he would do all day on the moon. You all had some great, fun ideas!
But we all agreed he’s an imaginary person, but, it’s fun to guess what he might be like!
We watched this short video “Man on the Moon” which is about a girl and the man on the moon, and how she finally gets to communicate with him in a very clever, imaginative and sweet way! Take another look at the video here:
The video speaks for itself, hope you enjoyed it!
Words of the day
openly (adverb) : in a direct and honest way : without hiding feelings or opinions We openly talked about our feelings and decided to try a trial separation, while we worked on some problems in our marriage.
laud (verb) : to praise (someone or something) Many people lauded her efforts to help the poor and needy.
cornucopia (noun) : a container that is shaped like a horn and is full or fruits and flowers : a great amount or source of something The local farmers market offers a cornucopia of fruits and vegetables from May through October.
Remember to relax and practice!