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Thursday, January 24, 2008

My son's school project-Native American Rattle

I hate school projects with my son! I have a hard enough time getting my 2nd grader to do homework, much less doing a big project. This time, he went online and picked a project by himself and with his dad's help completed it. He has been out of school for two days because of bad weather and he has researched information about his project and he will finish his paper tonight that must accompany the project. This time he had to make something to do with Native Americans. He ended up making this Native American Rattle. The rattle was an instrument of independence and was used during ceremonies and dances. The rattle refers to 3 kingdoms. The animal kingdom is represented be the feathers used for decoration. The mineral kingdom is represented by the rocks used to make the noise of the rattle. The plant kingdom is represented by the wooden handle on the rattle. The rattle has become a symbol for music, dance, and medicine as well as spirituality. When used for meditation, it is said to clear ones mind. Native Americans used rattles to find their spiritual energy. The beating of the rattle helps break up stagnant energy that is blocking the natural flow within your body. It can also help us focus on our souls.
This was an interesting project, but I am glad it is pretty much done.

1 comment:

Dawn said...

Wow, that's an interesting project! See the thing I liked the most about homeschooling was things like that, Nicholas is going to remember all those facts about American Indians longer then most things he'll learn in school. Very fun project, good job Nicholas!

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