Friday, October 4, 2013

Your Good Name

Carl Linnaeus.
The man responsible for taxonomy.

The kids really enjoyed this lesson.
We briefly went over classification.  This lesson was basically an introduction.  One of the species we talked about was the wolf or dog.  We learned that the official name for the wolf and dog is lupus.  On our walk, the kids had to point out every lupus they saw.  Bryce would even use his "Brycer" voice (those who know him know what I'm talking about) and say "Oh, you cutesy wootsey lupus.  You are such a cutey lupus."  It was quite funny!

I made this handout on Carl Linnaeus.  The kids filled it out as I went through a powerpoint and as we watched a short clip about Carl Linnaeus.

The big kids wrote their findings down.

The younger kids drew pictures.

(Does Carl's picture look funny?  The color looks off.  I don't know why it is doing that.  It looks normal in word.  Does anyone know how to fix that?  I tried, and can't seem to figure it out)

Names.  Why was it so important for Carl Linnaeus to organize and find names for Gods creations?
Names are important.

We read this.

In the year 2000, I read this story and it really stuck with me.
I found this in one of my journals.

If you look closely, you can see that I added the name of the Lord, Jesus, in my name, as a reminder to me that I have taken His name upon me, and I must honor His name.

I also made one for Brian. (he was on his mission).

What have you done with your name?

That is a powerful question.

The kids loved drawing their names. Inside their name, they carefully added the Lord's name.  We promised to help each other honor His name, and do good with our name.



  1. Whoa-the George Albert Smith story make me cry? What a profound experience and lesson for all of us!! Thanks for sharing this lesson. Again, your hand-outs are going in my journal. BTW--I finished my mattresses and that is in my journal. I loved thinking about that and evaluating and setting some goals. LOVE what you did with your name and Brian's. I remember that now. That also is pretty profound as you put "Jesus" in your names. That is truly something to ponder deeply and make any needed changes. LOVE that the cutesters did that with their names. At first I thought, 'I don't see a 'J'in Johnny's letter-HA! Duh--'J' for Johnny!! A good laugh there. I am also smiling one huge smile over what Bryce said about the "cutesey-wootsey lupus". Oh my--I love that boy (and all of them)!!!! I look forward to your posts so much. Thanks for keeping them coming!!! (Sorry if I publish twice again.)

  2. Totally inspiring Jena! Seriously you make me want to be better!