More Fun with Mina

As I thought, My Name is Mina is proving to be a source of lots of learning, and lots of fun.

Mina talks about different beliefs about death and the afterlife, which was a springboard for learning about funeral rites in different cultures. We read about historical views on the afterlife from the British Museum, and the boys did one of the suggested art activities, which was to design a tombstone for a historical or fictional character, including symbols related to their life. Gman did one for Bilbo Baggins (of Lord of the Rings):

here lies bilbo baggins

Waif chose Buddha for his:

here lies buddha

Mina also talks in the book about a Tibetan creation myth, whereby the universe emerges from an egg. This inspired some super pictures. Gman did two interpretations:

egg creation myth g 2egg creation myth g 1

And here’s Waif’s interpretation, complete with all the planets:

egg creation myth

Next stop: poetry. My Name is Mina is peppered with “extraordinary activities” for readers to do. One of these is to write a poem “that repeats a word and repeats a word and repeats a word and repeats a word and repeats a word until it almost loses its meaning. (It can be useful to choose a word that you don’t like, or that scares or disturbs you.)”  It’s a measure of how squeamish the boys are that Gman’s word was “fracture” and Waif’s was “needle”!! This is the first time Waif has written a poem and I think he did great:

needle poem p1
needle poem p2

If you’d like to read Gman’s poem, he has posted it on his own blog here:

I think it’s safe to say that we are enjoying this read and all the activities it has inspired.  Who needs a curriculum when you can be a free spirit like Mina? 🙂

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3 thoughts on “More Fun with Mina

  1. Janet says:

    You seem to find such interesting things to teach your boys. I love all the drawings they do. I’m sure they’re learning so much more than if they were in a public school.

  2. ames says:

    Love the needle poem! So creative.

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