Saturday, January 19, 2008

The Lego Church!

Yes, this was created by an adult hobbyist Amy Hughes, on her own time, with her own money. She says it took approx 75,000 bricks, and about a year and a half to plan it, build it and photograph it. It seems to sit in her living room and is 7 ft by 5 1/2 feet by 30 inches.

The auditorium seats 1372 "people" and includes 3976 windows. It features a balcony, a Narthex, stairs to the balcony, restrooms, coat rooms, several mosaics, a nave, a baptistery, an altar, a crucifix, a pulpit and an elaborate pipe organ. (For Amy Hughes website click here. )

I thought that I'd post this amazing work of art/architecture to introduce a posting series on the importance of recording your children's learning projects, games, science fair entries, and yes, even their Lego projects. (not that any of my children - as creative and ingenious as they are- have yet produced a masterpiece like this) We photographed our boys projects and then created Lifestyle of Learning notebooks. I have documented (through photos) quite a bit of my boys "work" but most of it has been recorded on regular film, not on digital. (so I will have to photograph the photos.)

A notebook of projects also becomes their portfolio of their high school years and a wonderful memory book of their whole childhood. Adding narrations of materials used, problems encountered, etc, is a natural way to add writing to their "curriculum" making their notebook very "life related."

So over time I will post some of the entries that we have done in their notebooks to encourage you and to spark ideas of what you can do to create that spark that ignites the passion of learning in your child. Who knows how high their passions can take them, right Amy ?

1 comment:

thehappyhomeschoolmom said...

Wow, and some people think legos are just toys. They are not just toys but wonderfully educational aren't they. Photographing and notebooking projects is a wonderful idea. We try do do that as well. It is hard to continuously display the handiwork of 5 children all over the house. It is much easier to photograph it and put in in a notebook. I wonder who taught me that???