The High King Lives

Deer Study January 28, 2015

In this post: A deer study with lapbook, movie, and craft.

Deer study

Hello dear ones! Last week, Michael and I learned about deer in homeschool. My husband has done well this hunting season and Michael is eager to join his father one day. I wanted Michael to respect and learn about this animal he may hunt…hence, the study.


First, we did this deer lapbook from Homeschool Bits. You can find it here:



Then we made a silhouette of a deer in the snowy woods, using snow paint.

Here’s the recipe for snow paint:


Michael wanted to add trees and it really made the picture beautiful. I had Michael trace and cut out a deer silhouette. Then he added snow paint to blue construction paper. Lastly, he glued the silhouettes and painted falling snow. We used a white crayon to make the moon and to trace the silhouettes for moon light.




Lastly, we watched “Bambi”. I really thought Michael would be having some deer sympathy by the time Bambi’s mom died. I was almost in tears myself. But alas, Michael went on to tell me how doe make a nest for their fawns and that fawns can survive on their own after they are born. Yeah…no tears. He didn’t like the forest fire scene though.

As a bonus, remember our fawn experience about three years ago? A friend had rescued a fawn which was later released. It was amazing to see and pet a fawn up close and personal.

lil fawn

Well, God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


Winnie the Pooh Day: A Random January Holiday January 23, 2015

Hello dear ones! January 18th was Winnie the Pooh Day. It’s one of the two random January holidays that my family chose to celebrate to stave the winter blues. Here’s how we celebrated :).

The Set Up
I decorated cheap posterboard with tissue paper, construction paper, and Winnie the Pooh quotes. Yellow and red were the colors of the day. I got plates and napkins at the Dollar Tree.
I used brown package paper and green balloons for the tree in the “100 Aker Wood”.


The Food
Hunny Bears~ Honey Teddy Grahams
Acorn Cookies~ Nilla wafers, Nuttella, and Hershey’s Kisses
Honeycomb Treats~ Honeycomb cereal, butter, & marshmallows


Hunny buns~ Honey buns
I found the paper hunny pot online. Links at the end.



Watch the 2011 movie

Play bingo while watching the movie. The bingo cards actually didn’t match the movie we had, so we had to improvise. We used coins as pieces.


Winnie the Pooh quiz~ sadly we all failed but I got the highest failing score lol!

Pin the tail on Eeyore



Paint a Honey Pot~ I found the mini flower pots at the Dollar Tree.





Coloring 🙂
I also found this coloring book at the Dollar Tree. This was a very inexpensive party.


The finished products!


My son Michael’s

My husband Chris’


This party was a blast and so simple. The further along I get in my pregnancy the more I love simple!

I hope you enjoyed! God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Pinterest links for Winnie the Pooh ideas and printables:


Appreciate a Dragon Day: A Random January Holiday

Hello dear ones! January 16th was Appreciate a Dragon Day. It’s one of the two random January holidays that my family chose to celebrate to stave the winter blues. Here’s how we celebrated :).

Michael as a dragon

Dragon Day Decor

The Food:
Dragon Fire Balls~ cheese puffs
Firedogs~ hot dogs
Dragon Eggs~ speckled jelly beans



Origami Dragon~ Chris made this and was so fed up with it that he didn’t want to teach us lol.

Become a Dragon


I tried different methods I had found on Pinterest to make the scales but to no avail.

The wings are made from clothes hangers and tulle. I found the dragon (ninja) vests at the Dollar Tree.
Michael as a scary dragon.

Chris refused to dress up. So the dog became his guinea pig. Tessa the fierce!

I felt more like the Avatar chic than an ice dragon. Oh well!

Michael colored a dragon mask.


My attempt at Dragon Egg nail art. Yeah, another fail.

Draw a Dragon


Michael’s chubby dragon. We decided that he eats lollipops all day.


My cute dragon. She lives in the mountains and shoots ice.


Chris’ scary dragon. I wouldn’t want to cross paths with this one!


Sheep Toss~ This is a game inspired by a How to Train Your Dragon party. I used cotton balls and construction paper for the sheep. I found the dragons and the red container at the Dollar Tree.


Michael and I tied. Chris won. Yeah, my dragon silhouette banners fell down.

Dino/Dragon Dig ~ I got this kit at the Dollar Tree awhile back. Chris had to help Michael. That dino was well buried! You may be wondering why I have a dino for Dragon Day. Well, we believe in Creation Science and that dragons were the name for dinosaurs before people started using that word. More info in the links.

Famous Dragons Quizzes ~ I put this together myself. I’m unable to share documents but I can give you the pictures if you want to use these. I just ask that you link back to my blog if you want to share ;).


We finished the night with dragon themed shows. There are plenty to choose from. My quizzes should give you several ideas.

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Famous Dragons Quiz


Famous Dragons answer sheet

Famous Dragon Quotes Quiz
Dragon Quotes

Famous Dragon Quotes answer sheet

Dragon Quotes Answers

Dragon/dino Pinterest link:

Could dragons be dinosaurs?


MLK Jr. Studies, Batman Snowflakes, & Pinecone Bird Feeders January 20, 2015

In this post: Batman snowflakes (with link), pincone bird feeders, a craft for MLK Jr. day, a MLK Jr. lapbook and timeline, and learning about money at our homeschool group.

Hello dear ones! I hope you are well. It’s hard to believe that January is almost over. We celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. day yesterday. We actually did our craft and studies on Friday. Michael reread a book about MLK Jr. yesterday though. Here’s our last week. I’ll include the links at the end of this post.
Martin Luther King Jr. lapbook



MLK Jr. Timeline

Craft for MLK Jr. Day


MLK Jr. Book


We also watched a couple videos about MLK Jr. They are also on my Pinterest link below.

Batman snowflakes
Link here:


Pinecone bird feeders
Peanut butter plus bird seed plus pinecones equals an easy bird feeder!

A Penny Saved~ Money lesson at our homeschool group

The kids earned fake money to use at the group store.

The hostess read the kids a book about a little girl saving her money.


The kids took turns coming up to count coins and to figure out math problems for the book.

Then the kids solved money worksheets together.

They used the money they earned to purchase goodies at the group store. Moms brought in baked goods and used toys to sell.

Another day…Michael decided to be a Native American for the day. The dogs were dragged into it!




Feeding the ducks at the park




The bulletin board

Learning about the Metric and Imperial systems using the math tips book.




Remember the math book I mentioned last week? Here it is again. I used rhymes and tricks from the book to make the metric and imperial standard flipbooks above. Already Michael has some of the measurements memorized. I, for the first time (at 29 years old!), finally know my measurements. I highly recommend this book!

You can find all the MLK Jr. ideas and links here:

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


Crafty Monday: Lemony Snicket Inspired Silhouette January 12, 2015

Hello dear ones! Michael is reading the “A Series of Unfortunate Events” books by Lemony Snicket. Our last craft for the week was inspired by a Lemony Snicket quote and a scene from the movie based on the books.

In the movie, the Baudelaire orphans make a tent in Count Olaf’s dismal attic. They hang up their parents’ pictures and it makes a silhouette of the whole family. It gives the feeling that the parents are looking over their kids. I believe there is mention of it being a sanctuary and this quote:

“Sanctuary, a word which here means ‘a small safe place in a troubling world'” ~Lemony Snicket

I just love that. So Michael and I made our own family silhouette picture and used that quote.

I took our profile pictures and then printed them out. Michael traced the pictures onto colorful construction paper. Then he cut out the silhouettes.


I glued the pictures to Acryllic paper and wrote the quote. Then I modge podged it. You can see how shiny it is when the flash is on. I hope you’re inspired :).


I just have to show you this sweet card Michael and his friends made me.



Well, God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


Crafty Monday: Abstract Winter Trees Art & Poem

In this post: How to paint abstract winter trees, winter poetry, and a speedy winter lapbook. Links included.

The days are chilly and grey. It’s still winter, but now there are no twinkling lights and candy canes. January is a gloomy month for me. But there are a few fun activities to keep us busy. Bring on the winter art!

Our homeschool is in full swing and is finally at pre-pregnancy normal. Okay, maybe not completely so. We’re not doing nearly as many crafts as we usually do, but that’s okay. I wanted to simplify anyways. We only did two art projects last week and I’ve decided to give each it’s own post, because I think they are so cool.

I taught Michael how to draw and paint abstract winter trees by using this site as a guide:


First, he drew the trees in pencil. Then he copied a winter poem that we found here:
We read several of these poems.
Michael traced his drawing and poem with crayons in cool colors. Then he used water colors to paint and it created a pastel resist effect.

Michael filled out this speedy Winter lapbook all week:–Speedy-Lapbook



In other homeschool news:

I read the story of King Inch. It’s a nifty way to remember how many inches are in a foot, and how many feet are in a yard, and how many feet are in a mile. While I read, Michael made a picture book of the story. I found this in a math memory book that I’ve been neglectful of.


In Language Arts, Michael typed his first draft of a letter, and then he wrote by hand his final draft. His letter was instructions on how to build a Lego house. Go figure :).


So, how are you filling your winter days? God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


New Year’s 2014-2015

Hello dear ones! I’d like to share our New Year’s crafts in homeschool and then our New Year’s Eve celebrations at my mom’s.


The night before, I left New Year’s Eve facts all over the house. During school, Michael did a scavenger hunt to fill in his fact sheet.

Michael looked up the definition of “resolution” and then he made a door hanger with all of his own resolutions on it.
Michael remembered the best of 2014 by filling out this “Year in Review” worksheet.

Lastly, we made our own New Year’s Eve Ball with glitter and a paper plate.




You may remember this piece of decor from last year at my house.


That night we went to my mom’s house to bring in 2015 :). She had the place all decked out with gold stars and tinsel.


We had lots of yummy food. Mom made the desserts and I brought the chips/dip and pigs in a blanket.



Mom gave us an assignment the week of: write out our goals (6 months, 1 year, & 5 years) and write 5 encouraging notes on lil slips of paper. We shared our goals while we snacked and then we mixed up the slips of paper and each got 5. We looked at an encouragement slip daily for the first 5 days of the new year. It was fun to see what everyone wrote.


Then Mom had us read Bible verses and we talked about how to have hope, peace, and love etc…in the new year.


Next we played Quelf which got really silly. I wish I could show you the video footage but I better not.

Then we brought in the New Year by watching the ball drop on t.v. Michael made our paper plate ball drop too.


Happy New Year! It’s 2015! We made it! Noise makers and confetti abound! (By the way, if you’re new to my blog…I’m very much pregnant. Just had to say that before you saw my picture.)



New Year’s kisses~ wet and sloppy lol. And toasts!

Me and the hubby (Btw that’s grape juice not wine.)


Mom and my step-dad


Me and Michael (the sloppiest of all!)


What would New Year’s Eve be without silly string?



Taking down the Christmas tree lights, a family New Year’s tradition.

Me and my guys


Mom & Kim


Now it’s a New Year’s tree!


We finished the night out with some disco music and dancing lol. No pics sorry ;).

I don’t like the bottom half of this picture but here is my New Year’s pregnancy pic. The top half is nice enough.


Well, I pray you are blessed in 2015 and that you do great things. God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover