The High King Lives

The 1800’s Week 2: South America, Mexico, & James Audubon May 27, 2014

In this post: We continue our study of the 1800’s. Come have a fiesta! Then take a trip to the rainforest! Crafts, food, and fun! 

Hello dear ones, I pray you’ve had a nice day. For part 2 of our study of the 1800’s we were able to learn a little bit about Belize, the country I’m about to go to for mission work. It’s in Central America but it’s very close to South America & Mexico. The most exciting part of the week was turning the homeschool room into a rainforest.  Here’s how we learned:

South America

  •  We read about the South Americans’ freedom from the Spanish in Story of the World book 3.
  • We did lapbooks on South America and the rainforest.
  • We read South American Nursery rhymes in the old book set that belonged to my Dad.
  • We made a hut over the reading pool, using hawaiian grass skirts. I hung up toucan decorations. Our “fiesta” flowers became jungle flowers.
  • I used an ocean table cloth on one side and we added sea creatures and a fishing net. These also came from the Dollar Tree.
  • Our bookshelf became a jungle waterfall.  Michael colored the tree frog and the jaguar. I used tissue paper and brown wrapping paper.
  • I hung door decor of a parrot and a toucan.
  • We read The Great Kapok Tree. It’s a lovely story about the animals in the rainforest.
  • We tried tropical fruit and we had a tropical drink (coconut water with pineapple juice, gingerale, and sherbert).
  • Michael watched Rio.  Michael played online games about the rainforest.  We watched videos about the dance and music of the Garifuna people of Belize. We listened to sounds of the rainforest.
  • We read Hands of the Maya.


  • We read about Mexico’s independence from Spain in Story of the World book 3.
  • We read Mexican nursery rhymes.
  • We bought a cactus :).
  • We made big  “fiesta” flowers out of tissue paper.
  • I made a cactus pinata out of a tp roll. I filled it with tropical Mike n’ Ikes. Michael just had to pull the string.
  • Michael made a Mexican yarn painting. Links are after the picture.
  • We ate tacos and Mexican hot chocolate cupcakes.

James Audubon

  • We read Into the Woods about James Audubon. He was a French American ornithologist, naturalist, and painter. He’s most known for his documenting and painting of American birds
  • Michael put together a Robin lapbook.
  • Michael drew a picture of a robin, from his Draw Through History book.


  • Michael finished reading Farmer Boy.
  • He did a composer study on Claude Debussy and I attempted to play Clair De Lune.  We listened to his music.
  • We watched “Amazing Grace” & read about William Wilberforce’s help to end the slave trade.
  • Michael drew a picture of a steamboat from his drawing book.
  • We read poems by Tennyson and watched the scene from Anne of Green Gables where Anne pretends to be the Lady of Shalott.
  • We also read about the end of Napoleon, and the Zulus and Boers in Africa.
  • Because we just finished with Napoleon, Michael finally played his French Revolution game. It has Napoleon on it. He used a Lego for his game piece and look, it must’ve been guillotined!

Well, I hope you’re inspired. Links after the picture!


Belize (rainforest) on Pinterest:

Mexico on Pinterest:

 The 1800’s on Pinterest:

Music Lessons on Pinterest:

The 1800’s Week 1:

The 1800’s Week 3:

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


The Birds May 13, 2014

Hello dear ones! I want to share with you this insightful article on worry and how to get rid of it.  Also I want to share a thought that came to me, an avid bird watcher.

Please check out this awesome article by Jaime:


God blesses me with birds. In recent years I have seen how God cares about the little things. Whenever I see a bird in my yard I get ecstatic. I often text my mom and husband to tell them we have birds in the yard. I will stop homeschool and call my son to the window so we can watch the birds. The other day I was talking on the phone with my mom and telling her how we haven’t had any birds at our new bird feeder. My son and I painted the bird feeder specific colors that are supposed to attract certain birds.  So I was disappointed that I hadn’t seen any. After I got off the phone, I was sitting at the table doing my devotions when I looked up and saw a cardinal making it’s way to the top of our signs (seen in the pic) and finally up to the bird feeder. I texted my people 😉 and I called Michael in to have a look. I praised God for bringing me such joy. Sometimes I can get super depressed and worried. But it doesn’t take much to lift my spirits. God knows that birds and other little creatures make me very happy. I’m always running into little animals. It’s kind of ridiculous how attached I got to Harold, the turtle we found and kept for a night. I’m a very tender hearted person.

I also deal with OCD, depression, and sometimes paralyzing anxiety. Jamie’s article on anxiety hit home and really encouraged me. I pray you read it. It also brought to my mind the birds. Birds are unique. For some reason many people have the desire to feed the birds. We leave out bird feeders and we feed the ducks at the park. That desire isn’t as widespread for other creatures. Not many people like feeding the squirrels or opossums! I believe it comes down to God looking out for the birds. What a neat thought! And God loves us even more than the birds. We are way more valuable to Him.

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