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The High King Lives

Writing Spaces July 23, 2015

Hello dear ones! Believe it or not, I am still writing my trilogy The Truth Seeker’s Chronicles. I’m on the second book and hope to release all three at the same time. I’ve made it a priority to leave the house once a week and go write. Some of this time is taken up writing my blog as well. I found several nifty places to write. I’m excited to have found these, because it’s easy to be creative in the right atmosphere. Here are some spots in downtown Columbus, Ga.

Iron Bank Coffee~ Iron Bank is my favorite place to write. The classy coffee/snack shop is located inside an actual old bank. They have a large room upstairs that can be reserved. The two vaults on the main floor are decorated rustic chic and one has a couch to sit on. The prices are reasonable and the service wonderful. I also like to sit by the window and look out at the street. They also have live bands and special events like Trivia night.

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Looking at the rain while sitting by the door

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Upstairs ~ I can just imagine rich bankers standing around discussing business up here long long ago.

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The Vaults

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Freeze Frame Yogurt Shop~ I’m not as acquainted with Freeze Frame but I like it so far. It stays open later than Iron Bank. You can customize your yogurt and you pay by the ounce. It’s similar to Sweet Frog but it has the rustic feel of downtown.  They have local artwork on the brick walls. I found this very unique gummy frog to put on my yogurt. I didn’t eat it though. It was too cute. I was pleased with the service as well.

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Picasso Pizza~  I like to eat outside of this pizzeria and hear different musicians play an acoustic set. One day I listened to these elderly chaps play the blues. Sometimes our contemporary music minister plays here. The pizza is delicious, and one slice is enough to fill me up. The only problem with writing outside during the Summer is the bugs. I think I’ll like it more in the fall.

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There’s still so much of downtown to explore. I hope to share more with you soon. God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

James and the Giant Peach Study July 7, 2015

Hello dear ones! Michael did a study of the book James and the Giant Peach. Join me for a peachy craft and some Southern peach cobbler.

 

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Michael and I made this sun catcher using contact paper. I drew a peach and he filled it in with orange tissue paper and silhouettes from James and the Giant Peach. He made clouds from cotton balls. The birds are hanging strings.

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Michael also watched the movie. Now, here’s a recipe that we didn’t get a chance to make.

Southern Peach Cobbler

From the Odum Community Cookbook

by Jeanette Bass

Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

1 cup self-rising flour

1 stick butter

1 can peaches (sliced with juice)

3/4 cup of milk

Melt butter in baking dish. Add sugar, milk, and peaches, mix well. Add flour and mix until well blended. Bake in 350 degree oven until top is golden brown. Serve with or without whipped cream; you can also sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.

 

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

 

Dr. Seuss Day 2015 March 10, 2015

In this post: Dr. Seuss crafts, eats, and a lapbook.

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Hello dear ones! Here’s how we celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday this year:

  • We read all the Dr. Seuss books we own. Here’s Nana reading Green Eggs and Ham.

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  • A lapbook with Dr. Seuss’ biography, a Meet the Artist questionnaire, and a cartoon tutorial.

Links: http://readyteacher.com/learn-to-draw-dr-seuss-characters/

http://makingartfun.com/htm/f-maf-art-library/theodor-seuss-geisel-biography.htm

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  • “My Favorite Dr. Seuss Book” birthday cake writing assignment~  I was inspired by this blog:  http://meanmygang.blogspot.com/2012/02/dr-seuss-birthday-cake-craft.html   but I  found the cake printables elsewhere online. Michael colored three layers, put them together, and then added construction paper candles. I printed out the assignment with a nice font.

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  • Cat in the Hat hat~ I got the idea from this blog:

http://joyfullyweary.blogspot.com/2011/11/easy-seussian-hats.html?spref=pi

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  • Dr. Seuss decor~  I found the Dr. Seuss plates at Target last year. I found the quotes online. The truffela tree and Dr. Seuss sign are from our Dr. Seuss celebration 2 years ago: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/03/10/my-family-rocks-sunday-dr-seuss-birthday/

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  • A movie~ Horton Hears a Who.

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  • Green scrambled eggs and ham with grits~ for supper.

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

PS: Here’s a regular pic from a school day. Michael drawing a city on his trampoline.

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More Seuss inspiration:

 

Presidents Day 2015 March 1, 2015

In this post: Presidents Day craft and fun.
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Hello dear ones! I’m kind of behind on posts but I hope to catch up soon. This third trimester of pregnancy is kicking my butt. It won’t be long before I hold my second son, so I know it’s worth it. Here’s what we did for President’s Day.

  •  Each day that week, Michael read about a new president.

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  • We took out our presidents place mat. Michael quizzed us daily on the presidents because of this!

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  • Michael made this Abe Lincoln mask using a paper plate and construction paper.

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  • Lastly, Michael filled out some neat president printables. You can find those here:

http://todaysfrugalmom.com/free-presidents-day-mini-unit-study-grades-k-6/

Designing a coin

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If I Were President
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Who would you add to Mt. Rushmore?
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Quotes from George Washington and Abe Lincoln
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Well, that’s all folks. God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

 

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Study February 9, 2015

In this post: Fun activities for the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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Hello dear ones! February is not only the month of love. It is the month of chocolate, because what other food goes best with love? So Michael read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. By the way, here’s our “readbox” that I made at the beginning of the year. I keep forgetting to show you.

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Michael read the book in a lil over a night. I was surprised. He was just so into it.

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Candy Bar Measurements ~ So we did this math project but really it was just an excuse to eat chocolate. I’ll be honest. Michael already knows how to use a ruler well.

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Measuring the candy

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Then the best part…eating the candy.

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Chocolate Study Lapbook

Michael did this quick lapbook on chocolate from: http://www.currclick.com/product/32954/All-Chocolate-A-Fun-Study

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We watched the newest movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This one is my favorite. I like to quote it :).
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Lastly, we made this Charlie and the Chocolate Factory diorama.

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Michael colored and cut out book characters. We got them at this site: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory-colouring-page

We used snow paint tinted brown, for the chocolate waterfall. Michael painted the grass green and a blue sky. Then we added green Easter grass on top. We used toilet paper rolls to make the bridge over the chocolate river.
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We hotglued jelly beans for rocks along the river. I glued suckers together to make trees.

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Then we made a banner with the name of the book.

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I can’t tell you how much I love this diorama. It took some time but was worth it.

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That’s our study. Here’s a pic of Michael doing school in his favorite spot.

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

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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 :).

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

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

 

Six Inspirational Christmas Books with Activities December 24, 2014

Hello dear ones! I want to share with you the inspirational Christmas books we read during Advent and the activities we did with them. Also a link to the free Christmas Around the World lapbooks we’ve been doing in homeschool.  Well, all but one of these Christmas books talk about Jesus’ birth. Enjoy and I hope you’re having a merry Christmas season!

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1.The Gift of the Christmas Cookie

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This delightful story tells how the tradition of Christmas cookies came about. It is a story about sharing God’s love with others. We made Christmas cookies to go along with it.

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2. The Message of the Birds
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This cute story uses birds to share the news of Jesus’ birth. For the activity I taught Mom and Michael how to draw cardinals. Then they used waterpaint and finger paint to finish.
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3. The Candymaker’s Gift

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This is one of my favorite Christmas books. A grandfather uses the candy cane to teach children about Jesus. We made a couple candy cane ornaments. Then we made candy cane hearts to eat! Links will be at the end of this post!

Crushing the candy canes
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Before adding the vanilla almond bark
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Sprinkling the crushed candy canes into the melted candy
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Voila!

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4. The Legend of the Christmas Tree
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Why do we decorate Christmas trees? A tree salesman shares the origin of Christmas trees and how the church has used different trees to share God’s story through history. I learned something new myself when we read this. Michael made a picture ornament and a cornstarch ornament tree.

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5. The Little Matchgirl

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This is the only story that doesn’t mention Jesus. It is a bittersweet tale by Hans Christian Anderson. The poor matchgirl lights a match to warm herself as she sells matches in the freezing cold. But everytime she lights a match she sees a warm vision. This is one of my favorite classics. It’s sad but also happy…depending on your point of view. I would use this story to talk about helping others and also being thankful for what we have. We made mistletoe luminaries for this story.

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We used mason jars, red & green tissue paper, modge podge, and epsom salt. The epsom salt gives it the snowy effect.
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6. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger

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This adorable story is about a mouse who finds a home in the manger. By the end of the tale he’s given his new home back to the baby Jesus. Then God provides Mortimer with another home, a gingerbread house. So I allowed Michael to start nibbling on the gingerbread house him and his dad made earlier this month. He has until New Year’s to finish it.

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I hope you enjoyed this post. You can find these books on Amazon and Christianbooks.com (except my version of the Matchgirl. It’s from when I was a kid.) I believe these stories are worth reading every year. They’re fun and they keep the focus on Christ.

Here are the links for the craft and food ideas:

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

PS: Here’s the Christmas Around the World lapbooks we used.

Free passport:
http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/lapbooks/lapbook_country_and_culture.html
Lapbooks:
http://www.homeschoolshare.com/christmas_around_the_world.php

I used the above link for all but Asia. I wanted to explore countries besides the Phillipines. So I used three other links for Russia, China, and India.
http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2012/10/christmas-around-world.html
http://perciousperks.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-in-russia-free-mini-unit.html?m=1
http://www.whychristmas.com/cultures/

We did not make any of the crafts or food this year. But the nice thing about lapbooks is that you can save them and pull them out next time. Maybe next Advent season we will have time to do more.

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Michael stamped his passport each time he learned about a country.
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I apologize for the poor quality of these photos. My camera hasn’t been the same since I dropped it.
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Also Michael learned how to play “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” on the piano. We looked over the lyrics to the song and watched several versions online. I used several Susan Paradis worksheets to go over his notes. They all had a Christmas theme. You can find them at this link:

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Middle Ages Week 1: Celts, Anglo-Saxons, & King Arthur February 8, 2014

In this Post: Anglo-Saxon wattle & daub houses, an Anglo-Saxon  feast, Celtic crafts (pin & cross), and illuminated manuscripts. Also a neat castle and our attempt at ice bubbles. And more!

Hello dear ones! It’s been forever I know! We just finished our fifth week of the middle ages and I am just now posting week one for ya’ll. I just didn’t catch up like I wanted to after the wreck. Things have been great though but crazy. I just found out that I’m going on a missions trip to Belize this Summer. So much is going on and I’m pumped! I can’t wait to share the highlights of 2013 and my bucket list for 2014. But first I want to catch you up on the Middle Ages.

Ya know, the ancient world was fun but I really love the Middle Ages. I would not want to live in that time but it’s fun to romance about. We began our study with the Celts and Anglo-Saxons. We’re still using Story of the World (now book 2) and lovin’ it. I got inspiration from a couple Mommy blogs. I’ll post the links after the picture. PS: We don’t use the SOW activity pages. We just read the books.

I found a Celtic melody online and played it on my flute. I’m wearing the Jester hat that I made last year for our trip to Medieval Times. Michael, Chris, and I made an Anglo-Saxon wattle and daub house out of clay, tooth pics, and yarn. We made a Celtic (or Byzantine) cross out of cardboard and fake gems. I made a Celtic pin out of gold wire.  I ordered this Celtic book of fairy tales here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1846862132/

More after the pic….

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Our wreck happened half way through so some crafts waited til the next weeks.  We watched several shows on Netflix. *As always I encourage you to review the movies before you let your child see them. All parents have different standards.  My least favorite series was by Terry Jones. It was not family friendly for a history on the Middle Ages. Michael had to turn his head several times and we just quit with it. I liked The Dark Ages by the History Channel but it is blunt and made for adults. So we skipped a few parts. My favorite series is Monarchy and we’ll be watching it through out our study.

We learned about the legends of King Arthur. There are many opinions on who King Arthur was based on but there is no evidence that he was real.  I personally believe that he’s based on King Offa.  We watched a few episodes of Merlin. It’s not based in any fact. The castles back in those days before the Normans were made mainly of wood. And of course…people weren’t born with the magic.  But it is a basically clean series that shows medieval medicine and dress. Just watch out for the spiritual side and some scary episodes in the last season. We only watched a few episodes because of the spiritual element. Michael had never seen the show before though I enjoy it. We never got to Disney’s Sword in the Stone but it’s on our to do list. We also watched First Knight, again parental discretion advised. I think as a kid I fell in love with the Arthurian tale because of this movie. It stars Sean Connery as Arthur and Richard Gere as Lancelot. There’s an intense kiss and battle action but it’s very PG compared to most movies today. King Arthur gives a wonderful speech on God, morality, and the law.

We had a huge Anglo-Saxon/ Celtic feast. Turkey comes from the New World so it wouldn’t have been eaten during the Middle Ages. Still, huge turkey legs are a favorite at Ren. fairs and Medieval festivals. So Chris grilled turkey legs and I made Anglo-Saxon pottage. I didn’t have Maslin bread but I bought something similar.

We learned about Medieval monks and St. Augustine. My favorite craft was the illuminated manuscript book. I actually used medieval fonts and typed out The Apostle’s Creed. Then we made the cover out of a paper bag. There’s a link later with instructions. Michael helped color/ illuminate the writing. I made a page with blank spots so Michael could practice his cursive.  We also looked at some funny “Star Wars Illuminated script”. I set up a Monk’s post in Michael’s cardboard castle (that we got on sale at Michaels craft store).  We’re putting our medieval jewelry, decor, and clothes inside the castle. It’s fun :).

Lastly, we had a cold week and attempted to blow ice bubbles. It came close but popped. Anywho, I have several links for you and later the link to week 2. We’ll be learning about Japan and the Franks. I can’t wait!

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

Middle Ages Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/sow-middle-ages-renaissance/

Netflix links for Story of the World: http://terishepard.com/2013/08/06/story-of-the-world-netflix-resources/

Anglo-Saxon pottage: http://www.picturebritain.com/2012/10/whatdidtheanglo-saxonseat.html

Medieval Fonts used for Illuminated Manuscripts: http://www.atypicalenglishhome.com/2013/04/st-georges-day-fonts.html

Medieval Book Cover: http://www.layers-of-learning.com/medieval-book-making-craft/

Celtic Pin: http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.de/2011/08/celtic-history-co-op-week-3a-jewelry.html

Celtic/ Byzantine Cross: http://www.theusualmayhem.com/2013/11/middle-ages-unit-part-1.html

Rome Week 3: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/01/08/rome-week-3-chariots-pompeii-and-the-end/

Middle Ages Week 2: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/02/08/middle-ages-week-2-japan-and-the-franks/

 

Advent Week 1 December 15, 2013

In this Post: Several advent ideas (activities, food, and random acts of kindness). Also links to help you start your own advent fun! 🙂 Please come hang out.

*Note: Advent is a countdown to Christmas and for Christians it is a time to remember Christ’ birth and to look forward to his second coming (advent).  The wreathe and candles have special meanings. A Jesse tree helps tell the story of Jesus’ family tree while counting down to Christmas.

Hello dear ones! I hope you’re having a lovely holiday. I hope this holiday will be less stressful than the one before and that my family will learn to give and be content. So this year we decided only one gift per family member. So I only have two to shop for…easy peasy and one is already done.  Also I tried to focus our advent activities around random acts of kindness not just fun. I couldn’t get everything we did on camera but below are some pictures of week one.  Here’s a list of what they are and links for ideas! 🙂

  1.  Get out the Jesse tree and start advent/Jesse tree devotions. We read these each night and lit the first candle which reminds us that Christ is King. Purple for royalty :).
  2. Watch Frosty the Snowman and drink hot chocolate. (no pics 😦  )Also fixed the advent wreathe. Our Advent devo. had a neat activity where the guys tried to keep a balloon between them while moving. They had to stay close to keep the balloon from falling. It related to us staying close to God since we need His help. Pic bottom right.
  3. Build a shoe box online with Si Robertson for Operation Christmas child. Also donate to World Vision in someones honor. Michael helped me pick how to donate and then WV sent cards to our family members we honored. There are so many options: donating nativity animals, helping the hungry, protecting girls from slavery. Seriously there is a world of good that can be done.             http://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/pack-a-shoebox-with-uncle-si/     and   http://www.worldvision.org/
  4.  Make gingerbread cookies, have a gingerbread man hunt, and decorate the window with gingerbread clings. Pics on the left. We also watched the Gingerbread man.  http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/christmas-units/
  5.  Decorate Chris’ office tree and give out gingerbread cookies to his fellow employees.  (bottom right)
  6. Send Christmas cards to heroes (soldiers) through Red Cross. We actually did this earlier. It’s too late to send them now but maybe you can do this next year.  Pic of Michael on the left.    http://www.redcross.org/support/get-involved/holiday-mail-for-heroes                                                                     Our friends came over for dinner. We ate gingerbread cookies and Michael played Noel for them. Pic in the middle. The best thing was feeling my BFF’s tummy and the lil one rolling around inside.
  7. Read A Christmas Carol and see the play at the opera house. Pics on the left. We actually read the book the week before Thanksgiving. We dressed up fancy (pic to the left of title). I was able to get a picture of the carolers (actors) and the theater. It was a marvelous production.

You’ll probably have to click on the picture to see it well.

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Even more Advent ideas here: http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/christmas-traditions/

and here: http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/christmas-crafts/

The cookie mix I use each year is here: http://www.dominosugar.com/cookiestarter/

The gingerbread man hunt was a fun addition. You take the cookie out of the oven and leave a note as if he ran away. Each note has a clue to the next spot but lo and behold the critter has out ran you again! Then the last clue leads to the oven and he’s “magically” back in the pan. I love the look on Michael’s face. We know it’s just make believe but what fun :).

We’ve seen The Nutcracker ballet each year but we might not be able to see it this one. I’ve gotta say…I like A Christmas Carol better. The animated movie with Jim Carey freaked Michael out but only one scene bothered him in the play. The scene with the ghost of Christmases yet to come is always a bit unsettling. I wish I had a picture of that ghost to show you. They were really creative. I hope Michael and I will have special Christmas dates even when he’s an adult. 

Well, more advent activities next time. There are so many neat ideas I can’t wait to share.  I’m too impatient. Here’s our list for you to download and get a sneak peek before I post them ;).

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

Advent Week 2https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/advent-week-2/

Advent Week 3https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/12/24/advent-week-3/

Advent Week 4: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/01/01/advent-week-4/

 

Crafty Monday: Troy All the Way to Goliath September 30, 2013

In this post: Trojan horse cookies, a visit to a labyrinth as we study Crete, and Goliath’s big feet. Also Johnny Appleseed and more!

This past week we learned about the Trojan War. I used the recipe from here:  http://www.sheknows.com/food-and-recipes/articles/958083/cinco-de-mayo-pinata-cookies

to make Trojan horse cookies.

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The ones that I made following the recipe (cutting them after they baked) fell apart. This one that I cut before baking lasted.

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You can see that there are three layers. the middle one has a space for M&M’s. Then I covered it with the third cookie.

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This one crumbled on it’s own. You can see the candy in the middle.

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We read an almost comic book like story of The Iliad.

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Michael drew and painted this Trojan horse from his drawing book.

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  • We learned that David and Goliath lived not long after the Trojan War. Here’s Michael’s Goliath feet. I also marked 9 ft on the wall to show how tall Goliath may have been.

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Michael loved this Adventure’s in Odyssey book “Showdown with the Shepherd” about David and Goliath. He devoured it in two days. I was happily surprised.

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David’s harp~ We used rubber bands instead of string.

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  • While reading The Story of the World we also learned about Crete and the Minoans. We found them on the globe. We learned how Greece took over and also how eventually the “Sea people” (that became the Philistines) took over Greece. The Sea people were barbarians that killed just to kill. They also never took the time to learn to read and write.

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We read the legend about the labyrinth under Crete’s palace and the horrible Minotaur. We also watched “Labyrinth” (the 80’s movie) just because…well it has a labyrinth in it.

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A church not too far away has a smaller labyrinth made of brick. We decided to check it out.

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It was fun to run around the maze. I don’t believe however, that labyrinths should be used for prayer since they were made for pagan meditation. I didn’t always think that but after research into the matter I do.

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We aren’t finished with Greece. We’ve just dipped our toes in. We will spend a good bit of time there in the weeks to come, but first we will be stopping by Babylon.

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Later that week we learned about the Assyrian ruler, King Ashurbanipal, that took over Babylon and Canaan and even Egypt! He also started the first library at Ninevah. We also learned about Phoenician ships and that Jonah may have very well sailed on one as he was running from God.

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Michael drew a picture of Jonah’s whale.

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I put up this Fall border.

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I’ve started reading “The Scarecrow and His Servant” to Michael at night. There are some books by Philip Pullman that I don’t like because of his anti-religious views in them. But this book is fine so far.

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I’ve been reading Fall books to Michael during snack time. I believe we will get into more Fall crafts soon too.

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Little man got a Ninja mask and likes to wear it a lot now. I’m thankful he’s reading so I don’t mind costumes.

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I also don’t mind pets hanging out in the reading pool. Aren’t they cute!

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Our group did a study on Johnny Appleseed. First the kids tried different apples.

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Then they graphed how many liked what apple.

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After a story about Johnny Appleseed, the kiddos made paper plate apples. Here’s Rachel and Maggie.

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It was a fun day. I can’t wait for all the Autumny themes our group will do this year.

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You can find where I got my inspiration here: http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/sow-greece/

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

Last Week: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/09/23/crafty-monday-ancient-israel-and-her-neighbors/

Next Week:  https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/crafty-monday-part-1-babylon-and-persia/