The High King Lives

The 1700’s Week 2: The Revolutionary War May 17, 2014

In this post: The Revolutionary War, Mozart, and also our geocaching adventure with our homeschool group. We’ve got crafts, books, games, & even food. Come hang out! 🙂

Dear ones, we had quite the ride while learning about the Revolutionary War. We met some great characters. Here’s how:

  • First, before the week started we were already watching “Liberty’s Kids”. It’s an awesome cartoon series that follows three fictional kids with differing views as they live through the founding of the U.S.A. Liberty’s Kids really brought the time period to life for us. By the time, we got to certain historical figures in our studies, we already knew them from the cartoon. Michael had so many “aha” moments. I almost cried when Nathan Hale died. Anywho, I highly recommend the series. You can get it on Netflix and I had a friend who bought it at Walmart.
  • Our first morning we had a “Boston Tea Party“.  I laid out Michael’s revolutionary clothes and a handmade “newspaper” of the times. I found various clippings online. I made some delicious french toast muffins. I’ll share the recipe link later.  We had tea of course. We drink it very English like, with cream and sugar.  We played and sang the Liberty Song.
  • I pinned up a Revolutionary War timeline in the living room. The homeschool room just didn’t have the space. I also put up a 13 colonies poster but it’s not pictured.  We only had a week to dive into this so I wanted it everywhere. Michael had wanted to learn about the different wars for awhile now.
  • Michael read several themed books during the week. Here they are: What Was the Boston Tea Party?, Betrayal at Cross Creek, Who Was George Washington?, and at a later time he read Revolutionary War on Wednesday.
  • Chris and I both read to Michael as well: George Washington’s Teeth (I felt so sorry for him), Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, Felicity Takes a Dare, Boston Tea Party (it’s actually about patriotic mice), The Black Regiment, Thomas Jefferson (comic book-esque), and Molly Pitcher.
  • Michael drew George Washington at Valley Forge and Paul Revere from his Drawing through History book.
  • We learned about Celsius and Farenheit and their inventions. We made a thermometer using rubbing alcohol. It didn’t work. I’m not sure what we did wrong.
  • We read about the 7 year war, the American Revolution, and the American Constitution in The Story of the World Book 3.
  • We began a Revolutionary War lapbook.
  • We played a colonial game of marbles. The object was to shoot as many marbles out of the circle as we can. We got to keep the ones we shot out. Whoever has the most, wins.
  • Michael began playing For Crown or Colony, an interactive game online.
  • We learned about Sir Joshua Reynolds and made a 3D version of one of his paintings. Remember this lady because she might pop up in another post ;).
  • Michael did a composer study on Mozart. We watched funny cartoon clips on youtube that had characters singing Figaro. Michael learned how to play Figaro on the piano.  He played musical games online.
  • Our lapbook came with a matching card game for the historical figures during the American Revolution. Michael memorized them through out the week. We began with a set of three and added three more each day.
  • On Earth Day we learned about Carol Linnaeus, a creation scientist that is the father of taxonomy. We learned about the five kingdoms. We also learned about his floral clock, which went well with our wild flower activities for Earth day.

  • We watched a video on music during the Revolution.
  • We learned about Philllis Wheatley, a black female poet during the Revolution. We read some of her poems and I turned it into a lapbook.
  • Michael colored Betsy Ross’ flag and read about her. I turned it into a lapbook too.
  • We watched a video on the history of the song “Yankee Doodle”. We had fun singing it.
  • I made Michael a “powdered wig” by gluing cotton balls onto a shower cap. You can see the process in the pictures below.
  • At the end of the week I printed out a copy of the Declaration of Independence and we read it.
  • We listened to the poem about Paul Revere’s Ride. Michael looked at an interactive map of Revere’s ride.

It was only a week long study but it felt like a month. There’s so much that I had forgotten about this time in history. It was nice to explore it in a hands on way. I felt like the characters were alive. When I learned about them as a kid, everyone felt musty and dead. Mine and Michael’s journey was fun.

Geocaching pics after this first collage…


We had fun geocaching with our group several weeks back. I  got some great pictures. I love the way my son puckers his lips when he blows a dandelion. I just want to squeeze his cheeks! If he were to read this he’d say, “Moooom! You’re embarrassing me!” I gave Michael the idea to roll down the hill. I was about to show him how when I remembered I was wearing white. Yeah, grass stains are not fun. My sweet boy is always bringing me flowers. This time he also gave some to his buddy Olivia. They’re too cute!


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

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Weekend Special: Virtual Santorini, Apple Crisp Delish, & holiday celebrations May 27, 2012

Hello friends 🙂 I hope you’re having a lovely Memorial Day weekend.  Also Happy Pentecost! I’m combining my weekend posts for a special. Today I’ve got a delicious recipe to share with you and I’m taking you to a special place in the virtual world. I don’t have anything for Media Saturday but since I reviewed the Avenger’s last week I wanted to show you my newest peg doll set. (Pic below)From Left to Right: Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, Ant Man, Wasp, Black Panther, the Hulk, and Hawk Eye. They’re not perfect but boy did they take a long time to paint.

I’ve decided to start making peg dolls for boys since my son will soon outgrow the other sets. So I made an Avenger’s peg doll set and Michael loves it. He keeps begging me to add Black Widow (who I don’t really like) since she does turn out to be good at the end of the 1st season of the Avenger’s cartoon. I also plan on making a city-themed box for them and eventually villain peg dolls. I’ve also got to make Thor’s hammer and maybe some arrows for HawkEye.

Moving on……..the recipe below is great for dessert or breakfast 🙂

Apple Crisp



  1. Put apples in an 8 or 9 inch square baking dish.
  2. Combine the rest of the ingredients in a separate bowl and mix.
  3. Spread crumble mixture over apples and bake for 35 minutes in a 375ºF degree oven.
  4. For an added treat top off with a little English custard.

A video showing some of the best places to geocache

It’s time to go around the world….well the virtual world. This weekend I’m taking you to Santorini Greece in SecondLife. This is a beautiful replica and I was able to get some gorgeous pictures. Enjoy the pics 🙂 Remember you can click on them to see them larger.

Santorini Church

If you get a chance to check out any of the virtual places I’ve posted, then please leave me a comment with your experience. Also, what are your plans for Memorial Day Weekend? Or Pentecost? I’d love to hear from you!

God bless & Remember The High King Lives! ~Amber Dover


My Family Rocks! Sunday: My First Geocaching Adventure May 20, 2012

“Sorry we were late honey but Mommy and Daddy were stuck in the woods finding treasure. And we had to jump across a creek and fight spider webs. We didn’t think it’d take that long and then when we realized how late it was we ran as fast as we could. But Mommy got tired and Daddy had to carry me on his back.”

Sounds like a tall tale, huh? Well, not really when you’re talking about geocaching. Yes, this actually happened yesterday and boy is my body feeling it today…ugggg. The hubby and I dropped little man off at Church for practice. We had an hour and a half to find our first geocache. We had no clue it would take so long and be so rough.

What’s geocaching? Here’s the definition from the website:

“Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.”

There are geocaches all over the world…even in Antarctica! I’ve wanted to play this game for awhile but just now got the courage. There were a few beginner hunts I could’ve started with but nooooo…… I wanted to do the geocache that talked about Aslan (Chronicles of Narnia). So I decoded the decryption and read the clue “Over the river and through the woods”. By the way, if you don’t geocache you’re called a muggle (Harry Potter reference) which basically means you’re a clueless human. Geocachers can look a bit suspicious snooping around places but it’s perfectly legal. Those who hide the geocaches have to get permission to do so.

So I gathered my hiking bag and found a few treasures of my own to leave in the geocache. Sometimes people leave items in the geocache and if you take it you must leave something of equal value or greater. My gift was alot better than the bookmark I took (there were also small toys but we left them). I copied a page from C.S. Lewis and taped a wooden cross to it that was made in Bethlehem. I wanted to leave something inspirational and thought provoking….you know me.

I am really thankful that my Hubby decided to go because I would probably be lost in the woods had he not. We took the regular trail at the park but when we got to the trail we were mean’t to go on, there was orange tape. So we took another way and it turned out a lot longer and with rougher terrain.

We knew we had to cross water to get to the geocache. So we jumped across the creek. We slid a few times but thankfully never fell. My hubby had to help me across several places and he also battled the spider webs and briars.  Chris also warned me of the poison ivy. I really need to study my plants. We kept going anyways. I’m a bit itchy around the ankles but so far no rash….

Our GPS on Chris’ phone, kept bouncing it’s signal and we kept thinking the treasure was at different places. Finally after an hour we found it. We signed the little book and left our own treasure.

We found a much easier way back (the trail we were supposed to have taken). Anywho, had I checked ahead of time I would’ve noticed the terrain was a 3 out of 5 rating of difficulty. But you know me……I had to follow Aslan lol. When we got back to the main path we realized it was time to get Michael. So we ran but I had already pushed myself quite a bit. I was out of breath so Chris carried me some which slowed us down more. That may have been the first time Chris and I have ran like that together lol. We were late but it all worked out. Next time I’ll check the difficulty first. Also I’ll wear socks that cover my ankles……maybe wear sleeves too.

It was adventurous and I enjoy solving riddles etc… Not all geocaches are in the woods….some are near buildings etc. I can’t wait to have more adventures 🙂 but I think I’ll start with easier stuff next time.

God bless and Remember The High King Lives!~Amber Dover