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Crafty Monday Part 1: Babylon and Persia October 14, 2013

In this post: Crafts, food, and fun for ancient Babylon and Persia. This is just what we’re doing in History/Geography. Fall crafts etc will come in the next post. 

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Hello dear ones! I’m splitting my posts in two again. We’ve been learning about Babylon and Persia the past two weeks in homeschool. I combined the weeks because we really didn’t do much with Babylon.  We read about Nebuchadnezzar in The Story of the World and we talked about his place in the Bible.

We talked about Daniel, Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego.  It was Nebuchadnezzar that put Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego in the fiery furnace. It was also Nebuchadnezzar that thought he was the king of the world. In his pride he claimed he was a god.  The true God (our creator and the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) humbled the prideful King by giving him the heart of a beast. King Neb. literally went on all fours and lost his mind for months until he was humble enough to admit that there is one God and it wasn’t him. An idea that we never got around to trying is eating like King Neb. Pretend you’re an animal and eat a salad. 

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There is a legend about King Neb. They say he made these fantastic hanging gardens to remind his Persian wife of her home. There is much debate if the hanging gardens ( one of the 7 wonders of the Ancient world) was actually in Babylon.

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We broke out our second “Draw and Write Through History” book and Michael drew and painted the Hanging Gardens with water colors. We also watched a documentary on the gardens.

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We watched SuperBook dvds on Daniel in the Lions Den and also the fiery furnace. During Persia week we watched Queen Esther. I love this series that my Mom buys for Michael. New episodes are always coming out. The kids in this series travel back to Bible days and they learn lessons that help them with present day moral issues. As a kid I remember watching the almost anime version of Superbook. I like the new ones better.

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I finally made my Bible chart that shows where the Bible was during history. We are learning how the Bible came together. I made a time line then taped a “Bible” onto a clothespin. The old testament is still coming together right now.

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It’s a long line. It’s exciting to teach Michael the details so he will be grounded in his faith.

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While old Neb. was living in the wild his kingdom went downhill. His son (some say grandson) Belshazzar, was a drunk that used gold from God’s temple. Neb. was given a dream about the kingdoms that would come after him. You can find it in the book of Daniel. We see that God’s words came to pass. A finger without a body appeared at Belshazzar’s banquet and wrote on the wall. Daniel interpreted the writing and told  him Bel. that his kingdom would be taken that night and he would die. Sure enough the Medes and Persians took over Babylon and Belshazzar was killed.

Neb’s dream goes like this: There is a statue with a gold head, silver chest and arms, bronze belly and thighs, iron legs, and iron mixed with clay feet. Each part represents a kingdom.

I glued an action figure to a piece of wood. Then I painted him and marked on him with Sharpees.

You can find many of these ideas here: http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/sow-babylonpersia/

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Here’s how most interpret the dream: Gold for Babylon, Silver for Persia, Brass for Greece, Iron for Rome, Iron and clay for a future Rome in the last days. After the last kingdom, there will be no more kingdoms ran by men. God will set up His eternal kingdom.

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We added people to our History tree. There are going to be so many leaves by the end of this year!

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  • We used the same method for our Persian tile. These tiles came along later in History but we made them anyways.  I printed out tiles and Michael colored his favorite. Then he made an impression on a clay slab.

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Voila!


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The clay tile dried over night. I painted it white so the colors would show up nicely.

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Then Michael painted the tile the same colors he had colored the day before.

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  • We talked about Queen Esther and King Xerxes.
  • We made a mini Persian rug. This was a family effort. I ended up doing most of this but Chris and Michael did help some. It took forever to make this rug. I can only imagine making a big one!

I got the idea here: http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.com/2013/09/xerses-persia-unit-study-weaving-for.html

I love this blog and will (Lord willing) be using many of this lady’s ideas.

We started out wrong but this is a cute pic of Michael.


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1. Cut ten notches on the top and then ten on the bottom of a piece of cardboard. Take your first bit of yarn and skip a notch as you wrap it around.

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2. Take your second piece of yarn and wrap it in the notches you skipped.

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3. Tape the loose threads to the back.

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4. Take more thread and loop it through  horizontally. This is how I did it. I looped it over the blue and under the other yarn. Then when I got to the end I switched it and went back the other way (over the other yarn and under the blue yarn). It’s really not hard. You just have to do a lot of it.

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5. Alternate thread for different designs.

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And you have a Persian rug!

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  • We had a bit of fun by watching The Prince of Persia (which is of course fiction) and eating camel shaped corn bread.

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We’ve been eating lots of sweets so I didn’t want to make cookies. I cut out the cornbread after it baked. We ate it with my turkey and pumpkin vegetable soup. The recipe was on yesterday’s post:

https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/10/13/my-family-rocks-sunday-meals-that-stretch-and-comfort/

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This week we’re starting 3 weeks of Greece. I can’t wait! Be looking for my Fall crafty post later this day. God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

Last Week: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/crafty-monday-troy-all-the-way-to-goliath/

Next Week: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/10/21/crafty-monday-greece-week-1-down-at-the-farm/

 

Crafty Monday Part 1: Ancient China and The Rats of NIMH September 9, 2013

Hello dear ones! I wanted to split up today’s post between fall crafts and what we’re doing in school. Here’s what we’re doing in school.

  • We’ve been majoring in Ancient China and minoring in other early civilizations. I’ve started using “The Story of the World” to add to our history lessons. We are still using “Draw and Write Through History” for art and the basis of our main historical studies. Michael drew a Panda from his art book on watercolor paper. Then he painted it.

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During snack and lunch time I read to Michael from story of the world. First we read about ancient civilizations. Then we went on to China, India, and Africa.

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It was amazing to learn Chinese history. I had never heard of it before. I don’t know about your school experience but I believe mine was very Eurocentric. My husband knew a bit about other cultures because of college.

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I think I’ve said before but all people come from one of Noah’s three sons. The Chinese and my ancestors come from Japheth.  It’s awesome and makes so much sense learning history according to the Bible and creation science. World events aren’t confusing….everything fits.

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So Michael and I both learned about the silk worm and the legend of how the first Empress Lei zu discovered silk when a cocoon fell in her tea cup. We also learned about the first emperor Huang Di and his discovery of medicine. Then we went on to the Shang dynasty and their use of bronze.

We’ve been putting famous people on the leaves of our tree.

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We made Chinese pictograms. I glued foam cut into Chinese letters and put them on a bottle cap. Besides leaving a circle, they work :).

The symbols rain and mountain.

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Michael and I watched a video on the Chinese tea ceremony. Then we had our own Chinese tea party.

You can find the video here: http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.de/2012/09/china-history-co-op-week-10-tang-dynasty.html

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“Blew” wanted to party too.

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While Michael did book work I played traditional Chinese music in the background. He was interested in the Chinese’ dance style. So I found a video of traditional dance that we watched. We also watched a video of Chinese Christians getting their first Bibles. It was beautiful. You can find both of those videos on my Pinterest here:

http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/geography-history-social-studies/

We ate at a really nice Chinese restaurant the Sunday before. So it’s more American food than actual Chinese but the atmosphere felt Chinese :).

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  • Secondly, we finished “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH”. If you recall, last week we made a stuffed rat. This time we made a couple simple machines. The rats in the book are super intelligent and use simple machines to move things around. I found this kit at Barnes and Noble.

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  • Michael continued to answer journal questions and we watched the movie yesterday actually.  We went through the book quick but I didn’t want it to go into our Egyptian studies. We’ve got several books to read this coming week.  Here’s a picture of the movie “The Secret of NIMH”.

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Here’s what Michael does during school ;). Nah, he wanted me to take this picture.

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Playtime

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Our group took a trip to the planetarium. Michael wanted to sit with the boys. They danced and acted silly through most of the show. Boys will be boys.  As the group gets older you can see the genders splitting up.

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Michael playing from the new piano book. He’s also been writing in his note speller and theory book. I think he’s finally ready to really progress. He enjoys practicing these days. The new book has easier songs but more of a selection for him to play.

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Big news! Michael lost his first tooth! We put it in a bag and he got a dollar. It happened so quick. It was loose one day and then out just a couple later. Michael’s ready to make more money :).

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Michael’s really been progressing on Guitar Praise. It’s kind of like Guitar Hero except it’s Christian music. I’m glad we got this instead. He’s already singing the songs and I wouldn’t have wanted him to sing the songs on Guitar Hero. Plus it’s neat to play songs we really enjoy…like “Jesus Freak”. The game isn’t made anymore which is a shame. I’m glad my computer can play it.

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Here’s a super duper site for spelling games. You just put in your spelling list and then those words are in all the games.

http://kidsspell.com/index.php

We are super excited about the coming week and learning about Egypt. Join us next week :).

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

Last Week: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/crafty-monday-the-tower-of-babel-the-rats-of-nimh/

Next week: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/09/16/crafty-monday-part-1-ancient-egypt/

 

Crafty Monday: Creation, the Flood, and Personality August 27, 2013

In this post: Our first two weeks of school. Our schedule. A craft for the states, creation, and Noah’s ark. “About Me” crafts etc…

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Hello dear ones! We’re a few weeks into third grade over here. It’s been rather different from lower grades. We’ve started a stricter schedule which we’ve kept all of two days. Still we’ve had somewhat better structure than usual. Above you’ll see the silhouette portrait  we did of Michael. Inside it he drew his favorite things. We put this on the wall in his homeschool room.

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I’ve introduced a few new ideas that I’ve come up with and also found on other blogs.

In the mornings before school officially starts, Michael writes the date in his calendar book.

http://www.ouraussiehomeschool.com/2012/03/calendar-notebook.html

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He also checks the weather on my tablet and records the temperature and…

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the weather.

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Michael filled out this “Glad to Be in Grade 3” paper from:

http://thirdgradethinkers8.blogspot.com/2011/09/writing-in-third-grade.html

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I haven’t did this everyday like I wanted to but I’ve started incorporating “outdoor challenges”.  Here’s Michael watching the ants, his first challenge.

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The first week we talked about Creation. So Michael learned about hot and cool colors by drawing the sun and moon.

http://kidsartists.blogspot.com/2009/08/warm-sun-cool-moon.html

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We also began our study of the USA regions and states. 

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I made prayer sticks for prayer time.

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Second, outdoor challenge: tree bark rubbings.

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We began “Draw and Write Through History”.

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Michael drew a creation scene.

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We took school pictures but I’ll show you those Sunday (Lord willing). We tried to pinpoint the estimated location of the Garden of Eden. There’s no way to know exactly where it would be. It’s guess work.

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Then we put a pin on our Biblical World History chart.

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I’ve been reading old books at story time and also books from wegivebooks.org

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Michael and Tessa

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Our homeschool group started up again. We signed up for our host days.

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  • Alabama’s capitol in sprinkles 🙂

From: http://www.gimmesomestyleblog.com/diy-sprinkles-art/

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  • Outdoor challenge: figure out who our spider is. We have this beautiful green spider living on a flower.  We found out that it’s a green lynx spider.

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  • The second week we talked about Noah’s ark. Michael drew this picture from his drawing book.

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Hannah hosted our first homeschool meeting. We had an “All about Me” day.

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The kids made mobiles about themselves. Here’s Hannah’s.

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Michael and his buddy Liam.

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Hannah read a silly book about liking ourselves…even if we have crazy hair and a pig’s nose etc…

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Michael and his mobile. His talked about faith, his family, the computer, and pizza. All his favorites :).

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Michael with the nursing home volunteers where we play bingo. We didn’t help over the Summer so everyone was happy to see him.

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Well, there wasn’t much to share this time but things are going to get real fun when we get into our country studies (not at the group but at home this time). Lord willing, we will be studying Egypt and many other countries through time from Creation to the 1800’s.

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

Next: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2013/09/03/crafty-monday-the-tower-of-babel-the-rats-of-nimh/

Last in series: https://amberdover.wordpress.com/2014/07/21/the-1800s-week-6-heading-west-the-final-week/

 

Crafty Monday: Charlotte’s Web Party & Gearing Up for Easter March 25, 2013

In this Post: Charlotte’s Web, our Lent tree & blown out egg ornaments, several Easter crafts (cardboard chapel), and the neatest music site. Also homeschool freebies and online clubs/classes for homeschoolers!

Happy Crafty Monday friends! I’m going to start with the end of the week first since I’m so excited about it. Friday we had a small movie themed party centered around Charlotte’s Web. Yes, I actually kept this one simple. Below you can see we had pig cookies for “Wilbur” and a spider paper craft for Charlotte. I put our popcorn in these nifty popcorn bags that went with our circus party during the Time Machine study. I’ll put my Pinterest link at the end.

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Michael finished reading Charlotte’s Web first. Yaaa Michael!

Spider craft:

http://greenbabyguide.com/2009/10/13/how-to-make-a-simple-paper-spider-in-its-web-more-diy-halloween-decorations/

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Then we baked sugar cookies for the movie.

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Thankfully we had several animal cookie cutters and therefore we had pigs. I added red food coloring, sugar, & cinnamon to cream cheese spread and frosted the cookies with it. We added a chocolate chip for the eye. Maybe it’s silly but I was almost in tears at the end of the movie….even if I hate spiders. I liked Charlotte.

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Now hold on to your horses. 🙂 I’ve got a ton of Easter crafts!

Art

Blown out Eggs ~ I had not done this since high school but it’s super fun and literally…umm breath taking.

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Then I ran water through the eggs and blew it out. After that I boiled the eggs to kill any bacteria and when it cooled blew that water out. I strained the egg yolks for shells.

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Then made egg patties to keep in the freezer. I couldn’t stand wasting a dozen eggs.

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We painted eggs on and off.

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Nana came over Tuesday and painted a few herself.

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One of Nana’s (Mom’s) masterpieces.

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One of mine.

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I used rubber bands to make a striped egg.

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This was neat because later I put one of our Lent symbols on it. It was a symbol for Jesus being beat by the whip (cat of nine tails). He bore stripes for our sin. I didn’t realize the egg had whip marks until the day we read it. That was completely unplanned by me…a God thing.

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12 eggs for the 12 days leading up to Easter. This goes with our Resurrection Egg lapbook.

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I then printed off the Ressurrection egg symbols and modge podged them onto the eggs. I ran thread through the holes to make them ornaments.

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We hung them on our Lent tree, a simple branch painted white. I never covered the coffee can it’s in but oh well….adds character ;).

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Resurrection Egg Lapbook

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Link for this:

http://teachingheart.net/blog/2011/03/resurrection-eggs-idea-with-printables/

Inside the lapbook. Flip up eggs with Lent symbols and scriptures.

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Tape Resist Art: Easter Cross

First, we made a cross out of tape, on the paper. Then Michael painted a hill scene over it.

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A blue sky then pink rays to outline the cross.

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After it dried it came out like this…

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Empty Tomb Paper Craft

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Easter Wreathe…sans wreathe. We just pinned this to our board.

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Cardboard Box Stained Glass Chapel

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I cut out windows and doors in an empty Goldfish box. Michael painted the box white.

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We made windows with bits of colored tissue paper and contact paper cut to shape. We taped them inside and then taped a construction paper cross.

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We put a real candle in it for these pictures but later found a batter operated candle.

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Cooking

Rock Candy

I don’t have an after picture because this has yet to work for us. The crystals just form on the top. But Michael and Chris attempted to make rock candy together. They boiled sugar and added food coloring. They dipped the sticks into sugar so the crystals would have something to grow on.

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They sit in our window a week later…still doing nothing. Sigh…not sure why this never works for us.

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I forgot to tell you but last week we read this book on wegivebooks.org about rocks. It was very interesting. It’s from an evolutionary view but Michael and I just talked about how it differed from our beliefs.

Link here: http://www.wegivebooks.org/books/rocks-and-minerals

This week I read “The Story of Me”. It’s the first in a series of books that teaches God’s design for sex. Each book is for a different age level. The next book is for 6 to 8 year olds but I may wait til Michael’s 9. “The Story of Me” is about a little boy asking to hear how he was born. The baby making process is explained as a special part of Mommy and a special part of Daddy to make a baby. It’s explains the story nicely and goes on to name personal parts and gives a talk about good touch bad touch. Because the word “sex” is on the cover, I explained that sex is how people have babies. I also explained to Michael that certain words in the book were special and should be kept to ourselves. This book presents sex  (they don’t use the exact word) as God’s beautiful plan for marriage. I think it’s great for little ones and especially those expecting siblings. It also talks about breast feeding.

http://www.christianbook.com/gods-design-series-book-story-revised/stan-jones/9781600060137/pd/060137

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Nana visited Tuesday. Michael wanted to be a doctor this week so Nana got out her blood pressure machine. She’s a CNA.

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Mom (Nana) explaining how to use it.  Later I became the patient, Nana the nurse, and Michael the doctor.

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Michael reading on the trampoline while Mom and I watched all the animals enjoy the outdoors.

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Under the trampoline. The guinea pig doesn’t like the mouse.

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Science

Newton’s First Law Egg Experiment ~ http://www.ordinarylifemagic.com/2010/01/newtons-first-with-raw-eggs.html

All you need is a glass or vase of water, an egg, a toilet paper tube, and a pan. Line the egg and tube up directly over the vase.

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Pull out the pan and the egg drops in the water!

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Voila! Michael and Nana both tried it too.

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Our new Lifepac Science work book~ this booklet is about colors and this week Michael learned how certain holidays are represented by different colors.

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Music

Wednesday our homeschool group went to see  “Seussical”, a musical based on Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who. It was fantastic and interesting.

We had an easy day. I found these wonderful Easter themed worksheets for music on:

http://www.susanparadis.com/

I absolutely love her site! There are worksheets for everything. Even composing!  Michael composed his first song by putting the notes on whatever lines or spaces he wanted. The bunny song had a very interesting melody lol.

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Michael solved bunny code by writing the note names and he also colored an egg by coloring the notes according to the color code. They also teach bass and treble Cleff. We’ve been slow with piano but Michael practices his scale and intervals each day.

I also found several musical apps on google play for android: Note flashcards, a guitar, and one that teaches piano scales.

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Math ~ math apps and games

We’ve been blessed to have this little birdie sing to us most days. I think maybe he’s a Brown Thrasher.

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Geography

Continent mobile ~ Michael colored the continents and stapled them to the ribbon. I’m still working on a felt globe. Michael also colored coloring pages for the 4 oceans. We watched and sang a song about the continents and oceans.

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At our place there’s always a buddy to listen…sometimes that buddy is a dog :).

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Creation studies

The life cycle of a chicken. We made this simple craft and watched a video of a chick hatching. I want a chicken now.

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Health and Safety

Traffic signs ~ Popsicle sticks in bottle caps. You can print the signs here:

http://www.doodlesandjots.com/2012/05/04/all-signs-point-to-fun/

These went well with Michael’s race he had Saturday.

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I brought the responsibility chart out again and Michael checks it off every day. I have to remind him often but he did good last week. He got a prize for his diligence.

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Now for the awesome homeschool freebies site I told you about. You can find free homeschool materials (lapbooks, Ebooks, etc…) at https://www.currclick.com/

Currclick also offers classes and clubs for homeschoolers. We joined a free Lego club where we got to see the teacher online in real time. Michael was able to chat with other homeschoolers as they made a Lego project.

They have many clubs so check them out :).

They also have great classes for good prices. They range from 5 bucks to 50. It depends on how long the course is. We may take a one day class on subtraction tricks. I’m excited about their summer classes. Some require books and others give you the resources you need.

When you go to the site look on the left and click Live Classes to see what they offer.

Here is my Pinterest link for the crafts. Remember email subscribers to come to my blog to see the links.

Easter Crafts on Pinterest:

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