The High King Lives

The 1800’s Week 4: The Civil War & Queen Victoria July 21, 2014

In this post: Take a trip on the Underground Railroad and join the battle at Gettysburg. Come learn about the Civil War.

Hello dear ones! I know it’s been awhile. You’ve been on my mind though. Sooo…I’ve got several posts to catch up on. We are having our Summer break, so we’ve obviously finished the 1800’s. I’ve just got to catch you up.  Here we go :).  This is how we studied week 4 of the 1800’s:

Queen Victoria

  • We read about Queen Victoria in Story of the World Book 4.
  • Michael drew a picture of Queen Victoria, from his Draw Through History book.

The Civil War

  • We read about the Civil War in Story of the World Book 4.
  • Michael played Flight to Freedom, an interactive PC game, about the Underground Railroad.
  • We watched Gone with the Wind.
  • We read several books about the Civil War: If You Lived at the Time of the Civil War, Civil War Cooking, Who Was Abraham Lincoln?, What Was the Battle of Gettysburg?, Vinnie & Abraham (about a young artist who sculpted the President), A Picture Book of Robert E. Lee, and Following Freedom.
  • Chris helped us make a Northern Star lantern, by punching holes in a tin can. Then he bent a clothes hanger to carry it. Add a fake candle and voila!
  • Michael made an Underground Railroad lapbook.
  • We learned about quilt patterns used as secret messages in the Undergound Railroad.
  • I put up a Civil War timeline.
  • We visited two museums and found all the Civil War stuff we could.
  • Columbus, Ga was a supply center for the Confederacy.  We explored the River Walk and found historical sites. There was a cannon and an old bell.
  • We had a can of Hoppin’ John, Civil War style blackeye peas.
  • We watched season 1 episodes 3 and 8 of Dear America. Episode 3 is about a slave girl who learns to read. Episdoe 8 is about a confederate girl during the war.
  • We read African rhymes and Her Stories, a book on African American folk tales.
  • Michael did a lapbook on George Washington Carver.
  • We bought toy soldiers (Civil War era) from Hobby Lobby and Michael reenacted a battle.


  • Michael read Little House in the Big Woods. He was workin’ his way to Lil House on the Prairie.
  • We read poetry by Elizabeth Browning and a story about her romance with another poet, Robert Browning.


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


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!


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


Crafty Monday: Fireflies, Dirt Pudding, & Holiday Crafts (Pentecost & Memorial Day) May 28, 2012

Hello Friends and Welcome to Crafty Monday 🙂 We have one more week left of our bug studies and then we will be learning about the Ocean and planets.  If you’re new to this blog you can check my last couple of Monday posts and see the other bug studies. Bug Buddies is a study through Danielle’s Place (link below) that teaches about bugs and the Bible.

This week we learned about Inch Worms and how God’s love is immeasurable. Enjoy the pics 🙂

We also learned about Mosquitoes and how we should be good friends like the lady bug….not bad like the mosquito.

Then we made fireflies. We really enjoyed this craft. The idea comes from:

For a special treat we ended the week with Dirt Pudding. Dirt Pudding is also my husband’s favorite dessert. You can tell from the pic that lil man enjoyed himself.

Don’t you just love the gummy worms sticking out? LOL it looks a bit gross but the taste is delicious….I promise I didn’t put real dirt in it 🙂

Here’s the site for the recipe:–2693/wiggle-worm-dirt-pudding.asp

For Memorial Day I made another homemade rug out of leftover carpet. I used my sandals as stamps. I saw a rug in Family Dollar that had flip flops on it etc….So I thought I’d try to make my own. It’s definitely patriotic.

For Pentecost we made this dove painting. It didn’t quite turn out like the original in this post:

It still looks neat though.

We also made a Dove and Tongues of Fire paper chain. It’s hard to see it in these pics. The Dove represents the Holy Spirit whom Jesus sent after His Resurrection (on the day of Pentecost).  The tongues of fire represent the flames that appeared over the disciples’ heads when they were given the Holy Spirit. They spoke in tongues and in the Greek it’s clear they spoke in known languages (not gibberish).  They were then able to preach the gospel in many different languages and everyone understood them.

A few scoffers mocked them and said they were drunk but most people listened and many believed. The apostle Peter went on to give a lengthy gospel presentation to show that they were indeed sober & that the prophecies were fulfilled. The whole point of Pentecost is that they were empowered by the Holy Spirit to preach the gospel. It wasn’t about an emotional or selfish experience. It was all about winning lost souls for Christ. Many people call Pentecost the birthday of the Church.

Pentecost is also a celebration of God giving Moses the Torah (including the Ten Commandments).  Last year we celebrated Pentecost with my buddy Hannah and her kiddos. We made salt dough commandments, tongues of fire head-bands, and stained glass “windows”. Oh, there were also tissue flowers.

The kids also enjoyed dancing with flags.

Several years ago Michael and I made flags for Pentecost. The flag below I made. I can’t remember what it says because it’s written in Hebrew but I think it says Love, Peace, Messiah etc etc….something like that.

Have a happy Memorial Day! God bless & Remember the High King Lives! ~Amber Dover

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Crafty Monday: Ants & Ladybugs May 21, 2012

Hello friends, welcome to crafty Monday! Well we’ve only got a week and a half left of our bug studies with Danielle’s Place. If you’re new to my blog you can click on the Crafty Monday link on the right panel & you will see the last two bug  posts I did. I encourage you to check out these neat Bug/Bible studies at

This was was great fun because we did ants and ladybugs. I love ladybugs almost as much as butterflies. My papa was a farmer so I grew up knowing just how helpful ladybugs are. I also enjoy studying ants (though I don’t like them inside the house). Here is a pic of our Ant lapbook.

The Ant study was really kewl. We learned that a wise man/woman watches the ants and learns from them. Ants are always working and preparing. No one tells the ants what to do. They just do it. So Michael is learning to do his chores and take care of himself etc without being told. Also we learned about the many different types of ants in an old insect book I have. Let’s just say I never want to go to Africa….the ants are scary there. We did a test to see what foods ants like best. We put out banana bread, a marshmallow, and a M&M. The marshmallow won out & I think the M&M was too hard for them to bite. Hardly any ants got on the M&M.

There was also a memory verse game.

And we kept a few ants to watch. The dirt was too dark to see the ants though. Next time we’ll have to use sand or something. Oh as you can see in the pic we’ve also started a little greenhouse (Thanks sis!) to grow a butterfly garden.

I love the story of the ant and the grasshopper. Michael really seemed to enjoy it. For those of you who haven’t heard it: the grasshopper is lazy and procrastinates. He doesn’t store up food for the winter but the ant is constantly working. The grasshopper doesn’t understand why the ant won’t play and relax. He thinks they have plenty of time. In the end the grasshopper starves because he hasn’t saved up food but the ant lives. The movie “A Bug’s Life” kind of plays with this storyline. We watched the movie at the end of the week and it was wonderful to see all the many bugs we had learned about.

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Also, I made Michael an ant hat from construction paper. At first little man wouldn’t wear it. He said it was too silly but later he popped out with it on. He pretended he was an ant and “bit” his dad lol. He drug toys into the living room (his ant pile).

Then Michael put on a very dramatic play about two warring ant colonies. I rated it pg-13 for the violence ha! 😉

We also learned about Ladybugs. Ladybugs kill some of the harmful insects that eat our crops. We learned that we should be helpful to and kind to others just like the ladybug.

I made ladybug snacks from strawberries, blueberries, and chocolate chips. They tasted good but they didn’t look so swooft. My fruit was frozen and got very mushy when it thawed. We also didn’t use licorice for the legs like this recipe suggested:

You can tell my son is all boy because he had a blast eating the “heads” off of the ladybugs lol.

For our craft we made lady bug magnets out of painted bottle caps. After we painted them I cut out cardboard to glue to the back and put the magnets on the cardboard. After we glued on the eyes I modge podged them to make them shine & to seal in the paint. I also made a bee magnet. Some of our eyes don’t match so it’s a bit silly.

I LOVE Michael’s Craft store. There’s so many neat wood crafts to paint & I always catch the sales. We’ve had the wooden ladybug paper holder (pictured below) for over a year. Michael did most of the painting but I used a black paint marker for the spots. I used modge podge as a sealant. The poor bug lost it’s antennae :(.

Lastly, we learned about walking sticks and how bugs use camouflage. We talked about how we are supposed to stand out for Jesus and not try to fit in with the crowd.

Overall, it was a wonderful week and even I learned a few new things about insects. Here are a few craft ideas etc that we did not use but you may be able to integrate it in your own studies.

I really wish we could’ve made these for snacks:

Health update: I’ve had more energy so that’s helped. Sometimes the iron pills make me sick and cause stomach pains but that comes and goes. I really overdid it geocaching this weekend. I’m so excited about this extra energy but I really need to pace myself. I’m praying I’ll be healthy enough to go on vacation with my family…maybe camping. Here’s to hoping.

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

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