The High King Lives

Pentecost & Bike Safety June 23, 2015

Hello dear ones! We made a special dove painting for Pentecost this year. I’ve also got pictures from the Bike safety class our homeschool group did with the Columbus cops. Enjoy.


• Pentecost Dove Painting ~ I was inspired by this similar painting on Pinterest:

Michael painted a sunset on canvas. Then we modge podged a dove silhouette, a Bible verse about the Holy Spirit, and words about the Holy Spirit on top.


Pentecost in the New Testament is the time when the Holy Spirit came to live inside Jesus’ believers. Sometimes the Spirit is represented by a dove. He is our comforter, counselor, and healer. This was a special time because in the past only a select few had the Spirit visit them. No one had the Holy Spirit live inside them permanently until Pentecost.


• Bike Safety~ One of our homeschool moms is married to a park cop. He rides a bike through the parks. So her husband and his buddies visited our group and gave a bike safety course. It was great.

The guys showed the kids the proper way to wear a helmet. One cop demonstrated what happens when you don’t wear a helmet and get in an accident. He used a cantaloupe to show this. We have Crazy Carl who doesn’t wear his helmet and gets smashed all over the floor. Then we have Careful Carla who always wears her helmet. She does fine in an accident.




Then the kids watched a video on bike safety. They learned hand signals for riding in traffic. Michael volunteered to come up and show the signals he learned.



Lastly, the kids got to hear the sirens on the cop car.


Leeland hanging out.



Well, that’s it. God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover


Crafty Monday: Pentecost, Fruit of the Spirit Lapbook, & Lego Illusions May 20, 2013

Hello dear ones! I hope you’re week has started well :).  We celebrated Pentecost this week by doing a study on the Holy Spirit and mainly the fruit of the Spirit. Also I’ve got a bug study link at the end of this post.

Fruit of the Spirit Lapbook

Resources here:


Inside I had Michael trace Galatians 5:22-23 in cursive.

“22But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

23Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

Each flap has a fruit of the spirit on it. On the inside of the flaps, Michael wrote out a verse dealing with each fruit and I wrote the definition.


Game cards were put in the middle pocket for the Fruit of the Spirit game. The board is on the back. The cards each have a scenario on them in which a certain fruit should be used.


We watched “The Fruit of the Spirit” song on Psalty’s Praise Party Two video. Yep, it’s on VHS. We still have one of those.


We also did a study on Honesty found here:

We then talked about the gifts of the Spirit since at Pentecost we celebrate when Jesus sent the Holy Spirit.

This dove craft went nicely.


Later, we talked about the parable of the ten virgins and how their lamps were not ready with oil when the Bridegroom came. So they missed out on the wedding. This story represents people that are not ready when Jesus comes back. We talked about how we need to be filled with the Holy Spirit by having a relationship with Jesus.

Then we did this lamp craft:

020Chris had his 29th birthday May 13th. We celebrated with his favorite dessert, a dirt pudding “cake”.


011Michael had too much fun licking the plate! 🙂


May’s Lego Club was all about Optical Illusions. The teacher gave a short lesson on optical illusions. Then they got to building a couple. We were not prepared as you can tell from the Legos dumped everywhere. We managed to pull enough of what we needed. By the way, if you are new to this blog; has great online classes and clubs for homeschoolers.

001The Arch Optical Illusion. It’s supposed to look like the columns are on the same row. This would work better if it was flat.

004 The Penrose Triangle. It’s only possible on paper. I had to turn it at an angle to get the picture.

005 This is what it really looks like.



Pipe Cleaner experiment~ cut up several pipe cleaners and put them in a glass jar. Use a magnet to manipulate them.


026Michael should finish “The Hobbit” this week. We didn’t do any Hobbit crafts last week but maybe we will this time. We made a “pond” for our tadpoles in the back yard and set them free so to speak. We also let our earthworm go and planted his dirt near the “pond”. I never saw him/her but the soil looked like he/she had been working in it.

Our homeschool group made airplanes last week and we learned what makes them fly. It was good fellowship and fun.


Last May, we did a bug study unit by Danielle’s Place and also a couple that I made myself (spider & butterfly). We had lots of fun as you can see below. Check out the first bug study. Each post has links at the bottom to the next post. I just did that with a lot of my crafty posts.

Bug Study 2012 You can also see all of my crafty posts on my Pinterest page. Email sub. please come to my blog to see this link:

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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