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Grandma's Place A Natural Learning Center

Grandma's Place of Natural Learning Center

Is The Best Place for Learning


Day 1 of the Summer Session

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 3:00 AM Comments comments (13)
Dear Folks:
Apparently Grandma was trying to get up to May 24 of the Calendar History, Book (1 ). However I guess I did not catch May 23 which is just as well. Therefore, I will cover it now.
The First birthday on May 23 is in 1707 when Carolus Linnaeus, Swedish botanist and founder of taxonomy, was born.
 Next in 1734, Dr. Franz Mesmer, German physician who developed a treatment called Mesmerism, which is the basis of the word mesmerize, was born.
 In 1824 Ambrose Everett Burnside, American Civil War general whose whiskers on the side of his face were called Burnsides and later sideburns, was born.
In 1910 Margaret Wise Brown, children's author, was born.
The events that happened on that day began in 1785 when In a letter, Benjamin Franklin wrote about his new invention, Bifocal Eyeglasses.
In 1788 South Caroline became the eight state.
In 1873Canada established the Northwest Mounted Police.
In 1903 Eleven-year-old William Frederick Price became the Youngest Soldier to enlist in the British Army in this century.
In 1984 C. Everett Koop, the US surgeon general, said there was solid evidence that Nonsmokers can suffer Lung Damage from Inhaling Other People's Cigarette Smoke.
In 1989 An Italian Interior Designer named Stefania Follini climbed Out of the Cave in Carlsbad, N.M., in which she had spent the previous 130 days.  
Activities included on this day in Book (1) are as follows:
"Plant classifications
Have your (children) look up the word taxonomy in the dictionary. Then encourage them to walk through their neighborhood to observe flowering plants, writing careful notes and making detailed drawings of the specimens they find. Have them use these observational records and their research skills to find the scientific names of their plants.
A state by any other name
South Carolina is nicknamed the Palmetto State. Have your (children) investigate their state's nickname. How did the nickname originate? Invite the dis to create a nickname for their hometown, then write a silly story explaining how the name came to be.
(Along with this activity Grandma would like the children to find anything they can about any of the states and do as planning a trip to travel through each state on a very long vacation.) 
Selecting pseudonyms
Margaret Wise Brown wrote stories about feeling lonesome, getting lost, and acting naughty or silly. She wrote more than 100 books in her career, some published under the pen names Golden MacDonald, Timothy Hay, and Juniper Sage. Have your (children) each write a story using one of the topics Brown often wrote about. Then have them choose their own pen names. Why did they select a particular name?"
These should go along with the ideas Grandma gave you in the summer introduction. This is it for today.

Day 152

Posted on April 22, 2014 at 8:39 PM Comments comments (3)
Good Morning! Grandma is sending you Sarah Plain & Tall movie with a lesson also; therefore, catch that link if you want it.
Grandma will finish the lessons on Sarah Plain & Tall that she started yesterday first. In book (4) under Language:
Delightful Dialects- Talk about "the incident in which Sarah teaches the children a "Maine word" for "yes" (ayuh). Discuss how people in different parts of the country, or even in different towns or neighborhoods in the same general area, may use different words to indicate the same thing. Some examples are flapjacks, griddle cakes, pancakes; grinder sub, hero; skillet, frying pan, spider; snapbeans, green beans, stringbeans. .... Suggest that (you)...begin an ALL-American Dictionary, adding to it as they come across other regional expressions in books or outside the (house). Keep the Dictionary on a reading table for (the children) to refer to ....
Grandma's Book (185) has a section in it having to do with Cooperative Learning/Listening/Speaking; however, if you only have you and your one child you can still do this activity but you can involve others if you wish. It is called "Catalogue Consumers. (The children) may be curious about the way Papa gets a bride in this book. Explain that mail-order brides such as Sarah were common long ago because women were scarce on the frontier. To find a wife, men placed ads in eastern newspapers and received responses by mail, just as Papa did. Tell (the children) that people who lived far from towns had to purchase many of their household goods by mail, too. They spent evenings poring over big, thick catalogues, then sent away for what they needed." Here are some activities involving this action.
  1. Get ahold of some mail-order catalogues. J C Penny used to have one, Sears, and Montgomery Wards. There are others we receive in the mail. Look through them together and identify what each of them are. In other words, does it have only one kind of goods it sells or a variety of goods or items as clothing, household, food, gifts, books, office supplies? Study the catalogues further and note details as the quality of the catalog, its pictures and if they are photos or drawings, and whether the prices seem reasonable. (Grandma will be making potholders, aprons, skirts, quilts, rag rugs and can do many other items with material and items she has. She has been debating the price of items and knows many of these items are of more value than the items manufactured or sold in stores or out of catalogs. She would love to catalog them; however, she feels the internet makes a very good catalog. Her real problem is that her photo system on her phone is too old and won't work with many of the computers. Her good camera has the pull out lens stuck and cannot use it till she can get it fixed. Until she can receive disability for her arthritis in the next six months and money is short for right now, she must be patient. She is going to go and advertise for mentoring and tutoring along with the give of  Children birthday parties to teach etiquette to children. She is open to ideas.) Have the children draw conclusions from their observations. Discuss these catalogs between each other and conclude any recommendations.
  2. Talk about how an order form would be filled out as you look at one together.
  3. Then form a catalogue of your own together using your imagination from toys, dinosaurs, animals, insects, plants, games, etc. Book (185) even suggested using the alphabet. Once you have a list figured out. Draw, clip, or use coloring book pictures to put on the pages filling out a description of each item with a price. (This is kind of the way marketing on the internet is done; products are asked to market of other stores through drop shipping, or a percentage of the sale and the products are taken a picture of and placed on the website product pages and as consumers buy the product it is set up to be paid to the marketer. Call me if you want to know more. I will worn you that there are things that hold it back from sales.) Now create an order form, and then design a catalogue cover, editing the descriptions, and assemble the catalogue. Place it somewhere to be seen.
The next pages are from fill out fun pages from Book (185). The first is called "Story Voices" and it has to do with Comprehension. There is a picture of a haystack with a boy and a girl leaning on it with a cat resting beside it and a bunch of chickens around it. Inside the haystack are the names: Caleb, Anna, Papa, Sarah, and Maggie. In placing the name on the person who says the sentence following the children complete the exercise. Next the children are suppose to "Pretend that Nick and Lottie can talk. What would they say about Sarah? Write your answer on the back of (the) page.
___________________________________ 1. I've forgotten the old songs.
___________________________________ 2. Ask her if she sings.
___________________________________ 3. I am fast and I am good.
___________________________________ 4. My favorite colors are the colors of the sea.
___________________________________ 5. You must have a garden. Wherever you are.
___________________________________ 6. I miss my brother William.
___________________________________ 7. I am loud and pesky.
___________________________________ 8. We could tie her up.
The next exercise is concerning Vocabulary: Compound Words and it is called "By the Fireside". It shows three children sitting by the fireplace of a home with the cat and the words- bluefish, newspaper, housekeeper, tumbleweed, fisherman, windmill are written on the front of the mantle. Book (185) says, "In their home, Anna, Caleb, Papa, and Sarah like to sit by the side of the fire, or by the fireside. Write the compound word below that completes each sentence.
  1. The keeper of the house is the __________________________________________ .
 2.   A weed that tumbles is a ______________________________________________ .
 3.   A fish that is blue is a _________________________________________________ .
 4.   A paper with news is a ________________________________________________ .
 5.   A mill powered by the wind is a _________________________________________ .
 6. A man who fishes is a __________________________________________________ ."
Then write a sentences using the compound words teakettle, sunbonnet, and candlelight.
The next sheet teaches Story Structure: Setting to the children. It has two scene pictures; one is a water scene of a ship in the middle with SEA written on the center sail, a cloud above, a whale in the background above the water, a fish and a shell in the water.; The other scene at the bottom of the page with on the opposite side has a sign saying Prairie on it with two little woodchuck on the ground with a corner of flowers and a bird singing a tune on top of the sign. Each scene has five lines for words next to them. Book (185) says, "Sarah comes from the sea, but now she will live on the prairie. Write each word" of the following to the correct setting:
  fog                 pond               flounder         fields         whale
           scallop             seal              meadowlark       woodchuck           clover
Book (185) says, "On the back of this page write a sentence that tells about one place-the sea or the prairie."
The next fill out sheet has to do with Story Structure: Character. It is called "Simply Sarah". It has a big basket of flowers on the page. On the basket are five lines. Book (185) wants you to write the correct reasons Anna, Caleb, and Papa want Sarah to stay in the basket from the following statements:
                   She is sad                  She sings                    She is fun to be with
     She loves animals                       She is pretty                          She is kind
  She learns quickly                        She scares easily              She is helpless
Book (185) then says, "What do you like best about Sarah? Write your answer on the back of (the) page.
The last fill out page from Book (185) deals with Creative Writing called "Dear William".  It is a page for a letter that Book (185) says to, "Pretend you are Sarah. Write a letter to your brother William in Maine. Tell him what your life is like on the prairie with Anna, Caleb, and Papa. Tell how it is different from your life by the sea." It has a scene on the top of hills with a house in the middle and sea shells, a lobster, and sea star on each corner. It has Love, Sarah at the bottom in the middle. At the bottom of the page outside of the letter Book (185) says, "How does Sarah feel when she first arrives? How does she feel later on? Write your answer on the back of (the) page.
Switching back to Book (4) it has two fun pages to do. One is of a quilt with nine squares in it but on the page it has another small quilt of hearts and plain material but the children can use that for their own picture also. Book (4) wants the children to use four squares to show things that remind Sarah of Maine and the other four to show things that make her happy about the farm she lives on now. It can be displayed later.; The other fill out fun page has four dolls or puppets on it of Sarah and Caleb-two of each. Book one says the following:
  1. "On the left side, draw a face to show how the person feels at the beginning of the story.
  2. On the right side, draw a face to show how the person feels at the end of the story.
  3. Cut out the puppets.
  4. Fold the right side over so that the puppet has two sides. Paste the sides together.
  5. Use your puppets to act out a conversation between Sarah and Caleb.
(You could actually only do with one side of the puppet and attach it to a toilet paper tube, mitten, or paper sack.)
One last page of activities for Sarah Plain and Tall is in Grandma's book (185) and deals with Summarizing/Curriculum Connections. It is also Extended Activities to do. The first section is called "Chapter by Chapter" as a review of each chapter which you could do but Grandma feels is quite boring.
The next section is called "Plainly Acting" and Book (185) says to assign groups but it could be used to act out only one or a few scenes to the whole movie easily. If you do the whole story, just keep it simple. It could be acted out for a hospital, group, neighbors, old folks home, etc.
The next section is called "Writing: I Have Opinions-In her letter to Papa, Sarah asks him if he has opinions on cats because she most definitely does. Clearly, Sarah has strong opinions on most other things, too. Ask (the children) to think of something that they feel strongly about. Have (the children) write a short paragraph stating their opinions and why they feel that way. Ask them to include reasons for their opinions. Set aside time for volunteers to share their opinions." (Grandma is dealing with this quite strongly because her family can not understand why doing this for you is so important to Grandma. Their opinion is that Grandma should be putting her time into working online which I have not been able to get without a fee as well as they feel I should be working when with arthritis Grandma could not handle at all as to get ready for renters, get SSI, sew, and teach others if it will ever be there. Grandma's opinion is very strong about it and the knowledge  that it is important to you as well as other possibilities. If anyone has a suggestion here, please speak out also; for Grandma feels this is her calling.)
The next section is about "Science: Plants and Animals". Book (185) wants the children to be aware of the amount of animals and plants mentioned in this book as well as Book (4) wanting them to be aware of the different Regions. Grandma want you to take this section and begin some planting of seeds. She will try to get more materials about plants on the blogs to go along with the learning.
The last section on the Extended Activities is called "Social Studies: More About Maine". Book (185) says, "Help (the children) learn more about the place that Sarah misses. Display a map of the northeastern United States and help students locate Maine. Ask a volunteer to trace its long, jagged coastline and point out its many islands. Explain that Maine has about 2,000 islands along its coast. They are the result of a glacier that melted and sank much of the land there. The islands are the peaks of old mountains that are now submerged. Tell (the children) that Maine gets its name from the expression "the main," which was used by sailors to distinguish the mainland from all the islands. Looking at the map, ask students to find the answers to the following questions:
  • What is the capital of Maine? (Augusta)
  • What national park is in Maine? Acadia)
  • What covers most of Maine? (forest)
If possible, show (the children) reproductions of some of the sea paintings by Winslow Homer. These were painted when he lived at Prout's Neck on the coast of Maine.( Grandma had a book about Maine one time from the library that gave some very interesting information about the Natives there and other things about it. She will see what youtube has for us. (Do love youtube) Link to Pictures of Maine and How There Life Was. That is all Grandma has to go with Sarah Plain & Tall. We will move on to the Bible History for today.
Grandma will cover Romans in the New Testament of the Bible through Faith Alive beginning with the Introduction, so it will be your assignment to read it.
How...does Romans show us God's love? Romans shows God's perfect love for sinners. All of us fall short of the glory of God: no one could get to heaven by being good enough. So instead, God sent Jesus to die for us. Because of his death and rising from the grave, we are "justified." That means we are forgiven and have eternal life absolutely free! It's a gift! Jesus has already given it to us!
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? The apostle Paul wrote Romans. (You can read about Paul's life in the book of Acts.) He also wrote all the books from 1 Corinthians through Philemon (counting Romans, a total of 13 books in all).
To Whom...was this letter first written? This book is a letter Paul sent to Christians in Rome, the capital city of the great Roman Empire. (All of the next books up through Jude are letters also. Another word for letters like this is "epistle.") When Paul wrote this let, he had never been to Rome, but you can read about how he did finally arrive there in Acts 28.
When...was this letter written? This letter was written about A.D. 57, probably from the city of Corinth.
What...special messages does this book give us? Paul reminds us that we are all sinners and deserve death. But when he explains how we are saved by faith in Jesus alone. Nothing else is necessary to get to heaven. Of course, because we have been saved, we will want to live our lives for God.
       ...are some important teachings in this book?
Everyone sins.                                                Romans 3:9-20
We are saved by grace
 through faith in Jesus.                                     Romans 3:21-29
Jesus died for us sinners.                                 Romans 5:1-11
Being saved is free, a gift.                                 Romans 6:23
God loves us no matter what.                            Romans 8:28-39
God calls us to live for him.                               Romans 12:1-8
Now follow Grandma through the activities of Faith Alive starting with "Life In Bible Times-Rome--In Paul's day, "all roads led to Rome," or so they said. The center and largest city of the Roman Empire, Rome controlled all the land around the Mediterranean Sea and beyond, including Italy, France, Spain, Great Britain, North Africa, Greece, Turkey, and the Holy Land. Rome was important to the spread of Christianity because people moved in and out of Rome from all over the world.
Let's Live It! Romans 1:16 Powerful Gospel! Kaboom!--From tiny beginnings in Jerusalem, the Christian faith was spreading--exploding--all over the world! How? It happened--and still happens--because of the gospel, the good news that Jesus has saved us. Paul says the gospel is the power of God. The Greek word for "power" is dynamic, like our word "dynamite"! KABOOM! The news about Jesus has the power of dynamite--and the power to give people eternal life!
Did You Know? Romans 1:18-20, 2:12-15 Does God have a right to be angry with human beings? God created Adam and Eve without sin. Since the fall into sin, all humans are born sinful and sin daily. Yes! God has a right to be angry. Since God gave everyone a conscience, all people know they sin and have no excuse.
Did You Know? Romans 2:16 What is God's judgment? The Bible teaches that someday God will punish those who continue in sin. Until judgment occurs God continues to call people to repentance and forgiveness in Christ Jesus.
Did You Know? Romans 3:20 What is the law? The law is every rule God gave people to live by as summarized in the Ten Commandments. People often think God will be pleased with them because they keep the law. Actually no one has kept it. The law shows us that we all sin.
Did You Know? Romans 3:21 What is righteousness? In the Bible righteousness menas either doing right things, or being right with God. Because everyone has sinned, no one can be right with God by what he or she does. Yet God forgives people who believe in Jesus and says we are right with him. Then God empowers Christians to do right things in gratitude to him.
Words to Remember Romans 3:24 (All) are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
Let's Live It! Romans 3:28 "Just Right" With God--Like computers? Try this: Type yourself a note--about anything, but at least six lines long. Notice the jagged right margin. Some lines are long, some are short. Our lives are like that, jagged, messed up by sin.
Now print the note, and tel the computer to "right justify." Nice and even on the right, eh? This is the way God sees us because of Christ, we are "Justified," made right with God.
Did You Know? Romans 4:25 What does justified mean? Justified is a special word that means we have been declared not guilty! When God forgives our sins, he says we are not guilty anymore. Because we are forgiven, we are right with God and can go to heaven.
Word to Remember Romans 5:8 God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
Did You Know? Romans 5:15 How do we know that God loves us? Jesus, God's Son, was sent to die for us, even though we were sinners. This shows how much God loves us.
Life In Bible Times-Slaves--There were thousands of slaves in Rome in Paul's day. They worked at many different jobs: potters, household servants, silversmiths, farmers, shepherds, builders, scribes. Most slaves, if they were obedient and did their job well, could plan on eventually being free.
Words to Remember Romans 8:26 We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us.
Words to Remember Romans 8:28 We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.
Let's Live It! Romans 10:11-15 A Beautiful Career--List five jobs you think it would be fun to have when you grow up. Tell your mom or dad what is on your list, and explain what you like about each job.
Then read Romans 0:11-15. Does anything in this passage make you think about being a pastor or missionary or Christian teacher? Talk with your pastor. What does he like about his calling?
Life in Bible Times-Grafting--Farmers often tried to improve their crop by grafting new branches on old trees. They cut off an old branch and carefully tied on a new branch in such a way that it could grow there.
Did You Know? Romans 12:9 How can we show that we love God? We show we love God by loving and serving others. Romans 12:9-21 lists many ways we can show love to the people around us.
Let's Live It! Romans 13:1-7 Don't Break the Law--Read Romans 13:1-7. This passage tells us that God gave governments the right to pass laws and punish people who break the law.
What is the most important reason Christians have for obeying the law? Write a one-page essay on why Christians should obey all laws. See if your church newsletter or the church page in your local newspaper will print your essay.
Did You Know? Romans 16:1,17 Why does Paul call others in the church his brothers and sisters? Christians are God's family. From the very beginning of the church, Christians called each other brother and sister to show how close they felt to each other.
Grandma is finished with Romans and will give you the Calendar History from Book (1) for April 23. In 1791 James Buchanan, 15th president of the United States, was born. In 1856 Granville Woods, African-American inventor who obtained 50 patents, was born. In 1891 Sergei Prokofiev, Russian composer, was born.
The events are as follows:
In 1635 Boston Latin School, the Oldest Public School in the United States, was established.
In 1789 President-elect and Mrs. George Washington moved into the First Presidential Mansion, the Franklin House in New York.
It is also Children's Day in Turkey. "On Children's Day in Turkey, kids take over the government. Four hundred students (elected by their classmates) travel to the national capital at Ankara, where they take seats in the national government and spend the day observing and learning how it works. And all Turkish children can get free ice cream, movies, and transportation on this day." Plan a Children's Day in which your children can be in charge of something and have some special treatment. This reminds Grandma that she was going to suggest you talking to the children about what you would like done for Mother's Day or Father's Day even if it is just something special they do for you. I noticed some nice things that could be done from yesterday's lessons.
For Science today, Grandma is going to give you some more experiments form her book (12) to do. They are around Chemistry. The first one is called Colour magic. "Cut a red cabbage leaf into small pieces and soak in a cup of boiling water. After half an hour pour the violet-coloured cabbage water into a glass. You can now use it for crazy colour magic. Place three glasses on the table, all apparently containing pure water. In fact only the first glass contains water, in the second is white vinegar and in the third water mixed with bicarbonate of soda. When you pour a little cabbage water into each glass, the first liquid remains violet, the second turns red and the third green. The violet cabbage dye has the property of turning red in acid liquids and green in alkaline. In neutral water it does not change colour. In chemistry one can find out whether a liquid is acid or alkaline by using similar detecting liquids (indicators)."
The second experiment is called Violet becomes red. If you ever come across an anthill in the woods, you can there and then do a small chemical experiment. Hold a violet flower, e.g. a bluebell, firmly over the ants. The insects feel threatened and spray a sharp-smelling liquid over the flower. The places it turn red.
The ants make a corrosive protective liquid in their hind quarters. You notice it if an ant nips you, though it is generally quite harmless. Since the flower turns red where the drops fall, you know that they are acid. The acid is called formic acid.
The third experiment is called Invisible ink. If you ever want to write a secret message on paper, simply use vinegar, lemon, or onion juice, as the invisible ink. Write with it as usual on white writing paper. After it dries the writing is invisible. The person who receives the letter must know that the paper has to be held over a candle flame: the writing turns brown and is clearly visible.
Vinegar, and lemon or onion juice, cause a chemical change in the paper to a substance similar to cellophane. Because its ignition temperature is lower than that of the paper, the parts written on singe.
The fourth experiment is called Bleached rose. A piece of sulphur is ignited in a jam jar. Since a pungent vapour is produced, you should do the experiment out-of-doors. Hold a red rose in the jar. The colour of the flower becomes visible paler until it is white.
When sulphur is burned, sulphur dioxide is formed. As well as its germicidal action in sterilization, the gas has a bleaching effect, and the dye of the flower is destroyed by it. Sulphur dioxide also destroys the chlorophyll of plants, which explains their poor growth in industrial areas, where the gas pollutes the air.
The fifth experiment is called Transfer pictures. Photos and drawings from newspapers can e copied easily. Mix two spoonfulls of water, one spoonful of turpentine and one spoonful of liquid detergent and dab this liquid with a sponge on the newspaper page. Lay a piece of writing paper on top, and after vigorous rubbing with a spoon the picture is clearly transferred to the paper.
Turpentine and liquid detergent when mixed form an emulsion which penetrates between the dye and oil particles of the dry printing ink and make it liquid again. Only newspaper printing ink can be dissolved, though. The glossy pictures in magazines contain too much lacquer, which is only dissolved with difficulty.
The sixth experiment is called Sugar fire. Place a piece of cube sugar on a tin lid and try to set it alight. You will not succeed. However, if you dab a corner of the cube with a trace of cigarette ash and hold a burning match there, the sugar begins to burn with a blue flame until it is completely gone.
Cigarette ash and sugar cannot e separately ignited, but the ash initiates the combustion of the sugar. We call a substance which brings about a chemical reaction, without itself being changed, a catalyst.
This is all the experiments for today and all the information Grandma has time for. See you tomorrow.
The second experiment

Day 150

Posted on April 19, 2014 at 5:29 PM Comments comments (8)
Good Morning Folks! I hope you had a nice Easter! Grandma would be ok if she would learn to save information early. I am retyping a lot of information for you that was typed earlier this morning for Monday's lessons. Therefore, I hope I do as well a job as it was before. Grandma is going to be giving you material in lessons from now on through the end of the year and on into the summer if possible. She hopes to cover material from Patricia's book and a list of her own books used.
Please keep up the work of your tasks; Childrobotics; physical education of (sports or dancing) or health education for the body as(eyes, teeth, ears, skin, bones, muscles, or organs, what give us the necessary nutrients, food, plants, etc.); Reading and Language through ABC's, words, vocabulary, spelling, papers, etc.; along with Writing and Journals; Newspapers; Yearbooks; Family scrapbooks and recipes.
To start today's lessons out Grandma is going to cover half of Acts, today's History coverage of at least Monday, maybe more. Then she has two books to cover. Some math and art may be covered in these lessons. Be sure to keep up with any necessary Geometry and Algebra covered in video's Grandma has given you. She will try to cover the Algebra book she has as much as she can at sometime. Please take care and keep joining me. I will probably be covering other real estate and information later as possible.
To begin lessons for Monday Grandma is covering The Introduction to Acts in the Bible through Faith Alive and the first 12 chapters. The Introduction in Faith Alive goes as follows:
"Whom...did God inspire to write this book? Luke, the physician who traveled as a missionary with Paul, and who also wrote the Gospel of Luke, wrote this book.
For Whom...was this book first written? As with his Gospel, Luke wrote this book for a man named Theophilus. He may also have used it as evidence in court to defend Paul. Nevertheless, it really is for everyone.
When...did this happen? This book tells what happened from about AD 30 to 61.
Where...did this happen? The things in this book happened in many important cities in the Roman Empire.
How...does Acts show us God/s love? Acts show that God wants the saving message of Jesus to go out to all the world. The apostles began this work. Every step of the way, the Holy Spirit was with them to guide them and give their words power so that many believed.
What...special messages does this book give us? It describes the acts, or actions, of Jesus' apostles after Jesus has ascended back to heaven. It shows how God enables his people through the Holy Spirit to share the Good News of Jesus.
        ...action happens in this book? Jesus ascends back to heaven but sends the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The Spirit inspires Jesus' apostles to preach about him on exciting and dangerous missionary journeys.
        ...important people do we meet? Peter and Paul are among the main characters in this book.
        ...are some of the stories in this book?
                       Jesus goes to heaven.                             Acts  1:1-11
                  The Holy Spirit comes.                                 Acts  2:1-13
  Peter heals a crippled beggar.                                       Acts  3:1-10
     Peter and John are arrested.                                      Acts  4:1-31
           Stephen, the first martyr.                                     Acts  6:8-8:1
                     Saul is converted.                                     Acts  9:1-31
                     Peter has a vision.                                    Acts 10:1-48
            Peter escapes from prison.                                 Acts 12:1-19
              Paul goes on a mission.                                   Acts 13:1-14:28
             The first church council.                                    Acts 15:1-29
                      Prisoners freed.                                       Acts 16:16-40
                   A riot in Ephesus.                                       Acts 19:23-41
                   Paul goes on trial.                                       Acts 24:1-27
              Paul is shipwrecked.                                        Acts 27:1-44
                  Paul goes to Rome.                                     Acts 28:1-31"
Now begin by reading the Bible Acts 1 through 12 and doing things given to you from Faith Alive as follows:
"Let's Live It! Acts 1:8 Power to Witness--Read Acts 1:8. Jesus promised to give his followers power to witness. "Witnessing" means telling others what we know about Jesus.
Ask your mom or dad to let you have a size "D" battery to symbolize power. Print John 3:16 on a piece of paper, and tape it to the battery. Carry the battery with you. When people ask you what it is, let them read the verse. Pray when you go out with your battery that the Holy Spirit will give you power to witness, and that your friends will believe in Jesus.
Did You Know? Acts 2:1 What was Pentecost? Pentecost was a Jewish holy day. Fifty days after Easter (Pentecost means "fiftieth"), God gave the disciples the Holy Spirit. The Spirit enabled them to speak in foreign languages and set flames of fire over their heads. When many people gathered to see what was happening, Peter preached to them about Jesus. This may be called the birthday of the Christian church.
Let's Live It! Acts 2:42-47 Power to Love--The first Christians loved each other very much because they knew how much God had first loved them. Read Acts 2:42-47. Find in these verses at least five things the early Christians did to show love for each other.
Look at the list you just made. Think of ways like these that you can show God's love to others. For example, how can you give to someone in need?
Did You Know? Acts 3:6 How were Peter and John able to heal? God gave Peter and John special power. When they healed in Jesus' name, it proved that Jesus really was the Son of God. After healing, Peter preached a sermon and told the people that Jesus was their Savior.
Let's Live It? Acts 4:23-31 Prayer For God's Power--When Peter and John were threatened they asked God for power to do miracles and keep on preaching. Read Acts 4:23-31. Because they knew God had been in control already at creation and at the time of David, they were certain he was still in control and still answering prayer.
Ask your mom or dad what they know about God that makes them sure he can answer prayer. Tell them about what you discovered in this Bible story.
When you pray, it is a good idea to begin as the disciples did, thanking God for his great power and telling him you know he can answer your prayers.
Did You Know? Acts 5:3 What was the sin of Ananias and Sapphira? Ananias and Sapphira lied. The money they got from selling some land was theirs to use any way they wanted, but they agreed to lie to the church. Lying to the church is like lying to God, and God punished them.
Let's Live It! Acts 7:54-60 Facing Fear--Stephen kept on preaching Christ and became the first person to die for it, the church's first martyr. Read Acts 7:54-60. How did God give Stephen courage?
Picture a situation where people might be angry with you for saying what you believe. Now picture Jesus standing in heaven. Keep that picture in mind when you face fear. He's standing with you!
Life In Bible Times-Stoning Stephen-The Hebrew people executed criminals by throwing heavy stones at them. Stephen was the first Christian martyr. A martyr (MAR-ter) is a person who is put to death because of his or her beliefs. Stephen was stoned because he preached about Jesus.
Did You Know? Acts 8:9 What is sorcery? Sorcery is a kind of magic. It is supposed to gie a person power over others. A sorcerer named Simon saw the power Jesus" apostles had and wanted that power for himself. He offered the apostles money for that power.
Did You Know? Acts 9:1 Who was Saul? The Saul of the New Testament was a Pharisee who hated Christians. After Jesus spoke to Saul, Saul became a Christian. Later, Saul became known by his Greek name, Paul. Paul became the greatest missionary of all time and wrote thirteen books of the New Testament.
Life In Bible Times-Paul In A Basket-Grain and other crops were stored in very large woven baskets. These baskets were able to use one to let him down over the city wall of Damascus.
Let's Live It! Acts 9:1-31 A New Look--Read Acts 9:1-31. Look carefully at the kind of person Saul was before he was converted (Acts 9:20-22,27-28)?
Draw "before" and "after" pictures of Paul's face. How do you think Paul looked when he hated Christians? How do you think Paul looked when he loved Jesus and wanted others to love Jesus too?
Did you know that you once looked like your "before" picture of Saul? At least your heart did. By nature we're all evil, but when Jesus made you his child, he changed all that. Show someone your new face--with the loving smile of a believer in Jesus!
Did You Know? Acts 10:17 Why did God send Peter a vision? In New Testament times the Jewish people did not associate with non-Jews. God gave Peter a vision of animals to teach him that it was all right to go to a non-Jew's home.
Did You Know? How did Peter escape from prison? An angel let Peter out of his chains and led him outside the jail. All Peter's friends were praying for him; but when Peter came to their door, they wouldn't believe it was him!
Today is April 21 as given in the Calendar History from Book (1) there are four birthdays and five history events. The first birthday is in 1782 for Friedrich Froebel, German educator and founder of the first kindergarten; the next is in 1816 for Charlotte Bronte, English novelist; a third is in 1926 for Queen Elizabeth II, British monarch. The last is in 1838 for John Muir, American naturalist. Under Environmental pioneer in Book (1) it says, "At the age of 28, John Muir was blinded in a factory accident. He vowed to devote himself to nature if he ever recovered his sight. Weeks later his sight returned, and Muir spent the rest of his life keeping his promise. He hiked thousands of miles across the United States and kept detailed drawings and journal accounts of his observations. Believing that human greed was destroying the environment to establish national parks. Ask your students what they think Muir meant when he said, "The clearest way into the universe is through a forest wilderness.""
The first event for Monday happened in 753 BC; According to legend, Rome was founded by Romulus and Remus. Then in 1789 John Adams was sworn in as the First U.S. Vice President. In 1790 Twenty-thousand people--the largest public gathering American had seen--attended Benjamin Franklin's Funeral in Philadelphia. In 1843 Hogs were prohibited from running wild in Chicago. In 1898 The Spanish-American War began. Also in 1898 Billy Duggleby became the only major league baseball player to hit a Grand Slam Home Run his first time at bat.
It is also considered Kartini Day in (Indonesia) and Kindergarten Day for which Book (1) says, "To celebrate Kindergarten Day, have your (children) create a list of favorite toys and games, activities, foods, routines, and events they enjoyed in kindergarten. Then have the kids interview children currently attending kindergarten and make a list of their favorite activities. Finally, ask your (children) to compare the two lists.
Grandma is going to cover two stories for the day of things you can do to cover our lesson finishing Russia and to work on the American (Colonial) times:
The first book given in Grandma's book (6) is called The Quilt Story by Tony Johnston (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1985. 28 pp.)
In warm poetic text, this book recounts the life of an heirloom quilt. It also tells of two little girls who, though separated by generations, were united in the comfort of the same quilt. It is a different "take" on a similar theme to that of The Keeping Quilt (to be read also and be given material for) and may be read before or after that story. The two stories together might be the basis for a "Quilt" unit.
Before Reading The Quilt Story
  • Ask the children if their family (or someone they know) owns something that has been passed down from generation to generation. Remind the children that such an heirloom need not be expensive, but it does need to hold special meaning to the people who keep it. Tell the children that The Quilt Story is about such an heirloom. Ask the children to listen carefully to see if they can decide why the heirloom is so special to the characters in the story.
After Reading The Quilt Story
  • Ask the children to describe the quilts they may have seen. Show the children pictures of different types of popular quilt patterns (featured today even in mail order catalogs). (If the children have already read The Keeping Quilt, this may be unnecessary.) Tell the children that quilting is now considered  an American folk art, but that the pioneer women who first sewed quilts did so to make the most of fabric scraps(note the old socks sewn into the quilt in The Quilt Story), (Grandma wants to make a notation here not thought about is the fact that money might come easier today, but in the time of pioneers money was very scarce and the utilized things a lot more than some do today. Therefore, making quilts was a way to have warmth by not only utilizing left over clothes and material it would also have cost them a big part of savings to buy those things. Many families did trade things for warm wool or in Mexico they make some very beautiful and warm blankets as well as the Native American blankets that would save people a lot on electricity for electric blankets as well as their costs. Both quilts and these blankets cannot compare to the warmth of the all American blankets known from experience. However, there were many ways people were kept warm and my mother in the time of the depression remembers as a young girl living with her grandparents of having to chop wood and start a fire in the morning to dress by.) and to bring warmth and color to their sparse, plain homes and rough lies. Ask the children to list all the ways that Abigail used the quilt. How many of the children in (your home) have a favorite blanket or soft toy from their own childhood? Would these possessions make for good heirlooms? Do children of other cultures have favorite toys or possessions? How can the children find out this information?
Follow-up Activities
American Folk Toys
Secure a copy of  The Foxfire Book of Toys and Games (E. P. Dutton, 1985), or any other book featuring a collection of American folk toys and games. Show your (children) the pictures of the toys which date back more than 200 years to colonial days (and beyond!). Have the class decide how their modern toys are similar to or different from the folk toys (which have no batteries, no electricity, few moving parts and are for the most part homemade). Have the children interview their parents and grandparents to discover what kinds of toys they played with. Did they, too, have a special blanket or toy that they played with for a long time? Were their toys (or blankets or clothes) ever homemade?
Folk Art Museum
Have children assemble a folk art museum by bringing in to (your church, from your homes, or relatives homes, or somewhere they could be) items reminiscent of colonial times. These may include quilts, toys, jewelry, pictures, tools, gadgets, knick-knacks, etc. (Because of the recent interest in using American folk art for decorating our modern homes, it should not be difficult to gather a collection together.) Label and display the pieces together in a central place....For more information of quilting, toy making, and colonial times, see Colonial America (Cooperative Learning Activities) by Sue Schneck and Mary Strohl (Scholastic, 1991).
(Another Idea Grandma has is to visit a local Museum that could have pioneer things in it. If you do not live near one or want to visit one like the ones in Nebraska it is well worth your visit.)
Schoolhouse Quilting Bee
Use quilting books such as 101 patchwork Patterns by Rudy McKim (Dover, 1962) to familiarize children with the schoolhouse quilt pattern. (Grandma says, "it is like a house with a front view with windows and a door; then a larger side view with windows.) Remind children that quilts were often completed by groups of people working together at a social gathering known as a "quilting bee." Each quilter would work on one portion of the quilt, but no individual effort appeared as great as when all the pieces were joined together. Invite each of the children (other relatives, family members, or friends) to create one block for a classroom "schoolhouse quilt.""
If you do not want to spend the time using material and doing it together, felt pieces or paper pieces can be used also but they will not be as nice as real material or from old clothing. Nor will the Pot holders, aprons, etc. Grandma is going to add to the product line.
When finished with your picture, one side can be glued or sewed onto a log or stick with string on the ends to be hung somewhere.
The other mentioned we will be given activities for today is Russian-American called The Keeping Quilt by Patricia Polacco (Simon and Schuster, 1988, 32 pp.)
This book recounts the story of an heirloom quilt, crafted from a basket of old clothes including Uncle Vladimir's shirt, Aunt Havalah's nightdress, and an apron of Aunt Natasha's. Once completed, the quilt is passed down through four generations in a family. For nearly a century, the quilt serves such purposes as a Sabbath tablecloth, a wedding canopy, and a baby receiving blanket. The quilt is also a constant reminder of--and tribute to--family loved ones back home in Russia.
Before Reading The Keeping Quilt
  • Review these terms with the class: generation, heirloom, inheritance, legacy. Then, have the children describe any items that have been passed down from generation to generation in their families, such as houses, furniture, dishes, artwork, toys, etc. Remind the children that such legacies needn't be items worth a lot of money. Items such as photographs, knickknacks, clothing and toys may also be handed down from generation to generation--and may be worth more to the receiver than any sum of money! Tell the children that The Keeping Quilt is a story of just such a legacy.
After Reading The Keeping Quilt
  • Invite students to take a close look at the artwork in the book. What do they notice about the use of color? Have the class make a list of possible reasons why the author/illustrator chose to use color so carefully? Ask: How would the book appear different if each of the illustrations was in full color? Why is the quilt so valuable to the author/illustrator? Would the quilt be as valuable to us? Why or why not?
Follow-up Activities"
Make a ...Quilt or Make a Family Quilt
If you do not want to tie this to the other story and make a quilt together or both quilts together with the story out of material or old clothing or make your own version like one Grandma wants to make out of my Granddaughter's fancy sweatshirts she grew out of; you can make one following Book (6)'s instructions. There are lots of ideas for quilts and quilts books available to use if you are interested. Quilts can be donated to hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters or day care centers. Grandma has made a few from squares of material in the way given below and from jeans which are very heavy and warm.
"To begin, provide each child with two plain pieces of copy paper (each trimmed to 8 1/2" square) and fabric crayons (available in craft stores). Instruct each child to use the crayons and one piece of paper to draw something they care about or value in their lives (e.g., a toy, a book, a pet, something in nature, etc.). On the other piece of paper, have children trace one of their hands and color it in. You or another adult can then use an iron to transfer the drawing onto individual squares of fabric (approximately 10" square) or onto a white or pastel solid-colored flat sheet. (Directions on the crayon box will guide your fabric and sheet selection.) The dimensions of the quilt will depend on the number of" (children working on the quilt-you may have to do several pieces each-you could form just a border with strips of the squared together and a plain piece in the middle also. Otherwise it would take 48 squares to form it 6 squares by 8 squares for each quilt.) You can stitch the square pieces together by machine or by hand following the sewing instructions on one of the books. Do not worry too much about exactness. When your top is all finished, "pin the top of the quilt to a batting baking (available in craft and fabric stores), (or as Grandma figures an old clean blanket cleaned in Pine sol disinfectant), and show the children how to stitch around their fabric designs, thus creating a quilted effect. When completed, cover the quilt top with a second sheet or fabric piece trimmed to fit the quilt top. Use effect. Turn the quilt right side out, tuck the raw ends inside, and, finally, stitch the fourth side closed.
Legacies and Inheritances
Have (the children) think about what they would like to hand down to someone they love. Have (the children) also think about the gifts they have inherited from their ancestors. Remind children that an inheritance need not be something expensive or even something you can touch. Rather, it can also be a lesson learned from someone loved, a way of being, or a special time spent together. Use (plain pieces of paper) to have children first draw what they have inherited or what they might hand down, and then write a brief description of why the legacy or inheritance is so important to them. If children are tempted to write abbreviated descriptions (e.g., "I like the book Aunt Sara gave me because it's nice."), encourage students to use sensory imagery ("it feels like, it looks like, it smells like, etc.") to tell specifically why the gift was nice and what it reminds them of.
Learning Legacy
Traditionally, many graduating classes write a "Last Will and Testament" that then appears in their yearbook or school paper. Although this tradition is usually something of a lampoon of things and people in the school, you can adapt it to help your (children) understand legacies and inheritances better. Invite (your children) to brainstorm the best experiences they had as a (family)  this year, what they learned, etc., and write them on a "scroll" to be passed on as a legacy."

Day 110

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (181)
Good Morning Folks! I hope you had some fun yesterday and you are ready for a new day. Do your tasks for the day, Childrobotics, music, dancing or physical activity or you can use the health lesson Grandma will present today. Don't forget your writing, language-words, alphabet, sounds, sentence structure, yearbooks, journal writing, reports, extra reading, and newspapers as well as weather and news broadcasts.

Grandma will start with the calendar history of March 4 first.

The first birthday is in 1678 on March 4 of Antonio Vivaldi, Italian composer.

The next is in 1748 on March 4 of Casimir Pulaski, Polish count and American Revolutionary War hero.

The last is on March 4 in 1906 for Meindert Dejong, children's author.

It is National Nutrition Month; therefore, List your (childrens) favorite foods then look for its nutritional value, some are on the containers. Afterward, the kids can create jingles or bumper stickers advertising the healthfulness of their favorite foods.

It is also National Shoe Week; therefore, you can "discuss the meaning of the saying "It's hard to fill his shoes." Then ask each (child) to name a person he or she admires. What qualities would be needed to fill that person's shoes? Next, give each student a large sheet of paper, scissors, and colored markers. Have each child draw a large shoe, color it, then cut it out. Inside their shoes, the kids should write the name of the person they admire and the qualities needed to fill his or her shoes." Display the shoes for others to see. This could be included in your fair.

The events for the day are as follows:

On March 4, 1493-Christopher Columbus landed at Lisbon, thus completing his first voyage to the New World.

On March 4, 1681-England's King Charles II granted William Penn a Charter for what is now Pennsylvania.

In 1789 on March 4-The First U.S. Congress convened in New York City.

On March 4, 1791 Vermont became the 14th State.

On March 4, 1793-George Washington was inaugurated for a second term. It is the Old Inauguration Day.

Then in 1801 on March 4 Thomas Jefferson became the First president Inaugurated in Washington D.C. Book (1) says Thomas Jefferson helped plan the city of Washington, D.C., describing it as "a very agreeable country residence." He also selected the architecture for many public buildings and presided over the design competition for the Capitol. Using a pseudonym, Jefferson submitted his own architectural plan for the White House, but it was rejected. Ask your (children) what might have pleased him about the design of the Jefferson Memorial.

And in1809 on March 4 George Clinton became the First Vice President to serve under two presidents.

Grandma is going to assign the reading in the Bible and Faith Alive information next. First answer the question from Faith Alive matching with Mark12:1 "Did You knows?-What are parables? A parable is a special kind of story. It teaches a lesson by saying what something is like. When we know what the things in a parable stand for, we can understand what the parable is teaching. Each person in the parable in Mark 12 stands for someone: the man who planted the vineyard--God; the farmers--religious leaders; the servants--God's prophets; the son--Jesus. Jesus was telling the story of salvation in this parable." Read "Parable of the Sower" Mark 4:1-20, Mathew 13:1-23, Luke 8:1-15; "Crowds Follow Jesus" Mark 3:7-12; "Jesus Mother and Brothers" Mark 3:31-35, Luke 8:19-21; "Lamp of the Body" Luke 11;33-53;"A Lamp on a Stand" Mark 4:21-25, Luke 8:16-18; "Parables of the Weeds" Mathew 13:24-29, "...of the Weeds Explained" Mathew 13:36-43; from Faith Alive comes "Life in Bible Times-Sowing Seed--Farmers in the first century didn't use machines to sow their fields with seed. They took handfuls of seed and with a sweeping motion, threw it on the ground they had plowed. A skillful sower could spread gain seeds very evenly." Next read "Parables of the Seed" Mathew 13:1-30; "Parables of the Mustard Seed and the Yeast" Mark 4:30-34, Mathew 13:31-35 from Faith Alive "Did You Know? Mathew 13:36 What is the parable of the weeds about? The parable of the weeds means that Christians live in the world alongside unbelievers. God does not want to lose anyone who will believe in him, so he lets the world go on until the time for Jesus to return." Luke 13:18-21 and do out of Faith Alive "Let's Live It! Luke 13:18-19 Two Ways To Grow--God's plan for all living things is for them to grow. Ask your mom or dad how many inches long you were when you were born. Mark that many inches on a wall. Then stand by the wall and mark how tall you are now.
People grow spiritually too. Talk with your parents. Ask if they can see ways you have grown spiritually in the past two years." Next read  "Parables of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl" Mathew 13:44-46 and "Parables of the Net" Mathew 13:47-52. Next read a lesson called "A Prophet Without Honor" Mathew 13:53-58, Mark 6:1-5.
Here is some more work you can do this spring tied to what we have learned about Japan. Book (57) says under ""Wonders of Nature" Japanese children learn to appreciate nature at a young age and are trained to observe many things most Western children do not. In order to help your (children) gain a greater appreciation of nature, (when the weather allows us) take them out on a "nature appreciation" walk. Point out simple aspects of their natural surroundings, things usually taken for granted: the rhythm of nature's sounds, the simple elegance of a blade of grass, the complexity in the form of a pine cone.
Let each (child) collect one natural object, such as a stone or twig, which under normal circumstances would be most insignificant. Upon returning to class, have each student study his or her object, taking into account not only its visual aspects but its feel and smell as well. Write a list of words describing it. Using the list of descriptive words, have each student write an account as if he or she were that object. Have students consider what affects them in the form of the object, their likes and dislikes, the influences of nature and the seasons upon them, whether there are friends or enemies in their natural habitat. Let your imaginations take you on a creative journey through nature!
Following are two examples of Haiku Poetry:
                   The caterpillar                                                          A sudden shower
                    Rests upon the barren leaf                                     The big green frog jumps into
                    In the morning breeze.                                            The pond with a splash.
"More examples can be found in Come Along, by Rebecca Caudill (Holt, Rinehart, and Winston)."
"As an exercise in free verse, suggest that each (child) write a line about spring that he or she considers to be poetic."
Below are some Japanese words for American and given the Japanese Pronunciation
    English                            Japanese                                   Pronunciation
    BOY                                   OTOKO NO KO                          OH-TOH-KOH NOH KOH
    GIRL                                   ONNA NO KO                            OH-NAH NAH KOH
    CHILD                                KODOMO                                   KOH-DOH-MOH
    MOTHER                           HAHA                                          HAH-HAH
    FATHER                            CHICHI                                        CHEE-CHEE
    TEACHER                         SENSEI                                       SEN-SAY
    SCHOOL                            GAKKO                                       GA-KOH
    HOUSE                               UCHI                                           OO-CHEE
    GARDEN                            NIWA                                           NEE-WAH
    FLOWER                            HANA                                          HAH-NAH
    BOOK                                  HON                                            HOHN
    JAPAN                                 NIPPON                                      NEE-PON
    WATER                               MIZU                                            MEE-ZOO
    YES                                      HAI                                               HI
     NO                                       LIE                                                EE-EH
You can take this unit on Japan that we have been working on and divide it up into categories as these
below and make booklets of each category.
  • major cities
  • art, music, and drama
  • holidays and festivals
  • industry
  • educational system
  • home life
  • recreation and entertainment
  • clothing
  • geography
Any of these categories you want more of you can usually get off of Internet. You can print out pictures or take a colored picture to a printing place for them to print out. Look in magazines etc. for pictures. You can do this with almost any country you want to learn about or keep a record of.
Book (57) also covers "National Pig Week" given to us from our Calendar History Book (1). Book (57) has a recipe with popcorn as follows:
   "Pig OUt!
   For each treat you need:
  • pink popcorn ball
  • toothpicks
  • thin red licorice
  • pink, red, white gumdrops or any similar soft candy
  1. Insert two toothpicks in the top of popcorn ball and add gumdrops for ears.
  2. Add two gumdrops to the end of one toothpick and insert in front for the snout.
  3. Cut a gumdrop into flat pieces and attach with toothpicks for eyes.
  4. Add two gumdrops each onto the end of four toothpicks and but on the bottom of the popcorn ball for legs.
  5. Use the thin licorice for tail(Twist before attaching!) and eyelashes, etc.
  6. Add gumdrops for spots, if it sounds good!
  7. When you are finished with your piggy treat you can
         a. Name it.
         b. Make a candy pen for it.
         c. Show it to a friend. (Don't get too close!)
         d. Write a story, poem, or limerick about it.
         e. Use it as a centerpiece on your table or desk at home.
          f  Write directions on how you made it, in correct sequence, with complete sentences.
         g. Make up your own ideas of how to use it.
         h. Write an advertisement selling it.
          i. Or eat it!
Other Pig snacks
  1. Buy pink-frosted animals crackers at your grocery store.
  2. Buy a pig cookie cutter. Make cookies and decorate with pink frosting and other goodies."
  1. What would you do if a pig followed you home today after school?_____________________________________________________________________________
  2. If you had a stuffed animal that was a pig, what color would you like it to be, and why?______________________________________________________________________________
  3. If you had a pig for a pet, would you rather have a male or female? Why?______________________________________________________________________________
  4. Suppose you were a real pig. What name would you like and what would you like to do?______________________________________________________________________________
  5. Why do you think some farmers choose to raise pigs instead of other animals?______________________________________________________________________________
Pig Math
  1. Mom went to the store to buy ham and bacon. Her bill was $5.71. How much change did she get from $10.00?____________________________________________________________________________
  2. A pig can eat 9 ears of corn in a minute. How many ears could he eat in_______minutes?____________________________________________________________________________
  3. A hog weighs 1,742 lbs. and a pig weighs 894 lbs. What is the difference in their weight?_____________________________________________________________________________
  4. Farmer Mud has 45 hogs and 203 pigs. How many more pigs?_____________________________
  5. One pound of ham costs $1.76. How much for three pounds?_______________________________
  6. If one hot dog cost__________¢, how much would it cost for 7 boys and 6 girls to each have one?_____________________________________________________________________________
  7. If nine pigs went to the dance, how many pigs' feet were on the dance floor?_____________________________________________________________________________
  8. In one week Farmer Stinks pigs ate 4,096 lbs. of corn and 269 lbs. of hog feed. How many more corn?________________________________________________________________________________
  9. Farmer Oink-oink has 68 spotted pigs, 72 black pigs, 39 white pigs and 325 pink ones. How many pigs does he have?___________________________________________________________________
Draw a picture of a pig for each child with no face if you wish and let them either color and cut clothes to fit on it or draw and cut clothes on the paper. Draw their faces on them.
Make a pig picture they can fit their own face in either paper, brown paper, colored papers, pictures, cardboard windows etc.
The Three Little Pigs
Read the contemporary version with an urban setting by Tony Ross (Pantheon, 1983).
Then have your (children) "fracture" the classic story . Change the story about.
A couple of sarters....
   1. Early one morning in the summer of 1987, three little pigs set out on their Kawasaki 100s to......
   2. Everyone knows Mother Pig sent out her three little darlings to find a new home. However, not too many people know of their recent whereabouts: Hollywood, CA--where they are currently making a new movie called...
Get in the MUD for national Pig Day
1. Make name tags for your students___they can create their own piggy names for the day.
John Mud, Jennifer Swine
 2. When pronouncing the week's spelling words, use them in sentences about pigs, and put them in sentences about pigs.
Pig Talk
went, gone
   1. Farmer Frank Pig______________to the farm of his brother Hamdell.
   2. Hamdell had _________________to live on a bigger farm.
   3. Hamdell had been___________________for a month.
    4. Frank has_________________to get his brother.
    5. Hamdell_____________________out of the pig house with his radio and skateboard.
    6. Frank______________________wearing his old hat.
ran, run
    7. Frank and Hamdell_______________________down the road.
    8. Hamdell____________________down in the ditch.
    9. Frank had to _________________________after him!
ate, eaten
10.  Frank____________________some lunch along the way.
11. Handell had already____________________so they went home!
Let's Pig Out on Some Good Pig Books
Have books and simple book report forms available. (clovers, pigs, flowers, umbrellas, rain drops) Display book reports. Each book report can include a fun activity.
1. Paint a picture of your favorite part of the book.
2. Use colored pencils and sketch this story with a completely different beginning or ending.
3. Using some colored sequins from the jar on your teacher's desk, dress up the pig in your story in a _____.___________________________________________________________________________
4. Uniquely design something from the book using felt-tip markers.
    tell how the pig in your story would use it.
   With a specific book in mind, very creative projects can be created!
Two activities here and one from the information on Japan in Book (57) mentioned doing a spring bulletin board. If you wish you can do something like this for spring putting Japan , pigs, flowers, etc. on it. Even a poster board is fun You could use poster board. Play games, puppets, skits, etc. Grandma also has things about National Parks , zoos, and animals out of Book (57) starting this week also. Please take care and have a good day. 

Day 109

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 5:51 AM Comments comments (4)
Good morning folks! We are starting on March lessons and ready to go with a new week. After doing your tasks for the morning, Childrobotics, music, dance lessons or physical education (which includes any health lessons), we will start on Grandma's lessons for the day.

Grandma wants to start with some science experiment lessons about Magnetism from her Book (12).

The first one is called ""Field lines";
Lay a sheet of drawing paper over a magnet-of curse you already know how to make a magnet-and scatter iron filings on it. Tap the paper lightly, and a pattern forms.
The filings form into curved lines and show the direction of the magnetic force. You can make the pattern permanent. Dip the paper into melted candle wax and let it cool. Scatter the iron filings on it. If you hold a hot iron over the paper after the formation of the magnetic lines, the field lines, the pattern will be fixed.
The next experiment is called ""The earth's magnetic field";
Hold a soft iron bar pointing to the north and sloping downwards, and hammer it several times. It will become slightly magnetic.
The earth is surrounded by magnetic field lines, which meet the earth in Great Britain and North America at an angle between 60° and 80°. When the iron is hammered, its magnet particles are affected by the earth's magnetic field lines and point to the north. In a similar way, tools sometimes become magnetic for no apparent reason. If you hold a magnetized bar in an east-west direction and hammer it, it loses its magnetism."
The third experiment is called ""Magnetic or not?"
Many iron and steel objects are magnetized without one realizing it. You can detect this magnetism with a compass. If a rod is magnetized, it must, like the compass needle, have a north and south pole. Since two unlike poles attract and two like poles repel, one pole of the needle will be attracted to the end of the bar and the other repelled. If the bar is not magnetized, both poles of the needle are attracted to the end."
The fourth experiment is called ""Compass needle"
Stroke a sewing needle with a magnet until it is magnetized and push it through a cork disk. Put the needle into a transparent plastic lid containing water
and it turns in a north-south direction. Stick a paper compass card under the lid.
The needle points towards the magnetic North pole of the earth. This lies in North Canada, and is not to be confused with the geographical North pole, round which our earth rotates. The deviation (declination) of the magnetic needle from the true north is 8° in London and 15° in New York (in a westerly direction) and 1°  in Chicago and 15° in Los Angeles, (in an easterly direction).
The fifth experiment is called ""Dip to the pole,"
Magnetize two steel pins so that their points attract each other strongly. Push them into the ends of a piece of foam plastic about as thick as a pencil and balance this by means of a sewing needle over two tumblers (by shifting the pins and pulling off pieces of plastic). If you allow this compass to swing in a north-south direction, it will come to rest with the end facing north sloping downwards.
The compass needle comes to rest parallel to the magnetic field lines which span the earth from pole to
pole. This deviation (dip) from the horizontal is 67° in London, 72° in New York, 60° in Los Angeles and at the magnetic poles of the earth 90°." 
The sixth experiment is called ""Magnetic ducks",
Make two ducks from paper doubled over and glued and push a magnetized pin into each one. Place the ducks on cork disks in a dish of water. After moving around they line up with their beaks or tail tips together in a north-south direction. The ducks approach each other along the magnetic field lines. Their  movement is caused by different forces: the attraction of unlike magnetic poles, the repelling effect of like poles, and the earth's magnetism. Set the magnets so that two poles which will be attracted are placed in the beaks." 
Grandma is going to give the lessons from Faith Alive for Bible reading now. From now on most the things Grandma gives you out of the Bible to read will either be Parables or Lessons Jesus gave. The first one to read is  lessons called "Woe on Unrepentant Cities" Mathew 11:20-24; "Rest for the Weary"
Mathew 11:25-30 along with Faith Alive's "Life in Bible Times-Yokes--Wooden yokes were worn by
teams of animals. Oxen yoked together shared the load. Jesus promises to share our load and work beside us." Also read from the Bible "Blessings  and Woes" Luke 6:17-26; "Seven Woes" Mathew 23 along with Faith Alive's "Life in Bible Times-Phylacteries--When Jewish men prayed, many tied special boxes holding Bible verses to their arm and forehead. These were called phylacteries. Jesus criticized men who did this to make people think they were especially holy.";
"Did You Know? Mathew 23:28 What are woes? Woes are sorrow, grief or trouble. Jesus uses this word to warn the teachers of the law and Pharisees. He tells them seven reasons why they are in trouble with God.
 Next read a works of Jesus in the Bible that Grandma thinks she missed called "A Crippled Woman Healed On the Sabbath" Luke 13:10-17 along with a Lesson called "Lord of the Sabbath" Mathew 12:1-21; Mark 2:22-28; and Luke 6:1-11.
Next read from the Bible"Jesus and Beelzebub(Satan)" Mark 3:1-6; Mark 3:20-36; Luke 11:14-28 and answer from Faith Alive "Did You Know? Mathew 12:24 Who was Beelzebub? Beelzebub was another name for Satan. Jesus' enemies claimed that Jesus cast out demons by using Satan's power. In this passage Jesus showed his enemies that they were foolish and wrong." 
Last for today from the Bible read "The Sign of Jonah" Mathew 12:38-45; Luke 11:29-32.
Grandma is going to give parents the beginning of March from the Calendar History and that is it for today because she feels this is enough for one day. She will resume some other things coming tomorrow.
March is the beginning of a new month with "Month long Observances of: Frozen Food Month(It can have its advantages and disadvantages(check the label of ingredients to understand- Corn Syrup and Soy are considered bad when at one time soy was considered good);
Let's Go Fly a Kite Month; National Dandelion Month ( some places east Dandelion as routine and special-also very good for a person, so are tulips);
National Good Health Month; National Hamburger Month; National Nutrition Month; National Peanut
Month; National Women's History Month.

Week long Events include National Foreign Language Week (first week); National Shoe Week (first week);
Return the Borrowed Books Week (first week); Volunteers of America Week (first week; National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week (be sure to cover some of this with the children because they could be
approached by some stranger at some time later in life or that you do not know about.)  (first full week);
Newspaper in Education Week (first full week); Procrastination Week (week beginning on the first Sunday);
Girl Scout Week (week including March 12); National Chocolate Week(week of the second Monday) Fun Mail Week (second full week); National Poison Prevention Week (third week); Art Week (last full week).Special Days and Celebrations include: World's Largest Concert (usually the first Thursday); Iditarrod Trail Race (begins on the first Saturday); St. Patrick's Day (March 17); First day of spring (March 20 or 21);
Agriculture Day (first day of spring).
Project of the Month: Shoe Showcase-Start the month off on the right foot: Spotlight shoes during National Shoe Week." Hunt for "different kinds of media that contain references to shoes-for example, stories, songs, films print advertisements, and TV and radio commercials."....list specific examples from  the various a particular "shoe medium" to research and collect material about for a..."Shoe Showcase Multimedia Fair." For example you could research shoe stories and gather a variety of appropriate books, then organize story-telling sessions for primary students. Then create several "shoe math" problems for the fair. Your child could interview  shoe-store owners, or shoemakers etc. with a number of important questions. You could design shoe-shaped catalogs detailing the fair's exhibits and contributors and hand them out to friends and people that might need shoes.
You could also go through the ages together and see what people have worn through the ages.
Now we will start with the days birthdays and events.

The first birthday for March 1 is of Margaret Frisky, children's author, born in 1901.

Richard Wilbur, American Poet, was born in 1921 on March 1.

The first event happened on March 1 in 1781 in which the 13 original states adopted the Articles of Confederation, paving the way for federal union. In 1790 Congress authorized the First U. S. Census. Book (1) explains that "Everybody counts- The U.S. Bureau of the Census collects billions of pieces of information, then computes and publishes statistics. For example, the census tells us how many people carpool, how many televisions are in the average household, motorcycles. Create a mini census and decide on three questions to ask, then develop a survey sheet. Interview some people you know and record the results.

On March 1 in 1803 Ohio became the 17th state. in 1867 Nebraska became the 37th state.
Book (1) says, "On the anniversary of statehood for Ohio and Nebraska, explore U. S. geography--and have a little fun-- with this "hands-on" activity. First trace a large U. S. map, including the state borders, onto poster board. Then cut out and laminate each state, tossing the pieces into a shoe box. ...take turns putting the country back together on the floor(or a table). Learn the various state capitals.

In 1872 of March 1 Congress authorized the creation of Yellowstone National Park.

 Today, March 1 is also National Pig Day.
Book (57) has things in it to celebrate not only that  of National Parks, but National Pig Day, peanuts, and animals as well as the Zoo that Grandma will give to parents tomorrow.
As it is also Peanut Butter Lover's Day , see if there are a collection of Peanut Butter recipes to compose together.

There is one last event before we leave March 1 today to give to parents for The First woman detective
Isabella Goodwin, was appointed in New York City the year of 1872.

March 2 is the birthday of Sam Houston, American soldier and politician who served as the first president of Republic of  Texas, born in 1793.

Then on March 2 in 1904 Dr. Seuss (real name: Theodor Seuss Geisel), children's
author, was born. Book (1) says "Dr. Seuss's books are filled with free-spirited verse and wonderful invented words." Grandma did a lot of word categorizing with the sounds in the imaginary words he came up with in his books. Book (1) says to read the following verse to the kids, and have them invent flower names and plant an imaginary wild garden in honor of Dr. Seuss:
                                I shall plant
                               A garden for Dr. Seuss.
                                Lots of wild flowers
                               Will be on the loose.

In 1931 on March 2 Mikhail Gorbachev, Soviet leader, was born.

Then in 1933 of March 2 Leo Dillon, children's book illustrator,
was born. Book (1) says, "Introduce your (children) to collaboration by sharing the works of Leo and Diane Dillon, husband-and-wife illustrators of  Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears and Ashanti to Zulu." Work together with your children to illustrate your haiku poems(which typically center on a single image). Afterward, discuss the pros and cons of working collaboratively.

The events of the day include that of 1776, March 2 when the U.S. Navy and Marines fought their first battle of the Revolutionary War.

Then on March 2 in 1877, in a disputed election, a special electoral commission selected
Rutherford B. Hayes as president.

In 1889 on March 2 Congress established the National Zoological Park in 
Washington, D.C.

In 1899 on March 2 Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State was established. Book (1) says,
"The National Zoo had fewer than 200 animals in its first collection. Today, it has more than 2,900. The
zoo's kitchen is especially busy. One month's food supply includes 3,500 pounds of apples, 8,400 crickets, 4,400 eggs, 9,600 pounds of fish, and 34,000 pounds of herbivore food. One exhibit features the oldest and most abundant form of life--invertebrates. Ask your (children) to list animals included in this group." Also add up how many pounds of food it takes to feed the animals with what is given.

I was also sent a message in my regular email that March 2 is also National Prayer Day. How beautiful
it is!

March 3 is just as full of things for the day.

In 1847 on March 3 Alexander Graham Bell, American Inventor was born and Book (1) says he was helping deaf children learn to communicate when he invented the telephone.
He founded a school in Boston for teachers of the deaf. Ask the librarian for a book on sign language.
Have the children learn what they can.

In 1938 on March 3 another children's author, Patricia Maclachlan, was born.

In 1962 on March 3 Jackie Joyner-Kersee, American track and field star along with Herschel Walker, American football star, were born.

Events for the day include 1837 on March 3 Congress increased the membership of the U.S. Supreme Court from seven to nine justices.

In 1842 on March 3 Massachusetts prohibited kids under 12 from Working more than 10 hours a 

In 1845 on March 3 Florida became the 27th state, which Book (1) wants the children to start a State-ly study. Grandma has her own instructions for this study of finding out the capital of each state where they are located in the U.S. which number order of becoming a state they were, the state bird and flower of each and what their flags look like, and at least one thing about the them that they can. I want the older children to learn and remember the capital of each.

In 1855 on March 3 The U.S. War Department appropriated $30,000 to buy and transport camels.

Then in 1879 on March 3 Belva Lockwood became the first woman to argue a case before the
U.S. Supreme Court.

A reminder that March 3 is National Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week so use it wisely.

March 3 is also Doll Day in Japan. Which Grandma may have already had it included in the holiday videos but Grandma will cover it again if necessary. She had it in some of the reading lessons, but if she  not get connection to a video,she will explain it to you. Grandma got the link so go to Doll Day.

Day 97

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 3:06 PM Comments comments (2)
Good morning folks! Work hard on all your assignments today, do your tasks, Childrobotics, music, dancing or sport for the day. Don't forget to do writing, alphabets, words, vocabulary, journal writing, yearbooks, family scapbooks, and newspaper work with cartoons if you can.
This is kind of a quite day for the calendar out of Book (1).
The first birthday for February 13 is all around the picture called American Gothic. The American artist, Grant Wood, was born in 1891 on this day. Book (1) says, "While driving through Eldon, Iowa, American artist Grant Wood was inspired by a house with a Gothic arch window. He wanted to paint the house and the kind of people who lived there. Not wishing to disturb the residents, he asked his sister and his family dentist to pose as a sternfaced farmer's daughter and her father. He called the painting American Gothic. Unfortunately, the painting angered many Iowa farm women who thought Wood was making fun of them. One disapproving writer stated, "That woman's face would sour milk." Show American Gothic to your (children). Have them write their own hyperboles or metaphors to describe the two famous faces. Look hyperboles or metaphors up if necessary on the computer to understand them if you don't know what they are. Metaphors is describing something with the word like, is like, etc. The Computer Dictionary describes hyperboles as "an extreme exaggeration used to make a point. It is like the opposite of "understatement", from the Greek word meaning "excess.""
The next birthday in 1923 is of Chuck Yeager, American test pilot who was the first to break the sound                barrier. The last birthday is in 1945 of William Sleator, children's author.
The events for the day are number one in 1741 in which The American Magazine became the firs Magazine Published in America. The second event happened in 1866 when Jesse James robbed his first bank, the Clay County Savings in Liberty, MO. Then in 1867 Johann Strauss's The Blue Danube was first performed in public.
It is also Snack Food Month so Book (1) suggests making two lists of different snacks. Those good for us and those not. Then chart which ones people in your family like and those that they do not or those they could learn to like or try. Maybe try looking in the cookbook for different ordures, drinks, and ideas. Following is one Grandma can think of off hand:
Low salt snacks at the stores
popcorn with melted cream cheese sprinkled on it (specialty of Grandma's daughter-in-law and will try to find out how it is done again-for it is delicious)
Oatmeal muffins (which we have found really good or a pick of your own or a type of homemade bread as pumkin you may like)
any fruit or vegetable either fresh, whole, juiced, cooked(looses some vitamin)
a piece of meat
pizza pepperoni on a cracker
cheese sliced on a cracker or bread
whole wheat toast or especially homemade
A cut up potatoe broiled in the oven or french fried
cooked Sweat potatoe or a baked potatoe with peppers
a cold pancake
a bowl of cereal
whole wheat crackers
History from Grandma's history book.
We left off with the things that led to the The War of 1812 ending with the Battle of Tippecanoe  and Tecumseh.
The War of 1812
"The British continued to seize American ships and impress American sailors. The question of going to war against Britain divided the nation. People in New England did not want war because war would prevent trade with other nations. People in the South and in the West favored going to war. These people, called War Hawks, were led by Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky. They wanted to end British attacks on American ships.

In June 1812 President Madison asked Congress to declare war against Great Britain. ....
The United States was not prepared for war in 1812. Its army and navy were small. But the war was difficult for Britian, too. ....

In 1813, American troops captured the Canadian city of york, which is now called Toronto. Americans burned the government buildings in York. But Canada remained part of Great Britain. Later that year, Tecumseh was killed while fighting Americans in Canada.

In 1814 Napoleon was defeated in Europe, and British soldiers stopped fighting the French. The British sent many more ships, sailors, and soldiers to fight against the United States. In August 1814 the British prepared to attack Washington, DC.

President Madison was with the army in Maryland when the British attacked Washington. Madison sent a message to his wife, Dolley, telling her to escape from the capital as quickly as possible. Dolley packed important government papers in trunks. She packed a famous painting of George Washington that had been hanging in the White House dining room. Then she left the capital. The British entered the city and burned many buildings.

Next the British planned to capture Baltimore, but the city's harbor was protected by Fort McHenry Francis Scott Key, an American who watched the battle at Fort McHenry, was filled with joy when he saw the American flag flying over the fort after the long battle. He wrote a poem about the flag called "The Star Spangled Banner." That poem became our country's national anthem.

Peace talks to end the war began in August 1814. On December 24, 1814, the United States and Great Britain signed a peace treaty called the Treaty of Ghent.

The last battle of the War of 1812 was actually fought in January 1815, not long after the peace treaty was signed. News about the treaty did not reach the United States until February. General Andrew Jackson had learned that the British wanted to capture New Orleans. So he gathered more than 5,000 soldiers to defend the city. Many free African Americans joined Jackson's army. During the Battle of New Orleans, 2,200 British soldiers were wounded or killed, and only 8 Americans died. Jackson became a war hero.

Many of the battles during the War of 1812 were fought along the border of Canada. In the Battle of Lake Erie, Oliver Hazard Perry defeated a British fleet and took control of Lake Erie. His ship was damaged during the battle, and he had to take a rowboat to get to another American ship.

The Era of Good Feelings
The Republican party was so popular after the War of 1812 that the Federalist party lost most of its members. In the election of 1816, the Republican candidate, James Monroe, won 183 out of 217 electoral votes.

The years when Monroe was President have been called the Era of Good Feelings. During this time the nation grew larger. By 1821 the nation had 24 states. Businesses were growing, and many Americans were earning more money.
While Monroe was President, many slaves in the South ran away to Spanish Florida to hide among the Seminole Indians. Monroe sent General Jackson to Florida to attack the Seminoles and capture runaway slaves. Jackson fought battles against the Seminoles and destroyed their villages. But he also captured two Spanish forts. The Spanish were too weak to fight back. In 1819 Spain signed the Adams-Onis Treaty, which gave Florida to the United States for about $5 million.

The Monroe Doctrine
For a few hundred years, Spain had ruled a large empire in America. But in the early 1800s, Spain's colonies began to fight for independence. The fight for freedom in Latin America began in Mexico in 1810. In South America Simón Bolívar and José de San Martín helped Spanish Colonies win freedom. By 1822 most nations in Central and South America were independent.

President Monroe feared that other European nations might try to start colonies in Latin America. To prevent this from happening, Monroe gave a speech to Congress that is now called the Monroe Doctrine. Monroe stated that the United States would not allow European countries to start new colonies in Latin America. The United States might have gone to war to prevent new European colonies. European nations must stay out of the Americas. In return the United States would stay out of Europe's affairs.

The Monroe Doctrine helped many future Presidents decide how to handle problems with Latin America.
The United States had grown stronger, larger, and more powerful when Jefferson, Madison, nd Monroe served as Presidents. ... 
Review and Apply...
Choose the Meaning--Write the letter of the word or phrase that best completes each sentence.
 1. A republic is a ______.                                          4. To impress means to_____.
      a. form of government                                                 a. sign
      b. political party                                                            b. fight
      c. branch of government                                              c. force
 2. Repeal means to ______.                                      5. War Hawks were people who ______.
      a. fight against                                                              a. wanted war
      b. do away with                                                             b. opposed war
      c. declare something unconstitutional                        c. wanted to remain neutral
 3. The Embargo Act ________.                                 6. Our country's national anthem is a _______.
      a. stopped other countries from                                  a. book
          trading with the United States                                 b. song 
      b. stopped the United States from                              c. flag
          trading with other countries
      c. stopped all trade to and from
          the United States
Using Information
Writing an Essay--(After learning about the next few chapters)  During the early 1800s, the United States went through a period of growth, war, and change. Select on of these three areas and write an essay relating it to the United States during this time.
Comprehension Check
Understanding Events in History--Complete the graphic organizer below with information about the Louisiana Purchase. (There should be a line connecting the questions to the main idea in the middle.)
           What two leaders were involved?                                         In what year did it happen?
_______________________________           The                  _______________________________
_______________________________    United States           What were two results of this event?
  Why did France sell this land?                         Bought            _________________________________
_______________________________  the Louisiana        _________________________________
_______________________________      Territory             _________________________________
_______________________________                                  _________________________________
Critical Thinking
Cause and Effect--Choose a cause or an effect from Group B to complete each sentence in Group A.
Group B has one more answer than you need.
           Group A                                                                    Group B
  1. The Supreme Court decided that                         A.  so Jay's Treaty was signed
       the Judiciary Act of 1789 was                              B.  France needed to pay off its war debts
       unconstitutional, so ________.                            C.  While James Monroe was President.
   2. _______, so France sold Louisiana to                     the country grew
       the United States for $15 million.                         D.  The Marbury v. Madison court case
   3. News of the peace treaty ending the                         gave the Supreme Court the power
       War of 1812 did not reach the United                        of judicial review
       States until two months later, ______.                 E.  so he gave a speech that is now called
   4. _______, so his time as President                            the Monroe Doctrine
       became known as the Era of Good                      F.  so the Battle of New Orleans was fought
       Feelings.                                                                        after the war was over
   5. President Monroe was afraid that
       European nations would try to set up
       colonies in Latin America, _______.
Science and Bible history will be on Day 98 (Friday's) lessons.

Day 79

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 10:08 PM Comments comments (6)
Good Morning! Another January morning to begin the week with. I hope you are well, for Grandma is doing well. When you get ready we will start with Childrobotics and a dance about a favorite character the children may like or yourselves. Orient the children with body capabilities and how different foods and nutrients affect our bodies. These things are all part of health and ways children can learn and stay healthy. Doing healthy activities, learning about good health, and learning about themselves.
In going to church this morning, Grandma realized we are right with what is being taught. The church was giving Isaigh which we will cover and They were talking about how John the Babtist prepared the way for Jesus which is in the first three books of the New Testament. However, Grandma wanted to talk about Jesus as a boy first. Now whether the churches talked about that last week and Grandma was unable to hear it or what but she wanted to give it to the parents for home schooling in their Home Education Program under Grandma's website.
The only place she found it was in Luke 2:41-52. After Jesus was born and visited by the Magi, shepherds, and angels. He was then taken to the temple for circumcision and Then Joseph and Mary took baby Jesus and returned to Nazareth as told to by an angel.
Luke 2:41-52 talks about how Joseph and Mary attended the Passover in Jerusalem and Jesus walked into the temple and began teaching the teachers saying it was the house of his Father. Faith Alive says in, "Life in Bible Times-Two Pigeons-Those who could afford it offered God a lamb when their first son was born. Joseph and Mary, however, gave two pigeons. God said this offering could be given by those who were poor(see Leviticus 12:8). Did You Know 2:42 Why did Jesus go to the temple when he was twelve? At twelve a Jewish boy was considered an adult under God's law. The Old Testament said Jewish men were supposed to go to the temple to worship on the Passover. Now that Jesus was twelve, he went to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover in the temple."
Luke 3 is about John and Jesus being baptized. In Luke 3:21 "Did You Know? Why was Jesus baptized? Ordinarily, Baptism is to wash away sins. Jesus had no sin, but by being baptized, he accepted the place of a sinner. That way he could fulfill God's demands for all of us, who are sinful. Questions that Faith Alive asks are as follows:
"Whom...did God inspire to write this book? Luke, a physician who often traveled with Paul, wrote this book. Luke also wrote the book of Acts.
For Whom...was this book first written? Luke wrote specifically to a man named Theophilus, a Gentile rather than a Jew; but his book is really for everyone who has questions about Jesus.
When...did this happen? Jesus was born about 6 BC and lived on earth until around AD 30.
Where...did this happen? Most of the events in this book happened in Galilee and Judea.
How...does Luke show us God's love? Luke shows how Jesus reached out to unpopular and outcast people. Jesus himself is born in the humblest surroundings. Lowly shepherds are the first to hear of Jesus' birth. The prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), the tax collector Zacchaeus (Luke 19:1-10, and the thief on the cross (Luke 23:29-43) were all figures other people would have rejected. But Jesus shows how God cares for everyone. He came to die to save all the lost.
What...special messages does this book give us? Luke tells the famous and beautiful story of Jesus' birth. In Luke, Jesus calls his disciples to be "fishers of men." And Luke shows in great detail that Jesus' whole mission is really to journey to Jerusalem to suffer, die, and rise again.
        ...action happens in this book? Jewsus is born, grows up, teaches, and helps many different kinds of people. After his death and resurrection, he appears alive to many.
        ...important people do we meet? Jesus is the important person in this book. We also meet Mary, John the Baptist, and Jesus' disciples.
        ...are some of the stories in this book?
                                       the birth of Jesus.                                               Luke    2:1-20
                             Jesus raises a widow's son.                                       Luke  7:11-17
                      Parable of the good Samaritan.                                        Luke 10:25-37
                                Parable of the rich fool.                                             Luke 12:13-21
                                Parable of the lost son.                                             Luke 15:11-32
                      The rich man and Lazarus.                                                 Luke 16:19-31
                               Jesus heals ten lepers.                                              Luke  17:11-19
                    Parable of the Pharisee and
                                           the tax collector.                                              Luke 18:9-14
                   Jesus appears to two disciples.                                           Luke 24:13-35
In the beginning of Luke the Bible tells about how Mary and Elizabeth met up and each were with child given especially by God through the Holy Spirit and how each was predicted to be so special, Mary and Zechariah both had songs. Faith Alive writes in "Let's Live It! Luke 1:26-38 Advent Calendar--Faithful people like Zecariah, Elizabeth, and Mary had spent their lives looking forward to the Messiah's coming. Now, suddenly, these few people knew it was only a matter of days.
The season of advent, the four weeks before Christmas, is about counting down the days to Christ's coming. (Advent means "coming.") To help your family count down the days before Christmas, buy an Advent calendar at a Christian bookstore. An Advent calendar has tiny doors, one to be opened each day untill Christmas. Behind each door is a picture or brief story about the days before the first Christmas. There you'll find all the stories from Luke 1 and 2.
Did You Know: 1:46 How did Mary and Zechariah praise God? Both praised God for their special babies. Jesus and John, Mary sang "The Magnificat" (Luke 1:46-55), and Zechariah sang "The Benedictus" (Luke 1:68-79).
John 1:1-34 gives a little more information about Jesus and John. Faith Alive asks these questions in John:
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? John, one of the twelve disciples of Jesus, wrote this book. John was the brother of james and an especially close friend of Jesus. He sometimes calls himself "the disciple whom Jesus loved" (John 13:23).
For Whom...was this book first written? John was written for everyone, because everyone needs to believe in Jesus. John may have written especially for those who did not yet know Jesus.
When...did this happen? Jesus taught and worked miracles from about AD 26 to 30.
Where...did this happen? Most of the events in this book happened in Judea, the southern part of Palestine.
How...does John show us God's love? John is eager to show us that Jesus is the Son of God, in other words, that Jesus is God himself. Since Jesus is God, his death and resurrection won eternal life for us.
What...special messages does this book give us? The book of John shows that Jesus is the Son of God so that people will believe in him and have eternal life.
        ...action happens in this book? John reports miracles and teachings to show Jesus is the Son of God. Jesus' greattest miracle is rising from the dead.
        ...important people do we meet? The whole book focuses on Jesus.
        ...are some of the stories in this book?
                                Jesus chooses disciples.                                          John 1:35-51
                            Jesus teaches Nicodemus.                                           John  3:1-21
                                                      Jesus and a
                                         Samaritan woman.                                              John 4:1-26
                             Jesus walks on water.                                                   John 6:16-24
                        Jesus says he is God's Son.                                             John 8:31-59
                             Jesus heals a blind man.                                              John 9:1-41
                                      The good shepherd.                                             John 10:1-21
                                     Jesus raises Lazarus.                                           John 11:1-44
                             Jesus rides into Jerusalem.                                          John 12:12-19
                    Jesus washes the disciples' feet.                                          John 13:1-17
                             Jesus prays for his disciples.                                        John 17:16-19
                                                Jesus is crucified.                                        John 19:1-42
                                         Jesus is raised to life.                                         John 20:1-31
                                          Jesus forgives Peter.                                        John 21:15-25
Did You Know? What is the "Word"? The "Word" is a special name for Jesus. It means that Jesus is the person who reveals God, or tells us what God is like. The Bible says that Jesus existed forever and that he is God.
Words to Remember 1:14 The Word  became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
Did You Know? 1:29 What does Lamb of God Mean? In Old Testament times lambs were offered as sacrifices when a person sinned. To call Jesus the Lamb of God meant that he would die as a sacrifice to take away our sins.
Both Matthew and Mark talk about John making the way for Jesus and Jesus's temptations. Mark's questions are as follows:
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? A man named John, Mark wrote this book. He had seen Jesus for himself, but the spostle Peter probably also shared with him many stories about Christ.
For Whom...was this book first written? Mark wrote this book especially for people in the Roman Empire who did not understand Jewish customs.
When...did this happen? Mark tells about the events of Jesus' adult life, between about AD 26 and 30.
Where did this happen? Most things in Mark 1-9 happened in Galilee. Most things in Mark 10-16 took place in or near Jerusalem.
How...does Mark show us God's love? Mark begins his book by calling it "the gospel about Jesus Christ, the Son of God." Gospel means "good news," and Mark's book certainly is that. It shows that God loved people enough to send his own Son to save us by dying on the cross. The Gospel of Mark, therefore, tells us that we have forgiveness and eternal life through Jesus Christ.
What...special messages does this book give us? Mark concentrates more on what Jesus did than on what Jesus taught. In this active way, he shows that Jesus really is the Son of God and Savior of the world.
         ...action happens in this book? Jesus shows his power by performing miracles that help people. He teaches his disciples, and he finally dies on the cross and rises again to save us.
         ...important people do we meet? The whole book is about Jesus. Other people, such as Jesus' disciples, are prominent as they interact with him.
         ...are some of the stories in this book?
      Jesus heals a paralzyed man.                                                     Mark   2:1-12
      Jesus calms a storm.                                                                    Mark  4:35-41
      Jesus raises a dead girl.                                                              Mark  5:21-43
      Jesus walks on water.                                                                   Mark  6:45-56
      Jesus feeds four thousand people.                                              Mark  8:1-10
      Jesus heals a young boy.                                                              Mark  9:14-32
      Jesus holds the Lord's Supper.                                                    Mark 14:12-26
      Jesus dies and is buried.                                                              Mark 15:21-47
      Jesus is raised again.                                                                    Mark 16:1-8
Matthew is first in the New Testament and the following questions in Faith Alive come with it:
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? Matthew, a tax collector who became one of Jesus' twelve disciples, wrote this book.
For Whom...was this book first written? Matthew was probably written especially for Jewish readers.
When...did this happen? These events took place between 6 BC and AD 30.
Where...did this happen? Most events took place in towns in Galilee, the northern part of Palestine. The last events of Jesus' life took place in Jerusalem, about seventy miles to the south.
How...does Matthew show us God's love? Matthew shows God's love by announcing Jesus as the fulfillment of all God's Old Testament plans. Jesus is the one God had promised to send as the Savior, and now he has come. By coming to earth, living, dying on the cross, and rising from the grave, Jesus gives eternal life--first to the Jews, but then to all nations.
What...special messages does this book give us? Matthew quotes many Old Testament passages and then shows how Jesus fulfills them. Matthew also traces the family tree of Jesus all the way back to Abraham, showing how God has kept his promise to Israel. Jesus is the Messiah promised in the Old Testament!
        ...action happens in this book? This book tells about Jesus' birth, his life as an adult, his teaching, death, and resurrection.
        ...important people do we meet? The whole book is about Jesus, John the Baptist and Jesus' disciples, like Peter, James, and John, are important, too.
        ...are some of the stories in this book?
                             Wise men visit Jesus.                                                Matthew   2:1-23
                                      Baptism of Jesus.                                             Matthew    3:13-17
                                 Temptation of Jesus.                                             Matthew    4:1-11
                       Blessings of Christ's people.                                          Matthew    5:1-12
                                       The Lord's Prayer.                                            Matthew    6:9-13
         Jesus feeds five thousand people.                                               Matthew   14:13-21
                       Parable of the lost sheep.                                                Matthew   18:10-14
                            Jesus enters Jerusalem.                                             Matthew     21:1-11
                                      Jesus is crucified.                                              Matthew     27:32-56
                                   Jesus returns to life.                                              Matthew      28:1-10
                 Jesus instructs his followers.                                                  Matthew    28:16-20"
Faith Alive says in "Did You Know? 1:17 Why is this Genealogy in Matthew?(It is also in Luke.) A genealogy is a record of a person's ancestors. Matthew wanted us to know that Jesus was exactly who Gad had promised throughout the Old Testament. God had said the Savior would be descended from Abraham and David. The genealogy shows that he was.
Did You Know? 3:2 What does repent Mean? To repent means to change your heart and mind. John the Baptist told people to repent of their sins. John preached this to help the people of Judea get ready to hear what Jesus would say.
Let's Live It! Matthew 4:1-11 Fighting Temptation--Read Matthew 4:1-11. Can you find three words that jewsus said each time Satan tempted him?
The words are "It is written." Jesus fought each temptation by remembering what God says in his Word, the Bible. By resisting temptation, Jesus defeated the devil for us. God helps us resist the devil, too, through his Word.
Faith Alive also has something to say about the New Testament Books:
The Gospels-The first four books of the New Testament tell the story of Jesus, how he was born, how he lived, how he died and rose again.
History-One other book of the New Testament continues this history, telling how the church began and how the aposstles of Jesus spread the Good News about him.
Letters-These books were actual letters, called epistles, written by Paul and other apostles. They tell what Jesus' life, death, and resurrection means for our life and salvation.
                     - Romans                                                    -Titus
                     - 1 and 2 Corinthians                                 -Philemon
                     - Galatians                                                  -Hebrews
                     -Ephesians                                                 -James
                     -Philippians                                                -1 and 2 Peter
                     -Colossians                                                -1,2, and 3 John
                     -1 and 2 Thessalonians                            -Jude
                     - 1 and 2 Timothy
Prophecy-One book describes visions the apostle John saw, giving vivid illustrations of God's care for his people throughout history.
Faith Alive presents the following questions for Isaiah:
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? Isaiah, a prophet who spoke to the southern kingdom, Judah, wrote this book.
When...was this book written? Isaiah was written between 739 and 680 BC. During this time, the northern kingdom, Israel, was destroyed by the Assyrian armies. But Judah was also falling into idolatry.
How...does Isaiah show us God's love? The book of Isaiah tells in detail how Jesus would be born, how he would suffer, and how he would die and rise again to take away our sins. God showed great love to his Old Testament people in giving them this information about the Savior. God promised Jesus to comfort his people, even when they were in misery because of their sins.
What...special messages does this book give us? Isaiah gives the clearest picture anywhere in the Old Testament of what Christ would be like. Although he wrote centuries before Jesus was born, he describes Christ almost as if he had just come. Turn to the colored pages immediately after page 880. See how many of the prophecies of Jesus are from this book!
         ...are some important chapters in this book?
             The wickedness of Judah.                                               Isaiah   1
                            God's holiness.                                                  Isaiah    6
                  How Jesus will be born.                                              Isaiah    7
                            Who Jesus is.                                                    Isaiah    9
                       What Jesus will do.                                                Isaiah   11
    Comfort, comfort for God's people.                                        Isaiah   40
                               God versus idols.                                           Isaiah  44
                Jesus' suffering, death, rising.                                     Isaiah  53
                        New heavens and earth.                                      Isaiah  65
Calendar Birthdays and Events for History plus
On January 17 1501 Leonhard Fuchs, German botonist, was born. He studied ways that plants could be used as foods and medicines. According to Book (1) "Fuchsia-flowering shrubs-were named in his honor." Find out where these following plants go their names: iris, poinsettia, forsythia, achillea, begonia, monarda, narcissus, camelia, magnolia, zinnia, wisteria. Look for other flowers and plants beneficial to us and make a note of them.
Look into the diet of Dr. Adkins and see what he says about wheat bread and many other things. For it is Wheat Bread Month and figure out why it is so much better for us.
In 1919 Popeye the Sailor made his deput as a character in the comic strip "Thimble Theater." He is famed for eating spinach. Find out why it is such an important vegetable for us along with other deep green vegetables as Kale and Brocolli. She if they know of any other cartoon character that get strength from a certain food and then have them form a story strip about Popeye or another.
In 1706 on that day Benjamin Franklin was born. He was an American statesman, scientist, and philosopher.The project to celebrate his birthday Grandma is going to tie to the Singapore Kite Festival. Let the children study about Singapore and Benjamin Franklin's accomplishments. Have them job down interest and important information about Benjamin's inventions as the Franklin stove, the lightning rod, and bifocal glasses and his accomplishments as the organization of a postal system, a newspaper, a hospital, an academy, a library, a fire department, a police department, and an antislavery society.
In learning about these two things have the children design a kite on a piece of paper use as a diamond. Add a string on them and all the little notes about Benjamin Franklin taped on the string and all of it hung up somewhere to display
Other birthdays for January 17 are of Robert Cormier, children's author, born in 1925; James Earl Jones, American actor born in 1931; John Bellairs, children's author, born in 1938; and Muhammad Ali, American boxing champion, born in 1942.
One 1700 event happened in 1773 when the English explorer James Cook became  the first person to sail across the Antarctic Circle.
On January 18 Peter Mark Roget, English scholar and thesaurus author, was born in 1779; in 1782 Daniel Webster, American orator and statesman was born; in 1856 Daniel Hale Williams, African-American surgeon credited with performing the first successful open-heart operation; in 1882 A.A. Milne, children's author and creator of Winnie-the-Pooh, was born. Book (1) says "A.A. Milne's son, Christopher Robin, was the inspiration for the Pooh stories. Christopher's stuffed animals were the models for the characters Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore, Kanga, and Roo. Winnie-the-Pooh was Christopher's teddy bear. He named it after a real bear in the London zoo ("Winnie") and a swan that he fed (which he called "Pooh"). "
It is Pooh Day. Therefore,talk with your children about their favorite animals and make a story with them. Honey is very good for a person especially with cinnimmon. Figure some good ways to use it in your homes. Make sure it is safe for babies because Grandma is not sure on that.
A last birthday is noted in Book (1) of Raymond Briggs, children's author, in 1934.
Two events are of mention and on the strips with activities to go with them. In 1535 Lima, Peru,(of South America) was founded by the Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro. Book one talks about the LLamas. It says they are pack animals and they hiss and spit when they are angry. It want the children to see if any other animal has different traits when they are angry and discuss them as you take notes.
The other event is in 1778 when and English explorer James Cook discovered and named the Sandwich Islands (now the Hawaiian Islands) after the earl of Sandwich. Book one discovered 80 % of Hawaii's population lives in or near Honolulu. Discuss why this happens in most places of the globe and why.
January 19 besides being Singapore Kite Festival day it is also National Volunteer Blood Donor Month. Discuss what this means to other people and why it is so important. In 1736 James Watt, Scottish inventor of the modern steam engine, was born in 1736; Robert E. Lee, commander in chief of the Confederate armies, was born in 1807; Edgar Allan Poe, American poet and short-story writer, was born in 1809; Paul Cezanne, French impressionist painter, was born 1839. Do some research on these two people it will be worth it. Then in 1941 Susan Dodson, children's author is born.
Grandma has 3- 1800 events to mention. One is that of Lieutenant Charles Wilkes sighted Antarctica and claimed it as a U.S. possession in 1840. Discuss what supplies they would have to have to take an expidition to Antarctica. Contiplate if some are more important than others and what they would do if they lost something important.
In 1861 Georgia seceded from the Union. Then in 1898 Brown sut out Harvard, 6-0, in the First official College Hockey Game. Discuss this and other winter sports along with the January 20 event of 1892 for the First Basketball Game played at the YMCA gym in Springfield, Mass. Discuss other times it is fun to play Basketball.
The birthdays for January 20 include that of Andre Ampere, French scientist who made important contributions to the study of electricity and magnetism, born in 1775; Joy Adamson, wildlife conservationist and author of Born Free, was born in 1920; In 1930 Edwin "Buzz" Aldren, American astronaut, was born. It is also Presidential Inauguration Day but we will not be doing that this year.
I hope you all do some Journal writing along with the newspaper and Yearbook work. Have a good Day!

Day 5

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Childrobotics and Creative Dance-As we will probably do these excersizes in Grandma's Home Education Program but the Creative Dance will be changing daily. If your home school is for religous reasons I hope you are incorporation some prayer in your day. If not this would be a good time to do a prayer.
Today parents can talk to the children about what they have learned in dancing so far. Reminding them that the first two days they learned about space, that in dancing especially and anywhere we are around people we all have our amount of space and that is not intruded on unless meant to be. Then we went into directions that in movement we all have different directions we want to go and in different patterns. Explain to them that the goal in Creative Dance is to communicate through movement. I will say that again. It is to Communicate through movement and have fun dancing, relax and excersize. Why creative? because there is no right or wrong way to do it. Explain to the children  how our body moves and has parts. Explain how the elements of dance depend on space, force, and time. Think about the use of these. We have already learned how our body needs space to move. The power of each movement each part of our body is the force of the movement in that space. Timing depends on how slow or fast the music is to the speed at which our body moves to it. Try to demonstrate what we mean by these things. Explain how space is taken as each time we form shapes in space as we move and the shape we are in as we stop. As our body moves in space changes in force: the attack is how sharp or smooth the movement is; the weight is how heavy or light it is; the strength is how tight or loose our body is; then the flow is either free flowing, bound, or in balance. The book says that an underlying beat or pulse may have an accent. However, movements always have speed(fast or slow), duration(long or short) which produce a rhythmic pattern. What all this mean is that when we move in dancing that for ever how long we do a movement it can either be slow  or fast and strength of how tight our body makes that movement or is it very loose makes the force as heavy in weight or light moving. then its force can be sharp or like a jerk with the speed or smooth and slow. The accent may come when certain music has an underneath beat or pulse like the point on a heart beat(pa-pump). Make certain music sounds like in the 50's and then make it smooth and flowing as you move your arms ect. to better understand.
Explain how our movements have directionsize, focus, a place, a pathway, elements of space. Be aware of body language. The self in our self-image, awareness and direction. Not only the body, not only the mind, not only the mind not only the feelings; it is all of the self. An example is in when we sway or we swing. So why dance? It is the self, no book, no set way, no failure, only expression and release. Explore and play with the elements of dance(body, space, force, and time). Remember that the goal is to lead children into creative ways to use the elements of dance, explore and experiment; understand and control. It may relate to other fields of body and mind as Science, math, reading, speaking, singing, history. It also may relate to working with wood and fixing things. The creative dance book also says that the child makes connection between the inner being and the language of movement. You can end this day of lessons by writing down many of these elements and things on a chart for older children and adding the Elements of step to it: Walk, Run, Leap, Jump, Hop, Skip, Gallop, and Slide. They can do these in a locomotor fashion- like a train, around the room or wherever you dance at. Have them do each of these elements as you instruct them to do each one. Maybe let each person hold a sign with each element and they can hold their sign up as you give each step out. Tell them you will be going over each of these elements the next week until they can remember each element to do and you all understand.(30 minutes)
History, Social studies, Reading, Language, Writing, and Art(3 hours)
Go to your calendars and time line or record of time keeping. See if there are any birthdays of concern that you have recorded. Then talk about the time based on what the bible states, what scientists say, and your own feelings and opinions about it. Talk about Cain and Abel expressing your own opinions and feelings. Thinking about their ages and what they think God really wanted and what he knew was going to happen. Record the birthdays of September 13 as used in our Home Education Program. Start with that of Roald Dahl, British children's author born in 1916. If you have any of his books look at them and read them if you can. Next record the founder of the Hersey candy empire, Milton Hershey born in 1857. Discuss how chocolate is like a fruit to our body killing bad cells that make us have cancer and other bad things. Let them know yuo will be using this later in your lessons. Then record the September 13 1851 birth of Walter Reed, American army surgeon who proved that yellow fever is transmitted by the bit of a mosquito. An activity in the Book 1 I got this from is where the Walter Reed Hospital in Wahington, D,C. is named after him. Then go to the picture or building set you are making is at and be sure and name any buildings you want to after famous people you know. You can add them later if you wish. Then record the event in 1788 in which New York was selected as the capitol of the United States. Talk about this for it is where our First President of Washington and his family lived before the moved everything to Washington, D.C. Talk about Washington, D.C. as our capitol and how our states all have capitols also. Look at some of the buildings you can get pictures either on internet or somewhere of. You may even be able to pull up that of New York somewhere. Also read about New York or any books you may have about it. Talk about all the contoversy going on about our country. Point out that when it began there was only 13 States in the Union. See if you can find a map or something showing that and how we have grown to 50 now. Talk about what influence we have and how our relationship is with the other countries in the 7 Continents. I have little dolls to color for all these Continents and all kinds of maps. However, you may draw or make your own. Do let the children know that the people in other countries usually dress the same as us but wear the tradition costumes during certain ceremonies which ours is usually of the colonial times, pilgrims, ect. Also let them know that occasionally the Natives where their attire and preform for people. Let them know that people from Mexico and Central American dress and preform during the  celebration of Mexico's independence sometime in September also. Let them know it is different than ours in July. Also let them know there is all kinds of celebrations in Canada during the year also. Talk about the wear people had as pilgrims and how they dressed a little later. Look at different styles of clothing and hair. Let them know how each tripe of natives dressed different also. You may be able to read and look at some of the different natives that lived in our country and other nations. I would save the lessons on the Vikings for next week unless you have time for them. New words could include any group of learning for older as ing, ect. and bigger vocabulary for teens. Basic words for what we have learned would be buildings, hospital, yellow fever and other fevers, mosquitos, countries, continents, famous, dolls, states, Wahington D,C,, New York, Massassuchets, natives, controversey. Also as part of the lessons today you can take the plastic covered map you made or another map picture and draw or make a ship to move with a magnet or by your hands in the different directions North, East, South, West. The children may do their pretend acting as weather broadcasters as you mark the days weather down. Also have older students record the sunset that night and do each nights along with sunrises. We had to do that in Junior High once. Also have the children act out any other acting they want of those colonial times, pilgrims. You may talk about Pocohantis and any other native heros of those times and act them out if you wish. Or make puppets for various things. Do some writing about what you have learned.
For Health and PE and Math(1 hour and 30 minutes)
Talk about some foods of those days. There is a book about corn you can get later in Mexico's lessons. Talk about why they were better for you. Dandelions are also grown as a food and eaten daily in the east. Talk about that and other edible flowers. Talk about herbs. Then play some Basebal using ball and bat as part of lessons with the letter a. For Math use the activity I had mentioned before in Book 1 about Milton Hershey Mentioning that at one time Americans ate 5.8 million pounds of Chocolate each day. Again repeat how chololate is good for our health, but we must be careful because the sugar and fat in it can affect us badly also. The latest I heard was that if we drank a hot chocolate each day our memory would be solid. They drink a milk with cornstarch in Mexico or families here called Atoli with i sounding like the long ee sound. Sometimes they add chocolate in it and it is called something else. They both taste very good, filling, and healthy. In this activity the children are to think of that much chocolate as a 2-foot-thick bar reaching the size of a Football field. Have children count the pieces in Hershey's bars for younger children, you can add and subtract with them. But the older students calculate on calculators how many cubic feet of chocolate that would be or buildings ect. You can try different candy bars out and decide the ones you like best. You may also have smores with them and count the marshmallows. I have lessons from another book you can do the next week with chocolate and marshmallows. Maybe you can even think of ones with crackers.
Science(30 minutes)
For the last half hour of the day you can spend writing cards up for various insects recording things about them. How they are disappearing and what happen with Monsanto and the bees.

Day 2

Posted on September 9, 2013 at 9:07 PM Comments comments (2)
Day 2 Grandma's Place of Natural Learning Center
As part of our Home Education Program do a daily excersize program with the children Grandma will call Childrobotix
Work into a what we call Creative Dance in which the music is played and stopped and the children must freeze. Explain to the children how space is all around us and we are just taking up part of that space. Go through it a few times. Have some fun with it.(30 minutes)
Birthdays-Themselves(Health) and History, Social Studies, writing and Reading
Next while you home school in our Home Education Program discuss how every person has a day they were born on in the year, meaning we all have Birthday's. On a calendar make every birthday you want your child to remember or celebrate. Then discuss with your children that certain famous writers and people's birthdays have been recorded in Grandma's Book 1 she discussed in the first day's lessons.
Grandma will give you the people and days for the four days of Septemeber this weekend including Friday and Monday the 9th. I will catch up the rest later in the weeks. For September 6 The Marquis De Lafayette, a Revelutionary War hero was born in 1757, John Dalton, English chemist, physicist, and developer offff the atomic theory was born in 1860, and the last one: Jane Addams, American social worker and humanitarian who founded the Hull House was born in 1860. These people can be marked down in a calendar or on sheets of stickem papers and layered on that day. On the next day Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden, American geologist who was instrumental in the creation of Yellowstone National Park was born September 7 in 1829, Grandma Moses-Anna Mary Robertson moses, American primitive painter was born; Buddy Holly, American singer, guitarist, and songwriter was born that day in 1936. These can be kept on your calenday someway. Then September 8 Jack Prelutsky, children's author and illustrator was born in 1940. I wrote some of his poems down to display maybe you might consider the same. Get some animal poem books from the library that hold his work: another Children's author and illustrator, Michael Hague was born this day in 1948.(record these). The last day we will record is September 9 when William Bligh, English captain of HMS Bounty at the time of the famous mutiny was born in 1754; then in 1903 on this day Phyllis Whitney, children's author was born. In 1906 on this day Aileen Fisher, children's author was born. Make record of all these people and when the were born. Go into a discussion about why birthday celebrations as well as other celebrations are a good thing. Number one they release stress and get things in the open about diffferences to release stress, therefore things can be worked out and negotiated in families. It is when they do not speak and negotiate that there is problems. Also laughter and fun releases stress, some people make the excuss they are too much trouble; these people are the ones that make all the tension and hide everthing under a carpet till they want to use it to their advantage. They get control that way.These are just Grandma's opinions though. Ask your children what they think.(30 minutes)
Seasons and Weather(30 minutes)-Science
Next discuss with your children in the home school as part of you Home Education Program about how different regions have different seasons. Let them know it is still Summer and actually quite hot here in Omaha, Nebraska. Talk about each season and draw pictures of each naming them or paste pictures of different seasons on paper. It can be used in a book if wish. Use another calendar or a way of marking what kind of weather we have each day. This can be done with just a marker if wish. Grandma has a game in which different things pertaining to each season can be placed  on the different seasons.Explain how the hot and cold airs hit each other and that is where the storms hit whether it be snow or rain. Explain how waves of action in our weather go across  our states and depending where the humps or hills go down or up makes our differences in the weather also. This can easily be done with a map covered with plastic sticky clear plastic paper or have a printing company cover it in plastic called laminate. This way a washable marker can be used and wiped off. Give the children turns pretending they are giving a weather forcast. You can also discuss how the weather might be different in another area of our world this time of year.
History and Social Studies
To round out the rest of the History and Social Study lessons for the day parents can talk to the children they home school in the Home Education Program how we believe as Christians that after man and woman were created the devil as a serpent out of spite to God came to convince Eve to eat of the fruit God forbade them to eat. Upon eating the fruit God had plenty to say about of it and took them out of the Garden of Eden to toil the soil. Discuss how their sons Abel and Cain fought and one was killed. Then talk about what happened to the one who lived and how man became after that. Read and talk about what happened to people after that and because Noah made God happy he had Noah build a big ship and load all the animals on it according to God's wishes. Talk about what happened to Noah and his family after that. Try to keep the bible studies a little seperate from the American history on the time line but it should also become part of the time line.The smurf's in my book shows them dressed like Egyptians. Talk to them about how different people went to diffferent lands. Many of these people are considered to be explorers. They thought the Vikings were the first to set ffoot on North American. However, another tribe of explorers came before that on an island between Iceland and Great Britain. Older children can watch my video on Iceland later in the day. Go on to explain how country was moved into by people from other land and that it was inhabited by Natives before that. Read about the Natives and different tribes. Look it up on the computer. See what the llibrary has to offfer about it. Try to discuss peoples lives in other countries and on the different Continents again. A lot of books can be found at the libraries. Let your children know Grandma will only give up through the 17th Century until it is all covered. Be sure and start a good study about the Natives. Do not try to do it all in one day. Grandma will try to give you only so much a day and cover as much out of her Book 1 as possible. September 6 1628 the Massachesetts Bay Colony was established in Salem Mass., by 100 English Puritans. Discuss what they were like and how life may have been. Talk about Pocohantis and James Smith. Discuss how the Marquis De Lafayete served as a volunteer and what things the children parents home school can think of as volunteer workm see if  there is any as a family  you can carry out. This is an activity from Grandma's book 1. Next discuss how the Constitutional Conventions and to adopt a 4-year term for president September 6, 1787 after President Frankline Roosevelt died in office after his fourth term. Then discuss how Amerigo Vespucci, the Italian navigator for whom America was named, returned to Lisbon after his third trip to the New World our Continent September 7 1502 .Grandma's Book 1 also gives certain things honored or celebrated in a month. One of those things for September Is that we Celebrate Ice Cream Month. Point out that the book also discusses how Americans eat about 15 quarts of ice cream each year. Discuss how many flavors of ice cream there actually are( over 200) and which is the most popular(vanilla). Discuss their favorite. With this go into a discussion of other things they like or dislike. Make a record of it. Discuss if they think Ice cream is actually so bad for a person and why, maybe look it up in the computer. This will lead you into a discussion about foods good and bad for you and why. This could include GMO's, Mansonto, and other bad things. Keep a chart of good and bad foods on a chart or poster.Divide foods by a pyamid and the different food groups. Keep a record all month if not all year.Go on into the discussion of September Observances, Weeklong Events, Special Days and Celebrations. From Book 1 of Grandma's the monthlong observances are All-American Breakfast Month which you can discuss as good and bad food to eat then, Next is Cable TV Month, Emergency Care Month, of course Ice Cream Month, International Cooperation in Learning Month, International Solar Month, Library Card sign-up Month, National Cat Health Month, National Chicken Month, NationalCholesterol Education Month, National Courtesy Month, National Hispanic Heritage Month, National Honey Month, National Piano Month, National Sight-Ssaving Month. Discuss all of these. Next talk about Weeklong Events of Full Employment Week(full week beginning with Labor Day;; Constitution Weed(Sept. 17-23), National Dog Week9last full week), Roller Skating Week(last full week) Discuss these. Next talk about Labor Day9first Monday), Grandparents Day(first Sunday after Labor Day), International Day of Peace(third Tuesday), Native American Day(fourth Friday), National Good Neighbor Day9fourth Sunday), Rosh Hashanah(usually falls in Sept.), Yom Kippur910 days affter Rosh hashanah), First day of fall(Sept. 22 or 23. Make record of September 8, 1565 when the Spaniards founded St. Augustine, Fl, the oldest city in the United States.Then talk about the September 9 event in 1689 of Peter the Great, age 17, took power in Russia.Tell your children that you will discuss that more with the study of Asia later. Then talk about the September 9 event in 1776 when the Continental Congress made the name"United States" official.
For Math and Art
Parents and children can draw pictures of various happenings, animals, foods, ect. and count or do math with various items in the days study.
For Language and writing
Think of words, maybe start words in other languages, write about events, feelings, Work on newspapers, make cartoons, poems if they are aware of these things. Add things to the yearbooks. Write in their journals. What you may not have time for hold for the next day. Try to stay small and work up on things as the studies move forward. Grandma will try not to go to far ahead either. 


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HOME EDUCATION PROGRAMAll learning of animals begins with our pets. Any child that has held one of these in there arms develops a love and understanding for animals, especially if they are taught to respect them as well.I am going to tell parents the basic learning for Grandma's Place for Natural Learning Center Home Education Program first. If you are involved in other lessons and happen to like mine parents should be able to substitute them for what they have, at least in our State you could.
Insects and Animals and the Internet
For whatever the learning may be do not forget to teach about the insects and animals. Grandma has some very special ways of bringing these things in children's learning. Do not forget the Internet either. Grandma teaches guidance and direction with the teaching of animals. Since she learned about the wolves from me her granddaughter, Eva, she want everyone to learn the respect they deserve.Grandma believes learning should be as natural as possible like education was in the beginning; For it is a known fact that education began in the homes and a backyard. Not to say the regulations are not necessary. A few people would take advantage of the system otherwise.
 Seasons-Subjects and Flexibility
There are several avenues that can be taken to make home schooling better learning through my Grandma's Home Education Program. She likes to follow the seasons in learning. History, Social Studies, Science, Health and PE should begin with the children themselves. Thier learning about God and Jesus is part of that History. I do believe our country was meant to be with Christian beliefs when they wanted to give our country freedom of religion. However, because it has been understood as to accept all religions does mean those religions should be able to be taught freely in our homes. However, because Grandma is Christian she will be teaching Christianity. I do believe our schools should have the freedom to teach as the constitution says "Under God". Reading, Writing, Art, and Music should always tie into what you want your children to learn for all ages. Reading should revolve around all the subjects and what they are learning about, if it be from the computer or where ever, The Library is a good source of obtaining books you may need. Everything else should also revolve around the reading as much as possible. Math should be taught at their level and speed to grasp it. She has some extra tips about it also. Have it tie in with the learning whenever you can. Always be flexible enough to see their potentials and give them space to learn, grow, and do. However, do not let them get away without some push and try. Grandma has all kind of fun things to carry these things through. Grandma feels it is best to start at the beginnings of things. It is also good to start things with foods. However, there is all kinds of things to cover in this area to lead children into good diets, bad foods as "GMO's", edible flowers, herbs and other plants. Somewhere I read that most our flowers in our yards are edable except dafodils. The wild trumpet flowers in our back yard are suppose to be toxic; however, I did eat plenty of them the last few years. I haven't eaten any this year. However, they could be better for us than many of the foods in the stores today; hummingbirds thrive on there nector along with the bees. Therefore they are definately well worth having because Monsanto are killing our bees. Great Brain Power!
Safety, Maps, Directions, and Rules
Begin your set up with a map for fire and emergencies. Draw seperate ones if necessary. Draw one basic one at least. Make sure everyone knows what door to go out from what room if there is a fire. Make sure everyone knows where to go and what to take if there is a disaster possible of tornado, storm, flooding, ect. Take into consideration any emergency that may occur, let everyone know what they are expected to do if these things should happen. If someone came in the house with a gun, or in an argument with someone which Grandma has had happen. If someone in the home was hurt or needed emergency care. If you were outside and something happened or someone got hurt or lost. Many things can happen in life. Some children do better if they know what they can do or expected to do. It could be some children feel better if they are part of the help, take that into consideration and talk as a group about it. What if someone was electricuted or a child got ahold of some matches and started a fire. What should the older child do. Remember your safety rules and go over them on the first day of my set up. That will be one of the first lessons given and go through the rules of the house which most children know in a home because they have been raised with them. However, expectations in home schooling could change some things if things need to be more controlled. Be sure and make that clear up front.
Tasks and Responsibilities
Make a list of tasks in the home and responsibilities. Children do better if given a task to help with fixing a meal or cleaning instead of running about the house being wild or fighting with their siblings. Running a house is not just up to the mom or dad. It is best as a family routine. That means that dads have to be as open to ways of raising children as mom's have to be as patient to share that and teach that responsibility. That also means that both of you have to let go of your chips to be shoved off your shoulder, meaning each must not become defensive each time they are told that you see another way. To make it easiest on you and the child many things can also be discussed together as the best options to do things. If children feel they would learn more or be under best control if things are handled a certain way then parents should listen. But parents must come to some decisions together how much time should be allowed for certain things and how much time should be given for a grounding or time out. It should be discussed what behavior should be allowed for disturbances and how they should be handled. Sometimes just a short time out for all parties helps in parent children differences, because there can be plenty. That is why there is usually a principle involved in a school. However, this is your home and you have chosen to home school your child here so there must be as much consistency as possible and a good home education program and it begins with the parents themselves. Also review by blog on Letting Go. That is letting go of things in nature that could effect how we are with each child. A parent must learn what things they do could effect how they carry out lessons with their children. They must be very distant in their natural feelings and tendencies. They must know what every action they do affects the child and if not be open to listen to their view. However, parents be careful not to let the child or other parent control all your actions. Remember you are important also. However, do not be overpowering or so set in your ways that everything must be your way only for you to participate.
Now back to the set up of lessons.  Do teach your child to use tools but make sure you are in control and safety is the first value in learning. It does in fact affect what happens in a family. Because my X-husband was hurt playing with a screw driver helping his father he felt scared to let his boys be around him as he was working on anything. It affected what they had in the family and the boys learning emensely. However, learning how to do things comes in other ways also. Grandma has seen it in her grandfather, her brother, and both her boys as well as a girl. It depends who you want them to get it from.
Once you have carried out the safety tasks then set up an area for each of your tasks of learning for each level of learning; from younger to older. Make sure the younger understand they are younger and break things easier and that the older understand that they must respect the fact that the younger are younger and do not understand everything. If older children must put things out of reach from the younger children then help them with this avenue. Make sure you as a parent know exactly what each younger child is doing and vice versa. You would expect that out of a teacher and a school so expect it out of yourself. Do have an area for drawing pictures, painting, crafts, or making things, maybe you need an outside area for messier jobs or projects. Make sure you  have an area for gardening or planting that you are comfortabel with. Make an area for doing experiments if want to do them. Have an area to keep house plants or herbs if you grow them. Maybe you have a garden and make sure everything you need for that is handy for that doings and all in the same place. Make sure that certain tools for certain tasks are organized together in that area so everyone learns what they are and how they are stored and where they are stored. Be sure certain unsafe things are locked from younger children though. Remember safety first in any walk of life do get your husbands cooperation and help in this area. Like Grandma said you both need to be on the same page together. Make sure chemicals are in a safe place and everyone knows how things should be kept. Make sure they know where certain things go and belong. In cooking make sure everyone knows where certain things go and should be put back and kept. Make sure you have the recipe you want and all ingredients before you start cooking. Searching for one utensil or ingredient can make caous in any project. Keep lessons and doing planned out two weeks in advance so it gives you some time. I will say many of the learning a child does involves cooking and cleaning. These are very good in any walk in life because it makes the difference in how they learn things and what they do in their lives. The more basic learning you can give a child in the home as you are home schooling the better a home education program you have. Have an area for Music, an area for home living for the younger child, an area of pretend work, shopping, acting, building and play character areas, reading, learning words, and doing papers. An area for social studies of different people and lands. An area safe for the animals and the children from them. An area for playing games and watching TV or movies. An area for water play inside and out and games outside. Area for exploration and supervision. It is quite evident why the best place for children is on a farm or ranch which Grandma thinks is going to come back because people are having to fall back on natural foods so much that it is almost imperitave that they have some space in their homes and on their property. Lastly, make an area in your home where, birthday calendars for the family and special people can be displayed as well as a time line to pin, tape, post or something giving the dates of special happenings I am going to give you. A time line is just a string that can be hung up somewhere to clip or stapple tags on of when certain things happened. Little stick-ups on different chart might work. Someway of keeping a record of when things happened in time. Make a calendar for the weather and a map they can pretend to give a forcast, cover it in plastic would be good. Have games to play I will send some that may be useful if necessary. Have an area for them to pretend they are giving a newscast. Also an area or on the computer they can print out a newspaper which will give them a record of all that they are learning and an overview. It will also help them keep up with the other world out there. They can visit with neighbors and add them in. It can be kept in the family or shared. You can also start a yearbook to share all the things you did for that year. Like keeping a scrap book. You can also start a record of family record past present what ever the need requires. It is important children can look back at happenings, good and bad. Then be ready to make lots of posters pictures charts and things to keep record of things to keep you organized and keeping the attention of the children. Remember to make things fun. Sing plenty of songs together! There is so many of these things I wish I had known the knowledge of years ago. All these may not be easy to carry out, just do your best. Always remember no one is perfect.
Always keep schedules they can be very useful. Plan a time for reading and giving instructions. Charts of what you will be learning for that hour, that day, that week, that year. On your schedule have at least 6 hours of learning, if it be cooking something, cleaning something, petting or doing things with the animals, working on the computer, learning a game, or playing outside. Everyone wonders how Grandma carried out the things she did. It was because she did not let other distractions come in from what she had or could handle from that day. Grandma had times we ate, times we could watch TV or a game. Times we could be outside. Times for shopping or cleaning. a scheduled time for naps and reading. Times for play, writing and learning. Grandma wishes things had been a lot different in her times though. She hopes your times are much better than hers. It took ten years for Grandma to learn what she is telling you and it takes a lot to set it all up. Give the children tasks to help make it part of the learning. Start your day early unless you want your children to run the same schedule as you and be the same night owl you may be. Grandma runs a schedule of 6:30 AM to 10:30 PM or later right now which makes some days she does not get started on the computer till noon. However, that makes her mornings usually to her home and the computer can be over ten hours time. Grandma has spent most the day of Sundays to church lately. She still may have been on the computer Sunday night though. That is because she wants you parents to recieve what she has learned . She hopes she can have it as a record for her granddaughter Eva or anyone else in the family interested. 
Just imagine this as your plate of salad even though it brings bridal thoughts to Grandma.One plate of these coming up. It definately adds color to our salads especially those pink lovers. A platefull of pickings.We know the seeds from these are very edable, but else might be tasty.placeholder images on the learning centre websiteWe did try some tulips this year. Quite tasty!I've heard the marigold mentioned several places as good to eat. I do think this would be a perfect flower for a fall wedding for orange color lovers.Grandma went to college 6 years to teach while watching 10 children in her home. Even though she was teaching before that. She never really wanted to teach in the public schools but wanted to start a center for home schoolers. Unfortunately that never happened. For she is an entrepreneur educator. She went to college because she learned she could really relate to children well and never dreamed she would be offering what she has and knows through the Internet. Eva wants to have Grandma's Place of Natural Learning Center and child care along with Grandma's  home when she grows up unless things change. Eva also wants to work with animals but she says she does not want to go to college and does not want to be a vet. Grandma hopes  this can happen too. Grandma feels Andrea, Eva's Mom, differentiates on these things for Eva. Who's to know what the future will bring.
So make your schedule something like this with whatever time you want to give it. Grandma planned it as if she we a teacher at the school. First- I would get up and get dressed and do an excersize routine, children in my home or up at that time could get involved. That is hard because little ones attention may not hold that long. If equipment is involved it might even be harder. Allow time for hair and make-up if necessary. Grandma is getting to ugly for much lately. Maybe later more, she is dealing with weather right now in her home.Therefore it could take her an hour for these things, maybe 2 for church. Plan clothes at night so they are ready to go. Make breadfast around 7 to 8. Maybe a little TV for the children.Grandma would start Lessons around 8 and go until 12:30 for most of the day. The rest of the lessons for older children could be done in the afternoon when the younger are sleeping. Then they could all join outside after a snack to play a game together or some other form of outside doings. Maybe your schedule is different than Grandma's but it has always worked for her. Now you can go to Day 1 to begin lessons.