Friday, February 24, 2012
This will include private schools and homeschooling. We would have to use government approved curriculum and it could come to the point that we would no longer be able to use our bibles during school time.
This is not a good thing that the government wants to tell us what conversations we can have with our families in our own home or to tell us what we can and can't say to our children. We, as a homeschooling parents, should be able to choose the curriculum of our choice and teach our children as we see fit.
Please read the article at the link below. It has information on how to contact the Minister of Education, the Premier and local MLA's. I have already e-mailed the Minister of Education and the Premier. They have to know that this is not the way of a democratic country.
"Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD." Ps 27:14
First, I read a portion from a new book I got from CBD called, "Who Was Daniel Boone?" by Sydelle Kramer. It is written for kids and it's a great resource and reasonably priced at around $4. Then I gave the kids a printout of maps of North America before the war and after the war so that they could see how the land changed ownership.
Next I read about the Battle at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec from "Courage & Conquest".
I had written up a worksheet with questions and the answers to match. So that Ben and Jacob could do it. I also printed some worksheets off the Internet for Rebekah to have some further studies. Benjamin completed one of them too. It was a fill in the blank worksheet and it was packed with information.
We also updated our timeline to 1762 when Jemima was born and talked about Daniel and Rebecca getting married.
So next week we are off to Kentucky! (In our unit study of course)
Below in this picture is Jacob dressed up like Boone and Rebekah is dressed up like his wife, Rebecca.
Paper Dolls - http://www.lessonpathways.com/Pathways/Detail/17953/the-13-colonies
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Rebekah was such a sweetheart. She wanted to make most of the supper, which was Thai Chicken Pizza.
She also wanted to make my favorite sponge cake with chocolate icing. It was delicious! (I guess the cake kind of gives away my age)
Here are the presents and cards from the kids. Ben got me the earrings (he bought them after I told him I liked them in a store a month ago), a card and the earphones. Rebekah made me a beautiful card and Jacob, after much deliberation with himself, decided to share his Lindt chocolate with me as they are my favorite.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Here is Little Joe at 1 week old dressed up like his namesake, "Little Joe Cartwright".
Friday, February 17, 2012
In the picture below, the kids are colouring a picture of a Quaker couple while I read to them a short history about the Quakers. Boone's parents were Quakers.
We are still learning about what children did for fun back then. So, I taught them how to play marbles.
During my "project" time today, I sewed a fringe on a shirt I had bought for Ben to dress up like Boone. All I did was buy a shirt that was too big, then I cut a 3" strip off all the way around the bottom. Then I cut the fringe into the cut side of that strip. Next I sewed in on where we wanted it along the seem side so that the fringe was hanging down. It turned out pretty good.
Thursday, February 16, 2012
So, when I was done praying, I thought that I should order Steve and Teri Maxwell's "Managers of Their Homes". And I did just that. I dove right into it when it arrived. They have some great ideas for scheduling your day and getting your kids to help with chores.
Below is the schedule I came up with for myself, Rebekah and Benjamin. I decided to wait to do Jacob's, because he can just follow along with the others for now. I have only scheduled to 5pm. My day starts at 7:30 and the kids at 8am. They have 1 hour to get dressed, tidy their rooms, eat breakfast and do morning chores. Then at 9:00, we start the day with Bible. For school I have just scheduled a 2 hour time spot. I have our school schedule separate. After school we have lunch, then 1 hour to do outside chores and working with the donkeys, this rolls right into 1/2 of outside time. Then we have 1 1/2 hours to do errands in town on Mon, Wed & Fri and on Tues & Thurs we can work on special projects during that time. Then at 3:00, we have snack and then free time until supper.
Below, you can see the system I am using for chores. It is similar to the Maxwell's, but this was free. I found this amazing website, www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com and she has made these printable chore cards. I printed out a set for each child (which were different colours), then I cut out the ones they would need. For Ben and Jacob, I used a old photo album page and cut it in a strip of 2 photo spaces, then I folded it in half and punched holes in it for a strap. The openings for the pictures are on the top on both sides, so I slipped the chore cards in. In the front, with the name, are the everyday chores and in the back, I have put the weekly chores which we do on Fridays. This is Ben's chore pouch below and Becky's chore cards (I just used the ones from Ben's because he doesn't do those chores and Jacob has different colour cards) and the "Help Mom Cook" card. This "Help Mom Cook" card was such a blessing, because my kids were always fighting to see who could help me at supper, now we just rotate the card from child to child.
So in the chore pouch, after the child has done the chore that is showing, they take it out and put it to the back of the other chore cards lined up behind it.
This is a picture of the back of Ben's chore pouch with the weekly chore cards.
For chores that are not to do with personal care the kids get a sticker on a sheet and when they have 20 stickers, they get a prize from our prize cupboard.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
The first activity kind of presented itself to Rebekah ans me at the beginning of the week. We were out for a walk, when we saw some different animal tracks than we were used to seeing around our place. So, we got our camera and took some pictures of the tracks. Then we looked up animal tracks on the Internet and found that rabbit tracks are the closest to what we found. So we believe we have a rabbit living under our granary. This can be part of our unit study because Boone was a very good hunter and animal tracker. We had been trying to pretend to track animals in the snow a couple of weeks ago to pretend to be Boone, but this was even better. It was fun trying to figure out just what kind of animal has been on our property.
The second activity we had this week was learning some 1800's vocabulary. We looked at the poem we had printed off at www.homeschoolshare.com and I took some words that I knew my kids would not know the meaning of. Then I looked then up in a dictionary from 1828 at www.1828-dictionary.com/ to find the definitions. I printed out the definitions for Ben and Jacob to cut and paste, but Rebekah had to write hers out. We used Daniel Boone note paper also form www.homescoolshare.com for this assignment. I picked the words; vales, kin, kith, unhewn and rove.
Our last activity for the week was to make covered wagons. I found this idea at http://www.lessonpathways.com/Pathways/Detail?path=%2F03_History%2FYear_1%2F13Daniel_Boone This was a lot of fun. Making the wheels was kind of finicky, but that's OK. Instead of gluing the wheels on, we used paper fasteners (?) so that they will turn.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
We started, of course, with a title page Then I printed off an easy overview of Boone's life (not shown) and lastly we included a poem about Boone. Which we will learn some vocabulary from later. This was day 1.
On the 2nd day, we started to focus on the 13 Colonies, because Boone was born in Pennsylvania in 1734. So we are going to spend 2 weeks talking about Colonial times. To begin with, we included a map of the 13 Colonies and coloured the states Boone lived in, and we started a timeline of his life.
Then we learned about hornbooks. Which was how children learned how to read back then. The kids made their own hornbooks. But the exciting part was, later that night, when we watching Daniel Boone on TV, Israel (his son) was using a hornbook to do his lessons. It was just cool to see what I learned in a book portrayed in real life.
We are learning about what the children did for fun as well. So to begin with, Rebekah and I have been making these absolutely adorable rag dolls. I found the pattern on a blog and it is so easy. There is no sewing involved and now that we know how to make them, it only takes about 5 minutes to complete.
Of course, the boys really want to act out what we're learning, so here is Jacob below with his Daniel Boone attire. We went to the thrift store and found a real suede vest and a red shirt like Fess Parker wears in the show. Rebekah put her leather purse around him like a trappers bag. And the final touch, the popping gun he got for Christmas. Rebekah did his hair the same as Fess Parker as well.
Daniel Boone Season 1: www.christianbook.com ($20)
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
This first one is so great, because it uses ingredients I always have on hand and it also uses the crock pot. Another great thing is I used frozen meat. Around 1pm I wondered what I would make for dinner one day. I went to my freezer, pulled out a bag of drumsticks and had supper ready in 5 hrs.
Cut up chicken (I used drumsticks)
1 can Tomato soup
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup honey (or you can use apricot jam or brown sugar)
2 crushed garlic
salt and pepper
From frozen, thaw chicken on defrost in microwave until you can just break the pieces apart. Put into crock pot. Mix other ingredients in a bowl, then pour over meat. Set on high for 4 hrs. You can baste the meat with the sauce as it cooks. Now my trick was, while the potatoes were cooking, I took out the crock pot insert and put it in the oven uncovered at 325 degrees. Once all the veggies were ready, the chicken was ready too.
This next recipe I got from 2 places on the Internet. A few weeks ago I was watching 18 Kids and Counting on DVD. In this one episode, they were making pizza for lunch and boy did it look good! So I went on their website to see if they had their pizza dough recipe and they had a link to a really great recipe. This is the link;
(This blog is done by a homeschooled teenager, really cool.)
I have tried many homemade pizza dough recipes and this is by far the best!
Then I got got another idea from Crystal at Homemaking on the Homestead. When she makes pizza crusts, she makes extra for the freezer and that is what makes this a quick supper. I had already made pizza crusts and froze them according to Crystal's directions at this link;
I made a freezer pack of the leftover cheese, toppings and sauce the last time I made pizza, so the other night we had pizza in about 20 minutes. Here is my freezer pack below.And here is the yummy final product. A deluxe pizza. (Actually we had 2)
And if you are wanting a fast dessert and maybe watching your caloric intake, try this spongecake. It is ready in about 35 minutes and you can do so much with it. We have had it with strawberries and whipped cream (I make it in a bunt pan for that) or this time, we actually put chocolate icing on it. But, to tell you the truth, it was SO much better after it had been completely cooled in the fridge and eaten cold. This recipe is great because there is no butter or oil, only eggs.