Friday, March 30, 2012

Daniel Boone Unit Study Week 7

I'm back. It has been hard to work on our unit study the last few weeks. Larry has been home a lot and I've been sick. So we were back at it today. First, I thought it was important to do some review, so we went over everything we had done up until now.
Then we learned about the Cherokee. I found a great website that has free homeschool American History and Science lessons. It is called Pronto Lessons found at and they have a section on the Cherokee. We learned things like what type of houses they lived in, how they got their food, clothing and accessories and then about the "Trail of Tears". After we looked at the Cherokee, we learned about another toy that pioneer children might have played with. It's called a Thaumatrope. We found a whole bunch of different ones online. We printed it off, cut out the circles, then glued them together. We punched holes on both sides and tied a string in each hole. Then, when the strings are twisted really tight and then pulled on, the pictures on both sides of the circles look like they are together. I think next week will do ones on the end of a stick, so that we just have to twist the stick back and forth really fast to get the same effect.

“But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way; And the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Isaiah 53:5-6

Monday, March 26, 2012

Happy 12th Birthday Rebekah!!!

So, my Rebekah turned 12 yesterday. We had kind of a strange celebration. Only because it was over a 3 day period. First on Wednesday, I took Rebekah to the mall to shop, have lunch and get her ears pierced. She has been waiting for about 2 years since I told her I would like her to wait until she turned 12 to get her ears pierced. We had to go on Wednesday because we thought Larry might not be home on the weekend to stay with the boys.

Here she is getting her ear pierced.I think you can see the little blue gemstone stud in her ear.

Then Thursday morning we found out Larry had to leave for a few days for work, so he and the boys gave Rebekah their presents.

Larry found her the awesome Daniel Boone hat somewhere in the States. He also gave her a key chain and Ben gave her a new game.

Skip ahead to her actual birthday on Sunday. Although it was cold, snowy, windy and overall miserable outside and I was feeling very sick, I was able to make her the supper she wanted. Which was, barbecued hamburgers, with fried mushrooms, and chips. I wouldn't have put this picture in, but I thought it looks pretty funny. All that fattening food and we always want diet pop.

Here is my girl with her birthday cake (which was the spongecake I had posted the recipe before). And Larry made it home about a half an hour before we were to have the cake!
I think Rebekah enjoyed her birthday. She was very pleased with all the phone calls from our family and she enjoyed the cards and gifts in the mail from her grandparents.

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Signs of Spring

It seems lots of bloggers are posting signs of spring from around their areas, so I thought I would share one of our signs. Here Jacob is laying on the dirt that has emerged from the snow. It's like he's saying, "Hi old friend, I missed you".

"Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself."

Philippians 2:3

Daniel Boone Unit Study Week 6 - Part 2

Now that we are "on the road" in our unit study, we need to have a hunter's pouch, so we started making one. I used 2 pieces of 8x11 tan coloured wool felt sewn together end to end. Then we folded up the bottom and down the top.
These are the supplies I wanted to use; leather strap, deer antler buttons, shoe laces for sewing and big yarn needles. BUT, we couldn't get the big yarn needles and shoe laces through the felt, so we used brown cross stitch thread.

I cut the bottom and top edges so that they were rounded and had the kids sew the bottom pieces together with a running stitch.

Only Rebekah finished hers that day. She didn't want to put any fringe on, so I hope the boys want to because that would look nice.

When she was done sewing the bottom together, she cut a small slit in the top flap for the button and put a pen mark through the hole to know where to sew the button. Then I tied a knot at both ends of the strap and had her sew around the strap just above the knots on the inside of her bag to secure it in place. It's a little bit of a dark picture, but when the boys are finished, I will get a better picture of all of them.

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock, if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with Me."

Revelation 3:20

Daniel Boone Unit Study Week 6 - Part 1

We are finally heading to Kentucky! This week we learned how Boone made the Wilderness Road, left North Carolina, and built up Boonesborough. We made these really neat Wilderness Road Map Puzzles. We got the map from and I got the instructions for the puzzle at this link

Below the kids are cutting out the puzzle and you can see the other materials we needed; large craft sticks and glue.
Now the kids are gluing the craft sticks on the back of the map very close to each other.

After the glue dried, I cut along the craft sticks with a sharp blade.

And now they have a puzzle of the Wilderness Road.

“....Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, And You are exalted as head over all."

1 Chronicles 29:10-11

Friday, March 2, 2012

Daniel Boone Unit Study Week 5

I'm afraid I don't have much to post for week 5. We have had to drive Larry around a lot this week for his job, even until 1:30am one night, so I just wasn't organized.
All we did was read from "Who is Daniel Boone?" by Sydelle Kramer and update our time lines.