Thursday, April 28, 2011
Here is my final Unit Highlights, for now.
Answering the question "Why do stars look like they are twinkling?"
Pouch with coins in it.
This denarius was suppose to be made with a bread and glue dough. But the dough didn't work well for us, so Squirt made hers simply out of brown construction paper.
I'm working on getting caught up on documenting Squirt's progress through PHFHG. These are not complete by any means, but just (as usual) give a glimpse into our day and some of the things she does using HOD.
Asking "How does the body design of a dinosaur effect its balance?"
Illustrating Robert Lewis Stevenson's poem My Kingdom
(research and build a trireme, then see if it floats)
More Highlights from Squirt's work in PHFHG. These are from Units 10-13.
(revealing the hidden writing)
Answering the question "what would a dinosaur egg look like & feel like?"
Soaked a chicken egg over night in vinegar. (She loved it!)
Here are simply pictures that highlight some of Squirt's work from PHFHG Units 5, 6, 7, & 8. I didn't always remember to take pictures, but hopefully this gives a little glimpse into some of the things she gets to do.
Science- She worked on this drawing from Unit 5 through to Unit 9.
And the Narration
Drawings from Unit 7 History
Plague of Frogs
Moses in the Red Sea
The Ark of the Covenant
Her Written Narration for Unit 7
Unit 8 History
Map of Canaan Divided Between the Tribes
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
This is a favorite in our house. When you ask my kids what they do for Easter they say "make Resurrection Cookies!!" It is a beautiful way to go through His death on the cross and to celebrate His return to life. They look forward to it every year.
I wanted to post this early so if you have never done this and would like to here is the recipe. (We usually read more scriptures than what is listed.)
To be made the evening before Easter
1cup whole pecans
1 tsp vinegar
3 egg whites
1 cup sugar
Preheat oven to 300 degrees (this is important, don't wait till you're half done with the recipe!)
Place pecans in zipper baggie and let children beat them with the wooden spoon to break into small pieces. Explain that after Jesus was arrested, He was Beaten by the Roman soldiers. Read John 19:1-3.
Let each child smell the vinegar. Put 1tsp vinegar into mixing bowl. Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross, He was given vinegar to drink. Read John 19:28-30.
Add egg whites to vinegar. Eggs represent life. Explain that Jesus gave His life to give us life. Read John 10:10-11.
Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand. Let them taste it and brush the rest into the bowl. Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers, and the bitterness of our own sin. Read Luke 23:27.
So far, the ingredients are not very appetizing. Add 1 cup sugar.
Explain that the sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us. He wants us to know and belong to Him. Read Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16.
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed. Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins have been cleansed by Jesus. Read Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3.
Fold in broken nuts. Drop by teaspoons onto wax paper covered cookie sheet. Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid. Read Matthew 27:57-60.
Put the cookie sheet in the oven, close the door and turn the oven OFF. Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door. Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read Matthew 27:65-66.
GO TO BED! Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight. Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read John 16:20 and 22.
On Easter morning, open the oven and give everyone a cookie. Notice the cracked surface and take a bite. The cookies are hollow! On the first Easter, Jesus' followers were amazed to find the tomb open and empty. Read Matthew 28:1-9.