Monday, November 30, 2009

Homemade Advent Wreath


With little fingers that like to get into everything, I had to keep the Advent wreath simple. I used some scented tea light candles in some chunky green glass star holders found at The Dollar Tree, some greens from the garden, and a large silver plate that I've had for years. The children's paper from Sunday's mass worked nicely for the Advent readings and a simple prayer. Ideally, an electric wreath would be even safer, but these non-tippy candles are a good inexpensive alternative for us.

After the first candle was lit, I moved the wreath from the table to the back of stove where we could enjoy it for an hour.

From Wikipedia: " The Advent wreath is a Christian tradition that symbolizes the passage of the four weeks of Advent in the liturgical calendar of the Western church. It is usually a horizontal evergreen wreath with four or five candles. Beginning with the First Sunday of Advent, the lighting of a candle can be accompanied by a Bible reading and prayers. An additional candle is lit during each subsequent week until, by the last Sunday before Christmas, all four candles are lit. Some Advent wreaths include a fifth, "Christ" candle which can be lit at Christmas. The custom is observed both in family settings and at public church services."

The History of the Advent Wreath: "The symbolism of the Advent wreath is beautiful. The wreath is made of various evergreens, signifying continuous life. Even these evergreens have a traditional meaning which can be adapted to our faith: The laurel signifies victory over persecution and suffering; pine, holly, and yew, immortality; and cedar, strength and healing. Holly also has a special Christian symbolism: The prickly leaves remind us of the crown of thorns, and one English legend tells of how the cross was made of holly. The circle of the wreath, which has no beginning or end, symbolizes the eternity of God, the immortality of the soul, and the everlasting life found in Christ. Any pine cones, nuts, or seedpods used to decorate the wreath also symbolize life and resurrection. All together, the wreath of evergreens depicts the immortality of our soul and the new, everlasting life promised to us through Christ, the eternal Word of the Father, who entered our world becoming true man and who was victorious over sin and death through His own passion, death, and resurrection."

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Another Children's Vintage Cut and Paste Thanksgiving Project and Coloring Page


I keep finding these in vintage public domain pages. They are so charming, I just have to share. This one is from a 1919 School Arts Magazine. Click to enlarge and print. It's a Thanksgiving basket.



And a coloring page.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Children's Printable Vintage Thanksgiving Stories, Poems, Activity Sheets, and Coloring Pages

There are too many to list, but to make your search easier, I've linked my Google Books library to search term "Thanksgiving, Massasoit". There are 54 books with stories for all grade levels, just click through, select a book, right click on the pages(s) you want, save, and print. All are in public domain, free to download, and print.


My Google Books Library(1000+ free children's homeschool ebooks)

Also see these posts from past years for quicker access to stories, etc.. I inserted "Thanksgiving" into the search engine on this blog, so there are a few unrelated posts, but just scroll past those. Also see here for books about Pilgrims.

My eleven year old son is reading this version from The Beginner's American History by David Henry Montgomery, 1915, and this one from Short Stories from American History, 1905. Both are good for about fourth through sixth grade.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

The Knots Prayer


The Knots Prayer

Dear God,
please untie the knots
that are in my mind,
my heart and my life.
Remove the have nots,
the can nots and the do nots
that I have in my mind.

Erase the will nots,
may nots, and
might nots that find
a home in my heart.

Release me from the could nots,
would nots and
should nots that obstruct my life.

And most of all, dear God,
I ask that you remove from my mind
my heart and my life all of the am nots
that I have allowed to hold me back,
especially the thought
that I am not good enough.

Amen.

HT Concord Pastor .

Vintage Days of the Week with Mr. Turkey


Taken from a vintage turn-of-the-century public domain book. Click to enlarge and print. This prints out nicely.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Vintage American Indian Thanksgiving Hiawatha Cut Outs




Click on images to enlarge and print.

Found in public domain(1915) at Google books.

Vintage Story Starters: September, October, and November

Younger children can orally tell what's happening in the pictures; older children can write a story. The picture runs across two book pages, so each month will need to be puzzled together. Just click to enlarge and print. They are from Primary plans, Volume 6, 1908.

September :






















October:






















November:




















Free paper:

Preschool/Kindergarten Fun: Vintage Cut and Fold Bear


From Primary plans, Volume 6, 1908 Click to enlarge and print.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Fun with Vintage Paper Dolls











Found free using Google images and Google Books. There are many choices, vintage and contemporary; just print and cut. The ones pictured above are printed on regular paper, but card stock would make a sturdier paper doll. I use a lot of recycled items, so gluing these to thin cardboard from dry food boxes works just fine. I may laminate these with clear shipping tape and add magnets to the back.

These have the tabs on them, but she decided to lay them on the paper, interchanging the outfits on top of the dolls. If you look closely, the pets have hats on!

Paper dolls can glued on lined paper to make story boards. This is a wonderful tool for helping beginning writers with the mental imagery necessary for creative writing.


A free vintage collection(PDF)

Free Printable:Color, Cut, and Paste Turkey

Click here.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Make Your Own Oil Lamp


I could have used this olive oil lamp during our power outage. See here for a tutorial to make your own(image at left), or go to Lehman's for the parts. 

According to Lehman's, "Olive oil is 99 percent pure renewable fuel, so it produces NO smoke or odor and can't aggravate allergies. Safe since it can't catch on fire if tipped over. Use any green, renewable fuel like olive oil, vegetable oil, or liquid fat or grease. "

Ace hardware carries inexpensive oil lamps, wicks, and lamp oil. We have one of these, but all I had on hand during the storm last week was canola oil. It didn't take well. Perhaps I needed to soak the wick because it burned down very quickly, or maybe it only works with proper lamp oil. I found my oil lamp for .50 cents at a thrift store.


Bottle oil lamps are a great way to recycle. I found these bottle wicks online.  These go in the mouth of a bottle, and a wick is threaded through the top. If you can find a short fat bottle, this could make a stable oil lamp.

Tutorial here

"Then Yeshua again spoke to them, saying, I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life." John.8:12


Judean clay oil lamps $17.95(with shipping) from the Holy Land.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

By Candle Light





Living by candle light tonight. The Nor'easter knocked out our electricity. 25,000 people in my area are without electricity. I think it will be a while before we get ours back.

I haven't played cards in years, and we took this opportunity to teach my son Gin Rummy, or at least a version of it. I used to play this card game for hours with my grandmother and her friends in Florida - great memories.

The wind and rain continues to hammer us. My tea cup candle came in handy for walking around...nice little handle.

Understanding Latin America/Zebu Cattle


 Rod & Staff student reference printables for Chapter 3 Review referencing the reason for the use of Brahmin(Zebu) cattle in the Pacific lowlands, and their origin.

Horses, cattle, sheep and swine: Origin, history, improvement, description.
, 1888.

Tropical agriculture, 1916
A bit less wordy.

Picture from here, Cyclopedia of farm animals, 1911.


Printing instructions: Go to link, right click on picture, save(or view), and print.  It's very small at "view"; I had to increase size to 150% at "print preview".

Nor'Easter! and Some Free North Wind Homeschool Printables




Nor'Easter: "Nor'easters form along the East Coast of the United States, usually in the months between October and April, although nor'easters can form any time of the year.When a nor'easter starts forming in the Gulf of Mexico, moist air and high dew points feed into the developing storm. The storm will then reach the Atlantic Ocean and begin to strengthen. Some nor'easters will deepen rapidly in intensity, sometimes becoming as strong as moderate hurricanes by feeding on the warm waters of the Gulf Stream." ~ Wikipedia

A little wind, a little rain, a little flooding, but we are all right.

The North Wind Doth Blow musical score from the Nursery Lesson Book, 1889.

Printable full English Rhyme: The North Wind Doth Blow(printable page) from Choice Literature, 1912.

Fourth Grade Reader(Illustrated): The North Wind Doth Blow.

Second grade version, beautifully illustrated.
Popular Tales from the Norse(good for sixth grade)  The Lad who went to the North Wind.

German Nursery tale: The North Wind at Play from In the Child's World, 1908

Third grade reader: The Lad Who Went to the North Wind from Child Classics 1918

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Recycling and Reusing: Old Sweaters Become Felted Crafts


A cute craft using felted wool sweaters. See tutorial here: Miniature Stocking Ornament From Sweater.

Prayer for Veterans Day - November 11

Prayer for Veterans Day - November 11

God of peace,
we pray for those who have served our nation
and who laid down their lives
to protect and defend our freedom.

We pray for those who have fought,
whose spirits and bodies are scarred by war,
whose nights are haunted by memories
too painful for the light of day.

We pray for those who serve us now,
especially for those in harm's way:
shield them from danger
and bring them home.

Turn the hearts and minds
of our leaders and our enemies
to the work of justice and a harvest of peace.

Spare the poor, Lord, spare the poor!

May the peace you left us,
the peace you gave us,
be the peace that sustains,
the peace that saves us.

Christ Jesus, hear us!
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer!

Amen.

-ConcordPastor

and from me:


May we see peace for all soon.
Lord help us to resolve our differences through peaceful means,
Help us to respect our differences,
And help us to understand that we are all God's children worthy of life, liberty, and freedom.
Lord, grant us wisdom and discernment.
Turn our hearts away from self.
Unite us all in love and peace.
In Your name, Lord Jesus Christ, Amen.


Image for Micki's blog

Monday, November 09, 2009

Making Liquid Soap


If you've ever tried to make liquid soap, it's not so easy. Down to Earth successfully made some liquid soap and shares the tutorial. My experiences were like her's before she found a good recipe. It can turn into a slimy mess without the benefit of a good recipe. Check it out here if you are feeling adventurous.

Free South America Children's Reader

I found this South America geography reader at Google books, and we have been reading it aloud in the evenings. It's general enough to still be relevant even though it is a vintage reader. It's also complementing our Rod & Staff Social Studies book, Understanding Latin America. We were reading about Cacao tonight which just happens to be in tomorrow's lesson about the lowlands. Nice pictures and maps throughout as well.

I especially liked the way they touched upon the differences of customs between the United States and Latin America with a wry sense of humor, pointing out that each of us could learn from each other. Subtle character lessons and the importance of learning about the world around us are transmitted which is always a nice bonus in a children's textbook.


South America: a geography reader
"Land and peoples" series
Author Isaiah Bowman
Publisher Rand, McNally & Company, 1915
Length 354 pages
Overview here.

Free and in public domain. We downloaded this book to a laptop for relaxed sofa reading, much more comfortable than sitting at the computer.

Free Printable Reading Comprehension Worksheets

We have use some of these for light days when we take a break from our regular curriculum. These printable reading comprehension exercises are for upper elementary through middle school. A change in pace every once in a while keeps things interesting and wakes up the brain.

Large selection from RHL school(includes contextual vocabulary)

Edhelper

Mr Nussbaum.com

ABC Teach

Pearson Education. Online, but could be printable.

Also selected short stories from these vintage leveled readers. Most have reading comprehension questions at the end, or make up your own with  Google Documents(free).

This is a helpful printable study strategy for increasing comprehension and retention. Good for middle school and up, but my eleven year old son uses this, so upper elementary can grasp it as well. Skim First, Answer Later: A Textbook Study Strategy. 

Using the SRQ3 Method: Increasing Your Information Retention(printable)

Also, check your library with a "reading comprehension" search. I found a good number of children's resources. I always have to remind myself to check with the library because I forget that they do carry textbooks and other educational resources.

Free Preschool/Kindergarten Alphabet and Number Reference Sheet

I made this reference sheet for my daughter today, and I thought I'd share it at Google Documents here. After you click through to the printable page, just go to your print preview and set at 100% portrait, and it will print out correctly(full sized, centered, and large print). I have this one taped to the wall next to the computer for when she works at her educational cd-roms.


Thursday, November 05, 2009

Homeschool Freebie: Boy's Adventure Novel Circa 1890


We haven't read this one, but did see it recommended for the seventh grade in this old children's resource bibliography.

Book overview from Google Books:
"The narrator travels in Mexico with a party including a Franciscan monk and an Indian youth, to find a lost race of Aztecs and a hidden treasure of gold, jewels and writings."

The Aztec treasure-house: a romance of contemporaneous antiquity
Author Thomas Allibone Janvier
Publisher Harper, 1890
Length 446 pages
Overview

Download it for free, and read it on your laptop, or other device.

Tuesday, November 03, 2009

Sweet Potato Bread Recipe

I make some sort of sweet bread at least once a week for the kiddos. Today, I made this sweet potato bread with my own recipe.

Two 1/2 cups of flour
Two tsp baking powder
1/2 cup sugar
A dash of salt
One 28 ounce can of sweet potatoes(drained and mashed)
One egg
1/2 cup of oil
One cup milk

Mix all the dry ingredients, then add wet, mix well and pour into a greased bread pan. Bake about 40 minutes at 350 degrees. This was so easy, and came our moist and sweet. The sweet potatoes that I used were packed in corn syrup, so if you use unsweetened, you may need to add a little more sugar to this recipe.

Feast Day Saint Martin De Porres


See Soutenus's post for this feast day. She links two children's picture books and a recipe.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Social Studies: China

Jimmie has many wonderful posts with pictures of her life in China, but this one of a country home outside the city was so interesting, a real slice of life, and typically(she's a homeschooling mom) didactic rather than just eye candy.

All Souls Day


Today is the commemoration of the faithfully departed. "The theological basis for the feast is the doctrine that the souls which, on departing from the body, are not perfectly cleansed from venial sins, or have not fully atoned for past transgressions, are debarred from the Beatific Vision, and that the faithful on earth can help them by prayers, almsdeeds and especially by the sacrifice of the Mass. (See PURGATORY.)"

It is a day to offer up our sufferings and bind them with Christ for the benefit of the souls in purgatory. No suffering is every wasted.

"The celebration of general intercession on 2 November was first established by St. Odilo of Cluny(11th century). This day is principally observed in the Catholic Church, although some churches of the Anglican Communion and the Old Catholic Churches also celebrate it. The Eastern Orthodox churches observe several All Souls' Days during the year....the Western tradition identifies the general custom of praying for the dead with the Jewish practice of prayer for the dead dating as far back as 2 Maccabees 12:42-46." ~ Wiki

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Hammock for Keys, Cell phone, Etc.


Zen Hammock at Etsy. Too clever!

Old Fashioned Gingerbread Men Recipe

These got a good taste rating from the kiddos today.


Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

* 1 3/4 cups plus 2 Tbsp flour
* 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
* 2 1/4 tsp ground ginger
* 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
* 1/4 tsp ground cloves
* Pinch of salt
* 5 Tbsp butter, softened at room temperature
* 1/3 cup sugar
* 1 large egg
* 3/4 cup Grandma’s® Molasses
* 3/4 cup cold water

Read the rest here.