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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Preparing for Marie-Grace and Cecile

This fall semester I am preparing to teach about another new set of American Girls! They are Marie-Grace and Cecile, and they are living in New Orleans. Marie-Grace is partly French and speaks French sometimes with her father. Cecile is a person of color, but not a slave in that time period. It will be a fun series! I am not into French things at all, so I will be learning alongside the girls! I am looking forward to our first class beginning next week!


Marie-Grace Gardner & Cecile Rey, girls from New Orleans (1853)

Book 1: Meet Marie-Grace   9/2/2014
Intro to New Orleans, map; French words, Geography notebooks 
Craft: decorate masks 
Snack: Beignets, fruit

Book 2: Meet Cecile 9/9/2014
Slaves vs. people of color; show parasol; dance video
Craft: (fairy wings?)
Snack: French toast & peach compote

Book 3: Marie-Grace and the Orphans 9/16/2014
Sing lullaby
Craft: Doll baby blanket (hand-sew)
Snack: Peppermint stick, crisp cookie

Book 4: Cecile’s Gift 9/23/2014
Read poetry, act out play (Little Red Riding Hood)
Craft: Draw self-portrait
Snack: Tea cakes

Book 5: Marie-Grace Makes a Difference 9/30/2014
Show Handkerchief, sing
Craft: Tignon head wrap
Snack: figs, baguette, lemonade

Book 6: Troubles for Cecile 10/7/2014
Read poetry, listen to harp music
Craft: Lace crown OR Cameo necklace

Snack: crepes
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Exodus 2:7-9
Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

“Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him.


Matthew 9:24-26

(Jesus) said, “Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep.” But they laughed at him. After the crowd had been put outside, he went in and took the girl by the hand, and she got up. News of this spread through all that region.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

First week of school/ A week

Sorry I haven't posted yet this week... I've been battling a sinus infection and getting into the swing of things with the new school year! Enjoy the post! 

Last week was our first week of homeschool for this fall, and my kindergartener's first week of kindergarten! She was SO excited to do school, she woke me up early the first two days!
She has been doing very well, and loving all that we do! 
 Apple float and sink in the sink...
 Learning to write her name the "school way"...
 Coloring an apple tree before she put apples (fingerprints) on the tree...

Here she was after she played the Apples and Bananas game.

Bethany had an A shaped sandwich (yes, I have alphabet cookie cutters). I didn't get a picture of that, but I did get one of Mallory's M shaped sandwich that we made for her! (3rd grade)
It was a very fun week! This week is B week, so we will show our photos of that another time...



Psalm 17:8
Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings... (David asking God)

Proverbs 7:2
Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. (God speaking)

Zechariah 2:8
For this is what the Lord Almighty says: “After the Glorious One has sent me against the nations that have plundered you—for whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye—

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Command center update!

This summer has been very full of organizing! It is one of my favorite things to do, and I like the rewarding feeling of a new look, something old gone, and the accomplished feeling that comes with organizing. This summer I have gotten rid of many cookbooks (I just don't USE them!), reorganized my recipe box/ pared it down, reorganized some cupboards and more. 

One of the main areas that I reorganized is our calendar/ command center. I had the wall calendar on the side of a cabinet before, and I moved it next to the fridge. It is easier to see for everyone in the family. 
Some of my more diligent readers may remember that in the beginning of 2013, I posted about getting rid of my calendar planner. It was then that a found a week at a glance calendar that I liked. (link found in that post). I used the same week at a glance planner and printed it onto a magnet sheet! Now it is on my fridge instead of on the table near my chair at the kitchen table.

On Pinterest I found this pin and printed the magnets that are included. She had many that we will use, and some we will not (vet for animals, gymnastics, tennis match, etc.,) but many that we will use-- play date, family event, special event, girls' night, doctor appointment, dentist appointment and birthday party. She even had a page with some blank labels. I printed those on magnetic sheets as well, and wrote some of my own to customize it (baseball game/ practice, and other events we do often.) I stamped the date numbers onto magnets and trimmed them. So below is my new weekly calendar! (I have another one for the school year.) I have a small mints box on top of the refrigerator with the extra magnets in it.
After visiting our family's home on our recent trip, they had a magnetic pen/ pencil holder. I found one in the school supply aisle (along with locker curtains, a locker disco ball and a locker chandelier...???!) It had a mirror on the front which I took out. It has a spot in the back, behind the pens for other things. I placed a party invitation in there. I also clipped other cards and library book receipts onto magnetic clips nearby the calendar. 
I love it! It will be fun to have a new, freshly organized space for my command center!

What about you? Do you have a 'command center', where you keep important things? I'd love to hear all about it!


1 Corinthians 14:33
For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.


1 Corinthians 14:40
"But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way."
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