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Thursday, April 23, 2015

American Girls: Samantha week 5 (time #2)

We had a lovely class in American Girls this week. We discussed book 5, Samantha Saves the Day. I also read the page in Welcome to Samantha's World about Women's Suffrage to the class. It was discussed in book four last week.

This week in class we made May day baskets. The May baskets pattern and directions are found in Samantha's Craft Book. We took one sheet each of 12 X 12 card stock, drew a tic-tac-toe pattern on the card stock, and cut two portions on two sides. Then we folded on all of the rest of the lines, and stapled the sides into a basket. They got stickers to decorate it and a piece of ribbon for the handle (another one inch piece of card stock cut for each girl). They turned out cute, and would look great with flowers in it!

 Our second craft was doily party favors. You can find the directions here. We rolled up a doily, glued it, put a tulle round in the center, added a ribbon and a string of pearls to the outside and put a small bottle of bubbles inside. We discussed Uncle Gard's wedding and how this might have been used during that time (except no bubbles. Maybe mints would have been used?) The girls loved them!


For snack we had Corn Oysters. You can find the recipe here. The girls tried them, but not many liked them very much. It was a different snack this week! Since we had extra time, we played "Hide the Thimble." It is a game where everyone puts their heads down and closes their eyes, then the teacher hides a thimble (or spool of thread, in our case.) in someone's hands. Everyone else guesses who has it. Whoever guesses correctly gets to hide the thimble the next time. It was a fun and simple little game!

Next week we will discuss book six. Only one more week left of Samantha for the semester! : - (


Matthew 13:48
When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away.

Matthew 14:20
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.

Acts 9:24-25
...but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Kindergarten- V week

We had a VERY fun week last week in homeschool kindergarten learning about all things V- vegetables, volume, volcanoes, visits, venus flytrap, vests, value, vacations, violets, violins, Valentines, volleyball, vitamins in food and more. We read books about the above things, and made crafts with them too. Bethany made a vest from a paper bag and colored on it a lot! We talked about eating fruits and vegetables and how they are an important part of our diet. The two girls measured volume by pouring beans into different cup, pint and quart sized containers. We found Virginia, West Virginia and Vermont on a map. We wrote down lots of V names, and talked about people we knew that had some of those names.
 Pouring beans into cups...
 Getting ready to add baking soda to the volcano (colored water/ vinegar mixture)...
 There she blows! So cool! They had to show the big kids too, even though they knew what would happen...
Bethany painted a lovely picture of violets in her favorite subject-- art! She wants to be an artist like her Nana when she grows up!

It was a fabulous time... looking forward to W week and talking about wind, water, watermelon, wood and more! Tune back next week for the update...



Daniel 1:12
“Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink.

Daniel 1:16
So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.

Romans 14:1-3
Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

American Girl class: Samantha week 4 (time #2)

We had a delightful class in American Girls this week! We talked about Samantha's birthday story, book #4, and had fun talking about Victorian weddings, and how important letter writing was back in the early 1900's. We talked about penmanship, how they would have used ink and a quill. You can find good info here and here.  I gave them stationary that I printed from here. We had talked about this in Felicity too, so I didn't review it too much. We did look in Welcome to Samantha's World at the pages for weddings. It was very interesting!
 Our craft was a gift for Mom. We also wrote a proper letter on stationary.  Most of the girls wrote a letter to their mom or Grandma thanking them. I didn't get to read them all, but I loved the ones that I did see! Some of the letters were pretty long (3/4 page) and some were just a few sentences. I am sure the person they are intended for will love it!
 I won't tell what the gift for Mom will be, but it was simple and easy! Most of the girls thought they would save it to give for Mother's Day next month! Since we had time left after snack, we made tissue paper snowflakes. They were pretty easy, it was a pattern that I got from Samantha's Craft Book.  Each girl made two or three snowflakes. They were all beautiful!

Snack this week was Blueberry Muffins. You can see the snack on the table. I didn't provide a recipe for them, the mom just used whatever recipe she had. They were yummy!
 Making snowflakes...


I'm sad to think that we only have two weeks of Samantha left! The semester is going by quickly! Next week we will talk about how Samantha saves the day!



Psalm 51:7
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Matthew 26:56
But this has all taken place that the writings of the prophets might be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples deserted him and fled.

Luke 1:63
(Zechariah) He asked for a writing tablet, and to everyone’s astonishment he wrote, “His name is John.”
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