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Thursday, October 30, 2014

American Girl class: Kirsten Week 3 (Time #2)

We had another fun Kirsten class this week. Our book was book three, Kirsten's Surprise. The book had a Christmas theme, so we discussed St. Lucia's day, which was celebrated in this book. We made a chromotrope toy, which was a pair of circles cut out, glued onto a circle of cardboard (I cut up a box), a hole punched in the middle with a yarn needle, and 36" inches of yarn strung through the center. You can find the printable circles here.  This was an idea from Kirsten's craft book. We liked making something Kirsten could have gotten or made as a gift for Christmas. The girls had lots of fun spinning it around!

 The girls were coloring the circles, and the little brother wanted to help...
SPINNING!
 After we finished our craft, we worked on our geography pages. I printed three pages for Kirsten, the USA map that the girls colored the state of Minnesota, the Minnesota flag/ info page, and Sweden's flag page. The girls colored the pages while eating snack.

Snack this week was Skansk Grot, or Swedish Rice Porridge. I found a recipe online here. The girls liked it! I did get a taste of it in the 2:00 class, and it was good. The 2:00 mom brought cream and cinnamon sticks, and the girls really liked those!
 Working on the geography pages, with little brother helping... (so CUTE!)

 After we had snack, we worked on the braided rugs again. Several of the girls had to hand-sew the 2nd yard onto their rug so they could keep braiding! They are getting better at braiding already! My daughter has been braiding her own hair, which is new!
 The 2:00 class...
 Snack and coloring...
I also brought my Swedish friend's three wooden painted horses to show in class. You can see the red one on the table above . I brought a white and blue one too, to show the girls. The painting is so pretty! I said that these horses may have been some of the decorations that were in Kirsten's family trunks, along with her doll and Christmas linens.

It was a fun class! We are already half-way through the Kirsten classes-- only three weeks left! The semester is flying by!


2 Samuel 22:29
You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

Isaiah 9:2
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

John 1:5
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Kindergarten- J week

This past week in kindergarten, we had lots of fun talking about things that begin with J- jars, Jack and the Beanstalk, Johnny Appleseed, jackets, jam/ jelly, made jello and more! I got to wear my letter necklace since it is the first letter in my hubby's name (and mine too!)
We made a rainbow in a jar, which is a lesson from Mudpies to Magnets, one of my favorite science books for early childhood. It was very quiet and still, just slowly watching the colors blend together...
Bethany working on her paper "jacket"... here she made a zipper...
Coloring on the inside...
All done! Good job, sweet girl!

Bethany worked on her Jonah Jigsaw puzzle too!


The Bible doesn't talk about jackets, but it does about cloaks...

Psalm 109:18-20
He wore cursing as his garment;
it entered into his body like water,
into his bones like oil.
May it be like a cloak wrapped about him,
like a belt tied forever around him.
May this be the Lord’s payment to my accusers,
to those who speak evil of me.

Isaiah 59:17
He put on righteousness as his breastplate, and the helmet of salvation on his head; he put on the garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in zeal as in a cloak.

Acts 12:7-9
Suddenly an angel of the Lord appeared and a light shone in the cell. He struck Peter on the side and woke him up. “Quick, get up!” he said, and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists.
Then the angel said to him, “Put on your clothes and sandals.” And Peter did so. “Wrap your cloak around you and follow me,” the angel told him. Peter followed him out of the prison, but he had no idea that what the angel was doing was really happening; he thought he was seeing a vision.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pumpkin Patch 2014

We went to a local pumpkin patch as a family this past Monday evening. We had dinner there on the fire pits (hotdogs) and smokes for dessert! Some of us enjoyed the corn maze, the big slide, the pumpkin jump, the mini-climbing wall, the duck/water trough pumping, posing for family photos and of course, choosing pumpkins! It was a very fun night!

 This was my favorite of my family jumping... Daddy is coming down and Mallory is too, Rebekah is going up (love her fair!) and Bethany is watching. Fun!

 I liked this sign-- sorry I can't get it to turn-- it was right on my photos on the computer!
 Choosing pumpkins from the patch...
 Maybe this one, Mom?
 Pumpkin patch in the sunset...

 The four we chose!
 Mini-climbing wall...
Loved this cool old truck against the setting sun!
Daddy cooking dinner...

 Our family... loved this one! It was a fun place, hope to go back again next year! It was fun to be there with other home school friends too.



Matthew 5:13-15
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

John 9:4-5
As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work. While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

John 11:8-10
 “But Rabbi,” they said, “a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?”
 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world’s light.  It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light.”

Thursday, October 23, 2014

American Girl class: Kirsten: Week 2 (Time #2)

We had another fun Kirsten class! We discussed book two in the series, Kirsten Learns a Lesson. Our craft this week was a midsummers wreath. I bought small grapevine wreaths at Hobby Lobby, one for each girl. I gave each girl three small flower picks (Pulled off of a larger fake stem), and one foot of each of three colors of ribbon. Some of the girls wrapped the ribbon around the wreath, some tied bows on it, and others didn't use ribbon at all! It was fun to see the variety of tastes and choices!

 Working on the wreaths...


 Our snack was crackers with Lingonberry jam (Our moms found sauce at Natural Grocers)

We also began our ongoing craft of braided rugs. I bought three yards of three matching fabrics, and cut them into 1" strips. The girls each got the three colors and began to braid...

 Braiding and braiding...
 The 2:00 class works on their wreaths...


 This silly girl made it like a crown on her head and got it stuck in her hair! : - D
 Friends chatting and braiding...
 More braiding!
We will keep braiding next week on our rugs again! 
Find out more detailed directions about the Kirsten class week 2 on my blog here.


Exodus 39:15
For the breastpiece they made braided chains of pure gold, like a rope.

1 Kings 7:36
He engraved cherubim, lions and palm trees on the surfaces of the supports and on the panels, in every available space, with wreaths all around.

Isaiah 28:5
In that day the Lord Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Kindergarten: I week

Last week was I week in homeschool kindergarten. Even though it was cut short by Bethany's sickness, we still had a fun week. We talked about lots of I things including ice, icebergs, icicles, ice cream, igloos, Inuits, italics, islands, ink, iron, insects, inches and more. We didn't get the chance to find the I states on the map, igniting a fire, igneous rock, incense and instruments. Hopefully next week will be back to normal!
 My daughter was putting the magnetic letters in order, and saying "S." We have been working on this in her language lately. She is getting better and has known the letters for a while, but it is still a good challenge for her.
 She made an "igloo" with sugar cubes and the help of big sis.
 Making ice cream! A delicious treat in homeschool! We got an ice cream maker from my sister-in-law from their yard sale. We have not used it much, but after this week, we've wondered why. It was SOOO yummy!
 Measuring the cream...
Adding the ice, letting it turn and turn and turn... waiting is the hard part!

Looking forward to making JELLO next week!


Job 6:15-17

But my brothers are as undependable as intermittent streams,
as the streams that overflow
when darkened by thawing ice
and swollen with melting snow,
but that stop flowing in the dry season,
and in the heat vanish from their channels.

Job 37:10
The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen.

Job 38:28-30
Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?
From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
when the waters become hard as stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

American Girl class: Kirsten week 1 (time #2)

We began week ONE of learning about Kirsten this week! After reviewing Meet Kirsten, we began our craft this week, which was a yarn doll. This craft was kind of in-depth, so it took a bit of time. You can read the supplies list and directions HERE of how I cut the yarn to give to the girls. We had a tough time untangling the yarn, some girls had more tangles than others. 

After we got the body done, I helped most of them clip the bottom to look like a skirt and wrap yarn around to make the head. A lot of the girls got the arms braided (we helped the younger ones) and put in the doll. Most of the girls did not get their yellow yarn hair braided. They needed to finish them at home. I forgot to pass out the pink felt pieces for the mouth and the blue beads for the eyeballs, mostly in the first class. I hope the girls were able to sew the hair, eyes and felt on the doll with a needle and thread. I liked seeing the girls work together on them!

It was an all-hands-busy kind of craft, so I didn't get many pictures...
 Here is the 2:00 class winding their white yarn around the cardboard to make the doll's body...
 Here is what the girls took home... most of them. My daughter has been braiding her hair for a while last night and this morning!


The snack this week was Swedish Meatballs. The girls liked them!

We did not begin their ongoing craft of braided rugs... the day was just too busy. We will probably start it next week. This class gave them practice in braiding! We 
will have more fun working on Kirsten book two next week!



Exodus 28:22
“For the breastpiece make braided chains of pure gold, like a rope.

Judges 16:19
After putting Samson to sleep on her (Delilah's) lap, she called for someone to shave off the seven braids of his hair, and so began to subdue him. And his strength left him.

1 Timothy 2:9
I also want the women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, adorning themselves, not with elaborate hairstyles or gold or pearls or expensive clothes...

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Kindergarten: H week

We Had another Heart-filled week in Kindergarten this week with lots of Happy faces. We discussed lots of H words including hearts, houses, homes, hats (my favorite), happy, read Bible stories about Hannah, Hezekiah, Hosea and Habukkuk. We measured with hands, added hearts, discussed halves, measured her height, made a hair color chart, discussed hand-washing techniques and more. We talked about hens, hippos, hyenas, horses, hospitals, human hearts and animal homes. We also discussed How to get rid of Hiccups! We ate Hamburgers and Hot dogs and Ham for dinner too! It was a fun week!

Here are a few Highlights of the week:
 We read lots of books about Hats.  One of my favorites is the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, by Dr. Seuss. So this is the Bartholomew Cubbins hat.
 We traced her hands and counted by fives... she added the hearts!
From one of our craft books, she cut and glued this fireman hat by herself!

Next week will be I week, and we will make ICE CREAM! Hopefully I'll remember to take more photos!


Genesis 6:5
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.

Deuteronomy 4:29
But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul.

Matthew 5:8
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

Matthew 6:21

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
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