Thursday, January 29, 2015

Presidents Study: Andrew Johnson books and crafts

Andrew Johnson
by Mike Venzia

Andrew Johnson
Anne Welsbacher

Andrew Johnson was known to sew better than any other President.  We are going to be working on sewing soon!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Mystery of History Volume 2 Lessons 61-63

Lesson 61 Richard the Lionhearted, Saladin, and the Third Crusade

The Making of a Knight
by Patrick O'Brien

I found the template for the coat of arms HERE.

Lesson 62 The Classic Tale of Robin Hood

For this lesson we watched the following on You Tube

Disney's Robin Hood

Lesson 63 The Shoguns and Samurai of Japan
Sword of the Samurai
 by Eric Kimmel
For this lesson we did the Samurai Helmet fount here.


Tuesday, January 27, 2015

USA study: Sorth Carolina

State facts:
          1.  The first tea plantation in the U.S. was near Charleston
          2.  The state's first cash crop was rice.
          3.  Was the 1st state to secede from the Union in the Civil War.
          4.  The Charleston Museum was the 1st museum in the U.S.

South Carolina
by Paul Joseph

P is for Palmetto
by Carol Crane

Bridges to Change
by Kathleen Krull

South Carolina
by Janelle Cherrington

Carolina Shout
by Alan Schroeder

The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree
by Gloria Houston

The Colony of South Carolina
by Susan Whitehurst

South Carolina is known for having the 1st tea plantation.

Drinking hot tea!


Monday, January 26, 2015

Poppins Book Nook: To the Laboratory: Recycling and a giveaway!

Welcome back to another month of Poppins Book Nook!!  
Jill R. Ehm-Creator's photo.
This month was a science theme.  This is always fun with a house full of boys!  We chose the book:

by Gail Gibbons

After reading this, we did a recycling experiment.

To do this experiment you will need:

about 8-12 weeks  We forgot about our second one and went 5 months! (opps!)
plastic bag opt
2 plastic tubs
enough soil to fill both boxes
2 sets of test material: newspaper, orange peel, foil, and plastic

Optional:  line your plastic tubs with a plastic bag then fill partially with dirt. moisten the soil.  Then add the test material to each tub and cover with dirt.

Place boxes in sunny location and keep dirt moist for the next 28 days.  Check the 1st one after 28 days.  Use a magnifying glass to check it out.
Here are our supplies.

Line the tubs with plastic bags.  You can omit this step if you want.

Putting 3 inches of dirt in the bottom of each one.

Moisten soil.

Add you material.

Cover with another 1-2 inches of dirt.

Moisten down.  Then sit outside in a sunny spot.  Don't forget to sent the kids out to moisten the dirt a couple of times a day (unless it rains).

This is a month later.  Our orange was starting to disintegrate.

Like I said earlier, we forgot ours!! This is 5 months later.

Plastic still the same.

Foil, still the same.

Paper was half way gone!  And, the orange was completely back to dirt.  I used organic oranges, so I would love to know that would change the process any on the peels.  We will have to try again and test that out!!

I also had him watch this video on Recycling by Reading Rainbow.

The wonderful bloggers that participate in the Poppins Book Nook are:  Enchanted Homeschooling Mom ~ 3 Dinosaurs ~ To the Moon and Back ~ Planet Smarty Pants ~ Farm Fresh Adventures ~ Growing in God�s Grace ~ Chestnut Grove Academy ~ Learning and Growing the Piwi Way ~ The Usual Mayhem~ Preschool Powol Packets ~ Monsters Ed Homeschool Academy ~ Adventures in Mommydom ~Teach Beside Me ~ Life with Moore Babies ~ Kathy�s Cluttered Mind ~ Are We There Yet? ~ Our Crafts N Things ~Hopkins Homeschool ~ ABC Creative Learning ~ Joy Focused Learning ~ P is for Preschooler ~ My Bright Firefly ~A Mommy�s Adventures ~ Inspiring 2 New Hampshire Children ~ World for Learning ~ Ever After in the Woods ~Golden Grasses ~ A glimpse of our life ~ Journey to Excellence ~ Happy Little Homemaker ~ Little Homeschool Blessings ~ Raventhreads ~ Tots and Me ~ As We Walk Along The Road ~ Stir the Wonder ~ For This Season ~Where Imagination Grows ~ The Canadian Homeschooler ~ School Time Snippets ~ Peakle Pie ~ A Moment in our World ~ Every Bed of Roses ~ Finchnwren ~ At Home Where Life Happens ~ The Library Adventure ~ Embracing Destiny ~ Day by Day in our World ~ Our Homeschool Studio ~ A �Peace� of Mind ~ Thou Shall Not Whine ~ SAHM I am  ~ Simple Living Mama

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Jill R. Ehm-Creator's photo.
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Entrants must be 18years or older and reside in a country that receives U.S. Postal mail. Thisgiveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom who isowner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook and this month’s prize bundle willbe sent to the winner directly from this month’s sponsor NCircle Entertainment. Byentering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agreeto all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as EnchantedHomeschooling Mom's disclosuresfound here {}.  Just enter the Rafflecopterbelow to win:

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Be sure to check out the other awesome bloggers in this group!
On to the link up:

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Blessings and have a great week!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Presidents Study: Abraham Lincoln books and crafts

Abraham Lincoln
by Mike Venzia

Abe Lincoln and the Muddy Pig
by Stephen Krensky

Abe Lincoln
by Lynda Jones

Abe Lincoln Loves Animals
by Ellen Jackson

Abe Lincoln's Hat
by Martha Brenner

Honest Abe Lincoln
by David Adler

Honest Abe!  Big hat to hide him important notes in!


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Mystery of History Volume 2 Lessons 58-60

Lesson 58 The Petrobrusians and the Waldensians

You can download a copy of this HERE.

Lesson 59 Eleanor of Aquitaine, the Queen of Two Nations

Don't know much about Kings and Queens of England
by Kenneth Davis

I got the tapestry lesson and sheet here.

Lesson 60 The Jews of the Middle Ages

The Travels of Benjamin of Tudlea
by Uri Shulevitz

Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!  (I highly recommend the audio book version of this)
by Laura Schlitz

For this lesson we watched The Fiddler on the Roof.


Tuesday, January 20, 2015

USA study: Mississippi

State facts:
         1.  Barq's Rootbeer was in Biloxi, Mississippi in 1898.
         2.  Elvis Presley was born in Tupelo.
         3.  Walter Payton of Columbia, Mississippi became the 1st football player to be featured on a box of Wheaties cereal.

Tall Tales & Legends DVD

Oh Lord, I wish I was a buzzard
by Polly Greenberg

M is for Magnolia
by Michael Shoulders

by Mary Calhoun

1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi
by Michael Shoulders

Granddaddy's Gift
by Margaree King Mitchell

The Barge Book
by Jerry Bushey

Little Toot on the Mississippi
by Hardie Gramatky

Freedom School
by Amy Littlesugar and Floyd Cooper

Our barge floating down the Mississippi.