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Sewing Unit Study – Day 2

Day 2 of our unit study was started off with a short children’s book.  (My daughter does not seem to be interested in history but she really liked this short & colorful children’s book.)  If you feel the history segment of this lesson is too short, you can of course, read a chapter book about Betsy Ross instead of the short children’s book suggested. History & Writing Read:  Betsy Ross – written and illustrated by Alexandra Wallner Make 5 pointed star from instructions in back of book and place in sewing notebook (this can be as simple as a composition book or a 3-ring binder that you add your own pages. we are using a composition book) Next to your 5 pointed star (in notebook),…

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Sewing Unit Study – Day 2

Day 2 of our unit study was started off with a short children’s book.  (My daughter does not seem to be interested in history but she really liked this short & colorful children’s book.)  If you feel the history segment of this lesson is too short, you can of course, read a chapter book about Betsy Ross instead of the short children’s book suggested. History & Writing Read:  Betsy Ross – written and illustrated by Alexandra Wallner Make 5 pointed star from instructions in back of book and place in sewing notebook (this can be as simple as a composition book or a 3-ring binder that you add your own pages. we are using a composition book) Next to your 5 pointed star (in notebook),…

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Sewing Unit Study – Day 1

Lately I’ve been challenged to help my daughter enjoy the schooling process more.  Like all of us have found out each child is different with their own unique personality and learning style.  My daughter has seemed bored with school with no real interest in history or science.  Neither has she discovered a love for reading (exception to that is the Trailblazer books by Dave & Neta Jackson).  I have been at a loss as to how I can get her excited about school. Then I thought of Dr. Raymond Moore, a man of much common sense and understanding of children and how they learn.  What would he suggest?  From reading all of his books I knew what he would say.  “Find the child’s interests and let them study…

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Sewing Unit Study – Day 1

Lately I’ve been challenged to help my daughter enjoy the schooling process more.  Like all of us have found out each child is different with their own unique personality and learning style.  My daughter has seemed bored with school with no real interest in history or science.  Neither has she discovered a love for reading (exception to that is the Trailblazer books by Dave & Neta Jackson).  I have been at a loss as to how I can get her excited about school. Then I thought of Dr. Raymond Moore, a man of much common sense and understanding of children and how they learn.  What would he suggest?  From reading all of his books I knew what he would say.  “Find the child’s interests and let them study…

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Making Soap

One of the items we offered at our Middle Ages market stand was soap.  I got into soap making several years ago and made my own for a short while but then eventually stopped.  I decided it might be fun to offer soap at our stand, so I got out all my dusty supplies and made a few batches. This is the book I use when making soap.   I usually always make the Basic Soap recipe. First I assembled all my supplies:  distilled water, lye, kitchen scale (a must), glass jar w/ long wooden spoon, olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, grapefruit seed extract, essential oils for scent.   The next step, after assembling your supplies, is to measure your lye into the glass jar….

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Our Middle Ages Co-op Day – Part II

To see part I of our day go to my post on Our Middle Ages Co-op Day – Part I Just at the time our event began, the rain completely stopped (after raining for 4 hours) and it was quite beautiful outside.  It was too late to change anything so we continued with having the event in the racquetball court. The marketplace was so much fun for everyone.   We told the kids to haggle and to be loud when offering what was at their table.  “Fresh bread and butter.  2 shillings!”     We also told our guests beforehand to haggle because once the “coins” in their moneybags was gone, it was gone.  Everyone did great on the haggling.  It was a very lively marketplace.  …

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Our Middle Ages Co-op Day – Part II

To see part I of our day go to my post on Our Middle Ages Co-op Day – Part I Just at the time our event began, the rain completely stopped (after raining for 4 hours) and it was quite beautiful outside.  It was too late to change anything so we continued with having the event in the racquetball court. The marketplace was so much fun for everyone.   We told the kids to haggle and to be loud when offering what was at their table.  “Fresh bread and butter.  2 shillings!”     We also told our guests beforehand to haggle because once the “coins” in their moneybags was gone, it was gone.  Everyone did great on the haggling.  It was a very lively marketplace.  …

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Our Middle Ages Co-op Day – Part I

Here at last I’m getting to the pictures of our co-op day.  How fun it was! The day started out beautifully and the framework for our marketplace was started.   But then it started to rain and it rained off and on for several hours.   We couldn’t put the sheets on the “roof” of the marketplace because of the rain.  What to do?  Our whole event was planned for the outdoors.  A last minute decision was made to move into the racquetball court.  Off to the store some of the men went to buy some plywood and such for a platform and straw for the floor.  A racquetball court is very echoey so you have to do something to absorb sound.     Meanwhile, much…

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Our Middle Ages Co-op Day – Part I

Here at last I’m getting to the pictures of our co-op day.  How fun it was! The day started out beautifully and the framework for our marketplace was started.   But then it started to rain and it rained off and on for several hours.   We couldn’t put the sheets on the “roof” of the marketplace because of the rain.  What to do?  Our whole event was planned for the outdoors.  A last minute decision was made to move into the racquetball court.  Off to the store some of the men went to buy some plywood and such for a platform and straw for the floor.  A racquetball court is very echoey so you have to do something to absorb sound.      Meanwhile, much…

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Bread for our Middle Ages Market Stand

I arrived home yesterday to the lovely smell of bread wafting through the house.  The kids had been busy making 40+ loaves of bread for our Middle Ages Market.  We are going to have a market place where our guests that come to hear the children give speeches (see this post if you are wondering what I’m talking about) can shop and bargain for any goods they would like to purchase.  We made coin bags (see this post) several weeks ago and each family will be given one with “money” (flat marbles) inside to buy anything that pleases them in the marketplace. One of the items we’re offering is bread. Just look at these beauties. It would have been nice to have the dark rye bread but…

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Keeping Organized with Schedules – Part 1

I cannot function very well without a schedule.  Oh, I manage to squeak by but inside I feel like I have nothing together.  I do whatever task or distraction is at hand rather than doing what may be a higher priority.  By the end of the day when I look back on what I have accomplished it amounts to very little.  Did I do a load of  laundry?  Yes, but somehow I never did find the time to put it in the dryer, never-mind it being folded.  The baskets start to overflow and the ironing piles up.  The family eats well (most days) but what about the dishes that need to be hand-washed?  “Oh, I am too tired to face them.  I’ll get them tomorrow.”  Schoolwork needs to…

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Keeping Organized with Schedules – Part 1

I cannot function very well without a schedule.  Oh, I manage to squeak by but inside I feel like I have nothing together.  I do whatever task or distraction is at hand rather than doing what may be a higher priority.  By the end of the day when I look back on what I have accomplished it amounts to very little.  Did I do a load of  laundry?  Yes, but somehow I never did find the time to put it in the dryer, never-mind it being folded.  The baskets start to overflow and the ironing piles up.  The family eats well (most days) but what about the dishes that need to be hand-washed?  “Oh, I am too tired to face them.  I’ll get them tomorrow.”  Schoolwork needs to…

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We were able to accomplish quite a bit yesterday in our craft/work day.  When everyone arrived we began a group project of making mosaic stepping stones.   This young lady is feeling the pain at the thought of breaking a pretty salad plate.  Breaking tile and dishes was great for the boys.  They did it with relish – with not one iota of remorse. 🙂   After making our stepping stones we took a break for lunch.  Then it was on to sewing for the girls and a wood working project for the boys.       The girls were making little coin bags for our co-op day.  We are going to hand out these bags with some fake money (what we’ll use for money we’re not sure…

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Castles of Long Ago

 Thursday the families that will be involved in our homeschool speech co-op day will be getting together to do a few projects related to the time period of the middle ages as well as to paint and build props for our speech day.  One of the props will be a castle – or at least a small portion of one. I decided to look on the Internet for castles from that time period. Here’s a few that I found… Lindisfarne castle is located in England on the border between it and Scotland.  Not only did it see the English and Scots fight but Vikings frequented the area.  Irish monks built the abbey’s foundation on a point of land that was accessible only during low tide.  All…

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Middle Ages & Speech Co-ops

This post was originally published at Blogger here. Once a year, myself and some other homeschoolers from our church, get together for a speech/co-op day. Several months before we give our speeches, we vote on a topic; the children study it, write a speech and then deliver it to friends and family on the appointed day. We go all out with props, costumes, food and games. The children get to put into play their creative skills and practice speech making. This will be our 5th year. Thus far our Co-op days have been… Democratic Republic of the Congo (we have a family at our church that moved from there and we thought it would be a great opportunity to learn some things firsthand) (Wesley did…

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Middle Ages & Speech Co-ops

This post was originally published at Blogger here. Once a year, myself and some other homeschoolers from our church, get together for a speech/co-op day. Several months before we give our speeches, we vote on a topic; the children study it, write a speech and then deliver it to friends and family on the appointed day. We go all out with props, costumes, food and games. The children get to put into play their creative skills and practice speech making. This will be our 5th year. Thus far our Co-op days have been… Democratic Republic of the Congo (we have a family at our church that moved from there and we thought it would be a great opportunity to learn some things firsthand) (Wesley did…

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