Monday, April 6, 2015

Homeschool Weeks 23-27

The last five weeks provided lots of interesting subject matter in history.  The topics included the events prior to World War II:   Wall Street Crash, Great Depression, and rise of Hitler; events during World War II:  Holocaust and atom bomb; and events after World War II:  The Marshall Plan, Israel becoming a nation, and Communism in China.  

The kids watched quite a few videos (educational, I'm sure!) during these weeks:
               Kit:  The Great Depression
               Tora, Tora, Tora:  The bombing of Pearl Harbor
               The Sound of Music:  World War II in Austria
               Mrs. Miniver:  World War II in Great Britain 
(A black and white war-time drama produced in 1942.  This was the kid's favorite!)

Our read aloud was Corrie Ten Boom:  Keeper of the Angel's Den in the "Christians Then and Now" series.  Anna had read The Hiding Place earlier this year so it was a bit of review for her.  On the way to and from Salt Lake City we listened to the Focus on the Family audio drama of The Hiding Place. I love the truths taught in that book and find myself quoting lines to remind the kids of Casper Ten Boom's wisdom or Corrie and her sister Betsie's deep faith.

We also did a fair share of baking:

War cake:  Cake made with very little oil and sugar.  The girls made it one afternoon while I ran errands.  I was skeptical, but it tasted great.  I little bit like the brown bread my dad loves so  much. 

M & M cookies:  Since M&Ms were developed in the 1940s.  

Kolaches:  When President Kennedy traveled to Berlin shortly after the East Germans built the Berlin Wall he made a famous speech in which he said the words "Ich bin ein Berliner".  He meant to say "I am from Berlin", but because he added the article "ein" he said "I am a Berliner" which is a type of jelly donut.  So in essence he said, "I am a jelly donut."  Instead of making donuts the kids voted for kolaches.  

Partitioning Palestine:  We baked a cake with red and blue M&Ms and then frosted 1/2 the cake red and 1/2 blue.  When eating the cake, if we had a piece with red frosting we were to take out the blue M&Ms and give them to someone eating a piece with blue frosting and vice versa.  This was to show how difficult it was to partition Palestine and move Palestinians and Jewish people to their "appropriate" area.  The whole "taking M&Ms out of the cake" worked better in theory than in reality...


Each of the kids were given the name of a Resistance Movement they had to research (who, what, where, etc) and just give a couple minute oral report of what they found.  I think they researched The Swing Kids, The White Rose, and the Edelweiss Pirates.  

War-time Posters:  Each designed a war-time poster to encourage those on the home front to do their part during WW2.

Mao's Little Red Book:  We made our own "Little Red Books" and filled them with inspirational quotes or Bible verses.  Throughout that day they had to make sure they carried the book with them all the time because I could ask to see their red book at any moment.  If they didn't have their book I was supposed to give them chores.  Instead we just had fun trying to catch each other.

Presidents and other people we studied in more detail:  Herbert Hoover, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, C.S. Lewis, and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

We also had two field trips.  The first was to the Boise Aquarium and the second was another homeschool day at the World Center for Bird's of Prey.

The favorite activity--petting the stingrays



Puffer Fish

I was absolutely fascinated with the teaching time at the World Center for Bird's of Prey.  We learned all sorts of neat facts about the California Condors, migration patterns, and differences between hawks and falcons.  I totally could have been a wildlife biologist!

California Condor

Teaching on migration patterns

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Salt Lake City, Utah

As mentioned on a previous post, I attended a continuing education conference in Salt Lake City a couple weekends ago.  We left on Thursday afternoon and I sat in class all day Friday and Saturday while Russ and the three younger kids hung out at the hotel and explored the area.   

View from the hotel window

One of the main attractions in Salt Lake City is the LDS Temple Square.  Russ and the kids explored this on Friday afternoon as it was just walking distance from our hotel. 

Since only "baptized members who are qualified and prepared" can enter the temple they just walked around the grounds.

The century old Assembly Hall

Definitely spring in Salt Lake City

Inside the Assembly Hall where they give daily concerts

Inside the Mormon Tabernacle

After Russ and the kids picked me up from the hospital where the conference was held we detoured on a side street to get this picture of the Capitol building.  Love the little boy in the bottom left corner.
We took the picture of the Capitol building then just turned around and took this picture of the beautiful mountains.

We walked by the stadium on our way to supper Friday night.

Saturday Russ and the kids explored Cottonwood Canyon which is about 30 minutes south of Salt Lake City.  They love hiking and the weather was amazing.

They love this picture because it shows how high they climbed.

Evidently, Lydia fell into this cactus and had a bugger of a time getting the spines out of her leg.  She had a bunch of nice little puncture wounds on her leg for a few days.

When they got back from the Canyon, I wasn't out of class yet so they had a picnic by the Capitol building and then explored the grounds and inside.

They picked me up around 4:30 and we grabbed a bite to eat before heading home to the big boys!  First time experiencing an In-N-Out Burger.

It's Official

With thankful hearts and gratitude to God...

Ordination scheduled Friday, April 17 at 7:00 at Cloverdale URC.