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April Birthday Biographies With Cake

 

1623722_714095368630096_992576892_nWhenever a birthday shows up on the special days list that goes along with the time period we’re studying, we take the opportunity to study that person, and perhaps bake a cake.

According to the special days listing for April, there are several important people’s birthdays.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/03/28/special-days-in-april-2/

Last year we learned everything “middle ages”.  And, April was a fantastic birthday month for our studies.  Here’s the links to the April birthday biographies we worked on complete with resource links.

Raphael April 6, 1483  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/06/raphael/

Leonardo da Vinci  April 15, 1452 https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/12/leonardo-da-vinci/

William Shakespeare April 23, 1564   https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/23/happy-birthday-william-shakespeare/

Our study focus this year is American History.  This means that our birthday studies center around presidents.  These are the presidents that we’ll be learning about during April.

Thomas Jefferson  April 13, 1743

James Buchanan  April 23, 1791

Ulysses S. Grant   April 27, 1822

James Monroe April 28 1758

This link takes you to the resource list of what we use as we learn about a president.  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/02/14/resources-for-presidents-day/

And cake!  Baking and decorating cakes or cupcakes to eat while studying makes lessons delicious.  We like this site for online baking classes.  The 3 cake decorating pdfs are wonderful guides.  http://www.kingarthurflour.com/baking/online-baking-classes.html

Of course everyday is historic and special somehow but we think birthdays are the best!

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Springing

It’s springing here in Western KY.  With the time change springing ahead, the extra daylight hours have aided the trees in producing their blooms.  Flowers are opening up and the grass has lost it’s dead color and found new green. The temperatures are a bit warmer.  The birds that stayed around through the winter are singing a happier song than they were just last week.

Spring is a wonderful time for outdoor nature lessons.  We have some flowerpots to decorate and a variety of flower seeds soaking to germinate before planting.  We will be making a fairy garden around a tree stump in the back yard.  We will be studying the spring nighttime skies, and making a weather center.

Spring is the time to get out the sports equipment, bikes, and kites.  Hiking and picnics are on our spring agenda along with some outdoor field trips with our homeschooling support group.

Our middle ages history studies will move on into the Renaissance.

Spring is also a good time for poetry studies (picture my kids rolling their eyes and sighing).

Song of Songs (Solomon) 2:11-12

     Don’t you see? The winter is done.
The rains and clouds have come and gone.
         The flowers are unfolding in the fields;
the birds are warming up their songs,

Poetry can be in the form of music, too (picture my kids no longer rolling their eyes or sighing).

 

betty jo

 

 

Gothic Revival in Western Kentucky

We toured some local historical churches with our homeschool support group. The three we visited are over 100 years old.  Not that old on the scale of old churches around the world, but old enough to have history.  Each of these were designed in a Gothic Revival manner, meaning that they look like mini middle age cathedrals.

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The windows we admired were beautiful stained glass,  the Bible in art,  just like those windows from long ago when the common man could not read the stories for himself, but instead saw them in the church windows.

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 As I stood amazed at the artisan skill,  I was humbled at the thought that God chooses not these fine buildings for his home, but  us.  “Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God.” (1 Corinthians 6:19)

 One of the tour guides reminded us of this lesson from Luke 21:5-6,  “Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.”  I’m glad to have seen these and shared them with my kids and friends before that happens .

betty jo

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Keeping The Code

knightsI usually learn as much as the kids do in our homeschool. The “all things middle ages” that we have been researching this school year has been quite educational for me.  Recently, I realized that I want my sons (I have 4 of them) to be knights.  Not the modern ones such as Paul McCartney or Elton John, but the kind of knights from the middle ages.  Well, minus the jousting.

As a knight in training, a boy would start off as a page at 7 years old, (I have a 7 year old).  He would be responsible for some chores, he received an education and learned to read Latin. He was taught manners, and learned and practiced skills that would serve him later.  Not a bad start, huh?

At age 14, (I have a 14 year old, too),  the page became a squire. This was his time of apprenticeship with a trusted knight. Real one on one tutoring and hands-on studies happened here. Practical life skills and life or death lessons were learned.  Responsibilities were increased.

When the knight in training turned 21, (oh yeah, got one 21, too), he was ready to become a noble knight.  But first, before he was dubbed, he had to vow to keep The Code of Chivalry.  This is the real reason behind my wanting my boys to become knights.  These young men swore to protect the weak, fight wrong, seek justice, be loyal to friends, and be fair to all people.  They promised to be  true, gentle, faithful, and brave. They pledged to honor and respect women, to be generous, and to dare to do right.  I want my sons to develop the character needed to be able keep to this code.

I have daughters, too. One is my own, and one that we pretend is mine.  I do not want them to ever be helpless damsels in need of being rescued.  I want them to be well educated, trained, and practiced in their callings, too.  I think this Code applies to them as well.  And definitely should apply to their future husbands.

Here’s the link to the Code of Chivalry and everything else middle ages:   http://www.middle-ages.org.uk/knights-code-of-chivalry.htm

And here’s the link to free lapbooks on knights which includes a simplified knight’s code:  http://www.homeschoolshare.com/knights_lapbook.php and knight connections http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__middle_ages.php

And here’s a random pic that showed up on my Facebook newsfeed , seems to be appropriate.

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betty jo

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Art Day – Sistine Chapel Style

As part of our “cathedral” section of our current middle ages unit studies, we researched Michelangelo and his masterpiece ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.  To get a feel of what laying on your back and painting was like, we taped some paper to our dry erase board and and set it across a couple of chairs, then took turns laying under it to paint Bible story scenes.  Even the homeschool graduate wanted in on this project.  I love it when our assignments capture the interest of the older kids.

This is A21.

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Z7                                             and                        B14

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A22                                               and                         E17

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J9                                                      and the finished Bible Story Paintings.

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And here are the links we used for our study and notebooking:

http://artsmarts4kids.blogspot.com/2007/09/artist-profile-michelangelo.html

http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/michelangelo.htm

http://www.homeschoolshare.com/michelangelos_surprise.php

http://www.wga.hu/frames-e.html?/html/m/michelan/index.html

For other art related posts click here https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/12/leonardo-da-vinci/ and https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/04/06/raphael/

betty jo

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