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Because we’ve been having an abundance of craziness and busyness this week, I  thought that we wouldn’t “do school” today.   But… it’s Friday the 13th!

I’m wowed by the resources and links I have saved up for a study on superstitions do use on a Friday the 13th.  Surely we’ll be able to make a little time to learn about superstitions because this stuff is INTERESTING!  Below are the sites and resources I found to share with you just in case you can make time for a little superstition too.

Origins of common superstitions explained at Live Science http://www.livescience.com/33507-origins-of-superstitions.html

Behavioral psychology  in regards to superstitions discussed from Kids Net Encyclopedia  http://encyclopedia.kids.net.au/page/su/Superstition

13 Superstitious Writing Prompts             https://cecileswriters.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/superstitious-prompts/

Free Printable “Black Cat” border writing paper  https://www.teacherfiles.com/resources_bp_holidays.htm

20 +free superstition worksheets  from Busy Teacher (you’ll need an account, but it’s easy to set up)  http://busyteacher.org/classroom_activities-vocabulary/superstitions-worksheets/

Common Superstitions and Why We Have Them (article, video, graphics)   https://medium.com/ecom-tips/common-superstitions-why-do-we-have-them-b701245e8ca7

Superstition origins video from Mental Floss (this one’s for the older kids)  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qFyDUaSi-5w

Mathematical Properties of the Number 13                                            http://www.numbergossip.com/13

To keep this study in the right perspective we’ll include 1 Timothy 4:7 with this study.  “ People tell silly stories that don’t agree with God’s truth. Don’t follow what these stories teach. But teach yourself to be devoted to God.

And finally some music, which my kids will consider ancient history, but saying such a thing may bring them some bad luck!

betty jo


Salem Witch Trials

salemThis being Halloween week, we have decided to study the Salem Witch Trials for our American history lessons.  Our goals for this study go beyond learning history and adding pages to our notebooks .  I hope that when this week is over we will have a better understanding about how dangerous rumors can be, and how easy it is to fall into the trap of contributing to the spread of false accusations.

As with all of our studies, this one started with a library trip.  These are the selections we chose for our witch trial studies.

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Below are the links to the online resources we are using.

Easy to read 2 page article about the Salem Witch Trials  http://www.americaslibrary.gov/jb/colonial/jb_colonial_salem_1.html

Biography of Increase Mather and witch trial word puzzles, printables, worksheets and quiz  http://gardenofpraise.com/ibdmath.htm

Witch Hat themed writing paper printables for notebooking and journaling  

Video walking tour of Salem  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qau3Xrv7-g

The following links are what my teens are following for further study.

Short article explaining the possible causes of the mass hysteria occurring during the Salem witch trial era  http://ancientstandard.com/2011/07/11/salem-witch-trials-mass-hysteria-or-mass-lsd-trip/

From the  History Channel  http://www.history.com/topics/salem-witch-trials/videos#

Letters, maps, sermons, art, and trial transcripts  http://salem.lib.virginia.edu/home.html

PDF of Author Miller’s The Crucible http://asbamericanlit.edublogs.org/files/2011/10/21078735-The-Crucible-Arthur-Miller-2hmdzot.pdf

Salem Witch Trial Interactive Game – “Can You Survive Salem’s Witchcraft Hysteria?” (This is not for younger children, it needs to be played/reviewed by the parent before giving the link to the teens)

Studying Ramadan


According to my special days calendar for July,  the Muslim holiday Ramadan started on the 9th and continues for thirty days.  Other than knowing that it is a time of fasting followed by a celebration for those of the Islamic faith, I know very little about the holiday.  With the current estimated Muslim population being over 1.6 billion, I think learning more about Ramadan is something we need to add to our summer school calendar studies.

Below are the links we are using for our Ramadan study.

The Homeschool Buzz has a free download for a Ramadan activity book designed  for children 5 to 7 years.  I think this is an excellent source for all of us who are not familiar with the holiday regardless of age.  I learned a great deal and I’m sure others who are not of the Muslim faith would also.  I appreciate  the work and creativity put into this resource and the willingness to share.  You can download the Ramadan activity book here.  http://pakistanhomeschooler.wordpress.com/2013/07/11/ramadan-activity-book-free/

For a Ramadan guide that is not in a pdf format click here  http://www.msichicago.org/scrapbook/scrapbook_exhibits/catw2004/traditions/countries/ramadan.html

Several basic Ramadan information links here  http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/subjects/ramadan.htm

The Huffington Post has put together a photo album of current Ramadan pictures from around the world   http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/10/ramadan-2013-pictures_n_3573707.html

For traditional Ramadan recipes from around the world click here  http://allrecipes.com/HowTo/Ramadan/Detail.aspx

Click here for my July’s special days calendar  https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2013/06/28/julys-special-days/

betty jo

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Dino Debate

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If you are part of social media or a news follower you have no doubt seen this already.  This science quiz from a student at a private Christian school went viral not long ago and has sparked a rather ugly debate.

This is the curriculum that the test was over that has triggered such harsh comments from the atheist communities.

dino 2You can click here to link to the article from the Huffington to get a glimpse of what the evolutionist opinions have been http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/04/26/4th-grade-science-test-creationism-questions-dinosaurs_n_3163922.html

I love the response from Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis.  They are inviting everyone to view their video, download a booklet, and take the quiz themselves, all at no charge. This offer is only good for a limited time.   You can link to their site and free downloads here  http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2013/05/23/families-use-atheist-attack-teach-kids-truth.

Being a lawyers kid, I love debate.  And as a Christian I love the Word of God.  As wonderful as it is to have faith and belief that the Biblical account of creation is true, quoting the Scriptures from Genesis chapter 1 won’t get us anything but ridicule from non believers when it comes to the Creation vs Evolution debate.

“24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created mankind in his own image,
    in the image of God he created them;
    male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.”

Proper science examines all evidence claimed and critically researches different theories before reaching conclusions.  This is how we “do” science in our homeschool.  I feel this is how all science should be studied, whether in homeschools, private schools, or public schools.

As Christians, I feel we need to arm ourselves and our children with scientific evidence.  We need to understand the correct scientific lingo and vocabulary and use it accordingly.  It’s time to take a stand and join in the debate.

Sadly, young earth creation evidence is not mainstream although there is much available.  Below are my other favorite sources for exploring creation evidence:




If you enjoy a good fiction read, you should take a look at The Fossil Hunter by John B. Olsen,  This book is loaded with the scientific community opinions and is available in libraries or can be purchased from most book retailers.


I encourage you, no matter which side of the creation/evolution debate you are on, that you will debate with respect and factual evidence.

betty jo