Sunday, December 11, 2011

~~Early December Highlights~~

 The Grotto
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 Abi & Aly played and sang at their first recital.


 We love our piano & voice teacher, Miss Janet!
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 GINGERBREAD HOUSES!








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 Sunday afternoon LEGO-organizing party!
We have a long way to go but we WILL conquer this project!  
It's a daunting task to separate and organize sixteen years worth of Legos. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Thanksgiving Weekend On Mt. Bachelor...


 Aly's first time snowboarding...




Andrew & Abi share the chair up the mountain...
 Brrrrr!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

~Thanksgiving Resources~

I have compiled a list of resources for studying the Pilgrims, Plimoth Plantation, The Mayflower & the 'first' Thanksgiving.  My girls are early elementary age, but these resources could be used for older students as well.  We will revisit this unit study annually.  For now, we are having a ball with it.  We started this unit mid-November and will spend many enjoyable hours on these books & projects.  Please share your favorites that I have (or have not) listed.  Thank you, and...

Happy Thanksgiving!!
Here are a few pics from Thanksgiving season, 2010, when my girls were ages 6 & 7....

 
 
 Hands-On Activities:



Free Internet Resources:


Books
Thankfully I already own these resources as part of our American History program.

Story Of The World 3 by Susan Wise Bauer:  Ch. 6, New Colonies in the New World


Veritas Press Cards #8 ‘The Mayflower Lands & Plymoth, 1620’and #9, ‘Pilgrims Build Plymoth Colony, 1621’



The Complete Book of United States History, page 63-66, Squanto Helps The Pilgrims

BJU Heritage Studies 3, ch. 4, The New England Colonies

The Pilgrims Of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall

The Story Of The First Thanksgiving by Elaine Raphael and Don Bolognese


Audio/Video:

Your Story Hour audio series

Poem:  The Landing of the Pilgrims Audio File: here

Audio version of the book Landing Of The Pilgrims

Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, Mayflower Voyagers

The History Channel: History of US dvd:  episode 1: Rebels



Hymns:

Thanksgiving Medly on youtube
Come, Ye Thankful People, Come,
For the Beauty of The Earth

For the purpose of self-education, I read these:

Friday, November 11, 2011

Our Pilgrimage To Plymouth, Mass....

Thanksgiving season seemed an appropriate time to share a few memories from our spring break trip to Plymouth, Massachusetts.
Plimoth Plantation 
(Yes, this is the correct spelling of Plimoth.)


 Wampanoag Village



 On board The Mayflower II...


 Below deck where the passengers lived and slept...



What a fabulous trip!  Can't wait to go back!