Wednesday, October 30, 2013

English posters

I've decided we need more visuals in our school area.

Especially concerning English.

Noun, verb, adjective, adverb, kids are getting a little mixed up.

So here's some things I made for our walls, I'm sure I'll edit them as time goes by, but we are going to work with it for now.

Download them here.


Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Why we don't....

Why we don't support Oct 31 as anything other than another day in the year.

I feel as though there are many areas of compromise in this world.  And it's not a good sort of compromise.

Things like,

It's ok to lie as long as you are protecting yourself.
But the Bible says,
Proverbs 12:22
The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful.

You don't have to be kind to that person anymore if they've hurt you deeply.
But the Bible says,
Colosians 3:13
Bear with each other and fortive whatever grievance you may have against one another.  Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

It's ok to worship the Devil, as long as you do it in a funny dressing-up sort of way.
Now maybe they don't say this exact sentence...but this is the desired subliminal message.
But the Bible says,
Deuteronomy 6:4-9
Hear, o Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hears.  Impess them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

Verse 7 says Impress them on your children.

What are you impressing on your children?  I want to try my hardest to not impress on my children that it's ok to go along with others on everything, as long as or just because it's fun.  We also need to look at the reason and desire behind doing or wanting to do that thing, and who ultimately is being glorified through our actions.  I want to choose to impress the things that God is asking of me.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and soul and strength, and impress those thoughts on my children at all times of the day and every day of the year.
If we are really doing that, we will not allow room for the compromise to take place.

More recently with my foster daughter, we mentioned that we are going to do something more wholesome as a family on that day instead.  Recently she said back to me, I'm glad we're not going out for Halloween, because when I was littler (last year at her other house) I did that, and the teenagers were dressed up really bad, and it scared me and gave me bad dreams.

P.S.  This is my opinion.  This in no way means that I think everyone needs to follow.  I am responsible for me and you are responsible for you.  We each can make our own decision.  I just wanted to share because people ask me why here's part of my answer.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Ten Commandments

Learning the Ten Commandments, simply.

One is posted on the wall.  The other one is a fill in.  We are going to work on one per week, and write them all down once a week to get them in our brain.

Click here to download the file for yourself.

Enjoy learning the ten commandments.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Paper Snake- rehash

We've done this craft before but the kids wanted to do it again.  So here's a refresher.

Use a piece of cardstock.  Trace a small/medium size plate.
Start in the middle with a semi-circle, and continue staying the same distance away from your line making a swirl inside your circle.  Eventually you will run off the plate circle.
Draw two eyes, and color a fancy patter of any kind.  Next cut out the circle, then cut along the lines all the way to the middle and see how long your snake is!  Punch a hole and tie some string so you can hang it, or wave it in front of a fan.

Happy Crafting!


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Homemade Parachute for your toys

For whatever reason my kids think it's fun to get those little parachute army men.  Well however they string those little toys, they are ruined after one launch it seems.  
We made our own parachutes out of recycled bags from the stores.

First get a plastic bag from the store.  Lay it flat on the table.  Get a large bucket.  Trace a circle from the bucket onto the bag.  Cut out the circle.  Use some thin string, and cut four pieces about 12-16 inches long.  Tape all four pieces to the edge of the circle in what would be like a N, S, W, E pattern.
Tie the other four ends together.  Wrap around your own little action figure.  We wrapped it around his chest, and were able to launch him many times without it tangling so much.  I think we will be making these more often, as they are cheap and doesn't matter if they get ruined eventually. :)

See how big of an item you an launch, and what size of a parachute you need for it to fall nicely.

Have fun experiementing.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Bending Light

This was from our Science book in our school work.
Watch how the light reflects in the water, and bends with the flow.

Take a tin can, clean it out, and poke a hole on the side towards the bottom.
Use a dark bathroom for the task.  Place your finger over the hole, and fill the can with water.
Use a large flashlight and shine down into the water.
Next shut off the lights, and let go of the water hole.  Watch the light reflect on the water that is shooting out of the hole in the can.  Pretty fun!


Friday, October 18, 2013

How a Windmill Functions

How a windmill works.

This is a fun little crafty experiment to show how a windmill functions.

Items you will need.

sticky tack (or clay)
2 clothes pins
bbq skewer

Cut a small piece of cardboard and place sticky tack on both ends.  Place the straw on the skewer.  Tie the string the button, and tape the other end of the string to the straw.  Cut a circle about 3" in diamter.  Punch a small hole in the exact middle of the circle, and cut from the edge toward the middle circle punch all the way around.  Then bend all the flaps the same direction to make it look like a windmill and the help it catch the breeze.  Place that on the straw.  Use more sticky tack if you need to, to help keep it in place on the straw.  Hold the skewer tight with the clothes pins, and stick into the sticky tack.

Test your windmill, and see for your self how wind power can be used to make machinery work!

Happy experimenting!


Yarn Art

No need for crayons or markers for this artwork.  You're going to use yarn!

Pick a shape, any shape.  Next glue the entire shape with a good amount of elmers liquid glue.  Then, fill in the shape with yarn, any color, and in any direction.   Make it 2D by adding another layer over top once your first layer dries.  Like is done with the fin on the fish.  This was the only color of yarn at the time, but we since went and bought more so we could make many more colorful creations with this fun craft idea!

Have fun!


Thursday, October 17, 2013

Water/Air Experiement

Can you tip a full to the brim cup of water over and not spill the water?
Let's see....

Use a plastic cup.
Make sure it is completely full to the BRIM!
You should be able to see the 'skin' of the water bubbling up a little.

Next use a semi-thick piece of cardboard.
Place on the cup making sure there is  no air gaps.
Continue holding it on tight while you flip the cup over.
Now, let go of the cardboard, but continue holding the cup upside down.

What happens?

It does not spill!
The air pressure on the bottom of the cardboard is causing a sucking type pressure to hold the cardboard in place.

How neat is that! :)

Eventually the water will spill out, so do this trick over a large bowl or bucket.

Happy experiementing.


Curled paper Pumpkin

First we cut out a pumpkin shape on cardstock.  Then cut small 1/2" strips of orange paper.  Curl it around a pencil.  Glue them onto your pumpkin cut out shape until its filled in.  Let dry and hang to enjoy!


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Pumpkin Craft


Cut paper into 1 inch strips.  Make 2 small circles.  Tape the strips to the circle for the bottom.  Bring them up and tape them to the circle for the top.  This makes your pumpkin shape.  Roll up a 2" strip of green paper, tape or glue it together.  Then tape or glue it to the top of your pumpkin.  Make all sorts of sizes with different lengths and thicknessess of your construction paper.

Happy Crafting!


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Apple Crisp (GFDF)

This is my regular apple crips recipe, transformed to be gluten and dairy free.  Everyone loved it just the same!  The kids even want me to go get more apples to make more!


Apple Crisp (Gluten & Dairy Free)
6-8 regular size apples, peeled and sliced
1-2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 cups oatmeal
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup brown sugar

Peel and slice the apples, mix in the sugar and cinnamon.  Spread over the bottom of a 9x13 pan.  Mix the oatmeal, melted coconut oil, and  brown sugar in a bowl and layer over top of the apples.  Bake for 30-35 minutes at 375.

This recipe adapted from the regular recipe I grew up with from my mom.

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Chocolate Muffin in a Mug

I had this recipe passed along from a friend.  I wasn't sure if I would like it or not because I've never been a big cake fan.  However, I did enjoy this.  And it's fun that it's a single serving so you could just make one real quick when you want a sweet treat, right then, but there's nothing already made.
It's called a muffin, but I think it's more like a cupcake consistency.

Try it out.

Muffin in a Mug (Single Serving Chocolate Cupcake)

Crack 1 egg into a coffee cup and whisk well with a fork.
1 1/2 Tbsp goldn flax meal.
1 1/2 Tbsp almond flour
1 heaping Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 Tbsp sugar (or 2-4 tsp truvia)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 flat Tbsp coconut oil
(Can add some chocolate chips)

Stir vigorously and microwave for 1 minute.  Flip upsidedown onto a plate.  Cut in half so it's not so tall.  I sprinkled with a little powdered sugar, but of course that is not necessary. :)


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Friday, October 11, 2013

Meatballs and Gravy (GFDF)

This is one of my husbands favorites.  But we haven't made it for awhile.  I decided to make a gluten and dairy free version of it.  Turned out just as good.

Meatballs & Gravy (GFDF)
2 lbs hamburger
2 eggs beaten
2 Tbsp almond milk
3/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 cup chopped onion
salt & pepper
1 cup chicken broth
1 cup almond milk (or homemade cream of mushroom soup)
1 1/2 cups water

Mix together the hambuger, eggs, milk, oats, onion, salt and pepper.  Drop into the pan in round balls.  Cook and stir until browned all around.  Add the broth, milk(or soup), water and cornstarch to thicken it.  Simmer stirring occasionally for 20-40 minutes.

Eat over mashed potatoes.


Click here to see all my other gluten and dairy free recipes.

Click here to see the non-gluten free original version of this recipe.


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