21 Words on Accountability

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 From these hands

My deepest spiritual growth has come from the

Praying, Encouraging, Rebuking, Mentoring

Of my trusted spiritual friends.

stacey

Anatomy of the Eye with Cake Balls

Anatomy of the Eye with Cake balls

 Anatomy of the Eye: Parts to Learn

  • Pupil
  • Iris
  • Sclera
  • Optic Nerve

Anatomy of the Eye: Ingredients Needed

  • Cake balls
  • Icing, white
  • Jr. Mints
  • Blue Gel Icing
  • Fruit Roll Up

I had a group of kids assemble these while we reviewed the parts of the eye. I had already cooked the cake balls. Each student got one cake ball, one Jr. Mint, one fruit roll-up, and access to a bowl of white icing and tube of blue gel.

We started with a chocolate cake ball, I had the kids cover them with white icing while we discussed the sclera and tear ducts.

Then the Jr Mint was added, followed by the blue decorating gel. This led to discussions about the pupil, iris and cornea.

The Fruit Roll Up provided an extra delight while representing how muscle attaches to the eye to help it move and in the back to represent the optic nerve.

Anatomy of the Eye

After the eyes were assembled, they were chilled in the fridge for about 20 minutes while we worked on some other projects.

Before eating, I had each student recall the anatomy of the eye using their cake ball as a visual reminder.

Class ended with the announcement “You can now go eat your eyes!”

Easy Gluten Free and Dairy Free Muffins

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Here is the original post on these tasty muffins, www.5dollardinners.com

I have found that it is easier to tell people what I can eat, then go through the list of what I can’t.  This post is for all my dear friends who want to share a morning muffin and coffee with me!

All you need are two things:

  • One box of gluten free cake mix (devil’s food is the best)
  • One small can of pumpkin puree

Open the cake mix and dump into a mixing bowl, then open the can of pumpkin and dump into the bowl. Now mix together. I use two spoons to drop the mix into a greased muffin pan. Bake at 350 for 25 minutes. This will make 12 muffins.

Next week I am going to try adding a few extras like nuts or butterscotch chips to the mix. Gluten free cake mixes usually require a lot of butter, I love that I can skip the butter in this recipe. Since we don’t follow the directions on the cake mix these muffins are also dairy free. Which at my house means everyone can eat these!!!

Now grab that dusty can of pumpkin puree hiding in the back of your pantry and enjoy some yummy muffins. (P.S. If you only buy pumpkin on the end caps at Thanksgiving, look in the baking aisle near the canned pie filling)

Thanks so much Tricia for sharing!

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stacey

Schedule Fun?

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SCHEDULE FUN??

Hmm….I schedule doctor appointments,

errands, soccer, piano lessons…

Watch the excitement grow,

Put a fun activity on the calendar.

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Otherwise…..

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Grumpy Kids.

stacey

Review of Soldering Through History, Revolutionary War

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I picked up a copy of Soldiering Through History, Revolutionary War last year at a homeschool convention. Just this week we finally arrived at that time period in history.

After watching the DVD it felt like we had just been on a field trip to a battlefield and spent the morning talking with a soldier.

Sgt. Sam and his brothers demonstrated different marching techniques and battle formations.  My boys loved watching all the different moves and the explanations of why the moves were needed.

I love that Sgt. Sam part way through the DVD talked about gun safety, and even through the guns were not shooting real bullets, it is still important to practice gun safety when reenacting with them.

The DVD ends with Sgt. Sam and his brothers reenacting the Battle of Trenton.  I have to say my boys “cheered” when the DVD announced the battle.

After the DVD my boys were highly motivated to reenact what they had just seen.  My daughter did like the information given in the DVD but has chosen not to reenact with her brothers.

The study guide that was included with the DVD gave a nice overview of the time period. My boys’ favorite was the uniform quiz; they enjoyed learning the names of the items carried by the soldiers.

This is a great supplement to any study on American History, the only down side is the price, $34.99. I generally like to spend $20 or less on a DVD. Here is there website if you would like a copy of your own, onthefieldofbattle.com

stacey

DIY Resurrection Garden for Easter

I saw a picture on Melissa Holt’s Face Book with a similar looking planter. The one I originally saw used a clay pot bottom but when I went to the store I could not find any clay pots so I came up with a plan B. I did find a blog that wrote up step by step directions for a  Mini DIY Resurrection Garden at wearethatfamily.com

Supplies

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Step One

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Step 2

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Using the potting soil I filled the bottom with some dirt, then placed the small pot in on its side and covered the back part of the pot. The goal is to create a hill with the back of the pot buried under the soil and front of the pot open.

Step 3

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I used aquarium rocks in front of the small pot. Then placed grass seed on the soil above the pot. Then I covered the grass seeds up with a small layer of soil.

My oldest son gathered some sticks from the yard and used green florist wire to make the 3 crosses.

Stones could be found in the yard to save buying the aquarium rocks. I also shared the cost of grass seed with a few friends.

DO NOT FORGET TO SPRAY WITH WATER 3 to 5 TIMES A DAY!!!  (I use a spray bottle to mist the dirt)

About 4 days later our grass seeds began to sprout!

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I used some nails to decorate the edge of the bowl. The nails pressed into the coco liner. I was thinking I could also hot glue some nickels around the edge and maybe add some other visuals reminders, like some cloth inside the small pot.

Do you have any suggestions for visual reminders to add to the garden?

stacey

 

Encouragement in a Plastic Egg

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Crazy busy week…

Last minute planning…

Needed plastic egg for science experiment,

No time…

Walking to my car from library…

Lying on the ground…

One plastic egg!

stacey

Learning the Lobes of the Brain

“Brain Says”
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The “Brain Says” game, much like “Simon Says” each student takes a turn playing the brain. The Brain can have the other students touch the different lobes of the brain, but if the Brain doesn’t say to touch it the student is out. For an extra challenge the Brain can describe what happens in the lobe and the students can touch the lobe for an answer. See the photo above for where hands go to identify the different lobes of the brain.

Brain Cupcakes
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First bake a batch of cupcakes. Then using some homemade buttercream icing and round tip #7, do two big lines down the middle and then random swirl lines on each side.

Address labels and toothpicks allowed each student to label the right and left hemisphere and the 4 different lobes of the brain.

If you are looking for some great ideas on the nervous system check out spelloutloud blog. Here is a direct link to a post on the nervous system  http://bit.ly/yvu7AC

stacey

Revolutionary War Battles with Green Army Men

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Gearing up for quarter 3 in All American History Jr. on the Revolutionary War we needed some soldiers. A quick trip to the Dollar Store landed me a pack of light green army men and a pack of dark green army men.

A quick decision was made for the pack of dark green army men to become the minutemen.

Now the pack of the light green army men really needed to be red to represent the red coats. Hmm how to make this work….

First we covered the table with paper, grabbed a bottle of red finger nail polish and painted the coats of each soldier red!
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I can’t wait to use these soldiers to display the battle tactics of each army.

Next week we are going to look at a new DVD series, Soldiering Through History: Revolutionary War.

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stacey

Twenty-one words

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Full of Faith OR Empty of Encouragement??

Where are you?

31,173 verses in the Bible,

Get filled up….Stay filled up….

Psalm 55:22

 


stacey