DIY Resurrection Garden for Easter

Resurrection Garden

After seeing different versions of the Resurrection Garden on the Facebook and Pinterest, I really wanted to create one for my home.

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 for Resurrection Garden:

  • Potting Soil
  • Grass Seed
  • Pebbles
  • Plastic Liner
  • Coco Liner
  • Twigs
  • Wire
  • Rock
  • Small Clay Pot

Steps to Constructing Resurrection Garden:

  • For the base I used a 10 inch plastic drip liner and a cocoa liner. The plastic liner cost $1.96 and the cocoa liner cost $.077. I used scissors to cut off the hanging plastic piece to make a round bowl out of the plastic liner.
  • 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 with dirt. The goal is to create a hill with the back of the pot buried under the soil and front of the pot open.
  • 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!

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?

Encouragement in a Plastic Egg

 

Egg

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!

 

Learning the Lobes of the Brain

Learning the Lobes of the Brain

My kids and friends gathered together for a day on learning about the nervous system and how the brain works. I wanted to have some hands-on ways to remember the lobes of the brain. This lesson goes well with Christian Kids Explore Biology learning about the human body.

Learning the Lobes by Playing “Brain Says”

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.

Learning the Lobes with Brain Cupcakes

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.

Using address labels and toothpicks, each student can label the parts of the brain. We chose to label the right and left hemispheres. Then we labeled the 4 different lobes of the brain.

If you are looking for some great ideas on the nervous system check out Spelloutloud Blog.

Try some of these other learning tools for learning the lobes of the brain.

 

Revolutionary War Battles with Green Army Men

Green Army Men
We are gearing up for quarter 3 in All American History Jr. on the Revolutionary War. My youngest son loves to set up battles with green army men. On our last field trip to a battle field my son discovered in the gift store themed army men. He does not forget these kind of finds.

I knew I was going to need to come up with game plan to change the look of the green army men. 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….

Changing Green Army Men Into Red Coats:

  • First we covered the table with paper.
  • Using a bottle of red finger nail polish we painted the coats of each soldier.

I allowed him to paint each one. He was happy to have both sides of the armies ready to reenact battles from the Revolutionary War. I can’t wait to see my son 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.

A great collection of army men.

Twenty-one words

 

Full of Faith

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

 

 

Design Your Own Colony

Design Your Own Colony

A creative writing wrap-up to our colonial studies using All American History Jr  vol. 1

Design Your Own Colony Supplies:

  • Map of 13 colonies
  • Notebook paper for answering questions
  • Blank white paper for designing a flag
  • Crayons or markers for designing the flag

We talked about what we learned or remembered about Jamestown, Plymouth, and Massachusetts Bay Colonies. I gave the boys a list of questions for them to answer about their colony.

Questions to Answer to Design Your Own Colony:

1. What will you name your colony?

2. Will your colony be founded for money or religious freedom?

3. Where will you build your colony?

4. How will you handle relations with the local Native Americans?

5. What type of government will you have? A democracy? A monarchy?

6. How will you get people to settle in your colony?

7. Write 10 laws that colonist should follow in living in your colony.

My boys were excited to share their choices with everyone. Now picking names required a little extra brainstorming, but soon we had names and locations decided.

The real laughs came from the laws written for their colonies.

Here are the ones that made us laugh:

1. All stores will close at 6pm.  Why? Well Ben Franklin said, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a men healthy, wealthy and wise.” So stores need to close so people can go to bed.

2. There will be no adultery. Do you know what that word means? “No, but it says in the bible not to do it.”

3. There will be no guns in town limits. Why? I don’t want my brother to shoot me.

After answering questions the boys went on to design a flag for their colonies.  Now we are ready to move onto the Revolutionary War, I am sure the boys will love my next hands-on idea. It will include army men and red fingernail polish.

 

Cupcakes and Social Media and a Mission

 

cupcakes

Cupcakes hold a special place in my heart, not because of their yummy sweetness, but how God used them to minister to my family.

My 13year old daughter signed up for a 3-week missions trip. We then knew we had to raise support for her trip. Now my daughter took a cake decorating class a few months back and had been practicing her technique on cupcakes.

So this mama thought I can put one post on Face Book to help put the word out on our new plan.

“Local Friends, Natalie needs to raise funds for her mission trip in April. Among other service projects, she will be spending a week at The Voice of the Martyrs. She will be selling cupcakes for Valentines Day at a $1 each. If you would like some yummy cupcakes please email me how many and we can work out the details. Thank you!”

Not only did we have a list for Valentine cupcakes, but also people started asking for Superbowl, Birthday and Baby shower cupcakes! Our family rallied with her and it became a team effort for some of her really large orders.

The amazing thing was I didn’t have to research clever ways to raise money, I noticed the talents my daughter had been given and focused on using them. She may not collect hundreds of books for charity or build wells in 3rd world countries, but God has given her gifts and I pray she always uses them for His glory.

 

Since she continues to bake and travel on trips, I have updated the post here.

BEECH Retreat

 

Beech Retreat

Yes that is an orange tree, it just happened to be the tree in the back yard at the BEECH retreat!

Do you want to know what I learned at BEECH? Well first take a look at your computer screen; the whole layout of this web page was created at BEECH. Hands-on discussions really helped my brain to latch onto the many new concepts being presented.

What a blessing and encouragement to learn about blogging from an amazing group of ladies. These women took time from their schedules to share blogging knowledge in a small cozy setting.

Now I still have tons to learn and tons to do! I can’t wait for BEECH 2013 and the excellence in blogging it will inspire in me.

If you want to read what the other ladies thought of BEECH, check out these blogs:

www.dazeofadventure.com
http://homeschoolcreations.blogspot.com
www.spelloutloud.com
http://jimmiescollage.com
www.holyspiritledhomeschooling.net
www.hodgepodge.me
www.domesticserenity.org
http://rachelmariemartin.blogspot.com
http://donnaspann.com

 

 

Morning Coffee That Feeds my Soul

 

Coffee

My 11-year-old son faithfully makes my morning coffee. I like to have my first cup around 10am and without my asking he will appear by my side with a lovely steaming cup of java topped with whipped cream! He then will recite to me his bible verses he is memorizing.

Usually by 10am I am beginning to be frazzled by my morning duties and the welcome of coffee and my son’s smiling face to recite God’s word puts a huge smile on my face.

Surrounded by Love

 

Cupcake Flowers

My daughter turned 13 a few weeks ago and we had a special party for her. The theme of her party was “Surrounded by Love” and we invited special friends to help us surround her in love. Each person brought a scripture verse to share with my daughter that would encourage her as she becomes a young adult.

After seeing the cupcake display Sincredible Pastries, we had our inspiration.

A trip to the craft store resulted in the necessary supplies.

  • Clay pot
  • Styrofoam ball (cut in half)
  • Ribbon
  • Artificial flowers
  • Flower cupcake liners

We chose to use the artificial flowers in between the cupcakes to help hide the Styrofoam ball. The flower cupcake liners were an extra-layered look for the cupcakes.