Friday, November 16, 2012

Pilgrims Week 2

Our read-aloud for the month is Pilgrim Stories by Margaret Pumphrey.

Our BIBLE VERSE this week:

Be thankful in all circumstances for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 5:18

  The kids were to copy the verse and memorize it.


 We read the chapter Away to Holland and In Holland.
 1. Hannah completed her map work.
Lauren and Micah added Amsterdam.

 (See download of map on week 1)

 Lauren drew this while I was reading the chapter Away to Holland.
2. We did a notebook page on our vocabulary word river.
3. Micah and Lauren drew a picture of a windmill.
Here is Micah's.  He likes to draw but could care less about coloring.  I go back and forth on should I make him take his time or not on coloring.  I decided it was a battle not worth fighting over.   

 We read the poem A Leak in the Dike by Phoebe Cary.

A GREAT part of the land of Holland is lower than the level of the sea about its shores. For this reason that country and the provinces that adjoin it gained the name of "The Low Countries," or "The Netherlands." In order to keep the sea from flooding their homes the Hollanders built great walls of earth, called dikes, and spent large sums of money in repairing them. The smallest leak was a tremendous danger. In a very short time it would cause a break in the dike and let the ocean in to sweep across farms and cities.
Sometimes, when the country was at war with Spain, or some of the other great powers that tried to conquer it, the people of Holland would break the dikes themselves, and flood their country in order to defeat the invaders. This was a very costly method of defense, but several times the brave people had to resort to it.
Phoebe Cary, an American poet, wrote this poem of a Dutch boy named Peter. His mother sent him at sunset one day to carry some cakes to an old man who lived near the dike. He did the errand, and turned homeward, stopping to pick some flowers on the way. As he walked along he heard the angry sea dashing against the wall that kept it out, and he thought it was well that the wall was strong and that his father and other men watched it carefully.
Presently he heard a trickling noise. He looked for it, and saw a small stream, not as large as his hand, coming through the dike. He knew what that meant. If it was not stopped the leak would tear down the wall, the sea would sweep in, and destroy hundreds of villages. No one was there to help him, and there was no time to lose. So he pressed his hand to the crack and held it there while he called again and again for aid.
No one came, and Peter had to stay, holding back the sea, while the night passed. His mother wondered what had happened to him, and was up at dawn looking across the fields for him. After a while she saw some neighbors coming toward her, carrying someone. They had found the boy at his post of duty, and they brought him back alive to his mother. By holding the sea outside the dike he had saved his country.
This story has been told many times in prose and poetry. It is one of the legends of Holland that fathers tell their sons when the boys are old enough to understand how the dikes divide the land from the sea.

Hannah's picture of Peter holding back the sea.

Lauren's picture of Peter holding back the sea.

El Elyon, The Most High

Clap your hands, all peoples!  Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
For the Lord, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth. (Psalm 47:1-2)

We read Isaiah 14:13-14 and talked about how no one can me like El Elyon, the Most High.
We read Isaiah 14:15 which talks about what happened to the one who tried to take God's throne.
God is a great King!  He is King over all kings.  He is the Most High, El Elyon.
I asked the kids to all draw a picture of what they fear.  We then talked about how God is mightier than what they fear.  They wrote on their drawing Thank you El Elyon, the Most High, that you are greater than what I fear.

We met Mr. Ulrich while serving through Meals on Wheels.  He has shared many stories with Tray over lunch, so we wanted to thank him this month for serving our country and let him know he is a blessing in our lives. 

Before heading over Lexi was playing outside and wanted me to see her ride the scooter.  Here she is in action.  Isn't she just cute!

Mr. Ulrich

We read the chapters The Home in Amsterdam and The Weekly Scrubbing Day.
1. Lauren colored the following page
2. The kids completed a notebook page on canal.
3. In the chapter The Weekly Scrubbing Day they mention the attire of the Hollanders. I gave them a picture of two young girls in wooden shoes and we discussed why they wore them.

Netherlands roughly translates into “low lands,” which describes most of the terrain in the area. Because the country is filled with so many low lands, the ground was largely boggy and wet and leather shoes would become easily ruined and could not adequately protect the wearer’s feet from becoming damp. Wooden shoes on the other, were sturdy, could survive the muck and were better at keeping feet dry.
One of Hannah's completed assignments which
she was given last Friday. A poem on America.

In the chapter The Home in Amsterdam they talk of a dutch dish called Hodge-podge.
I know we didn't think it looked to great either. LOL!
But believe it or not the kids, well not Micah, cleaned the pot out.
As soon as Micah saw carrots in it he said, "I'll wait for dinner."
We did make a slight alteration and used meat we had in the freezer, ground beef. We also added a little heavy cream to the mashed vegetables.

We added another symbol of Thanksgiving to our notebook. We talked about the vitamins and minerals in green beans.

Hannah had to research and write a report on the minerals manganese, potassium, and iron. In her report she was to tell me how they help our bodies and what are some deficiencies when we lack these minerals.

Micah and Lauren I gave another printout that they had to complete on Vitamin K. We reviewed what we learned last week about Vitamin A & C.
I asked them to list their favorite food that is a source of Vitamin K, then they were to draw a picture of that food convincing others to eat it.




Micah and Lauren wanted to be crafty in some of their free time.

Micah created this alien.
 Lauren added some pizazz to an old plastic case, for a few of her belongings to be kept in.
Her inspiration came from a Waltons episode we watched the other night in which
  Grandma and Mama were covering an old suitcase with fabric for Mary Ellen. 

We read the chapters A Little Milk Peddler and Winter in Holland.
Hannah didn't have much interest in the assignment of
drawing/and or cutting out magazine pictures of American landscape to create a visual map or collage of the country and its varied landscapes, natural features, resources, crops, etc.
UNTIL she started researching the Internet for rivers, forest and mountains of America. She was captivated by the beauty of our country which was revealed through the striking images online. The Redwood Forest in California, The Colorado River, The Rio Grande River, The Rocky Mountains, etc. were just magnificent. Proof of Elohim, our Strong Creator.

I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the
heavens, who spread out the earth by myself. (Isaiah 44:24)

When Micah saw what Hannah was doing he asked if he could make his own.  Have at it little man.  He got a little tired after a while.  This is how far he got.  Great job Micah!

I read from
Rembrandt was born in Holland in 1606.  Very few artist are remembered by their first name and Rembrandt it one of them.  He was famous for painting portraits.  Photography had not been invented in his time, so hiring someone like Rembrandt was the only way to get your portrait.
Rembrandt like to use strong lighting to add interest to a face.  He would show half of a person's face with bright sunlight and the other half in a deep shadow.
We looked at his painting
Belshazzar's Feast
photo from
in our book
I highly recommend this book.  My oldest loved solving the crime!  The pictures are remarkable.  It includes information on each picture plus a glossary of art terms.  As we looked at the painting the kids had to tell the difference between the authentic picture and the fraud. 
This is my $1.00 flea market find. A real wooden Holland made shoe.
Hannah painted it.

Jehovah-El Emeth, The Lord God of Truth
And the Lord God commanded the man, "You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."
(Genesis 2:16-17)
But what did Satan, who came as a serpent, say to eve?
You will not surely die. (Genesis 3:4)
Every word of God proves true; he is a shield to those who take refuge in him. (Proverbs 30:5)
We created a book of lies.  As we wrote the lie we spoke the Truth.  The kids really enjoyed doing this.  After we were done or just tired of listing lies, we


burned the book to show that lies are wrong and hurtful.

Thursdays are usually light since we have play days with our friends.

Today was an answer to prayer for Hannah.  My friend Bobbie brought her sister Liv who is 13 and  home schooled.  Liv and her mother have been praying for a friend for Liv.  Hannah and Liv were shy at first but by the end of the day were having fun.  I pray a beautiful relationship blossoms.

Adonai, Lord

Behold, I am a servant of the Lord; let it be according to your word. (Luke 1:38)

Mary understood that God is Adonai, the Lord, and that she was His servant to do whatever He said.

Sometimes we don't feel like obeying God.  Sometimes, what He tells us to do is difficult or doesn't seem like a good idea to us.  However, we are not Adonai, the Lord.  God is and He is always right and good.

No matter how we feel or what we think, we must obey Adonai.  A good example is Simon.  Simon and the other fisherman had been fishing all night and were washing their nets.  They were exhausted and famished.  They worked hard and had caught nothing.  Jesus got into Simon's boat and taught the people.

And when he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch."  (Luke 5:4)

"Simon answered, Master, we've worked hard all night and took nothing! But because you say so, I will let down the nets." (Luke 5:5)

Simon obeyed the word of Jesus, the Master.

 We added another symbol of Thanksgiving, cranberry, to our notebooks.

 The kids made cranberry sauce to give as gifts.

 Micah ladling the sauce into the jars.

 The kids playing outside.


We read the chapters From Amsterdam to Leiden, In Leiden, and A Perplexing Problem.

1. Micah and Lauren added Leiden to their map and traced the Pilgrims route
from Scrooby to Amsterdam to Leiden. 

2. Holland's national flower is the tulip. 
Lauren painted tulips and Micah made an origami tulip.

My little boy out of the blue asking, "Mommy can I have a kissy?" 
It just melts my heart when he asks me this.

 Friday morning Micah was fixing his wooden sword with the glue gun.
He brought me this heart and said, "Here mom this is for you.  The glue gun made a heart."

For the first time this week Lauren was able to repeat back to me a six word sentence word for word and write it. Oh my gosh, I asked her if I could jump up and down. I was so excited!! This is a huge achievement for her. Thank you to my friend who gives me lessons plans for her Receptive/Expressive Language Disorder and thank you Barton Reading and Spelling Program (Dyslexic Program).

We were loaded down with hand me downs this week and deer meat from sweet friends.  Hannah made a new friend who is home schooled.

Thank you Jehovah Jireh, Lord our Provider, giver of ALL things!

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