Monday, November 17, 2014

Make a Card Monday - Fall Leaf

Luscious Leaves was one of my first stamp sets, and this is one of my first cards. To add some depth to the leaf, I inked the whole image with Palette Raw Sienna and then lightly touched the edges of the image with Palette Orangerie. If you layer inks on a stamp, always start with the lightest color and go to the darkest so you don't contaminate your ink pads.

cardstock: olive (Bazzill), cream and orange (unknown)
color: Burnt Umber, Raw Sienna, and Orangerie ink (Palette)
stamps: Luscious Leaves (image) and Be Authentic (sentiment) (The Angel Company)

Monday, November 10, 2014

School Summary - Georgia, Farming, Russia, and Persia

A Summary of October 20-31
Reading the title of this post may give you an idea of how much material we covered these two weeks. Our fall weather has been lovely, very mild so the younglings have wanted to be outside. They've been diligent to get their schoolwork done though.
Here's what we did:

Things that were scheduled:
Language Arts (Grammar, Reading, and Writing)
For Grammar, we use Rod and Staff English which comes with a textbook as well as additional worksheets. To fit everything in, at the beginning of the year they often have a textbook lesson plus a worksheet. They've gotten to the point in the year where they only have to do one or the other. They are very happy about having less on the schedule to complete.
Soprano finished Sarah, Plain and Tall for reading and began her next book, Island of the Blue Dolphins while Tenor finished Island of the Blue Dophins and began Carry On, Mr. Bowditch. I think they'll both like their new books.

Typing, Greek (Tenor), Spanish (Tenor), Home Ec (Soprano)
Argh! Somehow we got behind on Home Ec. We have a lot of cooking lessons to catch up on. We made some drop biscuits, banana bread, and cinnamon raisin muffins sans raisins.

My Father's World Exploration to 1850
These two weeks we finished out American colonies' with Georgia and then talked about farming practices and changes during that time. Then we headed back to Eurasia to learn Peter the Great and the Ottoman Empire (yup, it was still around.)

Bible: This year we're doing an in-depth study of the book of James and attempting to memorize the entire book. We finished chapter 1. They did a week of study in the Bible study book and learned 2:1-4.
Science: We learned about invertebrates, arthropods, insects, arachnids, and crustaceans using AIG's The World of Animals.
They made insect models
and a water skipper model
We pretended to be butterflies emerging from their chrysalis stage.
It's too cold now for us to raise butterflies. So we got some painted lady butterflies back in August.
We made some tasty models of a spider and scorpion. We substituted licorice for the bendable wire.
Tenor's spider
Tenor's scorpion
Soprano's spider with fangs

Soprano's scorpion
They went to a program on crabs at the local library's environmental center.
We also kept feeding and checking in our grow-a-frog (from Home Science Tools). Here's Herbie:

History: We learned about the beginning of the Georgia colony, but we skipped baking peach cobbler. We read about John Locke and Isaac Newton and how farming practices were changing for the better.

After reading about Peter the Great's attempt to westernize Russia (the younglings got a kick out of him carrying around scissors to cut beards and robes down), we talked about where the Ottoman Empire was. We tried to make Turkish Delight using the Story of the World activity book recipe but it never set. I'm hoping it'll show up in our local grocery store a little closer to Christmas.
The younglings also acted out some shadow puppet theater for us.

I added in some map work from Story of the World (Russia Looks West, East and West Collide). I also added a timeline piece from Homeschool in the Woods (John Locke).

Other MFW: 
Music: We finished Mendelssohn's biography. After another week reading about some of Isaac Watts' 600 hymns, we had our first week dedicated to his "Am I a Soldier of the Cross?".
Art: More drawing lessons on self-portraits and faces. We also read about some important English artists.
You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for weeks 1-14.
The Weta at Answers in Genesis  
Cockroaches at Answers in Genesis
Isaac Newton biography
Butterfly study guide
Eyewitness: Butterfly and Moth by Dorling Kindersley
Eyewitness: Insect by Dorling Kindersley
Newton: A Tale of Two Isaacs by Devine Entertainment

Favorite Books: 
Chirping Crickets by Melvin Berger
From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Deborah Heiligman
Honey in a Hive by Ann Rockwell
The Beetle Alphabet Book by Jerry Pallotta
The Life and Times of the Ant by Charles Micucci
The Life and Times of the Honeybee by Charles Micucci
This is Your Life Cycle by Heather Lynn Miller
What to Expect When You're Expecting Larvae by Bridget Heos
I Didn't Know That Spiders Have Fangs by Claire Llewellyn
One Riddle, One Answer by Lauren Thompson
Ten Kings and the Worlds They Ruled by Milton Meltzer

Make a Card Monday - Moldy Leaves

A throwback card where I overstamped the green leaf image with white. The leaves have a skeleton look to them.

cardstock: light green (Bazzill), dark and light green (unknown)
embellishments: eyelet (EK Success)
color: Jardin Moss ink (Palette), Moonlight White ink (Brilliance)
tools: eyelet setter (Making Memories)
stamps: Lucious Leaves (image) and Contemporary Greetings (sentiment) (The Angel Company)

Monday, November 3, 2014

Make a Card Monday - Camping Thanks

This was one of my favorites years ago. It was a stamp set I purchased to make masculine cards but then I got stuck on how to use it. This card works well to use multiple images from the set. To balance the sentiment at the bottom, I turned up the other corner and added a brad. Sneaky trick... only put the brad through the top layer so the ends aren't poking into the inside of your card.

cardstock: olive (Bazzill), light green and cream (unknown)
embellishments: gold brad (unknown)
color: Burnt Umber ink (Palette), colored pencils (Prismacolor)
stamps: Camp Out (The Angel Company)

Monday, October 27, 2014

School Summary - Mid-Atlantic Colonies and European Monarchs

A Summary of October 3-17
How did we get to the end of the first semester? We don't keep report cards but I try to go through all the worksheets and papers after every nine weeks to update the younglings' portfolios. Looking at the completed logs, I was just amazed by how quickly we got to this point of our year.
Here's what we did:

Things that were scheduled:
Language Arts (Grammar, Reading, and Writing)
Tenor finished Island of the Blue Dolphins with a couple of activities. He'll start his next reading comprehension book next week.

Typing, Greek (Tenor), Spanish (Tenor), Home Ec (Soprano)

My Father's World Exploration to 1850
These two weeks we talked about more of the American colonies' beginnings as well as how the countries in Europe were doing at the same time.

Bible: This year we're doing an in-depth study of the book of James and attempting to memorize the entire book. We finished chapter 1. They've been more consistent about reviewing previous verses so they're on track.
Science: We learned about amphibians, reptiles, snakes, lizards, turtles, and crocodiles using AIG's The World of Animals. 
We acted out what we might be doing in various temperatures if we were warm-blooded or cold-blooded. They drew amphibian life cycles and we started growing our frog (from Home Science Tools). 
They also got on the floor and slithered in various ways like snakes.
Rather than paint a picture showing an animal using camouflage, I printed some images for the younglings to color.
Soprano on the left; Tenor on the right
History: We learned about Virginia in their post-Jamestown years and talked about education in the colonies. We made our own New England Primers.
Then we read about Louis XIV and his extravagant reign. We made Louis inspired Venetian masquerade masks.
Tenor on the left; Soprano on the right.
Then we turned west to Frederick of Prussia. Frederick was interesting in how he worked to unite the German people into German people, not merely citizens of the various German states.
The following week we talked about King Philip's War (between the colonists and Indians and which I had never had even heard about before) and other conflicts with the Native Americans. Then we hit our home "colony" of Pennsylvania and William Penn's holy experiment. We usually do the optional work so we read about the Delaware colony too.

I added in some map work from Story of the World (Prussian States). I also added a timeline piece from Homeschool in the Woods (William Penn).

Other MFW: 
Music: We listened to Bach's biography and added in the chapter about him from The Young Scholar's Guide to Composers and Meet the Great Composers. We also started listening to Mendelssohn's biography. We continued learning "Now Thank We All Our God" and then spent a week reading about some of Isaac Watts' 600 hymns. I play the piano so we read about each day's assigned hymn and then sang them together.
Art: Drawing lessons including some on self-portraits and noses.
You can see them all in my Youtube playlist for weeks 1-14.
Poison Dart Frogs at Answers in Genesis
Hognose Snake at Answers in Genesis
Rattlesnake's at Answers in Genesis
Snake's Alive at Answers in Genesis
Pythons at Answers in Genesis
Alligators at Answers in Genesis
Horned Toad Lizards at Answers in Genesis
Auggie the Alligator at Answers in Genesis 
William Penn
Bach's Fight for Freedom by Devine Entertainment
Colonial Life for Children: William Penn and Pennsylvania by Schlessinger Media

Gators & Dragons and Other Wild Beasts by Hearst Communications
Growing Up Wild: Amazing Baby Animals by Time Life

Favorite Books: 
Ask Dr. K About Reptiles by Claire Llewellyn
Frogs by Gail Gibbons
Frogs by Nic Bishop
Hip Pocket Papa by Sandra Markle
Hop Frog by Rick Chrustowski
All About Alligators by Jim Arnosky
All About Turtles by Jim Arnosky
Can You Tell an Alligator From a Crocodile? by Buffy Silverman
One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
The King's Day: Louis XIV of France by Aliki
Ten Kings and the Worlds They Ruled by Milton Meltzer (chapter on Louis XIV)
The Story of William Penn by Aliki

Make a Card Monday - Lighthouse

Here's another throwback card from my demo days. I used chalks to color the background of the image and the area under the lighthouse.

cardstock: blue and dark brown (DCWV), rust (unknown), white (Georgia Pacific)
embellishments: brads (unknown)
color: Noir, Prussian Blue, Moulin Rouge ink (Palette) colored pencils (Prismacolor), chalks (Pebbles Inc.)
tools: page distresser (Heidi Swapp)
stamps: Light the Path (The Angel Company)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Make a Card Monday - Fanciful Flowers

This is another long-lost card from my tin. Like last week's card, it features TAC's Fanciful Flowers stamp set. I used the second generation stamping technique to create a large pattern which I cut into the smaller focal circles. I used Versamark to create backgrounds above (using the flower stem) and below (using Crackle) the ribbon.

cardstock: dark and light pink (unknown), cream (unknown)
embellishments: ribbon (unknown)
color: Landscape, Boudoir Blush ink (Palette), Versamark ink
tools: circle patterns (Creative Memories)
stamps: Fanciful Flowers, Crackle Background (The Angel Company)
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