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Day 25

Today is going to be very short and sweet because it is all about chocolate. This weekend we are celebrating the day Columbus arrived. Next week we will become more intense in learning about the Natives and Our sourrounding neighbors.
If you have not already carried out your tasks and responsibilities for the day the time is now. Say some prayers. For celebrations are at hand.
Abram and Lot, his nephew, had to part seperate ways because the land they were in would not support the two of them together.Therefore he gave Lot the better land. Read Genesis 13:1-18. Now the author of Faith Alive writes this: "Most brothers, sisters, friends, get into it now and then. We tend to look out for number one, and when we don't get what we want, we argue. Truth is, Abram didn't lose anything by giving Lot the better land because God looked out for Abram. Think of the good things God gives each of us. At the top of our list, of course, is eternal life in heaven. How can remembering that help us next time we get into a quarrel over something two of us bot want?"
Now in Chapter 14 because of quarreling going on between the people of two kings Lot is taken captive and Abram takes his trained 314 small group of men during the night and rescue Lot, his goods, and his family from the clutches of the evil. The King of that land commends Abram and goes out to visit this very brave man. He gives Abram whatever he needs because he is of God will he gives him whatever he may need.
Then God visits Abram in chapter 15 and it is almost like God had control of everything and Abram questions God why he would give all this land to him when he has no children not even a heir to his throne. That he must give it to a servant. God makes a Covent to Abram at this time that he will have a child of his own blood and for as many stars as there in that sky he will have that much of his blood throughout the world.Abram trust God and his word. Therefore, he goes on and tries not to worry.
Faith Alive asks us "What is a covenant? In Bible times a covenant was like a legal contract or a treaty. It was the strongest possible promise a person or country could make. The promises God made to Abraham are his convenant with Abraham."
Faith is God's Promise( the King of that land had it enough to give Abram whatever he needed) As Faith Alive points out, "God promised Abram he would have a son and more descendants than Abram could count. , Genesis 15:1-6; Abram was eighty-five years old and had no children. But Abram believed what God promised. God then said Abram's faith made Abram good(righteous)in his sight.
Abram's faith was in more than a lot of children. Abram believed that one of those children would be his Savior. (See John 8:56.) Believing that some promise makes us right with God, too. Faith that Jesus, Abram's descendant, died and rose for us means we will also see Jesus someday. We have an advantage over Abram, though. He had to trust that Jesus would come in the future; we know Jesus surely has come already!"
This folks is what keeps us straight, it is our faith in God that for whatever there is whatever it be we know that God is behind it we know that Jesus Christ was born and the things that have happened have God behind them. It is our faith in his being that makes us strong. It took one man's faith that our country began and grew our country so big. It is our faith in him that will face all the obstacles and do what will is necessary to do right upon God's faith that it is in his hands and what he will be done.
After doing something for Childrobotics, begin your second lesson in Creative Dance. I will give them to you in the order they come in the book. You can do something different if you wish or try it later. For now the  element will be directions, tempo and the helper will be stop and go.
Now I am assuming the children are all sitting with her or she has part of them on the floor and part with her.The author writes in the book to say to the children, "Look around the room and see the open space. See the space that is empty. When I say go, move out, find some empty space and make a shape. Fill some space with your shape. Ready. go."
She tells one of the children with her to go out with the others and see if they can find an empty space and fill it with their shape. She begins the music or drum again and has the children moving again. She adds more children in looking for space as the others are moving. She calls two more children's anmes and tells them to join the other child in finding an empty space. She has them stop again as they find a space and add their shape in empty spaces. The author keeps going this way untill all the children are moving in the room and filling spaces.
The author goes on to ask, "Do you always have to move forward? In what other directions can you move? Let me see you move sideward, backward, better watch behind you. Let me see you make some turns. And make a shape."
Then the author goes on with more things for them to do. She says,"Show me how slowly a human being can move. How fast? Now slow motion again. Can you change your tempo, your speed, without me telling you when? Go. Remember, athletes and dancers have good control of their bodies and can change direction and speed as they move. Keep it smooth, between and around the other moving shapes. Can you change direction when you change your speed? Try it.
What else can you do besides walk? Can you skip backward? Sideward? Jump! show me a jump turn. Now show me how many ways you can change your movements before the drum stops-that's variety. Show me variety. Ready, go.
Now when I call your name, stop and make a shape. Everyone else keep moving, keep filling the empty space.(call names until all are still)"
I am assuming she seperated the class here again and started with some in a circle.
She goes on to say, "The stops are as interesting as the moves! Let's make a stop-and go dance. Instead of just stopping at the end of your movements, put some stops in between your moves. Stops must be interesting shapes. Make them so interesting that I wnt to stop and look at them. Make me see your stops. Hold a few seconds, then move again. Do you have to stop when someone else does? No. You stop whenever you want to. We'll always have some people stopped and others moving. Ready, begin.
You have been using the whole room. Let's see what happens if we use a small space. Let me see you  five(smaller for you) do "stop and go" inside this circle on the floor. Go. And make a shape. Good. I saw fast turns and good dodges. I saw variety in direction and speed and some exciting stops. Do you think you can do it now without making it look like a dodging game? Show me how easy you can make it look. Keep it smooth, no jerks. Let's have "the rest of you. (keep adding children until the whole class is inside the circle) And make an ending shape.
Good.That showed control of moving and stopping, and there was lots of variety in direction and tempo."
Goals of evaluation: Look for variety and self-challenge.
When I was about to type this up I realized you may only have one child you are teaching. Therefore you may have to emprovise or have some friends that want to learn with your child. Just do the best you can in this area of learning. You may have to have them in a dance class or something.
Here are some activity and songs from Patricia Gallagher's book for the day and the weekend to boot Be sure to say ABC's and Count 1-20 with them. Remind the children that these are liittle poems behind the song as most songs actually are. This song is called "Washing Clothes"
                       "Washing Clothes"
              Here's a little washtub                        (cup hands to make tub)
              And here's a cake of soap.                 (clench one fist)
              Here's a washboard                           ( Use the back of the hand turned sideways
              And this is how we rub                       and rub across fingers)
              Here's a clothesline way                    (Form high imaginary
              up high,                                             line with hands)
              Now the clothes are drying
              W-o-o-o-o the wind                            (Sweeping motion
              comes by                                          with the hands)
              Now the clothes are dry
This has gobs of learning words, I wonder if the other songs do to.. I may mark them down also.
This song includes:
Here, Here is, is, Here's, a, little, wash, clothes, are, by, Now, the
              I'm a little teapot                                 (Place right hand on
              Short and stout.                                   hip, extend the left
              Here's my handle,                                arm out with the
              And here's my spout.                             hand bent and palm
              When I get all steamed up,                   out like the spout)
               I just shout.
               "Tip me over and pour                         (Bend to the left)
                me out."
               I can change my handle                      ( switch sides and
               And my spout.                                     Place the left hand on
                                                                         the hip and extend the
                                                                         right arm out with the
                                                                         hand bent and the
                                                                         palm out.)
               "Tip me over and pour                          (Bend to the right)
                me out."
Words for this one could be I am, I'm, a, little, teapot, short, stout, and, here is, here's, my, handle, get all steamed up, just, shout, tip, me, over, pour, out, can, change,
Ones for "Bullfrog could be:Here's, here is, Mr., Bullfrog, frog, sit(ing), on, a  rock, along, came, little, boy, jumps
Ones for "Five Little Ducks" could be: Five, little, ducks, swim(ing), in, the, lake, first,first one, said, watch, waves, I , make, second, such fun, fun, third, I'd,I, would, rather, sit, sun, fourth, Let's, Let, us, away, fifth, OH, then, along, motorboat
If Grandma gave you "Ten Little Fingers" the word in it would be: I, have, 10, little, fingers, they, all, belong, to, me, can, make, them, do,things,would, you, lik, to, see, shut, up, tight,open,wide, put together, and, hide, put, up high, down low, fold together, keep, just so.
"Five Little Fishes" has: five, little, fishes, were, swim(ming), near , the, shore, thumb, bend, one, took, a, dive, then,
"Fred and His Fishes" has: Fred, Had, a, Fish, Bowl, I, I, Was, Swim(ming), around, with, SWISH, said,  I, KNOW, what, will, do, I will-I'll, buy, another that, make, two, three, four, ect.
Pancake has: Mix, a, Pancake, stir, pop, it, in, pan, Fry, toss, catch, if, you, can
Another song she gave for this day is "Balloons." I decided this was good because of the celebration of Columbus Day.
                           This is the way we blow                (Pretend to blow,
                           up our balloons.                            rounding hands as if
                           Blow, blow, blow                           holding a balloon.
                                                                              spreading farther and
                                                                              farther apart)
                           This is the way we break               (Clap hands together
                           our balloons.                                 each "Oh!")
                           Oh! Oh! Oh!
Words for this are: Balloons, This, is, the, way, we, blow, up, our, Blow, break, Oh!
Patricia gives some activities for the day of:
String Painting- Have two or three shades of paint, cardboard or paper, poster board, and a heavy piece of string. Let the child dip it in paint and swirl it across the paper ect( Be sure to have newspaper under the paper, ect. In a place that can be cleaned or outside, Make sure they have an apron on or an old long shirt of an adults or plastic coats, plastic bags over them. Something to protect their clothes.
Milk Carton Blocks-This activity was out of the old cardboard milk cartons we used to have. Sometimes they sell juice in them. However, Grandma thinks we could do the same with plastic milk cartons we have today and other bottles(That way we could have different sizes.). We might tape them on the edge or smooth them. or tape them all over or cover them with sticky shelf paper. The tops of Gallon plastic Milk cartons make great funnels. use for cars, masks, or anything necessary for something to stand up or need stiffening. These are all part of recycling lessons that can be taught.
Footsteps and Handprints- Handprints is my addition. Patricia says to trace around the feet or shoes and use them to follow on the floor. You can use your own imagination with the tracing around of the hands. Maybe each of you on the same page. One time we did handprints on the wall with a seperate Pqint of the painted room. Be sure to use the same kind though not a latex with an enamil or it will come off.
The other tracing she suggested was
Portraits- where the profile shows a shadow on a piece of paper on the wall and you could talk about shadows and do some things with shadows. There is a game played behind a screen to figure out who is behind the screen or thin sheet with a light shinning on it to guess who is behind it.
A couple Grandma missed of hers the day before were: Homemade Puzzles- in which a picture the children like is pasted on cardboard and then when dry it is cut into pieces to be refit together later. (most people are learning now to mark the other side of puzzles with a number and Grandma says a letter to help keep track of puzzle pieces and puzzles. The letter tells you which puzzle it is. You can keep a record on paper.
All of these are part of recycling and can be used as part of that lesson.
Another Idea she suggested was little pieces cut and strung on string as pretend jewels. They can be painted before or after cutting them.Another Idea Grandma thought of is number pieces or play coins.
She also suggests singing "Good Morning to YOU with the tune of "Happy Birthday"
Always be sure to sing the ABC's and count the numbers as far as a child can go then backward's do tens, fives, twos even threes. We used to count stair steps but you can count any steps, We also used to count our peas or you can count beans, popcorn, cranberries, nuts, and macaroni or spagetti, candy pieces, and of course buttons.
She suggested naming things that are green, IGrandma thought of yellow and circles because of the Creative dance in circles. She says triangles. Onother color might be brown for land but the green would be good there also.
Another fun game for them to do is make pretend phones or Walkie-talkie's with boxes, Patricia said  frozen juice containers. Grandma says cans(be sure to use a pliars on the edge for any metal edges), cartons could be used, little boxex, Eva and Grandma have found a lot of uses for Toilet paper tubes which would work for this. Grandma has seen them used for cars running through them as they are taped together. Cereal boxes can be use this way also as the Family Fun magazine points out by just opening them up with the sides and bottom flat on the surface. They can be glued together also. Cereal boxes is common to put magazines in. They also can be used as drawer dividers if cut off. Used as puppets and anything necessary to be stiff. Toilet tubes Grandma uses as puppet backings also.
Now we will cover the calendars, be sure to check your own and look at the assignments we have on file as weather, weather imitations, birthdays, time lines, Journal writing, newspapers, yearbooks, and poems, books-Tommie Depaol books, Bernstein books, All in a Day and People you should be getting. Others you can look for would be My Granpa and the Sea, Katy and the Big Snow, The Little House, Hill of Fire, I am the Ocean, The Gift of the Sacred Dog, Three Names, Rip Van Winkle, Johnny Appleseed, Family Pictures, Nine Days to Christmas, Animals Animals,Very Last First Time, Borreguita and the Coyote, The Silver Whistle, Knots on a Counting Rope, The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses, Ibrahim. Some of these you may not be able to get, try to substitute if necessary. I will try to tell what they each are for. Or any other authors we may have covered or you like or we will cover, classics, Treasure Island, whales information, maps, dolls and dolls of countries cartoon characters, jokes and riddles, alphabets,words, word cards, and vocabulary study a well if spelling if interested, animals classifications,records, pictures, information, research or research papers, book reports, and posters, pictures. Seperate folders help keep track of some work. Maybe a plastic basket for each child. If you have trouble with shoes I saw some had dressed clothes pins to pin shoes together. Pinning socks together helps not loose them in the drier also or loose them on the floor behind things. Clip gloves together also if that help a little. Those on a string sometimes can help or pin them to the coat or elastic or string on the coat(there is a new one.) 
Book 1 Birthdays and Events, Activities of History, Language, and PE or health
ON October 11 1759 Parson Weeks(Mason Locke Weems), clergyman and bookseller who popularized legends about George Washington. Book 1 says Parson Weems presented fictitious stories as historical fact and is responsible for the tale of George Washington chopping down his father's cherry tree. This legend, or yarn, wasn't based on fact, yet it became a part of every school child's knowledge. Ask the children to suggest how the expression "t spin a yarn" might have originated. (In the lexicon of sailors, the task of repairing rope was reerred to as "spinning," and "yarn" was the term for rope. To pass the time while doing this laboritous task, sailors would tell stories.) Now I do know of my cousin talking about how he makes rope out of old pieces of leather from the used stores so I know there is such a thing and my grandfather may have been the very one to teach him because he and my great-grandfather were both trained in making designs on leather unless it is a well known trade among ranchers. I do remember being told of George Washington was known to never tell a fib, for he had to admit to his father about chopping down his cherry tree as a girl.
Another birthday on that day is that of the Henry John Heinz(Heinz pickles, mustard, ketchup, ect), food-products manufacturer. He was born in 1844. You might enjoy some of his food in honor.
The last famous person born on October 11 was famous indeed. She was Eleanor Roosevelt, humanitarian and wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt who was also very famous. Find out what a humanitarian is if you are not sure. Now  Eleanor was not very pretty and yet she showed more strength than most common women. Book 1 has a activity about Eleanor about some special messages she related in her book she wrote This Is My Story. She wrote, "No one can make you feel inferiour without your consent." Ask the children what they think she meant by that remark. See if the children remember when someone damaged their self-confidence or tried to put them down? Ask them how they felt  and feel about it. Then ask what they did about it.Ask your children if they feel it is right for others to find fault, put anyone down, or bully someone. 
Book 1 says Eleanor was extremely shy. Ask your children if they have ever felt that way or if you remember any time that they were shy. If they were shy, ask them what they did to overcome it? If they are shy ask them what they think they can do about it.
Birthdays for October 12 include that of Elmer A Sperry, American inventor and developer of the gyrocompass in 1860. Find out what a gyrocompass is. Then Joan Rivers, American comedianne and talk-show host was born in 1935. Luciano Pavarotti, Italian opera star was also born in 1935. Now an activity for him was because even though he was famous for singing and preformings He was also an all-around athlete and his favorite sport was soccer. See if you can add any more sports to your beginning list and see what sports your children like most. Be sure to play some soccer for the weekend if they like it.
Now there is no special events for the 11th of October up to the 1700's but they had a happening mentioned in Book 1 for a later date. Legend has it that in the late 1700's, an Irishman named Jim Daly bet that he could introduce a completely meaningless word within 24 hours. He hired local children to chalk the word quiz all over Dublin. Daly won his bet: Dubliners were buzzing about the strange word for days. Challenge you children to find the stories behind these words: denim, honeymoon, sideburns. You also could stick a different word up with those stick on papers and see what kind of response you will get in your family.
Now for the events of October 12. If you have not figured out that today is the day that Columbos arrived in The New World right into the Bahamas as of 1492. Then on the same day in 1792 The First U.S. Memorial to Columbus was dedicated in Baltimore. I have an activity for this occasion from this book, but first I want you to record that on this same day in 1768 the song "Yankee Doodle" first appeared in the New York Journal. You may want to do some research about this song and may want to sing some of it with the children. Now as we may have learned Christopher could have been placed in to different categories of views about him. With a peice of paper you could fold it in half and talk about him in the terms of these two categories. Some thought of him as a master mariner and others thought of him as a pirate and plunderer. Discuss why the two different opinions and see what they may have had concluded in the fact that it took the king and queen 3 years to approve for him to take ships and sail on his voyage. Many funny things have been infactuated like the tale of George Washington. See what they might come up with.
Now I promised you some balloons and this is what they are and you must build the four pages of them. Each one has different characters in them or them. You can use the characters I give you or draw your own or paste them on or stickers, whatev er you wish. There is also little activities inside of them to do. You can do these any time you wish. On the first page is four big ones. One has a dragon inside of it on one side; in it says Research the balloon from ancient China to today. Report your findings in a booklet entitled "All About Balloons.
The one next to it is also big. It has clown circles around the activity and a lamb laying on the top side. The activity says "For a hair-raising experience, rub a balloon on a woolen surface. Then hold it near your head. Tell what happens and why.
 The big one on the bottom left side facing you is also big and has a bunch of tires laying in the bottom of it. Above the tires an activity says ,"Why is Charles Goodyear considered the father of the toy balloon? Write a short biography telling his accomplishments.
 The last balloon on this page is in the bottom right corner and it looks like it has gook hanging from the sides of it. Inside the balloon it says, "Place a water balloon in the freezer overnight. Measure it before and after it is frozen. What did you discover? Inflate a balloon, pinch it closed, then let it go. What happens and why? Experiment to see if you can control the flight of the balloon. What scientific principle does this demonstrate? On the second page It has 8 medium size balloons, three across the top with the far right one shaped like a bean. The middle one of the second row of three is a"Mickey Mouse" shape with two regular ones on the  bottom  row.
The one in the top left corner has a measuring tape across the back of it. The activity in it says, "After measuring the circumference of an inflated balloon, place it in the freezer for 30 minutes. What do you think will happen? Make a prediction. Measure it again when you take it out. Explain the difference."
The middle one on that top row is a little smaller than the rest. It reads "Read the Red Balloon or view the film.Name a fun incident, an exciting scene, and the part you like best. What is the message about friendship?"
The one in that right corner that is shaped like a bean has a book leaned inside of it with balloons coming out the top of it and the cover says BALLOONS. the oo are balloons. It says,"Write a story about the first balloon."
The middle left one says, "What if you were pulled into a giant balloon and floated away? Write about your adventure." It has a girl inside on the one side looking out.
The Mickey Mouse one says, "Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into a bottle and put 1 tablespoon of baking soda into a balloon. Place the end of the balloon over the top of the bottle. What causes the chemical reaction?"(Grandma would actually put the vinegar in the balloon and the soda in the bottle.)
The balloon on the right side of the middle three has two little balloons in the bottom , one is floating in air the other is laying on a wavy line for the ground. Inside it says, "Why do heliium-filled balloons float at the end of a string, while balloons you blow up stay on the ground?"
The ballon on the far left bottom corner has tape on it and a drawn pin about to stick in it. It says;"can you stick a pin in a balloon without popping it? What happens if you use a piece of tape? Experiment."
The far right balloon has number eights all over it. It says,"Read, memorize, and illustrate Shel Silverstein's poem, "Eight Balloons," in A Light in the Attic.
The third page has eight balloons also only four rows of two balloons. The far little one on the bottom right is a little smaller than the rest of the medium size ones.
The top left one has nothing on it or in it. It says,"Read chapter five in Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing  by Judy Blume. What were Fudge and his friends supposed to do with the balloons? Think of 10 games featuring balloons that could be played at a party."
The one on the right only has a face smiling right on the top. It says, "Write an autobiography of a balloon. Include memorable events, exciting escapades, and near-fatal episodes in your life as a balloon.
The next row two overlap the top ones a little. The one on the left has question markes all over it. It says, "Write a news article about the incident with the giant balloon that answers the questions who, what, when, where, why and how."
The one on the right has a few stars on it in front around the word of the activity in the balloon that says, "Write a limerick about a balloon, the man in the moon, or a happy tune. Be sure one line ends with the word balloons."
The next row of two overlap the second row balloons on the left bottom side. The left one says, "Write a story or poem that includes some or all of the following words: whoosh, pop, hiss, splat, and swish." It has exclamation marks, at signs, or swirls, pound signs, and scribles all ofer it.
The one on the right side looks like a globe with longitudes and latitudes on it. It says, "If Paul Bunyan had a balloon, what would it be like? Write a tall tale with lots of exaggeration."
The right one on the bottom row is a teddy bear with kind of a wide belly for the words of the activity saying, "How did Winnie-the Pooh plan to get honey with a blue balloon? Read the first chapter of Winni-the-Pooh to find out how successful he was. Retell Pooh's episode at the end of a string."
The last little waterballoon is a little smaller as I said than the others. It has nothing on it. It says, "Play catch with a water balloon."
The last page has eight balloons again most are medium sized. One is in the far left corner with bendable pencils in it. It says, "Compile a booklet of colorful metephors, each beginning with "A balloon is..."
The one in the far right corner is a dashhound shape clown ballons they blow up and twist together. It says in the middle,"Learn how to twist and turn balloons to make balloon animals. Then one is in the lower part of the top two and it is suppose to be a wad of paper but has many flat sides like a hexigon. It says to,"Locate and follow the directions for making an origami paper balloon."
One balloon the right of that but a little lower, but overlapping the foot of the twisted animal balloon is a beautiful Christmas ornament of beautiful string and lace across it three places. It gives instructions to, "Make an ornament by dipping a length of yarn, lace, string, or ribbon into liquid starch and wrapping it around an inflated balloon. When it is dry, pop the balloon."
Then next to it in the middle going back to the left but it is a little lower than the ornament but almost under the paper orgami is a hippo balloon. His chin is on the bottom right balloon. He has written on it,"Use a balloon as the form to make a papier-mache animal. Add legs, ears, and other details." We may do that next week.
The far one on the right of the hippo is overlapping its rear a little. That balloon has nothing in it or over it. It says to, "Create similes using the words like or as to make balloon-related comparisons: Air escaping from a balloon sounds like...When I hear a balloon pop, I jump like a....."
The bottom balloon to the left of that upper left balloon is shaped the same with nothing on it or in it either. It says, "Describe a balloon using your senses. How does it look, feel, smell, taste, and sound? Use the list of words and phrases to compose a poem."
The balloon to the far right on the right side which is the last balloon is a little wider than the other two plain balloons on the left side only it is laying on its side. It says to, "Make a class book with a hole in each page. On the inside back cover, glue a real balloon so it can be seen through the holes. Draw pictures of different scenes and events incorporating the balloon. " I am a little confused on this one, maybe you can figure it out.
It has gotten late so I will type the Chocolate fun up for you to use the weekend and I will make a seperate section for the birthday party ideas to be used anytime. The balloons you will have to filter where they will fit. You have a nice weekend and holiday. I will have lessons ready for Tuesday.
The Wonderful World of Chocolate from Book 57
Given on a seperate blog.

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