Dear folks, Grandma is feeling really good about the fact that people are gaining something from what I am giving. I hope I can keep pleasing your needs. I looked at the news today and became a little scared, yet people are opening up everywhere trying to make a better world for us. It all seems good to me. I can see people's upset with the churches. However, I am a little fearful of what might lead them. If they work together and monitor the good they are trying to build they will be ok. Churches have built their empires and want the people to pay for them. Yet they can get the Bible so turned around and hidden in their own belief that they forget that there are people seeing another pathway. It's like in the times of the revolution when people did not want to pay to something that was not a benefit to them but a pay to the rich. Maybe that is what is happening to everything. The American people are seeing so much of their world as non-truth that they are taking matters in their hands. Yet Grandma almost made a bad mistake on her sons jobs this weekend in trying to talk to friends on facebook about her situation. Our world is so terrifying today. Well things might become a little different but I think it all might surprise us. However there could be some strong controversy spur up. Grandma is just watching, if you have comments she is open.
For now we are going to focus on our home schooling with the Home education program we have set up with Grandma's Place of Natural Learning Center.
I know you will not forget your tasks for the day, Grandma saying it just helps us know where we are at and what is coming next. Just to reasure you of where we are going I want to let you know that I have some recipe's to give you and then we will finish up with the 1700's , move into the 1800 with the civil war, oregan trail days and prairie life, then we will move on into the 1900's and up to today. As Grandma is doing this we will also be learning more and more about other countries. Grandma is also moving with the bible. She want to get to the story of Jesus's birth by Christmas time and move into the New Testament afterwards. Therefore we will be moving pretty fast through the rest of the Old Testament Grandma has so much to give to people and so much more to add in. It is hard when there are picture's she has of things and she cannot just fax them to you. I may try something in the next few days of scanning them and storing them that you can copy and save, blow them up if necessary and use them. There is still connections people are wanting with the real estate connections I can give them. I also have so much more to give you in using mathe for sewing, dolls, decorating. There is so much more for us to learn about in planting, recycling, etc.
Now for the Bible lessons for today. The Israelites in which God is leading and preserving for the birth of his son. For God wants the right kind of people to be his sons background. I is like in our world today. People know what is right and wrong and when they get controlled and pulled into providing for a world that is not of good direction they are going to fall away from it. He has the chosen people, the asendants of Abraham in the desert and must get them to the land of Canaan. He know this land is full of battle and much problems but for some reason he wants his people where he wants them. Of course God has told Moses what to do. The Amalekites want to fight and therefore, Moses must send Jethro out into battle with many of the people and then Moses is to hold his staff up while standing on this hill during the battle. As long as her holds his staff up Moses's people are winning. If he puts it down tha Amalekites are winning. It is very hard for Moses to keep holding the staff up all this time. Aaron and Hur had to stand with Moses and take turns holding up Moses's arms with the staff for them to win and the Amalekites were defeated. Moses was to keep a record of it because God was going to erase from everyone's minds once it was over, that way a record of it would always be there. "Did You Know? from Faith Alive about Exodus 17:11 asking, "Why did Moses hold up his staff when the Israelites were at war?
When Moses held up his staff, the Israelites won. When Moses did not hold up his staff, the Israelites were defeated. This showed the Israelites that God gave them victory. They could not win in their own strength."
Then Jethro, Moses' father-in-law, brought his sons and wife to him and they talked. Then Jethro left, but he advised Moses to get some help in talking with the people because he said the work was too much for just one man. The people assigned could settle the little problems and the bigger problems were brought to Moses.
Tomorrow we will hear about the Ten Commandments.
Upon you finishing some Childrobotics, we will do some Creative dancing. Lesson 26 is the last lesson of this chart. There is another chart to learn from and then we will have to decide from there what to do.This lessons element: review, helper: scarves.
This is what Mary, the author, says, " As I come around to you, tell me which color scarf you want. I'll put on some music, and you can dance with the scarf any way you want to. Ready, go.(Folk tunes are good.)
(Lower the volume to talk, but keep the music playing.)Now try holding the scarf in your other hand. Try changing hands. Try holding the scarf with your foot. Your elbow. Your head.Your back. Now let the scarf float by itself. Can you get under it? let it fall, and go over it. How slowly can you go over it? Take a low level; how can you move the scarf now? And hold a shape.
Now that you know what you can do with the scarf, let me see you move with all the strength of your muscles, strongly and slowly. Can you make the scarf move with you in that way? Can you roll it? Twist it? Throw it? What can you do with the scarf to give the feeling of strength?(Brass or percussion music at a slower tempo is good for this.)
Now show me the feeling of riding on breath--both you and your scarf. Ready. go. (Play soaring or lilting music.) You can go anywhere in the space.
The next piece of music I''ll play will be something you haven't heard before. Try a combination of breath and muscles. See how many different qualities you can get with that scarf. Don't forget to change, level, direction, size, force, and flow. This time I shall play the record all the way through. It lasts about 2 1/2 minutes. What can you do if you get tired? Think how you can keep dancing and still rest. Perhaps take a low level and move your fingers on the scarf. Perhaps let the scarf rest over your face as you sway. Try not to stop dancing. Try to keep the feeling going until the music ends. Want to try? Who thinks he or she can last the whole record? Here we go. And end.
What is it like to dance with a scarf? Now look at the color of your scarf. Show me how that color makes you feel. First without the scarf. Begin. Trade scarves with a friend. How would you dance that color? Trade again. You can imagine your scarf to be anything. What is it? Does it make you want to use lots of space or very small space? Does it lead to free-flowing movements or stillness?
Let's watch. First all the red scarves> (Etc.)
Our good-bye dance will be all the freedom and variety in movement that you can do. Move with your mind, your body, and your spirit, using all the elements of dance! When you make your final shape, fold your scarf and put it into the scarf box using dance movements.(This lesson can be simplified for use with the younger children.)
Goals for evaluation: Look for ability to concentrate, challenge to the body, variety and freedom of movement.
It is time to look at our calendars, The weather is jumping down low fast. Record the happenings in your area. There is four birthday's falling under November 12 in Book 1. I hope you are still thinking of different dolls and things to do with dolls as well as puppets. The stories I got about Halloween all came out of a books that have all kinds of puppets and scenery to use for puppet shows. Be sure to use them as much as you can for you story telling and do lots of role playing for history, it helps the children remember it more. In 1815 Elizabeth Cady Stanton, American suffrage leader, was born. Considering I feel she may have had something to do with the slaves it might be a good idea to do some research about her. For we will be talking more and more about the slavery and the Civil war soon. Then in 1840 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor was born. You might talk to the children about what sculpturing is and how hard it is to do. Talk about how some people are making sculptures out of wood stumps and other methods or things people have come up with to sculpture, such as the metal steel objects being designed. This all will make a good art Lessons for the day. The next birthday is of Marjorie Sharmat, children's author, born in1928. She wrote more than 60 books like Nate the Great, Book 1 says most her characters were family members and they want you to make a record of what character she used for what person in her family. Grandma wants to give you the last birthday and an event for the day before she gives you a book to read and some recipes. The last Birthday is for A.ma Heflin, first female American test pilot in 1941. There is an activity in Book 1 for her but I want to wait a little while till Grandma get it things about travel and more inventions of our times. Then I will try to get the activity in there.
An event in 1799 in which a Dazzling Meteor Shower was observed in South Africa by the German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. This might be a good time to talk some more about various things in space and wonders we have seen. Make a mobile of the various planets is one thing that can be done or a big Muriel of the planets. Be sure to do some research on internet about various things. You may want to heck out things on the moon because Grandma came upon something being hidden from us about the Moon that was interesting. Aliens may be as close as the moon to us that they don't want us to know about.
I hope you have been trying to get records of the children's heritage, One book called Family Time by Linda Ward Beech, Della Cohen, Tara McCarthy with illustrations by Claude Martinot and Jane Conteh-Morgan 1990 Newbridge Communications, Inc. book number (188). It is close to Thanksgiving and a time when there is travel and being with family. Family ties are important to people, especially children. It gives them identitiy beyond just their parents and makes them grow and develop even more. Some people now days seem to think they are the only ones that had disappointments in their families. Some have fears of loosing jobs and close friends if they know about their past or things people feel. They have a tendency to stay their distances because they are afraid of what the person might say or do. Families are important though. This book is about a family arriving to a family on the other side of the mountain and how it all came down to how much they missed each other in the end.
The Author: Cynthia Rylant, was born on Jue 4, 1954, the same year as Grandma. She was raised partly by her grandparents the same as my granddaughter, Eva, has been by me. They lived in Cool Ridge, West Virginia. Later she moved in with her mother in a town close by called Beaver. For her books she is the 1987 Newbery Honor winner.
The Illustrator Stephen Gammell also grew up on his grandfather's farm. He was born in Des Moines, Iowa on February 10, 1943. A self-taught artist, he draws upon memories of childhood summers on that farm. On some grapes the children are suppose to tell about the happy moments of vacations and being with family members. On another page under the Three Headings of Things You Can Feel, Things You Can Hear, Things You Can Taste the children can put the list of these things there: hugging, music, melons, squeezing, sandwiches, breathing, pulling, laughs, strawberries.
It says many times there is memories of smells in a car. The children are to write about those things.
Another pages they are to list things they do in the house with lines inside a house to write on.
Then they are suppose to write things they do outside of the house on a fence. Another page has a collection of bumper stickers.
Other activities as part of the activity is a family tree made. They can also write about one of their favorite family members and why.
Another part gives different car games: one is naming everything from a -z that they see on the trip. In Road Rhymes, one player says a phrase that car travelers use often, and the players think of a funy rhyming phrase to go with it. Here are some examples:
full load-big toad flat tire-high wire back seat-more heat
big bump-head lump deer crossing-me bossing time to eat-have a beet
in the trunk-find a skunk license plate-wish I ate don't walk-just talk
falling rock-lost sock
My granddaughter used to love to play "I see with my little Eye" and guess things of different colors.
Children can help plan trips out as what to take and where to go. Talk about things to say and ways to act. Proper etiquette and things to be carefull of with family members. Give a background check on family members so everyone understands certain things.
Here is a sentence to fill in things just for fun play:
The (person) went to (place) and saw (thing) .Following are a list of things to use to fill in.
People Places Things
the teacher the circus balloons
a dentist Mars trucks
a baby the office gumdrops
They can think about what things family might say and then make a list at looking at different pictures different activities that may have happened in many different times of the ages. The could list those in an outline or something. Make a list of various ways different family members do to feel important or help out. Make sure the children understand each persons title and what that position is to them and to others. Talk about different places people are from.
Do some learning about maps, and plan on maps.
Parents even though these hints and recipes may only become fun, I do want you to know that cooking and baking are the one things that will teach children math faster than anything else and having to do cooking will teach them confidence, courage, coordination, and satisfaction easier than anything else either.
Now I will give you some extra hints from our heritage book on Colonial living. There are many recipes from the Cookbook and bread is one thing Grandma struggles to make correctly. Many people just buy bread frozen or from the store. However, it is found that it does not have the vitamins in it as our homemade whole wheat or whole grain breads. It says in the this cookbook that homemade bread combines the powers of the animal and vegetable kingdom in one product. She says in the colonies that they had as many kinds of breads as fish in the sea. It was important in those times to be able to bake bread. Grandma keeps trying to learn, sometimes they are good though and then they are really good. They used what they call a brick oven, making it round, low roofed, and a little mouth: then it will take less fire, and keep in the heat better than a long oven and high roofed and will bake the bread better. The idea was to have a fire in first to heat the walls to get hot enough to do the baking. She said the door had to left partly open to give air to the fire and allow smoke to escape so the cook could watch it. She said it was good to toss the ashes about a little and spread the heat. Then she said they were raked out into a coal bucket I am sure because one must be very careful with coals or ashes from wood. I have a fireplace and my coals sit for many days before I take them out. Someone had some ashes the bagged up and took outside catch the corner of their house on fire. Before you put them in anything flamable make sure they are well cooled. In those times I believe they had a coal bucket.
She said she tested the heat of her oven by holding her arm in it for 30 seconds. If she could do that it was ready. If it was not hot enough they had to make another fire to get it hotter. She said with an oven peel they put things in when the oven was right. She said the door was closed and things were put in there till they were done. She said Many housewives having no brick oven will do all their baking on the hearth..They would sweep a clean spot on the hearth and put a piece of dough directly on the hot bricks. They would cover it with an upsidedown pot of iron or earthenware, and then cover the pot with embers and pile hot coals around it. Experience just taught them how much time. She said the best wood out of opinion was hickory and the white and black oaks are next in goodness.
She says in these words, "The cook must take great care for the hazards surrounding the fireplace. The constant maintenance of a fire, the necessary raking apart of the embers and coals to provide a slow or gentle cooking temperature, the need to build up brisk flames to produce quick heat for other dishes, mean that even careful cooks risk daily injury." Sparks and pieces of wood can slip out. I am careful of mine when it starts sparking. I have a screen that goes across and the door keeps any from rollin forward out of the fireplace. I also keep wood or anything towards the back part and not forward to roll upward or out. They had to make sure the lug -pole I think that held pots did not get old or brittle and break otherwize the pot of stews could drop and scald someone. She said those that had an iron crane would swing the kettle out from the fire and give the cook an advantage of not having to reach in..
She said for white bread: "Take 3 quarters of a peck of fine flower & strow salt in as much as will season it, then heat as much milke as will season it luke warme, hould it high when you pore it on to make it light, & mingle with your milke 4 or 5 spoonfulls of good yeast, worke your paste well, & then let it ly a rising by the fire, your oven will be heated in an houre & halfe then shut it up a quarter of an houre, in which space make up your loaves & then set them in the oven; an houre & halfe will bake them.
To Make a Buttered Loafe--
Take 4 quarts of milke put runnit(whatever that is) to it & whey it & hang the curd up in a cloth to dreyne for an houre or 2, then take 10 eggs & leave out 3 of the whites then take a little ginger, a pinte of ale yeast, as much fine flowre as will make it up to a loafe. When it is well baked cut it up, & butter it with sweete butter & sugar your butter must be melted & beat up with the sugar before your put it into your loafe.
The matter of keeping on hand a supply of good yeast requires good management. The preferred kind is barm, the froth that forms on the top of fermenting ale or beer.
Now I know you are going to want to go to the bakery or make some bread our modern way
She goes on to say to Take a lump of dough, about two poinds of your last making, which has been raised by barm, keep it by you in a wooden vessel, and cover it well with flour. This is your leaven; then the night before you intend to bake, put the said leaven to a peck of flour, and work them well together with warm water. Let it lye in a dry wooden vessel, well covered with a linen cloth and a blanket, and keep it in a warm place. This dough kept warm will rise again next morning, and will be sufficient to mix with two or three bushels of flour, being worked up with warm water and a little salt.
Beaten Biscuit-Take one Quart of Flour, Lard the size of a Hen's Egg, one teaspoonful of salt. Make into a moderately stiff Dough with sweet milk. Beat for half an Hour. Make out with the Hand or cut with the Biscuit Cutter. Stick with a Fork and bake in a hot oven, Yet not sufficiently hot to blister the biscuit.
Sweet Potato Buns-Boil and mash a potato, rub into it as much flour as well make it bread-- add spice and sugar to your taste, with a spoonful of yeast; when it has risen well, work in a piece of butter, bake it in small rolls, to be eaten hot with butter, either for breadfast or tea
To Make a Nice Biscuit-Rub a large spoonful of butter into a quart of risen dough, knead it well and make it into biscuit, either thick or thin:bake them quickly.
Ryaninjun-is the name of the steamed brown bread that wlways accompanies beans to New England tables. For the amusement of the cook, I have found this recipe in thyme.
Three cups of corn meal
One of rye flour;
Three cups of sweet milk,
One cup of sour:(a teaspoon of vinegar to a cup of milk will sour it)
A cup of molasses to render it sweet,
To render it sweet,
Two teaspoons of soda
Will make it complete.
Grandma is skipping their recipe for pancakes for she wants to give you hers:
I have always remembered it by thinking 2,2,2.
2 cups of floor with 2 teaspoons of baking powder and 1/2 teaspoon of salt mixed together
Then add 2 eggs first before the milk because sometimes don't want to break in milk
Then add two tablespoons of sugar and seasons you like of either cinimmon, with this honey might be a good substitute for sugar or pancakes are even good and better for you with honey on them after they are cooked with cinimmon springled on it. I is a proven fact that the two together are really good for you.
Then add 2 cups of milk and about 1/4 to 1/2 cup of oil. Fry in butter or oil or lard it does not matter. However, the art of tossing a pancake can be quite a trick. Little bubbles forming on the pancake and breaking is how you know they are ready to toss over. When at least half of those bubbles are broke and holes are left they are ready. Then just brown the other side. Molasses is a good substitute for sugar also. It was my discovery that even though pancakes are not quite as thick and formed extra milk in the batter gives them really even a better taste. We have prized the pancake making in our family.
Grandma is tired and we will have more tomorrow. Take care.