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Home Educaton Program

Day 75

Hi folks! Sorry about yesterday, Grandma has had her share of problems the last few days. I believe we are
getting on track.
 
With all your tasks done and Childrobotics we will start with the dance lessons. Grandma will cover a section of the book called "Using Play". The author writes, "Laughter and play are the fertile soil of learning. When a spirit of laughter and play pervades a dance class, learning is encouraged. Use dance games on rainy days, on days when your lesson takes a shorter time than you expected, and for classes whose attention span wanes.
You will find times when a game seems to emerge either at the start, during, or at the end of a class. Play is a needed balance to work, and it is also an effective tool in learning. Use it when you can.
Think of the following games not as set activities that you must follow, but rather as ideas that grew with happenings in a class. They can change and be changed.
 
Stick Together
One day a couple of six year olds came to class arm in arm announcing. "We're stuck together," and they laughed. I combined their predicament with an old game, and it took hold. Now other classes enjoy it. Here is how it goes.
Play a record. All dance. You can have the children free dance (any way they want to any music) or work on the element for the day. When the music stops, call out, "Toe to toe," and all must touch their toes. Start the music again and again they all dance. Stop the music and call out, "Knee to knee, or "Back to back," or "Elbow to elbow." Finally call out, "Stick together!" and they must find different ways in twos  or in groups to make group shapes, touching any way they want to. Sometimes a whole class sticks together. They find this delightful.
 
See Me
I learned this from a colleague (Toberta Bristol, Cabrillo College, Aptos, California), who noticed the need small children have to be watched. How often do you hear, "Like this?" and "Watch me!" Here is how the game goes.
All the children hide their eyes. One child is chosen to be It and tiptoes someplace in the room. It calls out, "See me." All open their eyes and find It. It then says, "Be like me." and all mirror Its shape. "Move like me." All follow Its movement. "Come to me." All run to Its place, where a new child is chosen to be It, and the game begins again.
 
Corners
This game has many variations. Here are two.
Number the corners. All dance. When the music stops, all run to a corner, any corner. One child then draws a number from a hat, and all in that corner are eliminated. The game continues until only a few or one child remains. The element of luck, the simplicity, and the quickness of this game delight the children.
When the number of children still dancing is reduced to two, eliminate two corners and announce that the two dancers must choose different corners. The last child remaining, the "winner," can lead the line, be first to play your drum, or choose the next activity.
"Corners" can also be used as an ending to class. Those in the corner called can be the first to go put their shoes on. In this way, all the children become "winners" as their corner is called, and no one is "eliminated."
In the second variation, corners need not be numbered. This is a contest between you and the children. The group is in the center of the room. You give them a challenge, and they see if they can do it while you turn your back and count to five. Challenges can be:
 
     Be evenly divided in all four corners.
     Be equally divided, but in two corners.
     Make a diagonal line bettween two corners.
     Five in each corner, the rest in the center.
     Everyone wearing blue in one corner, tan in another, red in another, green in another. The rest in the
     center.
Depending upon the age and the wardrobe of your class, you'll think of many more challenges.
 
Picture
This game is best with older children, as they must be able to work as a group and to see themselves as a single entity.
Divide the class into two or three groups. You can give them all the same picture to make, or you can give them each a different one. Pictures can be of Washington crossing the Delaware, King Tut in his tomb, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Statue of Liberty, a Christmas tree, a car, a pyramid, the Golden Gate Bridge, a tunnel, an accident scene, etc. Each group works on making the picture, using all the bodies in the group. When the group is ready, the members sit or lie down or move apart. On cue, they snap into position and hold. This is the fun of it--suddenly they become a single picture instead of a number of people.
 
Can You?
The competition in dance is between an individual child and what she or he is capable of being. But sometimes it's fun to use the elements of dance to compete against another team as in a race.
Divide the class into four or five teams. Number the members of the teams. Then give all the number ones a challenge combining a step plus a movement of a body part. When they have raced, the winner can be given a point, and you then continue with the next in line.
      Challenges can be:
 
     Can you turn your head from side to side while you hop? Go.
     Can you arch and round your back while walking on your toes? Go.
     Can you stretch and bend your arms while you gallop? Go.
     Can you circle your arms outwardly and slide sideward? Go.
     Can you rotate your arms and jump? Go.
     Can you squat and walk with your arms stretched upward and circle your hands?
     Can you run backward, look backward, and point forward?
     Can you shake your whole body and skip?
 
You can give each winner a point, or you can have the children do each set just for fun. Children enjoy helping you make up challenges.
 
Quick Commands
This can be an elimination game, but it can also be done just for fun. Give three commands, then say go. The children must wait until you say go. Then they must execute the commands as quickly as they can. Make the last command a change in level or place so that you can see who is first and who is last clearly. Suggested commands:
 
     Spin around, run and touch a wall, come back and sit.
     Touch your head to the floor, jump up, sit down.
     Spin around, clap your hands, stand up.
     Jump and turn, sit, skip to a wall.
     Scratch your ear, roll your head, kneel.
 
Criss-Cross Town
Young children enjoy this simple game. Before playing it, have them work first on twisting and crossing movements.
A few children are in the center of the room. Others hide in far corners.
 
"Once upon a time, some children fell asleep in a park. But they didn't know the park was in Criss-Cross Town! Suddenly, out from behind trees, out from under rocks came the curious Criss-Cross people, and Criss- Cross rabbits, Criss-Cross men and Criss-Cross women, Criss-Cross boys, and Criss-Cross girls."
"Sometimes they crawled sideward, sometimes backward, sometimes runing, but always with crossing movements. They came closer and closer to the sleeping children, when--suddenly--the children awoke and stretched. They stretched so high and so wide, it frightened the Cross-Cross people and they Criss-Crossed back to their hiding places just as fast as they could!"
 
The first ones back can be the new stretching children, or you can simply choose the next.
 
Feel free to make up games as you go along. Sometimes spur-of-the-moment games that last only a few minutes can be of value to the class. Use your game-making skills as they suit your purpose!"
 
 
Bible History
The next two books we will cover are Nehemiah and Esther.
Faith Alive gives questions to Nehemiah as follows:
 
"Whom...did God inspire to write this book?
Ezra, a priest may have written Nehemiah, along with the books of Ezra and 1 and 2 Chronicles. We are not certain of this fact, however.
 
How...does Nehemiah show us God's love?
God demonstrates that he will always keep the promise of a Savior. Jesus was to complete his saving work in Jerusalem, but at the time of Nehemiah, the city was in ruins.
By enabling Nehemiah to rebuild Jerusalem, God provides the setting where Christ would fulfill his mission some five centuries later.
 
When--did this happen? The events of this book happened between 444 and 430 BC.
 
Where--did this happen? These things took place in the land of Judah and the city of Jerusalem.
 
What...special messages does this book give us?
Nehemiah shows how God accomplishes amazing things through his people. God enables the people to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem in just 52 days! Nehemiah also reminds us to look out for the physical needs of people around us.
        ...action happens in this book?
Nehemiah leaves Persia to become governor of Judah. He leads the people in rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem. Nehemiah calls the people to stop their selfishness, and he himself cares for many of the poor.
        ...important people do we meet?
The most important person in this book is Nehemiah.
        ...are some of the stories in this book?
                   The walls are rebuilt.                                                               Nehemiah  3
            Nehemiah helps the poor.                                                             Nehemiah  5
         Opposition to the rebuilding.                                                            Nehemiah  6
                    Ezra reads God's law.                                                            Nehemiah  8
         The Israelites confess their sins.                                                      Nehemiah  9
   Nehemiah asks to be remembered.                                                      Nehemiah 13"
 
Faith Alive presents "Life In Bible Times-Cupbearer-The cupbearer was a very high government official in Bible times. It was an honor to fill the king's cup when he ate. Ordinary people drank out of shallow clay cups but kings drank out of golden cups.
                                 
Let's Live It! Nehemiah 2:1-5 Fast, Silent Prayer--In Bible times, some kings would kill anyone who made them feel upset. Read Nehemiah 2:1-5. Why was Nehemiah afraid? What did Nehemiah do when the king asked why he looked sad?
We don't know what Nehemiah prayed. But it must have been a fast, silent prayer, because Nehemiah answered the king's question right away.
Can you think of times you might want to say fast, silent prayers? You might pray: "God listens to fast, silent prayers, as well as to long ones.
 
Let's Live It! Nehemiah 5:1-8 The Ninth Commandment-- "You shall not covet your neighbor's house" (Exodus 20:17).
Times were hard in Jerusalem. But instead of sharing, some rich people took advantage of their neighbors. This conversation could have taken place:
  "You need food? Of course, just give me your fields, your home."
  "But they've been in my family for years. I inherited them from my father, my grandfather....Very well."
Some desperate parents sold their children as slaves, just so everyone could eat. A few greedy people were gaining everything for themselves.
Coveting is greed. We want for ourselves what our neighbors have rather than being happy they have good things. We are not satisfied with what God has given us. Martin Luther explains: "We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor's inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it."
What is one thing you can give to a needy person?
 
Let's Live It! Nehemiah 5:9-18 The Tenth Commandment__"you shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor: (Exodus 20:17).
Martin Luther explains the Tenth Commandment this way: "We should fear and love God so that we do not entice or force away our neighbor's wife, workers, or animals, or turn them against him, but urge them to stay and do their duty."
Read Nehemiah 5:14-18. Nehemiah knew God had given him more than he needed. He feared and loved God (5:15) and loved other people (5:18). Nehemiah never demanded his fair share of the food.
Make a chart with two columns, Loving Thoughts and Loving Actions. Talk with your mom or dad about things to write in th columns. What can you do?
 
Words to Remember 6:16 This work had been done with the help of our God.
 
Life in Bible Times-Books-In Old Testament times a book was a scroll. A strip of parchment (animal skin) or papyrus (paper) was rolled up on two sticks. One copy of Isaiah, made two hundred years before Christ, is ten inches high and twenty four feet long! It was about a hundred years after Christ that sheets of papyrus began to be stacked together into something like our books.
 
Did You Know? 8:8-Why did Ezra have to give the meaning when he read God's Word to the people? The Old Testament was written in Hebrew. But by this time, the peoople spoke a language called Aramaic. Ezra had to give the meaning of many Hebrew words that the people could not understand.
 
Words to Remember 10:39 We will not neglect the house of our God.
 
Let's Live It! Nehemiah 11:1-2 Project Nehemiah--Jerusalem had been a pile of rubble. Now it was a new home for people. So much was accomplished by the power of God!
Some churches took on a project like that for a part of New York City. It was called Project Nehemiah. (Guess where they got the name!) Project Nehemiah built new homes for people in an area that had been run down and burned out. Quality homes replaced the rubble. God made it happen.
Many tasks seem discouraging or even impossible. But God can do amazing things! Talk with friends about a project you can do together. Be sure your moms and dads approve before you begin.
 
Life in Bible Times-An Outdoor Market- Markets in Bible lands were noisy, exciting places. All sorts of food, lamps, blankets, garments and other things were sold outdoors. The sellers shouted. Buyers argued loudly to get a lower price. In chapter 13 Nehemiah remided the Israelites that it was wrong to hold a market on the Sabbath. God had set that day aside for the Israelites to rest and to worship him.
 
Let's Live It! Nehemiah 13:14 Things That Last-- A mighty wall. Solid. Permanent. A lasting monument to the work of Nehemiah.... Yet a few centuries later, the walls of Jerusalem were destroyed again. Nehemiah prayed that other things he did would last longer--things like leading people to the Lord.
We, too, may do great things. But the only ones that really last are things that help others know Jesus as Savior. What are some ways you can share the Good News about Jesus? Whom can you tell? Pray that God makes these efforts of ours lasting!"
 
Esther
Faith Alive asks these questions about Esther:
 
"How...does Esther show us God's love? Esther reveals how God saved the Jewish people. From them he would someday send the Savior. By saving them from annihilation, he kept alive the promised line to Jesus.
 
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? We do not know who wrote the of Esther.
 
When...did this happen? The events in this book happened between 483 and 471 BC.
 
Where...did this happen? These events happened in Persia's capital, Susa, a royal city built by the king. By this time, Jews were living in many parts of the world.
 
What...special messages does this book give us? God does not need to do miracles to rescue his people. He is able to work through ordinary events and ordinary people.
        ...action happens in this book? A Jewish woman, Esther, becomes queen of Persia. An evil man named Haman plots to kill all Jews everywhere. Esther saves her people by risking her own life before the king.
        ...important people do we meet? The most important people in this book include King Xerxes, Haman, Esther, and Mordecai.
        ...are some of the stories in this book?
Xerxes divorces Vashti.                                                         Esther 1
Esther become queen.                                                           Esther 2
Haman's plot.                                                                           Esther 3
Xerxes honors Mordecai.                                                       Esther 6
Haman is hanged.                                                                   Esther 7
The Jews are saved.                                                               Esther 8-9"
 
Faith Alive says in:
"Let's Live It! Esther 2:1-18 Nobody Special- Esther's mother and father died, so Esther was brought up by her cousin. No one would have thought Esther was special when she was growing up. But when she did grow up, something happened...that made her very special. Sometimes you may not feel very special. Others may be smarter. Or faster runners. Or have nicer clothes. But you are special to God. Just as God used Esther 2:1-8 and find out what happened that made esther special. Sometimes you may not feel very special. Others may be smarter. Or faster runners. Or have nicer clothes. But you are special to God. Just as God used Esther, so he will use you. Read Jeremiah 29:11. Draw a picture of yourself doing something special when you grow up. Show the picture to a friend and tell him or her what you would like to do when you are older.
 
Life in Bible Times-Casting Lots-People in Babylon and Persia cast lots for "divining." Divining is trying to learn what will happen in the future. We're not sure today exactly what methods or articles were used to "cast lots." Whatever the method, Haman cast lots to find a good day to ask the king of Persia to let him destroy the Jewish people.
 
Did You Know? 6:1What is providence?-Providence is a word used to talk about God's control of everything that happens. God does not need to use miracles to help his people. God can control events that seem very natural and normal. God had control of all the events of Esther 6--even an event so ordinary as Xerxes' sleeplessness. And he used all the events to help his people.
 
Life In Bible Times-The King's Signet Ring-People in Bible times did not sign important papers. Instead they pressed their signet ring into a bit of clay that was pressed on to papers that had been tied together. When the king gave Mordecai his signet ring, it meant mordecai could write any orders he wanted in the king's name.
 
Did You Know? 9:28 Why is the holiday that celebrates the Jews' deliverance called Purim? The word pur means "lot." The holiday is named Purim to remind everyone how Haman cast lots to pick a day to try to kill all the Jews. God made the lot fall on a day far enough away so everything could be arranged to save his people. The name of the celebration is a riminder of God's providence and his love."
 
 
Book (1)
January 1, 1735 Paul Revere, American silversmith and Revolutionary War hero, was born. In 1752 Betsy Ross, American seamstress popularly credited with making the first U.S. flag, was born. Then in 1864 Alfred Stieglitz, American photographer called "the Father of Modern Photography", was born. Talk about them to the children. 
In 1763 on January 1 Wolfgang Mozart, age 7, performed on the clavier, organ, and violin for the royal family at Versailles. Study about him.
In 1772 Thomas Jefferson married Martha Skelton. Book (1) says, "In colonial times, it was customary to give a marriage plate to newlyweds. Painted with bright colors, these plates would include a likeness of the couple, their marriage date, and a saying to wish them happiness, health, wealth, and a large family. Have students design a marriage plate for Thomas Jefferson and Martha "Patty" Wayles Skelton. The folowing descriptions might help the kids: Patty was slender and had auburn hair. She loved music and played the harpsichord and piano. Thomas was tall and had sandy hair.He loved to read, ride, dance, and play the violin."
January 1 is not only New Year's Day but it is Polar Bear Club Swim Day. Look up the problems with the Polar Bears and the global warming.
 
January 2, 1879 Swan Fritea, inventor of the Eskimo Pie was born followed by Isaac Asimov, American scientist and science fiction writer, was born in 1920. 
Georgia became the fourth state in 1788.  Book (1) writes, " Celebrate the anniversary of Georgia's statehood by writing its state motto, "Wisdom, justice, and moderation" on a poster or something. Invite the children to find out the motto of their state. Next, have each child come up with a class motto. Hang the seal over the door.
January 2 is Good Luck Day. It is also Kakizome day in Japan. Book (1) says, " In Japan, people celebrate the new year by decorating their front doors with pine brances and bamboo, which symbolize long life and uprightness. Each person in the household uses a brush called a fude and special ink to write a favorite poem or proverb--the kakizome, or first writing of the year. The most beautiful kakizome is desplayed in a place of honor." Have the children write their own kakizomes and display them.
 
January 3 1793 Lucretia Mott, antislavery leader and early advocate of women's rights was born. Then in 1892 J.R.R. Tolkien, English fantasy author, was born. Book (1) writes, "J.R.R. Tolkien's flights of fancy and imagination began when he was a child and wished for dragons. Years later, while telling stories to his children, he made up the term hobbit to denote a member of a race of hole-swelling, beardless little people with fat stomachs, clever fingers, and good-natured faces. Share this description with your" children, and "invite them to draw their version of a hobbit. Display the finished drawings..., then compare them with the illustration from the front cover of the Hobbit." Did any of them depict the hobbit similarly?
In 1926 Joan Walsh Anglund, children's author and illustrator was born. Then in 1934 Patricia Lee Gauch, children's author, was born.
In 1777 Mrs. Jinnie Waglum, wearing a soldier's hat and coat, Guided Washington's army to Princeton, NJ, where the American troops routed the British.
 
January 4, 1643 Sir Isaac Newton, English scientist and mathematician, was born. Then in 1785 Jacob Grimm, German folklorist, was born. Read some of the Grimm's Fairy Tale. Have the children write down the following information: title, subject, plat, theme or moral, and relevancy of the tale to their lives. After learning some patterns see if they can write one of their own.
In 1809 Louis Braille, French teacher who invented the braille system of writing for the blind. Find what you can about it and talk to the children about it. Then in 1813 Sir Isaac Pitman, English inventor of shorthand, was born.
In 1493 Christopher Columbus began his return trip to Spain from the New World.. In 1790 George Washington delivered the first State of the Union Address.
 
January 5, 1779 Stephen Decatur, American naval hero, was born along with Zebulon Pike, American explorer of whom Pike's Peak is named. In 1855 King camp Gillette, American inventor of the safey razor, was born. It is also Bird Day so maybe you can do something with this like name the state birds of each state or bird's you know or like.
 
January 6, 1878 Carl  Sandburg, American poet, was born. Book (1) says he was known for his Metaphors. He is known for his famous poem "Fog," he writes that fog "comes on little cat feet." Share it with the children and ask them to close their eyes as you read it again. "What pictures do they see in their minds? Read it once more so the kids can act it out. Then ask them to think of animals that might be used to describe thunder, clouds, sleet, wind, rain, high tide, a volcano, or a hurricane. Have them write a poem.
It is considered Sherlock Holmes's "Birthday" (observed by the Baker Street Irregulars on the first Friday after Jan. 1). Book (1) says, "The fictional detective Sherlock Holmes regularly gets requests to solve real crimes. Every week about 40 letters arrive at the Abbey National Building Society, a bank occupying the site that would include Holmes's 221B Baker Street home." Have the children draft a letter to Sherlock Holmes, requesting him to solve a particular mystery. Assign one of his books to an appropriate aged child.
 
Science:
January 7, 1745 Jacques Etienne Montgolfier, French Balloonist, was born. In 1800 Millard Fillmore, 13th president of the United States, was born. In 1937 Kay Chorao, children's author, was born.
In 1610 Galileo discovered Jupiter's moons. Book (1) says, "In addition to his ground-breaking work in astronomy, Galeleo made important contributions to the understanding of gravitation. He theorized that if objects of different weights were dropped from the same height, they would fall at about the same rate, with air resistance accounting for any differences. It is said that he tested this theory by dropping an iron cannonball and a lighter wooden ball from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Conduct your own test to demonstrate that gravity affects all objects in the same way." Drop a penny and a dictionary to see if they both land on the floor at the same time.
In 1714 The First Patent for a typewriter was given to English engineer Henry Mill. In 1789 The First Presidential Election took place. It is also Panama Canal Day.
 
January 8, 1935 is Elvis Presley, American rock and roll singer, was born. He may be a little out of your line but Grandma will certainly remember him. He was famous in the 1950's, 60's, 70's, and to some he still is.
In 1942 Stephen Hawking, English physicist was born. It is also World Literacy Day.
 
Math:
January 9, 1870 Joseph Baermann Strauss, designer of the Golden Gate Bridge was born. In 1913 Richard Nixon, 37th president of the United States was born. In 1914 Clyde Rober Bulla, children's author was born. In 1493 Christopher Columbus recorded seeing three "Mermaids, " which were probably West Indian manatees. In 1788 Connecticut became the fifth state. In 1793 Jean Pierre Blanchard and his dog made the First successful Balloon ascent in America. Book (1) says "To cover his expenses, he decided to charge spectators at his ballooning exhibition $5. Many protested the high cost, so he lowered the price to $2. ... Give the kids some simple problems that illustrate the concept of supply and demand." Talk about balloons all you can.
It is also National Education of Smoking and Health Week. Talk about it all you can.
 
January 10, 1738 Ethan Allen, American soldier who led the Green Mountain Boys during the Revolution, was born. In 1904 Ray Bolger, American actor and dancer who played Scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz, was born. "Off to see the wizard--Scarecrow, played by Ray Bolger, joined Dorothy, Cowardly Lion, Tin Man, and Toto on a trip to Emerald City in the movie version of The Wizard of Oz. He wished for a brain." If the children "could wish for on thing to better themselves or make a change in themselves, what would it be? Have them weave the idea into a story."
In 1776 Thomas Paine published his pamphlet Common Sense. Book (1) writes, "By 1776, enthusiasm in the American colonies for separation from England was waning. That's when Thomas Paine wrote Common Sense, a 50-page pamphlet advocating independence. In several months, an amazing 500,000 copies were sold." Have the children find out how many copies have been sold of some of today's best-sellers. How does the population of the United States today compare with the population in 1776?  Have the children compare the percentage of today's population that read a recent best-seller. 
It is also Human Relations Day.
 
MathJanuary 11, 1755 is Alexander Hamilton, first secretary of the U.S. Treasury, day of birth. Book (1) writes, "When Alexander Hamilton became the first secretary of the Treasury, the United States was in financial trouble. The Revolutionary War had been costly. To pay the bills, Hamilton established credit with other countries and set up a bank to handle the goernment's money. Hamilton's picture is on the $10 bill, a reminder of his contributions to a new nation. Have the kids look at other currency and coins to see what leaders' faces appear. List these: Were any noteworthy leaders left out?
In 1885 Alice Paul, American women's rights leader and founder of the National Women's Party was born.
In 1569 The First Lottery was held in London. In 1770, Benjamin Franklin sent Chinese Rhubarb to America.
It is also Banana Split Day "The banana split is a descendant of the ice cream sundae, which was first served in an ice cream shop in Two River, Wis. Ice cream with chocolate syrup on it became quite popular, but the shop owner served it only on Sunday, hence its name, Have your students conduct a survey of favorite toppings for ice cream. Graph the results."
 
January 12, 1628 Charles Perrault, French writer who callected such favorite fairy tales as "Cinderella,", "Sleeping Beauty," and "Little Red Riding Hood". Book (1) writes,  "Charles Perrault collected and interpreted eight popular fairy tales--including "Cinderella" and "Sleeping Beauty"--in a collection subtitled The Tales of Mother Goose. Though most people associate Mother Goose with nursery rhymes. Rather, it was the English publisher John Newbery who first used the Mother Goose character in a book of nursery rhymes, called Mother Goose's Melody." She if the children can make any riddles out of the rhymes.
In 1876 Jack London, American author, is born. Book (1) writes, "Jack London came from an impoverished family that included 12 children. As a young child, he had no books of his own. But by age 10, London had discovered his public library and was frequent borrower of books about adventure, travel, sea voyages, and discoveries." Talk about your own treasured books as a family and how the library could be utilized. Grandma's mom visits the library for different books quite often and she is 84.
 
January 13, 1808 is Salmon Chase, American statesman and Supreme Court chief justice's, birthday. Then in 1926 Michael Bond, children's author, was born. Book (1) writes, " On Christmas Eve in 1957, Michael Bond noticed a lone toy bear left unsold on a store shelf. He bought it for his wife. Because he lived near Paddington Station in London, he name the bear Paddington. Bond began a story about the toy bear, and within 8 days, he'd completed his first children's book. Since then, he's written 10 additional novels and two short-story collections about Paddington." Have your children you home school write a short story about one of their toys.
Rubber Ducky, "Sesame Street" character originated on this day. When your children think of Rubber Ducky, what do they associate with. Have the list other connections.
Georgia, the last of the original 13 colonies, was established. In 1794 Congress passed legislation increasing to 15 the number of stars and stripes on the flag. It is Stephen Foster Memorial Day. Look that up. It is also Silvesterklause Parade day in Switzerland. "People in Urnasch, Switzerland, celebrate St. Sylvester's Day with an unusual parade. They dress in costumes made from twigs, moss, pinecones, straw, nuts, shells and other natural things. As thy walk through the countryside, they yodel a greeting at each farmhouse." Think of some costumes yourselves.
 
January 14, 1741 Benedict Arnold, Revolutionary War traitor was born. Matthew Fontaine Maury, American naval officer and pioneer in modern oceanography, was born in 1806 Then in 1875 Albert Schweitzer, German physician and humanitarian, was born. Book (1) says, "Albert Schweitzer identified an incident that occurred when he was 8 as a turning point in his life. He and a friend were stalking birds with slingshots. Although he didn't really want to kill any birds, Schweitzer was afraid his friend would laugh at him if he didn't go along. As he aimed his slingshot, Schweitzer heard church bells. He stopped himself, threw the slingshot on the ground, and scared away the bird. From that day on, he paid little attention to what others thought of him and dedicated himself to helping people and animals." Talk about peer pressure and dares.
"Schweitzer won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1954. In his acceptance speech, he said there would never be real peace until people realized their unity with one another and with all living creatures." Talk about this among each other and make a poster if you wish.
In 1886 Hugh Lofting, English author who wrote the Dr. Dolittle books, was born. then in 1734 Thermometers in Yenesseisk, Siberia, registered 120 degrees farinheight below zero. It is also National Printing Ink Day. It is also Pongal(Harvest Festival in Singapore--Jan 14-17). Book (1) writes, "During the Pongal festival, the people of Singapore honor the sun and the rain, which ripen the rice crop. They cook rice and form it into balls for the birds." Make suet balls or form rice and peanut butter into molds or cover pinecones for the birds.   
 
Be sure to work on your yearbooks, journals, and newspapers as much as possible. Have a good Day!

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