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Home Educaton Program

Day 87

Good Morning! Sorry Grandma has not been able to handle as much as before the last few days, life gets hard at times. Grandma is going to start with the Calendar history first today, move to the books to read, and then work on the history book before she gives any lessons from the Bible book. I hope everyone finds things to do for Childrobotics, dancing, and music. Everyone remember tasks and responsibilities to do. If you have trouble with this keep a chart somewhere close or on your phones to follow.
 
Calendar History:
Birthdays for January 30 from Book (1) begin with "Gelett Burgess, American humorist who wrote "I Never Saw a Purple Cow" in 1866. Book (1) says to "Read Gelett Burgess's classic poem "I Never Saw a Purple Cow" to your (children). Ask them to pattern their own odd-collored animal poem after it (for example, "I Never Saw a Fuchsia Turtle" or "I Never Saw an Aqua Horse"). Then have the kids create stick puppets featuring their animals. (Involve neighbors and friends in the fun. For this poem this day is considered Purple Cow Day.))
The other birthdays include Franklin D. Roosevelt; 32nd president of the United States, born in 1882; Max Theiler, South African microbiologist who developed the vaccine for yellow fever, in 1899. Then Lloyd Alexander, children's author.
One event for January 30 is of 1790 when Lifeboats were first used. Then in 1815 The Library of Congress purchased Thomas Jefferson"s Book Collection. Book (1) informs us that "In 1800, President John Adams created a reference library for Congress, ordering the first books from England. In 1814, the collection was destroyed when British troops burned the Capitol. Soon afterward, former president Thomas Jefferson affered to sell his personal library--one of the finest in the United States--to Congress. Jefferson was paid $23,950 for his 6,487 books. Have your (children) use their calculators to figure out the average price per book.
Today the Library of Congress houses almost 80 million items stored on 532 miles of shelves! That's about the distance between akron, Ohio, and St. Louis, Mo. Have your kids use their atlases to find a location that's 532 miles from their hometown.
Tell the kids that the Library of Congress acquires 10 new items every minute. How many items would that work out to be during the students' lunch and recess break? If your ... library got 10 new books each minute for one school day, how much additional shelf space would the librarian need?
(Once these are figured see what other problems you can come up with for the children to figure out.)
Grandma is going to add a 1900 event of 1915 to the calendar to go with the Lifeboats, in which Congress created the U.S. Coast Guard. Discuss with the children why this and the Lifeboats are so important. Discuss some water safety that you can with the children as:
1. Always be with someone when swimming.
2. Be very careful around others, and make sure you keep a close eye on very young children in water.
3. Never stand up in a boat.
4. Always have lifejackets on children in smaller boats and know where they are if on a ship or bigger boats.
5. Do not hang on railings or under something close to the edge of a big boat or ship.
6. Always be with someone you know on a ship or boat.
7. Know how to use a boat or rubber raft and a raft.
8. Always be careful around deep water, rivers, lakes, etc.
9. Always find out what to do and listen to officials in case of emergencies on ships or big boats.
 
Two books from book (6) to read and do activities-
"Flossie and the Fox by Patricia C. McKissack(Dial Books For Young Reader's 1986, 32 pp.)
When Big Mama sends little Flossie Finley on an errand, Big Mama includes a warning to watch out for a sly, egg-poaching fox on the loose. But, Flossie doesn't know what a fox looks like, so when she runs into one on her way through the woods, she challenges him to prove he's for real! This folktale will delight readers who will fall in love with clever Flossie's indomitable spirit.
 
Before Reading Flossie and the Fox
Remind (the children) that animals in literature are usually thought to have certain "stereotypic" qualities (e.g., pigs are sloppy and lazy, lions are courageous, mice are timid, lambs are gentle, rats are not to be trusted, etc.)(Grandma want to step in here and tell parents home schooling in our Home Education Program that it is important to discuss children's feelings about stereotyping and where children get started teasing other children and if bullies use those tactics to put others down. Discuss how they feel about it and if they feel it should be allowed by other children to do that. Discuss proper and tactful ways to talk to people and how people get along in this world. Help them know ways to deal with others nicely and be able to fit in themselves and get along with others.) (Grandma also suggests talking to children about behaviors of animals because rats are considered very good pets and very gentle with children. So find out if all behaviors fit for every animals because some pets can turn out to be not so nice.) Get children on the right train of thought by asking if they know what it means to be "chicken" or a "pig." Ask if any of the children have ever heard the expression, "sly as a fox." (If necessary, help children look up the exact meaning of the word "sly" in the dictionary.) Tell the children that this story is about a little girl who meets just such a sly fox on her way to a neighbor's house. (Grandma believes the original story actually is a little girl rabbit and foxes are gentle or scared of people but a rabbit they like to eat. For the story of Floppsy or Flossie, Doppsy, and Peter Cottontail keep popping in her head.)
 
After Reading Flossie and the Fox
Ask the children to describe what kind of a girl Flossie is. Have them cite examples from the book to support their reasonings. By the end of the book, Flossie says she believes the fox is telling the truth. Ask students to explain when they believe Flossie first knew that the fox really was a fox.
 
Follow-up Activities
 
Learning from Illustrations
Help the class define what is meant by a story's setting and time. Tell children that illustrations can sometimes help them understand where and when a story takes place. Have (children) look through the book's illustrations to locate clues that tell about where Flossie and the Fox takes place (a warm, rural, woodsy setting). Then, have them look for clues (e.g., clothing, toys) that help tell when (in time) the story takes place.
 
Smart Decision-Making
When she meets up with the dangerous fox, Flossie relies on some quick thinking to keep herself safe. Here are some more situations to discuss with the children given on a fancy sheet in the book (6):
-A strange dog uns up to you on the playground. (most usually they will be friendly if they are wagging their tails strong or carry it between their legs. otherwise do not go near them. Talk to them friendly to see a response but do not go near them unless they know it is safe. Usually on a playground they know they are in others territory and needing a friend. Never pet a dog unless they have sniffed you or they are with a safe owner. Be very cautious and get an adult to be near you before you go near them. One never can be too sure about a dog.)
-A stranger offers you candy.
-(Somebody you know well or is friends of the family says certain things are ok to do and you have been told different or want you to go with them somewhere that you have not heard a parent say it was ok. Work out a code a parent would have given the other person unless it is a hospital emergency or something you can check out. In that case an officer or an official would be coming to you. Be careful where you go with other people and what you would do with them and who would give you a drink or something especially when you are older.)
-Your friends want you to play at a construction site.
-Your friends dare you to climb up to the top of the playground jungle gym and hang upside down by your knees.
-You're home alone and a stranger(not an official with a badge-even then be careful) knocks on the door."
 
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Follow the Drinking Gourd
According to American folklore, this song was a "musical" map which led fugitive slaves north to freedom. For a history of the song, see http://www.followthedrinkinggourd.org/index.htm and http://en.w...and now a part of our Home Education Program.
The next story is called Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeannette Winter(Alfred A. Knopf, 1988, 42 pp.)
"The complex system that led runaway African slaves to freedom is exquisitely portrayed in this easy-to Understand text about the Underground Railroad. Readers can't help but stand in awe of what slaves were forced to endure when in bondage--and what they were willing to risk to be free.
 
Before Reading Follow the Drinking Gourd
Ask (the children) to explain in their own words how much they know about slavery in our history. Use the opportunity to correct andy misconceptions about slavery. Use a globe to show the class how slavers sailed from American shores to Africa and back, in order to capture Africans and force them to work on the southern plantations in the States. If possible, show the children a copy of Roots by Alex Haley (G.K. Hall & Co., 1976). Reading excerpts from the book will graphically illustrate to the (children) how slaves traveled on slave ships and provide accurate historical information on the issue of slavery in America.
 
After Reading Follow the Drinking Gourd
Have students study the faces of the runaway slaves as illustrated in the book. Ask students to list all of the feelings they see on the character's faces. Can the students imagine how they would have felt and what they would have done if they had been enslaved?"
 
Follow-up Activities
Musical Mapping
Help the (children) learn the "Follow the Drinking Gourd Song".
View the paths of the Underground Railroad from the map after the Song.
(Grandma is going to wait on The Reconstruction Years in the History book till tomorrow.)
She is going to start covering the Bible as far as she can tonight. I am sorry she is under a lot of stress right now, very busy, fighting sinuses and very tired.(sorry)
We are on Micah. Which Faith Alive asks the following questions:
How...does Micah show us God's love?
Like Isaiah, Micah shows God's love chiefly by clear prophesies of the coming of Jesus. Micah pinpoints Christ's birth in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2). He also describes the kingdom  Christ will establish (Micah 4:1-8). Micah frequently speaks of God's people being cared for like sheep by a shepherd. This, too, tells what Jesus did(John 10:11-18).
 
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? Micah, who prophesied in Judah and probably knew Isaiah, wrote this book.
 
When...was this book written? Micah preached in Judah between 742 and 687 BC.
 
What...special messages does this book give us?
Both Judah and Israel are convicted of sin in God's "courtroom." They would suffer consequences, even captivity by foreigners. Nevertheless, God would send a special ruler to Judah. He would be born in Bethlehem and would be a shepherd to God's people.
        ...are some important passages in this book?
Punishment for the wicked.                                                           Micah 2:1-5
A ruler from Bethlehem.                                                                 Micah 5:1-5
God's courtroom scene.                                                                Micah 6:1-8
Our forgiveing God.                                                                        Micah 7:18-20 
 
Faith Alive also explains things through "Let's Live It! Micah 2:12-13 Break Through--Do you like going to football games? Some schools do this; Before players take the field, fans put a huge paper banner under the goal posts. Then the team runs through it. Usually the team captain gets to rip through the paper first.
Micah speaks of someone who would do that for Israel: "One who breaks open the way will go up before them" (Micah 2:13). Jesus did that for us, didn't he? He ripped through death by bursting from the grave. Now we get to follow him through death to a new life.
 
Life In Bible Times-Bribes-In Bible times people often gave gifts. A person who received a gift was expected to give a gift in return. Gifts to judges were bribes, to get the judge to make a decision in favor of the one who gave him the gift. God's Law tells judges not to accept bribes (see Exodus 23:8).
 
Did You Know? 5:2 Whom did Micah predict would come from Bethlehem?
Micah was predicting the birth of Jesus. Micah wrote about seven hundred years before Christ, but God knows the future. In the Bible he often tells us about it.
 
Life in Bible Times-The Offering God Wants-God wanted offerings in Old Testament times, but he wanted the people to bring them because they loved God and wnated to live lives pleasing to him. God was not pleased with offerings of animals from people who kept doing wicked things.
 
Words To Remember 7:7 I watch in hope for the Lord. I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
 
Let's Live It! Micah 7:18-20 God Will Forgive Your Sins--Read Micah 7:18-20. These beautiful verses tell us how God loves us even when we sin and how he wants to forgive us.
If you have done something wrong for which you don't feel forgiven, here's something you can do: Confess the sin by writing it on a piece of paper and telling God you're sorry for what you've done. Tear the paper into tiny pieces, drop the on the floor and step all over them. Now vacuum them up untill they are gone!
Now reread Micah 7:19 and thank God that he forgives your sins and treads them underfoot.
 
Have a good day!
                  

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