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Day 137,138,139,140,141,142,143

Sorry for loosing Grandma for awhile, she had lots of problems on her hands as two cars broken at the same time, a house full of goods to clean and put away as well as Microsoft loosing protection of Windows XP. It all seems to be under control now and Grandma is back to work. Please forgive her. She is going to drop the usual routine of introduction and begin with lessons for write now. I hope you continue with us and keep learning.
To begin the Bible lessons we will start with The Fig Tree Withers Matthew 21:18-22 through Matthew 28. Read and do in Faith Alive "Did You Know? Matthew 23:28 What are woes? Woes are sorrow, grief or trouble. Jesus uses this word to warn the teachers of the law and Pharisees. He tells them seven reasons why they are in trouble with God.; Let's Live It! Matthew 25:1-13 Be Ready When Jesus Comes--Jesus told a story about young women with lamps. The young women were waiting for the bridegroom to bring the bride to his home. Some of them ran out of oil. Read Matthew 25:1-13, Jesus told this story to remind us that he is coming back; but since we don't know exactly when, we must always be ready!
You can make a Bible-time lamp with your parents. Pour cooking oil into a shallow glass bowl. Float a bit of linen cloth or a candle wick in the oil, and light the wick. The flickering light will remind you that Jesus may come back to earth at any time.; Did You Know? Matthew 25:34 Are we saved by the good things we do? No. We are saved only by believing Jesus has taken away our sin. On Judgment Day, good things believers have done will only prove they did have faith.; Did You Know? Matthew 26:59 What was the Sanhedrin? The Sanhedrin was the governing council of the Jews. The Sanhedrin could make laws and put people in prison. The Romans, who ruled much of the world, let most of the nations they conquered govern themselves under a Roman governor.; Let's Live It! Matthew 26:69-75 Sorry After Doing Wrong--The apostle Peter loved Jesus. But the night before Jesus died, Peter was afraid. Read Matthew 26:29-74 to find out what Peter did. Read Matthew 26:75 to find out how Peter felt afterward.
Because we love Jesus, we feel badly, too, after doing wrong. But we need not continue feeling guilty and miserable! Jesus died to pay for all sins. They are gone and we can be happy because of the total and complete forgiveness that is ours in him.; Did You Know? Matthew 27:24 Who was Pilate? Pilate was the Roman governor in charge of Judea. The Sanhedrin took Jesus to Pilate because he was the only one who could condemn Jesus to death.; Life in Bible Times-Jesus' Tomb--The tombs of the wealthy were cut into rocky hillsides. A round stone rested in a stone track. The stone was rolled over the opening to seal it. Read Matthew 27:57-61. This is the kind of tomb in which Jesus was buried.; Words to Remember Matthew 28:19 Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.; Let's Live It! Matthew 28:19-20 Commissioned For Christ-- The last words Jesus spoke to his disciples in Matthew are often called the Great Commission. A commissioning is a ceremony that officially gives someone an assignment or a mission. Read Matthew 28:19-20. What is the mission of the Great Commission? What help does Jesus promise to fulfill it?
Actually, every Christian, not just the disciples, has been commissioned to tell people about Jesus. An organization called Ongoing Ambassadors for Christ gives young people a special way to do this. Ongoing ambassadors spend weekends with young people at local churches learning how to share the Good News and then sharing it with the people of the community. When young people join OAFC, they even have a special commissioning ceremony in church. Ask your pastor about OAFC. He'll put you in touch with an OAFC group near you."
Next read Mark 11:20 through Mark 16. Read and do from Faith Alive "Words to Remember Mark 12:30-31 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength...Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment grater than these.; Words to Remember Mark 13:26 Men will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory.; Life In Bible Times-The Lord's Supper--The night before he died, Jesus gave us Holy Communion, the Lord's Supper. In the bread of Communion we receive Jesus' true body and with the wine we receive his blood for the forgiveness of our sin.; Life In Bible Times-Flogging--Before Roman prisoners were crucified, they were beaten with a whip. This whip had sharp pieces of metal or bone in its lashes. Such a whipping drew so much blood that the prisoners died more quickly on the cross.; Words to Remember Mark 16:15 Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.; Words to Remember Mark 16:16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned."
Next read Luke 20 through Luke 24. Read and do from Faith Alive "Did You Know? Luke 20:20 How did spies try to trap Jesus? The spies asked Jesus about taxes. If Jesus said, "Don't pay taxes, "they would report him to the Roman governor. If Jesus said, "Do pay taxes," it would make the people angry, because the people did not think they should pay taxes to Rome. Jesus was too wise to be trapped.; Did You Know? Luke 22:8 What was the Last Supper? The Last Supper was a Passover meal that Jesus ate with his disciples the night before he was crucified. He told them he was about to die. He also told them to celebrate the Lord's Supper until he came again See 1 Corinthians 11:23-29.; Let's Live It! Luke 22:39-44 Pray When Hurting-- Read Luke 22:29-44. When he prayed Jesus knew that he would soon be nailed to a cross. Suffering and death were the "cup" Jesus prayed about. What words tell you how Jesus felt when he thought about his suffering? What did God do to help Jesus?
If something terrible ever happens to you or to a friend, the very best thing to do is to pray. When we pray and tell God how we feel, he strengthens us just as he strengthened Jesus.; Did You Know? Luke 22:70 Did Jesus ever say he was God? Yes, He told the Jewish council he was the son of God (Luke 22:70). Two other times when he said he was God are found in John 5:16-18 and John 8:54-59.; Life in Bible Times-The Cross--The Romans executed only the worst criminals by crucifixion, which was a very painful death. The hands were nailed to the cross bar, and nails were driven through the heels into the post. It usually took a long time to die on the cross.; Words to Remember Luke 24:6 He is not here; he has risen!"
Last read John 13:37 through John 21. Read and do from Faith Alive "Life in Bible Times-Foot Washing--When visitors came into a house, they took off their sandals. A good host offered them water to wash their dusty feet. Usually the lowest servant was ordered to wash the guests' feet. By washing his disciples" feet, Jesus humbled himself and called us to be humble.; Words to Remember John 13:34 Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.; Words to Remember John 14:6 I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.; Let's Live It! John 14:15-27 The Helper God Sends--Before ascending into heaven. Jesus promised to send another helper, the Holy Spirit. Read John 14:15-27. God sends his Spirit through Baptism, and the Spirit works through God's Word. The Spirit creates and strengthens faith and guides us. As a reminder, when you really need his help, copy down your favorite words from these or other Bible verses, and mail them to yourself. Then look further in the Bible for the Spirit's help. When your letter comes back, see if God hasn't already guided you through that tough day.; Words to Remember John 16:33 Take heart! I have overcome the world.; Did You Know? john 17:20 What did Jesus ask God to do for his followers? Jesus asked God to protect them, to sanctify them, to make them one with God, and to bring them to heaven to see Jesus" glory. This prayer was for you and for all who believe in Jesus.; Life In Bible Times-Burial--The Jews buried persons the same day they died. The body was wrapped in strips of cloth. For special people, sweet-smelling spices were wrapped with the cloth.; Life in Bible Times-Fish Symbol--Very early the fish became a symbol of Christianity. During persecution by the Romans, Christians used it as a secret symbol to discover if another person was a Christian or not. The letters of the Greek word for fish (Ichthus) are the same as the first letters of Jesus Christ, God's Son, Savior.; Let's Live It! John 21:15-17 Do You Love Me?--The night before Jesus was crucified Peter said three times that he did not even know Jesus. Peter lied because he was afraid. But later Peter was so sorry that he cried (Mark 14:72). After Jesus was raised from the dead, he went to Peter. Read John 21:15-17. How many times did he ask Peter, "Do you love me"?
Jesus forgave Peter and even told Peter to feed his lambs and sheep. "Feed my lambs" means to care for the people who believe in Jesus.
If you do something wrong and worry that God will be angry, remember this story. Tell Jesus that you love him. He will forgive you and even give you important work to do for him.; Words to Remember John 21:17 Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you."
This should cover you for Easter in the Bible up to Acts.
Now I  want to cover  the Calendar History of Book (1) and get it caught up. Therefore, we will cover eight days starting with April 8th. There are two birthdays that day. One is for Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater, born in 1912. The next person was born in 1939 and her name is Trina Schart Hyman, children's author and illustrator. Book (1) says, "Trina Schart Hyman has illustrated several Grimm's fairy tales, including Sleeping Beauty and Snow White. As a child, Hyman liked to pretend she was Red Riding Hood. Whish famous fairy-tale characters would your (children) like to be? Have each student select one and write a story describing what happened to the character the day after the fairy tale ended."
The events for April 8th include the first in 1730 in which The First Jewish Congregation in the United States, Shaarit Israel, consecrated its synagogue in New York City. Then in 1858 Big Ben, the bell on the famous London Clock Tower at the Houses of Parliament, was cast. In 1895 The 1894 Income Tax was declared unconstitutional. All the money collected was eventually returned.
It is Boost Your Home Team Month. Only do something with this if you have a type of team any of your children participate in. It is also Sealing the Frost Day in Guatemala. Book (1) says, "The Cuchumatan Indians of Santa Eulalia in Guatemala believe that frost dwells in cliffs. Once a year, a prayer-maker treks up a cliff and locates a crack in the rock. He then seals it with cement to trap the frost inside and keep the villagers' corn plants safe. What other places besides rocks might frost choose for a home? Encourage your students to write poems titled "Sealing the Frost."
The next day to cover is April 9. The first birthday is for W. C. Fields, American comedian and actor, born in 1879. The next is Paul Robeson, American actor and singer, born in 1898. Then Dennis Quaid, American actor, was born in 1954. Last birthday is for Seve Ballesteros, Spanish golfer, born in 1957.
The tow events are one: in 1833 America's First Free Public Library opened in Peterborough, NH. It was supported by public taxes. Then in 1859 Mark Twain obtained a license to pilot steamboats on the Mississippi River.
The next day is a very special day and I hope you were aware of it and celebrated it well. I would be excited to hear about you experiences. It is April 10th and the first birthday is 1880 in which Frances Perkins, first woman to serve in a U.S. cabinet post (secretary of Labor under Franklin D. Roosevelt). The next birthday is in 1897 of Eric Mowbray Knight, English author who wrote Lassie Come Home. Then in 1947 David Adler, children's author, was born.
The events are as follows: in 1790 The U.S. Patent System was established; in 1849 Walter Hunt invented the Safety Pin; in 1866 Henry Bergh founded the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty To Animals (ASPCA). Book (1) says, "Henry Bergh, founder of the ASPCA, devised many ways to protect animals. Challenge your students to find ways to make their community a pet haven. For example, they can:
  • Contact the local animal shelter to find out about stray cats or dogs needing a home. Students can then raise money to place an adopt-a-pet advertisement in a local newspaper.
  • Make posters describing an animal that's ready for adoption, then place the posters... in hallways. (The children) could ... write an article for (their newspaper) describing the animal and including, if possible, a photo." What a great opportunity for the children.
In addition the 10th was Humane Day.
The last event is that in 1872 Nebraska celebrated the First Arbor Day by planting more than a million trees. As part of this event Book (1) says, "If possible, commemorate the anniversary of the first Arbor Day by having your class plant trees (somewhere). Also mark the occasion by helping your students learn all about trees. First, have the kids survey (a certain area) and draw a map that shows the location of each tree. Then have them collect a leaf from each different kind of tree, check a field guide to find out the trees' common and scientific names, and mark their maps accordingly. Finally, have the kids make a neat copy of the tree map and photocopy it along with pages on which they've glued and labeled each type of leaf they collected. Bind the pages into a "tree guide" for your family and others. Update the guide on future Arbor Days if new trees are planted. If (there is a problem getting the trees or planting them, ask a local nursery or garden club for donations of bonsai trees for your family."
There are only two mentions for April 11. One is a birthday of Edward Everett, American statesman and orator, born in 1794. The other is an event of 1513 in which Spanish explorer Juan Ponce De Leon discovered Florida.
April 12th is the quite the contrary. In 1777 Henry Clay, American statesman known as "the Great Compromiser", was born. Book (1) says, "In honor of Henry Clay, have your (children) look up and discuss the term compromise. Then ask them to brainstorm for problems at home...that were solved by compromise--or that could have been solved by compromise. Each...can then role-play a particular situation. Older (children) can read about Clay's role in the Missouri Compromise of 1820 (in which Congress simultaneously admitted one slave state and one non-slave state to the Union to maintain a balance) and tell how each side gave up something to gain something."
The next birthday was for Frederick G. Melcher, founder of Children's Book Week, born in 1879. The next birthday happened in 1907 when Hardie Gramatky, children's author, was born. In 1911 Barbara Corcoran, children's author, was also born on this day. Last birthday of 1916 is for Beverly Cleary, children's author, and Book (1) has to say, "To celebrate Beverly Cleary's birthday, invite your (children) to make a class card depicting scenes from her books. Or have the kids write individual letters to her telling why certain characters and events from her books rang true and recounting similar events in the students' lives." 
Three events on this day are of mention. One: in 1859 Michael Phelan won the First U.S. Billiards Championship. Second: in 1861 The Civil War began as confederate forces fired on Fort Sumter at Charleston, SC. Third: in 1877 A Catcher's Mask was first used in a baseball game. It is also Cosmonaut Day and Space Shuttle Day. Grandma will go into those later.
April 13, Palm Sunday, has four birthdays and a couple of events. In 1743, Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, was born. Since we know that Thomas Jefferson wrote the Declaration of Independence; Book (1) says he also designed his home, Monticello; and founded the University of Virginia?. It wants the children to research some of Jefferson's other accomplishments and have them use the information to design a poster titled "The Thomas Jefferson Most People Don't Know."
The other three birthdays are as follows: in 1852 Frank W. Woolworth, American merchant who originated the 5-and10cent store, was born; in 1902 Marguerite Henry, children's author, was born; then in 1938 Lee Bennett Hopkins, children's author and poetry anthologizer, was born.
The events for the day are one in 1776 when General George Washington arrived in New York to prepare the city's defenses during the American Revolution. Then in 1796 The First Elephant in America arrived in New York City for exhibition. As part of this event, Book (1) says, "Visitors to America's first elephant exhibition must have been astonished--as many of your (children) no doubt were--at their first sight of one of these gigantic and wondrous creatures. Use pachyderm stats to get your (children) working with ratios. Tell the kids that at birth, an African elephant is typically about 3 feet tall at the shoulders and weighs about 200 pounds. Have your (children) find out their measurements at birth and compare them with the elephant's. Next, have your (children) estimate how many pounds of food they eat(use the size of an average hamburger, 1/4 pound, as a point of reference) and how much they drink (a can of soda contains 12 ounces) each day. Then give them the figures for an elephant--1,000 pounds of food and 40 gallons of water--and have them work out the ratios. Finally, (ask for your child's weight,) and use a calculator to get a total. Then ask the kids to compare this figure with the weight of the heaviest elephant on record--14,641 pounds. How many more (children) the size of yours would it take to equal the weight of this animal?"
April 14th which was Monday there are 3 birthdays and 3 events. In 1527 Abraham Ortelius, Flemish geographer who published the first modern atlas, was born. In 1927 Robert Lopshire, children's author, was born. Then in 1941 Pete Rose, baseball great who set the all-time career record for hits, was born.
The first event was in 1755 when Benjamin Franklin and Philadelphia Quakers organized the First American Society for the Abolition of Slavery. Maybe this is where it began.
Then in 1828 The first edition of Noah Webster's An American Dictionary of the English Language was published. Book (1) says, " To celebrate the publication of the first Webster's dictionary, the dictionary game. (Have each child get) a dictionary,...take turns finding a word they think no one else will know and reading and spelling the word aloud. All the other kids (if any) write the word and what they think it means on a slip of paper, while the reader writes the word and what it really means. The papers are (compared to see if they were right.)" (Grandma says to end this each person gets a point if they are right and then a new word is looked up.
The third event involves the day President Abraham Lincoln was shot and fatally wounded by John Wiles Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington, D.C. in 1865. Book (1) says, "At the time of his death, everything in President Lincoln's pockets was placed in a box wrapped in brown paper and tied with string. The box remained unopened until 1976. Inside was a linen handkerchief, an ivory pocketknife, eyeglasses mended with string, and eight newspaper clippings praising Lincoln. Lincoln had been criticized frequently, but he'd appeared unaffected. Perhaps his possession of these clippings demonstrates that even self-confident people like him need encouragement. Have each of your (children) write a newspaper article praising something one of their (friends, family, etc.) said or did."
One last notation here is of it being Pan American Day Sogran in Thailand. Book (1) says, "The people of Thailand celebrate the Buddhist New Year with a Water Festival, called Sogran. During the celebration, children play water games and families feast on kanoms--desserts made with coconut, rice, and tropical fruits. Ask your (children) why spring can be considered the beginning of a new year. Then have them talk about what they do to celebrate the arrival of spring."
Grandma is going to stop here and finish the Fifteenth through the twentieth tomorrow. Please take care.
The story for the day will be Rechenka's Eggs and it is an Ukranian story by Patricia Polacco(Philomel Books, 1988. 30 pp.)  from Grandma's book (6).  "Babushka is known throughout all of Moskva for her beautifully painted eggs. She also has an eye for the wonders of nature, so it is no surprise when she befriends an injured goose she names Rechenka. But, when Rechenka turns over a basket of Babushka's specially prepared eggs, the reader is surprised by another wonder that saves the day!
Before Reading Rechenka's Eggs
  • Ask the children if any of them have ever dyed or decorated eggs. Tell the (children) that this story is about a woman who uses the Ukrainian art of egg painting to prepare beautiful eggs for an Easter festival. Locate the Ukraine on a map. If possible, show children a book which features the history and photographs of this art form."
Link to Ukraine Crisis. The Library is closing I will finish in the morning.
Grandma is posting the links this morning for I am here.
I will finish the rest of the lessons for the week with Tomorrow's lesson on another blog. Tomorrow will be no classes for the Good Friday holiday. Grandma will post lessons starting on Monday sometime the weekend.
Returning back to Grandma's book (6) of Rechenka's Eggs;
"After Reading Rechenka's Eggs
  • Ask the children to describe what kind of person Babushka is. Use a chart pad to record adjectives designed to paint a personality profile. Have the children substantiate their opinions with passages from the text.
Follow-up Activities
Observe "Onion Domes"
Have the children review the illustrations in the book to note the architecture featured. Pay particular attention to the "onion domes" of the large city buildings. Show children pictures of the Kremlin in Moscow, and the White House in Washington, D.C.. How do the two structures compare in appearance? Ask children if they think they can spot the influence of such architecture in their own community. (Often, Russian Orthodox churches will feature such influence.) Take a walk to notice what other types of architecture are most prevalent in your community. If possible, invite an architect or architectural student to accompany you, or take photos of various buildings, and prepare a list of questions (regarding the features of local architecture and the "onion domes" of Russia and the Ukraine) to pose to your guest at a later date." Also, as part of your art corner try to construct the "onion domes" with clay over paper towel or toilet paper rolls on top of cylinder containers and small boxes. Link to "Onion domes"; Crafts1; and Old "Onion Domed" Buildings.
Egg Decorating
The other activity was decorating the eggs. Grandma did some of these with flowers on them a few years back, but I picked up a few hints from the videos above also. I do have a tree of them. Book (6) does suggest getting wood branch trees from a craft store or putting heavy branches in a sand filled pot.
"Noting Nature's Wonders
In Rechenka's Eggs, part of the charm of main character, Babushka, is that she takes time to notice "miracles" or unexplainable events that someone else might easily take for granted, while part of the charm of the story line is that Babushka responds to all of these events--whether of fact or fantasy--with the same sense of wonderment. Provide each (child) with one copy of"  (a paper with one half to list
Babushka's Miracles followed by True or Not True and the other with the heading Miracles That Happen Where (your child) Lives.) ""Then, have children reread the book in order to record each "miracle" Babushka notices (e.g., the caribou visit, Rechenka's eggs for the festival, caribou mothers and calves, Rechenka's gosling). Have children discuss whether they would classify these happenings as Babushka does, as "miracles". Have the children also discuss whether each natural occurrence would be likely to happen where they live. Then, have the children think of their own surroundings and jot in some natural "miracles" that occur in their own environment.
We will move into Russia tomorrow with some books and what I can find.

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