We had a great day at our field trip last Friday. It had been raining all week, and started raining on our way home. But the weather was so beautiful for the hours we were at Cantigny Tank Park and First Division Museum yesterday!
We have just completed our study of World War 1, so this was a perfect enrichment for the kids. Cantigny has lovely gardens and grounds, but we spent most of the time playing on the tanks and taking a tour of the First Division Museum. (If you visit the website, you’ll see more pictures of the exhibits in the museum.) All of my kids loved the climbing on the tanks. And most thought the coolest exhibit inside the museum was the trench re-creation.
We divided in 3 groups to go through the museum. My older boys were in a large tour group of boys. My oldest daughter was in a tour group of girls. And I took my 5 youngest through myself. One of the docents gave us a neat flip-chart of photos of items to look for as we walked through–a scavenger hunt. This was highly fun for my 9-year-old and 7-year-old; they were constantly on the look out for the next picture. There were a couple of movies, but because they were about war I skipped those with my younger group. The older kids really enjoyed their tour guides (both older gentlemen.)
We have another great field trip to a museum in November, as well as a few musicals to see.
It’s always fun to receive some new “I Can Read” books for the beginning readers in my home. Here are two unique ones I’d like to review for you today: God’s Great Creation and Moses Leads the People.
The Bible Stories come from The Adventure Bible–a very popular Bible for kids. These small paperback books are 32 pages long and are written for Level 2, which is described as “High-interest stories for developing readers”. They are $3.99 each.
The illustrations are by David Miles and are very fun and colorful! The last page of each book has a memory verse, description of Bible people to know, and “Words to Treasure” (an explanation about something described in the story).
God’s Great Creation is a retelling of the creation story–the six days of creation and what God created each day, his creation of Adam and Eve, and their disobedience and being sent out of the garden. But at the end, we are told “God was planning how to help his people.”
Moses Leads the People tells us about the wonderful man of God Moses who lead God’s people out of slavery in Egypt. We see him talking to Pharoah, learn about the plagues, and see the Red Sea part and God saving His people.
I’m so glad to have these books that my younger kids can read to themselves and learn about the Bible at the same time.
(Disclosure: I received these books complimentary in exchange for this honest review. This post also contains affiliate links.)
My mother-in-law has been making this Angel Food Cake Frosting for birthdays for years! My daughter wanted it for her birthday this year, so I’m happy to share the recipe with you.
I just used a box mix to make the angel food cake.
Angel Food Cake Frosting:
2 cups sugar
2 egg whites
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
food coloring (optional)
Put about 2 inches of hot water in a saucepan and set heat to high. Mix the first three ingredients in a double boiler over the saucepan. Mix on low 1 minute, then on medium-high for about 10 minutes (until stiff peaks form). My mother-in-law’s tip is to have a magazine sitting there so you can flip through it while you mix! When the water boils, turn down the heat to low. During the last minute add the vanilla and food coloring. Immediately pour over the cake. Depending on the humidity level, it may stay soft or it may get hard and crunchy. Both ways taste great!
This brand-new VeggieTales musical premieres Oct. 14 and stars Kellie Pickler (American Idol, Dancing With the Stars), who brings her unmistakable voice to the role of Mirabelle, a sweet-potato singer whose family band is on the brink of superstardom. BEAUTY AND THE BEET blends the irresistible charm of VeggieTales with a heartfelt message about unconditional love. The DVD also includes Mac and Cheese, a giddy new “Silly Songs With Larry” segment in which Larry the Cucumber reveals the surprising and heretofore untold history of his family’s unexpected contributions to Italian cuisine. BEAUTY AND THE BEET is just the start of the fun in store this fall for VeggieTales fans, because the gang will also star in a brand-new Netflix original series, VeggieTales In the House, which premieres Thanksgiving weekend!
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I’m happy to review Write for Life Volume One: Writing the Research Paper by Karen Lange.
Do you remember writing research papers when you were young? I remember writing about Saturn, The Effect of Ethylene on Growing Bean Plants, Reasons Airplanes Crash, A Correlation Between Rock Music and Suicide Rates, and The History of the Piano.
Since my oldest kids are now in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades I know that it’s time to teach them to write a research paper. But I was really hoping for a great guideline to lead them (and me) through the process.
I have found it with Write for Life: Volume One: Writing the Research Paper! It’s a very easy-to-follow downloadable e-book curriculum that guides kids through the research writing process with 8 lessons in 52 pages. It could take 8 weeks, or spread out the assignments (give them longer to complete them) and it could take a whole semester. The price is only $.99!
Here is what you will find in Write for Life: Volume One: Writing the Research Paper:
- Week One – Topic, several preliminary sources, and rough thesis statement
- Week Two – Remainder of preliminary sources and revised thesis statement draft
- Week Three – Working outline, any additional sources and revisions to thesis statement
- Week Four – Pages one through three of rough draft, any additional revisions
- Week Five – Finish rough draft, any additional sources
- Week Six – First revisions of rough draft, rough draft of Works Cited Page
- Week Seven – Additional revisions to rough draft and Works Cited Page
- Week Eight – Final draft and Works Cited Page
Along with these assignments you have several pages to read through and study in order to learn how to do it. For example, with Week One Karen gives lots of ideas of how to go about picking a topic for the research paper. She gives examples of how to narrow the topic, so it’s not too hard to write about it.
I loved the various brainstorming ideas she gave. I know kids could really have fun with those.
She also gives links to websites to get more information about writing.
You could certainly change things if you want to, but I like how the assignments and rubrics are so specific. For example, she says to use a minimum of fives sources and that three of them need to be print books.
Also, at the end of each lesson is a “Just For Fun” activity such as finding out the true stories behind inventors of candies or cookies!
A rubric is included so the students know to check off the guidelines to make sure they aren’t missing anything in their writing. This was very helpful for me, as the teacher.
Other subjects taught on are plagiarism, taking notes with note cards, writing an outline, and the bibliography/works cited page.
The next book Karen Lange is working on is:
Write for Life Volume Two: Essay Writing
This book offers ready to use lessons for grades 7-12 that guide students through the essay writing process. Suitable for homeschool families, co-ops, or other student groups, these eight lessons break down the steps from start to finish with helpful tips, instruction, practice, and encouragement.
Lesson topics include:
- Essay basics and structure
- Choosing topics and sources
- Taking good notes
- Thesis statements and outlines
- Developing content
- Revision and editing
- MLA style source documentation
- Preparing for the test essay
(Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of Write for Life
in order to write this honest review. This post also contains affiliate links.)