Battle of Hastings Lesson

I’ve been watching our Illuminations (affiliate link) schedule for the Battle of Hastings for quite a while. I knew it had to be coming up because you can’t skip this important battle in English and world history. It’s one of those turning points in history.

The Battle of Hastings

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Why is the Battle of Hastings important?

The Battle of Hastings is one of a handful of dates I intend my kids to memorize.  They’re turning points in history that change how the world works.

Battle of Hastings lesson NOrmans

Three different men vied for the crown of England after Edward the Confessor died, Harold of Wessex, an Anglo-Saxon, Harold King of Norway, and William Duke of Normandy.  The two Harolds fought it out and Harold of Wessex emerged triumphant but weakened to face William.

The battle was fought out over an entire day at Hastings, in the end William was triumphant and that was the start of the Norman invasion.


Because of his victory the English language got a complete overhaul, William created and stabilized the feudal system.  He started monasteries, convents, cathedrals, and castles being built throughout England.  His reign started an entire cultural revolution (which when my kids are older we will get into in more detail, that’s a fascinating lesson all by itself).


Our Battle of Hastings lesson

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To prepare for our Battle of Hastings lesson I spent time perusing my Mystery of History 2 pinterest board, and searching Youtube.  Eventually I had my plans.

We spent an entire day just on this one lesson from Mystery of History 2, because there are a lot of resources on this one battle.  I’ll walk you through a few of the resources we used, and link to a few more at the bottom of the post.

Battle of Hastings lesson

First we listened to the Audio set and took notes in our notebooking pages.

From there we watched the Time Commanders Battle of Hastings which illustrated just how much difference the right commander makes because in this version the Normans lost the battle. Then we watched “A Young Kids’ Guide to the Battle of Hastings,” which my kids thought was okay, but weren’t particularly impressed. From there we saw a Horrible Histories clip on the Battle of Hastings, which Princess informs me she quite liked. And finally we watched the re-enactment put together a few years ago, it was epic in its scale and in its authenticity.

Battle of Hastings lines drawn up

After all of that information we sat down to play out our Battle of Hastings simulation from Junior General.


What we learned from our Battle of Hastings lesson

History is not a given, there were several points in the battle it could have gone either way, as we saw in the Time Commanders video.

Battle of Hastings notebooking pages

Leadership makes a difference.  At one point William’s soldiers thought he was killed, so he removed his helmet and they gained new hope and fought on like before.

The conquerors write the history and set the tone.  William came in from France and spoke a different language.  Through sheer force of will and with the might of the British throne behind him, he changed the English language closer to what we know today.


Resources for Battle of Hastings lesson

I will have an entirely different post on the Bayeux Tapestry, which William’s wife created for him to celebrate the battle

Ultimate Guide to Family Discipleship

As you’ve no doubt figured out with all of my Bible posts, I’m a big fan of family discipleship.  Over the years I’ve developed relationships with several other bloggers who write about family discipleship and today I’m going to share with you my favorite resources to help you disciple your kids.

Ultimate Guide to Family Discipleship

My absolute favorite resource: Family Discipleship Facebook Group

family discipleship facebook group

I’m working together with several other ladies (you’ll meet them in a second, they’re quickly becoming great friends) and we created the Family Discipleship facebook group.  It’s a place where you can ask all of those questions you’ve wondered about, share resources you’ve found, prayer requests, and ask for help with like-minded parents who want to raise their children Biblically.  I’ve been making friends and getting great advice when I need help.

family discipleship give them grace

In a few weeks, we’re starting a book study, Give Them Grace, and I’m super excited about it.  I bought my book last week, and I’ve started reading the first few pages of the book.


Great blogs for family discipleship

I mentioned I’m working with several other ladies, and let me introduce you to some great resources for family discipleship.

Thinking Kids Blog- Danika is my go to source for Bible resources, she always finds the best books and shares the best resources.

Future Flying Saucers- Anne Marie gives me a lot of great ideas for my Bible lessons, and inspires me with her Awana lessons.

Proverbial Homemaker- Tauna has a great hodge-podge of posts, homemaking, homeschooling, and discipleship.

Raising Boys Homeschool- Joyice has an amazing heart for her boys and how she homeschools and disciples her boys is inspiring.

Kids in the Word- Amanda’s entire site is dedicated to family discipleship, and I always leave her site encouraged.

I’m also going to be linking to several other sites which do a great job of family discipleship, so I highly recommend checking out every site I link to.


Getting started with family discipleship

making Jesus raising Jairus' daughter Bible craft

Everyone has  their own ways they follow their own family Bible study, for my family we try to do a weekly study on Tuesday nights, it doesn’t happen every week, but we do try.  We also incorporate Bible study into our homeschool.  I had a few friends send me how they do their family Bible studies:

LaToya Edwards shares a few tips for family Bible study

Triumphant learning shares their Bible time

This Outnumbered Mama shares how to teach the Bible if you don’t know it very well

Future Flying Saucers shares how to be a great Bible teacher

Cornerstone Confessions shares 6 steps to a family devotion

Raising Boys Homeschool shares how they read the Bible before breakfast.

Kids in the Word shares the first step in teaching the Bible to your kids.


Homeschooling and family discipleship

call of Saul Bible lesson

Many parents choose to homeschool so they can disciple their children, while that’s not our primary motivation, it is a motivation.  Find out how some other homeschooling Moms feel about homeschooling and family discipleship

LaToya Edwards shares how discipleship is a prime goal of homeschooling

Future Flying Saucers shares what a Christ-centered homeschool and parent is

Future Flying Saucers also shares some great free resources for a Bible based homeschool.

And if you’re wondering about homeschooling and family discipleship, then I would highly recommend checking out Teach Them Diligently Conventions (affiliate link, I’m trying to make the Dallas one this year).

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Family Discipleship requires Bible study

How to study your Bible

Everyone has to find the right Bible study for their family, my family is still looking for the perfect one (aside from the Family Bible Curriculum I’ve put together)

Homeschool Your Boys shares the preschool Bible study she found

Bible Studies I found a few years ago.

Bailey, Marie, and Me shares Bible notebooking pages.

Pichea Place shows how her kids study the Bible.

I also highly recommend Bible Road Trip, which I reviewed a few months ago, Danika from Thinking Kids Blog wrote it, and it looks like she’s getting started on another study.


Family Discipleship requires a good Bible


When I was in college a popular Christian group wrote a song joking about growing up with King James and being required to read it (I”d share the song, but I don’t think the versions I found on youtube are legally uploaded). Now there are dozens of Bibles to choose from.

Sallie Borrink shares her views on Bibles

The best children’s Bibles I’ve found.

Choosing the right Bible translation


Family Discipleship requires Scripture Memorization

teach your kids how to find verses in the Bible

I don’t like to memorize verses, mainly because I’m not good at it.  I always get a word or two slightly wrong, but I’ll also admit the verses I memorized as a kid I still remember, so I know it’s value.

True Aim Education shares her tips for Bible memorization

Blessed Learners explains how they memorize Bible verses.

Part of memorizing Bible verses is learning how to find Bible verses.

I’ve also got over 100 pins to memorize specific Bible verses.


Family discipleship requires active parenting


There’s a lot of parts of parenting that require discipleship, things you don’t even realize it until you’re in the middle of it.

True Aim Education shares the importance of keeping the Sabbath for your family.

Bite Size Bible Study shares how to overcome patterns of sin.

Over at the Homeschool Village I wrote about Biblical Motherhood a few years ago.

Modern Ministry talks about 5 things every parents needs to prepare their child for college (this is my go to place for advice on parenting teens).

Not Consumed teaches about creative consequences for kids.

Kids in the Word shares how to help your kids when they are anxious.

Serving from Home tells about giving grace in the “What were you thinking?” moments.



Family discipleship requires teaching our kids how to pray.

family discipleship requires prayer

This is an area I’m still working on , so I read every resource on the topic.  But, it really comes down to my acting on the knowledge I already have.

Managing Your Blessings talks about how she disciples her children in prayer.

Raising Godly Children shares how they teach their children to pray.

Together with Family shares 5 things to teach your kids about prayer.

Hodge Podge shares how they use a family prayer journal.

Preschoolers and Peace shared Praying Scriptures with your preschooler (one of my most popular pins).

Kids in the Word shares why it’s important for our kids to see us pray.


If you’re interested in family discipleship, I’d encourage you to check out these resources and follow my blog.  I try to share a Bible lesson every week here, and give you tools to disciple your kids.


Stephen Martyred

We’re about to hit a serious Bible lesson. This is one I wouldn’t teach in a preschool Sunday School class because they wouldn’t be ready to learn about Stephen martyred.  Last week we already got hints of trouble when Peter and John were in jail for preaching.   This week it really gets serious.

Stephen martyred praying for the persecuted church


Learn to delegate (what I learned from Stephen martyred)

Stephen martyred lesson learn to delegate

Right at the beginning of this lesson the apostles are looking at the biggest growth any church has ever seen.  They went from a church of a few dozen people to over 5000 people.  Even today we’d call that a mega-church, and like all mega-churches they’re experiencing growing pains.  Some people feel they aren’t getting their needs met and other people are being favored.

The apostles take a step back and realize they can spend all of their time putting out fires, OR they can delegate and continue with the work they’re called to.  This is a tension everyone deals with at some point in their life.  The small businessman who has experience amazing growth, the parent with several kids, the ministry leader with a bigger ministry, everyone.  I frequently have to decide what is the best use of my time, now I don’t always make the best decisions in that area, but I’m working on it.

I’m working to figure out when I should let things go, it’s hard because I want to DO IT ALL!  But then I’d need about 5 clones, and I’ve learned from movies cloning never ends well.


Life as a Christian will be hard (the second lesson from Stephen martyred)

Stephen martyred what should we expect

Sitting in the middle of Texas and living amongst people who may disagree, but will still respect me, I don’t have a lot of personal experience on this topic.  I’ve run into a few rude and offensive individuals online who questioned my intelligence and my parenting, but that’s about it.

But, that’s not the case for many Christians throughout the world, and throughout history.  All I have to do is turn on the news to hear of Christians being killed simply for what they believe, and I do not believe that will change anytime soon.

I want to emphasize this with my kids, so they can understand what is going on around the world.


Stephen martyred activity

When it came to actually teaching my kids about Stephen’s martyrdom I wanted to make sure they understood this wasn’t just something happening 2000 years ago.  This still happens today, and we need to be praying for the church.

Stephen martyred voice of the martyrs

I went to Voice of the Martyrs and printed off a couple of maps from WonderMaps of the Middle East and bits of Africa.  I carefully cut out several countries I knew things had been going on in, and then searched each country.  On the back of the country I wrote down something that had happened within the past year.

Stephen martyred prayers for the persecuted church

Then we each took turns drawing a country and praying for the people there and for the people involved.  They were all sad, but some made me want to weep, the police officer killed because he was guarding a church from terrorists, the two aid workers pulled out of a taxi and killed.  So much pain and anguish.

Acts of the Apostles activities for kids

But, we worship a God who is bigger and mightier than this.  Acts does not end when Stephen martyred, as a matter of fact in two weeks we will one of the instigators learn about Jesus.  First however we will learn about the very first missionary, Phillip.

Stephen martyred lesson

Stephen Martyred resources

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Crock pot chicken broth recipe

In my continuing quest to create my online recipe book, here’s a recipe I’ve been making a lot recently.  It’s vaguely based off of this crock pot chicken broth recipe.


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crock pot chicken broth step 1

First I take a whole chicken, clean it out, chop up an onion, and put random spices on it and a cup of water.  I leave that in the Crock-Pot (I adore my crock pot, it was a Christmas present a year or so ago and it’s great because the lid seals on, for travel) on low all day long, usually on Wednesday because we have small group, and I can just feed the kids some chicken and salad and it’s a quick dinner.

Spice options for your crock pot chicken:

  1. A pre-bought spice mix, like Italian spices or something like that
  2. Onion soup mix(I also found onion soup mix recipe I’ve been trying recently)
  3. Ranch Dressing Mix(make your own ranch dressing mix)
  4. Taco Mix(make your own taco mix, our local store has this in the bulk spices department).
  5. Whatever things I feel like throwing on it.  You can see in the picture up above I put a couple of bay leaves in there, and I think that time it was a poultry seasoning mix.

crock pot chicken broth taking the meat offAt the end of the day take your chicken out and it will fall apart like this because it’s so tender.  Usually I pick a few pieces off for our meal right then, and then let it cool down for an hour or so.  Then I proceed to shred the entire stinking thing into empty Peanut Butter jars for freezing.  I usually get about 6-8 cups of meat from the chicken.

Then I stick all of the bones, skin, and other gross stuff back in the crock pot.

crock pot chicken broth making the broth

I add in a new chopped up onion, some chopped up carrots, a big heaping spoonful of minced garlic, and a dash of vinegar.  If I’m feeling ambitious I’ll put in some other random spices, maybe a bit of pepper or salt.

Put the slow cooker on low for 24 hours and at the end you have some mighty delicious tasting crock pot chicken broth.  Because my slow cooker isn’t too huge, I tried this last time cooking the bones and stuff twice with water, and mixing the two batches together and that worked just fine.

After it’s all done cooking I refrigerate it for a day or so and strain off most of the solidified fat (though this last time I didn’t do that), and pour it into more of the peanut butter jars.


What’s been going on here this week (aside from making crockpot chicken broth)

Because in a bit of irony I’m actually writing about what we actually did this week, though the pictures are not from this week, other than the final one, which I’ll upload after the post is published and I’ve canned it all.

school fun mid April

Going in order, left to right, top to bottom:

  1. We saw “Beyond the Mask,” it’s a fun bit of historical fiction set at during Revolutionary War.  All 3 Kids approved of it, which is quite a coup.
  2. We learned about King John and the Magna Carta.  Princess’ paragraph cracked me up with her long introduction for 1 incomplete paragraph.
  3. We worked on editing paragraphs we’d written.  This paragraph is Superman’s Minecraft paragraph.  It’s all about the dangers in Minecraft.
  4. We stopped to learn about the historical marker by Princess’ dance class.  It was a site for a Free Will Baptist church that was anti-slavery.
  5. We learned about hurricanes and their many synonyms.
  6. I got our new Mystery of History CDs in for next year.  I’ve already started ripping them to my phone, it’s gonna take awhile there’s lots of discs.
  7. Princess finished off All About Reading 3 and is now officially a 4th grader!
  8. The kids learned double digit into 3 digit division, which meant lots of math blocks playing.

art class lesson

Oh, and I just want to brag on my kiddos and our first creation for the Springtime Art Class (you can still join in if you want).  They all did awesome.  The boys are sharing their second creations for the art class.

life fun

Going around left to right, top to bottom again.

  1. The kiddos recreated the Belgariad characters with Legos.  We’ve been listening to that in the car as we drive around and they have been acting out large parts of it.
  2. We had a belated Easter egg hunt because it was raining on Easter.
  3. More Easter egg hunt.
  4. Princess was goofing off and had to show me how she balanced her dolphin.
  5. The kids “found” a 10 year old and 2 year old in our backyard, this is who they found.  Totally believable.
  6. We played A Touch Of Evil Supernatural Game, which is a bit like being in Sleepy Hollow, and worked together to defeat the rather nasty villain we fought that time.
  7. Mac enjoyed the Easter egg hunt as well, watching the kids run around.
  8. I had fun cooking up some leftover ham in a pastry shell.

All right, now I’m off to go can up lots of chicken broth and put it in the freezer and pack myself a lunch, we have a field trip today to the art museum!  I can’t wait.

Charlemagne history lesson

History is an odd thing, there’s some people we know there names and they were pivotal to history, but we don’t know why. That was Charlemagne for me. I know he was a king somewhere after the fall of Rome and before the Protestant Reformation, but that’s a span of 1000 years to place him in.  Here’s our Charlemagne history lesson.

Charlemagne history lesson

Who is Charlemagne?

Charlemagne was the King of France from the late 700s to early 800s.  He was also the last Roman Emperor.

How can he be that if the Roman Empire fell 300 years earlier, you ask?  I’m glad you asked that.


Charlemagne history lesson

I just realized before I can really cover Charlemagne, I should probably have covered his grandfather and father, but I don’t have a fun map activity, so I’ll just tell you they were interesting and they’ll get briefly mentioned come Christmas when I talk about Saint Boniface.

Charlamagne history lesson mapwork

Charlemagne jointly ruled with his brother at first, but with the not at all mysterious death of his brother Charlemagne became sole ruler of the Franks.

Charlamagne history lesson France

Charlemagne looked out over his kingdom and thought, I need more.  So he marched East towards the Germanic tribes and the Alps. (I drew this on my giant European map while the kids drew theirs on a map I’d printed from Wondermaps {affiliate link}).

Charlamagne history lesson France barriers

In an act of daring he traversed the Alps and in an odd series of events ended up becoming king of part of Italy through a very careful treaty with the Pope, who also ruled large parts of Italy at that time.


Have you ever seen the map of the worlds?  You can see the Papal state rise and shrink in Italy


From there he headed over to the Germanic tribes and conquered large portions of them recreating a portion of the Western Roman empire at which point the pope crowned him “Holy Roman Emperor,” thus becoming the first HRE (insert obligatory joke: It was not holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire).

{Side note, there’s a lot of politics hidden in that act.  It’s a subtle statement Empress Irene over at the Byzantine Empire is NOT heir to the Roman Empire, it’s also a renunciation of her religious beliefs, AND it shows the Pope has the authority to make and unmake kings and emperors, and is of higher authority than the kings}

Charlamagne history lesson Aquataine

Now while all of this is going on there’s also a minor rebellion going on back at Aquitaine, one of his sons puts that down and the capital gets moved there.

Charlamagne history lesson Abd al Rahman

In the meantime there’s Saracens in Spain.  Ostensibly Spain has been Islamic for the past several hundred years, and more of Europe would have been but Charlemagne’s Grandfather stopped that flat.  A group approaches Charlemagne to help them out against Abd-Al-Rhaman, and Charlemagne decides to help them out.


Unfortunately for Charlemagne his campaign was not successful and he had to hightail it back to France before making another attempt.  He tried several times to successfully conquer Spain, but never could.


What the history of Charlemagne teaches us

Charlemagne history lesson

Charlemagne believed firmly in education.  He insisted every monastery have a free school.  He established the Carolignian  handwriting (print writing) which we still use today.  He was an impressive administrator.


He also set up the template for both the kingdom of France and the Holy Roman Empire which later became Germany.


Oh and he inspired Napoleon to recreate his kingdom and the glory of his empire a few hundred years later.

 This was part of our Mystery of History 2 lessons, for more ideas for that time of history check out my pinterest board:

** Charlemagne statue found here, picture was cropped and writing was added

Clouds unit

We took a brief break from our study of Jupiter and the gas giants to study clouds for science.  This was somewhat necessary because we needed to learn more about clouds and how they worked to further our studies of astronomy.  So to earth science we turned for a clouds unit.


What are clouds?

Clouds are water vapor gathered together in the sky.  We see them because the sun reflects off of dust and water droplets in the sky.  The water droplets by themselves are not visible.  Our CKE Earth and Space (affiliate link) has a great chapter on clouds which we referred to non-stop for this unit.


Creating a cloud simulation

No clouds unit would be complete without a cloud simulation, so we gave it the old college try.  And I do mean try.

clouds unit

Supplies: jar, pan, ice, water (hot and cold)

clouds unit

Okay, so here’s how it’s supposed to work.  You’re supposed to have a jar full of hot water, so hot it’s almost boiling.  On top you’re supposed to put a pan of ice and water.  You’re supposed to see the water vapor condensing and becoming a cloud.  But, that’s not what happened.  I think it’s because Austin tends to be fairly humid, and so there’s already a fair amount of water vapor.  I mean I even got a black backdrop, so we could see better.

clouds unitThey dutifully took notes of water condensation, but no cloud.  It’s almost as bad as our literally watching water boil failure.

So, we tried another way.  I did some searching on YouTube and found several great videos on how to make a cloud in a bottle.  Most I dismissed because I didn’t have the supplies or didn’t want to find them.  Then I found one using a 2 liter bottle, water, and a match.

I was pretty sure I had those.


Only I didn’t.  I had a bottle, but not a matching lid, I tried and tried, but couldn’t replicate the results in the video. And the pictures are gone, just gone. I’m hoping they’re on the laptop somewhere, otherwise…… This sums up my feelings:



Making a cloud project

clouds unit

The next step of our clouds unit is the usual part of any cloud project, make a cloud simulation with cotton balls.  This is part of everyone’s clouds unit because it works so well to show the different types of clouds.

clouds unit

Cirrus clouds are wispy bits of cloud, that look to me like someone painted the sky absent mindedly

clouds unit

Cumulus clouds are the big puffy clouds we look at for cloud watching.

clouds unit

Stratus clouds are large gray clouds that usually cover the entire sky.

clouds unit

Nimbus clouds are dark gray and almost always mean rain, rain, and more rain


As you can probably tell this project uses cotton balls, markers and glue.  the kids had a lot of fun with it, until we got to the ones requiring coloring the clouds, then the cotton stuck to the markers and the boys were getting frustrated.

clouds unit


Literature tie in for our clouds unit

This is one the kids are getting a little old for, but it’s a great book to tie-in with clouds.  It’s just a story of a couple of kids watching clouds and talking through what they think it looks like.  Since we no longer have the book, we watched the youtube video of the story and talked about the different ideas she came up with for the cloud.

clouds unit

I thought through a couple of different ideas for this, and ended up with the good old “white blob painting”  Yes that’s the official term for it.  Our super official steps:

  1. Go get blue construction paper.  Discover you’re out of it, so paint white paper blue with watercolor paint.  Then wait a few hours.
  2. Drop a blob of white paint on the paper.
  3. Fold in half and smoosh it around (notice these super professional terms).
  4. Move the paint around with your fingers to add any random details you’d like.
  5. Write your story.

Here’s their final cloud writing projects:

clouds unit

Once there was a bat who flew from his and that night he met a bird that was ???? and asked what her name was, “Glitters and I’m running away and you’re not stopping me.”  “Okay, but would you like me to come with you?  “Sure.  By the way, what’s your name?”  “Shadow.”  “Okay.”

clouds unit

Superman’s story, I forgot to label it on the picture


Batman is stopping a robbery.  He throws his baterang.  He catches the crook.  The police arrive and take the crook away.

My kid Batman took his story upstairs, but it was about two bats meeting I believe.  I’ll have to track his story down.


More clouds unit ideas

Peter and John heal a lame man

There are some Sunday School lessons which leave songs sticking in your head. Last weeks Bible lesson of Pentecost is not one of those lessons. This weeks lesson, Peter and John heal a lame man has a song stuck in my head, which of course I know all of one part of it.


What I learn from Peter and John heal a lame man

There’s two big things standing out to me as I go over this Bible lesson.

Peter and John heal a lame man lesson

God doesn’t always give us what we want, sometimes He gives us better.  The lame man just wanted food for the day.  That’s all he asked for, a few pennies to buy a meal.  Peter turns him down and heals him.  That is much better, isn’t it?

It reminded me of an old Garth Brooks song (hey, I’m from Texas, I have to know a few country songs) “Unanswered Prayers,” I couldn’t find a good recording of him, so this is the closest to his actually singing the song.

Sometimes God says “”No, I have better for you child.”  This time the beggar got his better right away, but we don’t always see what his better is until we look back on life.

Peter and John heal a lame man lesson

We must follow what God calls us to do.  The men from the temple told them not to preach anymore, but Peter and John said “We must speak what God has told us to speak.”  We all have something God has called us to do.  For some it is to travel across the world and sneak into a country to preach God’s Word.  For others it is to live a “quiet life,” loving their family and neighbors, showing God’s love that way.  But if you are doing it to the best of your ability and in the way God has called you, then it is a great work.


Peter and John heal a lame man activities


I mentioned a song stuck in my head, of course I chose to get it stuck in your heads as well.  Also, I’m delaying writing about my disastrous activity.

If you’re following me on Instagram you might have seen a short video a few days ago.  This was right before Batman slipped and fell coating the back of his new shirt in poster paint.

Peter and John heal a lame man lesson

Here was my great idea.  I’d spread a piece of butcher paper (or in this case, paper from our easel) on the floor, and I’d put big globs of paint on the paper.  Then the kids would walk and jump through it and we’d get these really neat footprints, and when the paint had dried I’d write “Walking, and leaping and praising God!” on it, and hang the whole thing up.

Peter and John heal a lame man lesson

And I had this brilliant idea that after they walked through the paint they’d step into a bucket of water and clean off their feet, no problem, no mess.  It was BRILLIANT! (You can’t see the mad gleam in my eye, but it’s there).

Peter and John heal a lame man lesson

Well, they went through it once and there weren’t really any cool footprints, but the paint was spread around more and the kids were having lots of fun, and it had quickly cleaned their feet.

Peter and John heal a lame man lesson

They asked to do it again, see that’s my mistake.  I said yes.  So, they happily walked through it again, and tracked more water around.  Then someone noticed the dog wanted in.


Luckily I grabbed the dog and got him back out before he really went through the paint too much.

Peter and John heal a lame man lesson

Long and short of it, I ended up with the kids dancing and playing in the paint, which kind of was what I wanted, but it sure wasn’t making my cute footrpints.  More of making my kitchen look like a crime scene.

Peter and John heal a lame man lesson

Yes, you heard that right.  I said crime scene.  Apparently I weighted it towards red and pink, and that combined to make a rather bloody looking kitchen.


We mopped the floor three times the next day to get all the paint up before our dinner guests came over.


In the end I just wasn’t willing to try again.  So no great pinterest worthy craft today.

Peter and John heal the lame man at the temple

Resources for Peter and John heal a lame man

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Coming next week (or whenever we get the activity done and written): Stephen, the first Martyr

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Layers of the Atmosphere unit

We’ve been having a bad luck run with our science lessons recently.  It feels like most  of our projects just go horribly wrong, and I’ve felt rather unenthused about posting them because of that.  But, I have an earth science project that went great, and I need to move forward.  So I present our layers of the atmosphere lesson.

Hands on atmosphere lesson

Layers of the atmosphere theories

There are two different theories for the earth’s atmosphere: composition and temperature.  The composition theory is rather boring: two different types, which I’m not bothering with right now.  So let’s look at the layer by temperature, that’s what we most often hear referred to.

The layers of the atmosphere according to temperature are: troposphere, stratosphere, mesosphere, and thermosphere.


Layers of the atmosphere project supplies

atmosphere lesson supplies

4 shades of blue tissue paper (I save all tissue paper from presents we receive or you can buy some:Colored Tissue Pack), watered down School Glue, Marker Tower, and card stock


Making your layers of the atmosphere project

layers of the earth's atmosphere project

Cover the cardstock with glue and put the lightest color of the atmosphere over the glue.  This represents the Troposphere.

layers of the earth's atmosphere project

Tear the edges of the next lightest shade of blue (if you want go ahead and do this for all the rest of the shades).  We’re doing this to show it’s not a clear hard line between the layers, but a gradual change.


layers of the earth's atmosphere project

Slowly add the different layers, the middle two layers are double the size of the others, so allow them more space (I felt it was kind of silly to show every single step over and over, also I didn’t take pictures).  The final layer is the very darkest blue color.

layers of the earth's atmosphere project

Finally add information about each of the layers.  Here’s our shorthand we added, obviously our CKE Earth and Space book had more information.

  • Troposphere- always changing, where most of the weather happens
  • Stratosphere- temperature goes up as you go up
  • Mesosphere- strong winds
  • Thermosphere- protects us from the meteors falling into our atmosphere

layers of the earth's atmosphere lesson

We also had a bit of fun adding in our own little odds and ends of personality.

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Our fun from the last few weeks

kiddo fun1We’ve had a lot of fun these last two weeks or so, Tara came down to visit which meant we played a lot of board games: Smash Up Game, Castles of Mad King Ludwig Board GameStar Trek Expeditions, and Torches and Pitchforks (which is out of print now).

As you can see from up above we went by the Botanical Gardens, which always makes for some hilarious pictures.

fun in the well

Including this rather fun set of pictures from my kids as they played in the pioneer village.  I particularly love the bottom one with Superman sneaking up on zombie Batman.


Easter fun

Easter was lots of fun busyness, not business, that’s different.  We started off the morning with our Sunday School class, and I need to upload pictures to the Passover in Easter post of the actual lesson.  Afterwards we had Easter dinner with my brother’s family, he was home with a broken foot on bed rest.  It was a lot of fun to see the kids playing with their cousins.  Then we headed up to Dallas to see Jeff’s parents and aunt and uncle.  It was a good visit, but rather tiring.

Most of this week has felt rather unorganized, and like we haven’t accomplished much, but I’ll leave you with this picture of an activity that went horribly horribly wrong (you’ll hear the entire story on Sunday), and why we mopped our kitchen floor 3 times.

Bible activity gone wrong

Pentecost Sunday School lesson

Having finished our study of the Gospels in our Bible lessons we head on to the book of Acts.  As seems rather appropriate it starts out with a final lesson from Jesus, before getting into all of the grand adventures the apostles get into.

Pentecost Sunday School lesson

Lessons from the Great Commission


My church is very big on the Great Commission.  About once a year we get a sermon telling us all about going out into Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.  I’ve always felt they emphasize going a bit more than is necessarily warranted.  From my study, it seems like the emphasis in the Bible is on make disciples which is so much more than just a quick prayer.  It’s one of my goals for my kids and for my Sunday School class to make disciples.  Kids and someday adults who study God’s word and compare it to what they know and ask questions.  This is part of what the Bible study I’ve written is designed to do, help the kids learn and ask questions so they know why they believe.


Pentecost lessons


Pentecost Sunday School lesson

It’s just fun to draw people with little flames on their heads.

In Jesus final lesson to the disciples he told them to wait for the Helper he would send.  I’ve always thought it interesting his final instructions are to wait.  I wonder if it’s because the disciples needed that time to be ready.

pentecost sunday school lesson

I also love the bit of hope we get from this story.  Look at the change we see in Peter.  A month or so earlier Peter was so scared he denied knowing Jesus to a small servant girl.  Now he gets up and talks to a crowd of thousands.  The same crowd who cried out for Jesus’ death, and Peter is preaching to them.  Not just preaching but telling them they killed God’s son.  That takes guts.  I hope to have that kind of guts someday.


Pentecost craft


As per usual lately I had about 4 crafts I wanted to do and time for one.  We had fun making our own little flame to flicker over our heads.


Supplies: craft sticks, red, yellow, and orange tissue paper, glue sticks

Pentecost Sunday School craft

The last time we made a project using tissue paper we tore way too much up, so the kids happily played around with making their flames, and then posing with them.

Pentecost Sunday School craft

Seriously, lots of of posing and hamming it up.  None of the you’re killing me smiles like I got with the bluebonnet pictures.


Pentecost Sunday School lesson

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Pentecost lesson resources

Coming next week Peter and John in jail!

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(And for those tired of Bible posts, coming on Friday is a science post, I’ve just had all sorts of problems with activities lately, seriously 5 different attempts at simulating a cloud, and none worked)

Last Supper Easter lesson

I am beyond excited for this week’s Sunday School lesson.  I’ve been planning this in my mind for the last 6 months ever since the idea came to me one night when I wasn’t sleeping, and now it’s finally going to happen.

Easter lesson

This Easter lesson has gone through a couple of revisions, but I rather like the end result.


Easter lesson supplies:

small basin, wash cloth,Matzah bread, white grape juice (so you don’t stain all those pretty Easter dresses), dixie cups, lamb cookies (instructions in just a second).


Making the lamb cookies

So, Amazon has these Lamb Tin Cookie Cutter, but I didn’t want to order them just for this lesson and I have bad luck with cookie cutters that have small little pieces and breaking them off. So I came up with a different plan. Instead I bought two different cookie cutters: mini Easter cookie cutters and these Flower Cookie Cutter Set (both of which cost considerable less at Hobby Lobby, both sets together costing less than the lamb)

Easter lesson lamb cookie

I stole a page from Almost Unschoolers and rolled out sugar cookies for the lamb, and then added some cocoa powder to the dough and made heads, frosted them and voila!  Sheep.  I think they’re kinda cute.

 Stations of the Easter lesson: foot washing

last supper easter lesson foot washing station

The first station is foot washing.  Our plan is to have the kids held at the front of the room and take them in small groups so we can escort them through the entire lesson.

On the night before Jesus died he stopped their meal and started to wash their feet.  Think about the act of service that is.  We don’t want to wash someone else’s relatively clean feet, but he washed their filthy stinky sandal wearing dirt road walking feet.  They don’t have modern plumbing, so think about the smell.  Yet he washed them.

Jeff has volunteered for this job, so he’ll be taking the time to explain all of it to them.  All of the ideas and talking points are in the handout for those of you who don’t want to just wing it.

Stations of the Easter lesson: Passover lamb

Easter lesson passover lamb

I hadn’t realized until recently (just goes to show there is always something new to learn from the Bible) all of the parallels between Jesus and the Passover lamb.  It gave me whole new meaning to Jesus being the lamb of God.

There’s two big ones I’m focusing on (there’s a bunch more I could have talked about).

Jesus and the passover lamb easter lesson

The Passover lamb was examined and found to be without fault, there was no blemish or imperfection.  Jesus was examined by multiple people and found to be without fault, he had committed no wrong.

Easter lesson parallels between Jesus and lamb

The Passover lamb was sacrificed and its blood was painted on the doors to protect the Israelites from the coming judgement of the Angel of the Lord.  The lamb’s blood covered them.

Jesus died for our sins.  His blood covers our sins and He took the punishment for us.

Those two alone are mind-blowing to me.

Easter lesson station 3: Communion


Last Supper easter lesson

In the same way God instituted Passover for Jews to remember what He had done for them when they were rescued from Egypt, so Jesus instituted Communion for Christians to remember what He did for them.

Every time we take Communion it’s a reminder of Jesus death on the cross for our sins.

We plan to use white grape juice just to cut down on stains, but otherwise we plan to quote the verses word for word from the Bible.

Easter lesson station 4: prayer

One element I always appreciate at Good Friday services is nailing my sins to the cross as a visual and tactile reminder of what happened.  We briefly toyed with the idea of that, and then thought of all those 9 and 10 year old kids with hammers, and it seemed like a horrible idea.  Instead we are going to seal them into a box and throw it away.


Also we want to emphasize the importance of prayer that Jesus took time to pray on his final night of ministry, it’s that important.  It’s not just “Dear God, here is what I want,” but actual communication, talking about our day, so we’re going to give the kids time to pray visually.  I attended a workshop based off of Praying in Color, and think it’s a great way to focus for ADD people like me, and will help active kids as they wait for everyone else to be done.


Easter lesson conclusion

bluebonnets 2015 no Jeff

While Good Friday is somber, and most of this lesson has focused on that, Easter is a day of celebration!  We need to remember that, and so after all of this quiet time of contemplation we’re going to celebrate.

Now our Sunday School class is going to celebrate with extended recess, Sprite, and popcorn, you can celebrate however you want.

Finding Easter in Passover Sunday School lesson

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More Easter lesson resources

Check out my Easter page for more great lessons.  You’ll find all of the resources I’ve used both at home and in my Sunday School for the past 10 years with links to the lesson or to where I bought them.

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Happy Easter

Happy Easter

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