Bible Alive Tuesday or is it History: Fall of Jerusalem

Actually this was part of our history curriculum, so I’m also going to call it history.




My kids are rather enamored with acting out their history with Legos.  They ask to do it every single lesson.  Which doesn’t always work out.


But, this time it did, and I accidentally chose a Lego board that was perfect for his lesson.  I’ll say it was on purpose.



The Babylonians came to attack Jerusalem.


But, they didn’t know that Jerusalem had an interior water supply, so it was very hard to defeat them.


Finally they were successful in defeating part of Jerusalem, but they did not completely knock down the walls.  They carried off many of the Israelites to Babylon.


They attacked a second time, and more people were carried off, but they still did not successfully defeat Jerusalem.


Finally on the third try they were able to defeat and destroy Jerusalem.  They carried off all the treasure and kept it in their storehouses.


TA DA!  And that’s the story of the defeat of Jerusalem.


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Hee hee, I like my new little table I set up for putting in buttons on my posts.  It makes it so easy because I just go to Tuesday and copy over the relevant ones, and then I went to Wednesday and copy over those.  So nice.

Bible Alive: King Josiah

One of our history lessons recently was about King Josiah and how he found the lost scrolls of the Bible moldering away in the temple.


Well, rather than read this in the history book, I opted to read it in the Beginner’s Bible, and then go from there.



So, I gave them each a piece of paper with some Hebrew letters for them to have their own “Bible scroll.”  They crumpled up their papers and generally made them a horrific mess (nowhere near as messy as my children are right now, they’re convinced they’ve found dinosaur bones in our backyard).


Then we played a rousing game of “Find the Bible!”



“How do you play that?” you ask.


“I’m glad you asked,” I answer.


I make the kids sit in the kitchen while I hide their scrolls all over the family room.  Then they happily rummaged around looking for their missing scrolls.  After I’d help them play a few rounds I left them to it, and they happily entertained themselves as I made lunch.


This was a much better entertainment than the one that led to the ER trip while I made lunch.  This entertainment we’ll do again, the random acrobatics on tile floor, not so much.


Sigh, children.


Now head on over to Fantastic Five and see some other cool Bible posts.

Ancient Greeks


We read about Sparta and Athens and did a Venn diagram about the cities.  Honestly the kids didn’t get much about this, but after a lot of repeating and reminding they got the gist of the two cities.


It simplified down to Sparta fights a lot, and everyone fought in their town, everyone learns how to be a soldier.


Athens is the city of art and democracy.  That simplified down to art.  All the discussion of how their government was just flew over their heads.


021And they were the same because they were both city-states.


But that’s boring.  We finished up by taking the same pots from our earlier sunflower game and made them into greek pots.


And the boys pots were very greek showing fantastic battle scenes.  I’m not sure what Princess’ was.



Now head on over to Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn to see what other people are doing for history or geography.

History: The first Olympics



Okay, I pretty much am just putting this in here because the picture cracks me up.  Batman and I went to dinner on Saturday as part of our annual “Shop for your siblings Christmas present,” and he was excitedly explaining something to me.


He really cracked me up spending a good 5-10 minutes searching for a present for his brother that would have 2 guys so they both could play.

So, Olympics.  Over at All Things Beautiful she did a very cool post on the Ancient Olympics.  I remembered it when we got to this point in history and staged our very own mini-ancient Olympics.



Toothpick javelin throw.  The kids were very disappointed they didn’t get to keep throwing these.


They also wanted to use them as swords.






Racing, we opted for the hands and knees version since we were doing it inside.







Long jump, and I’m really wondering what the heck that is in the bottom corner there.


Either way the kids were all cheaters and wouldn’t jump just once.






We tried a discus throw, but it became complicated by the dog “helping.”  Really, it was helpful for some because their discus got much further.


Now head on over to Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn to see what others did for their history or geography this week.

Bible Alive: Samson

So, way back when I was a kid my Mom got us a Bible playset that had a Samson doll, Delilah, and maybe had a book.  I primarily remember the Samson and the tape.  The tape told the story of Samson and had a song.


“Samson what’s your secret? Samson, Samson tell me please.  Samson, if you love me, where does your strength lie?”

“Delilah is luring our Samson.  Fulfilling the Philistine plan, to capture, bind, and afflict him, and stop this mighty man.”


So, as you can see the songs you learn as a kid stick with you for a very long time.


But, back to the  lesosn I taught my kids.  As I’ve said before our history this year is Ancient, and it includes Bible stories, and this one was about Samson.  Samson was famous for two things, okay several: long hair, bad taste in women, and very strong.  Let’s face it, it’s the women who caused most of his problems.


Well, we reenacted Samson’s famous death scene, when he literally brought the house down.  LITERALLY.

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We didn’t really bring the house down.  Just some giant foam pillows we had fun taking turns knocking down like Samson.


And for kicks afterwards we could have watched the Veggietales “Minnesota Cuke and Samson’s Hairbrush.”  But, I forgot to find it in time, maybe later.


And then we could sing that famous song, “Oh where is my hairbrush?”

You know you already had it stuck in your head……..




Thank you, thank you very much.  Now head on over to Fantastic Five.

Finally, the CHICKEN MUMMY!

Or as my husband likes to call it, the undead chicken.



So, this chicken has been sitting mummifying on my counter for about a month now.  Actually, at the point I’m writing this, it’s now been sitting mummified for 2 weeks.

First, we started off with a very serious lecture about following directions and the serious consequences of not following, as in you don’t get to help anymore.



Then we took the chicken out of the salt/baking soda/baking powder mix, and started wiping it down.  I pounded on it a bunch to get the mixture out of its’ cavity, and it took a lot of paper towels to get all of that off.  Now usually I’ll use towels for messes, but this was one I didn’t want to be throwing in the wash with everything else.  For some strange reason…..



Then we lightly brushed on oil that had some herbs soaking in it.  They of course all had to take turns, but I’ll spare you pictures of each kid trying it out.

Afterwards we patted it dry again with a paper towel.




Then the kids quite happily tore up more paper towels and stuffed the cavity of the chicken while also putting in some spices.  There were a few arguments about who got to put in what spices (which were basically the whole spices I’d gotten for a failed 5 senses experiment, my kids so were not going to be blindfolded).



Then they all got to take turns wrapping up the mummy.  We individually wrapped each wing and leg, and I explained that with real mummies they wrapped each foot.  The mummy was wrapped in (real sadness here) some of my favorite muslin fabric, oh the sacrifices I make for my kids.  But, I figured that was better than cartoon character fabric……  The fabric was dipped in a solution of glue and water, the closest we were going to get to resin soaked fabric.


Then they settled in rather impatiently for it to dry after the horrible torture of cleaning up their work.  TORTURE, I say.


And, finally I present to you, the CHICKEN MUMMY OF DOOM.  That has been sitting on my counter for two weeks now, and I really don’t know what to do with it now.  I hate to just throw it away, but at the same time I don’t want to keep it there forever.  I’m sure if I put it outside I’ll collect an interesting assortment of vermin…….


And, if you don’t want to go through the whole process, here’s a few other options for learning about this:

Work of Childhood

Learning Curve

Homeschool Creations

All Things Beautiful (I just linked to her Ancient Egypt section, because it’s cool)

And here’s part 1 and part 2 of our journey, for those who are curious and didn’t see the earlier steps.


And I’m linking this up to Homeschool Creations because I know Jolanthe has been curious how this turned out, actually a lot of you have been, and over to the History Exchange over at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.

Raising Rock Stars: Jericho

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I made the mistake of telling my kids that in a few days we’d be building the city of Jericho as part of our history lessons and then destroying it.  As you can imagine, that immediately led to our having to do three or four history lessons at once.


006So, after reading about it we made our very own city of Jericho to be assaulted by the Israelites.


There were some rather unusual people in the city of Jericho.  Namely a giant rabbit, and battle droids.  And part of the Jericho walls was the kitchen sink.



The Israelites dutifully marched around the city.  And I bet you didn’t know that among the Israelites were pirates, a one-handed British soldier, and some astronauts, but there were.  It’s a little known fact.


Oh, and don’t forget the bearded lady in the top corner with the red shirt.




The people of Jericho were properly mocking of the Israelites’ attack methods.  They however did not throw any grape slushies.






And finally the walls fell down, with much shouting and yelling.  The city fell down.


And of course you can’t read about the battle of Jericho without then watching the Veggietales movie.


Ahhhh…….  The awesomeness of Veggietales.


For more Bible lessons head on over to Carissa at 1+1+1=1.

and then pop on over to Tuesday Show and Tell for some great generic ideas.

Raising Rock Stars and History: Abraham and Jacob

So this week we had another set of Biblical history lessons: Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph.



While I read to them about these guys the kids colored some pictures to be made into mini-books (don’t you love the look on Superman’s face?).

I found the Jacob ones here, the Abraham ones here, and the Joseph ones are from the Story of the World activity pages.


After reading the lessons we watched the Veggietales episodes that related.  They thought the Abraham one was okay, but were very amused by the Ballad of Little Joe.  After reading about Jacob in our history book we went back and read it in the Jesus storybook Bible, which had the story of choosing the two wives told from a different viewpoint than I’m used to, and I rather liked the way they told it.  I’m really loving the Jesus Storybook Bible, it’s pretty cool.


So, there you have it.  It’s a rather tame lesson after the Minotaur and the mummy (which is still slowly mummifying), but not all weeks can be amazingly interesting.

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Now head on over to Debbie’s at Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn to see more history/geography posts and to Carisa at 1+1+1=1 for more Bible lessons.

Science Sunday: folowing procedures

Well, this week was a general week of cleaning and catching up with some much needed general stuff.  So, I’m going to provide a bit of an update on the mummy, and a general synopsis of following procedures.  I know super exciting.




Well, we got the chicken out of its bag of salt and such to check on it and make sure it was progressing properly.  I had them make observations as we did this.  Here’s what they told me:


1.  It’s rubbery.  I’ve noticed this is their new catch phrase for describing stuff, so I’m trying to work on them describing more.


2.  It doesn’t smell.  Which to me, says we must be doing this somewhat right.  At this point it’s been sitting out on our kitchen counter for a little over a week.  So, if it doesn’t smell that means we’ve done something right, because it should seriously stink by now.


What did they learn from this:


003 1.  The importance of following directions.  They had to wash hands between each step, and at one point Princess had wandered off to get candy she wanted to eat.  I made her throw it away because it now had “chicken germs” because chickens that aren’t cooked have germs we could get sick from.


2.  I actually do have a reason for my rules.  Since they were not doing too good at being careful there was a lot of salt on the floor, and they got to spend a good long time cleaning that up.


004 3.  That you can’t just do an experiment and leave.  You have to follow through and clean up the big huge mess you left.  So, they mopped and mopped that floor.


4.  The importance of washing hands well.  I don’t have a picture but I showed them how to wash it like a doctor.  Soap all the way up to their elbows, and making sure to really scrub and then using as hot as a water as  you can stand.




And since I could only find one mop Princess got away with not mopping that day.  Lucky dog.  But, then right now cleaning seems to be my primary mode of excercise……..




Oh, and to answer your question Jeff.  There are no canopic jars because the cornish game hen did not come with the organs in it, so no canopic jars.


So, how about you?  Do you ever find yourself going back and redoing experiments or observations?  I know we’ve done it lots before, and I’m sure we’ll continue to do it more often with other things.

History: Minoans


One of our history lessons this week, in addition to the Egypt and mummies lesson was about the Minoans, and the minotaur.  Well, my kids really liked this concept, and so we built ourselves a maze for our minotaur.

While yes we could have gotten the super cool Minotaurus game, which I’m sure we will someday soon.  I want to save that for a Christmas present, and I”m not quite convinced my kids are old enough yet.

So, we made our own.

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With much arguing about how to build this maze and what qualifies for something to be in the maze, and how the minotaur should look.

Finally, our first maze was built.  I say first because the kids decided we needed to build a second bigger one that took up most of the coffee table.

By the way, do you like our minotaur?  He’s in the middle (the lego guy with about 3 bricks on his head).

To follow up we watched the Disney Atlantis movie, because some theorize the disappearance of Crete is where Plato got the story of Atlantis from.

Here’s what the kids remembered about the Minoans:  The minotaur lived in a maze.  He was a bad guy.  He lived on Crete.  The king of the Minoans put him there.

For more history and geography ideas head over to Children Grow, Children Explore, Children Learn.