Mississippi: Freedom School Yes!

Every now and then I run into a book that is wonderful, but doesn’t easily lend itself to an activity, but I still want to share it.  This is one of those books.

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It tells the story of the Freedom Schools that happened in Mississippi back in the summer of 1964.

 

This is a compilation story, it assembles facts from several different  people who were teachers for the summer and several of the cities where it took place to make one story.

 

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It tells the brave story of one young woman who comes down to be the teacher and one young girl who is brave enough to go to school, even if she’s threatened.

 

Then it tells of all the great stories of African Americans.  It tells about Crispus Attucks the first person killed in the American Revolution.

 

Harriet Tubman, who led many of her people to freedom.

 

Of Benjamin Bannaker, who was the son of a slave man and an indentured servant who both became free, and how he designed Washington D.C. (which by the way that family’s story is also amazing, and another book I never wrote about, but loved).

 

Nothing I could design would compare with the bravery in these stories.  I do not want to trifle with it.  So, it was simple, cut it out and read about these brave people.

 

And sometimes that is all you need to do.

Childhood to do list: WATER FIGHT!

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Step 1: Fill a large bucket (or cooler) full of water and sponges.  If you’re fancy make these from Inner Child Fun (what I originally bought the sponges for).

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Step 2:  Grab as many water filled sponges as you can.
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Step 3: Start throwing sponges as fast as you can.
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You’re guaranteed to be told, “Did you know that you’re my best Mommy ever?”

Of course if you’re participating and trying to get pictures at the same time, that means you get lots of pictures like this:
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And after all is said and done, take some time to build with the sponges and swing on your swing.
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50 State Study: Ohio


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We completed all of our activities for Ohio in one week, but there were several books I wasn’t able to fit in that I wanted to do something with, but I didn’t have quite enough for a full second week, so we moved on.  I’ll probably talk about those more in my post at ABC & 123.
What’s included in the lapbook:

My Great Invention– Ohio is the home to the Invention Museum, and I found a great book about inventions taking place in Ohio.  The kids designed their Lego creation and then wrote about it in their book.

Covered Wagon– Anything that is a cut and paste is a hit around here.  This was no exception.  The boys loved figuring out how to best protect people and what they REALLY needed.  The girls loved filling their wagon with kitchen stuff.

Neil Armstrong, what I want be when I grow up– After reading about how hard Neil Armstrong worked to become an astronaut we talked about what we need to do to get the job we really want when we grow up.
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State Symbols pages – another ladybug.  I really wanted to do something with the trilobites, but couldn’t think of a good activity.  Anyone have a good trilobite activity?

Around the World in 12 Dishes: UK Tea Party

Welcome to “Around The World in 12 Dishes”. We will be taking you on a journey around the world, (loosely) following in Phileas Fogg’s footsteps, exploring 12 different countries with our children, by cooking 12 dishes with them. One for each country visited.
The world is such a wonderfully diverse and colorful place. Our children see maps, flags and books. They see postcards and maybe they see films about the world.. but let’s really bring it to life through food! Taste and smell don’t often get explored, we think this would be wonderfully fun and interesting for you and your children.
Not only is it an exciting and different way to learn about cultures, but cooking with children brings a host of benefits – from numeracy to science. How can you beat that?
Adventures In Mommydom, Creative Family Fun, Glittering Muffins, Juggling with Kids,  Kitchen Counter Chronicles, Make, Do & Friends, Mom 2 Posh Little Divas, Mummymummymum, Rainy Day Mum, Red Ted Art, The Educators’ Spin On It and The Outlaw Mom have come together to help you on your food journey and will each cook a dish with our children and post about it – to help inspire you to have a go! Then go out there, cook, blog, and join in the linky fun!

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I have to admit the first thing I thought of when I heard United Kingdom was having a tea party.  My kids love to drink tea, and I thought this would be a gentle introduction with things they are mostly familiar with.
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We started mixing and baking, and having fun.

There was a lot of giggling, and spilling, and general fun in making these.

Pumpkin Spice Scones

2 cups flour
7 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon ginger
6 tablespoons cold butter (can also partially freeze)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
3 tablespoons cream
1 egg
* this particular time I used 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice instead of each individual spice

Preheat oven to 425.
1.  Combine dry ingredients and cut in butter (hint you can freeze the butter and then grate it with a cheese grater to combine more easily)

2.  Fold in wet ingredients to form ball.  ** this was a very sticky dough, so I coated my hands very thoroughly with flour.**

3.  Form into log and cut dough into triangles.  I formed it into several circles and cut them into wedges.

4.  Bake about 10-12 minutes.

While that was busy baking and the kids were happily munching on their slices of cheese and crackers I made each of us a cucumber sandwich.

Kids version:

Slice cucumbers fairly thin, spread cream cheese over bread and then layer cucumbers.  That’s it.

Adult version:

Buy flavored cream cheese, I got the garlic flavor, yum, yum, yum.  Spread thickly over your bread.  Slice a cucumber thinnly and layer a lot of them all over.  Eat and ENJOY!
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Orindarily our tea parties are at the dining room table with my fine china and good manners.  However, February has been a month of sickness and Jeff working late many nights, and just generally being overly tired.

So, we, as in I because Jeff didn’t get home until after their bedtime, opted to watch the Max and Ruby episode set in London while we ate our tea party.

All in all, this month we didn’t learn super a lot about our country, so I’m setting a poor first example, but I plan to go back and have us learn more.

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50 State Study: Tennessee

Tennessee was one of those states where I had lots of ideas, but none of them worked quite right……..  Sigh.

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What all is in here:

Swamp Angel (Tarnation hit the stars and looked like this)- This is a super cute tall tale, and I’m always a sucker for tall tales.  I look forward to Montana when we get to read about her further adventures.

 

Sequoyah– The man who brought writing to the Cherokee people.  You can see our plan for this on the lower left hand side.  This activity was really a bit over my kids, but it was a good stretch for them.

 

Andrew Jackson– I still find this president amusing.  I don’t know why.  I got to bring him up again when we got to Louisiana, that was fun.

 

Luck with Potatoes– Another Tennessee tall tale, or maybe this author just made it up, either way it’s a fun story about a farmer who has some bad luck until he plants potatoes.  I highly recommend this book if your kid likes silly books.

 

Tennessee State Symbols– Princess was happy because they have a state horse.

 

Casey Jones– This was one I knew the name, but didn’t know too much about this real life hero.  That’s always a fun surprise for me to discover something I didn’t know too much about.

 

Done, but not included in the lapbook, which I guess is really more of a notebook.

Davy Crockett peg dolls–  I found a great book for this, and I really wanted to make coon skin caps, but wasn’t sure how to do that in a way that made sense with 6 other kids there, and that could be completed in a timely manner.

 

So the Davy Crockett peg doll was born.  He’s kinda disturbing.

 

 

Banjo Granny– the world’s cutest book, and each time we looked at the illustrations we found more in it.

 

Afterwards we made a banjo for our dolls with a popsicle stick and some brown card stock.  Very fun and very popular.

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So any suggestions of things I could have added?  Or ways to do this better?  I always like to add in people’s suggestions for when I write about this over at ABC & 123.  There were a few things I didn’t have the right books for, but over all it was a fun idea.

I’m gonna link this over at All Things Beautiful and her geography/history link up.

50 state study: Vermont

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Vermont had some really fun books to go with it, and a few that weren’t specifically Vermont, but fit in with things they were known for:

Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream– let me tell you, any book and activity that includes ice cream is quite heartily approved of.

 

John Deere tractors (which looks to be missing from this page)- if you go to the post there are several suggestions for great books.

 

Champy- Vermont’s very own version of the Loch Ness Monster, Christy, who is now blogging over at Snacks and Stories, turned me on to the idea of Champy.  We used Mysterious Tadpole, which is really about the Loch Ness Monster, but it worked just fine.  I also have to add, I LOVE stories like this.

 

Nora’s Ark– super cute true story, and it gave my kids a lot to think about for what they would save if they had to leave their house.

 

Tricking the Tally Man– mwa ha ha, bring in math and history all in one well written and illustrated book, SCORE!

 

I’m gonna link this over to Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns and her reading linkie.