Celia, a slave

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Celia was an ordinary slave–until she struck back at her abusive master and became the defendant in a landmark trial that threatened to undermine the very foundations of the South’s “Peculiar Institution.”

This story takes place in 1855, Calloway county, Missouri.

It’s about a slave named Celia in the american slavery crisis. for a time she was framed for the murder of her master but the people found out it wasn’t her. The court found that Ceila was the witness of a crime.  Ceila met other slaves and their masters’.

I kind of liked the book and I would give it 2/5 (i didn’t like it but i didn’t hate it.) i didn’t like it because the subject of the story made me mad but it told a great story.

Quiet week

Last week was a very quite week……….. school wise!

Two of us in the house have come down with a sinus infection.

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This is what we feel like.  I have a Netty Pot but just can’t bring myself to use it. I also have essential oils and need to break them out and start using them.

If you are new to oils or have trouble figuring out what to use for what this is a great site, Essential Everything.

I use DoTerra Oils and love them!

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Last week ended on us busting out the legos and doing some math and then having a creative jam on the living room rug.

This week looks like this for us:

Language Arts: Writing a Research Paper, Outlines, Prefixes, and Roots

Math: Adding Mixed Numbers, Subtracting Mixed Numbers, and Multiplying Fractions

Science: Fungi Kingdom, Protist Kingdom, Prokarayotes, and Taxonomy

Social Studies: Michigan Florida, John Brown & States’ Rights & Secession, Lincoln Elected, Fort Sumter, War Begins, Robert E. Lee & Confederacy

Reading: Finish Celia, A Slave and start Will at the Battle of Gettysburg

Spanish: Continue learning about people and greetings

We need to work a bit more to get caught up to where we need to be before the extra week off.

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Lastly, I spent an hour Friday chalking this into creation! We have a split foyer and when you walk in if you look down the steps, this is what you see. I love it, I even hair sprayed it to keep it safe.

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes!

Shannon

But baby it’s cold outside

 

 

 

I really can’t stay. But baby it’s cold outside. I’ve got to go way. Whoa, but it’s cold outside. This evening has been, In hopin that you’d drop in, So very nice. I’ll hold your hands, they’re just like ice

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oh cos it’s…  cold outside.

It is freezing outside! Absolutely FREEZING! Heck even my chickens want nothing to do with coming out of the run or the coop.

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Fresh Eggs? If we can get to them in the 20 minutes it takes them to freeze solid and start to crack.

I admit that I pushed Humpty Dumpty, I let the dogs out, and I am the fool always praying for a blizzard. But I like my cold in the positive numbers and more in the 20s. If it has to be this cold I like snow on the ground. I like a nice warm fire, but we have no fireplace and sitting out in these temps around the fire pit is not an option.

Yesterday we baked in an effort to help keep the house warm.  And boy did we bake!

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Love the smell of chocolate baking in the morning!

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Some Apple Pie Cupcakes and some chocolate hazelnut cupcakes.

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Some cupcakes for a customer, his company packages and distributes the hazelnut spread that I use.

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Made my new Valentine’s Day cupcake for kids. It is called a warm fuzzy and it has bubblegum flavored icing and white chocolate.

We even made a natural yeast starter for part of science and math. He also helped me convert a bunch of recipes and learned that 8oz doesn’t always mean a cup!

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B-man: is yeast a living thing?
Me: Yes, sir!
B-man: I will look it up to see what classification it is in……. it is a fungi! We eat fungi!!!
Me: Afraid so
B-man: Fungi tastes good!!!! We shall call the starter Francis Bobbio
Me: Wonderful

Here is how you start the Natural Yeast Starter: (The numbers are the days)

  1. 5oz organic whole-wheat flour & 5oz water; stir together and ferment overnight at room temp.
  2. 5oz starter from day one, 5oz organic whole-wheat flour, and 5oz water; discard 5oz of the starter add remaining 5oz of starter to the flour and water and mix to incorporate. Ferment overnight at room temp.

I will give you the rest of the instructions tomorrow for day three!

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I found some interesting learning material since most of the nation is stuck in this cold weather pattern.

NOAA has this webpage about changing seasons

KidsHealth has this one on Cold, Ice, and Snow Safety

CalTech has this webpage on a Guide to Snowflakes

USGS has put out this on the Water Cycle

NOAA has a site called SciJinks and has this on Why do we have Seasons?

We found this PDF on how to become a Weather Wizard

NOAA puts out this Winter Storms pdf

NASA has Climate Kids and has good links too

Frozen snowflake patterns

Lego snowflakes

Make a snowflake

If you are suffering through this frigid cold weather might as well make it a hands on learning experience.

Found this quote and this is where I leave you today:

If snowflakes were kisses, I would send you a blizzard!

 

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes!

Shannon

 

Back to the Grind

Originally, we only planned to take 2 weeks off for the holidays. That was until my Dad called and asked me to spend 2 days painting his master bedroom in December.

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This took two days away from our studies……. kind of. I had him work on lapbooks and watch Magic School Bus and watch some BrainPop videos.  But we are behind as we start the new year off. But that is ok, we are not going to let it affect us. We are just picking up where we left off.

This week will look like this for us……

Math: Fractions, mixed Numbers, and decimals. We are going to do some hands on work with recipes and we are making a bread starter.

Language Arts: MineCraft Story Starters, main ideas, writing paragraphs, & writing a research paper. If you have a boy who is crazy about MineCraft, the story starters are amazing and you should check them out.  You have to subscribe to get them but it is very much worth it!

Science: Animal Kingdom, Cells, Ernest Just, Different Kinds of Cells, and Plant vs. Animal Cells. We are doing two lapbooks for this.

History: Civil War, North & South, Missouri Compromise, Missouri State Facts, Arkansas State Facts, Mason-Dixon Line, Abolitionist, Slaves Resisted, Dred Scott, and Lincoln-Douglas Debates. We are starting a lapbook for the civil war.

Reading: Celia, A Slave by Melton A McLauren. This is a true story of a 14-year-old slave girl in 1850.

Basic Spanish: Introduce Yourself

I guess it is time to get to work! See you back here tomorrow!

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Peace, Love, and Pies!

Shannon

Pocahontas Review

Pocahontas was made by Joseph Bruchac. it takes place in Virginia,1607. the main character is Pocahontas, she is helpful, peaceful, and curious. the story is about at native tribe that has had war with the Tassasunk (the settlers) and the tribes leader, Mamanatowic’s daughter tries to make peace with the settlers.

The main event is the settlers being rude, disruptive, spreading disease , and killing the natives. the solution was that Pocahontas  finally made peace in the village.

I like this book because it was interesting to read. i would rate this book 9 stars out of 10.

Winter is Coming

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Nope, it arrived over the weekend!

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It started Saturday with heavy frost and ice on the car windows and by the afternoon we had this…….

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Saturday was not a bad weather day, just a light dusting on the ground. But you would have thought the world was coming to an end. Snow is in the forecast. Rush in sheer panic to the store, & buy ALL of the milk & bread! Milk sandwiches are our ONLY hope of surviving winter weather! I am not convinced people are making french toast either (French Toast Effect), if they were wouldn’t there be a run on maple syrup too?

Sunday was a day of snow, snow, snow. The chickens were not sure what to think and were not interested in Monster Child’s snowballs.

This is what Monday looked like for us.

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No, we don’t stop schooling just because we have snow. Besides with a feel like of 9 degrees outside, who wants to play in that?

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I doubt we will go anywhere for a few days but we might go start my car and clean it off.

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Yes, we have animals and we never have a nice blanket of snow, there is always paw prints in there somewhere.Ph8Mka9TH2nMhJSzI-xNZBBiv0-WCamQkDcm5-hlKcDN=w287-h510-no

The chickens survived but we are faced with a new challenge and that is how to keep their water lines from freezing. We are going to have to research this issue a bit. Monster Child and I think we will have to go to a heated dog bowl. But we are trying everything at this point. Currently we have a small water feeder in there but it will not keep up with 6 chickens.

Off to research!

Peace, Love, and Cupcakes!

Shannon