Christopher Columbus (1451-1506) was an Italian explorer who sailed across the Atlantic Ocean in 1492, hoping to find a route to India (in order to trade for spices). He made a total of four trips to the Caribbean and South America during the years 1492-1504.
The kids had fun looking up his voyages and also reading about the people he called Indians when is reality they were Cubans. We colored maps and talked about how it must have been daunting when there was no wind for those big boats to move. The kids were astonished that wind could be that strong!
The kids learned about Diwali. It is a Hindu festival of Lights. I am sure some of you are wondering why a christian family would want to learn about another religion?! Well I believe it is up to us to teach our children how other people believe and compare it to Christianity. If we do not understand how can we judge something as bad or wrong. People tend to judge rather then understand other peoples way of thinking weather it is bad or good. Well we learned that Hindus believe in several gods and each family usually has one specific god they really focus on. We learned that Diwali is like a New Year to them a fresh start they clean and make everything look nice. The kids made bowls for a candle to go in they painted and we light the candles we made as the Hindu people would. They enjoyed seeing there bowls decorated.. That's what they do for Diwali anything to do with lights hintz called festival of lights!!!
Candles they made and the bowls they girls made from homemade clay
The girls were so happy with their pots Jon-Jon didn't make one but he did make a candle.
The girls have played some great soccer. There season ends this month. They will start up again in Spring.Makenzee has come a long she actually was in the right spot at right time and helped make a goal. The team she is on is called Bad news Sharks. there colors are Lime green and navy blue. She loves her team and her coach is just awesome. Lileigh is also learning to follow the ball and kick the heck out of it. Her team looks like a bunch of buzzing bees chasing the ball. Their colors are Burnt orange and navy blue. Their name is Tigers. They are sad that it is over already. We have decided that we are making Lileigh's team a snack. No one ever brings team snacks like Makenzee team has always been good at bringing snacks. So we decided to make a Vanilla Coated Halloween Munch Mix since it's Halloween. What away to end a season!!!
This stuff is so easy and YUMMY!!
We have been making lots of crafts for the bats lesson we have been working on for Halloween. We went to Rapids Parish Library and got books on bats. We have learned so much like for example;
- bats have great eye sight
- there are 900 species of bats
- carnivorous bats that use echolocation they have big ears
- herbivore bats use there nose to smell fruit and nectar and they have smaller eats etc.
Bat Brownies YUMMY!
Egg carton bats
So they have made bat brownies, Halloween Paper tree, lacing bat project, painted egg carton bats, Sticky Black Bat Wings.
The kids did a couple non bats activities so here they are!!!
Makenzee was being so particular!
Jon-Jon ate more then he made and then it broke this all I could get of it!
We made personal pizza's one night the kids had a blast. Abbi feel asleep so she didn't get to make her own she had to share with momma! We had mushrooms, pepperoni, onion, pineapple, cheese and lots of sauce!!!
The girls got dressed up for two birthday parties and there Nonnie had a Halloween party we went to. They had a blast. Jon-Jon decided he wasn't going to dress up. But the girls did and had so much fun. The outfit Pebbles is wearing I made she is wearing a peasant top and bloomers! She makes an awesome MODEL!!! Here are some pictures!
We had mummy meat loaf and ghostly mashed taters. I completely forgot to get pictures! But here is one that you can kinda get an idea of what we did! It turned out yummy and kids were so excited about the idea. Makenzee and Lileigh said I got an A+ for trying to be different. I have no idea where that came from we don't do grades! =) One day we made snake bits they were so neat for lunch! We also have had Mummy dogs and Brains on the half shell! Mine were not as neat as what pictures we have seen but they had fun pretending! Makenzee and Lileigh both said oh momma they taste just like real brains...I said well I have never had brains so I wouldn't know!! The mouths of BABES!
Hold on, man. We don't go anywhere with "scary," "spooky," "haunted," or "forbidden" in the title. ~From Scooby-Doo