LEGO CHALLENGE #52: THE FINAL ONE: Birthday Cake

Inspired by Sam's Lego Quest, (which is no longer active), I wanted to start a
weekly Lego challenge 
that kids can do and you can link up to. 
This linky has been open for a whole year, and will be closed soon. If you want to link up, please do so this week.
With the photo, please give your child's age, what country (or, if the the US, what state) you are from and anything your child wants to say about his or her creation.This can be simple or extremely complex, it's up to you. The only real rule is that it has to be custom built. Your own creation, not a pre-designed one.


You can write a separate post for the challenge or you can just add the photo of your child's entry for the challenge to a weekly wrap-up post.














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Lego Challenge #52: THE FINAL ONE: Birthday Cake
Well, we have made it a full year of Lego challenges. To celebrate the one year mark, I thought I would put up a birthday cake challenge. Can you make a birthday cake or a slice of birthday cake to celebrate the Lego challenges being up for one year?
Lego Challenge #1 will be ending in a few days and then the Lego challenge linkies will end, one at a time each week, so if you want to link up, be sure to check them out soon. 


Here are other Lego Challenges You Can Do:
With the photo of your child's creation, please give your child's age, what country (or, if the the US, what state) you are from and anything your child wants to say about his or her creation.

Lego Challenge #51: Natural Disasters

Inspired by Sam's Lego Quest, (which is no longer active), I wanted to start a
weekly Lego challenge 
that kids can do and you can link up to. 
This linky has been open for a whole year, and will be closed soon. If you want to link up, please do so this week.
With the photo, please give your child's age, what country (or, if the the US, what state) you are from and anything your child wants to say about his or her creation.This can be simple or extremely complex, it's up to you. The only real rule is that it has to be custom built. Your own creation, not a pre-designed one.


You can write a separate post for the challenge or you can just add the photo of your child's entry for the challenge to a weekly wrap-up post.

Lego Challenge #51: Natural Disaster
Can you create a natural disaster scene out of LEGO?
A natural disaster is any event or force of nature that has catastrophic consequences.
Here is a list of natural disasters to give you a few ideas, but you need not stick to this list.
  • Avalanche
  • Blizzard
  • Cyclone
  • Drought
  • Earth Quake
  • Forest Fire
  • Floods
  • Hurricane
  • Hail Storm
  • Ice Storm
  • Landslide
  • Lightning
  • Meteoroid Impact
  • Mudslide
  • Solar Flare
  • Tsunami
  • Tornado
  • Typhoon
  • Tropical Storm
  • Thunderstorms
  • Volcanic Eruptions
  • Winter Storms
  • Wild Fires

Here are other Lego Challenges You Can Do:
With the photo of your child's creation, please give your child's age, what country (or, if the the US, what state) you are from and anything your child wants to say about his or her creation.

History and Geography Meme: Feudalism and Manorialism

As promised, I am posting my lesson plans for our Medieval history studies about Feudalism and Manorialism.
from The Feudal System and Chess
Review the social hierarchy of feudal government.
The clothes people wore helped tell others what class they belonged. Illustrating the different styles of clothing, draw people from each social class. Label each drawing.
Pick a social class to represent and write about the class through the eyes of a character in that class. Be sure to explain the relationships. For example, if you pick the position of peasant farmer, explain what you get out of the relationship with the landowner.
from Ending Our Study of the Middle Ages with a Medieval Feast
Draw the home of a peasant. Include illustrations of the foods eaten, the beds and other furnishings.
What types of crops were grown in Europe in the Middle Ages? What foods were common? Create a menu of foods that might have been eaten in a manor house in the Middle Ages.


What history and geography studies have you been doing? 


I have really enjoyed the community of homeschoolers we have built here and I encourage you to check out the links you may not have seen and make a comment on the posts.

As always I hope that you continue to link your new (and old) posts with any history and geography topic to this meme every Thursday.

Don't forget to link up to the Multicultural Kids Blog's Blog Hop each month.


  Remember that I am pinning all posts to Pinterest.
You might want to check out the Pinterest board and see all the past posts.
Follow Phyllis Bergenholtz's board History and Geography Meme on Pinterest.

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Lego Challenge #50: Shadow

Inspired by Sam's Lego Quest, (which is no longer active), I wanted to start a
weekly Lego challenge 
that kids can do and you can link up to. 
This linky has been open for a whole year, and will be closed soon. If you want to link up, please do so this week.
With the photo, please give your child's age, what country (or, if the the US, what state) you are from and anything your child wants to say about his or her creation.This can be simple or extremely complex, it's up to you. The only real rule is that it has to be custom built. Your own creation, not a pre-designed one.


You can write a separate post for the challenge or you can just add the photo of your child's entry for the challenge to a weekly wrap-up post.

Lego Challenge #50: Shadow
In honor of Groundhog's day, I thought we might play with shadows. Build something, or a number of things, that you think would cast a great shadow. Take your creation to a bright spot, inside or outside and observe the shadow it casts. Move it around until it makes the shadow you like best. Notice how the shadow changes when it is cast on a wall, compared to the sidewalk, compared to the texture of a tree trunk. Where do you like the shadow best?

Take a picture of only the shadow.
Or, you can make an object out of Legos and also make the shadow you think it would cast.

Here are other Lego Challenges You Can Do:
With the photo of your child's creation, please give your child's age, what country (or, if the the US, what state) you are from and anything your child wants to say about his or her creation.

Science Sunday #13, What You Have Been Doing

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Angelicscaliwags linked up a post about their doing simple daily science demonstrations and experiments, 365 Experiments in, well 365 Days. They also linked up a post on the beginning of their One Year Garden Nature Study: Introduction.


Almost Unschoolers linked up a physical science experiment, Newton's First Law-Inertia Tower Game.


The Tiger Chronicle linked up a couple of posts about their "firsts journal, "
 New Year Firsts, and It's Wild Out Here.

How to make a crystallized pinecone
Planet Smarty Pants linked up a unique way of growing crystals -on pinecones which make them look as if they have frost, in "Frozen" Crystallized Pinecones.






I want to build a community of science educators and so I encourage you to check out the links and make a comment on the posts.
As always I hope that you continue to link your new (and old) posts with any science topic to this meme every Sunday.

What science studies have you been doing?
It is not too late to add some posts to our January meme. Next Sunday we will begin our February meme.

I am pinning all posts to Pinterest.

Please include All Things Beautiful Science Sunday Meme in your post with a link
All posts that do not link directly to a science related post will be deleted.

January 16-22, Our Homeschool Weekly Report, week 13

January 16-22

This week we enjoyed friends over...
enjoyed the snow outside...
and beauty inside.

week 13
For school, like usual, we completed math and English work, Sam worked on Japanese, Algebra, Government and Composition. We rehearsed our play at co-op...

Geography: Malaysia and Indonesia

...began our study of Malaysia and Indonesia. Post coming next week.

Art Techniques: Tones

Alex explored light and dark tones while making this birds's-eye view painting.


Medieval History: The Bulgars and Slavs, 600-1453

We learned about the Bulgars and Slavs. 

What have you been up to this week?

Join me at...
Don't forget the Memes here at All Things Beautiful:
  • History and Geography on Thursdays
  • Science on Sundays

History and Geography Meme #151: What You Have Been Doing

Have you had a chance to check out all the great posts that have been linked up this month?

Marie's Pastiche linked up several great posts this month adding to their West African studies;  West African Game: How to Play the Nigerian Game "Derrah" | With Printable Game Board"The Singing Man" | Learning about West African GriotsWest African Staple Food: Peanuts | Recipe for Biscuits Cinq Centimes {Five Cent Cookies from Senegal), and West African Folktales. She also added another post in her Around the World Pancake series, Around the World with Pancakes: Croatian Palacinke.


The Tiger Chronicle linked up a post about their study of Queen Victoria and her Empire and about their Calendar of Firsts project, It's Wild Out Here!

Roman  history resources for kids
Adventures in Mommydom linked up a post with links to all her Roman Resources for Kids and Hands-On Roman History

What history and geography studies have you been doing? You still have one week to add a link to our January meme.

I have really enjoyed the community of homeschoolers we have built here and I encourage you to check out the links you may not have seen and make a comment on the posts.

As always I hope that you continue to link your new (and old) posts with any history and geography topic to this meme every Thursday.

Don't forget to link up to the Multicultural Kids Blog's Blog Hop each month.


  Remember that I am pinning all posts to Pinterest.
You might want to check out the Pinterest board and see all the past posts.
Follow Phyllis Bergenholtz's board History and Geography Meme on Pinterest.

Please include this button on either the post you have linked or your sidebar or mention All Things Beautiful History and Geography meme in your post with a link. All posts that do not link directly to a history or geography post will be deleted.
All Things Beautiful

Lego Challenge #49: Use Only One Color Bricks

Inspired by Sam's Lego Quest, (which is no longer active), I wanted to start a
weekly Lego challenge 
that kids can do and you can link up to. 
This linky has been open for a whole year, and will be closed soon. If you want to link up, please do so this week.
With the photo, please give your child's age, what country (or, if the the US, what state) you are from and anything your child wants to say about his or her creation.This can be simple or extremely complex, it's up to you. The only real rule is that it has to be custom built. Your own creation, not a pre-designed one.


You can write a separate post for the challenge or you can just add the photo of your child's entry for the challenge to a weekly wrap-up post.

Lego Challenge #49:Use Only One Color Bricks
Can you make something using only one color bricks? You can use any size or shape, but they must be the same color...You pick the color.


Here are other Lego Challenges You Can Do:
With the photo of your child's creation, please give your child's age, what country (or, if the the US, what state) you are from and anything your child wants to say about his or her creation.


Medieval History: The Bulgars and Slavs (600-1453)

Pictures in James' notebook.
The first Russian states were Slavic and led by Swedish Viking traders. The greatest of these leaders was Rurik. The Bulgers were the decendants of the Huns who settled by the Volga River in Russia. After a confrontation with a local group from lower down the Volga, the Bulgers moved to the Danube area, taking over the Slavs who lived there. The Slavs came from what is now Belsarus. 
In the 860's Cyril and Methodius. two missionaries from Byzantium, were sent to convert the Bulgers. Cyrillic lettering, still used today by Russians and Bulgarians, was invented by these two brothers. In 988, Vladimir, the prince of Kiev, converted to Christianity, marrying a Byzantine princess.
source
By the time Byzantium fell in 1453, Russia had become the home of Orthodoxy. They are famous for church construction which favored domes, and so pendentives were invented to support such constructions.

sources and resources:
  • The Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History
  • A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer
  • Story of the World, Volume 2: The Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer
  • The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
  • History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 1 (1-4th grade), Level 2 (5th-8th grade or Level 3 (9th-12th grade)
  • Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey