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Science Sunday: The Lymphatic System

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The Lymphatic System

The lymphatic system removes excess fluid from body tissue and returns it to the bloodstream. At the same time, it cleans the fluid of microorganisms and other contaminants which can cause health problems. They are cleaned at places throughout the lymphatic system called lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are positioned in the body so that when certain muscles contract, the lymph vessels are squeezed, causing the lymph fluid (called interstitial fluid) travels through the lymph system.
In addition to the lymph nodes, the spleen tonsils, adenoids and thymus gland all work together as part of the immune system. 
Sologratia Mom completed an interesting model of the immune system, using everyday materials "The kids made a model with some pompom yarn (lymph vessels/nodes), red pipe cleaner (circulatory system), white model magic (thymus), foam (spleen), foam disc (red blood cell) and a brown piece of paper. They labeled their parts when they were finished."

Lymph Nodes

The cleaning power of lymph nodes comes from the white blood cells. The B-cells can be thought of as the archers who shoot their enemies with antibodies arrows from a distance. The T-cells, on the other hand, can be thought of as swordsmen who attack the enemies in hand-to-hand combat. Macrophage cells scavenge the lymph, eating bacteria and other debris. The B-cells produce memory B-cells in order to keep a memory of the infection so that it can react quickly if the body is attacked by the same infection again, which is why vaccines can work. (From Exploring Creation with General Science, Jay Wile)

Testing For Bacteria and Fungi

Where can bacteria and fungi be found? Does one place have more of them than others? To answer these questions, we decided to culture some bacteria and fungi ourselves. We set up some petri dishes and swiped different places to see which could culture bacteria and fungi the most easily.
For younger students, you can do a glitter germs demonstration instead. Just have your student rub some lotion on their hands. Then sprinkle some glitter on their hands. The glitter represents bacteria. Now have them do normal activities to demonstrate how bacteria is unknowingly passed as the glitter germs get spread.



What science studies have you been doing?

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History and Geography Meme 174: Our Medieval Feast Plans

Here are the plans for our Medieval Feast to end our school year.
The Players:
King: Steven
Queen: Phyllis
Bard: Brenda
Monk: James
Crusader: Quentin
Mage: Sam
Viking Barbarian: Alex
Scout: Katie
Nobel: ?

After lunch
Tournament: Open with May Pole Dance, Archery, Javelin Throw, Quoits, Dobblers and Horseshoes, Hammer Throwing, Sword fighting, jousting

Set the Table with Trenchers, goblets, wooden utensils, salt cellar, greens and candles, set up hand washing

Trumpet Entry and Announcement of King and Queen
Ceremonial Hand washing
Toasts: Sparkling Cider, Hard Cider or Mead
Course 1: Pottage of split pea, smoked fish
(king passes salt)
subtleties: King's crown rolls (made like these without the filling) and herb butter
Entertainment: Music (recorded, but  pretend is live)

Course 2: Present the Boar's Head (ham made to look like a boar’s head)
Venison or Duck, Roasted Vegetables
subtleties:  Apple Roses 
Entertainment: The Bard's Ode

Course 3: Sweetmeats
Cheese, nuts, Gyngerbred
subtleties: Swans 
Entertainment: Knighting Ceremony

The Quest: The Queen is kidnapped and our brave band must save her!


Have you ever done a Medieval Feast? If so, do you have any ideas to add?

What history and geography activities 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.

We will be taking a blogging-Meme break until after Labor Day, however you can continue to link up your posts all month.

Multicultural Kid Blogs
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.
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August 14-20 Our Homeschool Weekly Report, week 38: The King

Abby and Katie S. after their Musicamp Production.
I held auditions for the play our homeschool group will be putting on this year. We also went to a play that two of my former students were in.
The younger boys went for plane flights with the Young Eagles program.
We made preparations for our family camp. This is the king's crown Katie made for the Medieval feast. Steven had a medical procedure done and Midas went to the vet's (he now is 26 pounds).
We had friends over for a game nights twice this week.
week 38
And in terms of school activities, this week the boys...
  • Made preparations for the Medieval feast.
  • Decorated goblets.
  • Played Kitty in the Corner, Touch Tag and Follow the Leader.
  • Learned about London Bridge and made a bridge model.
  • Learned about the Tower of London and wrote in their history journal.
  • Learned about the Domesday Book and made a model of one.
  • Learned about the War of the Roses and wrote in their history journal.

Sources and Resources: 
  • Time Capsule: Medieval History
  • Exploring Creation with General Science, Jay Wile
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology, Fulbright and Ryan

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August 7-13, Our Weekly Homeschool Report, week 37

 We went to Pirates and Wenches Fantasy Weekend, 
Rock Hall, Maryland.

Sam and I went with Eddie and Hope for Eddie's admission to the hospital. We left Hope's house at noon and he wasn't finally admitted until about 6:30 that evening. Needless to say, it was a long day. He got is PIC line in and a procedure to get a biopsy of the bacteria that is in his lungs.  Please pray for Eddie and Hope.
I am sure that he would love to receive a card from anyone who is able to send him one. Just send them to me at Phyllis Bergenholtz, 9 Wheeler Avenue, Betterton, MD 21610 and I will pass them along to Eddie when we visit him again. He will be in the hospital for a minimum of two weeks, and most likely much more.
We had sundaes and game night with Hope.
We went for eye exams, and blood tests and did a bit of thrift store shopping along the way.
 We went to Fort Miles for World War II Games...
and then to the ocean for the rest of the day. WWII Games was a huge disappointment this time. Last time we went it was the best activity we had ever done, and this time it was reduced to Capture the Flag with squirt guns. The up side of it is that we have decided to host our own WWII Games for our own homeschool group, so you will see more about it in the future.

Week 37
This week the boys...
  • Learned about the pastimes of a Medieval king and the daily life of a Medieval queen and wrote in their history journals.
  • Made crowns and king's and queen's costumes.
  • Played Battling Tops and Leap Frog.
  • Learned more about Medieval music.
  • Learned about warfare techniques in the Middle Ages and wrote in their history journal.
  • Learned about the geography of the United Kingdom.
  • Learned about the manners at a Medieval Feast wrote in their history journal.


Sources and Resources: 
  • Time Capsule: Medieval History
  • Exploring Creation with General Science, Jay Wile
  • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology, Fulbright and Ryan
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    July 31-August 6 Out Homeschool Weekly Report, week 36; We Have Finally Finished The School Year!

     August began with our annual neighborhood celebration...
     complete with tiny parade...
     and booths down at the beach.



     We went to our friend Pat's annual (but somewhat late this year) Bastille Day Party (20142013, 2009)

    We had our friends Hope and Eddie over for dinner, game night 
    and sundae bar.


    Prayers for Eddie and Hope

    Dear friends, I have to ask you again for prayers for our friends Eddie and Hope.  (Just a bit of background information:   Eddie was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis when he was younger and it is a disease that attacks primarily the lungs. Several times a year Eddie is hospitalized for weeks and sometimes months  due to some bacterial infection or weakness in his lungs.  The little colds that we get and recover from quickly can hospitalize him for a month. He is on a waiting list for a lung transplant.)
    This latest battle with a bacterial infection in his lungs left Eddie hospitalized for over 1 month on IV antibiotics.  Upon leaving the hospital he was given hefty doses of antibiotics to take orally.  Apparently, they did not do their job.  The doctors are also worried about Eddie's weight, which is dangerously low. He also battled depression after his last stay at the hospital and became withdrawn and not his usual cheerful, happy self. 
    Hope and Eddie were at Johns Hopkins Hospital this week to get a status check up and his lungs are worse.  Eddie will be admitted again to Johns Hopkins Hospital on Monday morning for at least 2 weeks of IV antibiotics.  He may need to stay longer if the meds are not making the headway the doctors want to see. 
    Please keep Eddie in your prayers - pray that the drugs would do their job and he would have a speedy, full recovery with no side effects.  Pray for wisdom for the doctors, that they would come up with just the right "cocktail" of meds to do the job. Pray for Hope as the travelling and expenses of going back and forth take a toll on her budget and emotional status. Please  pray, too, for Eddie's emotional state as this is a lot for an 18-year old to go through. Please lift these petitions to the ears of our God who is our Great Physician and Comforter. 
    If your family is inclined to make or send Eddie and Hope cards, I would be happy to pass them on to him. Just email me for my address and you can send them to me and I will pass them on to them. Even small things can be of great comfort.

    Please feel free to share these requests with your church or other praying friends.


    week 36

    This week the boys...
    • Played The Circulation Game.
    • Learned about the city of London and wrote in their history journal.
    • Learned about eyeglasses and wrote in their science journals.
    • Designed a Manor house.
    • Winslow Homer's Crack the Whip (1872)
    • Played Shove the Groat and Crack the Whip, which led to our looking at Winslow Homer's painting entitled Crack the Whip.
    • Learned about the Hundred Years War and wrote in their history journal.
    • Learned about Bath, England and wrote in their history journal.
    • Learned about gunpowder in the Middle Ages and wrote in their history journal.
    • Played a modified version of Storm the Castle to practice basic math skills (subtraction, multiplication, coordinate graphing).
    • Played Quoits, Dobblers (like ring toss) and Horseshoes.
    • Made a model of a Flail.
    We have finally finished our requirement of 36 weeks of school, but we will be continuing to do some school activities until we begin our staycation beginning on the 21st of this month.

    Sources and Resources: 
    • Time Capsule: Medieval History
    • Exploring Creation with General Science, Jay Wile
    • Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology, Fulbright and Ryan
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      History and Geography Meme 173: Pilgrim's Badges

      Pilgrimage is traveling to a holy place to do honor to God and to the saints. In the Middle Ages, pilgrimage was the most popular religious activity outside of the parish. Every country had its own pilgrimage sites, places where saints were martyred or where famous relics were enshrined.In addition to these local and national pilgrimage sites, there were certain places which became world famous for pilgrimage. It is these sites which I have used ask a framework for my boy's history activities. As they made their "pilgrimages" or as they completed their activities, they earn pilgrim badges. (I obtained pilgrim badges from Pilgrims of the Holy Family Pilgrimage Badges at Catholic Heritage Curricula.) All of these projects will be used at our Medieval Feast to conclude our study of the Middle Ages.


      Canterbury, England. In 1170 the Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket, was murdered for defending the rights of the Church against King Henry II's encroachments. From the moment of his death Becket was acclaimed a martyr and pilgrimages immediately began to the shrine where his body was preserved. Canterbury became the primary pilgrimage destination in England and for people throughout Europe. The symbol for this pilgrimage badge is Thomas Becket's, Coat of Arms, which is three Cornish [Red-Billed] Choughs (Beckits).

      Pick 2 of the following projects to do in order to earn this badge:
      • Make a model of a wattle and daub house.
      • Make an oil lamp.
      • Make  Frumenty.
      • Research cures for illness in the Middle Ages and plan a way to present the information.



      File:Sweden greater arms three crowns.svgCologne, Germany. This site claims to possess in its cathedral relics of the three kings who came bearing gifts to honor the Christ child, and so its symbol is three crowns.  Pilgrims from across Europe came to honor the relics of the Kings who might be considered the very first Christian pilgrims.

      Pick 2 of the following projects to do in order to earn this badge:
      • Complete a whittling project.
      • Make a medieval apple tart or waffles.
      • Make a waterclock.
      • Make woodcut prints.
      • Make juggling balls and/or a jester's hat.


      st james armsSantiago de Compostela, Spain. This is the site of the relics of St. James the Greater(or St. Iago in Spanish), the Apostle and brother of St. John. Compostela became one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Europe, so that other churches grew up along the routes pilgrims followed across France and Spain. Pilgrims to Compostela wore the badge of a scallop shell.

      Pick 2 of the following projects to do in order to earn this badge:
      • Sketch a plan for a castle and build a model of it.
      • Make a model of a minstrel's musical instrument.
      • Build a solar water purifier.
      • Make a sword, battleaxe or Flail that you can play-fight with.
      • Make a coat of arms and make a shield to put it on.
      • Make Gyngerbrede.



      Rome, Italy. This was one of the main pilgrimage destinations because it was the headquarters of the Church and because so many martyrs of the Imperial persecutions left their relics there. Pilgrims to Rome were called "Romeos" and filled the roads of Italy, particularly during the Jubilee Years, such as Boniface VIII declared in 1300, when pilgrims could earn extra indulgences.

      Pick 2 of the following projects to do in order to earn this badge:
      • Complete a stained glass project.
      • Make a Book of Hours.
      • Write and perform your own Miracle Play based on a Biblical story you know.
      • Make your own quill pen and then write a verse from the Bible using calligraphy and an Illuminated letter.
      • Make Medieval Baked Pears.
      • Make a sundial.


      Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Cities related to the birth, life, death and resurrection of the Savior were the most desired pilgrimage destinations. This journey, however, was very expensive, difficult and often dangerous, so only a fortunate few could make it. The pilgrims went to walk in the footsteps of the Lord: the cave of the nativity, the Mount of Olives, the Via Dolorosa, Calvary Hill, and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Because the pilgrims to Jerusalem world a badge of palm leaves woven to look like the Jerusalem cross, they were called Palmers. Picture to the left is of a Jerusalem Pilgrim's badge of 1270.

      Pick 3 of the following projects to do in order to earn this badge:

      • Make a plan for a manor.
      • Choose a site for a village.
      • Design a sword and label its parts.
      • Make rope.
      • Make Strawberries-in-the-Snow.
      • Design a manor house.
      • Make a crown.
      • Decorate glasses for use at the Feast.
      • Make a Domesday book.
      • Make a model of a bridge.
      Instructions for making all of these projects are in Time Capsule: Medieval History.

      What history and geography activities 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.

      Multicultural Kid Blogs
      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.
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      The August Break

      Camp Bergenholtz 2015 Plans and Schedule
      plans and ideas
                  Family summer camp bass pro
      Sunday
      Monday
      Tuesday
      Wednesday
      Thursday
      Friday
      Saturday
      PRE-CAMP BERGENHOLTZ

      August 9
      Pirates and Wenches Weekend
      10
      Make costume for Medieval Feast.
      11 Make beachbucket lunches with pb and jellyfish sandwiches and oyster cookies for lunch on the road,
      World War II Games and Cape Henlopen
      12
      Make an accessory to go with the costume for the Medieval feast.
      13
      Make crest for shield and pennant flags for the Medieval feast.
      14
      Auditions for Murder at the Banquet
      16
      Make games for the Medieval feast tournament.
      18
      (Steven's Doctor's appt.)
      19
      HEES Ice Cream Social
      20
      Make food for Medieval feast and 60's party.
      21 ( 1st Evening of Camp)
      60's Evening,
      Fondue Dinner,
      Tie Dye T-shirts, Yard Twister, Colored Candy to match tie dye shirts
      PaperVine: Custom Coloured Candy Tutorial
      22
      Finish T-shirts,
      Medieval Feast with presentations, tournament and game night
      our medieval feast
      23
      Salisbury Zoo (9-4:30 Daily)
      Paddle Boats (12-6 Sat & Sun)
      24
      Betterton Beach Day:
      kite flying, sandcastle making, painting outside,
      beach candles,
      25 
      Drive to and Camp at Wharton St. Park,
      Valley Forge (9 AM - 5 PM daily.)
      Washington Crossing
      26
      Camping at Wharton St. Park,
      Trenton
      27
      Camping at Wharton St. Park,
      Philadelphia
      28
      Philadelphia,
      Drive Home;
      Make Walking Sticks,
      Decorate Walking Sticks as a craft at your Hiking Party with washi tape
      30
      Letterboxing, 
      Movie Night
      31
      Magic the Gathering Party,
      Yellow and white stripes at an end of summer party Host an Unforgettable End of Summer PartyEat Outside Day, bubbles and 'smores
      September 1
      Sculpting with Fondant,
      Dungeons and Dragons with Hope and Eddie
      2
      Drive to and Camp at French Creek St. Park,
      Hershey Park
      3
      Camping and
      Hiking at French Creek State Park, drive home
      4
      Roller Skating?
      5
      Go to Chesapeake Beach, 
      Fossil Hunting, Chesapeake Beach, Letterboxing
      Nagoya
      6
      Maryland Crab Boil,
      Crab feast
      Crab Cupcakes
      These crab cupcakes are SO cute!  Perfect for an under the sea party, pool party, or any other summer celebration! // cleanandscentsible.com
      Labor Day

      Drive Home & Prepare for work and school.
      8
      First Day of School
      school cones!

      First Day of 
      Co-op