"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."

"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Lego Challenge #29: Ancient Monument

Inspired by Sam's Lego Quest, (which is no longer active),  I wanted to start a 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.
You can also get inspiration with these posts, even though their linkies are now closed.  


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 #29: Ancient Monument


Last week's challenge was to make a model of a Modern Engineering Feat. This weeks challenge is to re-create or be inspired by an Ancient Monument. 

There are Ancient Monuments found all over the world, I look forward to seeing which one inspired you!

Be sure to tell me which Ancient Monument you were inspired by and why. Where this monument exists in the world and anything else you'd like to add about your creation.




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 #28: Engineering Feats

nspired by Sam's Lego Quest, (which is no longer active),  I wanted to start a 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.
You can also get inspiration with these posts, even though their linkies are now closed. 


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 #28: Engineering Feats
Create a modern man made engineering marvel out of LEGOS such as Bridges, Dams, Tunnels, Stadiums...any modern engineering feat.

I would also like to show you photos from the Pace family with their completed Lego Self-Portraits.
Here is some of our children with their Lego Self-Portraits. I will send one more that is really funny as they started really having fun with it.


Hello, Here is another of the Lego Self-Portraits. They went outside and started doing many different regular activities with their Lego face such as running, swimming, riding bikes, etc. Here I told them to strike a pose and freeze. It was lots of fun. Thanks for putting out the challenges. God Bless, Suzanne Pace


If you don't have a blog and would like to share photos of your child's completed challenges, please feel free to send me your photos (bergenholtzfamily@gmail.com) and I will post them in the next challenge's post.

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.

Summer Fun #94: Decorate China with Sharpies

 You can make your own personalized mugs or other chinaware using just a plain white china (we bought ours at Walmart), some Sharpie markersrubbing alcohol and an oven.
 This is a great family activity because it is suitable for all ages and abilities.
Wipe down the surface of your china with rubbing alcohol to make sure that every last big of oil and dirt is removed. You don’t want anything between the glaze and my markers.
 Make your design on your piece, making sure not to touch the surface with your fingers.
Be aware that the colors might change when they get heated in the oven. 
Place your mug in the oven when you start it so that it warms with the oven. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes. 
 After thirty minutes, turn off your oven and crack your oven door and let the mug cool down with the oven to prevent cracking. 
Decorated Mugs Before The Oven.
They should now stand up to washing, even in the dishwasher.


source: 
This activity can be found at lots of sites, but this is the one we used:

Snapshot Summary, August 15-21:The August Break: Camp Bergenholtz, week 1

August 15-21
(Warning: this is a photo-intensive post.)


After Steven got off work Friday night, we all piled in the car and took off for Cedarville State Forest. We got there about 7:30 and Steven immediately put up the tent.


Saturday morning we drove to my sister-in-law, Brenda's house. We had a Picnic Lunch:

Zucchini crabcake sandwiches in pitas or on kaiser rolls and gfcf bread

Pepperoni pasta salad (gf pasta and keep some w/o pepperoni for Steven)


PB& J sushi and cherry butter & cream cheese sushi

Tie dye cake and Tie dye cookies, gfcf cookies and Tie Dye cupcakes

Chips and drinks

Brenda had made a straw decoration for Alex, which had a picture of his beach ball on it. She taught Alex how to play Bowling on her Atari. We tie-dyed T-shirts, but using a different method this time. These went into plastic bags to cure overnight. Brenda gave us a table decoration that we could take with us to the places that we go during camp this year. She made using shells that she and my brother, Phil had gathered some years before. Brenda gave us all presents and Quentin gave her one, too. Katie received a shirt with origami cranes on it!

While the boys went back to the camp for a campfire dinner...


the girls went to a Japanese restaurant, Nagoya.


Best Friends!
Notice the origami crane in the lower left-hand corner. Katie made the waiter a origami crane, of course, (she always does at every restaurant she goes) which the waiter put on the sushi counter.
The next day we revealed our new tie-dyed T-shirts.
Then we went to Anne Marie Gardens for a Picnic Lunch:

Mediterranean salad

Assorted sandwiches/wraps-- turkey, ham, cheese, Oxford, with veggies on each kind

Tie dye cake and cookies and gfcf cookies and Tie dye cupcakes

Chips and drinks


After the picnic, we explored the Anne Marie Sculpture Garden and Arts Center grounds, which included a maze and gnome houses and the special exhibit on Mariner's woolies.


Then, we went on to the Calvert Marine Museum where we explored the Drum Point Lighthouse and enjoyed Bubbles and Squeak, the resident otters. We picked up take-out Mexican for dinner and stopped by the Candy Store (Old Town Candy Company), and then back to Brenda's for the evening.


On Monday, we left Cedarwood State Park and drove to Harper's Ferry, in which we looped through Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia (adding West Virginia to the states we have visited.)

We then headed to our next campsite, The Treehouse Camp at Maple Tree Campground. The cabin is actually built around the trunk of a tree. After a dinner of chili-cheese dogs and sausages, we made s'mores around the campfire.
 After breakfast at the campsite the next day, we went on to Antietam National Battlefield. We went to a lecture in the observation room and Quentin became the helper. We had lunch at Red Robin (where there are two kinds of vegetarian burgers and gluten-free buns!)
Dunker Church


Sunken Road (Bloody Lane)

Burnside Bridge


 Dinner back at the camp.
Inside the Treehouse.
The next day, on our way out, we stopped by Gathland/South Mountain

We then went on...
before heading back to Brenda's house.
Today we just went from Brenda's house back home. 

We unloaded the car, attended to chores, restocked supplies and rested up for week 2 of Camp Bergenholtz.

History and Geography Meme #131: (Not) Back To School Student Photos

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I have been enjoying seeing the first day of school or school portraits of everyone students. I thought I would post a set of History and Geography Portraits from last year.
 Here is Quentin the Ancient Egyptian at our homeschool Around the World Night last February.
Here is James (AKA: Howard Carter) the Egyptologist at the same Around the World Night.
 Here is James helping to steer a replica of the Schooner Sultana in a field trip last September.
Here is Quentin at a Revolutionary War field trip last year.
Here is one of Alex at Fort Delaware last August.
This is the only history-related portrait I could find of Sam, at the Pennsylvania Railroad Museum.

How about you?
 I was thinking it would be nice if you would like up a post or two that contains your favorite photos of your students learning history and geography last year. It could be very inspiring for everyone at the beginning of this new school year. 

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.

What history and geography studies have you been doing?

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Field Triip: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, DC, VA and MD

The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal runs over 184 miles and has Visitors Centers in  Brunswick, Maryland;  Cumberland, Maryland; Georgetown, Washington DC; Hancock, Maryland; Williamsport, Maryland...

and Great Falls Tavern, Maryland. The Great Falls Tavern has exhibits on the history, culture and nature surrounding the Great Falls.
 
Besides seeing the Great Falls...

you can walk the tow paths and tour the lock-houses, you can also take a mule-drawn canal boat ride. 

Although the Great Falls Tavern Visitor's Center is open Wednesday through Sunday 9:00 am -4:30 pm, because of financial reasons, they have discontinued the Canal boat rides ($8.00 for adults, ages 16-61 and $5.00 for children, ages 4-15, Children aged three and under ride free.) on the weekdays and so are only available Saturday and Sunday, 11:00 am, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm. 


Do you have an canals and museums near you?