Home School Life Journal

Home School Life Journal ........... painting by Katie Bergenholtz
"Let us strive to make each moment beautiful."
Saint Francis DeSales

Snapshot Summary, March 26-30, week 23

 Snapshot Summary, March 26-30

Hill of Calvary

On Monday, Katie helped James with an Easter project.
 They took a small clay pot, turned it on its side and covered it with wet soil.
 Then they patted grass seed into the hill...
 and added stones around the pot's opening. The dish that goes with the pot was used to cover the opening of the pot. It serves as the stone over Jesus' tomb.
 Three crosses made from sticks glued together finished the Hill of Calvary.
(Tutorial for making it can be found at Mustard Seeds.)

House on a Mountain
 While we are on the subject of James and building things, he also designed this home to be built into the side of a mountain. Here is the front of the house.
 Here is the garage opening.
 The back of the house.
Arial view.
Can't you just see in on the side of a mountain?
Another Frank Lloyd Wright, perhaps?

Sugar Easter Egg
 Katie made her own Sugar Egg from scratch this year.

 We learned about New Jersey this week...
and completed a page for our Geography album.
We also made blueberry muffins because it is one of the crops from the Garden State.

 We followed Lewis and Clark over the Rocky Mountains...
Nez Perce horse forehead decoration activity from History Pockets: Native Americans 

and learned about the Nez Perce Indians.

and watched them move things.

It is so nice to see Katie teaching her brothers things like tricks for dying Easter eggs.

We made a greater than/less than alligator, which made learning that math concept more fun and more memorable.

What We Have Been Reading
We have been reading Diary of an Early American Boy, Noah Blake, 1805, 
which goes nicely with our study of Lewis and Clark, as it is the same time period. It weaves factual information about how they lived and wonderful diagrams with a little story of Noah Blake's life as written in his diary. James, especially, is loving it.
We are also continuing The Little House series. The boys have also been watching the television series.


  1. One of my aunts used to make sugar eggs like that - I thought it was the neatest thing.

  2. I just accidentally commented under another Blogger account -- can you delete it for me??

    I was going to tell you I love the Hill of Calvary - and how it obviously will make next week come alive for your children. You inspire me!!

  3. I can not believe Katie made that Easter egg. That is amazing! I also love the Hill of Calvary. Also love all the science experiments. You do SO much in one week Phyllis!

  4. By the time I get down to the comment box here I am always smiling! Love every bit of your week. The hill of Calvary is wonderful. And I think the long string of alphabet letters is so much fun. GREAT job on the sugar Easter egg Katie - I remember those!

  5. Wow, what a full week! The kids must love all the hands on activities. I'm not great at planning or executing a lot of hands on stuff. Your posts inspire to do more!

  6. I love your reserection gardens, very cool.

  7. Wow, so many wonderful hands on projects again! I love reading your posts :)

  8. Your Calvery's Hill is beautiful! What a great family project. Looks like you had plenty of great hands-on fun this week:) I love all the Little House books, but Little Town on the Prairie is one of my very favorites! We went to DeSmet, SD a few years ago to see the Ingalls homestead claim, Pa's store, and their house in town. It was really awesome to see it all in real life!


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