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

December 12-18, Snapshot Summary

Snapshot Summary
December 12-18

Advent Activities
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Make saffron buns for Saint Lucia Day.
Jesse Tree: Ruth and Naomi

Read Ruth 1:15-2:3

Saint Lucia Day
Breakfast in Bed
Jesse Tree: Root of Jesse
Read Isaiah 11:1-5

Make Gingerbread Houses.
Jesse Tree: King David

Read 1 Samuel 16:1-13

Make Melted Snowmen Cookies
Jesse Tree: David and Goliath

Read 1 Samuel 17: 32-51

First Day of Hanukkah.
Light the menorah.
Prepare to go to Brenda's house.
Jesse Tree: Light of the World

Read Isaiah 9:1-7

Our 25th Anniversary
Las Posadas
Have a Mexican teatime.
Jesse Tree: Lion and Lamb

Read Isaiah 11: 6-9

Baking Day
gfcf sugar cookies
Jesse Tree: Fiery Furnace
Read Daniel 3
Russian Tea Cakes, a Bergenholtz family Christmas tradition
Gingerbread Men

We studied monasticism

  • Read a history spine, such as The Story of the Middle Ages, S. B. Harding from Heritage History Library, Kingfisher History EncyclopediaThe Usborne Internet-Linked Encyclopedia of World History, pages 205 and 236-237, A Child’s History of the World by V.M. Hillyer, Chapter 43: Being Good. Story of the World, Volume 2: The Middle Ages by Susan Wise Bauer, Chapter 3: Christianity Comes to Britain. Make notes of key words as you read. Write a few sentences about what you have learned in your history notebook. Another option is to use the Medieval History Portfolio, Homeschool Journey.
  • Read The Holy Twins, Benedict and Scholastica by Kathleen Norris
  • Color and label an appropriate map such as the one from History Odyssey, Pandia Press, Level 1 (1-4th grade), Level 2 (5th-8th grade).
  • Mark significant dates on your timeline.
  • Optional: Follow a monk's schedule for one day.
 and also set up a science experiment...
This demonstration will show the function of decomposers using yeast, on of the members of the Kingdom Fungi.
This is a very simple demonstration. You just cut two slices off of a peeled banana, that are relatively the same size. Place each slice in a separate baggie. Sprinkle some Baker's yeast over one of the slices in the bag and then seal it up. 
The other one you just seal up. It is your control. Place them somewhere they won't be disturbed and check them every day for a week or more.

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


  1. Looks like a wonderfully busy and happy Advent season. Merry Christmas!

  2. What lovely and full advent season. Happy Anniversary!!
    Blessings, Dawn

  3. Love your gingerbread houses and snowman cookies! Happy anniversary and a very Merry Christmas and a healthy, Happy New Year to you and yours my friend!


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