Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy made their debut in 1915 and three years later starred in their own book. Created to look like an old-fashioned rag doll, the toy was an instant success, a reminder of the good old days when the world was turned upside-down by World War I.
Barbie was introduced to the world in 1959, named after the daughter of Ruth and Elliot Handler. She was tall and glamorous, fascinating little girls' hearts everywhere who bought clothes, houses, and campers. Ken, named about Ruth's son, joined Barbie in 1961. I remember playing Barbies with the neighborhood girls in the 1960's.
When we studied the 20th Century, we played with Raggedy Ann during our 1910's study and Barbie and Ken for the 1960's. For boys, G.I. Joe Action Figures were marketed in 1964. I often used friend's brother's G.I. Joe as an extra Ken doll. G.I. Joe is a soldier with very cool weapons and vehicles. Boys love to play with them, but don't call them dolls--they are action figures.
One thing that's fun with Barbie dolls is to see how fashions changed during the second half of the 20th Century.
Even today, 100 years later, you can still purchase Raggedy Ann dolls and Barbies for little girls.
Dolls go all the way back to the beginning of history. Adam probably made dolls for his daughters. Paddle Dolls were found in Ancient Egypt archaeological digs. The Ancient Romans used clay, wood, ivory, or rags to create dolls for their children to play with.
Pioneers and Native Americans made dolls from dried apples or corn husks. During the nineteenth century porcelain dolls became popular. Paper dolls made a comeback too in the Victorian Age. Paper dolls have been popular at various times in history.
Tommy, an only child, smiled politely at the mention of his 51 blue and 3 red ribbons from the State Fair. He confidently spoke a phrase in Latin (one of the seven languages he spoke fluently) which I did not understand. A homeschooling mother interrupted him and "yes," he replied, "I would be glad to tutor your sons in physics and calculus. Oh! No charge! I just want to serve your family."
A lump rose in my throat. If only I had just one child to focus on, to plan studies for, to buy curriculum for. Were my girls missing out because I keep having babies (preceded by difficult pregnancies)? Was it selfish for me to want a big family?
It’s true. There are things my children will miss out on due to our family size, annual income and my limited abilities. But I believe in God's sovereignty. "From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us" (Acts 17:26-27). He chose to put my children in our home for a reason and Mike and I are the parents they need to become what God has called them to be.
Large families are a blessing! Children are a gift and a reward. In a large family, members can learn to serve, love, protect and sacrifice for one another. Every person in our family has different strengths and weaknesses that bless or build character in all the other members. Large families are fun! There is lots of laughter in our home. And there is always someone to play with. We are so thankful for our children, God's blessing!
I don’t know what I was expected, but I was blown away when I entered the SchoolhouseTeachers.com world to review their yearly membership.
I felt like I Alice dropping into Wonderland: amazed and a little overwhelmed.
Where would I start?
I wanted to see EVERYTHING! Every photo, every course, every video, and every lesson plan was beautiful and professional-looking.
I decided to investigate high school online classes first. I picked out several courses including Spanish I, an online elective, They Lived for God, and American History: Columbus to 1914 with Socratic Method.
Next, I headed to a focused area.
Since I’m a history buff, I chose history. I felt like a kid in a candy shop. So many choices, so little time.
Focused Area: History
For younger children, my favorite course was American History in Picture Books by Cindi Allison because that’s the way I taught my children when they were little. Using classic picture books like Leif the Lucky by Ingri and Edgar Parin D’Aulaire, Squanto’s Journey by Joseph Bruchac, and The Babe and I by David A. Adler, we explore history by reading picture books and engaging in hands-on fun. I am planning to do this course on Grandma Day with my grandsons.
Delving into Classical Archaeology with Regan Barr, I was excited because so much of what we believe about ancient cultures is based on archaeology, but it has limitations, too. This course doesn’t just focus on history, but how archaeology is used to learn about history and what the limitations of archaeology are. The reading was interesting with lots of color photographs. Review questions and ideas for further exploration were at the end of each unit. My favorite part was digging into Pompeii, a fascinating trip to the past when a volcano explored rapidly freezing an entire city in time. We can also read about it from Pliney the Younger. This material stirred up a greater hunger to learn more!
Remembering my sweet grandsons, I decided to head to the Preschool Playground to get more ideas for Grandma Days.
The 20th Century is an exciting time to study. Would you like to time travel to the 1910s with your younger children?
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Jump into the second decade of the 20th Century with me to learn about building the Panama Canal, exploring the North and South Poles, the Balkan Wars, World War I, Trench Warfare, and changes after World War I.
Easy-to-understand reading is followed by fun lapbook booklets to make. There are also beautiful timeline figures to paste onto the timeline pages.
Make a beautiful lapbook and complete a ten-year timeline. In addition, there are history labs and a great book to read: Who Was Ernest Shackleton? by James Buckley, Jr.
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new Have you ever bought a new pair of shoes because you are having a bad day?
Is this the best way to comfort our hearts?
Sometimes we spend money to reward ourselves for a job well done, but more often we spend money frivolously when we are struggling emotionally or just worn out from the cares of life.
Unfortunately, when we spend money we haven't budgeted for, it has to come from somewhere. It may postpone something we are saving for like a new house or family vacation. Or it may add to our growing debt. Then we deepen the frustration or sadness we are struggling with.
Hey, I get it. There's something that feels good about whipping out that credit card to purchase things you don't really need. But, like all quick fixes, the momentary delight soon vanishes.
I think we live in a battle zone. We face real pain, real discouragement. But those things are not our enemy--that's just the result of living in a fallen world.
The real enemies we face our satan and his demons who lie to our hearts and through the world we live in. We are bombarded with lies that buying something will help us feel happy. We spend our money on what is not bread--it will not feed our souls.
God has a different plan.
We started homeschooling with a goal in mind. We had a reason to homeschool our children. We wanted to raise children who loved the Lord and were wholeheartedly committed to Him.
With our reason for homeschooling, and really parenting in general, in mind, we wrote out measurable goals and taped them on the wall. They reminded us each day why we were homeschooling.
Here our goals for our children:
My Child will experience salvation through Jesus Christ and walk in assurance of that salvation all the days of his/her life.
My Child will Love God & Enjoy Worshiping Him.
My Child will Love, Understand, and Obey God's Word.
My Child will Understand & Participate in the Power of Prayer.
My Child will Know & Willingly Obey God's Rules of Right & Wrong.
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Today, I am freezing to death in Central Florida as a cold front has swept away our sunny blue skies. Ah, it's the perfect night for hot soup!
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In October, I found a cute little fire car on a great sale at Amazon. Amazed, I scooped it up and hid it in my husband's closet.
A month later, I found an adorable police car on sale at Kohl's. One more large gift added to the closet.
Christmas rolled around and I couldn't figure out how to wrap them.
So, we decided to have a treasure hunt for my two-year-old and one-year-old grandson.
We couldn't give clues with words but we could with pictures.
We snapped some photos of their crib, the fireplace, and the garage. We printed them on our printer.
Then we wrapped up the photo of the crib in a little box.
Rusty and Cooper opened the box and headed to the crib where they found another photo taped to the side of the crib.
Are you looking for hope this holiday season?
Are you hoping for a brand-new start?
Do you want your failures and flaws wiped away in one sweep?
I have something important to share with you! You can have hope, a brand-new start, and your failures and flaws wiped away in one sweep.
But, wait. There’s more. You can start life over with a new heart. The old gone; the new come.
“How much does this cost?” you ask.
The answer may surprise you. It’s free! There’s no strings attached. No newsletters to sign up for. No comment to leave. No shipping to pay.
God’s gift of Eternal Life this Christmas season is FREE.
“The wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 3:23).
Those who believe in their heart and confess with their mouth that Jesus is Lord will be saved. “If you declare with your mouth that ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified; and it is with your mouth you profess your sin and are saved” (Romans 10:9-10).
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Each day, there is a picture book to read aloud together. Then, it's time to learn all kinds of fun things related to the picture book. Finally, it's time to bake cookies or create cookie-mix-in-a-jar gifts. Sometimes you will freeze cookies. At the end of the unit study, you will have a delicious and attractive collection of cookies to give to friends and neighbors as a thoughtful Christmas gift.
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"What kind of cookies are you making?" Shine asked.
"I'll pick up eggnog at Publix on the way home from work," Julianna added, grabbing her purse as she walked out of the kitchen toward the door.
Tonight was our annual Decorating the Christmas Tree Night, a tradition started our first year of marriage.
We start with a special dinner: Chicken and Dumplings, Ambrosia, and Muffins. Afterward, we do our Christmas devotions. Then, we listen to Christmas carols, eat cookies, and drink eggnog while we decorate the tree. There are treasured ornaments we pull out each year to hang on the tree. Some are handmade. Many are decades old; some handed down from grandparents.
Back in 1986, I had my first baby, a little girl named Katie-Beth. I started an ornament collection for her that first Christmas. I made one little stuffed Christmas bear for her and one for our tree. Thus, began our annual ornament tradition.
Each year I make one ornament for the tree and one for each of the children. That way when they take their ornament collection to their new homes, they will have ornaments that are exactly like the ornaments they grew up with.
Sewing, rubber stamping, embossing, cross-stitch, painting, and more crafting methods were used to create keepsake treasures. The ornaments tend to reflect whatever hobby I was into that year.
Mom and I made quilted ornaments one fall when she and Daddy visited. They were so time-consuming to make, but we enjoyed chatting and catching up on all the family news as we worked.
One year, we went and chopped down our own Christmas tree. What fun! We slice off some thin round pieces of wood from the bottom of the tree and engraved the date. Looking at that ornament brings back fond memories of that special day.
When my kids were little, I made them Scripture Memory Books out of magnetic photo albums. I wrote verses on colored card-stock and cut out magazine photos to match each verse.
It had an amazing impact on my life. As I worked on the Scripture books, my mind was saturated with the Word of God in a positive way. Years later, i had my teens create Scripture books as assignments in various Real Men and God's Girls courses where they learned about marriage, homemaking, leadership, and growing in Christ.
Now I am a grandmother and I wantto carry on the tradition so I created Scripture Memory books in Word, took them to the printer, and created nice coil-bound books. The children love them!
I make sure to use lots of photos of the child I am giving the book to in throughout the pages. Children love to see photos of themselves.
Sometimes the thing with frightens you most is exactly the thing you need most. This lesson is taught by Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery. Set in Prince Edward Island Canada and published in 1908, this 109-year-old book never fails to delight me. I love the characters, the well-described scenes, and the story itself.
Meet Anne Shirley. She is eleven years old, has red hair and freckles, and no living relatives. Old Matthew met her one day when he went to pick up an orphan boy that he and his spinster sister Marilla were going to adopt to help with their farm. A mistaken communication brought old Matthew this enthusiastic, talkative little girl instead of the helpful boy he expected. Anne managed to charm both Matthew and Marilla so quickly that they agreed to keep her and make her part of their little family.
Being orphaned so early in life, Anne never knew family or experienced love. She lived with families who used her as a free babysitter and maid. In those situations, she learned many things about menial cleaning chores and child care but was never treated as a member of family. She was allowed no play time or fun activities so her vivid imagination was needed to provide her with all her friends, hopes, and dreams.
What an imagination this girl had! She could dream up best friends, haunted forests, stories, plays, and all kinds of adventures. The problem with an imagination this active is that following can lead to trouble. If Anne did anything better than imagine, it was get in trouble.
This novel follows Anne’s life in the small town of Avonlea where she lives on a farm with Marilla and Matthew. She lives next door to another eleven-year-old girl who becomes her best friend as soon as they met. It didn’t take Marilla long to realize the voids in Anne’s education, spiritual as well as intellectual. We follow Anne off to the local school where she learns about writing, reading, relationships, and even geometry.
Many characters in this story, especially Marilla talk about God and matters of the spirit. Anne came to Avonlea with only the dimmest idea of what He was about and no idea how to honor Him. Fortunately for Anne’s spirit, the local church found a young new pastor with a godly wife who wanted to mentor her young Sunday school students.