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Colonial America – Riddles

December 2, 2010
Colonial America – Riddles

Colonial American Riddles My students liked trying to figure out these riddles and got much better at them with practice. After your child gets comfortable with them, ask them if they would like to make up some themselves. Riddles: What flies up, but is always down? When is a boy most like a bear?...
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Colonial America – Famous Quotes

December 1, 2010
Colonial America – Famous Quotes

Famous Quotes Benjamin Franklin was famous for his quotes that summed up everyday lessons.  Here are some quotes from the colonial times that still have meaning today.  See if your child can figure out the meaning or use them for journal topics. Never put off until tomorrow what can be done today. A place...
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Colonial America – Tongue Twisters

November 30, 2010
Colonial America – Tongue Twisters

Tongue Twisters Using tongue twisters is a fun way to encourage reading, fluency and enunciating. The following are just some of colonial tongue twisters:      The skunk sat on a stump and thunk the stump stunk. But the stump thunk the skunk stunk.      A big black bug bit a big black ber and...
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Colonial America Craft – Soap Whittling

November 29, 2010
Colonial America Craft – Soap Whittling

Soap Whittling Whittling wood was a past time in colonial times that required nothing but a knife and a stick or piece of wood.  In this version we are using a bar of soap and a plastic knife to make it soap whittling, perfect for children. Materials: Bars of soap Plastic Knives Steps: Using...
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Colonial America – the Virginia Reel

November 28, 2010
Colonial America – the Virginia Reel

Virginia Reel Children usually think of assemblies as when the whole school gathers together. But in Colonial times an assembly would be a gathering for dancing. My students enjoyed doing the Virginia Reel. I adapted the steps to make it less complicated and still have the feeling of the reel. Virginia Reel – My...
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Painting in the Style of George Seurat

November 27, 2010
Painting in the Style of George Seurat

 George Seurat During our study of France, it wouldn’t be complete without looking at the artists that have made an impact on the art world.  One that comes to mind is George Seurat who created pointillism.  He was an impressionist that took a different direction than many others.  He would paint using millions of...
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Turkey in Disguise!

November 6, 2010
Turkey in Disguise!

Thanksgiving Turkey’s in Disguise With Thanksgiving not too far off, this is a great art project that really allows your child’s sense of humor to come through! Turkeys are usually the center of the holiday meal.  Your child is going to make a disguise for a turkey so perhaps they can miss being on...
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Colonial America Crafts – Stenciling

October 30, 2010
Colonial America Crafts – Stenciling

  The Art of Stenciling Paint was scarce in colonial times. Stenciling was a way to decorate bare walls and furniture that didn’t require much paint. The pineapple was a traditional symbol of colonial hospitality. Materials needed: Colonial pineapple pattern paper plate for the paint scissors sponge -cut into 2 for 2 colors or...
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Colonial American Game – Marbles

October 26, 2010
Colonial American Game – Marbles

  One version of the game involves drawing a circle in sand (or with chalk or a piece of yarn on carpet inside) and players take turns knocking other player’s marbles out of the circle with their own marble. This marble is called the ringer. Other versions involve shooting marbles at target marbles or...
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Colonial America Crafts – Papyrotamia

October 25, 2010
Colonial America Crafts – Papyrotamia

Papyrotamia Paper was scarce and very expensive so every scrap of paper was saved. On special occasions like a wedding, a new baby or a birthday, gifts were made cutting paper into decorative designs that were treasured. This is a form of paper cutting that was popular then. Materials: Construction paper scissors glue patterns...
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