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Monday, October 9, 2017

50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.

This October 31st marks the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.  In 1517, a monk named Martin Luther nailed a long list, called the 95 Theses, onto the door of a church.  For Protestant Christians looking for an alternative to Halloween, Reformation Day is a great substitute.  You can eat good food, dress-up, and play games- all in a way that honors the lives of the Reformers and celebrates Church history.  Because I seem to be addicted to lists lately, I put together a list of 50 way to party like it's the Middle Ages.



50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.
Picture from Inn at the Crossroads


1- Color a Lutheran Rose

2- Discuss the 5 Solas

3- Eat a Hearty Soup out of a Bread Bowl

4- Write with a Quill Pen

5- Listen to a Reformer's Sermon

6- Color an Illustrated Letter

7- Talk about Indulgences

8- Watch the movie Luther

9- Do a Homeschool Unit Study

10- Sing "A Mighty Fortress is Our God"




50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


11- Carve a Lutheran Rose Pumpkin

12- Homeschool Packet

13- Have a Photo Booth

14- Read  Reformation ABCs

15- Eat a Diet of Worms

16- Wear a "Fixed Your Theology" shirt

17- Make German Pancakes

18- Play "Sola Fide"

19- Wear the Reformation Day Look

20- Did Luther Go On a Diet of Worms?





50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


21- Watch this History Video on the Reformation

22- Read "Luther: the Man who Changed the World"

23- Post a Silly Meme

24- Martin Luther Action Figure

25- Simple Lutheran Rose

26- Pin the Beard on the Reformer

27- Read the Bible in Latin

28- Copy the 5 Solas

29- Printing Press Potatoes

30- Label the T.U.L.I.P petals




50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


31- Teach Good Theology

32- Lutheran Copywork

33- Play Toss the Coin in the Coffer

34- Discuss Purgatory

35- Make a Medieval Feast

36- Read "Inside the Reformation"

37- Tweet the 95 Theses

38- Free Reformation Coloring Book

39- Make Real Root Beer

40- Learn How Books Were Made




50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.


41- Make a Stained Glass Window

42- Pass Out Chocolate Bibles

43- Color a Banner

44- Make Luther Rose Cakes

45- Watch Torchlighters Movies

46- Make German Potato Pancakes

47- Do an Medieval Hairstyle

48- Make Homemade Pretzels

49- Watch the Newest Martin Luther Movie

50- Read the Bible in Your OWN Language




50 Ways to Celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation from In Our Pond.  Food.   Games.  Party.  Printables.  Homeschool.  Luther.  Calvin.



Saturday, October 7, 2017

M is for Moon (year 4, week 3)

All of my time and energy is going into my blog, just not in a way that you can see right now.  I'm working tirelessly on a 30 day blog series, called "All Wrapped Up," which will run the entire month of November.  I haven't been doing neat homeschool themes as usual, making new printables, or publishing new content.  Sorry about how boring the blog is these days.  Hopefully, it will be all worth it on November first.

m is for moon homeschool unit from In Our Pond

This week, we had a birthday, Dragonfly lost a tooth, and there was a full moon.  We worked on our handwriting, math, and reading.  We played outside in the fall air.

m is for moon homeschool unit from In Our Pond

We studied the moon for the first time ever in Mommy School. The kids have been running around the kitchen island singing, "The moon goes 'round the Earth. The moon goes 'round the Earth. Once a month, every month. The moon goes 'round the Earth." Today, we painted full moons with a stencil.  I downloaded a moon app to help remind me of the moon's cycle, and we plan on tracking the progress of the moon together.


Resources:
- 8 Ways to use Safari Space Toob for Learning
- Safari Space Toob 3-Part Cards
- Astronomy Books for Kids

- Craters in the Moon Activity
- Phases of the Moon Mini Book
- Phases of the Moon Flipbook
- Moon Roll and Cover

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tips for Hiking with Kids that Parents Should Know

Hi, Everyone!  Today, I have a special treat for Travel Time Tuesday.  Eric from Life Under Sky has agreed to do a guest article for me!  Please visit his blog to read more camping, hiking, and backpacking tips!


One of the ideal ways to keep your kids connected with nature is to hike with them. However, it might be a problem for parents to plan how to do that effectively.
Let your kids commune with nature this season. It’s really important for future generations to have a deeper understanding of the value of the wildlife world and enjoy it. The following are some helpful tips for you.
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Keep it easy and feature-friendly

When you first plan to hike with your kid, remember to avoid choosing a trail which requires great effort or is too long. You should bear in mind that it’s just the experience that your kids need to gain. Picking the one having some features, such as waterfall, stream or lake or something like that. They will draw your kids’ attention. Then give them the final destination. But the important thing is not that destination; it’s the journey itself.
If your kids appear to enjoy kneeing down to explore the nearby undergrowth, it would be a good sign showing their interest. And they will certainly do that again in the next time.

Take lots of breaks

You should take breaks often to rest as well as refuel. It might seem that your children appear not to get tired- they are always active. But don’t be fool. In fact, the children get tired quicker than you think. It is because of the fact that their legs are actually small. So our one step is as long as three or maybe four steps of children.
Stop and rest at any time possible. You can tell your children where is the next ‘break stop’ by marking with any signals on the trail, such as unique trees or a bridge.

Start your hike with kids early in the morning

Morning is the time when people tend to get more energy. Besides, whether you live in a location which is hot all the day or the one having thunderstorms in the afternoon, you’ll surely want to avoid them all.
In addition, in the morning, your kids are more active so they will not demand you to carry them. In the later time of the day, they will easily get cranky.

Make it fun

The main thing to have a successful hiking is not only keeping your kids continuously motivated, but also making the journey fun. Think about any game which can be played during the hiking, such as counting nearby wild animal like birds or butterflies or wildflower species. Organizing a small hunt and have them looked for things which are small, big, smelly, bumpy, wet or anything you can think about. It’s easy and fun.
In case your children have the age of over 8, it would be the right time to teach them how to use a gun. But remember to supervise them carefully. It’s a good way to help your children clearly know how powerful these firearms are. Then they will see what the gun really is and give more respect for it.
Air rifle would be the suitable gun for your children to have a go because its price is affordable and doesn’t have much recoil; therefore, it’s far safer.

Hike often

Creating a habit of frequently going hiking in your family, maybe one time or more times a month. Children usually seem to enjoy exploring new things as well as interesting adventures. There’s a wide variety of terrain, sights, and trails for you to choose.
If your kids have stayed indoor during the week, the great way to keep them connected to the nature is to hike in the weekend. Wideness area or urban park trail would be ideal sites.

Watch your children signs

Notice when your kids get tired.
One of the easiest ways to know is looking at your children’s eyes. It likes my situation. I can know the feeling of my kids whenever looking at their eyes. At times, I usually suggest having a rest or turning around.
The tired feeling can either make the kids difficult to control or easily get accidents. In that case, you should cut off lots of walks even if you haven’t reached the goal.

Practice safety

Make sure to tell your kids the trail safety as well as hiking rules before any hiking. Some of the most important rules are:
·         Always follow the trail

·         Avoid throwing rocks or something like that
·         Don’t run
·         Stay within the adults’ eyesight, arm’s length or earshot during the hiking. It is extremely crucial to tell this rule to pre-teens because they usually intend to get ahead uncontrollably.
You should also teach your kids about the etiquette of trail to get them safer.
Tips for Hiking with Kids- a Guest Post from Life Under Sky.  In Our Pond blog.  Camping.  Hiking.  Children.  Outdoor Recreation