Columbus Day

Columbus Day

When Christopher Columbus sailed from Spain on August 3, 1492, he planned to create a sea route to India and China. Columbus took three ships Columbus was an Italian explorer. King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, who ruled Spain, believed in Columbus’s plan to find China so he sailed west with three ships: the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. Columbus landed in the Bahamas Columbus landed in the Bahamas on October 12, 1492, but thought he reached the Indies. Most Europeans scholars knew the world was round European scholars knew the earth was round in 1492. They didn’t know about the Pacific Ocean. They believed that sailing across the Atlantic Ocean would lead them eventually to China and Japan. Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean again and...

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Surrounded by Fish

Surrounded by Fish

Mrs. Moses Diary “Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.” Exodus 14:21-22 (NIV) by Bonnie Beardsley Dear Diary, Pharaoh let us go after the last plague. Even the Egyptians were glad that we were leaving. We could have gone a shorter way when we left but that was not the way God showed with the pillar of fire and cloud for us to go. It led us to the Red Sea. Pharaoh must have changed his mind. His army came after us. The people started to panic. Then the pillar of fire and the cloud moved from in...

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Milk Shake Recipe

Milk Shake Recipe

  by Sandra Merville Hart When the weather warms up, it’s time for ice cream and milk shakes, right? I found this recipe for milk shakes that is easy to vary. If you have a blender, you can make this. You will need: 2 scoops of your favorite ice cream for a single 16-ounce serving ¾ cup milk ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract OR 1 tablespoon of any syrup (your choice) Ask your parents or another adult to help you make the milk shake. I had chocolate truffle ice cream in my freezer so I made a chocolate truffle milk shake. Choose your ice cream. Pour ¾ cup of milk into the blender. Add ice cream. Next, add the vanilla extract OR the syrup. I love the vanilla flavor so I chose the vanilla extract. Replace blender lid and blend a few seconds or until desired...

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Memorial Day

Memorial Day

  Memorial Day, or Decoration Day, has been recognized in the United States since the 1860s.  It was first called Decoration Day because family and friends decorated the graves of soldiers with flowers.    Memorial Day First Associated with Civil War   Until the 1900s, Memorial Day reminded everyone of the sacrifice of the soldiers who fought in the Civil War. General John Logan, the national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, asked people to honor Civil War soldiers on May 30, 1868. At Arlington National Cemetery, citizens placed flowers on the graves of both Union and Confederate soldiers.   Honors All Veterans   As America took part in other wars, Memorial Day became a day to honor our brave soldiers from World War I and all the wars since...

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Bubble Solution Recipe

Bubble Solution Recipe

  by Sandra Merville Hart It was challenging to find bubble solution during the pandemic. We played in the backyard so often that we quickly went through a gallon of bubble solution. If you also had that problem, here is an easy recipe. Ask your parents or another adult for help making it. This simple recipe mostly fills a standard 28-ounce bottle of bubble solution. Save those old bottles and make your own.   Use a medium-sized bowl. 1 ½ cups dish soap 4 ½ cups water 2 tablespoons sugar   Combine these together gently or you’ll have lots of bubbles in the bowl. Mine turned out a little sudsy and I set it aside for a few minutes. ???? Store in a bottle until ready to use. Enjoy!   About Sandra Merville Hart Award-winning author Sandra...

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Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo

Did you know … Cinco de Mayo means “fifth of May.” It is a day celebrated in both Mexico and the United States. Battle of Puebla This celebration remembers the Battle of Puebla. When French soldiers invaded Puebla, Mexico, the Mexican army won the battle. The battle happened on May 5, 1862, or on Cinco de Mayo in 1862. Celebrations in Mexico Puebla and other parts of Mexico observe this day with military parades. Performers recreate the battle. For many other Mexicans, Cinco de Mayo is a normal work day. Celebrations in the United States Celebrations in the United States honor the Mexican culture with parades. They host parties serving traditional Mexican food such as tacos. The Mexican Hat Dance The Mexican Hat Dance is a folk dance that uses a...

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Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

In America, setting aside a special day to remember and honor mothers began around 1870. Mother’s Day First Celebrated on June 2nd About five years after the Civil War ended, Julia Ward Howe wanted a day set aside to celebrate mothers and peace. Mother’s Day was first celebrated on June 2nd. Eighteen American cities celebrated Mother’s Day in 1873, but it didn’t become an annual celebration. Women’s Group in West   Virginia Anna Reeves Jarvis took Julia’s idea and began a women’s group. Anna wanted to gather families and friends who had been separated by the Civil War, so she and her friends started what they called Mother’s Friendship Day. Mother’s Day Becomes a Tradtion After Anna died, her daughter, Anna M....

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Super Fast – Super Easy – Super Yummy Oatmeal Cookies

Super Fast – Super Easy – Super Yummy Oatmeal Cookies

by Penny L. Hunt Hey, Kids! Ask your parents or another adult to help you make these yummy cookies that we talked about in our story,  Being Patient is Hard.  I hope you love them as much as my family does!   Prep time 10 minutes. Cook time 10 minutes. Cooling time: 10 minutes. Total time to be patient – 30 minutes!   INGREDIENTS                                               1 large egg 1 stick of very soft butter 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 teaspoons vanilla extract 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned whole rolled (Not, instant or quick oats. They’ll make your cookies too dry.) 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate...

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Empty Tomb Rolls

Empty Tomb Rolls

By Renee McCausey “And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they went in they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Luke 24 2-3 ESV   This tradition is one our family used for many Easter breakfasts.  It is a great  visual tool for children to understand that Jesus did not stay in that tomb!  These can be used for a class or lesson during the Easter season or just a great time to spend teaching your kids the real meaning of Easter.   1 can crescent rolls 2 Tbls. cinnamon 8-Large marshmallows 2  Tbls. Sugar ¼ cup melted butter (you can adjust the amount of depending on how many you want to make) Directions 1.      Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet. 2.      Separate...

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