Sunday, March 31, 2013

Resurrection Cookies

This year we decided to do something for Easter. I thought this project was pretty cool.

We got the idea from the MFW TM (Adventures) and also from this website.

First, the ingredients.

You will need:
1 cup whole pecans (we used raw peanuts that we roasted on stove)
1 teaspoon vinegar
3 egg whites
a pinch salt
1 cup sugar
a zipper baggy
1 wooden spoon
scotch tape

Preheat oven to 200F (I followed MFW TM and not the site)

Ian was our bible reader

1. Jesus was beaten

Place nuts in zipper baggy and let children beat them with the wooden spoon
to break into small pieces.  Explain that after Jesus was arrested.  He
was beaten by the Roman soldiers.  Read: John 19:1-3

The kids had the most kick out of this. Until the last step, someone was still having a go at the poor nuts.

2. Jesus was given vinegar

Let each child smell the vinegar.  Put 1 teaspoon vinegar into mixing bowl.
Explain that when Jesus was thirsty on the cross He was given vinegar
to drink. Read: John 19:28-30

3. Egg signifying life
 Add egg whites to vinegar.  Eggs represent life.  Explain that Jesus gave His life
to give us life. Read: John 10:10&11

4. The disciples cried

Sprinkle a little salt into each child's hand.  Let them taste it and brush the rest
into the bowl.  Explain that this represents the salty tears shed by Jesus' followers,
and the bitterness of our own sin. Read: Luke 23:27

5. The sweetness of Jesus' love

So far the ingredients are not very appetizing.  Add 1 cup sugar.  Explain that the
sweetest part of the story is that Jesus died because He loves us.  He wants us to
know and belong to Him. Read: Psalm 34:8 and John 3:16

Then while the mixture was being beaten by the trusty KitchenAid, the littlest excused herself for a bath.

6. The purity of the cleansed
Beat with a mixer on high speed for 12 to 15 minutes until stiff peaks are formed.
Explain that the color white represents the purity in God's eyes of those whose sins
have been cleansed by Jesus. 
The kids were very amazed that the mixture turned this white.
Read: Isaiah 1:18 and John 3:1-3

7. Molds of the tomb

Fold in broken nuts.  Drop by teaspoon onto waxed paper covered cookie sheet.
Explain that each mound represents the rocky tomb where Jesus' body was laid.
Read: Matthew 27:57-60

8. Tomb was sealed

Put the cookies in the oven.
 Give each child a piece of tape and seal the oven door.
Explain that Jesus' tomb was sealed. Read: Matthew 27:65-66

9. Sadness of the disciples

Explain that they may feel sad to leave the cookies in the oven overnight.
Jesus' followers were in despair when the tomb was sealed. Read: John 16:20&22
The girl was really disappointed, but this picture was a reenactment.

While the kids slept, let the cookies bake for 2 hours. Then switch the oven off.
I cheated. I took a look at the cookies to make sure they are indeed hardened. They were.

10. The tomb is empty!
This morning we woke and the kids saw the tapes cut (I cut them) signifying the stone being rolled away.
When we bit into the cookies, they were hollow.

On the first Easter Jesus' followers were amazed
to find the tomb open and empty. Read: Matthew 28:1-9

This morning we listened to YouVersion's bible app read the passage in NLT and also in Chinese. It was very cool. And we thought the cookies were delicious, like the hard nougat (lighter of course)

Saturday, March 23, 2013

MFW K: V-v Vegetable 2013, Adventures Week 27: Abraham Lincoln, MN, OR

Vegetable printing. This year I'm only using one. This will look so much nicer with celery, but it works with the little stems of youcai too.

We attempt to grow carrots...hasn't sprout yet
One way to use the print

And this week we were more conscious of the vegetables we eat at the table.

This is for Adventures. We found out that Abraham Lincoln is VERY VERY tall.

And we read quite a bit on him, for the boy really likes him. We also finished Plum Creek! Quite a feat!!!! Very proud of him. We did more Chinese this week too and also some ICDAT (Colored pencils)

And we'll be almost done with cursive. Next week he'll do "z" and we'll be done with lowercase.
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MFW Adventures week 26: Santa Fe Trail, CA Trail, OR Trail

We started on Spore Math 2A this week
Reaction of vinegar and baking soda. The kids loved it
And of course, the appearance of balloons in the house (even for experiments) means, they get to play with them!!!

This week, we learnt about the pioneer trails and the hardships on them. We also learnt about Jesus being the Servant. We went back to ICDAT too, which we have put away for WAY too long. And we continued on Plum Creek
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MFW K: X-x Fox (2013)


And we read The Gingerbread boy MANY times and of course had to bake a SOMETHING like gingerbread boy. The kids don't like gingerbread, so we used the animal cracker dough for these.

These are the animal crackers. Girl decided she'll do it herself, from rolling of dough to cutting. I have to say, I'm VERY impressed with her work.
This happens quite often in our home. When I wake up in the morning, I see these adorable adorable things on the floor in the living room. I find them so adorable, because of the girl who would put them there.
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Monday, March 11, 2013

MFW Adventures Week 25: Iowa, Wisconsin, Gold in CA

We did the corn casserole according to TM and didn't like it as much as our own corn casserole recipe. But boy made it so he was mighty proud.

We finished Singapore Math 1B and did quite a number of review tests (overall). will be going on to 2A

We also continued to read Plum Creek and practiced cursive.

One day Boy did all school work by himself again because I went to the doctor's.

MFW K 2013: F-f Frog

We did the Frog Bread ( like last time) But this time we kind of feel it's a little weird to be eating the frog. =)

And I made frog egg pops, using kiwi, chia seeds and mandarin oranges (just to add some more fruit)

Of course we read Frog and Toad and watched all their videos on youtube.

We talked and reminded about using our tongues wisely

Monday, March 4, 2013

Emma's Special Book

People call it Quiet book. But since it's not that "quiet" (with the velcro) I'll call it her special book. I spent a LONG time doing it. Can't say I'm TOTALLY satisfied with it, but I'm pleasantly surprised.

For writing

Their FAVORITE page. The kids laughed SOOOO hard at this.

I love that ice cream page

I "drew" the pond scene myself on Powerpoint. SOOO proud of myself
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MFW K B-Butterfly Adventures Week 24

Butterfly snack!
This was fun, the girls were pleasantly surprised and decided to do a zillion more.
For the preschooler
Very Hungry Caterpillar days of the week
Very hungry Caterpillar story
This was impromptu. We realized the Bs made the wings of the butterfly

Caterpillar to Butterfly craft

For Adventures we learnt the verse Rev 17:14 and made the crown. We are halfway through Plum Creek and almost done with Singapore Math 1B! Yay!
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