Thursday, November 26, 2015

Explorers and Trailblazers Art Summary; week 10: Assyrian Art
We looked at some pictures of tiles that were found from Ancient Assyria. The pictures were very interesting with lots of patterns and stylized figures engaged in activities baked in tiles. We did a simpler version of these tiles by coloring in some symbols and figures using colored pencils and gluing them onto the tiles and decoupaging them.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Treasure Hunters 11/17/15

Subject: Roman Architecture

Discovery:  Looked through many books on ancient Roman civilization and the children marked each page they identified columns on for a more in depth conversation to follow.  Each child was given the challenge of holding a book off of the ground with paper.  After much contemplating, the result was a paper column. They used several paper columns to make a multiple level design.
Literature:  Looked through and read from many books on Columns in Roman Architecture and what a Roman city looked like. Some books we looked at were "Inside Ancient Rome" by David Stewart and "City" A Story of Roman Planning and Construction by David Macaulay

Music:  Blue Jello Rhythms and practiced Fruit of the Spirit song.

Art:  Took an even deeper look into columns and the three types: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.  Learned a catchy phrase to help remember which column is which.  Got out our drawing pencils and charcoal and drew each column with shading using charcoal to give the columns depth.  Amazing job these kids did!

Question to ask:  What are the three types of columns?
                      A.  Here are the clever phrases that went with each column to help them remember                                    which is which: Dull Doric, Keep your eye on the Ionic, and Crazy Corinthian.

Encourage your kids to look for columns in architecture in your own neighborhood.  You'll be amazed at how many you see!

Friday, November 20, 2015

Alexander the Great - History 1&2, Explorers and Trailblazers

The Peloponnesian War, which weakened the Greek city-states, allowed King Philip II of Macedonia to conquer Greece. When he died 2 years later, his son Alexander took over. Alexander was intelligent and power-hungry. He quickly extended his empire eastward through the Persian empire, which included Egypt. He was welcomed as a hero for rescuing the Egyptians from the Persians, was crowned pharaoh, and founded the city of Alexandria. Greek culture and language spread during Alexander’s conquests. We call this culture “Hellenistic.”

In class activities:

  • Listened to stories of Alexander's childhood & conquests
  • Made our own Gordian knots
  • Learned about the many cities named Alexandria
  • Discussed Hellenistic culture
  • Mapped the expansion of Alexander's empire
  • Brainstormed possible elective topics (take a look at their great ideas!!! - if you are planning a future unit-study, there is fantastic inspiration here)

Optional lesson extension activities:
  • Review the life of Alexander the Great with this simple powerpoint
  • Go to the library and read more about Alexander's life in books like this one
  • Play the game "Risk" and as you battle to conquer the world discuss the role of pride in the lives of leaders. 
Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday!!!

Assignment due 12/1:
  • Read history cards NT18-21, OT 32
  • Practice your timeline

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Art - Pathfinders and Navigators
Tuesday, November 17th

What body part gets used the most?
What body part do you see the most? (Without using a mirror!)

The answer that comes out top between the two questions is THE HANDS. When Isaiah 49:16 says, "See, I have engraved you on the palm of my hands," it shows that God's people are so important to Him, that He wants to keep them in a place of constant reminder. This beautiful verse is believed to be based on the old Jewish custom of the Ensign of Jerusalem, where Jews would inscribe an image of Jerusalem or the Temple on their hands as a constant reminder.

As a class we looked at a couple of the symbols of the Jews and Israelites. We also read different verses from the Bible that speak of marks put on the body for different meanings. Exodus speaks of the pierced ear of the servant who chose to remain with his master. Leviticus warms against the cutting of the skin for the dead. Ecclesiastes 3 tells of how God has "written" eternity in our hearts. And of course, various verses of the New Testament tell of the scars that Jesus still has on his hands from His great love that nailed Him to the cross for us.

After learning about and looking at the art of Henna, a lacy body art from a cultural close to Israel, students sketched out a design of meaning to them. I think students were thrilled that they had instructions from their art teacher to DRAW ON THEMSELVES!! Don't worry parents, these were "temporary tattoos" and will wash off in a couple of days. :-)

-Find a Bible verse that speaks about Perfume, Fragrance, or Incense
-For our next class, each student needs to bring in a small glass jar with a lid (baby food jar, mason jar, jelly jar, etc- just make sure they are clean and any labels are removed). Please bring the jars in filled with sugar.

Drama 11/17/2015 Navigators

What a great group of kids!  We finished blocking the final scene.  These kids are working diligently to create characters and present them in a meaningful way.  In preparation for the next class each child needs to find a costume item that helps to create their character.   As always, any questions please contact me!

Assignment =  Memorize lines!  No scripts on the 1st!  Please come prepared with props/costume items for the trunk!

Drama 11/17/2015 Pathfinders

I am grateful for the way in which this group is able to express their ideas and needs as well as work with me to come to a mutual agreement on some changes we made to their piece.  Most of class was working to finalize and rehearse for the presentation on the 8th.  We will have the opportunity to do several complete run throughs on the 1st.  Please come to class prepared to perform!

Assignment - Please practice the timing of your parts whether singing or speaking them.  If speaking them, they should be in time with the music as if it were sung.  Please find an item to represent your line and use as a prop for the show.  If you need ideas or help please contact me.

Drama - 11/17/2015 Trailblazers

You are moving along quite nicely on the performance piece for the 8th!  Each child was sent home with a piece of green paper and a piece of white paper.  Please be sure to fill in the letters as instructed and bring them back with you on December 1.  We will finish assembling them and use them for rehearsal!  Thank you for your hard work and diligence today! 
Costumes for this class = Solid dark bottoms and a red or green top. (no need to wear them for the 1st, just on the 8th:))

Drama - 11/17/2015 Explorers

We picked up where the children left off last week.  After a few introductions and a game encouraging team work we made our way upstairs to the Sanctuary for rehearsal.  We had a few bugs to work out, but I so appreciated the flexibility with which the children handled our day!  Regrading costumes, Please see the list below.  If gathering or creating any of these items is a difficulty please let me know.

Angels - Lauren, MacKenzie, Mikayla, Emma - Please make a halo.  Tinsel, pipe cleaners whatever you have at home is great!  I have white robes for the rest of the costume.

Mary/Joseph - Aislynn/Keegan - Aislynn please bring a baby doll wrapped in a blanket. I have costumes for both of you.

Shepherds - Clara, Josh - Please bring or make a headpiece and a shepherds crook (or a stick to represent one).

Wisemen - Matthew, Andrew, Levi - Please bring a small box or package to represent the gift you are giving Jesus.  I have costumes for you.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

Fwd: Pathfinders assignment-History

Sheryl G.
(603) 471-9932

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Alanna Klekar" <>
Subject: Pathfinders assignment-History
Date: November 12, 2015 at 11:06:32 PM EST
To: "Alanna Klekar" <>, "Candice Archambault" <>, "Cindy Lacasse" <>, "Deborah Mailhot" <>, "Julie St. Onge" <>, "Kathleen Philbrick" <>, "Kim Murdoch" <>, "Kristina Mitchell" <>, "Leah Ford" <>, "Linda Steadman" <>, "Ngamcharoenthana Family" <>, "Sheryl Goedecke" <>, "Sophie" <>

We took a tour of Jewish history from the time of the Judges to the divided kingdom. We focused on what David and Solomon did right – David worshipped God and got to know him in the quiet times, wrote psalms and praised God with the same gusto with which he fought and killed his enemies – Solomon prayed for wisdom, built the temple and experienced the visible glory of God filling the temple.
Assignment: Read the mythological founding of Rome at
Read about Daily life in Rome
Read about family life

Fwd: FAITH History Blog Post and Assignment

Sheryl G.
(603) 471-9932

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Alanna Klekar" <>
Subject: FAITH History Blog Post and Assignment
Date: October 1, 2015 at 7:32:09 AM EDT
To: "Alanna Klekar" <>, "Candice Archambault" <>, "Cindy Lacasse" <>, "Deborah Mailhot" <>, "Julie St. Onge" <>, "Kathleen Philbrick" <>, "Kim Murdoch" <>, "Kristina Mitchell" <>, "Leah Ford" <>, "Linda Steadman" <>, "Ngamcharoenthana Family" <>, "Sheryl Goedecke" <>, "Sophie" <>

I have copied the blog post for any of you who haven't had time to check.
Summary Pathfinders
We finished our radio dramas and will record them next week.
Homework: Watch the following PPT and be prepared to talk about life in ancient Egypt.

(I did not review all material on the rest of the page so exercise your judgment about additional slide shows)

Fwd: FAITH History Class

Sheryl G.
(603) 471-9932

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Alanna Klekar" <>
Subject: FAITH History Class
Date: September 10, 2015 at 5:00:02 PM EDT
To: "Alanna Klekar" <>, "Candice Archambault" <>, "Cindy Lacasse" <>, "Deborah Mailhot" <>, "Julie St. Onge" <>, "Kathleen Philbrick" <>, "Kim Murdoch" <>, "Kristina Mitchell" <>, "Leah Ford" <>, "Linda Steadman" <>, "Ngamcharoenthana Family" <>, "Sheryl Goedecke" <>, "Sophie" <>
Cc: "'Pastor Rick Huntley'" <>

Hello everyone,
I am attaching some information sheets for the students to read before class if they are able.
The young ladies decided to do a radio drama about creation and the gentlemen chose the Flood. If these stimulate them to jot down some exciting ideas then all the better but we will be doing this in class so no need to worry.
Bring those creative juices next Tuesday!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Alanna Klekar

Fwd: FAITH History Class

Sheryl G.
(603) 471-9932

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Alanna Klekar" <>
Subject: FAITH History Class
Date: September 10, 2015 at 5:00:02 PM EDT
To: "Alanna Klekar" <>, "Candice Archambault" <>, "Cindy Lacasse" <>, "Deborah Mailhot" <>, "Julie St. Onge" <>, "Kathleen Philbrick" <>, "Kim Murdoch" <>, "Kristina Mitchell" <>, "Leah Ford" <>, "Linda Steadman" <>, "Ngamcharoenthana Family" <>, "Sheryl Goedecke" <>, "Sophie" <>
Cc: "'Pastor Rick Huntley'" <>

Hello everyone,
I am attaching some information sheets for the students to read before class if they are able.
The young ladies decided to do a radio drama about creation and the gentlemen chose the Flood. If these stimulate them to jot down some exciting ideas then all the better but we will be doing this in class so no need to worry.
Bring those creative juices next Tuesday!
Have a wonderful weekend.
Alanna Klekar

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Treasure Hunters: The Romans

FOCUS: Romans: Aqueducts  and  Arches
DISCOVERY: building with blocks - making an arch - dressing up in togas!!

LITERATURE: Usborne Time Traveler pp. 68-72
MUSIC: practiced rhythms, sang our Fruit of the Spirit song
PROJECT:   learned Roman numerals 1-10; carved Roman numerals into wax tablets

QUESTION: ask your kids about the aqueduct; see if they remember how to write any numbers the Roman way

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Art- Pathfinders & Navigators
Tuesday, November 10

Class Overview
Pottery is an art that is referenced several times throughout the Bible, often as a picture of our life in the hands of God. Using Jeremiah 18 as the basis of our focus, we talked about the 3 main parts of pottery and their analogy:
1. Clay = Our Life
2. Pottery Wheel = Life's Circumstances/Events
3. The Potter = God, our Creator and Designer
We also looked at the 3 basic steps of pottery: Preparing/kneading the clay, Molding/shaping of the clay, & Firing of the clay

It would again be impossible to tackle the actual art of pottery making in such a short class, so we took a simple but still fun route! Each student was given a lump of clay, and encouraged to create a design of their choice but with a somewhat flat surface. We then used this flat surface to "print" words and quotes of their choice onto their clay using alphabet pasta.

-If not finished, please continue working on completing Fingerprint Art from last week's class, so these can be turned in.
-Read Isaiah 49:16a; research the history behind the meaning of this verse.

Persian & Peloponnesian Wars - History 1&2, Explorers and Trailblazers

After having fought to defeat the Persians together, the Greek city states again went their separate ways, but this time with alliances.  The Delian league was formed for protection from Persia, eventually evolving into a trade group.  Each city-state paid to participate in the league, but Athens was in charge of guarding the treasury and building the Navy, which helped it to grow wealthy and powerful.

One city-state, Naxos, tried to leave the league after they were content that the Persians wouldn't return, but Athens destroyed its city walls proving that membership in the league wasn't truly voluntary. Sparta felt threatened and formed an opposing group called the Peloponnesian League.

In 431 Corinth and Corcyra began to fight.  Corinth was supported by Sparta and Corcyra by Athens, beginning the Peloponnesian war.  After 30 years of fighting including a siege, a plague, a truce,  and Persian participation in the war, Sparta eventually won.  The destruction caused by the war on both sides led to the decline of Greek power.

In class activities:

  • Learned about allies and rivalries within the Greek city-states
  • Defined the word peloponnesus
  • Built our own swords
  • Mapped movements during the Peloponnesian war

Optional lesson extension activities:

  • Read history cards NT 17 and OT 31
  • Practice your timeline

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Explorers and Trailblazers: Week 8: I rinsed the glue Batik shirts and pillow case out and they came out wonderful! Hope you Mom's noticed that after first washing separate, they are fine to go in with normal wash! We began a new project: Greek vase scratch art. We looked at some pictures of greek vases and began our project. First, we used oil pastels and then painted over it with black acrylic paint. This next class we will do the scratch art into it.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Art- Pathfinders & Navigators
November 3

The Psalms are works of art in themselves, describing a range of beauty and emotion. We focused in on Psalm 139, which beautifully describes all the thought and work God has put into each of us as individual works of art. Such words as "knit" and "woven" are used that really do carry the artistic meaning of God's creation of each special individual.

Fingerprint Art
Last week each student was fingerprinted; those fingerprints were enlarged and printed across a sheet of paper. In class, students took the time to clarify their own fingerprints. We then took their lists of thoughts and facts they had started putting together about them- these were then written in following the lines of their fingerprints. As these the fingerprints begin to take shape, it was fun seeing that not only was each student's literal fingerprint different, but so was all the personality and interest of each one.

-Complete Fingerprint Art. Take the time to finish filling in all the lines of your fingerprint. These need to be brought back to class next week.
- Read Jeremiah 18:1-6

Music - Explorers/Trailblazers - November 3

·          Have you ever thought of music as a language? Not only does music speak to people and express ideas and emotions, but it also has an actual written language…
    The musical language, or notation, tells us things like the pitch, duration, meter, and dynamics. Without these things music would be pretty boring, and without the actual written notation most music would eventually disappear. 
    In class we learned about the notations we use in our time and culture. 

o   Many ancient artistic relics, and pictures show depictions of music making, and it's clear that music was a normal part of life for the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans, and others
Below are a few of the oldest written songs that have been found. Different symbols were written above the words to depict pitch, duration, dynamics, etc
Students started working on their own ancient music notation projects

Music - October 27, 2015

 Music actually started before man was even on the earth!!!
§  Job, whose name rhymes with ‘robe’, was a Godly man who lived before Abraham. He faced a lot of suffering, while he suffered, he asked the Lord to answer some questions that he had. Here is part of his answer:
§  Job38-  4”Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding,5Who set its measurements, since you know? Or who stretched the line on it? On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone, When the morning starts sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?”
Check it out:

o   Whats the difference between music and noise?
§  Basically, noise is sound that is not organized, and music is sound that is organized.
§  Sound begins when an object is plucked, struck or blown. This causes the object to vibrate, pushing the air around it to move in waves. Draw this
§  God designed our ears so that they “pick up” those sound waves and send them to our brains, which are able to recognize many different sounds. Draw the ear
§  When the vibrations are faster, the pitch of the sound is higher; and when they are slower, the pitch is lower

Music- Pathfinders/Navigators- Oct 13&20

·         What does your name mean?
o   In our time the meaning of a name does not hold a lot of significance, but in Bible times your name held a lot of meaning and importance
o   It isn’t just people who had important names, all through the Bible God reveals Himself to us by His names.

o   The meanings behind His names tell us about His personality and His nature
Names of God
All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty
EL ELYON (THE MOST HIGH GOD) (el el-yone')
ADONAI (LORD, MASTER) (ad-o-noy')
JEHOVAH NISSI (THE LORD MY BANNER) (yeh-ho-vaw' nis-see')
The Lord My Banner, The Lord My Miracle
JEHOVAH-RAAH (THE LORD MY SHEPHERD) (yeh-ho-vaw' raw-aw')
JEHOVAH RAPHA (THE LORD WHO HEALS) (yeh-ho-vaw' raw-faw')
JEHOVAH SHAMMAH (THE LORD IS THERE) (yeh-ho-vaw' shawm'-maw)
(yeh-ho-vaw' M-qadash)
The Lord Who Sanctifies You, The Lord Who Makes Holy
The Everlasting God, The God of Eternity, The God of the Universe, The God of Ancient Days
ELOHIM (GOD) (el-o-heem')
God, Judge, Creator
QANNA (JEALOUS) (kan-naw')
Jealous, Zealous
JEHOVAH SHALOM (THE LORD IS PEACE) (yeh-ho-vaw' shaw-lome')
JEHOVAH SABAOTH (THE LORD OF HOSTS) (yeh-ho-vaw' se ba'ôt)
The Lord of Hosts, The Lord of Powers

David did more than write psalms and songs, he actually invented alot of instruments as well. And most of the songs and instruments that he created were inspired by his passion for the Lord. So, students were challenged to do the same. In groups and pairs, they chose one of these Hebrew names for God. Using a misture of natural and man-made items they invented their own instruments in an attempt to express who God is, based on the Hebrew name that they had.

Music - Explorers/Trailblazers - Oct 13 &20

Instrument Categories -
     Percussion- We continued work on the Sistrums, and then we used them to accompany our songs,      and also to help us practice our rhythm.
      Wind Instruments- sound is produced by the vibration of air, these instruments are played either        by blowing on a reed, or across the opening of a hole in the instrument.

     King David started out as a shepherd. And like most shepherds, he played the harp and the flute to      pass the time while tending to the sheep. We made pan flutes, which have pipes of different                lengths to achieve different pitches.


Classical Greece - History 1&2, Explorers and Trailblazers

During the dark age the Greeks were made up of many separate groups  who lived in independent societies called city-states.  The two most famous city-states were Athens and Sparta.  By the end of the dark age, both had transitioned from monarchies to another type of government.  

In Athens a noble, named Solon, wrote new laws allowing the lower classes to participate in government.  The men who rose to power were called tyrants.  Some ruled poorly, but others brought improvements, eventually leading to the first democracy.

Unlike Athens, Sparta was an oligarchy.  They made no advances in art or literature, but instead focused intently on creating a strong army.

In class activities:
  • Looked at historic architecture and artwork from Ancient Greece
  • Discussed the lifestyle of people in Sparta & Athens
  • Conducted our own lighthearted debate
  • Learned about democracy and cast our votes
  • Decorated funeral urns (Trailblazers only, Explorers will do this project next week)
  • Mapped locations of Ancient Greek city-states
Optional lesson extension activities:
  • Look at a newspaper together or watch clips from a previous debate and discuss similarities between our electoral system and the Ancient Greeks
  • Learn more about Greek pottery
  • Play and learn about ancient Greece with online activities
  • Read history cards NT12-16
  • Practice your timeline

Monday, November 2, 2015

Drama for All Classes Week of 10/27/2015

Hi Parents!
Christmas celebration rehearsals have begun. Last week, Explorers and Trailblazers brought home scripts.  This week, Pathfinders and Navigators will receive theirs.   Please help your students to remember to study their lines.  Explorers would benefit from repeated listening of their song.  We are very excited!

Sandie Dillion