Weeks 9-11 Brazil

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Weeks 9-11 Brazil

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Weeks 9-11

Additional ideas may be posted in other areas of the message board:
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 1789#p1818 (eggshell experiment)
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TWO Excellent Book Finds for Brazil!!

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Yesterday we hit the jackpot at the library for "rainforest books"!!

Two excellent finds were:
~"River" by: Judith Heide Gilliland (simple picture book, but really good literary explanation of the Amazon River)

~"Crafts for Kids Who are Wild About Rainforests" by: Kathy Ross
(I LOVE some of the crafts in here, even better than in the "Global Art" book. Today we made a craft that was adorable stuffed paper monkeys swinging from a paper vine!!)
Love in Christ,
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Brazil resources

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Here are a lot of library books and web sites for Brazil and the Rain Forest.

Books - Can't remember if some of these were on the MFW list of recommended books or not - I don't have my manual in front of me.

Welcome to the Green House - by Jane Yolen
Neat picture book type story about plants and animals found in the rainforest.

This Place is Wet - by Vicki Cobb
I like all her books for the different countries/biomes. This one is just about Brazil and the rainforest.

Amazon Alphabet - by Martin and Tanis Jordan
Simple alphabet book - but with wonderful pictures of different animals of the rainforest.

How Monkeys Make Chocolate - by Adrian Forsyth
Book about the foods and medicines that come from the rainforests of the world (not just the Amazon rainforest).

Rain Forests Today - a series by Ted O'Hare
our library has several in this series including Animals of the Rain Forest, Amazing Rain Forest, Vanishing Rain Forest, Plants of the Rain Forest, etc.

Rain Forests - a Magic Tree House Research Guide - by Mary Pope Osborne
Just an overview of plants, animals, people of the rainforest.

Collage Art Rainforest - by Louis Miller
I got this from Scholastic - it is a neat art kit that includes all you need to make several tissue paper collage pictures of rainforest animals. Neat!

One Day in the Tropical Rain Forest - by Jean Craighead George
This is one in a series. My son LOVES these. A terrific view of life in the rainforest through the eyes of a young boy and the animals of the rainforest. Others in this "One Day In A" series are Tundra, Desert, Prairie, and Woods.

Living in a Rain Forest (Rookie Read-About Geography) by Allan Fowler
Simple little book with pictures.

Jungle Safari - by Carol Wawrychuk (Monday Morning Hands On Products)
From my library - a craft/curriculum book with lots of neat templates for crafts/lapbooks.

Rain Forests: Tropical Treasures - from Ranger Rick's NatureScope
Also from my library. WONDERFUL book with multi-age science ideas, projects and experiments. Great supplement.

One Small Square Tropical Rain Forest - by Donald M. Silver
I love all of his stuff, too. Very informative series of books on all the biomes. You can find one of his books for about every biome you want. And be sure to check out his One Small Square Backyard book come springtime!

Now on to web sites...
I am a member of enchantedlearning.com and I use their resources all the time.
You don't have to be a member, though.

Amazon Interactive - http://www.eduweb.com/amazon.html

Jungle Photos - http://www.junglephotos.com/

Rain Forest from abcteach.com -
http://abcteach.com/directory/theme_uni ... in_forest/
You'll find several links on this page....

Rainforest Hereos - http://kids.ran.org/kidscorner/rainfore ... heets.html

Rain Forest Sounds - http://www.christiananswers.net/kids/sounds.html
Cool site with lots of audio clips. Be sure to go to the video clip pages, too!

Animals of the Rain Forest - http://www.christiananswers.net/kids/ra ... imals.html
(from the same site as above...)

Brain Pop Tropical Rain Forests video -
http://yahooligans.yahoo.com/content/sc ... rainforest

AmazoniaFunQuest - http://www.amazoniafunquest.org/index.htm

Rainforest Education - http://www.rainforesteducation.com/index.htm

Tropical Rain Forests Theme Page -
LOTS of links and ideas

In Search of the Ways of Knowing Trail -
This one is really neat. My boys enjoyed this interactive site - although it does take place in the African rain forest.

Hope this isn't too much! Just delete what you don't want.
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South America

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First, Kelly or someone pointed out to me that in our ECC book, Another Trip Around The World, there are extra sections on Argentina & Venezuela. For the younger kids, these pages may be easier to add to the geography packets than the pages from the World Geography book.

We also did the Rainforest Collage art book mentioned by Laura. Let's just say that I am not a great art teacher, we did it in layers over weeks, & I know they would have enjoyed it more if Laura had taught it <LOL>. However, everyone loved their finished product.

The ECC grass & egg experiments were a great success (I even posted photos on the MFW board)!!!

But our favorite part of Brazil was Nate Saint.

1. Ds especially loved making the model airplane, even tho he had not taken an interest in airplanes before that time (grandpa the pilot will be happy!). In our Writing Strands assignment that week, ds was to describe the "most exciting thing" in school that week -- of course it was all about Nate!

2. When reading aloud, I always like to have study guide questions, to keep dc alert. This is something that has always helped in our homeschooling, but I am not creative enough to come up with good questions on my own, at least not efficiently. With the first read-aloud on Cameron Townsend, we happen to have Sonlight-7 here and that happens to include questions about the YWAM book on Cameron. For the other YWAM books, we have the companion YWAM Unit Study Guides. These have several ideas, but mostly we used the questions (each chapter has 1 vocabulary, 2 comprehension, & 1 thinking question, with answers). It's probably not worth the price to buy these just for a few questions per chapter, but if you happen to have them or can borrow them, I would say they contributed to our involvement & retention.

3. I was very nervous to read about Nate because I knew he died an untimely death :o( Here are some things that helped turn this into a good experience for my 3rd grader.

a. Ds happened to notice the dates on the back of the YWAM book -- "Wow, Nate's life was much shorter than Cameron's, wasn't it mom?" If your dc do not bring this up, you might casually mention it early on in the book.

b. Carefully match up ECC week 11 with the Nate Saint chapters that are listed. So if you are behind in the YWAM book, then save the week 11 teacher's guide commentary on Nate. Marie has carefully planned out this week so the children get just enough warning to not give everything away yet not be shocked by the ending. Her narrative gives details on who these Auca killers were and how Nate's tragic ending was used by God. I love how respectfully ECC treats geography -- the people around the world are nothing more and nothing less than you & I -- made by God, yet fighting sin.

4. We read an extra YWAM biography after Nate -- Jim Elliot, another of the missionaries who died with Nate. Ds just didn't want to let go! We just continued the read-alouds up thru the Christmas break. The Jim Elliot book had Jim's story & some extra details about the events at the end. I must admit I wish this one would have included more about Jim's childhood & about Jim's journals which I see quoted so often, in my humble opinion, but ds loved it just fine, so that's what counts!

5. Ds has done his first TRUE "notebooking" on the YWAM missionaries! He typed up little things about them, and we xeroxed a title, a map, & a few photos from the book covers as well as online. A Google search turns up quite a bit about the Ecuador missionaries since their tragic story was covered by Life Magazine, etc. Below are a few sites if your family also becomes passionate about these missionaries.

Nate in a baseball cap
http://chi.gospelcom.net/kids/glimpsesf ... gfk010.php

Nate with a big coat on

Nate & several Aucas (careful, no clothes)
http://www.lastrefuge.co.uk/data/articl ... _page4.htm

Nate inside his plane
http://home.bellsouth.net/coDataImages/ ... epilot.jpg

The famous yellow plane
http://www.oslc-gb.org/programs/outreac ... george.gif

New Nate Saint page with slide show!

Timeline of MAF & where Nate's plane is now (see 1994)

small photos of nate, jim, ed, & Aucas

Flight missions (no more kids page inserts?)

About Ed McCully's son (born after his father died) & how at least three of the families continued the mission after the deaths & until today
http://www.ups.edu/arches/2004Fall/feat ... sWays.html

Nate Saint's son & concerns about post-evangelism "dependency" of the tribe as they leave their old lifestyle

Again about Nate's son. This one has an Auca photo

No photos, but ends with a moving description of Nate's son finding out the details of his father's last day, including all the aucas describing what seemed to be a choir of angels:
http://www.ctlibrary.com/ct/1996/septem ... ta020.html [ see doubleportion 's better link below! ]

jim elliot
http://www.intouch.org/site/c.dhKHIXPKI ... Elliot.htm

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thanks Julie!

Unread post by lmjmann »

Thanks for the great Nate Saint sites. My son also loved learning about him. We have already looked at several of the sites you mentioned and have bookmarked the rest. My son is very visual and LOVES looking at things on the computer.
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Unread post by Tina »

We are wrapping up our study on Brazil and South America and we have read both Nate Saint's book and Jim Elliot's book. I must mention how much I am enjoying reading "Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot" by Elisabeth Elliot. It is so good. What a Godly man, who gave his whole life for the Lord's work and the Lord's will. I will never forget reading from his journal this quote:

"One of the great blessings of heaven is the appreciation of heaven on earth. He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose."

Wow! I really, really have been touched by reading about these men. My children have been inspired by their courage and love for the Lord and for mankind. (I am reading Betty Elliot's book, myself not to the children). Oh how I have been blessed by reading these books. Thank you, David and Marie for recommending them.

I must post again. We have finished our study on SA and Nate and Jim's books. Below is a link about two movies regarding the lives of these missionaries. I have truly been awe-struck by their obedience to God, and have been encouraged in my walk with the Lord. Thank you, David and Marie for a curriculum that is teaching our whole family!


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Brazil Craft Ideas from General Board

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Laura wrote:Can you share what you did for your arts and crafts while in Brazil? I am trying to decide on what type of "project" to do. Thanks!
From Crystal:
It has been a long time since ECC for us, but I still have the Yanomami communal home that we made. It came from one of the book basket suggestions, The Rainforest Indians, by Ruth Thompson. Or at least I think that is the book. DH and oldest worked on it together. That's what I really remember.

From Tina:
We did the Carnival costumes (from old pillow cases--we decorated with fabric markers and pens, glued ribbons on, etc)

Dd also put together her own "rainforest" in a shoebox. Cut pieces from construction paper and felt, etc. gluing and taping it in so it is a 3-D rainforest (there is a name for this kind of art---it escapes me now).

[I did buy the materials to do the hemp rope figures, but did not get to them. Any time that happens, I will save it for the summer vacation)

On the ECC forum, someone recommended a rainforest "Draw!" book and dd also used that to make some good drawings of rainforest animals)

From Tricia:
We also did the carnival costumes using old pillow cases, fabric paints, and stick-on jewels. They came out great. I was planning on doing the drinking straw flute (since it looked easy) but just never got to it.....

From Charlotte:
My boys (9&6) enjoyed making a rainforest wall mural (on continuous computer paper we taped together to make it large enough) emphasizing the layers of the rainforest. One day we drew plants that you would find on the forest floor, the next day plants in the understory etc. Then we either drew, photocopied out of books, or printed off the internet, rainforest animals and put them in the correct layer. We did this 4 months ago and the mural is still on our wall and the boys are very proud of it. Have fun with whatever you choose!

From Rainy:
We also did the Carnival Costumes. I got pillow cases at Wal-Mart and we used those little tubes of fabric paint. The children had a lot of fun with this. We also did the drinking straw flute. It was quick and easy. For our third craft, I was lucky enough that on a field trip to the local museum, they just happened to be doing a Brazil Craft. It was actually in one of the Brazil Books (I think it was in the Countries of the World series book). They made a Petecca birdie (not sure I spelled Petecca right). You take a piece of fabric about 4 in. x 4 in. and put some cotton in the middle. Bring the corners up and have a few feathers to stick out of it. Wrap it up with a twist tie. Now you are ready to play Petecca. They can hit it back and forth or try to hit it into a basket.
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Egg experiment

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I saw in the archives a thread on this experiment, but wasn't able to post our results. Hope this is the appropriate place!

We stacked 50 paperbacks on our 4 eggs.


What fun!

What a God to design eggs as He did!
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Brazil info for ECC

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Posted: Sat Jul 21, 2007 2:09 am


I have been recently looking for postcards from around the world to collect during ECC. I thought that might be fun. (I ended up deciding against it because I had a hard time finding them). :)

Anyway, I contacted the Brazillian Tourism office and they were really helpful. They didn't know where I could buy postcards, but they told me that they send kids printed material for their school projects about Brazil. So, they told me that if I sent them our address that they would mail it out to us. :)

We just got our package and they included a lot of great info in there! :) They also sent some little Brazil pins, which are really cute! :) I just thought I would pass it on in case anyone else was interested in contacting them for the package. The site that I went on was http://www.braziltourism.org.

Take care! :)
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Week 10: Chapter books

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Posted: Tue Dec 12, 2006 1:25 pm

I found a book with a story about Brazil at the library for my 10yo. It's called Jaguar. I hope she likes it. It wasn't recommended by the Hazells, though. I forget how I found it.
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Beyond the Gates of Splendor
Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:41 pm by LSH in MS
Beyond the Gates of splendor: documentary, interview with wives

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:17 pm by Tina
I watched the documentary Beyond the Gates of Splendor with my dc and it was well done, I thought. Very moving and sad during the conversation of the killings (did have some footage of bodies in the water). However, it was nice to see what happened beyond the story of Jim, Nate, Ed, Roger and Peter--the work the Lord had already ordained to be completed.

I was very blessed by this documentary and so far, Jim Elliott's story has been one of my favorites. I still stand in awe of how the Lord brought all of those together who could have been separated by evil, but overcame evil for good.

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:41 pm by Happy2BMotherof3
I just wanted to share with other ECC users that there are two movie's out for those who would like to include in there study after reading Nate Saint. I have watched Beyond the Gates of Splendor and it has the ladies/wives of the husband's telling the story. It shows the actual pictures as well as the Indians telling the story.

The only thing I would caution about this movie is that it shows in some of the pictures the naked Indians.....women.....children. Also we let our kids watch this and I was going to cover the Indians when they showed them but my husband just told them to close their eyes. However, I knew they would get bored with it, even though they kept bugging me about watching it. But I would definitely recommend it for adults.....maybe not children. Parent's can decide what they want to do.
Link from Tina: http://beyondthegatesthemovie.com/
Steven Curtis Chapman Live from 2002:
Music video that has a trailer of Beyond the Gates

Posted: Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:55 am by Julie in MN
We have the music video that has a trailer of Beyond the Gates (Steven Curtis Chapman Live from 2002). Someone on this board recommended it to us, I believe before the movie came out in full.

I'm not sure that it's the whole thing, but it definitely is moving, seeing Steve Saint embrace his father's killer. And he describes how in return, that man helped Steve thru another loss later in life, etc. It meant a lot to Reid to see "the end of the story."
End of the Spear
Posted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:00 am by mamax3
Just wanted to let you know that End of the Spear is the story of Jim Elliott and Nate Saint. Nate Saint is one of the Christian Heroes books in ECC.

I took the whole family. Even my 4 year old. Everyone loved the movie. They were silent the whole time. My youngest was probably captivated by the planes. Probably his daddy too. ;)

There is a lot of spearing of the indians. Not just the missionaries. The cinematography was excellent. At times I almost felt I was in the plane flying myself.

Some of the proceeds from the film go to help other groups like the Waodani.

It really renewed the boys' interests in missionary life. Not only are they wanting me to read the YWAM Christian Heroes aloud, but they are taking it upon themselves to read the books too. I highly recommend the movie!

Posted: Wed Jun 06, 2007 5:41 pm by LSH in MS
End of the Spear: drama of initial story plus what happened in the next generation

Posted: Sun Mar 19, 2006 8:39 pm by Chicagoland Cindy
My husband and I went to see End of the Spear the weekend it was released. We debated about taking our 9 yr. old dd who is doing ECC. Since we had already studied Nate Saint, we prayed about it and talked with her about it. She really wanted to go and see it. She and I are alike in that a movie, or character from a book, really stays with us. We mull the whole story line over for a long time after the show or book is done. Knowing this, I was hesitant to let her go, because I knew it would be graphic. My husband thought we should let her see it. So, off we went.

Within the first 3 minutes of the movie, she asked if we could leave. Since we were there with other older kids, my husband left and took her to a different movie.

On a personal review, I thought the movie was well done. It is actually written from the point of view of Nate Saint's son. It has a lot of high action in it, not just the killing of the missionaries. This tribe was known for its inter-tribe killing and this is depicted very well. Although you don't actually see the spear enter anyone's body, the sensation of the thing is real. I personally am glad my dd decided to leave the movie. Some day she will see it. But for now, thanks to MFW, she at least knows of these men and their great sacrifice.

If you want to check out more about the movie, you can go to the End of the Spear website and view trailers and read more about the making of the movie. Also, Focus on the Family's website does a movie review.

Hope this info will help you to evaluate whether to take your children to see it. I would highly recommend it for those who are older, or those who violence is something they can handle seeing. The movie does a good job of depicting missionary life and family life as well.

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 9:09 pm by Scott
End of the Spear was rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence. And it does have pretty intense violence through most of the movie. I have not allowed my elementary age child to see it. I would suggest previewing it before you view it as a family.

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 12:37 am by Julie in MN
Our co-op read Nate Saint last year for a "book club" and then watched the film End of the Spear. I believe the 2nd-6th graders watched it, and it seemed to go fine. I had suggested they be cautious (as Marie is in ECC) to emphasize the "happy ending" or the good that came out of their sacrifice, and the mom who led the class did spend a lot of time talking about the blessings that occurred afterwards and about when to sacrifice and when not to sacrifice.

If you don't feel ready to watch the film with the kids, then you might want to just show them the credits -- there are some very cute end scenes describing the Auca man's first experience at an American drive-thru window etc. :o)

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:00 pm by Lucy
I took my 5th grade boy and 7th grade girl to see it. I think it would be fine for the 7th grader but I would possibly wait for a 3rd grader. It was excellent. The movie was made by an independent film company that is made up of Christians. The name of the company is Every Tribe. It was intended to reach a broad range of viewers with this story, to spark questions and stir thoughts in unbelievers and well as believers.

I have read several books by Elisabeth Elliot and the one we read in ECC from Nate Saint's perspective. The film is from his perspective primarily. To me the whole story is about how the Waodani people were changed from a killing people to a loving people. I guess to me you have to see the great contrast and in the end the great revelation to Steve about who killed his father and his response which is very real but ends in forgiveness. The world will not understand this so to me this is a great film to show those who are not so familiar with the story and share how this is the gospel. I brought a lot of knowledge to the film about the story so I do not know if this affected my appreciation of it.

One of the most moving parts of the movie for me is when Dayuma(Indian girl who helped the missionaries learn the Waodani lang.) is watching the film and realizes those are her tribesmen who are killing the very missionaries she has come to love and help. Again the love and forgiveness of God that is shown to her by the missionaries is amazing. Just one of my favorite parts.

Here is an interesting article from World magazine that may interest some of you.
This article explains some of the work behind making the movie and how the Waodani were involved and even felt about the film.

I am in agreement that this should be reserved for at least older kids or even adults, but each family will make those kinds of decisions.

Link from Tina: http://www.endofthespear.com/index.html
The Jim Elliot Story from The Torchlighters Heroes of the Faith
Posted: Thu May 10, 2007 10:12 am by Southernshae
I know of an alternate video that I am sure would be great for your 3rd grader. The Jim Elliot Story from The Torchlighters Heroes of the Faith. I bought mine from Voice of the Martyrs and my children just loved it. It starts with a 30 minute cartoon about Operation Auca . I know that a cartoon sounds kind of corny, but it was really well done. Then, (for *me* this was the best part) there is an 80-90 minute interview with Nate's son, Steve, and it is wonderful. He describes all that went on as he grew up in the jungle, what all happened following the killing, etc. It is jam packed with photos of the 5 men and their families, the Aucas, Dayuma, on and on it goes. My kids enjoyed the YWAM Nate Saint book (we watched the video *after* we finished the book) and just seeing this made it all so real to them. I highly recommend it. I opted to buy the VHS (instead of DVD) because it was only $7.50........then I found that our public library had it! Oh, well, I can donate it to our church library :0).

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 4:01 pm by TNLisa
I highly recommend the Torchlighters "Heroes of the Faith" video series, in particular "The Jim Elliot Story" to tie in with the study of Nate Saint. It is recommended for ages 8-12. Visit torchlighters.org, or kidsofcourage.org for more information. We loved this video - my kids are 8 and 12
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Unread post by TNLisa »

Posted: Wed Oct 10, 2007 10:42 pm

My 8 1/2 year old is in the middle of reading the Trailblazer book, "The Fate of the Yellow Woodbee." Obviously we are studying Brazil with ECC and focusing on Nate Saint. I've been reading the scheduled read-aloud at bedtime and lunchtime -- my son is reading "Through Gates of Splendor" and my daughter is reading the Trailblazer book. All three books have made for some wonderful conversation among our family. I plan to implement more of the Trailblazer books for my daughter to read alongside the rest of the countries we'll study.

Good stuff!
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Unread post by ChristyH »

Posted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 8:23 am

We have used Trailblazer books also. They can go along with some of the people in Hero Tales too. Kidnapped by River Rats, which my dd has read, is about Catherine and William Booth. I am lucky as we can get a few of these from the library.
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Thought I'd share for ECC users

Unread post by Happy2BMotherof3 »

Posted: Thu Jan 31, 2008 7:41 pm

There's a story on the internet (can find on truth or fiction .com) about Steve Saint and his voyage to Africa and how the story of his father's death had spread to and touched someone else's life. Amazing story![/u]
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Unread post by Toni@homezcool4us »

Posted: Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:20 am

If you go to the MAF website, you can request a free copy of Jungle Pilot, a book about Nate Saint that includes quite a few real life photos.
Mercy wrote:Thank you Toni for reminding me to check out the MAF website!!! ere are a lot of really neat things on there. It's so neat that the organization is still running strong today.

Carnival Costume - For stuffed animals!

Unread post by cbollin »

Simplified alternative to the Carnival Costume:

Instead of using an old pillowcase or old t-shirt.... we used Felt Squares and made a costume for a few stuffed animals in the house :)

We had a colorful monkey and an alligator that we're just saying is a caiman

So, my girls just decorate felt squares with all kinds of decorations and glitter glue and feathers.


Unread post by cbollin »

In the case that your library doesn't have any Brazilian music, you might like to just listen to the sample tracks on this site

Putumayo Kids

It can at least give some samples of various sounds of Brazil.

Looks like that site has other countries too :) haven't tried them all

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South America - Columbia parachute project

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I just got a mailing from Voice of the Martyrs. Included was instructions for making a parachute that a pilot will use "to drop Christian literature, Bibles, and shortwave radios set to Christian broadcasts" to guerillas in the jungles of Columbia. All that is needed is the pattern (they provide), some white cloth, some nylon cord, and $3.

We plan to do this activity when we study South America in a few weeks and will probably invite some other families to join us. If you would like to request the packet (part of their October 2008 newsletter), visit their contact page at http://www.persecution.com and click on the "contact us" link at the bottom of the page.
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teaching Miles (age 10) & Maria (age 7)

ECC S.A. science - Viewing roots in a terrarium

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If you're going to do the potato experiment that is mentioned in the one of the weeks in South America... I wanted to share how it ended up at our house.

instead of clay pots, we ended up having our potatoes in the terrarium. My youngest dumped the pots into it. We started out with them in the pot.

anyway... we're able to see the roots and root hairs on those things. cool! Much more fun to watch that way.

Then, when we were done with the radish seed experiment, those went into the terrarium too. The leaves on them are acting like a canopy and the other plant we have is the understory and the potato is our forest floor level.

I'm so glad we ended up accidentally combining the potato and doing all of the experiments. We've loved having this tank on the table to watch it each day.

If and when I find the camera and batteries.... (if only my youngest could tell me where she took it)

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EEC Geography Game ? S. America

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Thanks in advance to those who answer!
Is there a reason French Guiana is not on the list of countries? It is physically in S. America.

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Geography Game - South America

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cdavis762 wrote:Thanks in advance to those who answer!
Is there a reason French Guiana is not on the list of countries? It is physically in S. America.
We made our game today - I went ahead and added #13 French Guiana to our deck of cards...

Don't know why it isn't included.

(For N.A., we added Puerto Rico and Greenland.)

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Because it is not a politically independent country, it isn't included. (same thing with Greenland and PR. in North America) (in simple terms, they aren't "countries"

In my family, we labeled them anyway just to know what it was, but didn't make it part of the game.


Postby cbollin » Tue Oct 28, 2008 1:05 pm
Extra note here..... in Europe, Asia and Africa you will not have each and every country either due to space constraints. You'll still know a lot of countries though.

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Markers for geography game

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We're laminating our maps, and then use low odor dry-erase markers to "mark" the country on our map when we play the game, as little boys tend to bump the maps and mess up the pennies when we play with pennies. That way I don't have to draw circles. (Make sure it's the low-odor ones. I've found the "regular" ones will stain the laminate/contact paper and it doesn't clean off, ever. We just use glass cleaner to clean them off when we're done.)
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Terrarrium question for ECC

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CharleneHoell wrote:We are in the midst of studying the rain forest and having a great time! I was wondering who did the terrarrium? What did you use that really worked? What plants worked and did you put in any animals? Crystal, I vaguely remember a post saying that you put your potato plant in yours. We still have our sweet potato from my DSs MFW 1st grade project.

I am just wondering how involved this is. I am running out of steam at this point, but I think this would be worthwhile for my kids.
If you're running out of steam, you could save your energy & build another habitat later in the year.

We built a desert and a rainforest. We put each in an ordinary clear plastic tote. I figured I could use it for something if the habitat didn't work.

The rainforest was neat because you put the lid on and saw the humidity & didn't need to water it.

The desert was neat because it's still alive today -- finally I found a plant that doesn't need any attention paid to it! We put a couple of cacti we had in there, and then we added cactus seeds. Over the years, ds has added different MFW or related things in there -- a desert house of clay from CTG, an animal of sculpey, etc.
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I think we have done this more than once in MFW. Maybe in Apologia too.
The last one we did in a very large glass pickle jar.

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