Testing for 2014!

Hey, homeschooling families, the testing information for 2014 is now on the blog. Click the Testing link at the top of the page to find out all the details. Don’t forget to print out the registration form. The link is on the page.

If you need testing practice, the Basic Skills link is in the sidebar to the right. Happy Testing Day! ;)

Lessons from the Titanic–A Tea Party

Titanic Tea Party

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that we have all the time in the world to do fun things at the drop of a hat.

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We’re all history buffs around here so I try and find creative ways to fit a history lesson into whatever other things we’re working on.  I love to incorporate historical facts with Bible truths for fun devotionals for my kids.

Titanic Tea Party

Awhile back, we had a Titanic Tea Party.  I made them an invitation and had them dress up in their fanciest costumes.  They all came upstairs and sat around the tea table and I handed them each a character card. 

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I put a picture of an actual Titanic passenger on one side and a short biography on the other.

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A.C. was the nurse and stewardess, Violet Jessop.  L.C. got her all fixed up in her nurse’s apron and cap.  

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S.C. portrayed Mrs. Sylvia Caldwell, a missionary who claimed to have heard a crew member say, “God himself could not sink this ship”, upon boarding the Titanic.

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E.C. was American businessman, Benjamin Guggenheim.  We all agreed that Guggenheim acted most heroically by refusing to take a place on the ship that could be given to a woman.  He went down bravely and in his best clothing.

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M.C. was Captain Smith.  While the Captain made some bad choices that might have led to the Titanic’s demise, he ultimately did the right thing by staying with his ship and taking responsibility for the disaster.

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C.C. thought it was pretty awesome to be John Jacob Astor, the richest man in the world at the time—until he found out that Astor, like the other men at the table, did not survive the sinking.

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L.C. had studied the Titanic’s history previously so she was familiar with her favorite character, the “unsinkable” Molly Brown and her bravery in trying to convince those on her lifeboat to go back and look for survivors.  Isn’t her dress perfect for the occasion?  We found it at a yard sale last summer—love it!

They took turns “introducing themselves” and then I gave a lesson linking up the prominent passengers’ actions or attitudes with Biblical truths.  It was a lot of fun and I think it got them thinking about issues like pride, duty, and priorities.

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We used this set of Abingdon china that my mom gave me.  I believe it was put out in the 1960s.  

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We love to use it for L.C.’s birthday tea parties, as well as whenever we have special guests.  I figured the Titanic passengers would enjoy a little “Grape Kool-Aid Tea” and banana bread.

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It was a great party and a fun learning experience.  See the pretty doily under the bread plate?  E.C. made that for me—I love it!

*Views and opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily those of PHSA.

2012-2013 Membership Form

Here is the new Membership Form for the 2012-13 year.  The membership year is from July 1st to June 30th.  If you are a returning member then you need to sign up by Sept. 1st to keep getting emails and newsletters.  If you are new to the group, you may join at any time.  If you sign up by July 31st then you get a reduced rate.

The fee for being part of the group stayed at $20.00 per family this year ($15.00 early bird) and sports only went up $5.00 per family to $15.00.  If you are part of the group and you have a child who will be 9 by the end of May 2013 then consider joining our sports group.  In our weekly  sports time the kids get to play different sports in a fun atmosphere.  During the summer months we meet in a local park and during the winter we meet in a gym.

The membership fee covers a monthly newsletter and weekly recreation time in a gym during the winter.  We try to do monthly field trips and Moms’ meetings.  Plus yearly activities of a Science Share, Spelling Bee, Presentation Night and various other activities.  We have scholarships available if you need help with paying the fees.

Don’t forget to read the By-laws attached to the Membership Form or you can also read them here.