Oroville Dam, Johnstown Flood: Cause and Effect

A good read for fifth grade students is The Terrible Wave by Dahlstedt.  This easy to read book is a wonderful guided reading book that will also tie in the current event of the Oroville Dam overflow last week.  A written assignment may be assigned to followup the reading with a compare and contrast of the current Oroville Dam overflow to the past dam failure in Johnstown, PA.  You may want to use a thinking map diagramming cause and effect or a double bubble to find similarities and differences in the dam failures.



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Teaching Biblical Morals by Studying Calvin’s Institutes

Many churches today are “out to lunch”.  I do not blame people for not wanting to attend.  As a person who left the “Catholic” belief for the true holy Catholic church 30 years ago, I began a journey through a literal war zone of false doctrines.  My journey began by listening to Christian radio ministries because I was eager to learn the truth.  I quickly realized that popular ministers lacked sound doctrine and sanctification in the truth.  Ministers must learn to be Christians first before standing behind a pulpit.  Just because they graduate from seminary with a degree, does not qualify them to be pastors.  Their theology was askew to say the least.  My listening time was quickly diminished to two radio programs and eventually one by RC Sproul.  Even so, over these 30 years I have been challenged and distracted by ministers who very persuasively taught their understanding of Scripture and, me, naively trusted their teaching.  I wished that I had been more of a Berean (Acts 17:11).  Today, my family is listening to Calvin’s Institutes taught by Greg L. Bahnsen.


I sighed last night when going to bed while telling my husband that I wish I had started my Christian faith by studying Calvin’s Institutes.  I am also simultaneously studying Confessions by Augustine.  What a wonderfully rich book.  “Friendship…is born at the moment one man says to another “What!  You too?  I thought that no one but myself…” (CS Lewis)  Finally, a third book, that our school is enjoying during read aloud time is Pilgrim’s Progress by Bunyan.   We have hit a “home run” during this time of study and learning about Christianity and the church.


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A Good Sixth Grade Guided Reading Book


After completing the McGuffey’s Reader series, we have started this book.  This book benefits all its readers by teaching them relevant moral principles to succeed in life.

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Game Day/Super Bowl Spread

Barbecue tri-tip:  grill to your preference with salt and pepper.  Let rest at least 10 minutes.  Cut into bite sized pieces and serve on platter.

Make several quesadillas and cut into wedges (eighths).  Make a homemade guacamole dip or buy a good quality one from a reputable store.

Chinese chicken salad:  For the an easy salad you may purchase a whole chicken and shred into bite sized pieces, buy a package of romaine lettuce, and some Asian or sesame dressing.  If you enjoy cooking then cook your own chicken, buy some whole heads of lettuce and shred them yourself and make your own Asian dressing.  I like to use Ina Garten’s dressing recipe for Chinese Chicken Salad.  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/chinese-chicken-salad-recipe.html

Acai Sorbet Bowls-These may be purchased at Costco in the freezer section (Sambazon Acai Sorbet cups) with the frozen fruit.  Have some granola and shredded coconut as garnish on the side.  You may also want to have bananas, chocolate chips, etc.

Happy eating!

*We do our best to buy organic and pastured meats from sustainable farms.

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Miss Ann-Marie Teaches the A,B,Cs

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Inauguration Day Breakfast Smoothie


1/4 cup vanilla grass fed yogurt
a splash of raw milk or more depending on thickness
6 frozen strawberries (We use organic from Costco frozen section)
1/2 cup frozen blueberries (We use organic from Costco frozen section)
1 Sambazon Acai smoothie pack (Found in the frozen section at Costco with the strawberries and blueberries)
1 whole banana
*When available, I will squeeze the juice of one-two naval oranges and put that in too.
Blend and enjoy!
Here’s at toast to the incoming President Trump and Vice President Pence and their administration.  As Washington prayed after his inaugural oath:
“Such being the impressions under which I have-in obedience to the public summons-repaired to [arrive at] the present station, it would be peculiarly improper to omit in this first official act my fervent supplications to that Almighty Being Who rules over the universe, Who presides in the councils of nations, and Whose providential aids can supply every human defect-that His benediction may consecrate to the liberties and happiness of the people of the United States a government instituted by themselves for these essential purposes.”
We pray the same for you.
“If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” ( 2 Chronicles 7:14)


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Live Interactive Science from South Africa

We recently discovered this broadcast from Djuma Game Reserve in South Africa.  The safari guides take you, the viewer, on a real safari.  This is very real and you will see all kinds of animal and plant life, some of which may be very disturbing to the faint of heart.  Leopards, lion prides, birds, elephants, buffalo, hippos, geese, storks, insects, trees, baboons, and much more will be brought to you from these brave safari guides who go straight into the African bush to the animals.  Questions can be answered while it is live streaming.  We have had three of our questions answered that were directly related to what the guide was talking about.  They will address you by name, and quite honestly, you feel like they are talking straight to you even though they cannot see you.  This program is very personal, scientific, and live.

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