Boone and Crockett: Manly Men of the American Frontier

Our class recently completed a thematic unit about Daniel Boone and David Crockett while studying the American frontier.  For historical literature we read a Newbery award winner:

For David Crockett, we read his autobiography:

Both books were read as “shared” (out loud to the group) reading to the class.  For literature, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain was studied.  A book report would be completed after reading Tom Sawyer.  A Double Bubble thinking map was used to compare/contrast the life of Boone and Crockett.  A report containing a thesis comparing/contrasting the lives of Boone and Crockett would be written following the reading of the books.  Math would include a story problem asking the age of Crockett when he died at the Alamo while calculating his birth year and death year (Saxon Math 7/6).  Within these books the Louisiana Purchase was discussed.  Geography was taught using maps.  Thomas Jefferson, Louis and Clark, The French Indian War, and The War of Independence were also studied and reviewed within this unit.  A book about the Corps of Discovery is currently being read during “guided”(the student/students read out loud to the teacher) reading. This in depth unit brings the American frontier and its founding to life for the learner.tacodilla-003

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Inconsistencies in Kids Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Our family enjoys Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for many reasons.  We like the value of respect at the dojo and within the sport, the acai bowls and Brazilian barbecue, and the martial art in general because it is “gentle” compared to others that include punching and kicking.  Our family began participating in Brazilian jiu jitsu 41/2 years ago.  Something we learned early on in our participation in the sport is that the rules will change without notice.  Two years ago we attended an event sponsored by IBJJ.  Our kid showed up on time for the event, well fed, and ready for the tournament.  We stood in the lobby for one hour due to set up delays.  Once inside, none of the employees knew where to direct us for spectator tickets and ID badges.  After another hour, (and standing in long lines) we acquired both.  Our kid went to check in with his dad.  They proceeded to tear of patches because an edge was not flat and implied they were not sewed on correctly even though they were iron on.  Our child was one ounce over weight (his dad did make a mistake in the registration as he was on familiar with how the brackets worked at the time).  We were never told that our kid was disqualified.  At other competitions we were told to take our child to the restroom.  This solved the problem by a pound.  Instead, they let him compete.  His match was to be 3 minutes as a gray belt youth.  The match did not stop at 3 minutes, but continued 3 minutes and fifteen seconds until someone notified the referee that the match had ended.  At 3 minutes our child had more points and had officially won, but at 3 minutes fifteen seconds, the other child did an arm bar and won with a submission.  Very unfair.  We did not find out that our child was disqualified until we went to the awards podium and our kid’s name was not listed.  Our sensei  went to the check in area to inquire.  This is when we were told that our child was disqualified.  This was very traumatic for our child and us as we had spent a good amount of time and money preparing for the competition.

Last weekend we participated in a tournament hosted by NABJJ.  We drove to another state for the competition, so the price was about the same as a family’s day at Disneyland.  We were ready in every way.  Weight was right on.  Two Gis were packed to have one as a back up.  We arrived early to the event site.  Check in went as usual.  Weigh in was fine.  Suddenly, a man with an instrument we had not seen before began measuring the sleeves of our child’s Gi.  Instead of 7 cm sleeve slack, his sleeve was 6 cm.  We tried the other jacket.  Patches were torn off and there was a glue residue underneath.  They turned that jacket down.  We were told to use a team mate’s Gi.  There were no other team mates at this competition since we were out of state.  They said they would give us 5 minutes to purchase a new Gi.  At this point our child was devastated and in tears.  I assessed the situation, and determined that since we had recently purchased his King Z Gi in the last year and that our child’s emotional state had been ruined by the attitude of the inspectors that it would be best at that point to have him disqualified.  To be fair, competition guidelines were on a link on the page of the website stating that sleeve slack is 7 cm, however, our child wore the same Gi at a NABJJ last April 2016 and won his competition without any rule conflicts.  We were also told that NABJJ is lenient on the weight requirements for kids and lets them compete in their weight bracket even if they are a little over at weigh in.  We even participated in a No Gi competition a year and a half ago when a competitor who was 45 minutes late and had missed check in and should have been disqualified was allowed to compete.  They had our child fight in three matches with the same kid until the late child showed up who happened to be a member of Silva Jiu Jitsu.  So, NABJJ does make some exceptions for kids, but last weekend chose to strictly enforce the 7 cm rule for Gi sleeve slack.  Our family has experienced multiple inconsistencies in the rule keeping of Brazilian jiu jitsu.

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Vaccines and Medical Learning Time

I have heard over the years that doctors do not study vaccines much in medical school. A few years ago, I tutored a doctor’s children and asked her what she thought about vaccines.  She became very defensive and told me that the polio vaccine has been very helpful in stopping polio.  I decided to not pursue the subject further with her.  This person did some investigating and has come up with these conclusions:

Their main idea is, “How many doctors have studied vaccines more than 2 hours?”  They say that out of 6,700 pages studied, 4 pages discuss vaccines.  Specialized doctors like OB/Gyns, get 1 1/2 pages of mostly the CDC vaccination schedule, while Pediatricians get a reference manual with 1 page of vaccine explanations and mostly the CDC vaccine schedule with 4 pages of warnings. Worth watching for the 3+ minutes.  Well done.

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Last Day of Summer Baked Sunday Pancake

On Sunday mornings, I typically keep breakfast and meals simple.  A dear friend of mine from college gave me this recipe.  She went back to culinary school and cooks delicious recipes! Years ago, while in middle school, a friend of mine from swim team shared a similar recipe like this one for Mother’s Day.  I baked something like this when I was 13 for my mother’s breakfast to celebrate her day.

3 Tbsp. butter

3 large eggs

3/4 cups milk

1/2- 1 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup flour

2 Tbsp. sugar

1/8 tsp. Himalayan salt

*We use organic whenever possible

Directions:  Melt the butter in a 10 inch oven proof frying pan over low heat.  Remove from heat.  In a large bowl beat the eggs until white and fluffy.  Beat in milk, blend in flour, vanilla, sugar, and salt.  I use a whisk in a stainless mixing bowl.  Pour batter in prepared pan and bake at 425 degrees F until lightly browned about 18-20 minutes.  The pancake will be puffy.  When cooled it will deflate, but will have a custard like texture in the middle.  We topped ours with fresh organic strawberries and blueberries with home made lemon curd using Allrecipes’ recipe. *At this time of year we will use thawed frozen fruit.end-of-summer-002

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Fall Amish Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll

We have tried many cinnamon roll recipes over the years.  This exceeds them all in our opinion.  Our garden pumpkins are harvested and being enjoyed in recipes like these.

Willow Run Dairy Amish Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Recipe (slightly modified)

3-4 cups flour *we use Amish Harvest Blend flour

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. Ceylon cinnamon

1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1/4 tsp. ginger

2/3 cups milk *we use raw

1/4 cup butter *we use an imported Italian GMO free

2 Tbsp. yeast

1 cup cooked pumpkin

1/8 cup honey *we use raw

2 eggs *we use pastured, organic eggs


2/3 cup brown sugar *we use organic

1 Tbsp. cinnamon

4 oz. softened cream cheese

1/4 cup soft butter

1/2 cup honey

1 tsp. vanilla


1 cup powdered sugar *we use organic

4 oz. softened cream cheese *we use organic

1 tsp. vanilla

Melt the butter, then add the milk until mixture is warm, but not too hot ( which is over 110 degrees F).  Add yeast and let bloom for about 5 minutes.  Meanwhile, beat the pumpkin, honey, salt, and eggs together.  Add the yeast mixture and the spices.  Gradually add the flour beating well after adding about 1 cup at a time.  Dough will be soft.  Let rise one hour or longer.  Roll out on a floured surface into a large  rectangle.  (I make mine as large as my standard size cutting board.)  Sprinkle with filling.  Roll up and cut into 1 inch slices.  Place into a well buttered 9 x 13 inch baking dish.  Let rise another hour or so.  Bake 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees F.  Mix frosting and slather on when rolls have cooled.  This recipe was relatively simple and our neighbor enjoyed this fall dessert with us.  She enjoyed it as much as us.


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Reexamine Public Education

“I think parents need to be the final and ultimate arbiter of what their children learn, where they learn, and how.”—Marco Rubio

“Proclaiming as their sole guideline for civil law the myth of neutrality and the myth of political pluralism, Christian leaders today find it impossible to identify the public schools for what they are: anti-Christian by confession and financing. Leaders do not acknowledge this: the only biblically valid solution to the evils of tax-funded education is the abolition of tax-funded education. From the year 1642, when the General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony legislated local tax funding for local schools, Christian educational reformers have had as their primary educational goal the preservation of the public schools. “ Dr. Gary North

After decades of experience of working in the public school educational system, we have concluded that the typical public school student has missed a myriad of valuable informative topics. Today, students learn a lot of information with missing substantive value. Shortly after entering this Prussian modeled institution, joy for learning and natural curiosity for creation are quickly smothered. Recent studies are proving that sitting in a chair for 6 hours a day is not beneficial health-wise. After years of value based education, bullying continues on playgrounds and in the hallways. The moral decline of our society can be attributed to families’ neglect of a good education for their children. It is the parent’s responsibility to remain actively engaged in their children’s learning. Year after year, these young minds are fed many false presuppositions. For example, early education models in our country were centered around the family with the church enabling children to understand who the creator and king of the universe was. They learned multiple languages, reading from the Bible, composed writing that was meaningful, and valued hard, good work. Today, classrooms are filled with the philosophy that the government will take care of everyone’s needs and people are entitled to that help. The constitutional philosophy of working hard, persevering, and being individually responsible for one’s life and decisions are ideas of the past.

These days students are taught to look to government instead of Christ for life’s answers and needs. Problems like gum chewing and too much talking in class have morphed into drug abuse, sex abuse, loss of gender identity, and mass confusion. By making their own standards and turning from God’s standards, order has turned into chaos. Details about history are skewed in the government’s favor. In fact, students don’t learn much real history at all any more in the public school. The philosophical work ethic is based based on humanism instead of truth. The science curriculum is founded on the emptiness of evolution instead of the fullness of God’s creation. Grammar is taught without context. Language and literature are full of fluffy and meaningless fiction filled stories. Government is taught to be god. To rehabilitate this “empty set of education” we need to supply what is missing: Truth. History should be honestly taught in light of Christ’s purposes. The philosophy of work should be based on biblical principles. Science should be taught with the understanding that God is the creator and designer of all things, including knowledge. (Anything true taught in the public school comes from God). Math programs exclude logic and are taught without a growing foundation of number patterns and methods of practical applications to the real world. Now with Common Core, math has become even more illogical and difficult to understand, when it really is very understandable when taught with a foundation of logic like in the Saxon Math program. Instead of government usurping God’s authority, it is meant to be a servant of God (Romans 13). To satisfy these required topics in the present age education must be done with close parental monitoring in preferably a home guided education. It is worth the effort and is the student’s only hope. Corrupted minds need to be renewed with truth.


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An Injunction for SB277     An injunction’s purpose is to restore the rights back to those who have been violated.  In this case, it is the rights of parents and families to have informed consent as to whether or not vaccinate their child with a pharmaceutical drug.  Currently, SB277 mandates that all children entering public and private education must be vaccinated according to the California’s vaccination schedule while ignoring the individuality of each person and the parents’ authority over the family.  “Follow the money” to the pockets of politicians and pharmaceutical companies.

“Yes, ’n’ how many times can a man turn his head
Pretending he just doesn’t see?
Yes, ’n’ how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, ’n’ how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?”  Bob Dylan, Blow’in in the Wind

Children must be protected.  Who doesn’t know someone who hasn’t been harmed by vaccines?  My neighborhood is full of injured children.  Let’s make the public schools follow through with their motto, “Children first”.  Parents have the constitutional right to informed consent, as well as, the God given right to protect their children.

“Then came one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name, and seeing him, he fell at his feet 23 and implored him earnestly, saying, “My little daughter is at the point of death. Come and lay your hands on her, so that she may be made well and live.” 24 And he went with him.” (Mark 5:23-24)


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