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  • Knowledge House - Learning Resources - Homeschool Information - Not Just For Kids
    Wise Man shepherd monk nun Pilgrim St Patrick Last minute Costumes Are you in a hurry and have nothing to wear Or maybe you don t you want to spend the money on costume materials that will be used only once Here are some quick creative ideas that take the cost out of costumes Ideas for both children and adults are included Dress up as Mom or Dad Search through your closet for some old clothing that you no longer use that your child can wear to dress up like you Let your child help in the selection Choices could range from shirts skirts pants evening wear business suit sports jacket whatever Don t forget to let them borrow some accessories such as jewelry ties belts and perhaps a hat Mom and Dad can likewise dress up as their kids Sports Uniforms Does your child or an older brother or sister have a sports uniform in their closet This would make it easy to go as a sports figure Farmer Get out some old overalls add a flannel shirt and straw hat stuff your pockets with straw and grab a rake or shovel Glamour Model Get out your most elegant outfit and fancy shoes such as the prom or bridesmaid dress that you would otherwise never wear to any other occasion For a silly look you can add funny looking glasses a boa around your neck or a bow tie Thrift Store Bargains Check thrift stores and yard sales for funky fun or weird clothing and accessories Sweat Suit Creations Hooded sweat shirts and pants are perfect for Halloween costumes They keep you warm on chilly autumn evenings and can be turned into any number of imaginative outfits Black is probably the most versatile color For example in a black sweat suit you can become a cat spider Spy Kid evil villain Zorro or skeleton simply by adding some accessories and doing a little sewing Even better you can still use the sweat suit later after dismantling the costume Sweat suit substitutes long sleeve Beefy T s and pants or colored tights Cat Get a brown gray or black sweat suit Rope or fake fur can be used for a tail Attach ears to a headband or create a face with whiskers and ears out of a paper plate You can also make a lion out of a yellow sweat suit or a tiger out of an orange sweat suit Attach strips of black tape for stripes Spider Get a black sweat suit black gloves and three old pairs of black socks Stuff the socks with newspaper polyester filler or plastic bags Sew three socks onto each side of the shirt these along with your arms will be the spider s legs Cut an hourglass shape out of red felt or paper and baste it to the center of the shirt Ladybug Get a black sweat suit and a red cape Sew or paste big black dots on the red

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  • Knowledge House - Learning Resources - Homeschool Information - Independence Day
    and exploding it However since there was only enough air for thirty minutes underwater the Turtle lost precious time when it got entangled with the Eagle s rudder and the mission had to be aborted 3 Benedict Arnold was one of the best generals in the Continental Army During the first three years of the war Arnold s fleet brought the British fleet to a standstill on Lake Champlain he forced the British army to surrender at Saratoga in 1777 and he came close to conquering Canada In spite of his success Arnold wasn t well respected and he was passed over for promotion by the Continental Congress while other officers took credit for his accomplishments Arnold switched sides in 1780 after having been involved in several bad business deals and facing financial ruin His wife liked to live lavishly and thought that he would be better off working for the British 4 George Washington ran a spy headquarters The man who supposedly would not tell a lie was a genius at misinformation He had dozens of espionage rings in British held New York and Philadelphia which constantly befuddled the British by leaking through double agents inflated reports on the strength of his army 5 There were more Americans fighting with the British than with Washington There were at least 21 regiments of Loyalists in the British army estimated to total 6 500 8 000 men General Washington had a field army of only 3 468 6 On July 9 1776 Patriots in New York City pulled down a lead statue of King George on his horse They carted most of it to the village of Litchfield Connecticut where it was melted down and molded into more than 40 000 bullets for American muskets 7 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made a hero of Paul Revere in his poem The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere yet Revere never got to finish his famous ride He was captured by British officers between Lexington and Concord A man named Doctor Prescott who had been riding with Revere was the one who warned the Concord minutemen to prepare for a British attack 8 Some Revolutionary War battles were fought overseas Instead of waiting in American waters for British warships to appear John Paul Jones of the Continental Navy sailed across the Atlantic to attack British ships in their own territory Jones captured the first British ship ever to be taken by an American man of war along with seventeen merchant ships and more than 500 prisoners In 1779 off the coast of England Jones fought his most famous battle While Jones ship was badly damaged and sinking Jones fought his way aboard the British ship and took it over 9 When the Declaration of Independence was distributed throughout the colonies it would be read aloud on village greens and on the steps of churches In a small town in South Carolina the only person who knew how to read was a nine year old boy

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  • Knowledge House - Learning Resources - Homeschool Information - Not Just For Kids
    listening to speeches and watching parades after a while it seems that people became tired of these mass celebrations Today s Americans simply want to enjoy a day off work to play and rest The meaning of Labor Day also appears to have changed to become a symbol of the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year Nowadays Labor Day is celebrated with picnics barbeques and department store sales Labor unions themselves have always been loved by some people and hated by others Since the labor movement s furtive beginnings in the 1800 s union organizing was not easy Employers sometimes used drastic means like keeping doors locked to keep union organizers out and employees under strict control and strikes were often met with violence Consequently the labor movement had difficulty taking hold in America and after it did it gained a bad reputation for being associated with organized crime Labor unions are still controversial in the U S today Nevertheless as the long holiday weekend rolls around it would be good to remember a few of the gains that might not have occurred without labor unions the 40 hour work week unemployment insurance and workman s compensation to name a few So fire up the grill shop for bargains and take a dip in the pool on Monday While doing so just remember that it was hard working Americans who made this end of summer holiday possible Fun Fact In Australia Labor Day is called Eight Hour Day to commemorate the successful struggle for a shorter working day In Europe and Brazil Labor Day is celebrated on May 1st I Hear America Singing by Walt Whitman I hear America singing the varied carols I hear Those of the mechanics each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam The mason singing his as he makes ready for work or leaves off work The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench the hatter singing as he stands The wood cutter s song the ploughboy s on his way in the morning or at noon intermission or at sundown The delicious singing of the mother or of the young wife at work or of the girl sewing or washing Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else The day what belongs to the day at night the party of young fellows robust friendly Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs Cesar Chavez Cesar Chavez was a labor leader who was born in Yuma Arizona in 1927 He was a migrant fieldworker in his youth and as an adult he began to organize agricultural laborers in the 1950s In 1962 he founded the National Farm Workers Association based in California and the Southwest In 1966 this union was chartered by the AFL

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  • Knowledge House - Learning Resources - Homeschool Information - Not Just For Kids
    a weekend of yard work or washing their car a humorous joke present a handmade gift make a donation in their name to a charity or organization you know they d like to support Sentimental Gifts For Loved Ones Handmade ornaments a favorite family recipe artwork made by children cuttings from your favorite greenhouse plants in a small vase wrapped in a holiday bow a personalized gift basket a framed photo or poem a special book a CD of classic tunes a homemade gift certificate or coupon book redeemable for a back rub breakfast in bed a hug etc a seasonal trip weekend getaway or afternoon outing anything that s original creative and from the heart Families Board game chess set ice cream maker popcorn popper bird feeder and seeds globe planning calendar tape recorder player gift certificates for video rentals picnic basket and bright plastic dishes song books tapes or sheet music for sing alongs set of musical instruments kazoo tambourine drum triangle harmonica recorder etc restaurant gift certificates movie tickets a year s membership in a local museum a mini library collect one book per person all on a similar topic such as a children s picture book of deserts a field guide to desert wildlife a science book about deserts and a southwestern travel guide or an assortment of cartoon books such as Calvin and Hobbes Baby Blues Family Circus and Peanuts or try combining a book of nursery rhymes with a book of humorous verses for children and an anthology of classic poems for all ages Dad Husband Shirt necktie belt handkerchiefs wristwatch leather wallet shaving kit barbeque utensils camping or sports equipment a new briefcase book video CD of his favorite music computer software framed photo of the kids to put in his office electric weed trimmer tool set tool box gas grill hammock electric putting cup his favorite cologne leather gloves an audiotape for the car hobby related item candlelit steak dinner for two book of coupons for a car wash mowing the lawn taking out trash etc gift certificate movie concert sport tickets Mom Wife Perfume bath oil powder set of fancy soaps small appliance quality cookware or serving utensils dinner for two at a nice restaurant trip to a mountainside bed and breakfast gift certificate for maid service book of coupons for housework dinner out babysitting etc an additional piece for a set of china or silverware jewelry herbal tea gourmet food basket aromatherapy stationery scrapbook photo album framed family photo music box collectible figurine inspirational book CD of her favorite music gift certificate from her favorite store movie play concert tickets Teens Movie concert tickets gift certificate for CD s videos DVD s gift certificate for clothes at his her favorite store cordless phone phone card bike camera radio portable CD player computer game hobby related item gift pack of snacks jewelry backpack gym bag money Grandparents Children s handprints pressed in plaster framed children s artwork framed family photograph large

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  • Knowledge House - Learning Resources - Homeschool Information - Lewis & Clark
    Girl Scouts place a candle at each of the approximately 15 300 gravesites of soldiers buried at Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park Unfortunately over the years the original significance of Memorial Day faded from the public s consciousness What began as a solemn day of mourning remembering and honoring departed loved ones gradually evolved into a day when only a token nod if any is given toward our honored dead Changing the date to create a three day weekend probably contributed greatly to the modern nonchalant observance of Memorial Day Many Americans fail to observe the day because they are busy enjoying their long weekend They have forgotten the real Memorial Day traditions and some may not even know what the day stands for To help Americans remember the meaning of memorial on Memorial Day the National Moment of Remembrance resolution was passed in December 2000 On Memorial Day at 3 00 p m local time all Americans are asked to voluntarily and informally observe in their own way a moment of remembrance and respect pausing from whatever they are doing for a moment of silence or listening to Taps Memorial Day should be even more relevant in current times as we would do well to remember the fallen heroes and innocent victims of the September 11th terrorist attacks and all of the soldiers who have died in Afghanistan and Iraq since then It is ultimately up to parents to teach the true meaning of Memorial Day to our children and make the observance of Memorial Day a family tradition to pass down to future generations F L Lloyd of West Chester Pennsylvania appropriately described Memorial Day when he said If it is considered a holiday why is it so I consider it to be a national day of mourning This is how we observe this day in our home Because of what that day represents the rest of the days of the year are our holidays Did You Know In 1915 inspired by the poem In Flanders Fields Moina Michael conceived of an idea to wear red poppies on Memorial Day in honor of those who died serving the nation in wartime She sold poppies to her friends and co workers with the money going to benefit servicemen in need and founded the National Poppy movement This tradition also spread to other countries In Flanders Fields By John McCrae 1872 1918 In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses row on row That mark our place and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below We are the Dead Short days ago We lived felt dawn saw sunset glow Loved and were loved and now we lie In Flanders fields Take up our quarrel with the foe To you from failing hands we throw The torch be yours to hold it high If ye break faith with us who die We shall not sleep though poppies grow In Flanders fields

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  • Knowledge House: Not Just For Kids
    Bellamy s novel Looking Backward 2000 1887 was a best selling book when it was published in 1888 The narrator of Looking Backward awakens in Boston in the year 2000 after having fallen asleep in 1887 He finds that the civilization of 2000 has radio electric lights clean air full employment retirement at age 45 on a good income and community centers with enclosed sidewalks for protection against the weather Bellamy s utopian vision of the year 2000 saw in America a society of extreme interdependence and organization in which all needs were met and where selfless love unity and happiness were omnipresent Metropolis Fritz Lang s 1926 German silent film painted a dark portrait of society in the futuristic year 2000 In the film the privileged class hires a scientist to design a robot to spy on the underground working class to prevent a rebellion The robot which looks and acts just like a real human being incites a riot and disaster ensues Thanks to the boss son who happens to be in love with one of the workers coincidentally the same woman who the robot is modeled after peace is achieved as he becomes a mediator between the ruling and working classes George Orwell s novel masterpiece written in 1949 and entitled 1984 has endured in popularity long after that year has come and gone In his prophetic vision of the year 1984 the world has split into three separate super countries and the economy of each is based on war with another The figurehead leader of The Party is a person known only as Big Brother The Thought Police monitor everyone everywhere through the use of videocameras Telescreens are used to broadcast party propaganda as well as to control reality itself They do this by altering the past and confusing people s thoughts through the use of doublethink Examples of this can be found in The Party s slogans War is Peace Slavery is Freedom and Ignorance is Strength The science fiction movie classic 2001 A Space Odyssey was scripted by Stanley Kubrick in collaboration with Arthur C Clarke between 1964 1967 The main plot begins in the year 2000 and fast forwards to a year and a half later in 2001 The movie shows satellites orbiting the earth a space shuttle that transports passengers a wheel shaped space station that serves as a way station for travelers commuting to the moon and a manned spaceship on a journey to Jupiter The spaceship is run with the help of HAL 9000 the most sophisticated computer ever devised Move each letter forward one letter in the alphabet and you will recognize the initials HAL can talk and seems to have a mind of his own which as it turns out is not a good thing In 1967 Herman Kahn most well known for his ominous treatise On Thermonuclear War co authored a book with Anthony J Wiener entitled The Year 2000 A Framework for Speculation This 431 page

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  • Knowledge House - Learning Resources - Homeschool Information - Not Just For Kids
    and citizens For love of country they accepted death and thus resolved all doubts and made immortal their patriotism and virtue General James A Garfield Memorial Day Traditions Originally called Decoration Day after the Civil War this holiday was actually a national day of mourning set aside to pay tribute to those who died in our nation s service and to decorate the graves of the war dead with flags and flowers American flags are placed on each grave at national memorial cemeteries across the country Memorial Day serves to remind us that the preservation of our way of life is a serious responsibility that requires eternal vigilance and should not be taken lightly Memorial Day should be a day when we actively remember our ancestors family members neighbors and countrymen who have made the ultimate sacrifice Take some time over the long weekend to teach children the true meaning of Memorial Day Make the observance of Memorial Day a family tradition to pass down to future generations Display some old fashioned patriotism and fly the American flag with gratitude and pride The American flag is traditionally placed at half staff until noon on Memorial Day Attend a Memorial Day parade or speech Wear red white and blue Sing patriotic songs Visit a veterans memorial Put flags or flowers on the graves of veterans and loved ones Observe a moment of silence in honor of those who gave their lives for their country perhaps followed by a rendition of Taps Donate to veterans groups such as the American Legion Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans Since World War I red paper poppies have been sold to raise money for disabled veterans Take part in the annual national moment of remembrance a minute of prayer or silence at 3 00 pm on Memorial Day Offer a prayer to those who are currently serving our country as well as thanking those who proudly served before Pledge to aid the widows widowers and orphans of deceased veterans Soldier Rest from The Lady of the Lake Written in 1810 by Sir Walter Scott Soldier rest thy warfare o er Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking Dream of battled fields no more Days of danger nights of waking In our isle s enchanted hall Hands unseen thy couch are strewing Fairy strains of music fall Every sense in slumber dewing Soldier rest Thy warfare o er Dream of fighting fields no more Sleep the sleep that knows not breaking Morn of toil nor night of waking No rude sound shall reach thine ear Armor s clang or war steed champing Trump nor pibroch summon here Mustering clan or squadron tramping Yet the lark s shrill fife may come At the daybreak from the fallow And the bittern sound his drum Booming from the sedgy shallow Ruder sounds shall none be near Guards nor warders challenge here Here s no war steed s neigh and champing Shouting clans or squadron s stamping Huntsman

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  • Knowledge House - Learning Resources - Homeschool Information - Mother's Day
    on the second Sunday in May Ironically after all her efforts Anna Jarvis ended up growing bitter over what she perceived as the corruption of the holiday she had created She wanted it to be a day of sentiment not profit She was so enraged by the commercialization of the holiday that she filed a lawsuit to stop a 1923 Mother s Day festival and was even arrested for disturbing the peace at a mothers convention By the time she died in 1948 at age 84 Jarvis had spent her entire fortune on her effort to stop the commercialization of the holiday she had founded Shortly before her death Jarvis told a reporter that she was sorry she had ever started Mother s Day She spoke these words in a nursing home where every Mother s Day her room had been filled with cards from all over the world Approximately fifty countries around the world honor mothers with a special day Not all nations celebrate it on the same day but some such as Denmark Finland Italy Turkey Australia Belgium and the United States celebrate Mother s Day on the second Sunday of May Proverbs 31 God s Instructions For Mothers This Biblical Proverb describes an ideal wife and mother It shows that women are intelligent creative and capable of anything while it emphasizes that motherhood is a special calling A wife should love honor and respect her husband A mother should nurture her children with the responsibility of shaping and molding those children who will one day lead the community and the nation She should be a disciplined and industrious keeper of the home creating a warm and loving environment for family and friends She should contribute to the financial well being of her household use her time wisely and be willing to help others The Proverb reads as follows Who can find a virtuous woman For her worth is far above rubies The heart of her husband safely trusts in her She does him good and not evil all the days of her life She seeks wool and flax and willingly works with her hands She is like the merchant ships she brings her food from afar She also rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household She considers a field and buys it from her profits she plants a vineyard She girds herself with strength and strengthens her arms She extends her hand to the poor yes she reaches out her hand to the needy She makes linen garments and sells them and supplies sashes for the merchants Strength and honor are her clothing She opens her mouth with wisdom and on her tongue is the law of kindness She watches over the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness Her children rise up and call her blessed her husband also and he praises her Many daughters have done well but you excel them all Charm is deceitful

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