JUL
17
2013

Free Niger Unit Study

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Hello fellow homeschoolers! Today I am honored to be joining up with other bloggers and with Samaritan’s Purse in the “Raise a Village” campaign dedicated to raising awareness to the needs of Niger.   This week Samaritan’s Purse is introducing readers to the people of Guidan Gado village to help raise awareness. Their campaign is dedicated to helping  families in this community by improving livestock and food production, providing opportunities for household income generation, and increasing access to clean water. Forty Three percent of Niger’s population lives on less than $1.25 per day and forty-two percent of children suffer from chronic malnutrition. The population is 98% Muslim and only 0.5% Christian; however, there is freedom and opportunity to share the Gospel.     --> Download the Niger Unit Study here! <-- In participation with this campaign, I’ve created a mini-unit focusing on Niger to help students learn more about this country and … [Read more...]

MAY
31
2011

Expedition Earth: Egypt

Sabahou el kheir! Welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Egypt! Everyone’s been looking forward to this week because we were planning to do a mummy experiment. And I’m not sure about your kids, but when the word “mummy” comes up, everyone gets excited! But first…we had to stamp our passports so we could continue on our journey! Here are some of the things we covered this week: Where Egypt is on the world map and located Cairo and the Nile River How to say “Hello” in Arabic Learned about the Egyptian flag and its meaning How to pray for the Egyptian people Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography About children in Egypt Read: Living World Encyclopedia Geography from A-Z vocabulary Completed a Egypt lapbook activity Completed and classified animals of Egypt Learned about Mummies and King Tut Performed a Mummification Experiment on an apple Learned about the Great Pyramid of Giza, and made our own model of the pyramids Learned about the Suez Canal … [Read more...]

MAY
27
2011

Nigerian Banana Fritters Recipe

Hi, and welcome to the fried foods portion of this weeks Nigeria activities! Today we’ll be making Nigerian Banana Fritters. They’re fairly easy to make and went over fairly well with the folks here at Confessions of a Homeschooler. So first off we’ll gather our ingredients, you probably have most of this at home already. Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas 2 tablespoons milk 2 eggs 1 tablespoon margarine, melted 1 cup all-purpose flour 3 tablespoons white sugar 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 pinch ground nutmeg 1 quart oil for frying 1 cup confectioners' sugar for dusting Directions: Step 1: In a large bowl, mash the bananas. Step 2: Mix in milk, eggs and margarine until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir dry ingredients into banana mixture. Step 3: Heat oil in a deep fryer or heavy bottomed pan to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Drop batter by spoonfuls into hot oil, … [Read more...]

MAY
26
2011

West African Benne Cakes

If you missed the Nigerian quicksand experiment, go back and read it first, then come back here for a yummy West African Benne Cake recipe! These cookies are really easy to make and surprisingly tasty! I even had everything on hand which makes it much easier. The only odd-ball ingredients are the sesame seeds and if you’ve done any kind of Asian cooking you probably have some in your cupboard. If you don’t, go get some, they’re sort of an integral part of this recipe. Ingredients: 1 cup brown sugar 1/4 cup softened butter 1 egg 1/2 tsp vanilla 1 tsp lemon juice 1/2 cup flour 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt 3/4 cup toasted sesame seeds Step 1: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Mix together the sugar and butter until creamy then stir in other wet ingredients. Step 2: Add flour, baking powder, salt, and sesame seeds. I know, I know, it seems like A LOT of sesame seeds…just do it. Don’t be afraid. Step 3: Drop teaspoonful 2 inches apart onto a greased cookie sheet. Bake … [Read more...]

MAY
25
2011

Nigeria Quicksand Experiment

Nde-ewo! Welcome to our Expedition Earth Nigeria quicksand experiment. Quicksand is a soupy mixture of sand and water where sand is floating in and on the water. It is both a solid and a liquid at the same time, making it a trap to moving animals and people. Quicksand occurs when water has flooded an area of sand and then is trapped in that area. Floods, underground springs, or an earthquake can create ideal environments for quicksand which usually occurs around river beds. In this activity, we will make our own quicksand to get a feel of how it can be fluid and solid at the same time. I mentioned it in the full Nigeria activity post, but I have this super cool friend who does a “Boys Science” day each month for a group of little guys. And since my poor son is the only boy surrounded by girls all day, he loves to get out and do “man stuff”. My friend is a brave lady who always comes up with super fun stuff for them to do. Little did I know she had a whole Nigeria … [Read more...]

MAY
23
2011

Expedition Earth: Nigeria

Nde-ewo! Welcome to our Expedition Earth Nigeria Lessons! This week was more fun than I’d originally anticipated all thanks to one of my dear friends who has great ideas and isn’t afraid to sacrifice her home in the name of science! So we started our week as we typically do finding Nigeria on the map, and reviewing all of the other countries we’ve learned so far. We’ve got 26 countries under our belts thus far, and I’m pleased to say that everyone, including my preschooler knows where they all are on the map, the capitals, and how to say “hello” in the native language! Here are Some Things we Studied: Where Nigeria is on the world map & located Abuja and the Gulf of Guinea Learned about the Nigerian flag and completed our coloring page How to say “Hello” in Igbo (they also speak English) Prayed for the people of Nigeria and the Riffi Berbers Learned about children of Nigeria Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Completed a Nigeria lap book … [Read more...]

MAY
18
2011

Expedition Earth: Morocco

Marhaban and welcome to our Expedition Earth week on Morocco! Did you know that it snows in Morocco? Contrary to popular believe, Morocco receives quite a high annual snowfall and snow skiing is becoming a popular holiday activity! There are several snow skiing resorts in Morocco found in the High Atlas Mountains where temperatures plumet!  And that’s just one of the cool things we learned about this week! So of course we started by going over all the countries we’ve learned so far, then found Morocco on the map. Next we stamped our passports and took off on our journey!   Here are some of the things we learned on our voyage: Located Morocco and The Straight of Gibraltar on the map, and completed our worksheet Learned about the Moroccan Flag and colored in our worksheet Learned how to say “Hello” in Arabic – مرحبا pronounced Mar-ha-ban Prayed for the people of Morocco and Riffi Berbers Read: Children Just Like Me Book Completed our mini lap book activity  … [Read more...]

MAY
10
2011

Expedition Earth: Kenya

Jambo! And welcome to our Expedition Earth week in Kenya! Of course we started off by stamping our passports! Here are Some Things We Learned: Where Kenya is on the world map & located Nairobi Learned a song in Swahili How to say “Hello” in Swahili Prayed for the people of Kenya, and Ethiopia Learned about children in of Ethiopia Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Completed a Kenya lapbook activity Read: Living World Encyclopedia about Grasslands Completed and classified animals of Kenya Learned new Geography Vocabulary Made Decorative Necklaces Learned more about Kenya from National Geographic Kids Learned major landmarks and other fun facts about Kenya Learned about Mount Kilimanjaro (Tanzania) And here are what I managed to take pictures of ;o) Here was my white board for the week: We made some decorative necklaces using paper plates. I think a beaded activity might be more fun here though, these were a little too easy! We learned about … [Read more...]

MAY
05
2011

South African Apple Crumble

Ingredients: 1/4 Cup Lemon Juice 1 Cup Sugar 3/4 Cup Flour 4 Cups Apples, peeled, cored, and sliced 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg dash salt 1/2 Cup Butter, softened 1 1/2 Cups grated cheddar cheese (I would skip this part if I make it again!) Directions: 1. Pre-heat oven to 350 Degrees. 2. Mound apples in a 9” buttered pie plate. 3. Sprinkle with lemon juice. 4. Combine dry ingredients and cut in butter. 5. Spread the mixture over the apples. 6. Top with cheese. (Quite frankly, I didn't like this part, so I'd skip it and just have the crumble!) 7. Bake at 375 Degrees for 45 minutes or until top crust is golden. 8. Serve warm, I think vanilla ice cream is a nice addition to this ;o) --> Click here to see the rest of our South Africa Activities <-- Click here to learn more about my Expedition Earth World Geography curriculum! … [Read more...]

MAY
04
2011

Expedition Earth: South Africa

Haai! And welcome to South Africa! We’re having so much fun with our Geography Curriculum this year. I’ve been excited about Africa and it’s finally here! Here are some of the fun activities we did for the week: We started off filling in our passport and putting on our flag sticker for South Africa: Some Things We Learned: Where S. Africa is on the world map & located Cape Town Learned a song in Afrikaans How to say “Hello” in Afrikaans Prayed for the people of South Africa, and Xhosa Learned about children in Botswana (I know, not part of S. Africa, but its close by and it was in our book) Read Usborne Encyclopedia of World Geography Completed a South Africa lapbook activity Learned about the Baobab Tree (a.k.a. The Upside Down Tree) Completed and classified animals of South Africa Learned new Geography Vocabulary Made an Apple and Cheese Crumble dessert Learned more about South Africa from National Geographic Kids Learned major landmarks and other fun … [Read more...]