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Friday, March 21, 2008

Donkeys and Jam Sessions

Had alot going on this week, so I didn't get to do the Easter Unit I had hoped to. Here it is Good Friday, and I only got as far as the Last Supper. There is no catching up unless I do it Saturday. I'll be reading The Tale of The Three Trees to the kids. It's a story about 3 trees and their hopes of greatness. The first tree gets cut down to make the manger Jesus is born into, the 2nd is made into the boat that carried Jesus and his disciples during the storm, and the 3rd was made into the cross Jesus died on. Very moving story. There are several different versions of the story, all good. I love Easter, as far as the biblical significance of it. In alot of ways, Easter seems more special to me than Christmas. It was important that Jesus was born into the world, but the fact that he rose again from death means a bit more as it has secured my place in heaven some day and given me victory over death as well. When we talked about the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem, I had the kids make a cute donkey craft. It was very messy, which was fine by me. It would have been alot prettier if the kids were older, but they had fun. I printed out a donkey coloring page and the kids glued a swatch of decorative paper on the back to mimic a rug thrown over the donkey's back. Then, we painted the picture with watered down Elmers glue. Next, we busted open some tea bags and scattered them over the paper. Then shook off the excess. The idea was that the donkey would look like it had fur. However, because the kids painted outside the lines and missed big spots inside, the donkey looked more like somebody, well, dumped tea all over a picture of a donkey. So, maybe not a complete loss...

Jody snapped a pic of our family jam session the other night. I belive we were all trying to play Near the least that was what I was trying to play. Lillie is on guitar, Jack is on the mandolin, and Chloe was singing.

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