Archive for November, 2014

Welcome to our first Christmas 2014 post. This year I wanted to begin the Holiday Season posting a few of the different advent calendars we have done throughout the years.

Some of you may also have carried this advent calendar fun tradition  through the years and I would really DIG checkin’ them out! If you’ve – a – mind, lay a “linky” on me in the comment section & I will be sure to trip on over for a visit. If enough of you are hep to this action, I will do an Advent Calendar “linky” post.

Our first Advent activity is an oldie but a goodie. Quite basic & quick, this timeless advent calendar was done in just about every classroom across the nation when I was in Elementary school. I continued this type of advent calendar with my A Kinders Garten Pre-K program during the ’80’s & in my homeschool. Always a fun family and classroom “together” project during both the creating and the counting down process. 

I do not have actual fotos of this project as in those days, we did not take pictures for the web. What I do have is a photo of the bell in which a paper chain was added, one link for each day. I do not think I have to spell it out in this here post as most of you have made a paper chain at sometime in their life. But this particular time, I used my large bell pattern  tracing & cutting out a bell  for each child.

As anyone who has done the same job, hobby or craft throughout the years, I have figured out ways to make processes easier & quicker.
Did you know with a good pair of paper scissors, you can cut up to 3 pieces of heavyweight tagboard without tearing it? This is a sweet time & hand saver for sure. Just line the edges up even with each other & either staple or paper clip them to hold them in place. Trace the pattern(s), then cut out. You can also do this with construction paper (up to 6 sheets) or tissue paper (up to 10 sheets):

 Check out the smooth edges after cutting in bulk:
That accomplished, I did the same with the tissue paper using my handy paper cutter, cutting it in @ 2″ – 3″ squares and placing them in a bowl for quick retrieval. Using liquid starch and a paint brush, the children placed a tissue piece on their bells & then brushed it down with the starch.  

Liquid starch is another staple in our homeschool. I use it for paper mache, tissue paper crafting and I mix it with tempera paint to make homemade fingerpaints. You should have some on hand in your classroom as well and while it is somewhat illusive in the stores now-a-days, I am STOKED I found several on Amazon:

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and Sta-flo on ebay: 

Sta-flo Liquid Laundry Starch

We let the starch dry, then glued on the following poem I revised:

December first to Christmas is the longest time of year,
It seem as though old Santa never will appear! 
How many days until Christmas? 
It is mighty hard to count,
So this paper chain will tell you the exact amount. 
Undo a link each evening as the sandman casts his spell,
Christmas will be here by the time you reach the bell!

I Punched a hole at the top of the bell and each child chose a pipe cleaner to put through the hole, twisting it into a circle for a holder. I had some Santa stickers laying around so we added one to the clapper. Here is our finished Bell for our Advent chain: 

Next we attached our paper chain to the back of the bell clapper & tore off each link until Christmas. 

You can make this exact same Christmas Bell Advent Calendar Chain with your babes using our FREE bell pattern from our Teacher’s Notebook Store:

Christmas Bell Advent Countdown Pattern  

If you are wantin’ to trip on MORE Christmas Bell activities, visit our Christmas Bell post. Packed FULL of Christmas Bell movies, songs & crafts from the days of yesteryear:

AKGVH Vintage Christmas Bell Activities

When Julian was younger, we did a Nativity Advent paper chain calendar. I found some old Christmas cards with Nativity scenes on them and had the children choose their fav.I drew a quick stable pattern for each one on a piece of scrap cardboard, then on yellow construction paper. We glued the yellow stable on top of the cardboard stable, then glued on the cut out Nativities on the yellow paper. 

After drying, we glued some straw hay here & there, threw on some glitter & added popsicle sticks to the top with a Star in the middle. I typed a doc of certain Christmas Story Bible sentences I paraphrased, cut them out using my good ‘ol paper cutter, and each child glued one onto pre-cut Christmas colored construction paper strip. We let the strips dry, then made them into a chain and attached the to our Nativities with a strip of paper glued to the back. Check them out:

Here is Sierra’s Nativity Advent Calendar:

I hung Julian’s from an antler deco I have in my kitchen and every night before bedtime, we reviewed the Nativity Story, then read the link to be torn off that night. As the chain got smaller, I took the calendar down so he could tear off the next link, then hung it back up:

I kept the torn links and after Christmas I had each child glue the links in story order on a piece of tagboard. I paraphrased the actual scriptures for smaller children to tell it as a story:

Tell the Christmas story as each link is torn & soon you will be at the manger where the Christ Child was born.

Gabriel the angel was sent from God to Galilee.

Gabriel came to Mary & said “Fear not for the Lord is with thee.”

Gabriel told Mary she would have a Son.

God told Joseph to name the child Jesus.

Jesus is the only begotten Son of God.

God will give Jesus the throne of David.

Mary asked Gabriel “How can this be?”

Gabriel told Mary “With God all things are possible.”

Mary said “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

Mary knew God is mighty & His name is Holy.

God would fulfill the promise He told Adam & Eve.

A savior will be born who will redeem us & guide us.

And His name shall be called Mighty God, the Prince of Peace & King of Kings.

Joseph took Mary to Bethlehem the city of David.

The shepherds were in the field watching their sheep.

An angel came & said  ”I bring you tidings of great joy.”

“Unto you is born this day a Savior which is Christ the Lord.”

“You will find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes.”

“He will be lying in a manger.”

With the angel was a multitude of heavenly hosts praising God.

The angels said” Glory to God in the highest & on earth goodwill to men.”

The shepherds said “Let us go to Bethlehem.”

“Let us see that which the Lord has made known to us.”

They came fast & found Mary, Joseph & the Babe lying in a manger.  

For older children, have them look up and copy the actual verses referenced. Or you can use these for older children:

Happy Home Fairy Bible Advent Verse Cards

And now for another FREEBIE! You can do this with your babes this year with my Nativity pattern and poem sentences from our Teacher’s Notebook Store:

Vintage Nativity Interactive Advent Calendar Pattern FREEBIE!

Another advent calendar we did was a Christmas Tree Goodie Calendar. I drew a tree on a large cardboard & cut it out, one for each child. Next they painted their tree. Using peanut party cups, we counted out 48 cups for each child & painted them on the outside. Then we glittered them heavily so they were really sparkly like lights. I had the children glue 24 cups bottom side down onto their painted trees, and let them dry.

Inside each cup I placed a hard candy but you could also place a Hershey’s kiss or a mini Reeces Peanut Butter Cup:

Next, we glued the remaining cups on top of the 24 cups on the tree & The cups represent Christmas Tree lights…L@@K how pretty they came out:


After dinner, if Julian ate ALL his food, I let him choose a cup to open so he could eat his candy treat. If you want to make this Advent Calendar with your babes, here is a FREEBIE tree pattern from our Teacher’s Notebook store:

Christmas Tree Advent Calendar Tree Pattern

We also did this the next year using Santa’s head, kept the cups white for the hat trim, ball & Santa’s beard. This Advent Calendar had Hershey’s kisses inside :


Need a Santa head? Here you go, another FREEBIE!! This is the 4th FREEBIE thus far on this here Christmas Advent Calendars post….SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!

Vintage Santa Interactive Advent Calendar Pattern

Nut cups are more oft than not sold at party stores of possibly in the party section of your local store, but you can shop for them at home with these QUICK & EASY links:

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 eBay also has these cups in Christmas colors: 

Paper Nut Cups

Here is another Advent Countdown Calendar we made. My babes glued  their handprints on a cut out doughnut shaped cardboard. Then I gave them some red tissue squares which they crumpled up and glued on the handprints for berries:

Next we glued two strips at the bottom and hung it on a door. PTL we have LOTS of doors in our 5 bedroom home, altho’ cleaning all those rooms is NOT top on my list for pleasure 🙂  I printed out some numbered ornaments I found on line several years ago. I have tried to find the link for the ornaments, but for the life of me I cannot. If any of you recognize these ornaments & know where I got them, let me know & I will add the link to this post. I put the ornaments inside an envelope & secured it near the wreath. Before bed, each child took the correct number of the calendar date from the envelope & glued it onto one of the strips. By the evening of the 24th, all the ornaments were hanging on the strips:

Our next Christmas Advent Calendar was HUGE! I made a GIANT Christmas tree from green felt and stapled at the bottom of my stairway wall. I placed the same ornaments I used for our Handprint Wreath Advent Calendar above^ in an envelope stapled near the tree. Only this time, I printed them on milk filters which by the by are the BOMB for using as felt board printing. You may get these most DYNO milk filters to use to make your classroom resources, crafts, games and the like from this quick link here…can you DIG it?!

Hamby Dairy Supply Milk Filters

While I had to cut them down to printer size, my handy dandy paper cutter SAVED the DAY once again!!!

And like I said on my Vintage American Indian Communications & FREEBIES post, if you do NOT have one, TRIP on this one from Amazon cuz a paper cutter for classroom use is whats happenin’:


or choose one that meets your needs on eBay:

Guillotine Paper Cutter

Our Christmas Advent Calendar Dr. Suess design type Tree is interactive and my babes had so much fun re-arranging, counting & sequencing the these ornaments on their GIANT tree day after day:



And guess what?! Here is that Christmas Tree Pattern FREEBIE again!! Yup, just click on the link below and it will take you directly to our Teacher’s Notebook Store where you can print this out and use as a pattern to make an Interactive Christmas Advent Calendar Tree for your babes:

Christmas Advent Calendar Tree Pattern FREEBIE!

I also printed out the following Names of Jesus ornaments for their interactive enjoyment found here:

Names of Jesus Ornaments

Our last Christmas Advent Calendar activity is one you have probably seen on Pintrest. I went to the $$$ Store and picked up enough pairs of Christmas themed stockings to represent 24 days. I wrote the numbers on them with puff paints and let them dry. Then I hung them up across our ceiling beams and stuffed them with candy and mini toys . Every evening after dinner, they got to reach into the days stocking and get their goodie or gift. DIG all the different Christmas designs I was able to get…SWEEEEEEEEET!!


If you would like to do this craft yet unable to find stockings, these mini stockings from Amazon are bodaciously BOSS! So let’s go shopping!!

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or select from this nice array on eBay: 

Mini Christmas Stockings

Need some puff paints:

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or choose from a bigger selection on eBay: 

Puff Paints 

Or you can make your own stockings with yet another FREEBIE! You can print out my stocking pattern from our Teacher’s Notebook store & shrink it down to any size you like:

Interactive Christmas Stocking Advent Calendar Pattern

Well, that is it for our Interactive Christmas Advent Calendar activities for this year. I sure did lay a lot of FREEBIES on ya in this here post! 

 If you are l@@king for MORE Advent ideas & activities, DIG these links:

Joyfully Weary Advent Ideas

Beauty & Bedlam Jessee Tree Advent

Teach With Me is one of my FAV sites! She has a whole slew of Christmas Countdown Activities:

This Reading Mama is another of my FAV bloggers & she has posted  FREEBIE Jesse Tree Advent Cards in both print & script font…dash on over and download them today!

Jesse Tree Advent Cards from This Reading Mama

Leave us NOT forget Confessions of a Homeschooler…she has a whole Jesse Tree unit study FREEBIE you can download…SWEEEEEEEEEEET!!

Jesse Tree Unit Study

Carisa at 1+1+1=1 has a few Jesse Tree Printables from lovely ornaments to calendar printables and even an ebook!

1+1+1=1 Jesse Tree FREEBIE Collection

Meet Penny is a DEF hook up & you will want to get on her email newsletter list if you have not as of yet. She has a whole SLEW of Jesse Tree links to choose from:

Meet Penny’s Jesse Tree Link Hook-Ups

I hope you were diggin’ our happening & ALL my FREEBIES! Remember if you family enjoys this activity from year to year, shoot us a link in the comments section & I will be sure to trip on by:)!

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The Deliberate Mom



Welcome to our American Indian Unit Part 4 – Communication with FREEBIES! 

 If you missed Parts 1, 2 & 3 of our American Indian Unit check them out. You can tip-toe on through our American Indian Garden of Learning BLAST to the PAST via these QUICK links:

Since our American Indian Hunting & Gathering Food section is so extensive, I will have to continue it next year as we also covered the 3 Sisters with emphasis on corn. There are so many more goodies for that part of our unit I just cannot possibly compile it all as “MOTHER”,  I must begin to prepare our Thanksgiving meal today.

Therefore, I decided to post about American Indian Communications as I will be able to condense it into a quick post. After this post,  we must move on to our Christmas Unit and will have to say goodbye to our American Indian Unit until next year. It looks like our  blog will run the same as our homeschool in that what we do not finish, we carry over to the next year which, happens more oft than not. Not to sweat tho’ as thematic units are built upon year by year as the children grow and their skill levels increase.

That said, on to our American Indian Communications studies. I began this part of our unit with how they communicated with other clans and tribes. Verbal language amongst families and fellow villagers (the familial clan) is more detailed for the age and learning levels of my babes. So, I began with smoke signals. I blew up & colored the following sheet to use as a visual chart:

You can do the same with our first FREEBIE from our AKGVH Teacher’s Notebook Store:

I showed my babes how smoke signals work with a quick & easy science experiment using a tea kettle and washcloth. As the steam came out of the spout, I covered it with the wash cloth, then released it variably throughout out my demo. Due to its hazardous nature, I did this experiment myself so I was unable to take any flicks but you get the point.

Next moving to our oh – so handy pocket chart, I introduced an American Indian hand sign prayer for giving thanks unto the Lord:

I taught them this prayer to say at our Thanksgiving table! You can teach this prayer to your babes and have them perform it before your Thanksgiving dinner with the following video:

After that, we played a pocket chart matching game. First each child chose a hand sign to match:

They took their chosen cards to the pocket chart to match them up:

Next we learned more hand signs by playing another matching game. This game was a bit of a challenge as each hand sign chosen must be performed by the child. Then, if they got a match, they kept the matching cards. Whoever got the most matching cards, won the game. I layed out all the cards & Levi went first, but no matches on this round:

All are intrigued…did Thomas get a match?

Well, he may not have but Levi did:

Next Zander tries to make a match:

He made a match!

Come on, Thomas…make a match!

 He did it!

 After that, matches galore:


All that fun and learned some American Indian hand signs as well. It just cannot get any better than that!

Then we talked about pictographs. I showed them some pictograph sheets:

We talked about the pictures, their meanings and how to read them like a story.

We did the following pictograph PDF worksheets from Lakeshore:

Pictograph Worksheets PDF from Lakeshore 

We have a Vintage American Indian Communication Pack packed full of   the various types of their communication. There are worksheets, coloring pages, & crafts. You can check it out for purchase here:

Vintage American Indian Communication Combo Pack 

We made our own pictograph hides from paper bags. First I had them tear their bags into the shape of a hide. 

then crumple their bags over & over to give them a soft texture like a skin:  

 Next they spread them out:

and using our vintage black Art Chalk from Prang*:

If you would like some of this art chalk for your babes, I found some on Amazon & eBay. While you may not be able to get vintage chalk like ours, Amazon has a new pack:


eBay has a larger selection to choose from, even vintage:

Prang Freart Large Colored Chalk

*they drew their pictographs:

and L@@K, their pictographs are the BOMB!!

Of course not only did they get chalk on their hands and faces, l@@k at my floor:

Stoked I had them do this on the wood floor as a few squirts of vinegar & water along with a mop…QUICK clean up:

Now, that was SWEEEEEEEET!!!

Next we made my vintage American Indian sliders. On strips of tagboard measured to fit in the Indian’s mouth, I wrote sight words, color words, spelling words and the like. If you need some tagboard, here are quick links:

   Heavy                              Medium                            Light 

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On eBay, you can select the sizes and weights all on one page: 

Manilla Tagboard

Personally I go for medium or heavy weights altho’ I do use the lightweights for individual chart projects such as these:

But for these sliders, I use either medium or heavy weights for their sturdiness which allows for smoother sliding. Also, buying the larger sizes is more economically sound for me as being homeschoolers, we do NOT receive an annual stipend. ALL materials & supplies are purchased by me with NO tax write off so I buy in bulk sizes more oft than not. I keep my scraps in sizes and clip them together with large paper clips:

I have a large amount of these clips on hand and you will want to get these clips for your classroom use as they can also be used to temporarily secure various crafts together until dry among other varied uses as well:


Select for your needs from eBay. Target has a few listings on this link as well: 

Jumbo Paper Clips

Then I store my scraps in this old box our Thunderbirds Are Go Toybox box. I wrap it with bungee cords for storage. As you can see from all the duck tape, it has been around for many a year:

It is wide and long enough to hold all my large scraps:

It stores quickly between my desk and my grandmother’s antique trunk that I keep our Pirate playsets in:

And I cannot cut that tagboard into strips without my trusty paper cutter! Why, I just could NOT homeschool without it! Mine is a large one to accommodate accurate cutting larger sheets of paper:

You should get one too as you will find what a time saver it is & wonder what you ever did without one! You can get one just like mine from Amazon:


or select one of your choice from eBay:

Paper Cutter

With that info under our belt, let us move back to our American Indian Sliders. Ours turned out BEEEE-UUUUU-TI-FUL and my babes had a BLAST while learning their various lessons:

These sliders can be used for spelling words, sight words, word families, vocab building and MORE! You can get these sliders for your class with our last FREEBIE for the year from our vintage American Indian Unit at our AKGVH Teacher’s Notebook store:

Vintage American Indian Vocabulary Slider FREEBIE!

Well folks, that wraps up our Vintage American Indian fun for the year. Be sure to come back next November for MORE of our vintage American Indian Unit activities!

Also come back very soon as this weekend, I will be posting our various Christmas Advent Calendar fun that we have done throughout the years with lots more FREEBIES! YEA!!!

Hearts for Home Blog Hop

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American Indian Unit Part 3b – American Indian Family & Village Life – Hunting and Gathering Food

Welcome to our American Indian Unit Part 3b!  We hope you enjoyed our  American Indian Unit thus far as, WHEW!!! Posting on this here blog along with compiling the accompanying packets has PROVEN itself to be a HUGE endeavor! And that is not even counting all the classroom work we did and flicks we took to bring you a glimpse into our homeschool world. A STAND UP TALL SALUTE to ALL you ed bloggers for all the hard work you do in both your classrooms & on the web!!

And while I am blogging away, I am entertaining myself with my FAV vintage Thanksgiving TV Shows Mix from CC Cartoons…can you DIG IT???!!!

If you missed Parts 1, 2 & 3a of our American Indian Unit check them out. You can tip-toe on through our American Indian Garden of Learning BLAST to the PAST via these QUICK links:
In this part of our unit, we learned about how the Indians hunt and gather food. 
We began with how they obtained their food. We learned some tribes gathered their food such as in the Southwest or Woodlands. Others, due to agreeable climate & terrain were able to grow their own foods. They all in one way or another hunted for food as well. 
Giving each child the copied cut out page from the Finding Food Diorama found in our 2005 Northeastern Indians book from Scholastic…


…they colored their dioramas & we talked about the different ways the Northeastern Indian tribes gathered & hunted food. I asked them where did they think Indians found food on land & in the water. Much interesting and some amusing speculations resulted. These particular Indians that my babes colored were Menominee “The Rice People” Indians who lived near Lake Michigan. I showed them exactly where they lived on our US map:

and on our Tribal Map:

Showing them the exact location of this tribe on these maps really brought them a keen interest in the tribe. As they worked carefully on their pages we discussed what the women and men were doing and their uses for each item along with the color my babes thought each item would be. We learned they use their canoes to gather grains in the day and the men hunted for fish at night in their canoes. When these were finished, they turned out DYNO & my babes had sooooooooooooo much fun setting up their dioramas over and over, moving the pieces around again & again…SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!

I introduced my Golden Book of Crafts and Hobbies by W. Ben Hunt. A most BODASCIOUSLY BOSS book featuring bright & colorful detailed lifelike drawings! Check it out & you will see some of the MANY reasons I choose curriculum supplementation’s from the days of yesteryear:

 We looked at the way Indians made bowls for their food. These drawings inspired much curiosity and chattering:

Next we looked at different canoe paddle designs and how the shape of the paddle along with the angle when used determines the speed: 

We also took a gander at the different Arrow Heads used for hunting. They DUG these:

We also looked at how Tipi’s are made:

I cannot begin to impress upon you what an asset this book has been in my classroom over the years. A most def TREASURE to behold! And believe it or not, it is not hard to find, nor is it pricey:


Check out more selections from eBay: 

The Golden Book of Crafts and Hobbies by W. Ben Hunt

Next I passed out some vintage coloring papers of Indians with different types of food and canoe prep. We discussed each sheet as they color co-ordinated the scenes. Here are some samples:

You can get the above and more in our Vintage American Indian Hunting & Gathering Food Activity Pack from our Teacher’s Notebook Store. 57 pages stuffed with all manner of food & hunting oriented coloring & activity pages, recipes, paper toys, a canoe race game & MORE! Most excellent materials for the flannelboard, pocket chart, anchor charts, notebooking, bulletin boards and so much more from the days of yesteryear:

Vintage American Indian Hunting & Gathering Food Activity Pack

DIG this PDF link from a 2001 Boy’s Life magazine on how arrows were made. We were trippin’:

Arrow Making from Boy’s Life PDF 

We also made some of our fav American Indian recipes from our vintage Indian Cooking Books:

Since my hubby is an American Indian, we use these books often & GUESS WHAT??!!! You can too as I found them on Amazon & eBay! SWEEEET! Check them out:


Or find it on eBay:

American Indian & Herb Lore

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 You can find these on the same link from eBay:

Indian Cookin 

Every year I set up my vintage American Indian Village for interactive play.  For over 20 years my children and grandbabes have enjoyed many hours of much fun playing with this set. It has become a Thanksgiving tradition in our home

Here is the FREEBIE you are looking for. A genuine vintage American Indian family at meal time coloring page from our Vintage American Indian Hunting & Gathering Activity Pack:

Here is the quick link, ENJOY!

 Vintage American Indian Meal Coloring Page FREEBIE!

Well, that is another section of our American Unit down, more to come so be sure to come back soon for MORE of our American Indian Unit studies. See you there!


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American Indian Unit Part 3 – American Indian Family & Village Life – 3a
Welcome to our American Indian Unit Part 3a!  We hope you enjoyed our unit thus far, or if you missed Parts 1 & 2, check them out, you will TRIP back to the days of yesteryear:

There is so much one can cover in this part of our American Indian Unit, I may have to split this post into parts. So we will begin with seasons & clothing, Part 3a. So let’s trip this scene and see how far we get.

Onto our American Indian Unit Part 3 – American Indian Family & Village Life for younger elementary level students, first I pulled down our US map & showed them what our country looks like today:

Next I introduced my American Indian Tribal Map. We discussed the difference in the past & current borders along with the names of tribes vs states:

You can get our FREEBIE colorful vintage American Indian Tribal map for your babes from our Teacher’s Notebook Store here: 

 AKGVH Vintage American Indian Tribal Map

While we did vaguely cover major tribes nation wide, family & village life varies widely from tribe to tribe, so I chose to focus mainly on the Northeastern Tribes. This is appropriate for my younger students as these tribes connect to the Thanksgiving story. As my babes age, I will expand the unit introducing other detailed tribal studies from the East to the West following the American Indian migration due to the European expansion. From there, both jr. & high school students will be ready to cover past & current detailed American Indian life & issues; such as societal contributions (Wind Talkers, Jim Thorpe, etc) political involvement & issues (Quannah Parker and various Tribal representation, etc) community life (familial & extended), etc. 

Making a timeline beginning in the Northeast, year by year we will add to our timeline, store it for the next year, then reviewing what we covered the year before and adding to our timeline through the years. This will allow for a firm historical grasp of American migration through time.
 Next we looked at some vintage film strips. I use an easel that I bought during Christmas time many years ago to use as a storyboard, small flannelboard & pocket chart holder and as a screen for film strips. I deco’ed it with a Disney Return to Neverland VHS store display I got off eBay. It fit my board just right! SWEEEEEEEEEEEET!!! 

We started with Indians of the Northeastern Woodlands from Eyegate. Featuring short subtitles, this vintage film even tho’ the frame colors have turned color really brought us into the Northeastern American Indian world. Now you will have to excuse the red & blurry fotos as it is MOST difficult to get a good flick of these vintage strips so bear with us:

 It began with a territory map:

Then it showed some homes:

It went on the show their veggie gardens:

and fishing:

Their ways of river travel:

Birch bark containers and baskets used for storage, carrying & mixing:

Showed a Longhouse & discussed its location:

Covered various weapons and their uses:

Talked about the uses of a Wampum Belt:

Next we watched the 1973 National Geographic “The Eastern Woodlands”. This is accompanied by a record so there are no subtitles. Here are a few frames from the strip for viewing:


I had already copied following the pages from our 2005 Northeastern Indians book from Scholastic:

Then I shrank the page on the left so the pieces would fit better on the map. These are the tribal symbols that will be cut out & pasted onto their maps:

After viewing our film strips, I gave each of my babes a map of the Northeast Territory to color. We talked about what color the land & water is. I individually traced their maps with my finger outlining the land & water routes & borders to ensure each child had an understanding of the parimeters for correct color placement. At this age, I require MORE effort (detail), less scribbling. The results from my young babes ages 4-6 was AMAZING (precisely as instructed). See our results for yourself:

 Next, I had each child color the tribal pictures in detail, cut them out & glue them on their maps. My oldest daughter Angela, in typical kid fashion, SNAGGED Damien & Rayven’s (her babes) maps & hung them on her bedroom wall before I could take a picture. Here are Zander’s & Levi’s l@@kin’ GOOD results:

From there, we went along in the book and looked at the Pequot Tribe’s seasonal activities by making a season wheel from the following page:

I had the children color them, then glue them onto a piece of construction paper to add sturdiness. Remember our glue bucket & paint brush from our American Indian Unit Part 2 ?  I altered the directions a bit and instead of using tape, I made tabs to slip through slits I made in the bottom wheel. This step while ensuring sturdiness, requires precision measuring and matching the slits to the tab locations.

Then I folded the tabs & glued them down, then let them dry:

When dry, I got a brad and assembled the 2 wheels together allowing freedom of movement. Then I gave my babes a glue bottle and had them glue each of the numbered paper toy pieces onto their corresponding number on the wheel:

 And here are our finished Pequot Indian from Season to Season Wheels:

If you would like to add this hard to find yet excellent resource to your American Indian Unit studies, check out this one on Amazon:


or try eBay:

Easy to Make and Learn: Northeast Indians 

Next we talked about what type of clothing the Sauk Tribe wore during the Summer and Winter seasons. Then we made these clothing scenes from the following pages in the book:

 First they colored their pictures:

Here are my babes finished scenes:

Since we get snow here in our National Forest, we also made an Indian 3D Pop-out Snowshoe Scene, coloring the scene first: 

Once again, I made tabs instead of using tape to hold the scene together:

Then I glued them together and let them dry like this:

Here are their finished Snowshoe Scenes:

Here is my son Julian in his homemade regalia. First when Julian was younger: 

Then when Julian was older, this time with my hubby Pyute in their homemade regalia:

Would you like to add some vintage American Indian Scenery paper toys for your babes? Here is another FREEBIE for your babes:

AKGVH Vintage American Indian Paper Dolls FREEBIE!

In our Vintage Family & Village Life Activity Pack, you will find OODLES of fun available at our Teacher’s Notebook Store. Our 69 page Activity Pack is filled with dot to dot, coloring, paper toys, paper dolls, a mask, for crafts, flannel board, pocket chart, bulletin boards, anchor charts & MORE! Get  our RARE & UNIQUE compiled collection from the days of yesteryear only from A Kinders Garten Vintage Homeschool today!

Vintage American Indian Family & Village Life Activity Pack

Also be sure to come back soon for our American Indian Unit Part 3 – American Indian Family & Village Life – Part 3b, Gathering Food. L@@k for you then!


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American Indian Unit Part 2 – American Indian Homes& FREEBIES!
Welcome to our American Indian Unit Part 2. We hope you enjoyed part 1 of our unit, or if you missed it, check it out, you will DIG it:
In part 2, we covered various American Indian homes.
We began with our FAV Native Homes book by Bobbie Kahman.
 As you can see, the bright, colorful detailed photos have NO prob attracting the eye of the young. Featuring brief yet to the point descriptions, this here book is most def an asset to any American Indian library. You can get a copy from Amazon:


or choose from a somewhat large selection on eBay:

Native Homes by Bobbie Kalman

The intro page features a map with various types of homes in their locations along with a brief description of types created from the natural environment in the area:

The first home is the Longhouse located in the Northeastern US. The description covers the clans along with the building of a longhouse:

I stopped there and got our 2005 Northeastern Indians book from scholastic. This book is packed FULL of info with accompanying projects. We did every project in this book so you may want to add this to your American Indian Unit resources. Due to their rarity, they are currently a bit pricey, you will be glad you did. After reproducing, you can always re-sell it:

Get one from Amazon:


or from eBay: 

Easy Make & Learn Projects: Northeast Indians

I enlarged & reproduced pages 26 & 27 which contain the longhouse paper toy and gave each of my babes the 2 pages to color.

Then, we glued the pages onto a piece of construction paper for sturdiness. To ensure full coverage I use school glue from a one gallon container. If you do not have glue in this size, I highly recommend it as not is it only cost effective, it is convenient to have on hand. Here are some different types of school glue in 1 gallon containers you can choose from to suit your needs. Here are some from Amazon:

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on eBay, you have a much larger choice: 

School Glue 1 Gallon 

Lay an old newspaper over your work area. Pour the glue into  a medium plastic bowl. Add some water and stir, I use a whisk to quicken the process. Your glue must not be too thick as you need to paint your glue onto your tube, if it is too thin, it will not adhere well. We keep the excess inside an old cookie dough bucket with a handle for easy transpo:





 As you can see, at least a 3″ paint brush is necessary for quick smooth coverage. If you are in need of one, here is one from Amazon:


here is a set of 3 – 3″ brushes from eBay in one lot. This will not only save you $$$, but you will have extra brushes on hand when needed:

3″ Paint Brush – Set of 3

When discussing the different clans and their symbols, I gave each child the following sheet & told them to choose a clan symbol for their longhouse, color it & cut it out to place over the entrance door of their own longhouse. While this page went with another project, we merged it with our longhouse paper toy instead:

A few minutes after gluing, fold on the lines as this will prevent the fold from splitting as opposed to folding when completely dry. When they were dry, we glued the tabs and let them dry. Then we carefully studied and discussed the interiors, moving the various objects around from spot to spot in play:


Next, we added the smoke to the outside of our longhouses and placed the outside over the inside. They turned out SWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!

 The next American Indian homes we looked at were Wigwams, 


We made Wetu’s which were a type of thatched house used by the Powhatan Tribe by gluing sticks on a printed page:

We looked at Tipi’s. 

Altho’ we did not make any Tipi’s, Pyute put his lodge up (normally we have it up during the summer for camping in & take it down in September) for them to play in:

You can learn more about my hubby Pyute by clicking the following link:

Pyute American Indian Actor 

We got this particular lodge from my brother who lived in a Tipi for over 12 years in the ’70’s. You can check out his website Outlaw Trails here:

Outlaw Trails – Jay Calkins

Here is a Tipi song they sang while playing:

A Teepee is My Home 

Sing to: The Farmer in the Dell
A teepee is my home.
Of deer skins it is made.
A place on top where smoke can go,
It stands in forest shade.
The river runs nearby
and there is my canoe.
I paddle up and down the stream,
beneath a sky of blue. 


They also had fun with this poem:

Four Little Indians
Four little Indians in a teepee,
Sleeping quietly as can be. Shhhhhhh!
Along came the chief and what do you think?
Up jump the Indians quick as a wink! 

We also looked at Earthlodges:

Underground Lodges &  Hogans:



and Arctic Homes:

If you are looking for American Indian homes on the web, here are some links featuring actual fotos and drawings of the various American Indian homes:

Well, that just about wraps up Part 2 of our American Indian Unit featuring various Indian homes. Now, time for your FREEBIE!! Make authentic vintage Tipi along with some dolls and scenery paper toys from our Teacher’s Notebook Store:

Vintage American Indian Home Activity FREEBIE  

In our Vintage American Indian Homes Activity Pack, you will find OODLES of fun available at our Teacher’s Notebook Store. Our 34 page Activity Pack is filled with dot to dot, coloring, paper toys, paper dolls, for crafts, flannel board, pocket chart, bulletin boards, anchor charts & MORE! Get our RARE & UNIQUE compiled collection from the days of yesteryear only from A Kinders Garten Vintage Homeschool today!

 Vintage American Indian Homes 21 Page Activity Pack

For more American Indian Homes photos click on the following links:

American Indian Homes Photos at Native Languages 

Great Dreams Native Homes

Hope you were diggin’ Part 2 of our American Indian Unit! Be sure to come back soon for Part 3 – American Indian Family & Village life! See you then!


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Every November, we do an  American Indian Unit. If you are wondering why I do not give it a “politically correct” title, it is due to the fact that if one is born on American soil, one is indeed a “Native American” regardless of the century, year, etc. The correct address is indeed, “American Indian” or “First Nations”. You will find many American Indian celebs and the like acknowledge this publicly as grammatically correct.
As usual, we begin our unit with our FAV American Indian records.
The first one is such a cute record. 

On a 45 RPM from Peter Pan Records accompanied with a book, this song will surprise you. Expecting the traditional song, you will find this record contains a surprisingly different take. The song is quite different and it starts with the number 10, counting down to number one. 10 Little Indians features bright, colorful pictures along with authentic American Indian activities and symbols, check it out:

 See what I mean?! You will most DEF want to add this to your American Indian Unit curriculum for your younger children from Amazon:


or find a nice selection from eBay: 

10 Little Indians Peter Pan Record

If you are interested in the original 10 Little Indian counting song, we like this record from Peter Pan.

This record also features the following songs:
Lazy Mary
It’s Raining, It’s Pouring
Oh, Dear What Can the Matter Be?
Hickory Dickory Dock

I found this record on Amazon with a different cover. I am not sure what other songs accompany it:


eBay has quite a selection of 10 Little Indians on Peter Pan Records with different covers:

10 Little Indians Peter Pan Record

Our fav record company’s also include Young People’s Records. Grouped for ages 2-5 on 78 PRM, these records provide fully cast & orchestrated thematic stories for the young. Little Indian Drum has both the story and song to delight your preschooler:

Here is one you can get for your babes on Amazon:


You may have to scroll down a bit but eBay offers more than one copy: 

Little Indian Drum

Little Hawk the Indian Boy is a grand tale of young Little Hawk and his adventures:

Better SWOOP on these as Little Hawk is a bit rare. Here is one I found on Amazon:


eBay also has one currently but may have more in the future:

Little Indian Drum

Another FAV record company of our is the Children’s Record Guild or CRG. These records came monthly in the mail. It was a record club for children sponsored and fulfilled by CRG. Filled with stories, poems and songs, the CRG 78 RPM records are an exciting and fun addition to any themeatic unit. CRG put out a delightful Hiawatha rendition on this 78 RPM:

I could not find one on Amazon as this is another RARE rendition, but eBay has one or two. Check carefully as this record may be found in a lot:  

Hiawatha CRG Record

Now this rendition by Disney is on a 33 1/3 speed record:


Amazon has one:


and eBay has quite a few to choose from:

Disney’s Hiawatha Record

You can also get it on an LP with other stories from Disney:

Here is one from Amazon:


and again, eBay has a good selection to choose from: 

Hiawatha LP Record

Tale Spinners is another brand of children’s records we favor. This Hiawatha LP record is a wonderful tale:

I could only find one on Amazon:


L@@ks like this is another RARE LP as currently, I only found two on eBay but there may be more listed in the future: 

Hiawatha Tale Spinners

We really like our Show-N-Tell series Hiawatha. This record is accompanied by a filmstrip to be played on the Show-N-Tell player:

Once again, NO find on Amazon but eBay has a selection:

Hiawatha Show-N-Tell

Bugs Bunny Meets Hiawatha on this 45 RPM Capitol Record. This record is approved by Bozo the Clown and features the voice of Mel Blank:

A hard find on Amazon:


Here is an audio edition narrated by Harry Fleetwood from Amazon:


If you would like to read the Hiawatha’s Departure Poem from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to your class, here it is:

Hiawatha’s Departure
from The Song of Hiawatha

By the shore of Gitchie Gumee,
By the shining Big-Sea-Water,
At the doorway of his wigwam,
In the pleasant Summer morning,
Hiawatha stood and waited.
All the air was full of freshness,
All the earth was bright and joyous,
And before him through the sunshine,
Westward toward the neighboring forest
Passed in golden swarms the Ahmo,
Passed the bees, the honey-makers,
Burning, singing in the sunshine.
Bright above him shown the heavens,
Level spread the lake before him;
From its bosom leaped the sturgeon,
Aparkling, flashing in the sunshine;
On its margin the great forest
Stood reflected in the water,
Every tree-top had its shadow,
Motionless beneath the water.
From the brow of Hiawatha
Gone was every trace of sorrow,
As the fog from off the water,
And the mist from off the meadow.
With a smile of joy and triumph,
With a look of exultation,
As of one who in a vision
Sees what is to be, but is not,
Stood and waited Hiawatha. 

Here is my FAV Hiawatha cartoon. Done by Disney during his early years and featured as a “Silly Symphony.”


Our Black Buffalo Favorite Indian Storyteller LP record is a real hard find on both Amazon and eBay…practically non-existant:

but it would not hurt to give eBay a try:

Black Buffalo Story Teller LP

The Legend of 12 Moons by Richard Kiley is another FAV LP of ours:

Found one on Amazon:


Quite a few on eBay: 

The Legend of 12 Moons Richard Kiley

After listening to our records, we do some American Indian Fingerplays, Songs Poems and the like. Here are some for your class to recite:

A Cherokee Good Morning Song – Meda Nix – Cherokee Nation Immersion School

When a Cherokee word is written phonetically, the following pronunciations are how they sound:
A   as in ‘father’
E   an ‘a’ sound, as in ‘way’
I   an ‘e’ sound, as in ‘bee’
O   as in ‘oh’
U   as in ‘ooh’
V   sounds like ‘uh’
Ts   makes a ‘j’ sound)

Sing to:  Where Is Thumbkin?

O si yo                                    Hello
O si yo                                    Hello
To hi tsu ko higa                               How are you today
O si yo                                    Hello
Ni gad a quu                                 All of you
O si yo                                    Hello
O si yo                                    Hello

Here are some Cherokee Greetings and Courtesies:

    Hello   O si yo
    How are you?   To hi tsu?
    Fine   O s da
    And you?   Ni hi na
    Okay   Ho wa
    Thank you   Wa do
    Yes   vv ii
    No   Thla
    I don’t know   Thla ya gwan ta


    Five little Indians, on a nice fall day (dance around)
    Jumped on their ponies and rode far away(hands on next child,pretend to be ponies)
    They galloped in the meadow,and they galloped up a hill,(pretend to gallop)
    They galloped so fast,they all took a spill.(pretend to fall off the ponies)

    Another Version:
    5 Little Indians running through a door
    (raise 5 fingers)
    One fell down and then there were 4
    (lower 1 finger)
    4 Little Indians climbing in a tree
    (raise 4 fingers)
    One fell down and then there were 3
    (lower 1 finger) 3 little Indians stewing a pot of stew
    (raise 3 fingers)
    One went to play and then there were 2
    (lower 1 finger)
    2 little Indians playing in the sun
    (raise 2 fingers)
    One went inside and then there was 1
    (lower 1 finger)
    One little Indian left all alone.
    He went home and then there were none.
    (lower finger and shake head) 

    Going Crazy  – Cherokee Nation Language Immersion School

    Tohigesd(i)   agilulotsv                          Go slowly    crazy
    Nigalisdino                                                 I am going
    Sawu tal tso nvg hisg sudal(i)              1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
    Ditsadanetli yv n(a)                                 Everybody switch

    Nigalisdino tohiges                                  I am going   go slowly
    D(i)agilulotsv                                             crazy
    Sudal hisg nvg tso tal sawu                         6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
    Ditsadanetliyvn(a)                                    Everybody switch

    Great Big Indian

    This is the way the great big Indian
    beats upon his drum.
    (Pretend to beat a drum.)
    He-a, He-a, He-a, Hum.
    This is the way the great big Indian
    rides in his canoe.
    (Fold arms in front of you as you are balancing)
    He-a, He-a, He-a, Hum.
    Indian Children
    Where we walk to school each day Indian children used to play —-             All about our native land, where now the stores and houses stand.
    And the trees were very tall and there were no streets at all.
    Not a church and not a steeple only woods and Indian people.
    Only wigwams on the ground and at night bears prowling round—–
    What a different place today where we live and work and play.  
    Annatte Wynne (Lippincatt: 1947)


    I Am A Little Indian 

    Sing to: I Am a Little Teapot
    I am a little Indian on the go,
    Here is my arrow, here is my bow,
    When I go a hunting, hear me shout
    Bears and Buffalo better watch out!

    Sitting Like an Indian
    Sitting like an Indian (arms crossed)
    Sitting like an Indian, just like an Indian.
    Sitting like an Indian, just like an Indian.
    Sitting like an Indian, just like an Indian.
    Just like an Indian brave. (fingers behind head for feathers)
     More Verses:

    Beating my tom-tom just like an Indian…
    Showing my feathers just like an Indian…
    Sitting up straight just like an Indian…
    Just like an Indian CHIEF! (use fingers of both hands for feathers)

    A Navajo Prayer                               

    There shall be happiness before us.

    (Arms stretched in front)

    There shall be happiness behind us.

    (Arms stretched behind body)    

    There shall be happiness above us.  

    (Arms stretched above head)              

    There shall be happiness below us.
    (Bend and touch the floor)
    There shall be happiness all around us.
    (Turn around with arms spread out)
    Words of happiness shall extend from our mouths.
    (Touch lips with both hands and stretch arms outward)

    Rain Dance
    To start the rain, have the children rub their fingers together to make a mist, then rub their hands together to make a drizzle, next, pat knees to make a downpour, and to finish, stomp the floor to make thunder. Now do the movements in reverse to make the rain stop.

    Ten Days of Thanksgiving

    On the first day of Thanksgiving the Natives gave to me…
         a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
    On the second day of Thanksgiving the Natives gave to me..
         Two turkey gobblers,
         and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
    On the third day of Thanksgiving the Natives gave to me…
         Three Native headdresses,
         two turkey gobblers,
         and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
    On the fourth day of Thanksgiving, the Natives gave to me..
         four cornucopias,
         three Native headdresses,
         two turkey gobblers,
         and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
    On the fifth day of Thanksgiving, the Natives gave to me…
         five bows and arrows,
         four cornucopias,
         three Native headdresses,
         two turkey gobblers,
         and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
    On the sixth day of Thanksgiving, the Natives gave to me…
         six pairs of moccasins,
         five bows and arrows,
         four cornucopias,
         three Native headdresses,
         two turkey gobblers,
         and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
    On the seventh day of Thanksgiving, the Natives gave to me.
         seven Native teepees,
         six pairs of moccasins,
         five bows and arrows,
         four cornucopias,
         three Native headdresses,
         two turkey gobblers,
         and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
    On the eighth day of Thanksgiving, the Natives gave to me..
         eight woven blankets,
         seven Native teepees,
         six pairs of moccasins,
         five bows and arrows,
         four cornucopias,
         three Native headdresses,
         two turkey gobblers,
         and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
    On the ninth day of Thanksgiving, the Natives gave to me…
         Nine ears of corn,
         eight woven blankets,
         seven Native teepees,
         six pairs of moccasins,
         five bows and arrows,
         four cornucopias,
         three Native headdresses,
         two turkey gobblers,
         and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch.
    On the tenth day of Thanksgiving, the Natives gave to me…
         ten native tom-toms,
         nine ears of corn,
         eight woven blankets,
         seven Native teepees,
         six pairs of moccasins,
         five bows and arrows,
         four cornucopias,
         three Native headdresses,
         two turkey gobblers,
         and a pumpkin in a pumpkin patch!

    The Indians are Creeping

    The Indians are creeping.
    Sh! Sh!
    The Indians are creeping.
    Sh! Sh!
    They don’t make a sound
    as their feet touch the ground.
    The Indians are creeping.
    Sh! Sh!

    You can get these American Indian Fingerplays, Songs and Poems to print out for FREE from our Teacher’s Notebook Store:

    We learned all about Squanto and the first Thanksgiving with this filmstrip & record. Please excuse the picture as these vintage films are hard to get a good picture of:


    Here are some fun theater plays about Squanto you may want to do with your class:
    Squanto Transcript from PBS 

    Here is a vintage Squanto Paper Doll FREEBIE from our Teacher’s Notebook Store to go along with your play:

    Pocahontas is another popular American Indian in our history. The Homeschool Den went to visit her I do not know how many greats granddaughter. Check it out:

    Visit with A Granddaughter of Pocahontas

    If you are interested in some Pocahontas DVD’s, here are a few different versions:

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    And speaking of Pocahontas, here is a FREEBIE story with pictures to read to your babes from our Teacher’s Notebook Store:

    Vintage Pocahontas Story with bonus American Indian Dance Poem

    My babes really DIG this “Start the Day With a Song” “Heap Hep Injuns” NTA cartoon from Famous Studios. I DIG it too. The “Start the Day With a Song” cartoons were one of my FAV’S as a child. 

    Well, that just about wraps up our American Indian Unit Part 1. Come back soon for part 2! Here is a quick link:
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