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                 Welcome to our The TRUE Story of Fire & FREEBIES post!


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Fire Prevention Classic Vintage Book Set Reviews & FREEBIE! 

One of our most rare 45 RPM story record’s is “The Story of Fire”.

This story is most def a product of its time. It centers around a little “cave” boy named Agoo. 

The claims of the Listen & Learn Record Co. in 1964 are MOST reflective of the thoughts of the day. Note how the sleeve states “Tells the HISTORY…”:

Their statement is indeed laughable at best! The TRUTH of the matter is fire was created by God. Man’s first interaction with fire was at the altar after the fall, indeed man’s necessity for fire is due to the fall. The alter was indeed, a foreshadow of the Cross of Christ, the promise of reconciliation between man and his Creator.


Therefore, I introduce the story of Agoo as a fairy tale for young ones and as a unproven theory for older children. Much discussion ensues in regards to what God said in His Word vs what man says in his theories. It is IMPERATIVE that children learn about various theory’s in order to discern their falsehood(s) when encountered. With the Biblical Scriptures as a guide as the Holy Spirit leads, these types of theory’s are EASILY proven false. 

                                                               The Soul Doctor

Bottom line to ALL theory debates: What does God say? One can find Scriptures addressing the falsehood(s) of various theory’s from Genesis to The Revelation. As Charles Spurgeon once said, “Do not dispute or discuss without your eye on the Cross.”, Isaiah 1:18 comes to mind.

The story begins with Agoo going off to hunt food. The narrator states that man knew fire but knew nothing about how to use fire to their benefit. Agoo saw a horse and threw a rock at it.
The rock missed so the horse ran off. Agoo’s rock hit another rock on the ground and it sparked. Since it had not rained in months, the spark started a fire. Then a saber-tooth tiger saw Agoo & started towards him.

Agoo panicked and picked up a burning stick. He then used the stick to attack the tiger. Agoo ran towards the tiger and the tiger seeing the fire ran away. He took the burning stick back to his tribe and told them his story. Everyone was amazed that fire could be used to man’s benefit. Agoo was a hero!

The flip side tells a few different brief fire legends from around the world along with the invention of matches; who invented them, when they were invented, when they became safe to use and when they were mass marketed.  

Now here is the rub on this issue, when I was a child, man said,  “millions of years cave man”, today it is “billions of years amoeba slime”. My father always told us kids it was all nothing but a bunch of “hooey”.

So how did a lie become truth? A lie becomes truth when cleverly disguised with a bit of truth over a period of time. This is called propaganda. Propaganda is the result of lies wrapped in truth used to promote certain agendas.

If you would like to spark conversation in your classroom, The Story of Fire record may be used as a supplement of various subjects. While I am currently unable to find the record on Amazon, eBay has one: 

The Story of Fire 45 RPM

In the 50’s & 60’s, the Neanderthal, Cro-Magnon man, etc teachings were not only in the classroom and but also on television as well. Think The Flintstones. 

The difference in the days of my childhood was, overall, we kids did NOT believe in “cave men” as we had a sound Biblical foundation. From what I recall, just about every child in the neighborhood got on the “Bible Bus” to Sunday School, why, even the “bad” kids. 

After 40+ years I can still remember our Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Dale addressing the subject. 
As a child, I thought Mrs. Dale a very beautiful and classy woman, I admired her very much. One Sunday she said, “Many of you children have informed me you are learning about “cave men” in school, so we are going back to the very beginning…

                                                              The Soul Doctor

in the beginning, GOD…” 

She had scrapped her previous lesson plans and promptly addressed the issue imparting to each one of us the truth in regards to God’s creation of man, man’s fall from grace along with introducing the foreshadow of the Cross of Christ, the altar.

She held everyone of us kids in rapt attention as she imparted the stories to us. 

On any given Sunday, she might have a stack of X-L newsprint clipped to her easel with chalk sticks the colors of the rainbow resting on the rail. As she performed her artistry creating each scene one by one, methodically turning the pages over the top of her easel she continued to impart God’s love for His children. 
On another Sunday she may have used the flannelboard proficiently changing people, scenes and backgrounds throughout the story. 

She also was fond of implementing film strips with records, or playing the piano teaching us to sing songs of worship along with other types of games and activities.  

When a comedic cave man television series titled “It’s About Time” aired in the 60’s, ALL the kids who had television were so excited. 

I remember everyone at school anxiously awaited its first airing. The next day on the playground we all talked about the show vs what Mrs. Dale had taught us. We recited a little rhyme, which looking back was a bit harsh. It went like this:

“It’s about time, its about space, it’s about time to slap your face!” 

Quite BRUTAL but I do not remember anyone really slapping hard.

We kids thought if anyone really believed in cave men, they should be slapped for being so stupid. There was NO way we were apes! In that day, it WAS GOOD to be a kid!

The the sitcom’s hysterical story line follows two astronauts who broke the time barrier and went back in time. 

Upon embarking their craft, they explored the region and ran into a clan of cave men. 

The comical hilarity that resulted from their various interactions  highlighted the ridiculousness of the ‘cave man” theories. Enjoy the tomfoolery in this episode of “Me Caveman, You Woman” with MUCH guffawing: 

And DIG this! If you want to watch the calamity of the entire series on DVD, you can thanks to eBay:

It’s About Time TV Series DVD

If you enjoyed the hysterics our featured cave men stories, get our vintage Grunk, Shadd & family printable coloring page FREEBIE:

Vintage It’s About Time Coloring Page FREEBIE!

For a craft, we made an altar. Our back acre was a good place to find some rocks. While we were looking for rocks, we talked about the types and sizes of rocks we would need for to make our model.  When each child got enough rocks to make an altar, we brought our buckets inside. Using this color of Playdoh®:



from our 36 color Playdoh® Pack, (readily available during the Holiday Season. I ALWAYS stock up for the year as it is VERY economical during this time, besides the larger packs have a greater array of colors to choose from when integrating Playdoh® with a particular project such as this):


we built our altars alternating stones and Playdoh®, then topped them with broken sticks, laying them across the top of the altar as one does when building a fire. Next we took some pre-cut  tissue scraps and stuck them onto the sticks to form a fire shape. And I must say, these  altars are BURNIN’!

And check these out! Our MOST FAV lessons featuring altar activities from two of our FAV Jesus activity sites for children: 

And now, your second FREEBIE! Our vintage The TRUE Story of Fire Mini Activity Pack for children grades Pre-K-12 from AKGVH Teacher’s Notebook Store: 

We hope you were able to glean MUCH wisdom from On High (certainly NOT mine, that’s for SURE!) from our TRUE Story of Fire post!

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Fire Prevention Classic Vintage Book Set Reviews & FREEBIE! 

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Welcome to our Fire Prevention Classic Vintage Book Reviews  & FREEBIES post!

We hope you have enjoyed our Fire Prevention Unit activity fun thus far! 

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My babes DIG the book and record set scene. Some feature a narrator along with various orchestrations, songs and sounds, while others are just narrated. Book and record sets bring a multi sensory supplemental adventure to the story. The following sets are our FAVS and we read them several times throughout our Fire Safety studies.


The first Fire Safety book and record set we read while listening to is “Five Little Fireman”. It was a Little Golden Book that was put into a record set. The bright and colorful detailed illustrations take you along with 5 firemen of yesteryear on their job putting out a little house fire:

The firemen received a call about a house fire. Down the pole they slide and jump into their firetruck:

The fire won’t wait, so off they go:

They clang as they whiz through the streets:

They get to the little burning house and each little fireman promptly performs his duties:

The five little firemen put out the fire:

Then off they go back to the fire station, mission accomplished: 

And the five little firemen jump into bed, a job well done:  


We are very keen on Peter Pan Records as they are bursting at the seams with sounds, songs and brilliant illustrations. Frankie the Brave Fireman is a Peter Pan Book & Record set we review every year as well.

Frankie was a brave fireman:

but no one in his town took him seriously:

Even his fellow firefighter’s sing about his mishaps accompanied by an orchestra:

But Frankie kept a positive outlook and worked hard:

One day as Frankie sat on his bunk polishing his badge, the fire bell rang…all the firemen slid down the pole:

Frankie scurried as fast as he could but he was too late….Frankie had been left behind: 

The firemen were already at the fire singing their fireman song as they worked:

As Frankie came upon the scene, the firemen were gone and all was serene…but was it?

Sure enough someone had left their puppy and the fire was still burning upstairs…the building was about to collapse. As quick as a wink, Frankie grabbed a nearby ladder and climbed up:

Frankie grabbed that pup and out the door he ran…the people cheered:

The townsfolk talked about Frankie’s bravery for a long time afterward and Frankie and the pup became best friends:

eBay has a few to select from:

Frankie the Brave Fireman Peter Pan Book & Record Set

Our last book and record set is Huckleberry Hound at the Firehouse:

One day when Huck went looking for a job, he happened upon the firehouse. When the firemen saw he was not a Dalmatian, they promptly threw him out:

After Huck pouted for a bit. he went home and came up with an idea:

When Huck went with the firemen, all he did was create havoc:

But Huck was not daunted, no siree! Quick as a wink Huck jumped down the chimney and ran out the door and jumped into the firetruck:

Huck backed up the truck and slammed on the brakes. All the water poured out onto the fire:

And when the water washed Huck clean, the firemen discovered he was not a real firedog and waved good-by:

eBay has a substantial selection to choose from: 

Huckleberry Hound at the Firehouse Peter Pan Book & Record Set

We made Dalmatian headbands to go with our Huck the Fireman story. 
I had my babes cut two ear shapes out of white heavy-weight tagboard while I used my trusty paper cutter to cut a 24″ X 1.5″ strip for each child.   
Then I had my babes put spots on the ears and their headbands using a black bingo marker.
Next they glued the ears onto their headbands in the proper places and let them dry.  When dry, I wrapped the headband around their head for a snug fit, then removed it & stapled the ends where they lay. 


My babes had so much interactive adventures playing Huck as I read the story. 
If you want to make Dalmatian headbands with your babes but need some materials, Amazon can deliver them straight to your door:

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Next we made Dalmatian Pudding Cups. First I had my babes stamp black “spots” on pre-cut white foam ear shapes using the eraser on the end of an unsharpened #2 pencil and a black ink pad. 

While they were doing that, I drew a muzzle & whiskers on a clear plastic cup with a black permanent marker.  When they were finished, I glued the spotted ears and two wiggle eyes on their cups with my glue gun.   


Then we made the pudding and stirred in some chocolate chips. I poured the pudding into the cups and of course my babes wanted whipped cream on the top. I would say our Dalmatian Pudding Cups turned out real cool and tasty too!

If you want to make Dalmatian Pudding Cups with your babes without going to the store, Amazon can fill that order:

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And here is for your FREEBIE! Our Dalmatian Fire Dog Mini Activity Pack from our AKGVH Teacher’s Notebook Store: 
Vintage Dalmatian Fire Dog Mini Activity Pack

We hope you enjoyed trippin’ with us through this segment of our Fire Prevention & Safety Unit cuz we DIG having you along for the ride! 

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Welcome to our Fire Prevention Vintage Classic Video Reviews and Fire Safety Check-up FREEBIE!  

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As scheduled, we begin all of our units implementing different forms of media both audio and visual to introduce the concept(s) of the unit being studied. 
The following Fireman video’s are AKGVH FAV’S:

Our first vintage reel is a Disney Cartoon dated 1935 starring Mickey Mouse Mickey’s featuring Donald Duck, Goofy and a guest star appearance, Clarabelle the Cow. Presented in its original TRUE vintage form it is filled with mishaps and calamity intermingling with MEGA havoc!!! As expected in cartoons of yesteryear, tho’ havoc ensues, all is STILL havoc! Watch the original vintage Disney characters in FULL form:  
Mickey’s Fire Brigade

Another Disney classic character is Donald Duck. In this vintage 1940 reel, Donald Duck plays a fire chief. Featuring the antic’s of Donald’s 3 devious nephew’s along with Donald BLOWING his stack resulting in the most hilarious mishaps along the way:    




Hook and Ladder Hookum, a 1933 Cartoon put out by Van Beuren Studios starred their original characters, the short-tall human duo Tom & Jerry, who in later years the studio changed their names to Dick & Larry. The theme is basically the same as Disney’s old tyme cartoons, tho’ havoc ensues, all is STILL havoc!



Here are some most notable background info links outlining Van Beuren Studios to glean essay content for older children:

Wikipedia Van Beuren Studios

Images Journal Van Beuren Review


One of our FAV characters is Gabby from the 1939 Gulliver’s Travels animated movie, which by the by won 7 awards and sported 9 spin off cartoons. In this reel, one of the spin off characters Gabby, resolves to help anyone in need and in this instance, it is his local fire department. Watch Gabby’s antics take control as a fireman in “Fire Cheese” from Max Fleisher in 1941:
And here is the Fleischer Studios link for Gulliver. From there, older children can navigate for more studio essay information:

Some of my FAV cartoons as a child were from Famous Studios, “Screen Song” or “Start the Day with a Song” in which you follow the bouncing ball and sing along…in the “The Big Flame Up” you will follow the flaming fireball to sing “A Hot Time in the Old Town”:

Popeye the Sailor is another FAV from days gone by. In this Max Fleischer cartoon Olive Oyl once again finds herself in need of a man to rescue her. A series of competitions ensue between Popeye and his co-star “Bluto” later named “Brutus” which ensures a good thrashing for Olive and ultimately brings Popeye to her final rescue. Popeye in The Two Alarm Fire:


This last reel for the younger set, Smokey Bear in “The Fire Fighters Convention” is from Rankin & Bass. Airing in1969-1970 as a Saturday morning cartoon series the “Fire Fighters Convention” was one of the episodes, which thankfully is available on youtube:




Your Fire Department was a public ed film released by the Los Angeles Fire Dept. in 1949. It presents detailed segments of firefighters at work, various types of fires along with fire prevention and safety. It also displays the many different types of fire fighting vehicles of the era:



Fireman Tom Briggs starts as Firefighter First Class at Station 1in this 1954 “The Fireman”. This reel displays  care of equipment and various fireman duties and drills, EXCELLENT for the younger set:




The Story of a Fireman put out by Los Angeles Fire Dept. depicts a narrated fireman’s life at the LAFD in 1954 for older elementary and Junior High children:


Next I break out my view master projector:

to show “Firefighters in Action”:

The reel comes with an accompanying guide covering each scene:

We close all the doors in our tiny hallway downstairs to make it as dark as possible. Then using the end door as a screen, my babes huddle around to experience learning via different medias:

If you dig the View Master Wall Projector scene, well DIG this….you can find it on Amazon in vintage:


or new:


Check out eBay’s rather large selection: 

View Master Projector

Only eBay has the Firefighter’s in Action Reel and believe it or not, there is a small selection to choose from: 

Firefighters in Action View Master Reel 

Targeted for upper elementary and junior high children, The Flintstones in “Fire Escape” & “Fire Alarm” film strips with accompanying audio cassettes put out by Hanna-Barbara, distributed by B & L films come complete with a teacher’s guide. These are a part of an entire series of various Hanna-Barbara characters starring in various films for education:


And believe it or not, you can still purchase these on eBay: 

Hanna-Barbara Film Strips

If you have never used film strips as an interactive ed media in your classroom, TRUST me on this as mine DIG the scene and you will find yours will as well. They find something exciting in that vintage metal projector, shutting off the lights and closing the blinds, not to  mention they are STOKED to run it themselves. They learn how to thread the projector as well, even showed me a few tricks. You will be absolutely astounded to note even the younger set gets hep to the action QUICKLY! 

You can make any flat solid color surface a screen. I use an easel:

Amazon has a projector you can check out:


eBay ALWAYS has a favorable selection of vintage projectors:

Vintage Film Strip Projector

You can even get replaceable lights and while it advertises 15 or 25 hr, well I can tell you that we have used our projector with every subject for decades and as yet had to change the bulb:

I will add that I DO have back up bulbs on hand carefully stored but I must proclaim these vintage projectors are practically BOMB PROOF!! MOST unlike today’s throw away society.

eBay has a rather formidable selection: 

Film Strip Projector Bulb Replacements for Vintage Projectors

Film strips are also mind-blowing as you can trip the scenes one by one as classroom discussion evolves:

To promote discussion of a particular frame scene, you just switch the projector to fan only so the light does NOT melt film:

then either lift the needle with the lever in the back on the record player:

or push the stop on the cassette player:  

This spontaneous method of learning via projection keeps your babes in rapt attention throughout the strip thereby instilling greater recollection. 
Check these record players  out from Amazon:

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or choose from over 9,000 listings on eBay:

Record Players

If you chose a record player with no cassette player, Amazon has a few:

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 or check out over 5,000 listings on eBay: 

Cassette Players

Some projectors come with a case while others do not. To store a projector that does not have a case, you can use toaster, coffee maker or mixer sized appliance covers. The size you get will be determined on the dimensions of your projector. I used a blender size for mine. I had made it for my mother but when she came to live with us, I snagged it for my projector and just folded it over at the bottom to fit:

Here are some nice ones from Amazon:

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You can find them on eBay as well as patterns to make your own like I did:

Appliance Covers

And believe it or not, even Amazon has some appliance sewing patterns:

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Now that your babes have learned about basic fire safety, print out our Fire Safety Check-up Worksheet FREEBIE and see how much your babes have retained: 

We hope you have enjoyed our vintage video reviews and incorporate films in your classroom today!

After School Activities


Welcome to our 20 Interactive Ten Apples Up on Top Merriment’s!

We have been having so much fun with our Apples Unit this September! 

One of our FAV segment’s is our Ten Apples Up on Top book! Ever since my babes were in diapers, Ten Apples on Top has been a FAV part of our Apple Unit studies. 
When my babes got a bit older, after reading the story I had them stand in front of our yellow door and told them to point to the top of their head. Then I took their pictures, one after another. 

I loaded the pictures up on my computer, 

put them into a document,

and sized them to fit an 8 oz. yellow plastic party drink cup.
I glued each their pictures onto separate cups, one for each child:

They painted egg carton holders red:

and when they were dry, I used my trusty letter opener to poke a hole in the top of each egg cup and each yellow cup:

Using  wooden shish-a-bob skewers, I pushed  a skewer inside the top of the yellow cups. Then my babes TRIPPED around with Ten Apples Up on Top each of their heads: 

We counted, added and did a bit of “take away” subtracting.

Or rummage through eBay’s large selection: 

Ten Apples Up on Top

And NOW here is our Ten Apples Up On Top Apple Count n Color Activity FREEBIE just for YOU: 
We ventured so very MUCH merriment with our Ten Apples Up on Top interactives, and from the looks of it, you out there in webland make merry with your interactives as well. 
For those of you who have just been introduced to Ten Apples Up on Top interactives, or for those who need some quick resources you can print out or perform with your babes, I have put together a list of links of our FAV Ten Apples interactive webland fun for you:


Wow, that is quite a list of Ten Apples interactive adventures! We want to add YOU to our Ten Apples  Interactive Fun list. If your babes have done any of the above Ten Apples Up On Top interactive activities, post a flick in the comment section, or if you know of any MORE Ten Apples Up On Top interactives out there in webland, post the links as well. 
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