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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Molly & Mcgee - Red Barn Owl

Watch Molly and her hatching eggs:

Homeschool families across the globe have opened their hearts and homes to a wonderful pair of Barn Owls named Molly & McGee of San Marcos, CA. This has been such a wonderful learning experience, books alone could never replace the opportunity to watch nature live and in color!

As of Sunday March, 21, one of Molly's eggs has hatched and the first little owlets name is "Max". We should see more eggs hatching in the days to come.

Carlos & Donna own the owl box located in their backyard in San Marcos, CA and is 15 feet off the ground. Molly appears to be a first time mom. The owl is about 14 inches tall. She laid her first egg on February 13th, 2010. We are expecting owlets around mid to late March. Incubation is 30 to 34 days. owlets  will hatch in order laid. Not all at one time like chickens.

The male has a white chest and face. He usually shows up after dark but  has spent an entire day with the female. We have named the female Molly and the male McGee. The Barn Owl is widespread but usually a scarce species. They are strictly nocturnal and rarely observed in flight during daylight hours.

The owl house is located on a 15 foot pole and there is a tree just outside the opening. The box has been up for two years and it took two years before the owls showed up. No other birds have tried to nest in the box. We have a very eco-friendly backyard; we live on an acre lot with lots of trees and plants for wildlife. We have had kestrels, bluebirds, hummingbirds, phoebes, wild ducks, killdeer and mockingbirds all nest and raise their young in our habitat. We do not have any cats or dogs to disturb the wildlife. This is our first owl to nest here.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Easter & Passover Resources

Easter Preparations

Meaningful Easter Preparations

Crafts, Lessons, Printables and more.
Easter Bible Study
Easter Sunday Lessons and Teacher Resources - Many Lesson Plans to choose from. 
Sunday school / homeschool lessons - Printables, worksheets and crafts.
Debbie's Unit Factory Easter Links - Quality elementary level theme units for teachers and homeschoolers
KiddyHouse - Easter Lessons Plans and ideas for teachers
Kids Turn - Easter - Easter Hunts & Games 
Billy Bear 4 Kids - Easter - games, puzzles, crafts and more.
Primary Games Easter
A Kids heart - Easter - Celebrate Easter with online games and activities. - Easter - Easter Crafts, Recipes, Egg Hunt, Cards, Coloring Pages, Party Ideas, Clip Art, Games, Religious Crafts, Fun.
Resurrection Eggs - What a terrific way to share the Easter story of egg carton Jesus's resurrection with your children.
Easter Lessons and Activities Index


Easter Story Cookies - To be made the night before Easter

Passover Links
If you have been considering adding a Passover Seder to your curriculum but not certain where to start, check out a few of these resources.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Well now St. Patrick's Day wouldn't exist if not for the man himself! But how much do we know about him? Did you know that he spent six years of slavery in Ireland until he escaped and undertook religious training abroad? Saint Patrick described himself as a "most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God."

Why Saint Patrick's Day?

Saint Patrick's Day has come to be associated with everything Irish: anything green and gold, shamrocks and luck. Most importantly, to those who celebrate its intended meaning, St. Patrick's Day is a traditional day for spiritual renewal and offering prayers for missionaries worldwide.

Irish Blessing

May you always have...
Walls for the winds
A roof for the rain
Tea beside the fire
Laughter to cheer you
Those you love near you
And all your heart might desire.

Things associated with Saint Patrick's Day

The color green - because it is the color of spring, Ireland, and the shamrock.
Leprechaun - Irish fairy. The name leprechaun is derived from the old Irish word luchorpan which means "little body."

A leprechaun is a fairy taking the appearance of a miniature old man. Leprechauns are solitary creatures and spend their time making shoes and brogues. If you hear the sound of his hammer when he is at work you know you have found him. If caught, he can be forced to reveal the whereabouts of his treasure, but the captor must keep their eyes on him every second. If the captor's eyes leave the leprechaun, just for a moment, he will vanish.
The Blarney Stone is a stone set in the wall of the Blarney Castle tower in the Irish village of Blarney. Kissing the stone is supposed to bring the kisser the gift of persuasive eloquence (blarney).

The origins of the Blarney Stone's magical properties aren't clear, but one legend says that an old woman cast a spell on the stone to reward a king who had saved her from drowning. Kissing the stone while under the spell gave the king the ability to speak sweetly and convincingly.
Shamrock, a member of the clover family, was used by Patrick to explain the mystery of the Trinity, the three leaves of the shamrock representing the Trinity (the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit). According to Irish legend, Ireland's patron saint chose the shamrock as a symbol of the Trinity of the Christian church. To this day the shamrock remains the national emblem of Ireland and is worn proudly by Irish people the world over on St. Patrick's Day (March 17).
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