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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Visiting the Netherlands: Week 2

This week we started reading a new book, Boxes for Katje, and focused a bit more on a few artists, Vincent van Gogh and Rembrandt. We also are learning more about Corrie ten Boom and reading a book called Keeper of the Angels Den about her life.

My mom is talking to the girls about her too, since she was a secretary for Corrie for a few years and Corrie ten Boom married my mom and my dad. The girls think it's great to look through scrapbooks and see pictures of Holland and everyone way back when.

Here's a peek at how our week looked:

  • Review geography song
  • Show where Netherlands is located on a map
  • Talk about capital of Netherlands (Amsterdam and also Hague as seat of goverment)
  • Type of government in Netherlands - visit royal website
  • Read Boxes for Katje and talked about time book was written
  • Review geography song
  • Talk more about how WW2 effected the Netherlands
  • Started reading Keeper of the Angels Den - a book about Corrie ten Boom. We love it!
  • Talked about Holland's geography features

  • Looked at art from both van Gogh and Rembrandt and compared their styles.
  • Picked one of the paintings by van Gogh to copy using watercolors (Sunflowers)
  • Talked about the process of creating Delft porcelain (we have some at our house from our trip to Holland)
  • Had some gouda cheese. We like it sliced thin on toasted bread (our Costco carries a great brand)
  • Continued reading in Keeper of the Angels Den


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Websites we visited/used:
We'll be moving onto Germany over the next few weeks and continuing with our reading of Keeper of the Angel's Den. I'm hoping to get some fun pictures posted soon too of my trip to Holland several years ago. I also have some pics of Corrie ten Boom to post too - especially the ones of when I met her....ok, I was one, but still! :)


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  • Jolanthe - you have no idea how excited our 14 yr old just got when I told her your parents not only knew Corrie ten Boom - but that they were married by her! How cool is that???

    I look at all you do each day and think gosh I need to step it up seriously! Thank you for always sharing so many wonderful resources with us.

    You are such a wonderful Mom!


    By Blogger Blessed Mom of 8, At March 25, 2009 at 8:38 AM  

  • I love this series your are doing. I come from a strong Norweigen ancestry, know all about the delft, and love everything Norweigen :) What a great way to teach your children. Did you or your parents live in Norway ??

    By Blogger Noel, At March 25, 2009 at 9:43 AM  

  • Well, how cool is that that Corrie ten Boom married your parents and that your mom was her secretary?!?

    By Blogger Kris, At March 25, 2009 at 5:06 PM  

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