Recently, my husband and I traveled to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where I worked at St. Vincent’s College for four days. On the way there, we had two unique experiencesread more
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
To be honest, I’m addicted. I love the Millerstown, PA, craft shows. This one did not disappoint me. I got to meet some new people, catch up with some old friends, and enjoy the wonderful crafts displayed. One thing I noticed this year...
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|Looking Down on Northumberland from|
Shikellamy State Park
Shikellamy State Park consists of two different areas divided by Route 11 and the Susquehanna river. To visit one we traveled north from Shamokin Dam, took Route 15 at the traffic circle, and soon turned right at a park sign. The entrance road winds to the top of the mountain where the 78-acre park is located at the edge of a 360-foot cliff overlooking the river, Northumberland, and Sunbury.
Looking down read more
Saturday, August 1, 2015
|Zola Junk's Flower Garden Quilt|
My grandmother, Zola Junk (1891-1980), made tons of quilts in many different patterns. From the time I can remember, her sewing machine occupied a spot in her dining room. In the early years, she saved every piece of cotton fabric left from the clothing. At some point, our neighbor near the farm I grew up on read more
Saturday, July 25, 2015
The Nestler family opened the Juniata Hosiery Mill in 1913. Located in Mifflintown, Pennsylvania between North First and North Fourth Street along the Westminster Presbyterian Cemetery, the mill made women’s silk hosiery. Nine years later read more
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015
One of many hats is substitute teaching. On one of the last days of school this past year, the fifth grade class had finished its planned activities so I taught a little Pennsylvania history.
“How many state parks can you name?”
Hands raised all over the room.
I pointed to a student. “How about you tell us one.”
“Well, that’s a fun place to go, but that's an amusement park not a state park.”
I received a few more wrong answers, but someone finally mentioned read more
Thursday, June 18, 2015
We have a popular ice cream store in our area. Everyone knows about Mexico Mart, where they sell huge delicious ice cream cones for comparative little money. Mexico Mart operates in a small town called Mexico halfway between Harrisburg and State College in Central Pennsylvania. I wonder how many people know the history behind Mexico, Pennsylvania. I didn’t until my mother began to pull books out of her bookshelf while looking for a church directory I had asked for. read more
Monday, June 15, 2015
Bly, Stephen. Nathan T. Riggins Western Adventure series. Youth can immerse themselves in the culture of the old west in these cowboy novels. Descriptions of each of these books are at http://www.blybooks.com/series/nathan-t-riggins-western-adventure/
Bly, Stephen. Lewis and Clark Squad series. This series set in modern day times features a basketball team who works together on the court and off of the court. Mr. Bly is our family’s favorite author, and this was our absolute favorite read-aloud. Read the titles of each book at http://www.blybooks.com/series/lewis-clark-squad/
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|Peggy Ann Bradnick Jackson|
photo by Sandy Sieber
For anyone, the thought of being kidnapped is terrifying. For one 17-year-old girl back in 1966, this actually happened. In fact, this particular kidnapping of an ordinary girl named Peggy Ann Bradnick became a historic event because finding her involved read more
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
|Tom & Joanna Wert Family|
Monday, May 4, 2015
(by Joanna Wert originally posted on her blog, Fifty Something, as the Letter C of the ABC’s of Homeschooling)
|Joanna and Tom Wert|
Today's topic for the ABCs of homeschooling concerns community. Community equals support, ideas, mentoring, a sense of belonging, and pooled resources.
During your first few years of homeschooling, read more
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Our family has developed a habit. Once a month, we climb in our car, travel Route 322 East, toward the Clark’s Ferry Bridge. Right before crossing the Susquehanna, we turn in at a little restaurant called the Red Rabbit.
My father-in-law used to talk about the beginnings read more
Thursday, April 16, 2015
My husband, Rusty Sieber, owner,
operater, and mechanic for Shelco
with a roll of fabric ready to be biased
When my husband worked as a cutter in a garment factory, he continually heard, “Where is that bias? Didn’t it come yet?” Those statements gave him an idea. What if read more
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
My experience with garment factories started in 1976 when my husband and I started a business to cut trims for the many factories in our area. We made bias binding, cross-cut ribbing, straight cut trim, bows for nightgowns, and spaghetti strap cording. Eventually, we worked for factories in other states as well.
David Peet, Inc. in East Salem became our first big
Friday, March 27, 2015
Entering the large brick building now labeled Stitch in Time Antique and Gift Mall in Millerstown, Pennsylvania, I imagined this space as it must have looked years ago. I saw a large open room with rows of sewing machines. A woman sat at each one, her head bent over her work. One section of the room would have had read more
Thursday, March 19, 2015
This past week at school, I noticed a caricature of the teacher I was substituting for. Hmm, I’d like to do that, I thought to myself. On Saturday, I got my chance. Millerstown Community Success, Inc. again had a craft show. This one they called a Spring Fling Craft Show.
Being a little more eager this time, I arrived right after the starting time of 8 o’clock. On the porch of the school I found read more
Friday, March 13, 2015
Temper this section of Pennsylvania history with Bible study time about our security in Christ, God’s provision for his people, and disaster readiness (staying close to God, his word, and his people).
Activities Students Can Do About Each Event: read more
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Another way I teach about Pennsylvania is through the symbols for the state. Do your children know that these had to go through legislative channels to be chosen? One class had an especially good lesson on the process as they were instrumental in having a state insect chosen! read more
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Different things students can do:
- Look up pictures of Native Americans by these artists: Robert Griffing, John Buxton, Jack Paluk, and Andrew Knez Jr.
- Read one of the novels about captivity among the Indians. (Captives: Mary Jemison, Catharine Carey, Regina Hartman)
- Read accounts by early travelers, settlers, or missionaries who wrote about the Indians: Jesuit missionaries, Moravians, David Zeisburger, Conrad Weiser, John Heckewelder, and David Brainerd.
- Make a timeline about the historical events
- Visit local landmarks. Add local dates to timeline.
- Make a list of names from your area that came from Indian names.
- Visit the Harrisburg State Museum Indian exhibit. read more
Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Different things students can do:
- Look for the words in the below outline on the Internet.
- Visit transportation exhibits at local museums. (Harrisburg State Museum has a great exhibit.)
- Make a scrapbook of pictures from Internet.
- Art and writing projects involving Pennsylvania transportation.
1. Draw different forms of historic transportation
2. Make up a story in which you must travel via a certain historical form of transportation.
3. Write a report comparing two historic forms of transportation. read more
Saturday, February 21, 2015
Education has been my life, first as an elementary, high school, and college student, then as a teacher of kindergarten, VBS, Sunday School, homeschool, and now as public school substitute. I love the process of learning especially the moment Read More
Monday, February 16, 2015
I've been teaching Pennsylvania history for a long time now, first to our four children, and then to other children at homeschool co-ops. One thing I've discovered is that the mass of information to be taught needs organized.
State history study can be arranged chronologically or topically. I always pick the topic way because it is easier to gear the lessons to students’ interests. To give the study a sense of order, I have them fill out a timeline. I use label paper to print stickers with date, subject, and a small picture while using small timelines in group classes. What I really like read more
Saturday, February 7, 2015
|(United States Public Domain)|
Native Pennsylvanian, Thomas Buchanan Read, born in 1822, had many talents. He painted, sculpted, and wrote in various genres. Although he had a huge following while he lived, most people now only know read more
Saturday, January 31, 2015
In my area, the time has quickly rolled around for homeschool co-op classes again. I thought that telling about what we do might help other support groups to try the venture or give some new ideas for groups already offering classes.
Our support group began with four families getting together to share a day of activities. We took turns coming up with what to do. That was 20 years ago. Now the co-op read more
Friday, January 23, 2015
The founder of Pennsylvania started life in 1644 as the son of a prominent couple, Admiral William Penn and his wife Margaret who lived in London, England. Young William grew up in a rich home with lots of food, clothing, and fun things to do. His family dressed well and liked the current entertainments of singing, dancing, playing cards, and competing in sports. His father, an admiral in the English Navy, supported military actions. The family attended the established church of the time, the Church of England.
When William was a little boy, read more
When William was a little boy, read more
Friday, January 16, 2015
I first met Heidi online as someone who worked for The Old Schoolhouse magazine and then met her in person at a homeschool convention even though she only lives a few miles from me. Our contact is still online through Facebook. Now, when I think of Heidi, I think read more