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It has been a while! My Thanksgiving page has been out of order for a long time, so I am finally finding time to fix it. Below are the notebooking pages. Further down, you will find links to my other Thanksgiving related pages.

Maude M. Grant

The Pilgrims were good people.
They lived in England.
The Pilgrims liked to go to church.
Their king was not kind to them.
He would not let them go to their own church.
So they left England and went to Holland.

The Pilgrims lived in Holland.
They lived there for twelve years.
They saw the wind-mills. .
The wind-mills grind the corn.
The wind-mills pump the water.
The Dutch people live in Holland.
The Dutch boys and girls wear wooden shoes.
The Dutch people were kind to the Pilgrims.

The Pilgrims did not wish to live in Holland always.
They wanted a land of their own.
So they sailed across the sea.
The name of their boat was the Mayflower.
It was not a large boat.
The great green waves tossed the Mayflower about.
The Pilgrims sailed a long time over the sea.

The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth.
It was winter and very cold.
There were no houses.
The Pilgrims went into the woods.
They cut down trees and made log houses.
They made a church and a schoolhouse.

The Pilgrims met the Indians.
The Indians were kind to them.
They taught them how to hunt.
They taught them how to fish.
The Indians gave corn to the Pilgrims.
They showed them how to make corn bread.

The Pilgrims had to work very hard.
The winter was very long and cold.
The Pilgrims lived in log houses.
These houses were not warm.
Food was very scarce.
Sometimes the Pilgrims did not have enough to eat.

After awhile the Pilgrims did not have so hard a time.
Their corn and vegetables grew and they had a fine harvest.
They caught wild turkeys in the woods.
Soon their barns were full.
They said, "Let us have a day of Thanskgiving.
Let us thank God for His blessings."
So they had the first Thanksgiving Day.

Download Thanksgiving Notebooking Pages

Pilgrim Notebooking PagesDownload Pilgrim Notebooking Pages

I also have:
a Squanto Lapbook.
a Thanksgiving Poem and Copywork
a Poem and Picture Study of "The Landing of the Pilgrim Fathers".

Cynce's Place


Hey everyone! It has been a long while.

Today I wanted to share MaryEllen's entry for the Doodle4Google Contest. She wasn't one of the chosen, but I am too proud not to share. 🙂

She has begun to use the computer with her drawing. We finally set her up with her own desk and computer. She did this all digitally, one of her first projects.

Doodle4Google Entry

Here is a snippet from what she wrote on the entry form. "Drawing is something that I love to do, and I basically taught myself how. I also like to read fantasy and sci-fi books."

I think she did an excellent job. I am encouraging her to start her own blog, maybe as a summer project.

Hope y'all are doing fine. I will post again soon.



Lymphatic and Immune System Notebooking Pages
Wow, it has been ten months since I blogged last. I am peeking in today to put up another set of notebooking pages that I have sitting on my hard drive. I believe I have two more sets after this to put up.

This set is for the lymphatic and immune systems. If using Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology, this would be for chapter 13.

Download Lymphatic and Immune System Notebooking Pages

Video - Lymphatic System

Video- Immune System



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ILL Part 3 Resource List

Lesson 7 – The Gleaners
Information on Millet
A more thorough picture study

Lesson 12, 30, 48 – Debate
Debate Sheet PDF

Lesson 18 – Michael Angelo
MaryEllen’s writing on David Website

Lesson 22 – Down To Sleep
Author Bio on Helen Hunt Website
Down to Sleep - Full Poem Website

Lesson 25 - Coal
Coal Mining Website
Coal Website
Coal areas in the USA Website

Lesson 27 – Electricity
Early Electricity Website – might or might not help with the lesson, but I found it interesting on the progression of lighting in the home.

Lesson 28 – Railway Train
How Steam Trains Work Website with short video

Lesson 33 – Railroads
Amtrak Wikipedia Website

Lesson 34 – The Breaking Wave
Additional ocean poems Website

Lesson 38 – Bird’s Nests
All About Birds Website

Lesson 40 – Biography of an Oriole
Information on the Boston Oriole Website

Lesson 49 – The Horse Fair
Bio of Rosa Bonheur Website
About the picture Website

Lesson 51 – Composition
Ten Tips For Taking Care of Your Dog Website

Lesson 72 – Samuel Morse
History of the Telegraph Website
Telegram Passes Into History Website
Samuel Morse The Telegraph Video

Lesson 73 – Telegrams
Morse Code Machine Website

Lesson 79 – The Flag Goes By
Meaning of the flag Website (includes more thoughtful questions)
Henry H. Bennett biography Website

Lesson 81 – The Soldier
Uniforms of the USA Armed Forces Website
Army Officer Ranks Website

Lesson 82 – A Man Without A Country
A Man Without A Country by Edward Everett Hale

Lesson 84 – The Flag
American Flag Lapbook – Free on my website, Cynce’s Place

Lesson 85 – Conversation
Governor’s Duties Website

Lesson 87 – Columbus Poem
Short bio on Joaquin Miller Website

Lesson 92 – Letter Writing
Business Letter Styles Website

Lesson 96 – Daffodils
Short Bio on William Wordsworth Website

Lesson 99
Author bio and insight on the poem.

Lesson 101 – Conversation
Aesop Fables Website

Lesson 105 – Selection For Study
Read the full poem Website
Where Does Our Trash Go Video



Intermediate Language Lessons Part 3, Lesson 105, Selection For Study

This is an extension to the lesson in the book. Below is a video that explains where our trash goes once it leaves our homes.

This lesson is a great time to discuss recycling and to begin recycling in your home if don't already.

Intermediate Language Lessons Part 3, Lesson 105, Selection For Study

This is the complete poem. Only two stanzas were shared in the lesson. The lesson is titled Neighbor Mine and was found in Town and City.

Neighbor Mine

There are barrels in the hallways,
Neighbor mine;
Pray be mindful of them always,
Neighbor mine.
If you’re not devoid of feeling,
Quickly to those barrels stealing,
Throw in each banana peeling,
Neighbor mine!

Do not drop the fruit you’re eating,
Neighbor mine,
On the sidewalks, sewer, or grating,
Neighbor mine.
But lest you and I should quarrel,
Listen to my little carol;
Go and toss it in the barrel,
Neighbor mine!

Look! whene’er you drop a paper,
Neighbor mine,
In the wind it cuts a caper,
Neighbor mine.
Down the street it madly courses,
And should fill you with remorses
When you see it scare the horses,
Neighbor mine!

Paper-cans were made for papers,
Neighbor mine;
Let’s not have this fact escape us,
Neighbor mine.
And if you will lend a hand,
Soon our city dear shall stand
As the cleanest in the land,
Neighbor mine.

--From Town and City




Intermediate Language Lessons Part 3, Lesson 99, Home, Sweet Home

I included the instrumental of this poem which was originally a song. I also included a short bio of John Howard Payne.

The exercises at the end are there as an extension to the lesson. Don't feel like you have to use them.



Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;
A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there,
Which, seek through the world, is ne'er met with elsewhere.
Home, Home, sweet, sweet Home!
There's no place like Home! There’s no place like Home!

An exile from home, splendor dazzles in vain;
O, give me my lowly thatched cottage again!
The birds singing gayly, that came at my call, —
Give me them, — and the peace of mind, dearer than all!
Home, Home, sweet, sweet Home!
There's no place like Home! There’s no place like Home!

How sweet 'tis to sit 'neath a fond father's smile,
And the cares of a mother to soothe and beguile!
Let others delight mid new pleasures to roam,
But give me, oh, give me the pleasures of home!
Home! Home! sweet, sweet Home!
There's no place like Home! There’s no place like Home!

To thee I'll return, overburdened with care;
The heart's dearest solace will smile on me there;
No more from that cottage again will I roam;
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.
Home! Home! sweet, sweet Home!
There's no place like Home! There’s no place like Home!


About the Author and Home, Sweet Home

It remained for an American who died in foreign lands to sing us our choicest home song. John Howard Payne was born in New York in 1791, and spent his childhood in a humble home in East Hampton, Long Island. At the age of thirteen, while clerk in a New York mercantile house, he secretly edited The Thespian Mirror. For a while he attended Union College, but the bankruptcy of his father caused the young man to quit college and to seek to support himself as an actor. At eighteen, he played the part of Young Norval in "Douglas" in the Park Theatre, New York, and later appeared in Boston, Philadelphia, and Baltimore.

In 1813, he sailed for England where he appeared in the Drury Lane Theatre, London, successively as actor, manager, and playwright. He proved a very unsuccessful business manager, and hence suffered many financial embarrassments. In 1832, he returned to America. Ten years later, he was appointed as American Consul at Tunis, was recalled in 1845, and reappointed in 1851. He died in Tunis April 9, 1852, and was buried there in the cemetery of St. George. It was not until 1883 that his remains were at last brought to America, where they were finally interred in Washington with due ceremony, and with proper recognition of the wandering actor's home song.

The song "Home, Sweet Home," is a solo in Payne's Opera of Clari, or the Maid of Milan, which was first produced in Covent Garden Theatre in May, 1823. The music was adapted by Henry R. Bishop from an old melody which Payne had heard in Italy. The publisher of the song cleared two thousand guineas the first year, but Payne himself received very little of the profit.

Men everywhere have loved this exquisite home song. The soldier on the battlefield, the sailor on the trackless sea, and the lonely traveler with tear-dimmed eyes, have heard with thrills of delight the sweet strains of "Home, Sweet Home.'' We prize the song more highly because the author himself was a wanderer with no home he could call his own. His very loneliness, by way of contrast, seems to give this ideal home picture its truth and makes it touch deeply the hearts of men.


'Mid pleasures and palaces, though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home;
A charm from the skies seems to hallow us there,
Which, seek through the world, is ne'er met with elsewhere.

An exile from home, splendor dazzles in vain;
Oh, give me my lowly thatched cottage again;
The birds singing gayly, that came at my call;
Give me them, and that peace of mind, dearer than all.

Home, home, sweet, sweet home,
There's no place like home,
There's no place like home.

— John Howard Payne.

The above is the song as originally written. Later the following stanzas were added:

I gaze on the moon as I tread the drear wild,
And feel that my mother now thinks of her child;
She looks on that moon from our own cottage door,
Through the woodbines whose fragrance shall cheer me no more.

If I return home overburdened with care,
The heart's dearest solace I'm sure to meet there;
The bliss I experience whenever I come,
Makes no other place seem like that of sweet home.

Farewell peaceful cottage! farewell happy home!
Forever I'm doomed a poor exile to roam;
This poor, aching heart must be laid in the tomb,
Ere it cease to regret the endearments of home.

After careful study, listen to the song.
Listen to the instrumental (on the right side of the page).

Look up carefully the following words and expressions: palaces, humble, charm, hallow, exile, splendor, dazzles, lowly thatched cottage, drear wild, fragrance, overburdened, heart's dearest solace, bliss, doomed, endearments.


1. Give a brief sketch of the life of the author of this poem.
2. What is there about the author's life that makes the poem more impressive?
3. When and in what setting was the poem written?
4. What experience had the author with "pleasures and palaces"?
5. Explain fully the meaning of "hallow."
6. What was the "charm from the skies"?
7. Why can it not be found elsewhere?
8. In what sense was the author "an exile from home"?
9. Explain "splendor dazzles in vain."
10. Why does the author prefer the "lowly thatched cottage"?
11. What else endears home to him?
12. What was "that peace of mind dearer than all"?
13. Just what is added to the poem in the extra three stanzas?
14. What now seems to you to be the fuller meaning of the second line of stanza 1?
15. Why is this song so universally loved?



Intermediate Language Lessons Part 3, Lesson 96, Selection For Study


William Wordsworth

William WordsworthOf the three famous poets whose names are linked with the beautiful Lake Country of England—Wordsworth, Coleridge and Southey—Wordsworth's life and work especially belong to it. Most of his poems are about nature, or thoughts inspired by it.

He was born, in 1770, at Cockermouth, Cumberland, at one end of this district, and went to school in quaint old Hawkshead at the other end. In its woods he searched for nuts, on its grassy moors he caught woodcock, and he climbed its steep crags in hunting the raven. Here it was— at Grasmere—that he returned, after his studies at Cambridge University and his travels abroad, to live, and to write. A visit from Coleridge made him determine to be a poet.

Nearly all of his poems were composed under the open sky, as he was walking along hill or lake side. A stranger who visited Rydal Mount, as Wordsworth's home was called, asked to see where he worked. The servant took him first into a room filled with books. "This," said she, "is my master's library, but his study is out of doors." On his daily jaunts Wordsworth not only composed poems, but visited the cottagers far and near. When his birthday came they repaid his interest in them by gathering at his home for a merry old English festival. Sometimes with his own hands he planted a holly-tree to make a hillside more beautiful.

By those who were closest to him, especially his sister Dorothy, his wife and his daughter, Wordsworth was revered and greatly loved. "Large-boned, lean but still firm-knit, tall and strong-looking when he stood, a right good old steel-gray figure," Carlyle found him. Hazlitt says that there was "a peculiar sweetness in his smile," and De Quincy, that in his eyes was "a light which seems to come from depths below all depths." Wordsworth succeeded Southey as poet laureate. He died in 1850.



Intermediate Language Lessons, Part 3, Lesson 87

I included this short biography for those interested in learning a bit about the author of the poem, Columbus.

Joaquin Miller

Joaquin MillerCincinnatus Heine Miller, better known by the pen-name of Joaquin Miller, was born in Wabash district, Indiana, November 10, 1841. His mother was a cousin of General Ambrose E. Burnside. His father, Hulings Miller, was a school teacher of considerable learning, who removed to Oregon when the son was nine years old.

Young Miller was early sent to the country school, but ran away to California, where he spent two years in the mines, experiencing many hardships. He is said to have been a filibuster with Walker, an Indian sachem and Spanish vaquero. He returned with one hundred dollars, which he gave to his father, and began life where he left off. The school was now Columbia College, and he graduated in 1858, valedictorian of his class. He read law under George H. Williams, afterward Attorney General in the cabinet of President Grant, and on completing his course was admitted to the bar in 1860. In the spring of 1861 he went to the gold mines of Idaho, where he practiced his profession with such indifferent success that he turned express messenger. He returned to Oregon in 1863, and edited the "Democratic Register," published at Eugene. The paper was suppressed for alleged treasonable utterances, and he resumed the practice of law in 1864 at Canon City, Oregon. The town being attacked by the Snake Indians, Miller marched into the heart of the Indian country, and was rewarded by being made judge of Grant county in 1866, holding his position four years.

He now collected his writings under the title of "Songs of the Sierras," and not being able to secure a publisher in the United States, he went to London, where he brought out the work. To this he signed the Christian name of "Joaquin," which he had assumed from having written a paper in defense of the Mexican brigand, Joaquin Murietta, and by which name he is now universally known. He returned to America, but again visited London in 1873, when he published "Song of Sunland" and "One Fair Woman." He then returned to New York for a time, and subsequently settled in Washington, D. C., where he wrote for various periodicals, but in 1887 returned to California, making his home near Oakland. Miller was a great lover of the Indians. He says in "My Own Story," "all that I am or hope to be I owe to them. I owe no white man anything at all. The Indians are my true and warm friends." Although a northern man in sentiment, Miller was liberal and kind in spirit to the south—so much so as to be accused at one time of disloyalty. In addition to the works mentioned he published "Songs of Italy," and "Songs of Mexican Seas." He wrote several prose works among which are "The Danites in the Sierras," which was drawn from his experiences in the mines; the characters were taken from life, he himself being the Billy Piper; "Shadows of Shasta;" "Memorie and Rime," and " '49, or the Goldseekers of the Sierras." Miller also wrote several plays which were produced with success upon the stage; notable among them is "The Danites." He died February 17, 1913.