We are still studying the Thirty Years War (1618-1648). St. Martin of Tours was a beloved Saint of the Catholics of that time. Giving half of his cloak to a poor cold beggar, he was celebrated on Nov. 11 at 11:11 with chanting and lanterns; it was the unofficial first day of winter. We made simple paper bag lanterns and then marched around the house singing a little tune suggested in the Story of the World Vol. 3. Notice Nick doesn't have a lantern. His lantern making ended with a little fire, a beeping smoke detector and a sink full of ashened paper bag. It was a good lesson in fire safety and using lighters.
Yesterday Nick, Amber and Sam colored German, Swedish and Spanish soldiers and created a war scene.