Monday, July 8, 2024

Summer Homeschooling - FNAF Week

FNAF Week -

Monday: The Lore

  • Set up the house to look like the Pizzeria
  • Cook from Chayton's cookbook each night
  • FNAF: Chayton goes over the lore of the story, what is cannon
    • In the game, the player takes control of a nightshift security guard at a derelict pizzeria known as Freddy Fazbear's Pizza, which is rumored to contain haunted and reanimated life-size animatronics that wander the facility at night.
    • The pizzeria itself is in a state of disrepair thanks to a series of tragedies associated with it, namely the kidnapping and likely murder of five children by a man named William Afton. It is rumored that the victims' bodies had been stuffed inside the many animatronic mascots of the pizzeria, named Freddy, Bonnie, Chica, and Foxy, which had led to a widespread boycott of the business and directly led to its demise.
    • With the protagonist monitoring the animatronics at night through the use of security cameras, it quickly becomes apparent that these rumors are true, with the mascots moving freely throughout the facility, edging closer and closer to the player's location with malicious intent. The player can only survive the lengthy period in the facility by managing the power supply of doors and lights, ensuring that none of the possessed animatronics can get close enough to inflict a mortal wound.
  • Start on costume - watch the videos, get the materials, start on the head


Tuesday:
  • FNAF 2:
    • FNAF 2 was released in 2014 very close to its predecessor, telling a prequel tale to the events of the first game. Taking place in a different location of the same restaurant chain, the title features many of the same animatronics from the first game while introducing a spate of new ones, such as a more passive figure known as Balloon Boy.
    • The original animatronics from the first game are kept in the restaurant initially as backup suits, but once again roam the facility at night along with their newer counterparts. FNAF 2 goes into more detail about the aforementioned murder of five children that was explored within the first game, telling the lore via Atari-style mini-games. The perpetrator of these crimes is depicted as a sinister and gaunt purple figure, earning him the moniker of Purple Guy for most of the franchise's story. Following the murderous intent displayed by the newly introduced animatronics in the title, the game ends with them being decommissioned in favor of the classic characters that dominate the first game.
  • Finish the head

Wednesday:
  • FNAF 3:
    • The third mainline installment to the FNAF franchise gave fans a huge acceleration to the series' lore and story, taking place 30 years after the events of the original game. This game is set within a new establishment called Fazbear's Fright, a horror attraction attempting to capitalize on the sinister urban legends surrounding the restaurant chain.
    • Once again, the player assumes the role of a nightshift security worker at the location, with deadly paranormal encounters saturating the core gameplay of the title. The key lore from FNAF 3 stems from the introduction of a brand-new animatronic known as Springtrap. It is revealed through the same kind of mini-games as FNAF 2 that Springtrap was formed from the killer William Afton, or Purple Guy, hiding from the ghosts of his victims in an empty rabbit animatronic suit. With the suit malfunctioning and trapping Afton inside, his spirit seemingly lingers on inside.
  • Start on the body

Thursday:
  • FNAF 4:
    • FNAF 4 is one of the most unique installments to the franchise, taking place within a child's bedroom instead of the norm of a security office within a facility. With the player taking control of the child, it is revealed that the protagonist has an intense fear of the animatronics at Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria, indicating that the title takes place before the events of the first game.
    • The game's story chronicles the infamous "Bite of '83", in which a child was tragically killed in an accident involving one of the animatronics at the facility. It is revealed that the protagonist of the game is the victim of this event, being relentlessly bullied by his friends and brothers over his irrational fear of the pizzeria's characters. During a birthday party at the location, his head was stuffed into one of the animatronic's mouths, with his tears causing a technical fault that caused the animatronic to bite down, killing the boy.
  • Work on the body

Friday:
  • Subsequent Releases:
    • Many other titles have been released within the FNAF universe following FNAF 4, despite not continuing the sequential titles of the previous installments. The game Sister Location explained how William Afton was the creator of the animatronics of Five Nights at Freddy's, with his daughter's soul supposedly possessing a smaller animatronic called Circus Baby which predates the establishment of the Fazbear restaurant chain.
    • During the events of Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria Simulator, the player takes control of William Afton's son, Michael. With the animatronics of the franchise now being seriously dilapidated, so much so that they are now barely functioning and rebuilt scrap versions of their prior selves, it is revealed in the title that Springtrap survived the events of FNAF 3, now known as Scraptrap.
    • The most recent release, Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach, offers free-roam gameplay and only spans a single night, bringing fans up to date with the story of the franchise. Security Breach reveals that an entire mall has been created under the Freddy Fazbear franchise, with the player controlling a boy named Gregory who works alongside a new non-hostile Freddy to navigate the maliciously programmed animatronics of the facility. With the game culminating with a revisit to the ruins of the original pizzeria and the reveal of Afton's spirit living on as the even more disfigured "Burntrap", it is clear that the story of the Five Nights at Freddy's franchise is not over yet.
  • Finish the body
  • Dinner and games at Leaderboard Arcade Bar & Pizzeria
  • Outbreak at Zero Latency

Saturday: Field Trip to Sally's Dark Rides

Saturday, July 6, 2024

Summer Homeschooling - Druid Week


Druid Week -

Druids are thought to have been these magical wizards who could control nature. They were the first doctors, chemists, meteorologists, botanists, and astrologists. The real King James IV (Jaime's dad) actually had a druid under his employment, and one of his tasks was turning lead into gold. This wasn't magic, however, it was just chemistry/physics. Lead (atomic number 82 on the periodic table) requires the nuclear release of 3 protons to become gold (atomic number 79).

Druids created the first medicines and used the sky to help society plan their crops. They appreciated and connected with nature in a way that is lost to us today, and throughout my journey writing Evelyn's story, I'm starting to bridge that gap within myself. Most of the holidays we celebrate today were created by the druids; this week, we will learn why.

So, were druids magical, or did they just know nature's language, Awen? What would you and I know or be capable of if we also learned it?





Monday: Druids

  • Colors of the Wind
  • Awen - On page 189, Baba Edith states, "Awen is the force that beats with the essence of life. It is the ebb and flow of all existence. You see, while inside the womb, we swim within it, but as we age, we feel as if we have lost that connection. It feels as though it is something to be searched for and obtained, but it is already inside every one of us..."
  • Five elements: air, water, earth, fire, and spirit.
  • The chakras (deep dive video), and what colors are connected to what:
    • Root - anxiety disorders, fears, or nightmares; problems in the colon, with the bladder, or with lower back, leg, or feet issues.
    • Sacral - feeling uninspired creatively, having emotional instability, fear of change, depression, addiction-like behaviors.
    • Solar Plexus - low self-esteem, difficulty making decisions, anger or control issues; apathy, procrastination, vulnerability; tummy ache of some kind, such as digestive issues or gas.
    • Heart - grief, anger, jealousy, fear of betrayal, and hatred toward yourself and others; emotionally closed off and find it difficult to get over past hurts and forgive; hard to give and receive love.
    • Throat - hard to truly express oneself; hard to pay attention and stay focused or fear judgment from others; sore throat, thyroid issues, neck and shoulder stiffness, or tension headaches.
    • Third Eye - trouble accessing your intuition, trusting your inner voice, recalling important facts, or learning new skills; act more judgmental, dismissive, and introverted.
    • Crown - when unblocked, you have an exalted state of spiritual connection and enlightenment. It takes a lot of practice to unblock the crown chakra.
  • Crystals - What crystals are you drawn to? This will tell you what you need.
    • Anna - 
      1. rose quartz (practical, reliable, strong sense of family values, unconditional love, inner peace, emotional balancing, purifies and opens the heart at all levels to promote love, self-love, friendship, deep inner healing, and feelings of peace)
      2. garnet (determined and ambitious, attractive air of confidence, joy, forgiveness, love, happiness, creativity, prosperity, loyalty, commitment, regenerative, root, heart, sacral)
      3. aragonite (patience, grounding, emotional strength, luck, centering)
    • Chayton - 
      1. amethyst (best grounding stone, your energy is high in the head, connected to the crown and third eye, protection against fear and feels of guilt, instilling calmness, alleviating anxiety, pleasant dreams, free, loving)
      2. clear quartz (opens capacity to absorb, store, release, and regulate energy, straightforward, energetic)
      3. tiger eye (courage, focus, prosperity, protection)
  • Witchy pop culture:
    • Looking into your crystal ball is just scrying; like a mirror or a candle, it's just meditation, visiting the astral plane, connecting with your spirit guide or ancestors
    • Grimoire/Book of Shadows (sounds scary right?); Evelyn had her own in her hidden room - What is shadow work? Use shadow work cards.
    • Potions in a cauldron (this is what they used to cook over the hearth, we have a Dutch oven) were the first medicines: tea, simmer pots, diffusers and essential oils
  • Kitchen Witchery - Druids learned how to use food to heal us; medicine is all witchcraft
    • elderberry syrup (boosts your immune system and cures sickness)
    • willow bark is where aspirin came from; willow bark contains salicylate, relieves aches and pains, including headaches, and can save you if you're having a heart attack
    • valerian root - Evelyn makes a tea to calm Eric
    • snowdrops - contains galantamine used to treat Alzheimer's disease
  • Druids stated that when you enter a forest, ask the trees for their secrets and for their permission to walk among them. They were considered the lungs of the earth, and the one thing humans cannot live without.

Weekly Activities:
  • Monday - Chakra Yoga - chakra meditation: Pick out a crystal from the metaphysical store, eat with your chakra, shadow work game
  • Tuesday - Ostara Yoga - spirit animal (Spring - new life and new beginnings): write down your goals or aspirations for the rest of the year (and do a spell, calling the corners), pick up a hobby that you've loved but put down, when you clean, it's like a spell, you clear the energy, protect the house, simmer pot, declutter and donate; pick a bouquet, get a bouquet from the store (purifies the air); baked potato, roast veggies, fish/cured meats, beans/seeds, pasta/cheese sauce
  • Wednesday - Beltane Yoga - higher self (Summer - celebrating nature's energy and life/the sun): cookout or have a picnic at a shaded park, campfire with smores, learn about the fae and how to find them, make sun tea, go the beach and watch the sunset
  • Thursday - Lammas Yoga - astral projection (Fall - celebrating nature's bounties/the harvest): make a gratitude list, go to the farmer's market, get fresh fruits and veggies for dinner; bake bread, donate to the food bank; make a besom or see if Publix has them yet
  • Friday - Samhain Yoga - hiraeth (Winter - celebrating family and tradition): Silly Feast - dress in animal masks, bob for apples, make salt dough ornaments, use family recipes from my mom's cookbook, learn family history, tell ghost stories, make wassail

Tuesday: Wheel of the Year/Imbolc/Ostara - Coloring Page



  • The Wheel of the Year is an annual cycle of seasonal festivals. The druids considered all things to be cyclical, with time as a perpetual cycle of growth and retreat tied to the Sun’s annual death and rebirth.
  • Imbolc (High Winter) February 1st-2nd: 
    • Imbolc celebrates the hearth and the home. The word Imbolc literally means "in the belly" and refers to the fact that ewes give birth to lambs and begin lactating around this time, symbolizing purification and cleansing. Take this time to honor the dormant potential within, and nurture the flickering flames of creativity and inspiration that have waited so patiently beneath the winter frost.
    • Symbols: white flowers (snowdrops), sheep/lambs, milk, seeds (sow the seeds, whether crops or personal)
    • Activities: set your goals and intentions for the year, rekindle creative pursuits such as painting, knitting, writing, etc., make candles, make blackberry jam or cobbler, have tea and a good book by the fire, enjoy home with friends and family, bake with milk and seeds, do community service (nursing homes, shelters, food banks, litter pick up, etc.), declutter and donate, take a milk bath, focus on self-care and healing
  • Ostara (Spring Equinox, day and night are equal) March 19th:
    • The Spring Equinox is dedicated to the fertility goddess, Ostara. She is notably associated with the symbols of the hare (fertility and messengers between the living and dead because they 'burrowed between worlds') and the egg (new beginnings, the cycle of life), and she is where the word Easter derived from. This is when Spring begins. The Earth is awakening, and it is a time of rebirth and new life. Attention is brought to the balance we need in our own lives, and it is a time to nurture our bodies with healthy nutrients and to cut anything harming their growth.
    • Symbols: hares, eggs, spring flowers (white lilies), shamrocks (druids, realms of land, sea, and sky; interconnected aspects of mind, body, and spirit), butterflies (transformation, growth, cycle of life), scales (equinox, maintain balance)
    • Activities: spring cleaning, planting your garden (egg shells provide good nourishment), decorating/painting eggs, fresh flowers around the home, baking hot cross buns (solar cross), taking a walk through nature, making a bird house or bird feeder, bake with lavender and lemon, do yoga outside in the grass, basket weaving or crochet

Wednesday: Beltane/Litha
  • Beltane (High Spring) May 1st: watch that episode of Men in Kilts
    • Also called May Day or Walpurgis Night, Beltane is the fire festival of flowers, fertility, and delight. The word "Beltane" roughly translates to "bright fire," and as such, one of its important rituals concerns the lighting of the Beltane bonfire. Fire was seen as a purifier and healer, was deemed to have protective powers, and would have been walked around and danced/jumped over by the members of the community. Farmers would also have sent their cattle between bonfires to cleanse and protect them, before driving them out to the summer pastures.
    • All household fires would have been doused and then re-lit from the Beltane bonfire. In this way, the community was connected to each other by the sacred fire, which was central to all. These gatherings would have been accompanied by a feast, and since it was a liminal festival (a time when the veil is thinnest between our world and the Otherworld), some of the food and drink would have been offered to the daoine sìth, aos sí (fae, descendants of the Tuatha Dé Danann). 
      • The Otherworld (called Annwn in Welsh and Tír na nÓg in Irish) is the supernatural realm of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance, and joy, occupied by the deities and possibly also the dead. It is described as a parallel world that exists alongside our own. It is usually elusive, but various mythical heroes visit it either through chance or after being invited by one of its residents. They often reach it by entering ancient burial mounds or caves, or by going underwater or across the western sea. Sometimes, they suddenly find themselves there with the appearance of a magic mist (or an invisible curtain in Aiden's case), supernatural beings, or unusual animals (like the ghost wolves).
      • The fae: types of fae - The Enchanting Fairies of Celtic LoreThe History of Fairies | The Dark & Tragic Stories You Were Never Told
    • Doors, windows, barns, and livestock would be decorated with yellow May flowers, perhaps because they evoked fire. Beltane was and is ultimately a celebration of casting off the darkness and celebrating the light.
    • Symbols: the May Pole, bonfires, fairies, flower crowns and garlands
    • Activities: make a flower crown, have a picnic, dance to music, may flowers on neighbors' doors, bake cookies, leave offerings for the fae
  • Litha (Summer Solstice) June 20th: 
    • Lithia celebrates the beginning of Summer and the longest day of the year. This is the turning point when we surrender to the darkness, and the days begin to grow shorter and the nights longer from here on out. 
    • Symbols: sunflowers, citrine, sea shells, bees, mirrors
    • Activities: sunrise yoga, camping, strawberry, peach, or blueberry picking, cookouts with family and friends, making sun tea, going to the beach, deserts with fresh fruit, watching the sunset, baking honey cakes

Thursday: Lammas/Mabon
  • Luchnassad/Lammas (First Harvest) August 1st: 
    • The name Lammas (contraction of loaf mass) implies a feast of thanksgiving for grain and bread, which symbolizes the first fruits of the harvest. It is celebrated by baking bread and eating it.
    • Activities: bake bread, make corn dollies, have a beer/ginger beer, dry lavender, make berry preserves to use throughout the winter
  • Mabon (Autumn Equinox, day at night are equal) September 22nd:
    • Mabon is the druids' thanksgiving for the fruits of the earth, celebrated with a feast of locally grown fruits and veggies. Mabon is the second equinox, so it is a time of balance and harmony.
    • Activities: make a gratitude list, go apple picking, collect fallen leaves, volunteer at the soup kitchen or donate to the food bank, make your besom or a cornucopia, drink apple cider or cinnamon tea, take a bike ride through the woods, meditate, talk to the woodland creatures and leave them offerings, bake an apple pie

Friday: Samhain/Yule
  • Samhain (High Autumn) October 31st: 
    • Samhain ushers in the "dark half of the year," and that is when the cattle would have been brought down from the summer pastures and livestock would have been slaughtered. Like Beltane, it was considered a liminal festival, when the boundary between this world and the Otherworld blurred. Also like Beltane, a druid priest would have lit a communal bonfire, and all household fires would have been doused or allowed to die and then re-lit from the Samhain bonfire. This bonfire would have been used as protection from evil spirits since they could attend because of the darkness, but light warded them off.
    • Since the beings of the Otherworld were said to walk amongst the living during this time, offerings of food and drink were left for them, to ensure the people and livestock survived the winter. Mumming and guising were also part of the festival, as a way of imitating and disguising oneself from the fae, and children would go door to door, reciting verses in exchange for food or soul cakes.
    • Samhain was also considered a time to celebrate the lives of those who have passed on, and respect was paid to ancestors, family members, friends, pets, and other loved ones. At this time, the ancient burial grounds were opened (seen as portals to the Otherworld), and deceased loved ones were invited to attend the feast and festivities, having a place set at the table for them during the meal.
    • Because the veil was so thin, divination was also popular at this time, and this usually involved nuts and apples, which is where bobbing for apples came from.
    • Jack O' Lanterns (Jack of the Lantern) - the story of Stingy Jack; the devil gave him a spare ember to see his way through the dark and scare off other evil spirits in his wake; this legend ended up with the living carving pumpkins and placing candles inside to ward off evil spirits.
    • Activities: research family history, use family recipes, connect with your elders, visit graves, make squash soup, bake a pumpkin pie, bob for apples, bake soul cakes, carve a jack-o-lantern, brew divination tea, look through old photo albums, scrying and divination, tell ghost stories, eat caramel apples
  • Yule (Winter Solstice) December 21st-January 1st: 
    • Yule is a winter celebration of the shortest day of the year, and as such, the return of the sun and the beginning of longer days. It is a time of peace, stillness, and healing.
    • The 12 Days of Christmas:
      • 20th, Mother's Night (Yule's Eve)
        • A celebration of the Disir, protective female spirits of fate and fertility; ancestral grandmothers who blessed, protected, and provided prophetic counsel to the clan. This is a night for holding vigil through the dark to honor female ancestors.
      • 21st, Winter's Night (the Winter Solstice)
        • Celebrating the longest night and the return of the sun, heralding the lengthening of days and the promise of spring.
        • The Yule Log: A Nordic tradition of burning a tree or log in the home for the entire 12 Days of Christmas, allowing the flame of the old year to ignite the new year. The ash from the log was sometimes used for rituals such as blessing crops, protecting against storms, and healing the sick.
      • 22nd, Father's Night
        • A night to honor male spirits, the Alfar—male ancestors.
      • 23rd, The Silly Feast (counting the blessings)
        • Loki's Silly (Seelie) Feast - a party or feast while wearing your animal masks, probably where our NYE masquerades come from. A time for exchanging gifts, turning social rules, and setting up the Yule Tree.
          • The Yule Tree: A Germanic tradition of decorating trees with greenery and ornaments (wish ornaments - salt dough with your hopes for the coming year, symbols of gratitude and joy). The yule tree signified abundance in the coming year. You decorate the outdoor trees for the animals and the indoor tree for you.
      • 24th, The Wild Hunt (Christmas Eve)
        • A ghostly parade of spirits riding wildly through the night, marking a time of mystical energy. Nowadays, the Wild Hunt is known as a terrifying ordeal, where fae attack or capture anyone in their path. On the other hand, some believe it is a fae celebration, which can still be pretty scary since they're more rambunctious and violent than those on this side of the veil.
        • Santa was known as a fae, whose clothes matched the red-capped mushrooms that grow through the winter snow beneath the evergreen trees. Shaman or šamán means "one who knows." Bells call the spirits and fairies (that's why Santa has them on his sleigh).
        • The Deer Mother takes to the skies, carrying the light of the sun in her antlers, bringing rebirth to the land.
        • Also, the Yule book flood takes place, where people gift books to each other and read through the night.
      • 25th, Protecting the Home (Christmas Day, letting light and hope in)
        • Lighting candles, decorating with ribbons and garlands, and hanging mistletoe in doorways for protection in the coming year.
          • Evergreens: Evergreens were revered because they lasted even in the heart of winter. They were hung over doors and windows, as their greenery in a time of bleak cold was believed to ward off negative energies and illness.
          • Wreaths: The Yule Wreath had dried orange for strength, oak for wisdom, holly for hope, evergreen for rebirth, clove for prosperity, cinnamon for protection, laurel for success, and mistletoe for fertility.
          • Mistletoe: The druids held nothing more sacred than the mistletoe and the tree that bears it, the oak. They call the mistletoe "uil-ìoc," which means the all-healing. A kiss under the mistletoe represents the promise of love, life, and renewal.
      • 26th, Honor to the Hearth
        • A day for feasts, particularly lamb stew and leaf bread, as kin gather together to share warmth and nourishment before the winter's grip tightens.
      • 27th, Protecting Outside the Home
        • Making offerings to wildlife and spirits of the woods, preparing for the coming winter. This day is also marked by the creation of protective wards for the coming winter, ensuring a shield against unseen forces.
      • 28th, Ritual of Completion (close out everything for the year, clear any debts)
        • It is a time to conclude tasks left undone, a moment of closure and preparation for the impending new cycle. Plum (figgy) pudding is a culinary symbol of completion.
      • 29th, Day of Contemplation (looking into the new year)
        • Approaching the year’s end, the penultimate day invites a gaze into the future and an appreciation of nature’s wonders. Create open spaces for relaxation, meditate on the year to come, and engage with preferred divination tools, seeking insights for the unfolding future.
      • 30th, Good Luck in the coming Year 
        • Wassail is made, and wassailing occurs.
          • Wassailing: The house-visiting wassail is the practice of people going door-to-door, singing, and offering a drink from the wassail bowl in exchange for gifts; this practice still exists, but has largely been displaced by carol singing. The orchard-visiting wassail refers to the ancient custom of visiting orchards in cider-producing regions, reciting incantations, and singing to the trees to scare away evil spirits and promote a good harvest for the coming year.
      • 31st, Hogmanay (spiritually and physically cleansing the house)
        • Homes are blessed for protection (saining), and the home is cleaned from top to bottom. 
        • Drinking, dancing, and feasting ensue, and a massive torchlit parade occurs. Nowadays, Hogmanay (New Year's) rings in at midnight with fireworks and "Auld Lang Syne." The first person to visit on New Year's is called the "first-footer," and he should be a tall, dark-haired man bringing coal or shortbread.
      • Activities: decorate your home with candles to bring light into your home, go foraging, decorate with dried fruits and evergreens, bake a spiced yule log cake, have a cup of wassail, put a lantern on your porch or a candle in your front window, hang peanut butter and seed coated pinecones for the birds, make gingerbread

Saturday: Field Trip to go blueberry picking.

Friday, July 5, 2024

Summer Homeschooling - Breyer/Horse Week

BREYER/HORSE WEEK -

Monday: 


Tuesday: 
  • Types of sports horses do

Wednesday: 
  • Breeds of horses and identification

Thursday:
Friday: 
  • The history of where horses originated

Saturday: Field Trip to go horseback riding.

Tuesday, July 2, 2024

Summer Homeschooling - Backrooms Week

BACKROOMS WEEK -

Chayton is teaching this week, but I was able to get together a Backrooms meal to represent the weirdness of all things clipping. 


Backrooms food


A Backrooms Dinner:

Add-Ons:

  • Almond Ice Cream
  • Skinned Bread (Pork Rinds)
  • Chocolate Sludge (Chocolate Pudding)


Almond-Marinated Hound Rib

Preparing the meat:

You want very fresh meat, so get the marinade into the pan before you kill the Hound. Here's how to make it:

  • 1 cup of Almond Water (or Cured Almond Water)
  • 1 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • Liberal Crimson Oil

If you have a Hound ready, great! If not, start screaming. A Hound will probably come to try to kill you soon. Then, take your spear and stab it through the heart. This will get it nice and juicy for when you eat it. You can get a lot of meat off of it, but we won't be cooking those today. Instead, we will be curing it. Get some nice rib meat and get it into the pan. It'll marinate in its own blood as well as the marinade you made earlier. Flip it occasionally and make liberal use of herbs and spices. Serve with some vegetables. ALWAYS cook until Well Done, as consuming it while Rare or Medium-rare has a 40-50% chance or higher of infecting you with Hound Virus.


Grilled Chicken

Sadly, actual Frontrooms chickens don't exist in the Backrooms. "Chickens" are actually shape-shifting alligator void monstrosities, but you can still cook them.

Prepare the following:
  • 1 Tablespoon of Smoked Crimson Fern (Tastes similar to Frontrooms Paprika)
  • 1 Tablespoon of Crimson Oil
  • Some Minced Garlic from the Snackrooms
  • 1 Tablespoon of Almond Water
  • 1 Teaspoon Crimson Leaf
Blend this into a marinade and refrigerate it. Then, head to Level 3 with your Plasma Rifle. Take left turns whenever you can, and eventually a "chicken" will come to attack you.

NOTICE: IT IS IMPORTANT THAT YOU KEEP TRACK OF TIME. IF YOU SPEND MORE THAN 24 HOURS IN LEVEL 3, YOU WILL DIE.

Once you see the "chicken", immediately blast it with the plasma rifle until you're sure it's dead, and then hack what's left of it into pieces. This is insurance, since chickens are some of the most dangerous entities. After you've killed it, put on latex gloves and a mask. Cut choice pieces of meat, and then get them at least 8 meters from the rest of the body. Make deep incisions into the meat, and then boil it in Almond Water. This will force the venom out of its venom glands. Discard the Almond Water and the rest of the body in a container clearly marked as a bio-hazard. Then, take the meat to your grill. Heat the grill up to at least 500 degrees Fahrenheit and start grilling the meat. Douse the meat in almond water, and then spread the marinate over it. The meat will have an amazing consistency and taste but ensure that you extracted the venom before biting into it, as it is incredibly potent.


Pizza

Ingredients:
  • Tomatoes, Pepper, and Olives (from Level 92)
  • Mushrooms (from Level 150)
  • One bottle of Almond Water
  • Mold
  • Wormlings
  • Wheat (from Level 10)
  • Yeast
  • Warm Water
  • Entity Meat (A variety of different meats are suggested)
  • Herbs (Optional)
  • A bucket of seawater (from Level 7)
Preparation:
  • Boil the water from the bucket of seawater to get salt
  • Filter almond water through some mold.
  • Mix the mold with boiled wormlings to get cheese (make sure to melt it)
  • Get four cups of grain (from your wheat)
  • Pour it in a blender for 2 minutes to get flour
  • Grind and crush your olives
  • Stir the olives and let it sit for a few minutes
  • Filter the olive mush and siphon it to get olive oil
  • Cut your meat, pepper, mushrooms, and remaining olives
Steps:
  • Sprinkle the Yeast in warm water for 10 minutes
  • Combine the your flour with salt, yeast, and olive oil
  • Knead the mixture and put it in a bowl greased with olive oil and let it sit for a day
  • Punch it and cut it into 4 parts
  • Let it sit for 30 minutes
  • Poke the dough and stretch it
  • Add your tomato sauce, meat, pepper, melted cheese, mushrooms, and olives on the dough
  • Bake it in a oven at 500˚F for 15 minutes
  • If it's made correctly, it should taste good. (Might take a long time to make, but it's totally worth it)

Grilled Salmon

If you want to make the Grilled Salmon in the Backrooms, you'll need to travel to Level 585 to go and fish some salmon. You will also need a grill too. The salmon in the Backrooms is a bit different, eating it plain by grilling immediately, will cause it to taste very bland and bitter. But if you boil it in Almond Water, let it cool, then grill it, it will taste better, I recommend you add a few drops of Moth Jelly, a cut-up knob of garlic and a splash of lemon juice before grilling. After waiting for 10-15 minutes, while grilling it perfectly, Ta-da! You have yourself grilled backrooms salmon, which will nourish you very well. Since it contains Almond Water, it will restore your sanity, and have a salty-sour-sweet taste.

Mac & Cheese

Butter - Find any mold you can. Then, grab a container half full of Almond Water and leave the mold in there overnight. After that, put it through a coffee filter to filter out the Almond Water. Then take the same amount of body fat as the mold from an entity of your choice, preferably a Wretch, and mix it together in a mixing pot until the substance becomes creamy. Then leave it to solidify, preferably in a fridge.

Milk - The process of making milk is similar to the process of making butter, only instead of leaving it to solidify after mixing mold with entity body fat, you boil it using a saucepan and pouring a cup of Almond Water.

Cheese - Use the same technique to make mold as used for butter and milk, but instead of mixing it with entity fat, you get a handful of Wormlings and boil them in a saucepan while churning it until they reach a cream-like state. After this, you slowly churn the substance for ten minutes for it to be easier to pour. You then want to mix the mold with the Wormling substance vigorously until you have a cream-like substance. You then let it solidify, preferably in a fridge.

Flour - The process for substituting flour is very simple compared to the other ingredients. All you need to do is grab some wheat crops, preferably from Level 10, and put it in a saucepan half full with Almond Water. After half an hour, pour it onto a coffee filter and leave it out to dry. After drying, grind it until it turns into powder.

Pasta - Take two cups of your flour and 200 grams of any entity fat and mix it in a saucepan half full of Almond Water until it solidifies into the pasta you want. Then form the substance you have into macaroni shape.

Friday, June 7, 2024

Summer Homeschooling - Supernatural Week

SUPERNATURAL WEEK - SEASON ONE

Saving people, hunting things – the family business.

Preparation: 

Season One Mystery: What killed Mary and Jessica?


Monday: Spirits, Wendigos, & Demons

  • Math: How many miles on BabyAll Locations - Miles traveled in Baby during Season One: 20,290 - Mark the map as they travel. 750K for Baby's lifetime.
  • Art: Get John's journal - build your own journal like John - Season One Creatures - make creature grids with stats like in D&D
  • Science: EMF Meter - Electromagnetic fields (EMFs) are a central part of many paranormal theories, including the idea that ghosts may interact with the environment through them. EMF meters are often used in ghost hunting equipment to detect these fields, which can be generated by moving electric charges and the Earth's core. Some believe that spirits may disrupt or manipulate these fields when they are present.
  • What's in Baby's trunk?
    • Survival supplies: a government credential for every occasion, a spare tire, toolbox, silverware set, first-aid kit, gasoline gallon, sledgehammer, and emergency flares. 
    • Monster-killing basics: lighters, matchboxes, and shovels to banish ghosts; candles or spray paint for spells and sigils. A stack of burner phones and replaceable laptops are essential for research, while ropes, chains, lock picks, and duct tape rolls all come in handy.
    • Basic hunting tools: EMF meters to read paranormal activity appeared frequently during early seasons, as did rosaries for blessing holy water (also available in gallons in the trunk), anti-possession necklaces to ward off demons, and salt for pretty much everything. Curse boxes to hold cursed objects, modified tasers for taking down rawheads, flamethrowers to deal with changelings, and flare guns for wendigos. Jars of dead man's blood, holy oil and Borax are necessary for fighting vampires, angels and Leviathans, respectively. The purpose of the wooden and silver stakes is unknown, as is the reason for carrying dreamcatchers and crucifixes, although they may act as warding. Dean's crossbow and silver-tipped arrows are also a mystery. The most important tools in the trunk, however, are probably the books. John Winchester and Bobby Singer's journals are valuable sources of hunting lore, while Rowena's journal and spell books help Sam master several spells.
    • Knives and blades: axes, pocket knives, and machetes (for beheading vampires). Iron knives are effective against a long list of creatures, including demons, ghosts, fairies, and hellhounds. Silver is similarly powerful, wounding monsters such as djinn, lamias, revenants, shapeshifters, werewolves, and wraiths.
    • A surplus of firearms: Dean is most often seen with is his Colt M1911A1, a .45 caliber handgun used by the U.S. military in the early 1900s. Sam is primarily seen using the Taurus Model 99, a 9mm pistol similar to the Beretta. Revolvers, shotguns and rifles are also used by Dean and Sam Winchester depending on the situation. Shotguns are often loaded with rock salt shells to dispel ghosts, while revolvers are also useful for loading specialized bullets. The brothers store a variety of ammunition in the Impala's trunk including iron, silver, and dead man's blood bullets, as well as bullets capable of killing witches and etched with devil's traps to contain demons.
    • Rare specialty weapons: 37mm DefTech grenade launcher was visible in the very first episode of Supernatural. A harpoon gun, nunchucks, collapsible batons, and ninja stars.



Episode 1: Woman In White - SupernaturalWiki

  • Palo Alto, CA (Stanford University)
  • Jericho, CA
  • Salt: salt repels spirits, rock salt, salt and burn bones to release trapped spirits or those who choose not move on, i.e. revenge
  • Jessica's death
Episode 2: Wendigo - more resources
  • Blackwater Ridge, Lost Creek, CO
  • Art: Anasazi symbols for protection
Episode 3: Dead in the Water
  • Lake Manitoc, WI
  • premonitions 
  • avenging spirit haunts the lake
  • Art: draw the weirdest thing you've ever seen in your dreams
Episode 4: Phantom Traveler
  • Kittaning, PA
  • Nazareth, PA
  • Indianapolis, IN
  • demons, exorcism, holy water; black eyes - more resources; demons give off sulfur
  • Why do demons set off EMF? Because they are also spirits, just back from hell. 

Tuesday: Shapeshifters & Curses

Episode 5: Bloody Mary
Episode 6: Skin
Episode 7: Hookman
  • Ankeny, IA
  • spirits can be attached to an object as well 
Episode 8: Bugs
  • Oasis Plains, OK (Atoka County)
  • Indian burial grounds, curse, plagues

Wednesday: Poltergeists, Vanirs, & Reapers

Episode 9: Home
  • Lawrence, KS
  • poltergeist
  • Gris-gris bags to purify the house: black bags filled with five-finger grass, also known as cinquefoil, uncrossing salt, and poke root. Spray the bag with jinx-removing spray and sprinkle with uncrossing oil.
Episode 10: Asylum
Episode 11: Scarecrow
  • Burkittsville, IN (near Scottsburg)
  • Vanir is being summoned in the form of a scarecrow to protect the town, in exchange for annual sacrifices, with a sacred tree in the town giving it power.
  • using blood to communicate with demons
  • make a pie
Episode 12: Faith

Thursday: Psychics/Sensitives, Daevas, & Tulpas

Episode 14: Nightmare
Episode 15: The Benders
Episode 16: Shadow
Episode 17: Hell House
  • Richardson, TX
  • Tulpa brought on by a Tibetan spirit sigil
  • Art: design your own haunted house

Friday: Shtrigas, Vampires, & Devil's Trap

Episode 18: Something Wicked
  • Fitchburg, WI
  • vampiric witch known as a shtriga; the Witcher
Episode 19: Provenance
  • New Paltz, NY
Episode 20: Dead Man's Blood
Episode 21: Salvation
  • Salvation, IA
Episode 22: Devil's Trap

Saturday: Field Trip to Haunted Location

Food: Dean's favorite stuff

Trivia: What Godzilla movie is Dean's favorite? Godzilla vs. Mothra

Friday, July 21, 2023

Summer Homeschooling - Egypt Week

EGYPT WEEK -

Monday: Intro to Ancient Egypt

  • Ask the kiddos: What they THINK they know about Egypt & What they WANT to know about Egypt
  • Ancient Egypt 101 - Timeline of Ancient Egypt
  • Eat an Egyptian Meal - lamb kabobs, pita bread, hummus, olives, grapes
  • Why did the Egyptians settle here of all places? 
    • The Nile River Valley - 
      • Papyrus: This tall marsh plant had strong stems, and bundles of 100 or more reeds tied together with rope were used to make small boats. These crescent-shaped boats were used to hunt, fish, and travel short distances along the Nile River, the longest river in the world. This kind of boat is still built and used in parts of the world today. And for heavier loads or long distances, the Egyptians would use standard wooden boats with sails.
      • Papyrus was also used to make paper for scrolls, and this was the earliest paper-like material. At the time, all other civilizations used stone, clay tablets, animal hides, wood materials, or wax as writing surfaces. Papyrus was, for over 3,000 years, the most important writing material in the ancient world. It was exported all around the Mediterranean and was widely used in the Roman Empire as well as the Byzantine Empire. Its use continued in Europe until the 7th century AD, when an embargo on exporting it forced the Europeans to use parchment. Make Papyrus Paper
    • There are many dangerous creatures that live in the Nile River, such as venomous snakes, hippopotamuses, and the infamous Nile Crocodile. Egypt is also home to a wide variety of other animals and plants, including lions, hyenas, jackals, gazelles, and cobras. 
      • Egyptians have always been close to the natural world. The ancient Egyptians left paintings and carvings of large animals like elephants, leopards, and cheetahs. These animals were once common in Egypt but are now rare or extinct because of hunting and habitat loss.
      • Learn about Egypt's not-so-native animal, the camel.
  • Map of Egypt (color in the kingdoms) - additional worksheets
  • Virtual Field Trip
  • Media: Watch the Mummy and/or the Prince of Egypt, watch National Geographic
  • Literature: Read the Magic Treehouse book: Mummies in the Morning and/or get books on Egypt from the library

The Social Classes of Egypt

Tuesday: Life in Ancient Egypt
  • A Day in the Life of Each Social Class
    • It was super easy to farm in Ancient Egypt, as the Nile flooded every year for three months, making the land super fertile for growing crops - this gave farmers time to build the pyramids. 
    • Ancient Egyptians didn't typically choose their jobs. They did what their parents did. So, if they were born on a grape farm, they grew up to be grape farmers. 
    • The market was a very important social environment in ancient Egypt. The earliest Egyptians traded one food item for another. Later, they used coins and precious stones as money. Regardless, they loved (and still love til this day) to barter with each other.
  • Egyptian Inventions:
    • Black Ink - They mixed vegetable gum, soot, and bee wax to make black ink. They replaced soot with other materials such as ochre to make various colours. Make ink and use a quill to write.  
    • The Ox-drawn Plow - Using the power of oxen to pull the plow revolutionized agriculture. Modified versions of this Egyptian invention are still used by farmers in developing countries around the world.
    • Irrigation - The Egyptians constructed canals and irrigation ditches to harness the Nile River’s yearly flood and bring water to distant fields.
    • The Calendar - The Egyptians devised the solar calendar by recording the yearly reappearance of Sirius (the Dog Star) in the eastern sky. It was a fixed point which coincided with the yearly flooding of the Nile. Their calendar had 365 days and 12 months with 30 days each month, as well as an additional five festival days at the end of the year. However, they did not account for the additional fraction of a day, and their calendar gradually became incorrect. Eventually, Ptolemy III added one day to the 365 days every four years.
    • Clocks - An obelisk was a sun clock that could be used by noting how its shadow moved around its surface throughout the day. From the use of obelisks, they identified the longest and shortest days of the year.
    • Police - During the Old and Middle Kingdoms, order was kept by local officials with their own private police forces. During the New Kingdom, a more centralized police force developed, made up of primarily Egypt’s Nubian allies, the Medjay. They were armed with staffs and used dogs. Neither rich nor poor citizens were above the law and punishments ranged from confiscation of property, beating and mutilation (including the cutting off of ears and noses), to death without a proper burial. The Egyptians believed that a proper burial was essential for entering the afterlife, so the threat of this last punishment was a real deterrent, and most crime was of a petty nature.
    • Surgical Instruments - The Edwin Smith Papyrus shows the Egyptians invented medical surgery. It describes 48 surgical cases of injuries to the head, neck, shoulders, breast, and chest. It includes a list of instruments used during surgeries with instructions for the suturing of wounds using a needle and thread. This list includes lint, swabs, bandage, adhesive plaster, surgical stitches, and cauterization. It is also the earliest document to make a study of the brain.
    • Wigs - During the hot summers, many Egyptians shaved their heads to keep them clean and prevent pests such as lice. Although priests remained bald as part of their purification rituals, those that could afford it had wigs made in various styles and set with perfumed beeswax.
    • Cosmetic Makeup - The Egyptians invented eye makeup as far back as 4000 BC. They combined soot with a lead mineral called galena to create a black ointment known as kohl. They also made green eye makeup by combining malachite with galena to tint the ointment. Both men and women wore eye makeup. They believed it could cure eye diseases and keep them from falling victim to the evil eye.
    • Toothpaste - Egyptian toothpaste contained powdered ox hooves, ashes, burnt eggshells, and pumice. Another toothpaste recipe and how-to-brush guide written on a papyrus from the 4th century AD describes how to mix precise amounts of rock salt, mint, dried iris flower, and grains of pepper, to form a “powder for white and perfect teeth.”
  • Pets - Cats were considered sacred animals and were worshipped. They were even mummified when they died. Cats were considered helpful in keeping mice, rats, and snakes away, but they were also thought to be magical.
    • Read The Temple Cat by Andrew Clements
  • The Egyptian Gods - Name the God worksheet - coloring pages for the gods
  • Ancient Egyptians spoke Egyptian, but today, Egyptian is a Muslim country with mosques, and the residents speak Arabic.


Wednesday: Egyptian Art
  • The Egyptians wrote in Hieroglyphs, but until we found the Rosetta Stone, we had no idea what they said.
  • Cartouches - can use tongue presses or clay to write your name in hieroglyphs, and then hang it around your neck.
  • There were also many symbols that were important to the Ancient Egyptians:
    • Scarab Beetles: good luck; represented regeneration and the cycle of life. The scarab holding the sun was a popular motif on Egyptian charms, jewelry, sarcophaguses, and other artifacts.
    • The Eye of Ra, Eye of Horus - draw an Egyptian Eye
  • Choose a work of art from ancient Egypt. On your papyrus paper, with oil paints, create your own art based on your inspiration piece.
  • How did they make the Sphynx?


Thursday: Pyramids
  • Originally pharaohs were buried in brick tombs called mastabas, but they were easily broken into by tomb robbers and weren’t very grand.
    • Pyramids were the first monumental stone building designed and constructed. Most were built as tombs for pharaohs and their families. To date, over 130 pyramids have been discovered in Egypt. They each had north-facing entrances because they wanted them to align with the North Star. Most stones weighed 2.5 tons, but some weighed as much as 80 tons. The farmers used ramps slicked with mud in order to move the stones.
    • Pyramids included the burial chamber, secret tunnels, hidden chambers, and things the Pharaoh thought he would need in the afterlife.
    • Make a 3D pyramid. Make toothpick and marshmallow pyramids, or you can just use glue but make sure to allow for drying time.
  • Pharaohs - 
    • Khufu ruled from 2589-2566 BC. BC was "before Christ;" and AD is anno domini," which means, "the year of our lord." He built the Great Pyramid at Giza near modern-day Cairo, which is the largest pyramid in the world. At one point, the pyramid was 481 feet tall and took up 13 acres. It took 23 years to build, and it is the only surviving wonder of the original Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. It draws 5,000 visitors a day.
    • Akhenaton (also known as Amenhotop IV) ruled from 1352-1336 BC and was married to the famously beautiful Queen Nefertiti. He stirred up Egypt by moving the capital and moving Egypt to worship only one god – the sun god Aton.
    • King Tutankhamun (also known as King Tut) only ruled for 9 years, from age 9 in about 1323 to age 18. Tut is so famous because after 3,000 years, Howard Carter discovered the covered entrance to his untouched tomb in 1922. It was filled with many treasures including a four-part sarcophagus with over 2,500 pounds of gold, King Tut’s death mask, and many other artifacts. Watch A Day in the Life of King Tut
    • Rameses II (also known as Rameses the Great) ruled 1279-1213 BC. He took the throne at age 20 and is said to have lived until 99 years of age. He was a renowned soldier, signed the world’s first-known peace treaty (with Hittites), and created more temples and buildings than anyone, including the amazing Abu Simbel.  Interestingly, although his tomb was empty, his mummy is considered to be the most well-preserved mummy ever found.
    • Cleopatra VII is popular as the last Pharaoh of ancient Egypt. She is also known for befriending Romans to maintain power.
    • FUN FACT: A pharaoh would have never let his/her hair be seen. He/she would always wear a crown or a headdress called a nemes.
  • Sarcophagus - Inside the burial chamber was the sarcophagus (a large stone box where the coffin was placed). There were often times many coffins inside one another.
  • Death Masks - When someone died, a death mask was made. This was an idealized face that looked similar to the person, and it was said to allow the soul to find the body in the afterlife.
  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead
    • Mummies - 
    • Canopic Jars - where all organs except the heart were kept
    • Also, the pharaohs were provided with jewels, money, furniture, and food to keep them comfortable in the afterlife
  • Make Mummy Dogs for dinner


Friday: Food
  • Egyptian Koshair Recipe
  • Egyptian Date Candy - Mix 1 cup of chopped dates with water to make “paste”. Add 1 teas. cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon cardamom seeds, 1/2 cup ground up walnuts. Mix. Roll the mixture into balls and drop a little honey on them and roll in ground almonds. Simple, healthy, and yummy too!
  • Make scorpion cookies

Saturday: Field Trip to a Museum with Egyptian artifacts!

Friday, May 12, 2023

Summer Homeschooling - Zombie Apocalypse Week


ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE WEEK -

Monday: Would you survive the Zombie Apocalypse?

  • Rules of Surviving in Zombieland (just read if your kids are squeamish - some of these are silly, but some have excellent reasoning and purpose):
    • #1: Cardio - When the virus struck, for obvious reasons, the first ones to go were the fatties. Zombies aren't fast. To escape, it's more important to be able to run longer than faster.
    • #2: Double Tap - In those moments when you're not sure the undead are really dead dead, don't get all stingy with your bullets. One clean shot to the head can protect against zombies playing possum.
    • #3: Beware of Bathrooms - Don't let them catch you with your pants down. Zombies know to hang around them, caution can help avoid an ambush.
    • #4: Seatbelts - Wear one, zombies rarely do. Braking can send them flying away.
    • #7: Travel light - And I don't mean just luggage. Traveling light means traveling fast. Only pack essentials.
    • #17: Don't Be a Hero / Be a Hero - Unnecessary risks are risks that shouldn't be taken. But for loved ones, some risks are worth taking.
    • #18: Limber up - A muscle cramp during a zombie chase is a death sentence.
    • #22: When in Doubt, Know Your Way Out - Knowing where to flee can aid an escape.
    • #23: Ziploc™ Bags - You got enough problems, moisture shouldn't be one of them.
    • #31: Check the Back Seat - Zombies or little girls with guns may hide there, don't be caught off guard.
    • #32: Enjoy the little things - Zombieland is harsh, enjoy happiness where it can be found to stay sane.
    • #36: Sunscreen
    • #42: Keep your hands to yourself - It's just polite. It ostensibly leads to better group cohesion and facilitation of rule #52.
    • #52: Don't be afraid to ask for help - Groups have a greater chance of survival.
  • Real-World Survival Tips
  • Media: Watch You vs. Wild Interactive


Tuesday: Make your Bug-Out Bag
  • Backpack Activity: Ask them what they think they should pack to be prepared for a bug-out situation or even just a hike – tell them to imagine the basics they would need to survive a night in the woods.
  • Bug-Out Bag
  • Bug-Out Simulation: Give them a bag and give them 20mins to pack everything they would need to bug out. Then, see what they're missing and what the household may be missing.

Thursday: First Aid
  • Kids On Outdoor Trips: First Aid Recommendations
  • Ask them about some things they should avoid in the outdoors to be safe.
  • Go over precautions to take – This includes bug spray, sunscreen, and properly fitting footwear to reduce the risk of falls.
  • Self-defense
  • Foraging for Food: 
    • Edible vs. Non-edible – Go over what you can eat in the wild, but always ask an adult before doing so.
  • Situational Awareness


Friday: Hunting and Firearms
  • Get a Daisy bb gun or an airsoft gun, and learn how to shoot.
  • Learn how to prepare and cook a hunt.


Saturday: Field Trip to a National or State Park to test out their survival skills. We went to Colorado Bend State Park.