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Consider The Lilies

Orange Daylily

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Matthew 6:28-30

April Flowers In East Tennessee: Pawpaw Blooms

Our pawpaw trees have just about finished blooming…

Pawpaw Blooms

Pawpaw Bloom

Upsidedown Pawpaw Bloom

Aren’t they beautiful!



Mayapples In The Mountains

The Mayapples (Podophyllum peltatum) are up and starting to bloom…

Mayapple Patch

A nice little patch of Mayapples

-they look like little umbrellas

Mayapple Bud

Mayapple bud

Mayapple Bloom

Mayapple flower

-only Mayapples with two leaves will have a flower

Looking For Mayapples

“I don’t see any apples!”

Mayapple tidbits:

  • All parts of the plant, except the fruit, are poisonous
  • Mayapple fruit was traditionally used to make jelly
  • Supposedly, Morel mushrooms can be found near Mayapple patches (but I’ve never found any)



Homeschool/Education Freebies: Titanic Ebook Plus Free Unit Studies On Bees, Photosynthesis, Spring And Flight

Today’s free resource from Homeschool Freebie of the Day is an ebook about the sinking of the Titanic and other great sea disasters:

The Sinking of the Titanic & Great Sea Disasters (PDF ebook) – Today is the 98th anniversary of the sinking of what was then the largest and finest steamship in the world – the Titanic. On her maiden voyage, loaded with a human freight of over 2,300 souls, the Titanic collided with a huge iceberg 600 miles southeast of Halifax, at 11.40 P.M. Sunday April 14, 1912. She sank two and a half hours later,  carrying over 1,600 of her passengers and crew with her. This is a GREAT collection of first-hand accounts and stories of what happened that fateful night.

Learn about Bees with this week’s free theme unit from SchoolExpress:

SchoolExpress Newsletter: Week of April 11, 2010 -Available through April 17th, 2010 is a free unit on Bees. Also available is a set of activity pages to go with the Bees unit plus new ending consonants worksheets were added to the free worksheets area .

Simple Schooling has a three free unit studies -one about Bees, one on Photosythesis and one on Spring:

Free Interactive Unit Studies -All About Bees is a fun and educational interactive unit that takes your students through insect anatomy, bee anatomy, hive life, lifecycle, pollination, and much more! Photosynthesis is for middle school and up and covers the molecular basis of photosynthesis.  Your students will learn the reaction, the reactants and products, the fate of each molecule, the difference between light and dark reactions, and much more!

Simple Schooling March Freebie -Printable unit study on Spring in PDF format. Note: This was March’s freebie but it is still available as of today.

The Golden Age of Flight is the newest mini-unit from Learning Through History:

The Golden Age of Flight Unit Study -In this online mini-unit, you can learn how planes fly, view planes from the golden age, see a timeline of historical aviation events, find an airshow to watch near your home, learn about two famous golden age aviators – Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart  – and write news stories about their adventures.



For even more free educational resources, please check my educational freebies tag archive and my Free Homeschooling Page.

Early April Flowers

After our long cold winter, all the wildflowers seem even more beautiful this year. Here’s what’s blooming right now in our corner of the Smokies:

Bloodroot In Bloom


Toadshade Trillium

Wild Violet

Wild Violet

Yellow Trillium

Yellow Trillium

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium

Dandelion Bloom


Dogwood Bloom

Dogwood Flower

Redbud Blooms

Redbud Blooms

This one is not a flower, but it was pretty anyways:

Unfurling fern


Happy Spring!




Spring In The Mountains

It’s spring in the Smokies and the redbuds and dogwoods are all abloom…

Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice: and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.

Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all that is therein.

Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.

1 Chronicles 16:31-33