Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Family Blogging Month Winner! Ruby & Troy

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The winners of Family Blogging Month earned a free post on Mrs. Yollis' Website. Here is a creative video produced by the finalists Ruby, Troy, and Sydney!

Ruby's Reflection: 

Making this stop-motion video was a fun project and an educational way to have a blast with crocheted critters. It was a little hard to slow down the video and time our voices. We made a movie with little creatures and props. It was fun and extremely confusing at first. But once we got it down, it wasn’t as hard. The group (aka: Sydney, the 4th place winner of the Family Blogging Month, Troy the 3rd place winner, me- the 2nd place winner, and Nicholas) was recording our voices as talking animals. The app we used was called Stop Motion and it was super cool! When you took a picture, SNAP, and then move the prop or animal in front, behind, left or right -- it shows a ghost line, so you know if you moved it too far. Again, it was super fun and a great way to spend time with your friends! Hope you enjoy the movie!

Our stop-motion movie is about animals having trouble solving their problems. However, two smart birdies come in to help!  They argue over who should get the extra treat, and they realize that no one should get it. By being selfish, they almost caused death to the unhatched bird!


Have you ever made a stop motion video? Do you have any tips to share?

What did you love about Family Blogging Month? 

Friday, July 3, 2015

Happy Fourth of July!

This post was first published on July 4, 2010.

By Mrs. Yolli

July 4th is Independence Day in America!

On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This document announced America's independence from Britain.

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Five years ago I was with my family on the Fourth of July, and we had a special event planned for the day.

My family had three old, tattered flags that needed to be retired. So on July 4th, we had a retirement ceremony.

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The United States Flag Code states: "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

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First, we sang some patriotic songs!

Then, my cousin Jon gave a short speech. Finally, we retired the old flags to the fire. 

Click here to learn how to fold an American flag

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How will you spend the Fourth of July?