Geology Class Using Minecraft Blocks

It’s science time! Please join us for a fun LIVE,online science all about Biblical Geology Class taught by Dr. Marcus Ross, Ph.D. from Cornerstone Educational Supply using their Minecraft inspired rock and mineral kit!!!

This course will be a 6 Week class, and the needed supplies will be the BIG STACK rock and mineral kit, PLUS Geology Testing Kit (SKrafty Pack) from Cornerstone Educational Supply.

Following are the details:

WHEN :

Live Class begins Friday, February 10th, 2017; and will run through Friday, March 17th, 2017.

Class Time:  3:30 PM CST

Price: $29.99 (or FREE for SKrafty EDU Subscribers)

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WHAT:

Class will include the following:

  • Weekly Live Class with Dr. Marcus Ross, Ph.D.
  • Weekly lesson and in-home assignments.
  • Weekly Minecraft Project Assignments.  Students will have a week to complete assignments.
  • Quizzes to test progress

Requirements and Prerequisites:

  • Premium Minecraft Account and Minecraft for PC or MAC
  • Minecraft account must be whitelisted on SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft Server.  Get Whitelisted here.
  • Required Materials: BIG STACK rock and mineral kit, PLUS Geology Testing Kit (SKrafty Pack) from Cornerstone Educational Supply
  • Student should know the basics of building in Minecraft, and use proper Minecraft ettiquette (no griefing, etc.)
  • Age and Grade Level:  This class will be suitable for all ages.

Want to join us?  Spots are limited!  Sign Up Below:

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Minecraft Inspired Creeper Ornament

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If you have been to our booth at any of the homeschool conferences we attended this year, then you probably saw the perler bead setup we have added this year.  SuperMic and SuperGirl767 are the main proprietors of that part of our booth, and they are having so much fun with it.  They sell perler bead jewelry as well as custom perler bead creations.  With that said, we thought it would be super fun to share a plan to make your own perler bead ornament just in time to put it onto the Christmas Tree.

I know Minecraft isn’t usually thought of as a festive or particularly Christmas-y game, but once you see these cute creepers with their festive Santa hats, you’ll want to transform all your favorite Minecraft blocks into Christmas blocks. These melty bead Minecraft ornaments are so easy to make, even young kids will have a blast making them. Create fun memories that capture your children’s interest and provide holiday memories at the same time!  Here’s how to do it:

Minecraft-Inspired Creeper Ornaments

Make these melty bead creepers with your Minecraft-loving kids!

What you’ll need to make the Minecraft creeper ornaments:

Our Minecraft creeper is built on an 8X8 square. This is large enough to include all of the necessary elements of a creeper face without overwhelming your Christmas tree. This size makes an ornament with a total height of about 3 inches.

Use the following pattern to make your creeper. When the pattern says “G” that can stand for any color of green. Creepers are a mix of greens, so don’t worry about getting the pattern exactly right. It is easiest if you make the face then add the hat on top of the face.

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Bead Pattern Key

  • G= Green
  • B= Black
  • R= Red
  • W=White
  • X= No beads

Creeper Face Pattern

  • GGGGGGGG
  • GGGGGGGG
  • GBBGGBBG
  • GBBGGBBG
  • GGGBBGGG
  • GGBBBBGG
  • GGBGGBGG
  • GGGGGGGG

Hat Pattern

  • XXXXRRXXXX
  • XXXRRRRWW
  • XXRRRRRRW
  • XRRRRRRX
  • WWWWWWWW

Place the beads on the tray according to the pattern (use the picture for guidance if you need help). After arranging all the beads, heat your iron to medium heat.

Place the paper over the beads and apply pressure with the heated iron for about 20 seconds. If the beads have fused together but not started to fold over, you’ve heated it long enough.

Remove the beads from the tray and flip the creeper over.

Place the paper on the exposed side of the creeper and iron for another 20 seconds to seal the second side.

Cut a string about 3 inches long. Glue to the back of the creeper with hot glue.

Your Minecraft ornament is ready to hang on your tree!

 

 

 

SKrafty Shirts for Sale

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Over the past several years we have sold SKrafty shirts during conferences as well as at SKraftyCon. We have been asked several times if we would ship them for those who are unable to attend in person. We are so excited to finally make this happen! For a limited time we will be taking orders for SKrafty shirts! We will be placing a special shirt order for this purpose, and shirts will be shipped out on Friday, December 16th. In order to get your shirts shipped out by that date, you will need to place your order NO later than Wednesday 12/7 at midnight. You can order your shirt below:

Cost: $15 + Shipping

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Quantity:  

SKrafty Donator Gifts Available

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Are your kiddos asking for a SKrafty donator rank like Game Master, Princess or Jedi Master?  Do you want to purchase it for them and surprise them later for Christmas?  I have put together a couple of products so that you can buy now and they can redeem them when they receive them.  You can also get a year of the rank for a discount (2 months free).

We will even send you a printable gift certificate you can print out to put in a card, stocking or however you’d like to present it.

Here you go:

Rank up for a year:

This package will include a year of your choice of rank.  You can choose between Jedi Master, Game Master, Hulk, Spiderman, or Princess.  With this package you will get 2 months of rank free.

This purchase includes a Gift Code to Rank Up in game.  You will receive a printable Gift Certificate with gift code for the recipient to use at a later date.

Cost: $80 for 12 months

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Rank up for a month:

This package will include a month of your choice of rank.  You can choose between Jedi Master, Game Master, Hulk, Spiderman, or Princess.

This purchase includes a Gift Code to Rank Up in game.  You will receive a printable Gift Certificate with gift code for the recipient to use at a later date.

Cost: $8.00 for 1 month

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SKraftyCon 2016 Information and Registration

SKraftyCon

We are so excited to be able to finally announce details about the FIRST ever SKraftyCon event!  This is going to be such a fun time with friends, Minecraft, and LOTS of other entertainment.  You will be able to spend lots of quality time with your SKrafty friends and make new friends as well!  This event is sponsored by SKrafty Homeschool Minecraft.

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Check out all the details below:

When?

September 17, 2016
12:30 pm CST until 8:00 pm CST

Where?

Pelham Civic Center Complex
500 Amphitheater Road
Pelham, Alabama 35124

What?

SKraftyCon is a conference for Christian Homeschooling gamers and their parents!  Tickets include over 6 hours of fun and activities for kids and their parents.  Following are some of the things you will enjoy with your ticket:

Praise and Worship:

Enjoy the music as we worship the Lord together and share a devotional with everyone.

Gaming:

We will play some get to know one another games, Minecraft build competitions, group builds, PVP tournaments and more.  BRING YOUR LAPTOPS!!

Magic and Illusions:

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Guests will enjoy an amazing magic show by master illusionist, Matt Adams!   Matt is widely known for his mind-blowing illusions and superior sleight of hand. He’s performed in countries around the world on four continents.  Matt also travels with his own magic shop which he calls “The Mystery Shop.” After the show, he has agreed to do a “meet and greet” and also sign autographs.

If you are looking for quality family entertainment, then this is a show you will not want to miss!

Parent’s Track – Internet Safety for Kids:

Parenting is hard. Parenting with the invention of the internet is harder. Please join Ron Foster as he talks about the dangers of the internet as well as discussing free and inexpensive ways of securing, and monitoring our children.

With almost 20 years of IT experience, Ron has worked with various platforms and technologies. First, cutting his teeth as a UNIX instructor for Sun Microsystems. He then went on to make a career out of breaking things, and has been doing it ever since. He currently works as a Senior Security Consultant for HPE’s Fortify On Demand team. When he is not in front of a computer you can find him refurbishing an old rifle, working with drones, or working with the American Heritage Girls.

Ice Skating*:

Attendees will also be able to ice skate in the arena at the Pelham Civic Complex during the conference.  They are also providing coaches out on the rink for us!  *For those who would like to skate there will be an extra $7 charge at the time of skating.  This is a $2 discount from the regular cost.

Dinner and Family Friendly DJ Party:

End the night in style with a delicious dinner (included in ticket price) along with some FUN music and conversations with friends!

Swag Bags:

The conference won’t be complete without some fun goodies to take home!  Everyone with a ticket will receive a swag bag with fun surprises inside.

COST:

$45 per person; $200 max per family

Purchase tickets here:

Single Ticket Purchase *Non Refundable:

Quantity:  

Family Ticket*Non Refundable:

Notes:  Children must be supervised by a parent or guardian.  Parent ticket also required.

How to Change Minecraft Version

Minecraft has updated their client to 1.11. If you have your client set to use the latest update you will get an error when they try to get on SKrafty.  That’s because all of our supporting software isn’t ready for 1.11 quite yet.  Until then, if you are getting an error when you try to log in to SKrafty you will want to roll your Minecraft version back down 1.10 in order to get on.  As soon as 1.11 is stable we will be moving everything to that version so all these versions we are supporting aren’t so confusing.

“How to I roll back?”

IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you have been playing in single player in a previous version you will want to change it back to the version you used before you go back to your single player world or you may lose some items.  This doesn’t apply to all upgrades so you just need to use caution here.

How to Change Your Minecraft Version:

First, you will close Minecraft completely if you already have it open.  Second, double click it to open it back up.  You will see the following screen with “Edit Profile” in the bottom left corner:

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Click “Edit Profile”. You will then see the following screen:

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Click the drop down and change the version to one I mentioned above,  Save Profile.  You should now be able to log on to SKrafty with no problem.

SKrafty Butterflies & Moths Class Sale PLUS Discount on Butterfly Kit

Butterflies & Moths ClassAre you planning to start the SKrafty Butterflies & Moths class anytime soon?  Now is a great time since it’s warming up outside.  The class is only $6.99 or free for SKrafty EDU Subscribers.  It includes 6 weeks of fun learning, and also schedules activities to go with a live Butterfly kit.  Right now Amazon has their Insect Lore kits on sale for 40% off.  That makes it only $14.99 instead of the regular price of $24.99!  You can get it now and order the butterflies/moths so they will arrive before you begin.

Pick your butterflies kit here!

This book is also highly recommended for the class:

From Caterpillar to Butterfly (Let’s-Read-and-Find-Out Science, Stage 1)

Butterflies & Moths Class Sale

Also, Don’t miss this!! For a limited time only you can get 20% off This SKrafty Class!! Go here to sign up for the class.  Use code BUTTERFLYSK at checkout to get 20% off.  Sale ends on 5/31.  Enjoy!

 

FREE Star Wars Math Printables

Star Wars Math Printables

 

In honor of today, May 4th, also known as Star Wars Day I wanted to give you guys something a little different and fun to print.  We do love Minecraft around here, but Star Wars is also in our top 5 favorites list!  Just look at all the Jedimasters running around on SKrafty!  These FREE Star Wars Math printables are just a little something fun and educational for the younger ones to do today.  I hope you enjoy them!

Download your FREE Star Wars Math Printables.

Oh, and since it’s Star Wars Day you can also pick up something for those Star Wars Fans at 60% off from Think Geek!