"If Psalm 1 is to be believed, we must not allow our children to stand, sit or walk with those who deny biblical truth and morality. Instead, we must place them in situations that will aid them in meditating on the law of the Lord 'day and night.' Surely this involves how and where they are to be educated." — Voddie T. Baucham Jr.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Africa, doctors and more

God's Story
Last week in God's Story we talked about Adam and Eve in the garden, how the serpent lied to them and how they disobeyed God. I really focused on the consequences of their sin in that they had to leave their home in the garden.
Janelle did some apple stamps with finger paint and then used her thumbs in the watercolors to make the stems.

God's World
This week we began a study on the third day of creation as outlined in our curriculum. We started with Africa. We mostly read books and did some coloring pages. I did make a Power Point to highlight some things about the continent which counted toward my goal for 1000 bits of intelligence for the year.

God's Ways
For math this week we read The Best Bug Parade (MathStart 1). A book about comparing sizes. I made a Power Point presentation and we also watch this video about Goldilocks and the three bears.

God's Servant
The servant for this week was the Doctor. We read a couple of books about doctors and visiting the doctors office as well as watched some videos. I also made a Power Point presentation about taking a trip to the doctor and all of the tools that doctors use. We learned stethoscope, otoscope, blood pressure cuff, tongue depressor, reflex hammer, scale and thermometer which counted towards my goal of 1000 bits of intelligence for the year. :)

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Heart words

I made some flash cards for Janelle to learn some sight words. I made them in the shape of a heart so they would be a little more interesting than plan old flash cards. I chose a "We Read Together" book from the library where there is a parent's page to read and then a child's page with just one or two words in large print. I typed out all the words in the book and printed them out for the flash cards. I gave her five cards a day in the morning before we went downstairs for breakfast. We sounded out each word and she taped them to a little closet door in her room. We went over them a few times a day letting her choose which word she wanted to read. By letting her choose, it showed which words she knew and which words she wasn't comfortable with. I could then go over the words she didn't know without "testing" her. Which she doesn't really like. I guess who does? After she had received all the words, we read the book together. At first she was very apprehensive when I told her that she was going to have to read a page in the book. But after she saw that she knew these words her confidence soared. 

The hearts were made from construction paper. I then cut smaller hearts out of index cards that I then glued on the colored hearts. I printed out the words and cut them out, then glued them on the cards. I covered them with clear contact paper to make them a bit more durable.

She really enjoyed them, and I'd love to keep it up.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Table of "contents"

It's amazing how children take in and process information. I take for granted sometimes that they know everything I know. For instance, this week we are studying the continent of Africa. So we sat down in front of our big world map, and I asked Janelle to tell me about Africa. So she puts on her teacher voice and says "ok class, today we are going to learn about Africa which is one of the table of contents". Too funny.

Monday, February 13, 2012

5-a-day-books Week 1

5 a day booksI'm starting this 5 a day book challenge I found The Imagination Tree. You can read more here.

These are the books we're reading for this week.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Bible time

So I started having a devotional time with Janelle and James right after breakfast because I can sit them both at the table and keep Janelle's attention for at least 10 minutes or so. We are working through Devotions for Little Boys and Girls: Old Testament and using a lesson outline from Hubbard's Cupboard. I am also using printouts from Enchanted Learning to supplement the lessons.

Click here for an overview of the curriculum.

We will also read the coresponding story from The Rhyme Bible Storybook, and maybe try to memorize it :)

This is the Bible that Janelle uses. It is the entire Bible with some pictures. She likes to read from it. I think it makes her feel grown up to have a Bible just like mommy's.

James "reads" this while we do our Bible time. This is a board book so I don't have to worry about the pages being torn, and I think he likes to feel apart of what big sister and mommy are doing.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Consistency is the key

So I'm in the middle of week three of my husband taking four classes this semester. It hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. I think one of the things that has really helped me is having a schedule for at least the beginning of the day. I can't believe I've been consistent for THREE WEEKS. Thats incredible to me.  I have been praying that God would help me in this area, and I can see Him answering. Grated I feel like I have a ways to go before I feel like I have a handle on the day. Or maybe thats just wishful thinking. But right now I'm happy where I am on the way to where I'm going.

Since my husband started school this semester we haven't really had a class time. By that I mean a time when we have done any thing in our curriculum. But that is partly because I haven't been very organized. And because I let the morning slip away from me, and by the time we finish blanket time, it's time for lunch. But I hope to get better at organizing my morning. I am still adjusting to my husband leaving earlier which means I have to get up earlier. But so far I have been consistent in following a routine, just need to cut back on how long it takes.

I just started working on an outline for the other categories in my curriculum, and I'm very excited about the ideas God is giving me for my children. I have been reading a daily devotional and Bible reading plan for parents, and this morning the passage was about how God supplied just enough manna for the children of Israel to use for that day. God will meet our needs day by day. He is teaching me to trust Him in my homeschool. That as I commit my way to Him, He will direct my path. Thats so hard to see sometimes when I look at all I could be doing with my kids. But I have to trust that He knows what they need better than I do, and that He will make that clear to me. Like the song says, Oh for grace to trust Him more.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Reading Bear

I was really looking for something to supplement our reading lessons. We have been using Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons and the lessons have been going pretty well. But Janelle needed something to really boost her reading confidence. I read about Reading Bear in an thread on this forum. I figured it was another reading program like Little Reader. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered it was FREE, and even more thrilled to see this is exactly what she needed.  We started the lessons yesterday and she loved it. The lessons are short, and the method supports what we are already doing. Check it out for all the details.
The site is produced by Watch Know Learn.Where you can find thousands of educational videos (mostly from YouTube) separated by subject.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Broken Clavicle

Janelle broke her clavicle on Christmas Day. It was our first broken bone and our first trip to the ER. Well she's all mended now and I finally got to see the x-rays. Wow! I find it amazing that God created the body to heal on it's own, and that her bones came back together without even being set. She didn't even keep her sling on the whole time. It baffles me to think how people can believe in evolution after looking at something like this. I mean, where do they think the body got the information to do what it does, all by itself.
We used this as a learning opportunity to learn about the skeletal system, and now Janelle knows where her clavicle is.
These two show the broken clavicle.
And this is it back together.