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Monday, January 31, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1. Peyton is still playing and enjoying upward Basketball. Only 3 more games to go.

2. The kids are in Jr. Bible Quiz, they practice on Sunday nights and compete in March.

3. We are still working on lesson 1 in our Human Anatomy study.

4. Peyton and I are both learning how to do Singapore 5th grade word problems using bar graphs. (Since I missed that in my public school-it wasn't taught!)

5. Lexi and I enjoyed a mother daughter scrapbook day this past Saturday.

6. I am loving the Daniel- Beth Moore study I am in.

7. I am working on some new songs on my guitar.
(This is the air I breathe, and Here I am to Worship.)

8. We are on our 7th day of our Love is garland verse.

9. Peyton has completed Lifepac LA Unit 503 and is on 504.
(We still have a lot of work to go to finish up this year.)

10. We are trying to be a little more relaxed in our homeschooling approach.
(I am trying to be a little more relaxed.)

11. Our Women's Ministry is really expanding and has many great plans for this year! I am really excited to be part of the leadership team, and getting to serve in this capacity!

12. We are still on Austria. We will be learning about different composers tomorrow and finishing up our notebooking on it.

Human Anatomy lesson 1 continued

More notebooking pages from lesson 1. So just to clarify things. Lesson 1 is chapter 1.
And chapter 1 takes 2 weeks for us to get through. So if you see several posts stating
lesson1, that is why. We learn a little each day and journal or do experiments about
what we learn.

Here is Peyton's Journal
The Egyptians dissected and mummified bodies.
The Hebrews: God said don't eat pigs.
Greeks: Greeks put leeches on people.

Romans: Used clean rags with wine to kill germs.
Europeans: Antony van Leeuwenhoek found that glass lenses could magnify.
Microscope: Robert Hook invented the compound microscope and could see cells.
Lexi's pages.
Hebrews: Don't eat pigs, wash often!

Peyton working on his drawing of the cell.
Lexi's drawing.
Peyton's cell anatomy page.
What do I remember Q/A.
Cell Minibook

Story Starters

Today Lexi did not feel well. Peyton was tired from staying up late with Gary and Me
last night watching Eragon. So I decided to make it a light day of work.

First we did our devotions, then we read through our Human Anatomy book and
did the notebooking pages on the cell. Then I assigned them each one story.
I told them when they finished they were done for the day. Talk about getting
some a completed page done quickly. (That was the incentive.) So from now on
writing is the last subject of the day!

I didn't correct spelling, but did critique punctuation and
capitalization on Lexi's paper.

The caption at the top read What if a cat could read? She couldn't come up
with anything. So I personalized it and told her to mark that out and put Dixie
(Her dog's name in.)
Here is what she wrote:
I would make her read to me everyday. Then I would put her on TV and make her a superstar. She would read her ABC's and my magazines, and the Magic Tree House" Moonlight on the Magic Flute", a chapter a day. I love when Dixie learned how to read,
and I love Dixie. The End.

Peyton's caption was: How would a dog make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Here is what he wrote:
First, the dog would grab a leg of a chair and pull it so she would be able to reach the bread.
Then she would get the peanut butter and jelly. Next, she would spread the peanut butter and jelly onto the bread with her tongue and share it with me and Lexi and we would get sick.
The End.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Examining Ginormous Snowfalkes

Today we had more snow. The snowflakes, well really they were snow clusters. I think they fell with many snowflakes bunched together. Anyway Lexi said they were Ginormous.

You can see one of the clusters here.
We couldn't really make out whole individual snowflakes.
We could see branches, and also germs moving around.
Which actually appeared black. Also as the snowflake melted
you could watch it move. It was pretty neat.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Word of the Year Attitude

Well I got the book. The one I mentioned before. Lord Change My Attitude (Before it's too late.)
Lord, Change My Attitude: Before Its Too Late

I haven't gotten far into it yet,
I am really not a fast reader.
Mainly because I am always into too many books at once.
I am still trying to finish a book from last year
that our Pastor went through.
(Experiencing God.) Yeah well I am still Experiencing it!

I am also trying to do a Beth Moore Daniel study (which requires homework)
and am about to read a book on how to fix my kids-but It only
takes 5 days for that. (Have A New Kid in 5 Days. )
But I am not complaining, just giving all my excuses. ;)

So once I get my attitude fixed and
my kids fixed, well then my husband will be happier because
we will all be great to be around. Yeah!

So anyway back to the subject.
I have to admit that after reading the invitation in the book I
was pleasantly surprised. He begins to ask the reader how they managed to get the book.

1. Did I pick it up myself thinking it would help?
2. Did I get it as a gift from someone? Would they be
trying to tell me my attitude stinks? (Paraphrased.)
3. Maybe my pastor gave it to me. (OK that really would stink.)

I just finished The Bait of Satan Bible study on offense this past December.
So, I would have to tell you that if any of those had happened besides
number 1, well I would need to be back in that don't get offended study.
Thankfully I knew I needed the check up before someone else had to tell me.
(So maybe they were all praying silently for me, who knows. ) Hee hee.

Just a couple notes that really stuck out today.
Attitudes are patterns of thinking formed over long periods of time.
(It's the way you look at life.) We all have them, some are good,
others aren't . But hey we all struggle at times.

You cannot change your attitudes in a few minutes, But you can
admit the wrong ones and begin to start working on the right ones.

He uses the children of Israel as an example. Why they ended up in the desert
for 40 more years, instead of entering the promised land. Why they
actually died in the wilderness and He refused to let them enter in,
but instead let their children enter. It was because of their bad
attitudes, their murmuring, and complaining, their doubt, their rebellion.

So the effort is to leave wilderness attitudes behind, and replace them with Promised Land attitudes. These are the attitudes that allow us to enter in to (joy, peace, His presence, His goodness, His faithfulness, His comfort, and on and on.)

Human Anatomy Unit Lesson 1

Today we began reading Lesson 1. We read that Anatomy is the study of the human
body and it's parts, and that Physiology is the study of how the parts work together
to carry oxygen to the body.

We read about Ancient Egyptians.
We learned that they knew a lot about
the body. They could do surgeries, dissect bodies
and use chemicals to preserve them from rotting and decaying.

This was our first (Try this) experiment.
We used 2 peeled apples.
We combined baking soda and salt and poured
it over 1 apple in a bowl. The other apple we put in a bowl and left alone.
Then we tried to put them somewhere out of the way.
We will look at them again in a week to see what happened.

Lexi's notebooking journal. A picture she colored.

Her notes on Anatomy and Physiology and what they mean.
Peyton's journal. Putting it in as few words as possible.
Great that we have all this notebooking space huh?

Here is ds journal after he was told to go back and add more info to it. I didn't feel
that he had done the assignment with excellence. So after dad and I talked it over with
him we decided he needed to add to it. Dad told him if he did not want to draw
that was fine he could cut magazine pics out. So I think I have set the standard.
If it is a large notebooking page, get creative on filling it up!

Snowflake Bentley Lapbook, Experiments and Edible Snowflake

Here is our Snowflake Bently Lap a Note.

Free lapbook mini books are available at Homeschool Share.
Where is Vermont. Snowfall experiement, Snowflake Bentley, Book Report
Snowflake Math, Shapes book, copywork, what makes snowflakes unique,
Drawing what we saw under the microscope.

Inside Shape Book

Making Edible Texas Snowflakes. We used butter cinnamon and sugar.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Love is .....Challenge

The Valentine Challenge got me thinking about our whole family and how the kids and I can all work on learning what Love is and showing it. So during the next few weeks we will be going over 1 Corinthians 13. Ever day we will add another part of the love a heart and put it on our heart garland on the mantle.

So yesterday we did Love is......Patient. (And through the day we talked about how we could be more patient, and about why we get impatient. ) Mainly because we are consumed with what we want or want done. We don't want to put others before ourselves. I discussed how I felt impatient waiting behind a slow driver. (Even though we were not in a hurry.) I did not want to be held back from my task.

The KJV says Love Suffers Long. (That actually even goes further than patience.) But it has the idea that it can wait a long time.....

Today our heart was Love is Kind, so we have expounded on this. (And we have said both of them several times. ) Just a few minutes ago at the store I said Love is.....? and had the kids fill in the answers they have learned.

Valentine Challenge Day 3

Day Three:
" suffers long, and is kind..." 1 Cor. 13:4
(Well that goes great with what the kids and I have been doing in our Love is.. Challenge.)

Today I am continuing on with the challenge.

Gary got up early with Peyton this morning so he could take him to his
Basket Ball game. (He has really been great about this. )
Lexi and I showed up right before the game began.
After the game Lexi and I went to Walmart for a few things.
Gary ran by a tackle shop and then dropped by to get flea stuff
for the dogs for me. (I really appreciated the favor.)

So for lunch I made us a late breakfast. Peyton love biscuits
and gravy and would almost give up basketball altogether
just to have them on Saturday mornings. So he was really sad when I said
I would not make them at 7 am. (Since I didn't even get up till almost 7:30.)
So I surprised him when we got home. Gary got his eggs, and bacon.
Peyton got his biscuits and gravy, And lunch is done. I can rest until dinner time.
"Yeah right!"

So now I am onto daily errands around the house.
Laundry, making brownies for a ladies luncheon tomorrow and of
course another batch for the family. (Lest I never hear the end of it.)

Then hopefully a little time in my craft room later today.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Valentine Challenge Day 2

Day Two:
"...through love serve one another." Gal. 5:13b

Well I must admit yesterday was very easy to do.
Gary didn't make it home until after 8 so it is hard to
be negative to someone who isn't around. But I did make
sure he had something to eat.

So I am striving to do the same today. Not be negative, look
for ways to serve him in a greater capacity.

Ways that Gary serves me and our family.
Well there are many.
He goes to work every day to provide for our needs
and most of our wants.
Then on the weekends he has chores here at home.
Mostly in the Spring and Summer.
So in about another month he will be getting busy with
tree trimming, landscaping etc.
He has also been a great help for me since Peyton began football this
past fall. He hurried home as often as he could to take
him to practice and now he is also doing it for him while
he is in Basket Ball. (I know it means a lot to Peyton too.)

Be My Valentine 25 Day Challenge

I found out about this on my friend Lisa's blog. After reading about it, I knew
this was a challenge I needed to take. Now of course, I love my husband.
I also know taking these steps can only prove to better our relationship.

There are 25 days until Valentine's Day so it's time to implement the 25 Day Praise Plan.

Each week the challenge will be the same - to praise, encourage, inspire, admire, build up, thank and appreciate your husband. But each week I will give you different ways to express your praise. Feel free to tweak it for what you think is best for your husband.

Week 1 starts TODAY! Look for ways to praise your husband verbally.Praise him in front of the kids, friends, family, co-workers, on facebook, tweet it - get praise out anyway you can! Try to mention something noteworthy he has done - in his role as provider, father, husband, lover, or friend. If the thought of trying to come up with one terrifies you, then pray right now that God will give you new eyes to see your husband as God does. Then open your mouth and say something kind and uplifting to your husband today and tomorrow and the next day until Valentine's Day arrives.

There is a great pdf here on ideas, things you can do. I plan to look them over and try to implement some
of these HABITS. Hopefully taking one per day and striving to do them, will help me
develop better habits.

So Day 1 Starts for me today.
I start with a commitment to the challenge. To praising my husband and looking
for ways to be a blessing.

"The heart of her husband safely trusts her; so he will have no lack of gain. She does
him good and not evil all the days of her life." Prov. 31:11-12

I will also begin with a commitment to prayer. I think that prayer is
the best way to attach someone else's heart to yours. When you pray for someone you
lend your heart and time for their sakes. A few years ago I wrote a prayer for my
husband and placed it under his side of the mattress. I doubt he knows it is there.
If we ever move he may see it. (In fact I did this with my children as well.)
The idea came from a book I read during a Bible study about 6 years ago.

About a year or 2 ago I updated it. I changed some of the things
I felt were more pertinent to this stage in his life. So I plan to update it again.

Also I will strive to:
* Not say anything negative about my husband my husband...or to anyone
else, about my husband.
* Say something that I admire or appreciate about my my
husband...and to someone else, about my husband!

I will also look for ways to praise him in front of the kids. I think it is
important for him to know how I feel, even when I don't say it as often as I should.
And children need to see their parents striving to build up each other.
They need a good role model for marriage.
(And who will they look to except their own parents?)
Then it will be easier for them to follow suit in how they treat others.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Beth Moore Daniel Study Week 1

Daniel Leader Guide: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy [Book]

This was the first week of our Daniel study. Wow, what can I say. She spent a whole hour on chapter 1. I read through a few chapters the other day and God showed me some really neat things. But wow, she really had a lot of insights to share.

She talked about the fact that God had originally sent Abram out from Babel (Ur of the Chaldeans) was Babel. The great sin of Babel (Babylon) was their rebellion against God. They wanted to build a tower, to make a name for THEMSELVES, so that they would not be scattered over the earth.
God had commanded men to be fruitful and multiply and to fill the earth.

So now the land of Judah is taken into captivity and sent back to Babel. (The land God wanted them to leave.) Satan wants to return us to places God has called us out of. He wants to return us to our captivity.

She also spoke about how Daniel would not be influenced by the culture of Babylon. He instead influenced it. (And that is how we are supposed to be-as Christians in the world.) He would set himself apart-unto God.

She compared Babylon to the world we live in. Every luxury was given, over indulgence and an "all about me attitude." Beauty, youth and intelligence were important then and esteemed.
(And we see that in our culture today-Youth, beauty and intelligence are sought after and we are actually compared by it in our culture.)

Daniel and 3 other friends decided to keep God's commands and not defile themselves with the kings foods, and luxuries. But how may other people that had left Judah allowed the culture
of Babylon to infiltrate and indoctrinate them? They became part of Babylon. Daniel lived in Babylon all his life. (It mentions that he lived there until the reign of King Cyrus.)

For Daniel and his friends to eat from the King's table wasn't just about the food it was considered a sharing of friendship. (It was a covenant of significance-communion.)

Her challenge was to consider the following: Do we influence our culture more than it influences us? Do we have an "it's all about me attitude"? Do we overindulge? Not just in food, but spending, media, entertainment?

It is a lot to think about and she challenged us to restraint. Even though we are free, can we for a time restrain ourselves? From rich foods, over spending, watching too much tv, etc.

I am excited about learning more as we journey through the book of Daniel.

Snowflake Bentley

Today we began our new unit, Snowflake Bentley. It has been a while since we have
done a FIAR unit. I am excited about it, even though this is a re-run for us. We did it a
few years back, when the kids were younger. (And they weren't as receptive to it then.)
They really seemed to listen well today.
Last year we did Stopping by the Wood (Robert Frost), which we all enjoyed.

We also read the Smallest Snowflake and began looking through
The Secret Life of a Snowflake.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Human Anatomy Unit

Well I am so excited. My books came today from CBD. So I got to look over the first
chapter of our new science study. As I mentioned in my previous post, I decided to get
both notebooking journals to go along with the study. Now there are many lapbooks
already available free in different places. I saw a couple yesterday that were human body
related for Magic Tree House Books, and I had a couple others book marked.
I printed my own stuff out with the last Apologia study we did (Flying Creatures, Zoo 1).

But, having something already printed that corresponded perfectly just took all the guess
work out of it. She also includes a schedule of what to read, what to journal etc.
So I decided it was well worth my time, energy and printing costs to just
order these, and have them ready to go. Now that I have had a chance to really look
them over I am so glad I did. When you spend this kind of time on a subject it is nice for the
kids to really have something to look back at and see all they have learned.

Both of the journals are spiral bound. So no worrying with file folder type
lapbooks. I got the Junior Journal for Lexi. It also has notebooking areas.
The copy work is not as long as in the regular journal, there are coloring pages, which the
regular journal does not include. (She probably is beyond caring to color, but that is okay.)
I think it will be more suitable for her, and won't stress her out.

If you look at this picture you can see it better. The journal is just as
thick as the book. So you really get a lot for your money here.
Also the mini books are in color which is really nice.

This is the regular journal I got for Peyton. It contains similar things for notebooking.
The copy work is longer, and he has crossword puzzles, and some Q/A pages to fill out.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Miscellany Monday

Miscellany Monday @ lowercase letters

1. Finishing up Australia Unit tomorrow.

2. New Unit Snowflake Bentley starts Wednesday.

3. Back into the routine with Basket Ball, Gymnastics, and Sign Language.

4. Wednesday night church activities resume this week. The kids begin Pioneer Clubs,
and I will be in a Beth Moore Daniel Study.

5. Peyton's team won their Basket Ball game Saturday.

6. Staying consistent on Wii Fit, 5 days a week.

7. No weight loss yet. :(

8. Peyton finished Pianimals book B today. So now he moves onto book C.

Beth Moore Daniel Study

Beth Moore Daniel Study

Daniel Leader Guide: Lives of Integrity, Words of Prophecy [Book]

My church is beginning it's new semester for Bible studies on Wednesday night.

It took a while for me to decide if I should attend one or not. Why? My attitude, again.
Years ago I took a Beth Moore study. I think Peyton was about 6 months old. I had so much trouble trying to keep up with the study. It takes about 30-45 minutes a day to read and answer the questions. (Such deep thinking required, and well much of the time, I just don't have a lot of deepness to add.) Maybe I'm shallow I dunno. But I was overwhelmed with a new baby and
trying to keep up etc. The Bible study wasn't really limited by time and some of the ladies would go on and on and on....and on.... And truthfully I felt like a failure for not getting it done. Did I ever mention that I am a very task oriented person.

I know that attending another Bible study this last semester really helped me a lot. It made me want to engage with other women again. (And a night out away was nice, just having a few other ladies to talk and learn with.)

Anyway, after a lot of prayer, and flesh slaying.....I decided I am willing to give it another go with Beth. Now I do think her studies are great! They are meaty, she has a lot of wisdom and I learn a lot just from the video. I have the workbook and hope that I can manage it faithfully.

Today I went ahead and decided to read a little into Daniel. It had been a while. Wow, God showed me all kinds of things I had never seen before. So I am excited about this new venture into God's word, into learning more about God, and also looking forward to building some closer relationships with women in my church.