This was played at our church today and I was very moved by it. I just had to share it here. Hope you are blessed too. You might want to pause the music player first.
December 30, 2007
December 28, 2007
Here's what I have to get me started....
- Desiring God (John Piper)
- A Charlotte Mason Companion (Karen Andreola)
- Hinds Feet on High Places (Hurnard)
- Through Gates of Splendor (Elizabeth Elliot)
- Caught Off Guard: Encounters with the Unexpected God (William P. Smith)
- Jesus Among other Gods (Ravi Zachariah)
Still need to act some fiction books...any suggestions??
December 27, 2007
But one thing has been very evident to me and that is the truth that God never changes! What an awesome attribute of God! He has been my constant companion. Even when I don't follow through on promises, He still remains faithful. There's no one like our God! And what a comfort that has been for me this year. To know that His promises are true, His love never ends and His Word will endure.
I love what Tozer has to say about this...
It's my longing for the new year that I will continue to draw closer to God. To know Him more, to surrender to hHim more, to let go of my sin, to worship Him in service to His people and those in need, to shine His light and to be more like Him, constant, authentic, genuine and with unshaken faith.
December 23, 2007
The cover has one of the snowflakes Caleb made along with stickers and clip art.
This is the front view. Left side: Gingerbread Baby, Candy Cane Shapes Matching Game & Santa Shapes Puzzle Craft. Middle: Santa craft. Right side: Christmas Tree mini book & Rudolph Craft.
Here's a view of the inside.
Colors of christmas matching cards, Snowman puppets
Reindeer counting book, Christmas letters book
The back of the front flap has the boys painting of a wreath & "reindeer paint" with sticks and our memory verses.
December 20, 2007
Aren't these cute?? Noah couldn't wait for the picture so he gave his cookie a lick and ate one leg right away. ;-)
The boys working on their Santa crafts. These are both from the "Christmas Cheer" Lapbook from Hands of a Child. A coloring page of Santa with cotton balls for his beard and a paper Santa made out of shapes. I made a model for the boys to copy.
Here's Caleb's work.
A close-up of the Santa. And here's Noah's work. I love seeing how much dedication he puts into doing his crafts even if it usually ends up being his own "creative art"...hehehe
December 18, 2007
Yesterday we read "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" and the boys learned the song as well. We also did some fun crafts that I'll show in the lapbook pictures.
Today we are reading a fun book titled Christmas Tree Farm by Ann Purmell. Great title! It follows a grandpa & grandson on a Christmas Tree farm from seedling to selling to decorating the trees. The end of the books includes a Christmas tree timeline and facts sheets and a double-page spread of the different types of Christmas trees.
Still to read this week....
- The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg. Check out a GREAT unit study for this book over at homeschoolshare.
- The Little Drummer Boy by Ezra Jack Keats (we found a CD with the music at the library so that we can sing along!)
- The Friendly Beasts Illustrated by Sarah Chamberlain
December 17, 2007
Hope you take the time to read it and that it will be a blessing to you too.
With all these ill days, this week I am so tired and honestly with no energy or focus. I just realized that Christmas is next week and that we have not even began to write our Christmas cards...only a miracle will allow me to mail these before Christmas so it looks like we will be greeting and wishing everyone a happy new year instead!
Inside the boys' drawers are still tank tops and swimming trunks from the summer.. Their winter clothes are piled up on top of empty storage bins by their beds.
Not everything has turn out the way I planned it (but it rarely does anyways), not even the kids Christmas unit. But at least we've been able to read some good books (mostly in bed), sing carols, prepare simple crafts (only because I had all printouts & materials prepared in advanced...and improvised the rest with things we found at home...clever mom!) and thank God for sending Jesus to us.
The boys got a lot more TV than usual and they loved that as well.
This past weekend with everybody feeling better we spend Saturday and Sunday doing some simple lessons and this week plan to finish the rest with multiple changes.
But just in case we get sick again or I don't feel like making time for blogging....let me be the first to wish you a MERRY CHRISTMAS and click here to enjoy a little dance from our family. ;-)
December 13, 2007
December 12, 2007
Another FIAR title that's a favorite at home (aren't they all?). Katy is a powerful tractor who is known for her mighty rescue jobs in the town of Geopolis and this time around she will face the BIG SNOW. Can Katy save the day??
Froggy is determined to play in the snow, after mom's advice to go back to sleep since that's what frogs are supposed to do in the winter. While getting dressed, he forgets to put some of the clothing and has to come back into the house for them. First his pants, then his shirt and coat and then...well you'll have to read it to find out. Really funny book!
Another cute Usborne book from their "touchy-feely" collection. My 2 year old (Noah) loves this book. Good for vocabulary building on little ones.
December 11, 2007
December 07, 2007
If you are looking for a book that would have your little ones saying "read it again, please!", you gotta check out this title.
Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho 2005 Caldecott Honor Book
This book has it all: a well written-repetitive rhyme, introduction to the Thai culture (homes, nature, animals, clothing, climate, etc.), a cautious momma, a cute funny baby and beautiful illustrations.
In the book, the mom is busy "hushing" all the animals near by to make sure they don't wake up her baby who's sleeping. But what she doesn't know is that her baby is sneaking out of his hammock and playing around.
It's hillarious to spot to baby on each page and see what he's up to! The end is very funny too.
Homeschoolshare ladies: this would be a great book to write a unit for. I might try it myself. ;-)
December 06, 2007
A few weeks ago I finished reading Quaker Summer by Lisa Samson. You can learn more about her here.
I must admit that it was very difficult for me to get into this book. I had a hard time with how it's written on first person (it's like reading her diary entries). But once I passed the first few chapters I was hooked!
Loved this story and what it teaches us. I was challenged in my faith and how I live it out; who I share it with; who I choose to bless. I think about the city I live in and the many needy people who need the light of Christ in their lives. There's so much work that needs to be done and sadly the workers are very few (just like our Lord Jesus said).
While reading the story I kept thinking of this song by Christian songwriter Tim Hughes titled "God of Justice". It's from his latest recording Holding Nothing Back. Great CD. If you haven't heard it yet, you should. And if you haven't read this book, you should too. ;-)
Chose to serve and not to be served
December 05, 2007
A few weeks ago Noah came running out of the bathroom with a pantyliner on his arm and says: "Mama, mama! I found a big band-aid for my arm!" Then he runs around the house with a big smile telling Dad and Caleb "Look at my band-aid!".
I walk into the living and see Caleb dancing to Veggie Tales music. He turns towards me and says: "Hurry, get the camera! You need to put this dance I'm doing on Facebook!"
- Caleb tells Noah, while playing with his train set: "Excuse me Noah, could you please go poo-poo somewhere else?? I am playing here and cannot concentrate with the smell." Sweet Noah just walks away quietly to get mama to change his diaper.
Me (while changing Noah's diaper): You know Dad...I think instead of having another child we should adopt one who's already potty trained. I don't know if I can do this with another child.
Caleb (who was quietly playing near by): No, Mom! I love Noah please don't give him away!! He's my brother! Don't switch him for a new child!
December 04, 2007
We started listening to Christmas music and designated a wall in our home where we will display the Christmas art the boys will do this month.
Our memory verse for the month (from children's ministry at church) is "And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent His Son to be the Savior of the world". 1 John 4:14
We also did a paper chain to countdown the days till Christmas and taped it to a star that reads "Jesus is born".
we start a 2-3 weeks focus on different aspects of Christmas time. We will be working on our second lapbook from Hands of a Child, "Christmas Cheer". They suggests completeing it in 5 days but I am expanding it to 10 to incorporate our read-aloud and activities.
- Day 1: Wintertime/snow
- Day 2: Snow
- Day 3: Decorations (Tree, Wreath, lights)
- Day 4: Santa Claus (we don't celebrate Santa coming on Christmas Eve but do want the boys to know about this tradition)
- Day 5: St. Nicholas (the real Santa)
- Day 6: Reindeer/bells
- Day 7: Treats-Candy Cane
- Day 8: Treats-Gingerbread Man/House
- Day 9: Carols
- Day 10- Carols
We will choose every week a different account of the birth of Jesus to read from Scripture. Can't wait to start! Now I just have to gather the books and materials we will use.... ;-)