July 29, 2010
Well, this one was a very luxurious spaceship with beds and pillows to make their journey a bit more comfortable. And since space is so far away, teddy bears were invited to feel more at home.
Who said kids need new toys???
July 28, 2010
And I'm finally caught up! Yeah!!! Here's THIS week's blog walk....very impressed with so many great blogs out there. I'm inspired to improve my own blog. :)
1. Closing Time
2. One Blessed Mamma
3. El Cloud Homeschool: Busy Minds, Busy Hands, Busy Feet
4. Alive in Spirit
5. Ozark Rumblings
6. Army of 5
7. Fenced In Family
8. Debbie's Digest
9. Footprints in the Butter
10. Got Chai?"
July 27, 2010
July 23, 2010
July 21, 2010
July 20, 2010
July 19, 2010
I'm so excited to share with you all my very first review with The Old Schoolhouse Homeschool Crew!
I was given a free copy of the e-book "Travel The World" for review purpose only. This e-book is from a series of unit studies (or modules) The Old Schoolhouse Store publishes monthly. Each unit is $7.95
You can see the entire collection as well as preview and order your copy of "Travel the World" here.
I can honestly say I LOVE this resource. "Travel the World" can be used as a stand alone geography unit study. It will serve both as an introduction for lower elementary or a review supplement for older grades.
It includes a great text that you can read aloud or older children can read by themselves. Great links, quizzes, games, map activities adaptable for different age groups, coloring pages, lapbook pages and many more printouts make this a complete unit. There's even an a detailed High School expansion section!
The unit introduces many great geography facts for every continent and learning to identify natural landmarks like rivers and mountains. You can easily spend more than one day learning about one continent alone with this resource.
I appreciate that scripture references are included throughout the study to teach children what the Bible has to say about our world and its Creator. Also the coloring pages are educational too! Not just a plain outline of each continent but they contain lots of little drawing of things you can find there. This alone was a great learning tool for Noah (my five year old). The boys also loved the online games.
The format is simple and easy to use. Additional resources pages with tons of extra links are also included. And because of the e-book format you can choose which pages to print. This could be a great help for those who use workboxes at home. You can easily have ready enough resources to fill a geography box for a few months! Just thinking about it makes me wanna go buy some plastic shoeboxes!
I think for all you get the price is right. And I highly recommend this resource.
July 18, 2010
This morning I got a chance to sing a song by Christy Nockels (one of my vocal heroes) called "Life Light Up". It was neat to see how the Lord placed this song in the heart of our worship Pastor because not only our message today was about the life of Esther, but also we had a number of people returning home from summer mission trips.
You can listen to the music and lyrics here.
The song it's a commitment to let our lights shine for Jesus no matter where we are and to give our lives to him as a complete offering. That's what true worship is all about.
I love what Christy said herself about this song so I wanted to share it here (if you find the time to read this I think you'll be blessed):
Jesus said in Matthew 5: 14, "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." This is who we are as the people of God...we are a lamp set up on the lampstand...a city, set up on a hill for all to see. We are the light of the world...
What's even more amazing to me is that we've recently moved to a new city and into a new home and neighborhood. I can tell you that it has been just as much of a challenge for me personally to be a light in my own neighborhood, if not more challenging, than flying thousands of miles from home to "light up" in the darkest night. This song proclaims that He is the song we bring with us, and in us, into the darkest places of this world. It is a prayer and a proclamation that says, "my light will shine on earth and my Father will be praised!" This can look like a trip to China, or sometimes, it's just walking into "open house" with my kids at their public school down the street. Both are equally challenging for me...both require an "offering" of myself unto God, letting Him shine and show others His fame and His love through me in all that I do.
1. King Alfred Academy
2. Confessions of An Organized Homeschool Mom
3. Curriculum Reviews from Oak Creek Farmhouse
4. I Can't Decide
5. My Life on A Taffy Pull
6. Losing My Tale
7. Made in His Image
8. Serenades and Solace
9. Our Village is a Little Different
10. SisterTipster's Tell'n It!"
July 16, 2010
July 15, 2010
Well, this week flew by so I will posting double blog walk to try to catch up! I'm posting it today and tomorrow so we can all split it between now and the weekend. Hope you can join the fun!
Second Star to the Right and Straight On Till Morning
Surviving The Testosterone
Family Style School
School Around The Bible
1628 The Story of The Goebels 5
Morris Family Madness
Homeschooling (and then some!)
Following Him home
July 14, 2010
I'll post some pics next week...or as soon as I'm caught up with posts. :)
On June 30 I blogged about our family road trip and shared some games that were a hit in the car (see below).
I wanted to share a few more. Forgive me for not giving sources but I've been collecting these games for some years now and others have been passed on to our family from friends.
Enjoy these and let me know if you try any of them or made up a new version of them!
In this game, each player looks along the road, tracks or....water?
Every one takes turn pointing at numbers they see anywhere (signs, posters, billboards, houses, other cars, etc.). The numbers are added together and the first person that reaches 100 wins.
For Noah (my five year old) we played it a little different. We gave him a paper (and I had one too) and we took turns writing down numbers we saw for 3 minutes (Caleb was the time keeper).
Then we counted the numbers and whoever had the highest sum won.
This game was so simple and so silly!
I gave each kid a blank paper folded in half and showed them how to draw the top part of an animal on one side. (You can also have them draw it first and then fold the paper).
I told them not to draw the legs (or bottom part).
Then they turned the paper around so no one sees what they drew and switch papers with each other.
Now they were to draw the bottom of any animal they can think of and decorate it (spots for giraffe, stripes for zebra, etc.).
Then open the papers to see their silly creatures. :)
Bigger or Smaller Challenge
The first player stars with...."oh how I wish I was a ________. (And mentions an animal name. )
The next person continues with...."but I wish I could be a __________. (This time, the player has to mention an animal that is smaller.
Continue in the same manner, but each time the animal has to be of smaller size.
Continue the game until someone can't think of an animal any more. This was so simple as well but it kept my voice busy laughing and trying hard to remember smaller or bigger animals.
You can do it again, this time try with bigger animals.
July 09, 2010
One of the things I love about the homeschooling world is that we are always looking to help each other and so, we've come up with a weekly Blog walk, in which we will highlight 10 crew blogs and get them some more traffic and exposure.
I'm a bit behind on getting started but will catch up very quickly.
So follow me every week as we visit 10 new blogs. Feel free to click on these links and even leave an encouraging comment for these hard working moms that will be taking the time to try and review products all year long. ;)
Here are the first 10: