Aug 31, 2010

God's Handiwork

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory:
A Spectacular View of Creation through the Lens of the Hubble Telescope
The Heavens Proclaim His Glory: A Spectacular View of Creation Through the Lens of the NASA Hubble Telescope
Created and compiled by Lisa Stilwell
Thomas Nelson Publishing

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory is a compilation of fascinating facts, interesting quotes, and breathtaking pictures.  To capture the essence of God’s handiwork in a book would be nearly impossible…I’m sure that was one of the thoughts running through Lisa Stilwell’s mind as she compiled this book.  The pictures, taken from the Hubble Telescope, along with the details given on each page, absolutely points the reader in the direction of God.  All glory is given to the Creator, not the creation, as it should be. 

The Heavens Proclaim His Glory would make a great gift for any age group.  My 4th grade son thought the pictures of the stars and galaxies were "cool", while my husband, who is a High School Science teacher thought the book was intriguing.  This book would make a great addition to any home library and would definitely compliment a Space unit or lapbook in Science!  

Keep in mind, this is not a book you can sit down and read in one setting.  It is quite lengthy.  The only drawback for me was the scripture within was not King James Version.  It was taken from SEVERAL other versions.  That bothered me and I found myself looking up the verses to see what the Bible actually said (my opinion, of course).

So, buy the book and read it for yourself.  You will definitely come away with new information and a new respect for our Savior!

I received this book free from the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own
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Aug 28, 2010

Christian Kids Explore Biology: Unit 2

Plants in God's World is the title of Unit 2.  I am excited about it, but kinda wish it was spring time for this subject.  Oh well, fall will have to do!  These are some of the activities we are doing!

Lesson 6:
Time For Kids: Plants!Young Scientist Series - Set 10: Seeds, Fruits, and other Plant Parts (Kit 28) - Eggs (Kit 29) - Owls (Kit 30)Flowers (Plant Parts) (Pebble Plus: Plant Parts)

Lesson 7: Photosynthesis
  • Vocab.- Photosynthesis, oxygen, hydrogen, Carbon dioxide, chlorophyll, glucose, evaporation
  • Love this lapbook from Amanda Bennett!!!
  • Simple printable from Teacher Vision.
  • PowerPoint

Lesson 8: Plant Reproduction

  • Vocab.- pollination, pollen, self-pollination, cross-pollination, ovules, ovaries, anthers
  • Color the flower- online coloring sheet of the parts of a flower!
  • Web activities-several to choose from
  • Watch pollination take place! (short video)
More to come,

    Aug 27, 2010

    August fun

    Our first two weeks of school went very quickly!  We are really starting to adjust to our new curriculum and workbooks.  Jellyfish is excited about school so far!  We started the week Sunday with a fish fry at church.  Yum!  We also had a BBQ Thursday night at grandma's house!              
    Millie learned to play babies.  She lined her baby and feeding utensils up on the step, and fed them (and herself occasionally).  It was very cute!

    In the pic to the right...she actually has her mouth open making the chomping noise!

    This is the baby that prays, so every once in a while Millie would reach over and push her belly so she would pray.

    The week turned out nice...a little taste of fall, so we found ourselves enjoying some time outside!

    The kids played with sidewalk chalk (since there's no concrete in the back, they used paver stones).
       I think the cat wanted to draw too.

    There's so many things to do outside!  
    Jellyfish started his Mystery of History timeline, and he is so excited.  He drew a rain forest picture in Science, and made a 100% in Spelling.  I'll have pics soon.  Daddy started his ITV class at school, and it has caused him a little stress this week.  Millie has been pottying in the potty quite successfully.  Yeah!  We're on our way to no more diapers!
    Hope your week was just as fun!  AND I hope we have lots more fall weather very soon!

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    Aug 22, 2010

    Day in the Life: 2010

    My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.  Psalm 5:3

    As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me. Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.  Psalms 55:16-17 

    How does your day start?  

    We begin our day around 8:30 or 9:00 with Bible reading, pledges and prayer. We have so much to be thankful for.  We ask God to help us have a good day full of learning!  

    During the day, you might find us doing some math on our dry erase board or playing dominoes on the kitchen table.
    You might find someone dressing up like a pirate or batman....
    You might even find us making a jello mold of a cell...Yuck!

    Sometimes we rest on the couch, and watch Magic School Bus.

    Sometimes we draw and color... 
    Sometimes we help mommy do laundry...
    Weather permitting, you might find us out in the yard or on the deck doing any number of things.  

    Thank God for rare, cool summer evenings.  We have dinner around 5, and bedtime is 9:20 on school days.  

    To see a more detailed schedule click here.

    Aug 19, 2010

    Mini offices: 4th grade

    I decided Jellyfish needed a mini-office for his 4th grade year.  When I get something in my little brain; there is no end to the mAdNeSs until I get it done.  I searched online and found lots of ideas and printables.  The problem is deciding which ones are best for Jellyfish.  What exactly will he need on a daily basis? Here's what I came up with.
    My husband brought home a project board.  It was white on one side and cardboard color on the other...after some white spray paint, it was white on both sides!
    36"x48" White Tri Fold Project Display Board (HUN730205) Category: Presentation
    It was also very I took a utility knife and cut it in half.  So, now I have two project boards.  I decided I would use front and back and group his subjects somewhat. 

    Here is a list (and hopefully links) to my components:

    Multiplication Chart-I used the large black & white one, and colored it accordingly!
    Math Facts Sheet
    Gallon Man-not sure where I found this...
    Division Poster-you have to finish the division problem after you print
    Spelling list-I laminated some lines of a sheet of notebook paper.  He can use a dry erase marker to change it each week.
    Bible verse:  same thing; he can change it out each week!
    Books of the Bible (from Jimmy's Collage)

    This is the bestest ever site on mini offices you can find.  A lot of my printables came from this site!

    I laminated some of the components and put them on with velcro so that they're his schedule (we always make changes).

    I know what you're thinking...."wait, what about all the white spaces?"

    Don't stress!  We will add more as we go along. And don't forget.  I still have the bottom half that we cut off.  Maybe I'll use that for History & Science or Spanish!
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    Aug 17, 2010

    Christian Kids Explore Biology: Unit 1

    Christian Kids Explore Biology
    We are doing Christian Kids Explore Biology by Stephanie L. Redmond for science this year.  It is an in-depth book with lots of ideas & activities.  Some of the links in the book are not terribly current, so I am making my own list of links and supplemental activities.  My goal is to do this weekly!

    Lesson 2: Cells 

    Lesson 5: Food Chain

    • Make flashcards using vocabulary words: Herbivore, Carnivore, Omnivore, Decomposer, Producers, Consumer 
    • watch Movie Clip or The Magic School Gets Eaten
    • Food chain game page: a page full of goodies!
    • Chain Reaction: put the cards in order to form a chain
    • Read this book!
    • PowerPoints: lots to choose from!
    I will add more as I find them.  Do you have any cool links?  Leave me a comment and share it with me!  


    Join us for Gratituesday at Heavenly Homemakers!

    I'm thankful for LAUNDRY!  What?  Am I serious? 
    How does a family of four make sooooo much laundry?  I think it breeds and multiplies in the hamper...

    But, I am thankful.  No, I am not crazy (too many sniffs of the detergent), but I am learning to look at things from a different perspective.  I believe that's what brought Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego through the fiery furnace with such a positive attitude.  They didn't focus on the blazing furnace, but on how powerful our God is!  Their faith led the way. 

    Instead of looking only at the huge piles of laundry in my floor....I need to think differently.  I have been blessed with three precious beings who require my attention.  Without their laundry, I would not have them
    And that, is an awful thought!  Whew!

    I remember a time when I only had myself to take care of.  I also remember how lonely I was at times.  And how I prayed for a family! 

    So, my point is:

    God is Great!  Laundry is not, but our family is! 
    I am thankful for LAUNDRY!

    and my precious little (and big) peoples who make it....

    And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful
     Col 3:15
    I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.  Phil. 4:11
    Enjoy your laundry!