Sep 24, 2010

Weekly Homeschool Highlights: Fall arrives

It's Friday....Finally!

                               (Google Pic: I wish it were that pretty here...)
We are getting ready to have a yard sale this weekend for our youth group at church!  Hopefully we make lots of money, and get rid rid of lots of stuff!  I know God will bless!  
Homeschool has been interesting this week, but with all that's going on, its been hard to stay on track.
Jellyfish studied about China and how it was once ruled by dynasties.  He learned about their family, dress, and the tradition of binding feet.  


He drew this woodpecker in Art.  He had to use motion lines, shading, and details in this one!  I think it turned out wonderful. Click on it to see it closer...


Last week, he did a sea turtle.  He had to pay attention to perspective.  He had to draw it as if you were looking into the water from a boat.
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In Science, we studied birds.  We are blessed to have an abundance of hummingbirds right now by our bird feeder in our front yard.  They are so much fun to watch!
  
Daddy is working hard with his high school robotics teams creating robots that will climb mountains, go over bridges, and place PVC sticks in a container.  They will compete in district competitions in January!  


The new addition to our family (my niece) is growing quite well.  We only have to wait about 8 or so more weeks until we can hold her!  So exciting! 


Millie is potty training...ugh!  So frustrating!  It seems like we have good days and bad days...I just keep on trying.  She's only 18 months old, so she is a little young.  I'm not pushing too hard yet!
  
She started saying I love you to her bubba this week.  So sweet!


My favorite thing:  Its' officially fall!  I am ready for falling leaves, hoodies, and bonfires!  Bring it on!



Sep 21, 2010

The Armor of God

The Armor of God by Jennifer Raehl is a unit study based on Ephesians 6:10-18.  It contains eight lessons which could take several weeks to finish if you choose to do them all.  Each lesson offers background information on the particular piece of armor, Bible references, and information showing how that piece of armor was used in Bible times.  Because of the variety of activities, the unit could definitely work with children of different ages. The unit could easily be made into a lapbook or note booking pages.  The informational lessons are definitely the star of this unit!

Pros:
  • Many informative lessons to choose from
  •  Interesting graphics to complement each lesson
  • Variety of activities to choose from (including crafts)
  • Lessons contain Bible references
  • Presents Plan of Salvation
  • Activities can be modified for different ages
  • Links to other information and activities

Cons:
  •   NIV Bible version (I’m a KJV gal)
  •   Pages 13-32 are charts containing symbols(a little much maybe)
  •   41 pages to print (or read on your computer screen)
  • A little pricey
So, that’s the sum of it!  I give it 4 stars!  

Go ahead and order it here!

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September Highlights

September has been a fun month of playing with cousins, mild temperatures, and barbeque's!


Lots of playing!!!
Of course, nothing tops the day off better than a bubble bath!
Here are the kids (and 2 cousins) waiting for the Labor Day parade:
And then playing in the park afterward....
It was a beautiful day!

And here's the new addition to our backyard pond!
The kids had to get their hands on him!  Gross! (Are they my children, seriously?) 
Science lesson for the day!


So thankful for my family!


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Sep 20, 2010

Inventions & Inventors

Inventions (by OHC) is a unit study with a TON of links, activities, and printables.  This unit would definitely complement a study of inventions and inventors.  In fact, it made me wish we could incorporate it this year in our homeschool, but we're doing world history, so maybe next year...

Anyway, the unit begins with objectives and assessment ideas, followed by about three pages of links.  There are links to reading materials, printables, lesson plans, and even videos.  There are probably 30 -40 links per page! The unit also includes lapbook materials including a timeline.  There are 22 pages in this unit. 

It is plainly stated that this is not a comprehensive unit, but is meant to enhance learning of the subject area.  It will be handy having all the links ready and available, and not wasting valuable time searching the internet for them.  Of course, anything with lapbook printables is always a hit at our house.  We love making lapbooks!

So, if you’re looking for a complementary unit that is full of informational links and lapbook printables!  Inventions & Inventors is for you!


The price is right!  Check it out!
CurrClick
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Sep 3, 2010

Weekly Highlights:

This was a crazy week with lots of activity!  Allergy season is in full swing, so I'm back to my regular schedule of sneezing and blowing (my nose, that is)...and the kids are fighting it too.  
Jellyfish started the week studying the Sumerians in History.  He built a ziggurat using legos.  He also studied the Tower of Babel!  We are adding to his timeline weekly also.
The End Result....a ziggurat...sort of!
Millie did her own studying.  She worked on her puzzles, and learned to make her own Tower of Babel.  Knocking it over is the "funnest" part!
If you have one of these (meaning a 17 month old) around, then you know...there's never a dull moment anyway!




The week ended at the doctor's with the kids.  Apparently, they have sinus infections.  Nothing more fun than sitting for two hours at the doctor's office with a 17 mo. old at nap time....sigh.  
Funny how you sit for 2 hours waiting for the doctor, and it only takes him 2 minutes before he's out the door.  They have sooooo many patients...you feel like you kinda get lost in the shuffle.


Have Fun (and Gesundheit)!