Tuesday, July 24, 2007
We are trying to center our lives around the Bible a lot more right now. We want our home saturated with God's word. I am going to order the Bible curriculum from Veritas Press Genesis through Joshua. I have not had a Bible curriculum in the past for Karly and Kelsie, but one of our goals of homeschooling, which we are really hammering out right now, is for our children to know the Bible inside and out, through and through. Yes, Bible will be a part of our everyday life, but this curriculum will get down into the Word and take them deeper. After researching a TON of Bible curriculums this is what I came to. They all had pros and cons. I picked this one because it can relate back to history. I want the children to understand that Biblical happenings and historical happenings were going on at the same time. I want them to be able to grasp the significance of history and the Bible. Not revisionist history that talks of all our forefathers being atheists and what not but real true tangible history. Especially right now as we study the ancient history which paralleled so much of the Bible.
I will be going through Leading Little Ones To God with Adrian and Tamara.
We are starting a Bible memory incentive in our home. The older children will work to memorize and discuss the meaning of 3-5 Bible verses a week, the youngers will hide in their hearts 1-2 Bible verses a week. I will try to give more details of this as we iron it out.
During preschool time I will read at least one Bible story book.
Copywork for Kelsie and Karly is going to include scripture passages which they will also work to memorize.
I want my home saturated with Gods word. God's promises. God's love.
There are so many other changes we are in the process of making. One day at a time. We slip and fall back into old luke warm habits every now and then, but God knows we are striving. Our kids know we are striving for a more God-like home. Kids can be very forgiving when they know you are doing your best and trying to live out God's word. I'm amazed at the amount of grace my kids give me every day.
Sunday, July 22, 2007
The kids playing with my brother. He was attacking them with the fun noodle.
Pool fun. My mom bought these bathing suits for Kelsie, Tamara, Adrian, and Jonathan. They have the floats inside. Walmart had them on sale for $9.99. I really liked the fact they were flourescent.
These are all our putt-putt pictures. The resort offered free putt-putt for the owners. The kids had a lot of fun. Of course Tamara and Adrian were more enthusiastic about the dinsaurs then the actual putt-putt. Also Adrian thought we were playing hockey as he shuffled his ball down the green with his putter.
These were some of the pictures from Wonderworks. They had some cool bubble machines they kids played with for a long time. The air hockey table above is used with some kind of shadow puck. You use your hand to move it around. It was neat. I did not get alot of pictures here because my camara died. :(
The last supper. We were getting ready to leave so they had chips and sandwhiches.
Sunday, July 15, 2007
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Saturday, July 7, 2007
Our history and science is not working out. The kids are staring blankly at me - A lot. So we have to revamp.
Right now we are using Story of the World: Volume 1 Ancient Times and Mystery of History: Creation to the Resurrection. Here is my thought process as of right now (subject to change at a moments notice)
I am looking into getting the audio CDs for SOTW and listening to them throughout the day and in the car.
We will use Biblioplan Ancient History for the bulk of our History.
For a more hands on approach we will use the SOTW activity guide along with History Pockets and some other hands on books I found.
It sounds like a lot for History and I might find its too much, but this is what I want to do right now.
For Science we have been using Christian Kids Explore Biology. The kids don't like it. We will be purchasing Biology 101: Biology According to The Days of Creation DVD set. This is actually a high school series, but I have read some good reviews for it saying the whole family could enjoy it. I'm also going to use Science Through Children's Literature and Living Learning Books.
I'm pretty excited about these discoveries. If they don't work out I will sell them next year and try again.
I have some other changes as well and I will be more than happy to share them as I get them all worked out. I think this is my favorite part about homeschooling. I get to decide what my kids learn.
Friday, July 6, 2007
Today at 3:05pm, I had to take away dance class from my little girl. I had to do this so she would learn self discipline and responsibility. She made some really bad choices this week, that resulted in her not being even half way done with her schoolwork that she was behind in. The hardest thing was sitting back and letting her make those choices. I knew how it would end. I tried to discuss the options with her, but her mind was made up. She choose a few hours of playing (actually just wondering around the house being bored) to working on school work. There were a few other choices she made also along those lines, but you get the picture.
I dont have a lot of compassion. I really stink at kissing boo-boos and understanding why thunder scares. But I felt such empathy for my baby today as I took away those dance classes. I know it has to be done, but Lord, its hard.
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Who would not love a set of these beautiful books? The Ballantyne Christian Adventure library is available through Vision Forum for purchase. BUT Crystal and Biblical Womanhood is giving a set away this Saturday.
Now, I'm not telling you all to jet over there and enter, because then how would I win?? Just kidding. Go right now and enter to win these beautiful, truth filled books.
With a quote like this in his book, you know I have to have them on my bookshelves. I love the language and the vocabulary. I also love the fact that he wants our little boys to grow into MEN.
Boys [should be] inured from childhood to trifling risks and slight dangers of every possible description, such as tumbling into ponds and off of trees, etc., in order to strengthen their nervous system.... They ought to practice leaping off heights into deep water. They ought never to hesitate to cross a stream over a narrow unsafe plank for fear of a ducking. They ought never to decline to climb up a tree, to pull fruit merely because there is a possibility of their falling off and breaking their necks. I firmly believe that boys were intended to encounter all kinds of risks, in order to prepare them to meet and grapple with risks and dangers incident to man’s career with cool, cautious self-possession.... —R.M. Ballantyne, The Gorilla Hunters
Monday, July 2, 2007
For the rest it might be TMI. Just be warned.
I went in for my sonogram today. They did an external and internal one. Not as bad as I thought it would be. Of course not on my top ten list of things to do, if Im not pregnant, ever again. Tomorrow I go for my lab work and then at the end of this month I go for my monthly Drs. visit to check progress and discuss treatment.
I had to drink 32oz of water this morning in a half hour time period. Well it was supposed to be in a 15 min time frame, but it ended up being a half hour for me. I literally thought I was going to be sick to my stomache. I dont think I have ever had that much water in such a short amount of time. They had me full for the external exam and then they let me empty my bladder for the internal. The lady said, "Go empty your bladder." I literally thought the gates of heaven had been thrown open. I hit that bathroom flying. Praise God no one was in there.
Well I HAVE TO GO TO BED. Im exhausted.