Friday, October 28, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up: Day 52-56 Plus history wrap up Week 27

Finally.. starting to get into some tiny sort of routine or schedule! It is only a beginning but at least the ball is rolling that way!

We have done school EVERY day this week--- not TONS of course but we are moving along! We had a hiccup in math this week but are dealing with it and we have had some character issues pop up but we are dealing with those also!

Not by day but just overall of week....

Bible- We finished our Survival Guide and I am very excited that the kids are all three getting baptized on Sunday...we are also still working on our memory verse--- please don't judge me by this next set of pictures.. I allowed the kids to use the Nerf guns to "shoot" the reference for each verse we are learning... it got them into it.... I am sure there is something VERY fundamentally wrong with this...

Math- we did Math U See worksheets on Monday but this rest of the week we have done some fun math worksheets printed off the world wide web... math games, puzzles etc... all using the same skills as the MUS worksheets but just a little bit of fun! We are drilling multiplication facts, mainly for speed at this point and starting Emily!

English- We wrote paragraphs this week and continued work on topic sentences.

History- We are at War-- brother against brother...patriot against patriot... fellow country men against fellow countrymen. Yes, the civil war is at hand.

We learned about:
Sojourner Truth
John Brown
Election of 1860
Confederate States of America
Confederate Acts
Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln's Inaugural Address
after math of address
Fort Sumter
call to arms NORTH and SOUTH
more secession
naval blockades
moving of confederate capitols
Jefferson Davis
length of civil war
Virgina split
and even more secession!

We have also continued reading Across Five Aprils

and played this new history card game I bought at The Children's Museum

Top Trumps Presidents

Science- we have reviewed most of this week but began reading our next lesson on Thursday and will do an experiment with Daddy over the weekend!

BTW... the MASS= how much it weighs was a topic of conversation.. mass does not equal how much it weighs but how much matter it is comprised of... just so you know I am teaching them accurately!  :0)

Our atomic model

Skills- haven't picked up much in this area BUT are hammering out chores and stuff right now. We did however use clay for art-- can we count that as skill--- AND we evacuated a building on Wed for a fire, does that count as skill? oh and the girls baked and embroidered with mom on Friday!

Art- studying Remington and started our clay sculpture and baked it and then on Thursday we used the hardened clay to make a mold in soft clay and poured plaster of Paris into that mold making our ART!  On Friday we painted it....

Composer-- still listening to Franz Liszt .. made a small lap book (really should be considered a notebook page!) of his life and accomplishments.

Matt drew this for me as we were listening to the music... VERY cute!  :0)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Stop with the worry...

There are three particular situations right now that I find myself worrying about... two of which DO not really even have anything to do with me but yet I am worrying about it.  I mean it touches and affects my life but I have no power over it.... does that make sense.  I really need to LAY IT DOWN.  I cannot continue worrying about things.... even if I DO have control over soemthing I still need to stop worrying.  So here are some scriptures that I am meditating on....

Cast all your anxiety on him

because he cares for you.

(1 Peter 5:7)

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

(Matthew 6:34)

Do not fret-it leads only to evil.

(Psalm 37:8)

"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.

(Luke 10:41-42)

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.

(Luke 12:22-23)

So do not worry, saying "What shall we eat?" or "What shall we drink?" or "What shall we wear?" For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly father knows that you need them.

(Matthew 6:31-32)

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

(Philippians 4:6-7)

The Lord watches over all who love him.

(Psalm 145:20)

Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has

been pleased to give you the kingdom.

(Luke 12:32)

Don't be afraid; just believe.

(Mark 5:36)

When I am afraid, I will trust in you.

(Psalm 56:3)

Surely God is my salvation; I will trust

and not be afraid.

(Isaiah 12:2)

I sought the Lord, and he answered me;

he delivered me from all my fears.

(Psalm 34:4)

The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything.

(Philippians 4:5,6)

Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

(Psalm 46:2-3)

Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever

trusts in the Lord is kept safe.

(Proverbs 29:25)


Stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the

faith of the gospel without being frightened in any

way by those who oppose you.

(Philippians 1:27-28)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Give a goat...

So the kids and I poured over our World Vision magazine today and decided what we are saving for!  So exciting. 

The kids opted to save $160 dollars towards their "gifts".  They have 52 days to save!  We told them that they have to earn or donate the money themselves either by doing jobs, "saving" by not buying something or by giving money that is their own to give.   We wanted them to "feel" the give this year, does that make sense... so far our giving has been a family affair but with Dave and I footing the bill and I think the kids need to learn about sacrificial giving by actually GIVING something of themselves or giving up something they want.

(picture credit to world

With the $160.00 the kids will give the gift of

13 animals (10 ducks, one chicken and two rabbits)
$25.00 towards helping a disabled person get a wheelchair or other need
2 soccer balls
and mosquito nets for a whole family

We reminders of what we are saving for and how long we have to do it on the wall and started our jar out with $3.00 dollars already! 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Weekly Wrap Up: Day 48-51 (the boring one with no pics)

I am not going to wrap this up by day but give summary's of where we are at in each subject... One reason is to put on paper where I think we are and what I need to focus on when I do lesson plans this week for the next 6 weeks. WE are completely OFF any schedule I had with packing, moving, unpacking, unexpected trips, migraines and camping. But it is all good right!


We are still working through our Survival Guide book... we are almost done but behind on our verse memorization. the kids know them pretty well but are not doing well with reference. So this week we are buckling down and working on WHERE the verses they have memorized are in the Bible .

They are reviewing their cards, reviewing with each other and we have tried playing a few games to review. I gave a "verse" test on Friday and they have made a lot of progress!

We should finish this by the end of next week.  After that we will start our New Testament study--- which I am VERY excited about!  We will focus on the Life OF JESUS. 

I need to find new devotionals for the kids so am searching the wide world web for ideas.


Matt and Kate are on lesson 14--- we will begin hitting this harder. I don't really care that we are behind but still want to just move through it, so I will do this 3 to 4 times a week instead of 2-3 times

We have started paragraphs and discussed main ideas and topic sentences.

Emily- likewise

All About Spelling:

We are on STEP 15. I would also like to keep this flowing so moving on! I have seen improvement in Emily's spelling but still not in Matt--- I am unsure what to do at this point (BRENDA- any clue?)

Math- we are doing review worksheets printed out from Math U right now and will order their new books after November 1... we are also drilling flashcards (have been since before the move) and playing math games!

History--- this has been sooo put on hold but hopefully next week we will get back on track. We have finished Uncle Tom's Cabin and listened to Abraham Lincoln and the Heart of America by Jim Weiss. We are now starting as a read aloud Across Five Aprils and Kate and Matt will be reading My Brother Sam is Dead.

Other subjects:  any other subject has REALLY been put on hold as I have struggled to only do the basics if any..  but this week we started back up with our ARTIST study and COMPOSER study--

art:  We are learning about Fredric Remington and working on making a sculpture using plaster mold and then painting it...

Music: Our composer is Franz Liszt...(LIST- for those uninformed peeps who don't know how his name is pronounced--- I HAD TO GOOGLE IT.)   feel. so. uncultured.

Skills: we are still not doing skills but this week we are working on our NEW schedule, routines and chore charts for the new house!  Even when I don't keep a schedule or routine perfectly ... it is still there in the background... helping me keep things in check... so I am ready to get back to it!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Garner 2011

fresh air

smooth pebbles
trickling streams
soaring birds
scurrying rabbits
rock jumping
wet jeans

slippery rocks
marsh mellows
early rising
card games

french toast
hard beds
bathrooms and spiders
river bed
hill country

Nerf war
family time
park rangers
night drive

water shoes
bathing suits
picture taking

dirty kids
minnow catching
scraped knees
park 20 mph speed limit

Old Baldy
swim suits
back packs
packing and unpacking

wet towels
dirty feet
coffee and creamer

crock pots
gas fill ups
sleeping bags
crazy kids running around

flip flops
sliding rocks
lightening bugs
 low cell phone coverage
Lego playing
craft time

30 minute drive to town
screens on windows
cool night air
card playing

wind in your hair
band aids
insect stings
bike riding
long walks
water bottles


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

quick 1600 mile drive this weekend...

We made an unplanned/ quick trip to Missouri this past weekend.  We left Friday night at 7:30 drove till 3:30 and slept in Little Rock... headed out the next morning and got to Union, Missouri around 5:00.

We had a wonderful time visiting with Sarah, Robbie and the kids- although Robbie had to work most of the time....

This is the Emily Jean GIRL---- 4 years old.

This is the Ethan Drake BOY--- just turned two!

It was just Dave and myself for the trip so we had HOURS in the car to ourselves... it was nice.

We haven't been away for that many days in a really, really long time and we enjoyed it.... even as spontaneous as it was...

Dave and I stayed at their place and Emily Jean had to sleep with her GANDMA.... good times.

Sarah and I cut Ethan's hair (see the first pics and then later pics), it wasn't the best job as he was screaming and wiggling ALOT but hey it got cut!

Emily and GANDPA worked on getting us REDBOX and ice cream and had to go shopping for batteries for her computer-- THAT is what GANDPA's are for, right!

Sarah and I went to the grocery store on Sunday night and bought up supplies and got her 8 freezer meals ready.... in  record time.  So she has at least 8 easy meals plus their leftovers for the next couple of weeks! 

We left Missouri Monday at 1:30 and ended up driving straight through and getting home at 4:30 on Tuesday morning--- we were exhausted!

Now to pack and ready stuff for four days of camping at Garner....

Whewww... I am gonna need some vacation from my vacations!  :0)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

St. Francis Sanctuary for wolves

Kaitlin and mom went to a wolf sanctuary on Saturday-- it is located in Montgomery County.  They had an annual open house type event and Kaitlin got to pet a wolf!  Very exciting for the girl!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Pinterest... my first attempt at something I found on Pinterest. #1

I love Pinterest.  I mean love.  However I dont want it to JUST be a digital binder full of ideas I love but NEVER do!  So I am trying to actually DO the wonderful, neat, amazing, ingenius things I PIN!

So try number one.... with many, many more on the way.