Friday, November 30, 2012

Mystery of History - Creation

So this post has been sitting around since the first week of school!  But I wanted to share it here on the blog.  For our creation study we created a booklet.  We kept the cover pretty simple:

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On the inside we wrote the Genesis 1:1 verse.  Then we started on the days of creation.  We created this by adding a a piece of black construction paper to the bottom half of the day.

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Here is what the pages looked like:

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Then you open them up and you can see what God created on that day.  For day two we drew some clouds with a white crayon then went over them with light blue water colors.  For the water we used dark blue mark to depict water.

Day 3 we showed the dry land with a piece of green construction paper.  Then we made an apple tree with fingerprint apples to depict God creating trees:

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Day 4 we colored a sun to depict day.  Then for the night we drew a moon and stars with crayons.  We then painted with black water colors on top.

For day 5 I drew a robin and Sammy colored it in.  Then I showed Sammy how to draw a basic fish and he colored that in:

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Day 6 Sammy drew our family at the top to represent how God created man.  Then at the bottom he drew our dog Tipsy to represent how God created animals.

Day 7  I drew some Zs and Sammy colored them in.  This represented that God rested on the 7th day.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Pumpkin Carving and Halloween

Sammy was all into the pumpkin carving this year!  He scooped out the guts:
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We carved two pumpkins.  One we put a happy face into and the other one I let Sammy drill.  he thought this was so cool!
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This year instead of trick or treating Sammy handed out candy.  He loved being able to put candy in everyone’s bags and guess what their costumes were.  It was REALLY cold here so we didn’t stay out long but he had a blast.  He dressed up as a knight to hand out candy:
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Defending our house from evil doers:
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I love this costume.. it just was not very warm :-P
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Family and Bonfires

Last month we had Tim’s family over for hot dogs and a bonfire!  It was such a relaxing evening sitting around a bonfire, roasting marshmallows, and chatting.

Sammy had so much fun with everyone.. it was a cold night and the fire was warm.. well with a few blankets!  We will have to do this again soon!

Sammy and his Aunt Rachel:

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Roasting marshmallows:

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Sammy getting his Aunt to take a silly picture with him.. this is a framer:  DSC_0034

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Happy First Birthday Gracie!!

My sweet little niece turned one last month.  My sister perpared a super cute party!  Gracie was also baptized at their church.  Since everyone was all dressed up we thought we would try some pictures.. How do you think they turned out?.. ;-)
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Comical would be how we described it :-)
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The sweet birthday girl herself:
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Gracie even showed off at the party:
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Gracie you melt my heart :-)
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Gracie loved playing in the cake:
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My mom made this beautiful quilt for Gracie:
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A sweet picture of GiGi (my Mom), Sammy and Pop Pop (my Dad): DSC_0066

Monday, November 26, 2012

Miscellaneous Monday

It has been a while since I have done a random post.  I had something else planned for today but I couldn’t get my act together for it today.  Don’t worry it will be coming later this week!  Since we are all recovering from a cold over here I will leave you with this randomness!

  • Hail to the Redskins!! Woohoo beat the cowboys on Thanksgiving what fun!
  • We started our Christmas book countdown and Sammy  is beyond thrilled to open a book each night!
  • I made my best batch of mashed potatoes ever on Friday.. so delicious!
  • We started a 1,000 piece Christmas puzzle with Tim’s family on Friday night and we are about 50% done!  I can’t wait to hang it on the wall for the holidays!
  • Tim and I are going to a fancy dinner with his company tomorrow night. Sammy is spending the night with his Aunt!  It should be a fun night for everyone!
  • I need to get my Christmas activities planned out and start putting them into place so I don’t miss something I wanted to incorporate this year!
  • I am usually done with my Christmas shopping by now and I haven’t even started yet this year!  I hope to get it finished really soon so I can sit back and enjoy the fun of the holidays with out rushing around!
  • I can’t wait to start decorating for Christmas!  Have you started decorating?
  • There is a local radio station that plays Christmas music 24/7 from Thanksgiving until Christmas (or maybe New Years).  We have been listening everyday!
  • I stayed up wait to late reading last night.. it was an intense part of the book and then I couldn’t sleep for a few hours!
  • I need to read The Hobbit before the movie comes out!  I am excited to see the movie!!
  • I always feel like I have more random thoughts rolling around in my head but when I sit down to write them they are gone!
  • I haven’t been making many crafts but I hope to make a new wreath for the door this year.  if I get that done I will share a picture with you :-)

Friday, November 23, 2012

What’s Going on At Our Homeschool?

We prepped for Hurricane Sandy.  After I knew we were in the clear for losing power I went to put things back to normal.  I, however, couldn’t just pull the drain and waste the water.  So we did a sink float experiment.  Sammy thought it was so cool that the pumpkin floated:
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As I pulled some things off of our corkboard I got pictures of a few things I hadn’t shared on the blog.  Sammy and I colored the Mystery of History coloring page:
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Sammy’s cute rabbit craft from his handwriting program:
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Sammy made this hilarious dinosaur book!  That is a T-Rex and a man that fell down saying wooohahhh:
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A stegosaurs and a man that fell down saying wooohahhh:
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The end:
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A painting Sammy did in co-op.  It is a boat in a sea with a sun:
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Sammy and I did some copy-cat Picasso paintings.  Here is mine:
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I wished I had taken a picture of Sammy’s before he painted.  It was really a great drawing.. the painting was a little tough for him:
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Doing a daily drawing!  These are so fun.. he draws whatever he wants then I write out what it was!
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Writing the first letter of this knight worksheet from Homeschool Creations:
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Working on his math-u-see primer:
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I wrote out Sammy’s memory verse with a marker and he wrote over top of it in pencil.  He then illustrated the verse.  This wasn’t something he loved so we aren’t doing it anymore.   We will have to try it again next year!

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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving – 1,000+ Thankful List

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31. Holidays to spend with family
32. Mashed potatoes with gravy (my favorite food)
33. Macy’s Day parade – I love it more each year.  Sammy thinks this is amazing
34. Pumpkin Pie
35. The REDSKINS playing the cowboys today!
35. Charlie Brown Movies
36. Playing games with family after a big dinner
37. The crisp fall air
38. Busting out the Christmas music!
39. Cousins for Sammy to play with
40. Thanksgiving Nap :-)

* I wrote this list before we all got sick!  I am still very thankful for these things.. some of them we just wont get to do this Thanksgiving since we are busy participating in our 2nd annual home with germs Thanksgiving.  Thankfully this year we are not as sick as last year and I am going to make a mini Thanksgiving meal! 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Yearly Tradition

We have been taking Sammy to the same pumpkin patch since he was born.  It is just a few miles up the street from us. 

This year we went a little later than usual and the pumpkin selection was pretty slim.  However, we had great company and had fun!

The Great Pumpkin yearly tradition:

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Love this crew:

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Off to look for a pumpkin:

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I love love love this boy and this picture:

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Monday, November 19, 2012

33 Books For Counting Down to Christmas

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Each year I wrap up enough Christmas books to countdown from Thanksgiving until Christmas.  This year I labeled them all so we can do a craft to go along with each book and to make sure some of our favorites weren’t left for the very end!  I have received a lot of these books from paperbackswap.com or from a local book fair at a fraction of the price. 

I wanted to share this list with you since over the years we have weeded out some we don’t like as we have added some new ones.  So with out further ado here are our books for this year.

  1. Olive, the other reindeer by Vivian Walsh– A cute story about a dog that thinks she  is “Olive the other reindeer” and goes to the north pole to help Santa.
  2. The Night Before Christmas by Clement Moore and Jan Brett – This is a new one to us this year!  This is the classic Twas the Night Before Christmas poem but with Jan Brett’s beautiful illustrations.  I know Sammy is just going to love it!
  3. A Merry Bunny Christmas by Grosset & Dunlap- Max and Ruby are decorating the tree and Max keeps adding toys.  Ruby says they don’t belong on the tree.  There is a cute twist at the end of the story!
  4. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams – Cute story about a stuffed rabbit that a boy receives for Christmas that wants to become real. 
  5. Merry Christmas, Curious George! by H.A Rey – In classic Curious George fashion George gets separated from the man with the yellow hat.  He gets taken away on the top of his favorite tree and finds himself at the children’s hospital.  Will George ruin their Christmas?
  6. The Legend of the Christmas Tree by Rick Osborne – Wonderful story about how the Christmas tree became a symbol for Christmas and how to tell people about God!
  7. The Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas by Justine Korman – Poky little puppy is well loved at our house.  In this story it is his first Christmas and he learns the gift of giving.
  8. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado – This book is new to our countdown this year.  This is a wonderful story about a crippled lamb who wants to be like everyone else.  God has a special plan for his life (and our lives)!
  9. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Rick Bunsen – Classic book about the song! 
  10. The Legend of the Candy Cane by Lori Walburg –A new person comes to a small prairie town in November.  Everyone is wondering why he is there.  Lucy befriends the newcomer and helps to spread the legend of the candy cane!
  11. Gingerbread Baby by Jan Brett – A cute twist on the classic gingerbread boy book!
  12. How the Grinch Stole Christmas – How could we not read this one!!
  13. Silent Night by Will Moses – In a small Vermont town everyone is rushing to get ready for Christmas.  However the Miller family knows there is something more exciting happening.
  14. If You Take a Mouse to the Movies – Sammy loves these style books and likes to create his own stories like this!
  15. The Berenstain Bears Meet Santa Bear by Jan and Stan Berenstain – The bear cubs meet Santa bear and questions about Santa are answered.
  16. God Gave Us Christmas by Lisa Bergren – Wonderful book about who invented Christmas and who is more important Santa of God!
  17. Mickey's Christmas Carol by Sanday Creek – a Mickey version of Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol.
  18. The Christmas Star by Marcus Pfister – The Christmas star is about shepherd and kings that follow the start to find Jesus.
  19. Clifford's Christmas by Norman Bridwell – This story is about Clifford and Emily Elizabeth’s traditions leading up to Christmas
  20. The Christmas Mouse by Stephanie Jeffs – A mouse falls into a book and we get to experience the nativity scene through the eyes of the mouse.
  21. Wise Old Owl's Christmas Adventure by Robert Kraus – Wise Old Owl is suppose to play Santa Claus Amanda Bear’s Christmas party. But he almost misses it .
  22. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz – A book based on the classic movie.  It has very few omissions. 
  23. I Spy Christmas by Jean Marzollo – an I Spy book full of Christmas treasures.  I think this will be the next book we replace since it is not really a story.  I will, however, keep this book around for us to look for hidden objects!
  24. Baby Jesus – this is a customized book with Sammy’s name in it.  He gets to help the wise men bring gifts to baby Jesus!  How fun!
  25. Letter to Santa by Gaby Goldsack – Cute story about a the journey a boy’s letter takes to get to Santa.
  26. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson – Bear’s friends are determined to help him stay away for Christmas.  Will they succeed?
  27. The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jan Brett – A beautifully illustrated version of the 12 days of Christmas!
  28. The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck – A boy receives a sweater for Christmas and is disappointed.  However, something wonderful happens and allows him to see the love behind the gift.  This book is adapted from the novel.
  29. The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg – A wonderful story about a boy who no longer believes in Santa.  Only to be taken to the North Pole and come face to face with him.
  30. The Pine Tree Parable by Liz Curtis Higgs – A farmer’s wife learns the true meaning of Christmas from a child after she plans to keep the prettiest pine tree for her family.
  31. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett – Teeka tries to train Santa’s reindeer for flight.  She, however, is too bossy.  Will she be able to train them in time?
  32. Frosty the Snowman – Not much to add to this one! 
  33. The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore – This book has the most beautiful illustrations and a CD that reads the story!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups Review

Santa_Pups_cover_art For those of you that don’t know, my son, Sammy, is a total animal lover!  So when I was offered the chance to review the new Santa Paws 2 movie I just couldn’t say no! 
Sammy was super excited to watch this movie.  He gathered the crew and gave them prime seating:
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Next up we popped popcorn and curled up on the couch to watch the movie:
DSC_0104 After the movie I asked Sammy if he liked it.  He enthusiastically said Yes!! He said his favorite part was the singing :-)
My opinion was the plot was a little slow and I had one major issue with the movie.  The Santa Pups were very disobedient and their behavior was never addressed.  The plot was a little dark for Sammy (age 5).  However, he is not one to be scared easily, so it didn’t seem to bother him.


*I received a copy of this film to review. All opinions are my own.*

Friday, November 16, 2012

The Sumerians: Tablet School

We have been working through one lesson in Mystery of History each week.  Then we always do some sort of hands on activity.  Some have been a simple game of telephone while others have been more elaborate. 

This one was pretty simple but Sammy thought it was a lot of fun!  I bought some Crayola Terra Cotta Air Dry Clay.  We rolled it out into a tablet.  Then Sammy (with some help) wrote out the ABC's on his tablet.  He needed help with this since he is a lefty he kept squishing his finished letters.  Since we used air dry clay we had to poke holes then connect them to draw the letters.  Then we just left the tablet out until it dried.  Then we talked about how the Sumerians had 600 letters and how much harder that would be to learn than our 26 letters.

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Our finished tablet (it says Sammy at the bottom he wrote that part on his own):  DSC_0025

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