Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Sammy’s Christmas Concert

Sammy’s AWANA program puts on a big Christmas program each year.  I wasn’t sure how Sammy would do on stage in front of everyone.  But he did AWESOME!! He sang his little heart out.  I will have to get the videos Tim took on his phone.  But here are a few pictures.  Coming out to take their places! They were Cookin’ Up Christmas (hence the outfits). 

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Singing one of the songs they performed.  (Sammy is almost in the center in the front row with his head leading way to the right of the picture).

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Everyone things Sammy is always so happy and willing to get his picture taken.. this is one of the other ones I got… I think he was trying to give me the stink eye! 

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The AWANA group did an amazing job organizing and teaching the kids the songs.  We rode around with the CD in our car from September until Christmas and practiced his songs about once a day!  It paid off with confidence and a wonderful performance!

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Winter Fun List–Update 2

Winter Fun List

  1. Colored Ice Sculptures
  2. Watch the penguin huddle video
  3. Make paper snowflakes
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  5. Make a polar bear mask
  6. Make an owl
  7. Fill the bird feeder
  8. Read our winter books
  9. Look for animal tracks in the snow
  10. Make and play with snow playdough
  11. Make a pipe cleaner ninja
  12. Make this cool paper airplane
  13. Purge 100 things from our house (We have purged about 50 things)
  14. Paint the snow DSC_0145
  15. Go on 2 nature walks (we have completed 1)
  16. Melt Ice with salt
  17. Make snow dough (shaving cream and cornstarch)
  18. Do one of Sammy’s new science kits (I got them at the dollar tree)
  19. Play with Sammy’s alternative powered cars (one is a soda car and the other is a balloon car)
  20. Do a wax-resistant snow painting
  21. Bake a treat with Sammy
  22. Play 10 board games (we are up to 7 different ones)
  23. Go on at least 1 field trip to DC 1/27-1/28
  24. Try 1 new thing (activity, food, restaurant)
  25. Have an indoor snowball fight

Monday, February 24, 2014

Thanksgiving 2013

This year for Thanksgiving Day we were flying solo.  My sister was with her husband’s family and my parents were off gallivanting somewhere!  I was going to do something atypical and have lasagna for Thanksgiving dinner but we decided to have all of our favorites instead!

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We stayed in our pjs all day (including during dinner).  We watched all of the parade and the dog show.  We didn’t have to rush anywhere! We had turkey, hash brown casserole, corn pudding, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, and rolls.  Tim and I had Mountain Dew to drink and Sammy had some blue Gatorade.  It was untraditional but oh so fun. 

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We were also untraditional this year and bought a fake tree and had it up before Thanksgiving.  It was fun to eat dinner with Christmas music playing and the house already decorated.

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We followed the night up with unwrapping books leading up to Christmas.  Sammy loves to see what book(s) we will read that night. 

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As much fun as we had on Thanksgiving we missed having Thanksgiving with family.  We did have Tim’s family over the next night for a leftover thanksgiving buffet! 

*Yes I realize it’s February.. I am determined to get caught up!!

Thursday, February 20, 2014

1,000+ Thankful List–Sounds

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211. The sound effects Sammy makes while playing with his toys

212. The sound of tires on the gravel when Tim is getting home from work

213. The sound of a sleeping boy in the backseat of a car

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214. The sound of a reader figuring out the English language

215. The sound of giggles between friends

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216. The sound of dishes clanking as Tim cleans up after dinner

217. The sound of the keruig making a cup of go-go juice

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218. The sound of the heater kicking on and warm air being pumped through the house

219. Olympic theme music

220. The sound of bass strings while Tim practices for worship team

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Water & Weather [A Review]

My latest review book from Master Books is the awesome science book Water & Weather.  We studied weather last year in science, and I was excited to see what science experiments they had in this book.  I was also eager to see what topics the water lessons covered.

Sammy loves a good experiment, so we got to work once we received the book.  This is a science curriculum for sure.  You are supposed to go through the book systematically.  They have a paragraph or two on a topic to get you interested in the topic.  Next, there is an experiment section in which you can make predictions and do the experiment.  After that, there is more information covering the science behind the experiment.  Some lessons have additional experiments to enable an even more solid connection to the science.  At the end of the lesson, there are questions to discuss or write answers to (depending on your child’s age).  The last part of each lesson is a section reflecting on what had been learned and how it relates to Christianity. 

I wanted to share one of the many fun experiments in this book with everyone.  We worked on Investigation #8 Ocean Zones – From Light to Dark Places.  This lesson discusses how water pressure changes as you go deeper into the ocean.  The experiment demonstrated that water pressure increases proportionately to water depth.

We punched 3 holes into a 2-liter bottle.  Then we covered the holes with tape and filled the bottle with water.  Sammy had to make predictions about which hole the most water would come out of and which one would have the strongest stream (or squirt out the farthest).  His prediction was the middle hole would have the most pressure.  Next we ripped off the tape and observed the water coming out of the bottle.

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Sammy learned that the bottom hole had the most pressure on it.  He then was able to make the connection to the ocean.  He now understands that water has weight and the deeper you go, the more it pushes on your body.  I felt like this was a lot of take away for a 6 year old in a science lesson.  However, there is so much more you can learn from just this one lesson in this book.

I believe that this book would be a great fit for 1st-5th grade science students.  You can keep the lessons lighter for the younger kids and really dig deep for the older children. 

Do you want a chance to win a copy of this book?  Check out the Book and a Treat Facebook party on February 25th at 9pm EST.

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Book Facts:

  • 88 pages
  • paperback
  • $12.99 but you can also buy the student journal and teacher guide for $4.99 each.
  • Age recommendation is 1st grade – 5th grade
  • Lots of wonderful science experiments and lessons!

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As a moms of master books reviewer, I received a copy of the above books.  All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not changed for this review. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Do Not Grow Weary of Doing Good!!

Last year, at our co-op, we memorized these verses:

7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up."

Galations 6:7-9

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These verses have been a lifeline to me during tough homeschooling days.  On the days when there are tears, hurt feelings, and disobedience, I pull these out of my memory bank and place them into the front of my mind.  They give me the push to keep going, to keep on sowing what is eternal. 

I have seen the fruit of this work at various times in our homeschool.  The most recent has been with scripture memorization.  Sammy has a tough time memorizing things, but we have been working diligently on memorizing verses for AWANA and Sammy is getting it.  Not only is he excited about memorizing the verses, even telling them to others (including strangers), he is excited to be learning about God and is starting to have a relationship with Him. 

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I have also seen this growth with Sammy at co-op.  He has always had a hard time at his PE classes.  Sammy is a first born child and likes to get things just right! Trying something new, while not knowing for certain that he can do it, is very tough for him to handle.  This can lead to him not listening to his teachers or getting upset when he tries and fails.  We have talked to him about this for a year and half.  Then, all of a sudden, it just clicked.  He is now obeying his teachers and trying new things.  He still doesn’t love failing at things, but it doesn’t result in tears.  I attribute this not just to our talks, but also our praying together before co-op asking God to help him be brave and obedient. 

I couldn’t be more proud of the very young man Sammy is growing into!!  I look forward to watching him grow into the man God wants him to be!!

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Yes, we still have tough days and lots of growth that needs to happen.  However, I am seeing the little pieces of fruit growing on the branches and that gives me all the more motivation to keep sowing!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Winter Fun List–Update

Winter Fun List

  1. Colored Ice Sculptures
  2. Watch the penguin huddle video
  3. Make paper snowflakes
  4. Make a snowman
  5. Make a polar bear mask
  6. Make an owl
  7. Fill the bird feeder
  8. Read our winter books
  9. Look for animal tracks in the snow
  10. Make and play with snow playdough
  11. Make a pipe cleaner ninja
  12. Make this cool paper airplane
  13. Purge 100 things from our house (We have purged about 35 things)
  14. Paint the snow
  15. Go on 2 nature walks (preferable one in the snow)
  16. Melt Ice with salt
  17. Make snow dough (shaving cream and cornstarch)
  18. Do one of Sammy’s new science kits (I got them at the dollar tree)
  19. Play with Sammy’s alternative powered cars (one is a soda car and the other is a balloon car)
  20. Do a wax-resistant snow painting
  21. Bake a treat with Sammy
  22. Play 10 board games (Sammy loves to play these games and I need to make more of an effort to play games with him)  (we have played 3 different games, 1 of them several times)
  23. Go on at least 1 field trip to DC 1/27-1/28
  24. Try 1 new thing (activity, food, restaurant)
  25. Have an indoor snowball fight

I haven’t done very well with this list!  One reason for sure is that it has been cold but not much snow.  The snow we did get was powder and you couldn’t really play in it.  We, however, have plans to catch up on a few things on this list while we are taking a break from school this week!

Monday, February 3, 2014

2104 Goals -February Update

2014 Goals

So far so good! I am feeling quite good about my goals for this year!

1. Read 12 non-fiction books – I read 1 non-fiction book in January! Woohoo!  I read Uncovering The Logic of English and I loved this book!  I am very left brained and love to follow rules.  This book taught me so many phonics rules.  I also loved that it goes right along with All About Reading and All About Spelling approach. 

2. Read 12 fiction books  - I read 1fiction book in January as well.  I read the second book in the Kane Chronicles The Throne of Fire.  It was a good book.  I don’t like the series as much as Percy Jackson but it is still pretty good!

3. Read through the whole bible chronologically – I am right on track for this.  I have completed 31 days of my bible reading plan. 

4. Work out 204 times this year (that works out to be about 4 times a week or 17 times a month) – I didn’t quite hit that this month.  I did work out 15 times which is just 2 short of my monthly goal.

5. Complete 3 knitting projects – I haven’t done anything with this goal yet

6. Complete 3 DIYs (any type)  - this one either

7. Add 20 things to our emergency preparedness kit – big goose egg here as well!

8. Purge through each area of our house (There are 16 “areas” of our house to go through at least once) – I have done 3 areas so far!

9. Print 2 years worth of pictures (I must get caught up)  - haven’t started this yet!

10. Create 1 photo album per year from 2007 to now (put the rest of the pictures into picture boxes) – I have picked out the albums I am going to use *winks*

11. Invite someone over to dinner at least once a month – We invited and they came (early in the month)

12. Add 500 things to my thankful list on the blog (that’s about 42 things a month) – I added 50 things this month so I am right on schedule for this!

13. Read aloud 24 chapter books with Sammy (I completed 2 books this month Magic Tree House #2: The Knight at Dawn and Peter Pan)

14. Try 60 new recipes (I will post them or share a link when we try them, that’s 5 a month) – I tried the following recipes in January:

So I am a little behind on this goal but I can make it up this month!

15. Try 12 new homemade cleaning recipes (I will share a link or post them as I try them) – I tried homemade washing machine cleaner.  I have never cleaned my washing machine (Did anyone know you were suppose to?).  So I gave this recipe a shot after I noticed that my washing machine had a slight damp smell after a load finished.  I leave the lid open to help it dry better after a load was done but I couldn’t get rid of the musty smell.  This recipe helped but it wasn’t completely gone.  I think I am going to try a different recipe that uses bleach and vinegar!

So I would say it overall I am doing pretty good with my goals so far!! Did you set any New Year goals?  How are they going?