Saturday, July 30, 2011

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

I have just finished reading Don't Check Your Brains at the Door, written by Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler. I was allotted this opportunity through BookSneeze. I had have access to this book since some time last week, but was not able to put my hands on it until today. It was an electronic download and we were waiting until my son had access to his e-reader files for this school year's books for use. I wanted to be able to read through this book, because my son and his friends are at the age where it becomes important for them to know how to approach their faith and stand firm in what they believe. The book is self-described as being relevant to the high percentage of young men and women (approximately 70 percent) whom were raised in the church and then fall away from attendance and worship. Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door provides young readers with methods to defend their faith and beliefs, to the easy and tough questions regarding faith. The book is not a difficult read and has humor intertwined within the context to allow the reader to feel the humanity within the message that McDowell and Hostetler offer. This e-book is written as a guide for young readers and is not a difficult read. I would like to thank the publisher of Don’t Check Your Brains at the Door, Thomas Nelson, for supplying me with a complimentary copy of this book to keep for review. I did not have to write a positive review of this book and all opinions expressed here are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Don't Check Your Brains at the Door

By Josh McDowell & Bob Hostetler
Published by Thomas Nelson

Friday, July 29, 2011

Puppies in Homeschool

Puppies can homeschool too!! 

Pearl in the Sand book review

Pearl in the Sand                   Pearl in the Sand

TitleAuthor: Tessa Afshar
Publisher: Moody Publishers
ISBN: 978-0-8024-5881-0

     I was absorbed in this book from the minute I began reading it. It has been a long time since I was an avid reader, but this book had me hooked. I did find it had me running to the Bible often to look up battles I could not remember and other Biblical references. Afshar did not disappoint me, as this romantic tale is intertwined deeply with Biblical accuracy. While many are familiar with the story of the fall of Jericho and may be familiar with the union of Salmone and Rahab from the book of Matthew, we are left to wonder in silence how such a union occurred. How did the Canaanite woman, known to be a harlot, become the revered and loved wife of one of Judah’s sons?  Afshar takes dramatic and literary license to create a story based in Biblical history to help us fill in the blanks of what could have happened to bring this couple together to become the lineage of Christ.
     Afshar uses Pearl in the Sand to teach the reader how the Lord can take anyone from a life of sin and use them and their lives to define a purpose for the world and themselves as individuals. Through the story, Rahab and Salmone both discover how to find value and worth in themselves and then, in each other. The Lord leads Rahab through self-healing and then takes into a world where she learns to learn herself and others.
     This book was different from many I have read in a long time. Pearl in the Sand moved me to tears at times, as Rahab experienced pain and tears of her own. Afshar does well by taking the reader into the depths of Rahab’s character. This is one story that has made me think about interactions with other and members of my family. Its message was timeless and will remain with me long after the words of the author fade.
     This is one book I would recommend to anyone, Christian or those who do not yet know Christ. It has already been loaned to my neighbor to read. You may read more of this review at http://www.biguniversesmallworld.blogspot.com/ and at the Amazon website.
    
     I received this book free from Moody Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. In order to adhere to Federal Trade Commission guidelines (16 CFR, Part 255), I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

not much, but blooms nonetheless...


these are pitiful looking no doubt, but these are the first three mini-me carrots pulled today and the tomatoes are making a come back with the help of cages and bird mesh around them. this is our second larger tomato of whatever variety it is and our second cherry tomato...not enough to feed a famine or family of three, but it is better than none. Yahweh does provide what is needful!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

No Shots, No School in SC



I received this in the mail today. Anyone local to me probably received the same flyer. I did crop out the name of the medical facility offering to give children these mandatory shots. I did not want anyone to think I was being mean to this facility. I know people who work there and I respect them.

I do not like this scare tactic used to force people to take their children in rushed to get up to date on all the new required pricks.  Waivers are still available under the law for those whose children cannot be vaccinated or for those who chose to not vaccinate their children due to religious reasons.

Medical and religious exemptions are the only vaccination and immunization exemptions available in South Carolina. There is also something many do not know about called a special excemption. If you need to get your child a religious exemption form, you need to contact your local health department.  The form needed is called DHEC Form 1126. Form 1126 can only be used for religious excemptions. These forms can only be obtained, to my knowledge, at the health department and need to be notarized as well.

Medical excemptions can be obtained from a doctor if you child has had a reaction to a shot.

A special exemption can be made available to any student in a school district, if the student has the legal right to attend the school. It has to be issued by the superintendent of the school system and is only good for 30 days. Ideally, these can only be issued up to one time in the schooling lifetime of a child. These excemptions are specially reserved most often for children who are transferring into a district as a new student. Schools use these to allow a student to start school while the school waits on the records of the student arrive from the older educational entity.   

I also wonder what will happen to any special education students with IEPs who might not have particular 'required' shots and are not allowed to start school. Wouldn't this violate the students' rights to a free public school education with same age peers?  Just sayin'...

Monday, July 25, 2011

Building Spelling Skills, Book 8 Review


 Building Spelling Skills Book 8 - Workbook
Publisher: Christian Liberty PressISBN-13: 9781930367173

I received the 8th grade level of Building Spelling Skills from Christian Liberty Press last week. At times, I am allowed access to review curricula sets or other book deals. This was a great opportunity to review this level of this overall set of books made for grades first through eighth. The review of this spelling set was done for the review on this blog for possible presentation use in speaking engagements and conferences regarding language arts curriculum recommendations.
This is a comprehensive spelling program corresponding to all lower grade level. The series does not continue in the secondary grade levels. The book is a consumable workbook and is set up to follow a standard secular school year calendar in that it is based on 36 units and the student would technically complete one unit per week. Each unit has 4 lessons, one for each of the first 4 days of the week, followed by a spelling test to be given on the fifth day of each week. These units could very readily and simply be used in the homeschool setting, as each unit could conform to a homeschool language arts instructional schedule.
Each unit is both phonics and thematic based. The lessons for each unit consists of language based activities that teach through active practice and application and expose the student to word etymology. Building Spelling Skills, Book 8 is more than a consumable spelling workbook. It is a vocabulary and spelling study guide rolled into one. Each unit comes complete with a brief explanation of the spelling roots origins. I found the explanations provided to be grounded in historical fact and written in such a manner that the student is not overwhelmed with the brief history lesson on word origins.


The Building Spelling Skills, Level 8 does seem to be written slightly above grade level. In comparison to some other spelling curricula I have had exposure to, BSS is fairly more difficult in structure and language activities than others of comparable grade level or age range for use. It is my believe as a long time educator that students that have used this series for many years or grade levels might do quite well with this level or flourish with it. Students of an advanced language ability might find the text and instructional level of the series on target as well.
Students who are a bit delayed in language acquisition skills or who are diagnosed with some form of learning disabilities might find some of the words presented to be too advanced or challenging. With that being stated, it also seems to be apparent from a thorough review that use of the BSS, 8 series workbook might be challenging, but useful and engaging to the student who is slightly behind. I say this, because a review of the lessons of each of the 36 units demonstrates that with minimal guidance a student could learn to independently work through each lesson activity and become more self-sufficient and confidant in his or her phonetical skills.
This series, for all grade levels, is very reasonably priced. It is inexpensive and uses a phonics based approach. The increased exposure to word etymology and language principles makes it comprehensive. The emphasis on Christianity and like content is found throughout the series. There is a ‘Language Tree’ provided at the end of the book, which is interesting to decipher, but might be quite confusing to some students. The tree resembles a family tree and gives a visual representation of how all language cultures have come together to present us with the rich language and words we use to speak and communicate with one another each day.
Suggestions for future publications and final comments:
There is really no teacher manual. Rather than is an answer key copied and stapled together for the parent to use to check lesson responses recorded in the workbook by the student. An additional recommendation would be the inclusion of an abbreviated glossary to be contained with the book at the back or at the end of each lesson. Students could refer to this when reading and studying wordlists for each unit. Pronunciation guides for each word would also be a helpful addition. A wonderful ending note to this curriculum review is that two things were above all else notable to me throughout my review of this series piece: 1. there is an introductory prayer suggestion for the student before the unit studies begins; 2. each unit technically has 5 lessons, rather than 4, with the 5th lesson being a prayer reminder for the student to praise the Lord and ask for assistance with lessons and studies. The instruction started in prayer, with each unit ending in prayer, making the curriculum set grounded in prayer.

Terrarium Update

2 days later and there are blooms!!  Child response:  We need to do this with all the vegetables.

The other day, the child made a terrarium from a coke bottle. So, this is the update. :)



If we did this with all the veggies, can you imagine all the coke bottles in the windows of this house?

Latin Intro Smith Style...

We have done 3 Latin lessons thus far...not what I would call real Latin, because I definitely do not have a Latin background and the French I still know is beyond what one would call rusty - at best. We did win a full Latin I curriculum from Memoria Press at the homeschool conference a few months back, but I decided to wait until he can use it next year in 8th grade for his foreign language high school credit.

This year, we are using online resources to learn an overview of Latin and become familiar with some normal conversational terms, the alphabet, phonics, and roots, and the like. Thus far, he has learned the result of the action of a sentence ends with an /m/.  These lessons have more focused on teaching that sentence word order is not as important as word parts placed within the sentence. We have discussed how this relates to his learning disabilities...something he noticed. In other words, if he spoke and wrote Latin, he would not be in grammatical trouble all the time. Word order for the sentence would not necessarily matter, as it is more important to add that /m/ to the noun receiving the action or the result of the action.

Practice for this has been fun and interesting. An example is when the hubby was burrning yard trash and spread the ashes near the garden. The sentence that evolved as the child watched from the window was in the likes of: "The dad spreads ashum." 

This continued for a few days with today ending in the addition of new verb overviews added within the context of the sentence. Tonight before he retreated to bed (FINALLY), he reviewed ending with: "Cassie videt ballum."  Now I am not sure if he is stringing this all together perfectly, but he is enjoying what he is doing and we are just getting our feet wet.

By the way, one of the intro sites we are using is http://www.cherryh.com/www/latin_language.htm.

Puppy Precleaner?

The child made oatmeal cookies tonight and allowed the dog to lick the mixing bowl?  I did soak the bowl in the bleach/soap mixture that all dishes get washed in lately. So, it was sterilized and clean at the end of the process...but do you think this counts as precleaning perhaps?


Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ending a Schooling Week...

Ending this week seems to leave me more tired than normal...

We did three week's worth of science lessons

Swiss Family Robinson, TheHe completed the final project for Swiss Family Robinson.
We picked his next choice of literature from the library, FrankensteinFrankenstein (Signet Classics) 

He has read three chapters of the book as of this morning. I am having to read quickly to catch up to him so we can discuss it. He is happy to report to me this morning, that if he continues to read at this rate, he thinks he can finish the book within a week. I was happy to report back to him that even if he continues to finish the book within a week, we will continue to use the 3 weeks of lessons I had planned for this novel to review, complete character descriptions and analyzing dialogue and deeper meaning, vocabulary development, comparative essays, and so much more.  His response was a happy groan of approval. It amazes me how fond he is of comprehension and vocabulary development activities reading.

I found an interesting website that had several premade lessons for vocabulary and comprehension for Frankenstein.

In science this week, we did almost the entire plant unit, which is about 4 or 5 weeks long worth of lessons and activities. Monocots, dicots, plant identification, seed types, pollination, and so forth....with lots of activities.

This is a plant I have had since my eldest child was a baby. It has travelled through 5 moves with me. This is the first time in the 18 years I have had this plant that I have ever witnessed it flower, which was kind of impressive to me. It was a perfect live specimen for the child to view for plant diagramming visually without dissecting this one.

He was the beginning of his terrarium. The dirt and rocks are in the bottle.


Better picture. He had evened out the dirt layer here.


The poor, pitiful looking turnip seeds.

Poking a hole in the dirt for the seed to be placed inside.




Here he is putting the bottle on it. I did add enough water in between shots. He ate the popcorn in the background.

Finished product - all taped up.


In the window to collect the sunlight. 
 This was some cuttings we took today from a blackberry vine to propagate later this weekend...or try to...they are in water now to preserve them until we have time to get to them....
This was from one of the science lessons...identification of plant parts. We did a more difficult version worksheet and had more of this that was much more complex with the plant dissection the other day. This was more of a reminder activity. It also was a great activity to use as an excuse to pull up weeds in the flowerbed. This was my model of the activity and overview with him. 
This was seaweed and some kelp brought back from Pawley's Island where we visited earlier this past week, thanks to some kind friends.  

His turn for plant/weed ID.

Notice the addition of dirt to these!! :)

We also took cuttings of a gum tree today and a blueberry vine. I am not sure how to propagate the gum yet, but we will do the blueberry in the same manner as the blackberry and be watchful!! 

We also put the pits of the nectarine and peaches in the refrigerator in the soil to prepare them in baggie containers and planted the multi-colored carrots seeds we ordered from overseas. We checked the new lettuce plants that are starting to bloom and the second round of cabbage starting to come up. Tomorrow we have to finish checking on the tomato slips we started in soil and preserve some of the cowpea leaves and sweet potato leaves for winter use. Busy, busy day ahead of us...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Christian Liberty Press Spelling Curriculum Review Intro

Being President of LDASC allows me to get access to some materials others might not have access to...this has not escaped me. I have recently been corresponding with Christian Liberty Press regarding language arts curriculum. CLP mailed me a spelling curriculum for 8th graders to review for the blog and for future speaking engagements. I have just received this curriculum this week in the mail. I admit I have not had a complete chance to review it. I plan to test a practice lesson out on my child, though he is a 7th grader. I want to get a feel for what CLP is about and how they present their materials. More on this to come in the next week as we progress through this curriculum more in-depth and learn what it is about. If you have used this curriculum in the past, please let me know what you thought of it?!?!?

Building Spelling Skills Book 8 - Workbook

Free Homeschool Curriculum, Links, and a brief Rant!!

I will admit I am new to homeschooling my child this year...it is our first and I have just pulled him out of the public sector. Professionally, I am a teacher and an education professor.  I do both part time. I have taught in the public sector for close to 2 decades, with certifications in 9 fields and in two states. (I started really young.)  I don't say that to brag, but many people whom I have encountered who are against any homeschool endeavors ask me what qualifies me to teach my child.  Beyond the fact that the Bible tells me to and my child is on loan to me from Christ to raise up to be a Christian man, I am certified to teach. The next approach I get from well meaning strangers friends and family members is that my son is in middle school and I teach special education.  Fortunately for us, I am certified in all middle school fields...so...I think we will be just fine.

We are using textbooks and a set curriculum...some from Bob Jones, some A Beka, a bit from Phoenix Learning, and some Bright Idea Press. All curricula choices used this year are Christian based. It was big for me to get him away from all things secular and to do so immediately. Our literature studies are just that..literature studies in actual novels...most of them classics. Some are a bit young for his age/grade and some are very advanced. There is a good balance of what I want him to be exposed to, what he needs to read at this age to be current, and some of what he chose. It was important to me to balance out classics with his interests, or to find classic novels that are aligned with his interest. We did change the science curriculum after two weeks of science in A Beka. It was a great curriculum, but a bit overwhelming for my learner. We are learning homeschooling is about balance. One thing that is great about doing this, is we can supplement other literature, videos, hands-on learning, podcasts, experiments and field trips into any aspect of the curriculum to make it more readily accessible to his learning needs and styles. I can skip around in the text for science, for instance, and do chapter 9, then cycle back to chapter 1...and guess what, the world does not fall apart and a chasm has not ripped in my home.

So, the teacher in me and the new to homeschooling mommy who wants a live textbook to refer to as needed to not make him scared of the whole homeschool experience our first year in...all led me to choose textbooks per each subject.  Albeit, research has shown me there are some great free resources available to use as curriculum. I will explore these more throughout this next year. I will probably toss some of these aside and make a list of others. Below is a list of websites I have found that offer free curriculum choices, some complete with videos and lessons already written. I, in no way, endorse any of these sites. I simply list them here for others to peruse at leisure and see what they might find. If you come across any good sites, please do comment and share. Some of the descriptions are from the website addy for each site itself.

http://www.khanacademy.org/  One word about this site is WOW!!  Everyone needs a link to this site. We use it in the public schools and share it with parents left and right. Bookmark this site NOW!!
Ambleside Online – This is a free Charlotte Mason-style curriculum, with a complete schedule for grades K through 12.  Also contains the complete text of Charlotte Mason’s original homeschooling series, along with a library of free online books and a complimentary support group.
An Old Fashioned Education – A free homeschool curriculum that utilizes a combination of public domain textbooks and living books.  Contains a complete 40-week schedule for Bible, math, science, social studies, language arts, literature and history for grades K through 12.
Core Knowledge - This free homeschool resource contains a comprehensive, detailed guide to what your child should know in preschool through grade 8. It can be used as a foundation for designing your own curriculum.
Free-Ed - Free online homeschooling courses and self-study programs for a wide variety of subjects.   Also includes test prep for AP, CLEP, ACT, SAT and GED, and college-level courses.  A truly amazing resource for finding free homeschooling curriculum!
Lesson Pathways - This free K-12 curriculum contains 36 full-week lessons for science, math, history, phonics and reading.  This program relies upon a variety of reading materials, activities, games, and videos to provide a multi-sensory experience. It can be used as a core curriculum or as a supplement to an existing program.
Mater Amabilis - This free homeschooling curriculum for Catholics is based on the Charlotte Mason method.  Contains math, reading, writing, English, literature, history, geography, science, foreign language and music studies for grades K through 12.
Garden of Praise - Free art appreciation lessons for elementary aged students, includes a biography, study sheet, print, online games, printables and links for further study.
French Assistant - Free online homeschooling lessons in French grammar, vocabulary, and language skills.  Also includes audio samples for proper pronunciation.
FSI Language Courses - Free language courses developed by the Foreign Services Institute of the U.S. Government. Courses offered for over 30 different languages.
Hoagies Gifted - Contains an extensive list of places to find free online high school curriculum and courses.
AAA Spell - Free homeschool curriculum consisting of spelling and vocabulary lessons for grades K through 8.
English Grammar Revolution - Free online grammar lessons, language exercises, word lists, quizzes, and games.
Guide to Grammar and Writing - This website offers grammar and writing lessons that range from the basics, such as parts of speech and sentence structure, to essay writing.  Also includes quizzes.
Learn to Read Free - A free, Montessori-style reading program designed to introduce children to 55 English words.
Reading Lesson - Free reading lessons, word books, vocabulary lessons, practice readers, flashcards, coloring sheets, games and progress reports.
Scott Foresman Reading - Free printable grammar and writing handbooks for grades 1 through 6.
Shakespeare Online - A comprehensive guide for studying the works of Shakespeare. 
Spelling City - Word lists organized by state/grade level, type or theme.  Also features online teaching, practice and testing, and printable handwriting pages.
Splashes from the River - 30 free online spelling lessons for grades 7-9.  Includes rules, lessons, exercises and dictation exercises.
Stairway to Reading - Free reading lessons, flashcards, reading materials and games for struggling readers.
AAA Math - Free homeschool curriculum made up of online math lessons, practice drills and games for grades K through 8.
Algebra Help - Free algebra lessons, worksheets, calculators and resources.
Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching - A free homeschool math curriculum for grades 1 through 6.
Number Nut - Free math lessons covering shapes and colors, computation, time and calendar, fractions, decimals, percents, estimation, ratios and money.
Biology Corner - Lesson plans, quizzes and labs for Biology I and II, AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology and Physics that you can use to create a free homeschool curriculum.
Chem4Kids - Chemistry lessons covering matter, atoms, elements, reactions, biochemistry, and more.  Also has sister sites for astronomy, biology, earth science and physics.
Kids Astronomy  - Free online astronomy academy for ages 7 through 19.
The Lab of Mister Q – Free homeschool curriculum consisting of a 36-week Life Science course and textbook for ages 6 through 9.
MSNucleus - Complete science curriculum for grades K through 12, including daily lesson plans, online activities and storybooks.
National Parks Curriculum - National Parks curriculum and lesson plans from the U.S. National Park Service.
Free Typing Game - Free online typing tutor consisting of lessons, games and tests, including a timed typing test and a typing certificate test.
Good Typing - Free online typing course consisting of 27 step-by-step lessons.  No download required.
Audio Books for Free - Free downloadable audiobooks recorded by professional actors and narrators.
Fairytales Collection - A collection of fairytales, myths and legends from around the world, and other free homeschooling resources. Also includes author biographies.
Free Classic Audio Books - A collection of free audiobooks that includes many homeschool favorites. Includes some text to voice narration.
LibriVox - Free, downloadable audio recordings of books that are no longer covered by copyright.
My Audio School - Classic books, old-time radio theater, historical radio and television broadcasts for a variety of subjects.
Project Gutenberg - Free e-books (electronic books) available to read online ordownload. A great source of classic novels, stories and fairytales.
StoryNory - Free homeschooling resources, including classic and original audio stories for kids.
Language Learning Library - Free homeschool resources to complement the study of Spanish, French, Italian, Portugese, German, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.
Live Mocha - Interactive foreign language program that features online lessons and facilitates conversation between language learners and native speakers.

Monday, July 18, 2011

JRR Tolkien book review.

I was recently afforded an opportunity to review a newly published book by Mark Horne, J.R.R. Tolkien. This biography is part of the Christian Encounters series, in which the individual is highlighted for the important times or phases of their lives through interactions with others and the Christian Church. Horne to provides a front row seat Tolkien's life as it unfolds from a small child in Africa to his youth in Great Britain.


Many people are familiar with the literary works of Tolkien: The Hobbit and the three-volume novel The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien's faith in the Lord is evident in his written works and this biography explains in detail how imagination and faith gave fold to his novels and life experiences.


The reading of this biography is simple and is a good base introduction to Tolkien's life. It is short and does not take long to read, but is a good overview of his life and works. Horne is forward in expressing that Tolkien longed to write the type of stories that would stand with people and become a type of fluid literature, lasting through ages and generations. Horne does well to discuss how Tolkien wrote in a manner that reflected the beauty and grace of the Lord and resonated the same with the readers. It is evident in the works of Tolkien where encouragement is received from friends such as C.S. Lewis to bring his imagination and ideas to fruition. Tolkien's downfall is a constant strive for perfection, which caused him to hesitate to bring any of his writings or ideas to publication without the encouragement and push of others.


While we are exposed as readers to the writing genius of Tolkien, we also are exposed to the more light-hearted man he was in life. Stories of Tolkien's youth and engagement in what some would consider to be reckless or lawless pursuits are made known. The reader, in this short publication, is brought to a front row seat int he events of Tolkien's life, from childhood and youthful exploits to written wonders.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from BookSneeze as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Food Preservation for Today (Yesterday) done...

So, the picture is fuzzy...but it shows a lot was accomplished tonight!! 

9 jars of blueberry syrup made and canned. 8 jars of blueberry jelly made and canned. 12 ears of corn shucked and blanched and preserved for winter. Squash cut and preserved for winter. 7 pints of picked blueberry preserved for winter. Apples cut and preserved for winter. Peaches cut (still have to cut up more of those) and preserved. Beans were strung and blanched the other day and have already been preserved and frozen. Sun-dried tomatoes are waiting on the next batch of them to finish to preserve them for winter. Apples are drying to preserve and should be ready by tomorrow.

This took most of the evening and into the night and wee hours of the this morning to do. It should be worth it this winter for fresh veggies and fruits.

Time for bed to be able to get up in the morning and do intercessory prayer before church with friends. 

Friday, July 15, 2011

aaahhhh!!

 yep...thinking it is time
                                                                                 for a beach break...SoOn...

Our Science Curriculum

This year we are using Christian Kids Explore Biology for the science curriculum. This is initially written for upper elementary grades, but has many activities involved within the lessons that make it suitable for 7th grade as well. We focus more on the upper level activities and use the lesson reading, written at the upper elementary for the reading portion of the lesson. This works great for us and for the child's learning disability. I have really been impressed with the wealth of information provided as supplemental information that links to websites with learning activities and games. We also have used many of the supplemental reading suggestions from the library and online to reinforce ideas.


For my child, due to advanced thought patterns, but somewhat lowered reading identification levels, this seems as though it was a perfect fit. We met with some of the curriculum homeschool specialists and this was one of the recommended curriculum selections to try. It does not overwhelm him and the lesson supplements help to reinforce the idea across a myriad of content domains.


The Biblical connect to all lessons in this curriculum is clear, with an emphasis remaining on science education. It has been a good match thus far and I am looking forward to researching more from this same publisher to see what we can use in future years.

I'd Do Anything...

I'd do anything for you dear
anything
for you mean everything
to me


I know that
I'd go anywhere for your smile
anywhere
for your smile
everytime I see...


I'd risk everything....
everything....
Anything for you....
for you mean everything
to me


(I)'d risk life and limb...
Yes (I)'d do anything...
anything for you.


even the puppy misses the child  : /

Sunday, July 10, 2011

fighting with bambi

bambi first ate every single blooming tomato i had - on every dang tomato plant...

now bambi is eating all the leaves off of the sweet potato vines...do you know what is like to go to bed and leave just watered long lush vines full of beautiful green foliage...and to get up in the morning to have long vines with leaf stalks running down the vine, yet the vine is bare...

naked vines will not help to make for good potato growth. i think i need a doe tag...when does deer season start??

bambi is no longer cute, nor my friend...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Impromptu HS Science Lesson @ dinner - yuck!!

So, we finished up the cell study unit (for the most part) earlier this morning.

As I am prepping dinner, the child goes outside to collect the spinach leaves to make the salad. I always stress washing the leaves well and then pat drying them before they are consumed. I always check behind his washing methods, just in case because I am slightly OCD about such issues...remember, he is a boy! :)
Tonight, as I am washing the leaves, one leaf is full of little wormies on the back! Bleck! Yeck! Yuck! I called him over to see them firsthand. We discussed quickly how insects can lay their eggs on the back of any type of plant leaf...not concerned it if it your leaf for food or not!  We had to look at the leaf up really close for him to see them, as the creepy yuck creatures were miniscule! He informs me they could be glowworms! (Glowworms was his on the A Beka spelling list for the week.)



Lessons of the day learned...1) always wash you food; 2) never argue with your mother (when she tells you to wash your food before your eat it!!  I guess I am happy he made the connection from the spelling list to the wormy bug thing on the leaf. 

FYI...It was a bit more difficult than usual tonight to eat my salad than it typically is.