Wednesday, November 30, 2011

AHL (9th Grade) Week 10 Writing Assignment

**This was written by Abby and unedited by me except for breaking it up so it is easier to read on the computer**

EWH Week 10 Writing Assignment 11/25/11
Write journal entries from the Exodus through the wilderness as if you were an Israelite. Record your observations, fears, and faith.

I feel the dust sting my cheeks as a brisk wind blows over the desert. 
The sun has begun its lowering descent, and everything is tinged with burnished gold light. 
I am sitting on a hill, above the bustle and chaos. 
Our tents stretch as far I can see into the shadows of the mountains to the north.

I know it will only be a minute before mother calls me back to our tent. 
We have to prepare for gathering the manna tomorrow. 
We’ll have to get extra in the morning, for the day after is the seventh day: the Sabbath.
I sit back and remember the first time heavenly food lay upon the ground. 
We had gone and complained to Moses, our leader, about bread and meat. 
Everyone I know has joined the grumbling about how much better the food was in Egypt.

It didn’t look like Moses was too pleased with us. 
I snuck into his meeting with the people- or at least, I peeked through the crack in the tent curtain. 
His eyebrows drew closer and closer the more they complained until you couldn’t even see his eyes. 
And then he sighed. He told them he would go and talk with the Lord about their complaints. 
Seeing the look on his face, I felt guilty, though I wasn’t there when they grumbled.

The next day, the white manna lay on the ground. I’ve never tasted anything like it before in my life! 
I like to close my eyes when I eat it, and imagine our God forming it in the night and 
smiling as He lays it out for us. And I think Him, and then go and feed some to Amram. 
Mother is so busywith the toddlers that Amram’s become my special charge, 
and father is always out with my big brother Phineas.

In fact, I hear mother now- calling my name from the foot of my hill- that’s as far as she’ll go.
I go down the hill, my skirt brushing the dirt and the scraggly bushes. 
The sun winks with one more glimmer of light before ducking beneath the horizon.

Amram’s fussy today. I try and feed him some of my manna but he won’t have it, 
and instead smacks his little fists into the ground and wails. 
I sigh, glancing around for mother. She’s off with the two toddlers, teaching them to put the manna in the jars. 
I shouldn’t bother her now.
I look back to Amram- and he’s gone. I panic. 
He can’t walk yet- only crawl- so he couldn’t have gone far, could he?

I call his name and begin to run, dashing around our neighbor’s tents. 
“Have you seen Amram?” I ask, but no one has. Almost in tears, 
I’m ready to call mama when I hear a voice, deep and
chuckling, speaking as if to a child. I turn, and see Amram in Moses’ arms, 
and father and Phineas talking with him.
I cannot believe it. Of all people! I approach them nervously. Phineas notices me first. 
“Finally realized he was missing, eh, little sister?” I glare at him. 
“I was looking for him this whole time!” I watch Moses holding Amram in wonder. 
He’s such a powerful man, with a strange, large presence about him- 
yet here I can almost believe that he was once just a shepherd in the wilderness, taking care of his lambs. 
He’s smiling a little, and ruffles Amram’s curly hair.

He spots me and with a teasing look, motions to Amram. 
“Were you looking for him?”
Moses said something to me! Struck dumb, I can only nod and extend my hands. 
Amram jumps into them, and declares that he’s hungry. I hear the men laugh. 
I assure Amram of food, then see that Moses, father, and Phineas have resumed their conversation. 
I pat Amram’s back and go back to our tent.

Next Week.
Moses has gone up to Mount Sinai to receive the law from God. 
The clouds are thick over the mountain- even we can feel the magnificent 
presence of the Lord from down in the valley. 
Moses has warned us not to go near the mountain, or we will die. I believe him. 
The mountain is a terrifying sight—and yet, beautiful as well. 
I wonder what it is like to have a conversation with God like Moses does. 
I suppose it may take some getting used to.

The people- that is, the grown ups- have started complaining again. 
Moses has been gone for days—and I think they’re getting antsy.
I hear our neighbors declare that Moses died, and that now we are all lost. 
When I walk around through the camp, all I hear is talk of making a god, a better god, who will go before us. 
It sounds wrong, but... The truth is, I think it’s a good idea.

I’m almost regretting giving my earring and my necklace to Aaron to make our new god, but not quite. 
After all, Moses won’t be coming down anytime soon- we need a new god.
The celebration for our new god is tomorrow.

Moses has come down again.
I can’t imagine water with melted, powdered gold in it can taste very good. 
But either way, I’m probably going to find out in a little bit.
I was stunned when we all looked up and saw Moses standing over us during the celebration for the gold calf- 
in the end I think I’m glad Moses has returned- but it was a dire day for us. 
He’s melting down the idol and is going to make the people drink water 
with the melted stuff in it when he’s done, as punishment. 
In his wrath, he even broke the tablets that had the law on them. 
Now he’ll have to get a new set.
I even heard that Moses had to seriously intercede on our behalf, 
because the Lord was even tempted to destroy us.

Building the tabernacle.
Construction on the tabernacle has begun. 
It gives me thrills, seeing it being erected, piece by piece. 
It is going to be the most glorious thing anyone has ever seen. 
I’m ashamed that the Lord is still with us even after we have turned against Him. 
But perhaps with this visual reminder, we will be less inclined to stray away.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Late Night Conversations With Abby

Abby: You can rest assured that I at least 
learned one thing from my last science module.

Me: Oh yeah, what's that?

Abby: I know the difference between physical change and chemical change.

Me: So, when you boil an egg and it goes from liquid 
and runny to a solid hard boiled egg, 
is that a physical change or chemical change?

(Very confidently)
Abby: Physical change!

Me: So, you can unboil an egg and return it to a soft state??

Abby: Wait, never mind, I guess I didn't learn anything from my last module.

Ba-rum, dum


Monday, November 14, 2011

Questions Regarding High School Posts

Hi there...

I've had a few emails requesting more posts on Abby and high school.

So far I have posted what her curriculum is, 
how we've graded for science experiments,
and a couple of her writing assignments.

What is it that you'd like to see?

Pictures of her time line book?

More excerpts of her writing?

What day-to-day looks like?

I'd really love to know
and do my best to blog it.

Thanks for your input :)

So, How Ya Been?

So much has happened since I last posted.

This calls for...

{drumroll please}

Bullet Points!

(I love me some bullet points!)

• We went to and are back from San Diego where we 
helped celebrate Karl's parents 50th Wedding Anniversary.

 Aren't they so cute??!!

• We rarely, and I mean rarely, watch television. 
But Nana introduced us to X Factor.
Completely sucked in!

We love Rachel Crow, Drew, Chris Rene, and my personal favorite...

My kids follow me around singing this song from his audition:

• We visited a well-known California food establishment for the first time.
See if you can guess where we ate...

Underneath our drinks/shakes were bible verse references!

There was a reference on our fries, too!

Have you guessed?

The answer is...

• Even though we were having lots of fun in San Diego I couldn't wait to get back here.

I was in a hurry to see a new member of our family.

In a way that only the Lord can do, 
Camille, a beautiful, godly young woman, now lives with us.
Our family of five unanimously decided to invite her to live with us 
and she said yes!
We are now a happy family of six :)

• We are back to school tomorrow.  Nutcracker rehearsals have started 
(but only for Charlotte).
Outdoor soccer season has ended and indoor soccer has started for Elijah.
Abigail is eager to start school up for some reason ;)
She looked ahead in her lesson plans and is stoked about Week 10.
Go figure... {shakes head}
I'm madly rearranging my house since my sewing room is now Camille's room.

• I did some baking this weekend and pulled out an old recipe.
I forgot how amazing these Double-Chocolate Walnut Biscotti's were.

Whew! That is enough for now!

But I will soon have an amazing update on my health (you aren't going to believe it!)

Also, a new quilt in the making.

And the all new and improved Nana.

Stay tuned!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Digging Revisted

I was looking for something on my blog and came across this post from June of 2009.

I love that Lord encourages me over and over again
and is faithful to remind me of truths I tend to forget.


Our current read aloud is
"Lillian Trasher: The Greatest Wonder in Egypt" by Janet & Geoff Benge.

She started the first orphanage in Egypt during a time in history when unwanted children were simply thrown into the Nile or other river.

It is an amazing story of faith and of God's faithfulness which has been a wonderful way to wrap up our studies this year.

In our reading tonight, Lillian had been living and working in Egypt for about 30 years and had about 700 children and widows in her care. Money, always for any orphanage I think, was short and she was tired, discouraged, and felt out of hope.

Of course, God showed Himself faithful to her and the children but as she is worked through her struggle she remembered an Egyptian fable that children learned in school.

After Karl read it I started crying and I wanted to share this fable with you.

"It was a story about a boy who had to cross a vast desert. There were no watering holes along the way, so, whenever he needed a drink, he had to stop and dig a well with his bare hands. After he had dug several of these watering holes, his hands were cut and bloody, but he went on. When he finally got to the other side, he was completely worn out.

A month later this boy watched as another boy walked out of the desert. The second boy had taken the exact same route as the first boy, but he looked fresh and happy, skipping along with a huge bunch of flowers in his arms.

"How could you cross the desert and look so fresh and cool?" the first boy asked. "And where did you get those flowers? I didn't see a single one when I crossed just a month ago."

The second boy answered. "Oh, the way is beautiful. There are many small wells brimming with cool water along the way, and around each well there are flowers and shady bushes. It was easy to cross. Didn't you see them?"

The first boy looked down at his scarred hands and smiled. He knew that his own suffering had made the desert an easier place to cross for those who followed after him.
Lord, I don't know the deserts that are being crossed right now but I know that as a desert traveler, we get so weary and wonder if what we do will be worth it in the end. 

Encourage my brothers and sisters in the faith to keep digging knowing that You are using our struggles, our labor, our digging to benefit and bless those that come after us.

I thank You Lord for Your Son Jesus. He traveled the ultimate desert of Golgotha (Calvary) as He died for our sins and provided for us sweet, fragrant salvation. We benefit from the work of His nail-scarred hands that did the work of the Cross--work that only He could do.

Strengthen us, that we would not grow weary in the work that You have called us to: to love and serve one another in grace and humility.

Strengthen us Lord, to never stop digging a well of refreshment to bless another knowing that we never dig alone. You have provided Yourself, through the Holy Spirit, to accomplish Your will--for our good and Your glory.


Excerpt taken from Christian Heroes: Then and Now series. "Lillian Trasher: The Greatest Wonder in Egypt" by Janet & Geoff Benge. Copyright 2004 YWAM Publishing; pages 161 and 162.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wow and Thank You

I'm still in San Diego, but had a minute to check up on Blogger...

wow kazowee...

I just found out Mishmash Maggie has been nominated
over at the Homeschool Blog Awards

The two categories are:

Favorite Homeschool Mom Blog

Best Encourager Blog

I've seen the list of blogs in these two categories and
it is an honor to be listed with them.


But even more exciting is that Abby is nominated for 
Best Teen Blog (again this year).

If you participate in the Homeschool Blog Awards, I hope you'll
check Abby's blog out and give her a vote :)

Monday, October 31, 2011

Gone Fishin'

Okay... maybe not really fishing.

But we are leaving very soon, but only for a week.

Karl's parents are celebrating their 50th Wedding Anniversary 
and that is something to celebrate don't ya think??

We're going to eat lots of food, see lots of family, eat more food,
see lots of friends and eat more food.

I'm sensing a theme... hm... :)

*Note to self: Pack bigger pants*

I'm silly tonight!

Before I depart for our latest grand adventure I shall leave you with some linkage...

• Miss Abigail's take on the fire

• One of our family's favorite things- Milk Toof!

(You don't know what Milk Toof is???!!!!)

Watch this book trailer to get the behind the scenes of this sweet little  blog...

• My latest Pause and Ponder was a verse near and dear to my heart.  You can check it out here.

• I love these thoughts about children and ministry.

• And this really blessed me... I hope it blesses you, too!
It was created by Amanda from this blog post.

I  hope you all have a most excellent week this week and next!


Friday, October 28, 2011

The Day Our House Should Have Burnt Down

I wasn't feeling great this morning so after making sure everyone was up and moving for violin lessons, 
I crawled back into bed.

I remember hearing a softly spoken yet panicked, 
"Oh no," just before the I heard the fire alarm.

I wasn't worried at all.

No one was yelling and I assumed someone wasn't diligently guarding their cooking
and things got a little smokey.

Our smoke detector is very sensitive and it doesn't take much to set it off.

But as I looked out of my bedroom door, I could see smoke.

The smell of it was suddenly much stronger than I would imagine.

As I got out of bed and headed downstairs,
I passed the large vent in the hallway and smoke was billowing out pretty furiously.

I thought, "Oh dear.  This isn't good.  Is our house on fire? Is anyone hurt?"

I walked into our smoke filled kitchen and nothing was on fire.

Doors and windows were open and a still smoking pan was on the counter.

I contemplated running it under cold water, but it still looked too hot and combustible.

I grabbed the giant bag of baking soda and smothered it.

Realizing things were under control, I told my child it was a good thing she didn't pour water on it.

Everyone knows you don't put water on a grease fire.

And that's when I heard her say, 

"But I did."


Apparently, the flames were 2 feet tall, the front of our microwave was black, the cabinets above the microwave were black, and there was soot on the wall and ceiling.

She said, "I couldn't figure out how to use the fire extinguisher 
(that we keep in the kitchen) and I didn't know what to do,
so I grabbed the pitcher (a Britta pitcher) and poured water on it."

Me: "Are you hurt?!"

Child: "No."

Me: "Do you understand how the Lord covered you today?
You should be burnt on your face and hands.
You should be in an ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Our house should be in flames right now."

She didn't really get it.


We started cleaning and amazingly, nothing was damaged except the pan.

We were able to clean all the soot.

The microwave and cabinets weren't even warped from the heat.

All the soot simply wiped off.

Except for the smoke and the shrill fire alarm still piercing the air, you would never have known what happened.

We sat down together and prayed-- prayers of thankfulness that no one was hurt.
Thankfulness that we still had a house.

But as we prayed, I remembered all those verses we studied last year from the Book of James.

Verses about the tongue being a fire and setting things aflame.

Another child said: The soot reminds me of what happens when we sin.
Even though the fire is put out, it leaves behind a mark.

We talked about how the smoke from a little pan in the kitchen affected the entire house.

We talked about how our fiery words, even small ones, can affect our entire house.


I don't know that we'll ever know on this side of Heaven why we experienced what we did today
or why the Lord chose to be so merciful to us.  

But, I do know that I don't want to forget the lessons of today.

This isn't the first (and I'm guessing not the last) miracle we've experienced.

I am very much aware how God's thoughts and ways are higher than mine.

A family at church lost their home in a fire this summer in the midst of doing a good thing.
They were hosting children from a local ranch that ministers to the fatherless for a 4th of July BBQ.

We were completely and totally spared while being careless and negligent.


No neat and tidy answers.
Just gratefulness.

I found this on Youtube... 
a visual reminder of what could have been...

Monday, October 24, 2011

1850-Modern Week 5

Wow... thankfully our home improvements are finished (for now).  Yet another week of school that has taken us two weeks to complete.  But our roof is de-mossed, the fence stained, the house painted, the drive and walkway power washed, our brand new door installed ( and I LOVE it!!!), the flower bed expanded, trees are pruned, and our retractable awning cleaned (the first time in *gulp* eight years!).

Also, Elijah learned how to install a doorbell and he changed the hinges on four kitchen cabinet doors all by himself! He is one handy dude!

Our Hymn for this week is: There Is a Balm in Gilead

Our current Read Aloud is: Courage To Run
In Bible, we are studying a variety of verses including Isaiah 53.
  We are using the book A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God this year.

We also read about Daniel Webster and Elijah Lovejoy.

Our Memory Verse for this week is: 1 Peter 2:24

Who his own self bare our sins in 
his own body on the tree, that we, 
being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: 
by whose stripes ye were healed.

In History,

we learned about Daniel Webster and Elijah Lovejoy.

I finally ordered book basket books (I am sooooo lagging this year) and hopefully,
there will be more excitement/interest in our studies.

We've sang/ learned the Southern and Northern Capitals.

The kids all had their first vocal "party" last night and did very well!

Charlotte will be in the Nutcracker again this year as a Party Girl.

Abby opted not to.  
Ninth grade is proving to be a challenge for both mother and daughter
(more on that later).

This is not a very exciting highlight-- we will try to get our act together this week!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Hmmm, You Smell Good

That's what my son said to me tonight.

He came up and gave me a great, BIG hug

 and *sniff, sniff*

said, "Hmmm, Mommy you smell good!"

*sniff, sniff*

"What is that?" 


"Mmmm, it smells like...."


"Mmmm, it smells just like... 

beef jerky!"

Why, thank you, son.

*changes clothes so I don't smell like dinner any more*

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

1850-Modern Week 4 with Char-toon: Carbonaria

Illness and Home Improvements train wrecked Week 4.  We ended up taking week 4 over two weeks.
Without further ado...


Our Hymn for this week is: Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

Our current Read Aloud is: Courage To Run-which we have yet to start.
In Bible, we are studying a variety of verses including Galatians 2 and Romans 5.
  We are using the book A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God this year.

We, in reviewing, also read about David Livingstone and Hudson Taylor.

Our Memory Verse for this week is: 1 John 3:16

Hereby perceive we the love of God, 
because he laid down his life for us: 
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.

In History, we learned Italy becoming united after secret societies and several battles.

Charlotte has a Char-toon:

In Science, from a week ago, we finally did the DNA stranding experiment with onions...

Monday, October 10, 2011

AHL (9th grade) Week 7 Writing Assignment

EWH Week 7 Writing Assignment
by Abigail Magsarili
Write a speech explaining how the people of Babylon will benefit from having the Code of Hammurabi.

(This is a transcript from the newscast aired earlier today. You can view this at bww.HLM.mon.**)

* bww.HLM.mon stands for Babylonian Wide Web [dot] Hammurabi Local News [dot] monarchy (as opposed to government).

NEWSCAST ANCHOR FOR HAMMURABI LOCAL NEWS: I’m sure you were all watching earlier today on live television, as the new monument was unveiled in the city square. King Hammurabi previously announced that this stone column was going to change the face of our beloved Babylon. Members of the city have been speculating for weeks as to what it could be, but as it turns out, the spectators have told us that this stone actually bears a set of rules. Our top reporters are here live with the king’s secretary to discuss the significance of the stone.

LIVE REPORTER: Mr. Secretary, why did the king say that this monument will change the face of Babylon?

MR. SECRETARY: You know, Hammy- er, King Hammurabi, announced earlier today at the unveiling ceremony that this code was passed on to him by Shamash, our great god of justice, as the means to rule Babylon. It’s really quite extensive, as you can see. And um, many of the local craftsmen are looking considerably distressed, and hopefully they will be taking their work extra seriously.

LIVE REPORTER: And why is that?

MR. SECRETARY: (laughs) Do you see the north side of the stone? It’s all for the stonemasons and physicians and house builders, so on- and if you’ll notice, the penalty for, let’s say building a house that is faulty and falls on someone, is death. As well, any doctor that performs an operation that kills a patient will suffer the same consequences. It’s really become a risky thing, having an occupation like that. And by the looks of the people, not all of them are pleased.

LOCAL PHYSICIAN: You know, not to be disrespectful, but personally I feel like this is a little too extreme, you know? But really, in things like my profession, we don’t know all that there is to know, and we do our best. But sometimes, accidents happen, and instead of being able to learn from these, now if we have single slip up...

LIVE REPORTER: But don’t you think this will weed out the careless people, and improve your practice instead of damaging it?


LOCAL BUILDER: Frankly, I’m a little scared to build anything now. (laughs nervously) 

LOCAL STONEMASON: You know, everyone will have an objection or two, but if this
came from Shamash then who are we to argue? 

LOCAL BAKER: I’m just glad there isn’t anything about a person dying from a loaf of
bread. (laughs) 

MR. SECRETARY: The thing is, I personally believe this is a turn for the better. Because
it’ll really make people... be serious about their professions, and make this a better place to be. People will do their jobs the best they can, and we’ll probably see a drastic drop in crime, and silly accidents. (chuckles) Whether it be because of a fear of the consequences, or because of the consequences themselves. I mean, if all the criminals are getting killed, we’ll see a decrease in crime that way too.

NEWSCAST ANCHOR: It seems the leaders all have the same mindset as the royal secretary. The northern governor gave a speech today to reassure the citizens that the Code of Hammurabi it, in fact, a beneficial thing.

GOVERNOR: While this is an unexpected and bold move, we must firstly respect our king and our god. We must trust that they know what’s best for the kingdom (the crowd murmurs). We will be expecting you to be abiding completely by the new Code; for your good as well as that of your neighbors. If you have any questions or comments, please see the committee seated to my left.

NEWSCAST ANCHOR: The governor also read a large portion of the Code.

GOVERNOR: If a judge try a case, reach a decision, and present his judgment in writing; if later error shall appear in his decision, and it be through his own fault, then he shall pay twelve time the fine set by him in the case, and he shall be publicly removed from the judge’s bench, and never again shall he sit there to render judgement.
If any one steal a cattle or sheep, or a donkey, or a pig or a goat, if it belong to a god or to the court, the thief shall pay thirtyfold therefore; if they belonged to a freed man of the
king he shall pay tenfold; if the thief has nothing with which to pay he shall be put to death....
If a physician make a large incision in the slave of a freed man, and kill him, he shall replace the slave with another slave.
If a builder build a house for some one, and does not construct it properly, and the building which he built shall fall in and kill it’s owner, then that builder shall be put to death.

CITIZEN: My one thing, is this law appears to have several holes. For instance, what if the building falls in and kills someone but not the owner? (person next to him snorts) What? I’m just saying! I’m just saying!

GOVERNOR: (still reading the code) In any one hire a ferryboat, he shall pay three gerahs in money per day.
If he hire a freight-boat, he shall pay two and one-half gerahs per day.

NEWSCAST ANCHOR: (VO) Since the announcement we’ve noticed several new polls and internet pages discussing ferryboats, freights, and whether they should all just take swimming lessons. Or, so we’ve heard, get into the boatmaking industry.

GOVERNOR: You can rest assured that we will be seeing a significant drop in crime. Though we may also see a slight rise in deaths before that. However, expect high quality work from any stonemason, builder, or physician you hire. Overall, the people of Babylon will be benefiting from this new Code of Hammurabi, which was unveiled this morning with the promise of a better future, complete with directions for any scenario we shall ever encounter in this life. (cheers)

NEWSCAST ANCHOR: And that’s our top story for today. Small transcripts of the Code will be sent around to the local leaders, though many will find it beneficial to travel to the capitol and see it for themselves. Now, our forecast for this week is, surprising, relatively dry....


Note from Lainie: The assignment was to write a speech, but she asked if she could do a newscast instead.  I thought it was brilliant and loved it.

When do you (or do you) stand firm on the "assignment" and when (if) do you give your children liberty to be "outside the box?"  Just curious... :)

Sunday, October 9, 2011

And Now A Word From Nana


Karl:  Hey Lain, David Courson (from Hawaii) asked me if I wanted to go to Nepal at the end of the month to help care for lepers.

Lainie: Oh, that's great!  Are we going to Nepal? I want to go to Nepal!

Nana: What?!  What in the world would you do?  Isn't that dangerous?
*a mild scowl forming on her brow*

Karl: No, not really. We would just be helping to care for them.

Nana: I still don't see what you would be doing or why you would want to go all the way to Nepal to care for leopards.

Lainie:  Ma.  


Not leopards.

Nana: *laughing and slapping her knee* Oh, lepers!  Now that makes more sense!

Monday, September 26, 2011

1850-Modern Week 3


Our Hymn for this week is: Stand Up, Stand Up for Jesus

I love this part of the lyrics:

"Stand up, stand up for Jesus,
The trumpet call obey;
Forth to the mighty conflict 
In this His glorious day.
Ye that are men, now serve Him
Against unnumbered foes;
Let courage rise with danger,
And strength to strength oppose.

In Bible, we are studying a variety of verses including John 13, 1 Peter 2 and Romans 5.
  We are using the book A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God this year.

Our Memory Verse for this week is: John 13:15

For I have given you an example, 
that ye should do as I have done to you.


In History,

The Crystal Palace

We also did the Enfield rifle activity...

Our Enfield "cartridge"

A very rough, unedited *gasp* video.


From The U.S. History Cookbook,
Victorian Tea!

Science will be in a different post.

That was Week 3.
I hope your week last week was blessed.
Thanks for stopping by! 

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Hunger Games Review-- Benign or Beastly?

Just popping in really quick to say that Abigail just posted a lengthy/thorough review
of The Hunger Games Trilogy.

There is a lot of "buzz" about these books with the first movie coming out soon.

Her post is definitely a heads up for Christian parents that are cautious about what their children read.

It is timely...

Hunger Games review

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Week 3 "Family Ties" science about DNA

So this week we are supposed to do a very fun sounding experiment involving
onions, detergent, and something called denatured alcohol.

The 100 Science Experiments book we are using says that we can get it from a pharmacy.

Unfortunately, I only read the science book and didn't read Marie's wonderful, 
sanity saving notes in the teacher's manual.

If I had, I would have discovered that denatured alcohol is easily obtained

from the hardware store.

Hm, pharmacy? Not so much.

This is reminder for me and all the other MFWers out there...
don't forget to read your TM- Marie is here to help us!

And now to observe strands of onion DNA...


Friday, September 16, 2011

1850-Modern Week 2

To link up or view other Highlights, click HERE

Our Hymn for this week is: What A Friend We Have in Jesus

It's been such a blessing!

In Bible, we are studying a variety of verses including 1 John, Colossians and John 1.
  We are using the book, A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God, this year.

I love the stories... especially the one that drove the point home that
we belong to God twice-- He created us and bought us back!

Our first Memory Verse is: 1 John 3:1

Behold, what manner of love the Father 
hath bestowed upon us, 
that we should be called the sons of God: 
therefore the world knoweth us not, 
because it knew him not.

What is great about this verse is we already sing a song about it at church.  
We really only had to memorize the last part because we knew the first part!

My illustration for the second part was this:

If a large group of adults and children were all mixed up together,
they would have a hard time determining which children belonged to which parents.

But if Karl and I were in the group and their siblings were also in the group,
they would recognize their siblings because they all have the same parents-- us!

As children of God, we "know" each other because we have the same, perfect,
holy Heavenly Father.


In History,

we finished up learning the states and I have to say how impressed I am!

Here are the pretests I gave them before we first started school.

Here is Charlotte's...

They both knew a little less than half of the states.

This week we plugged along with the state cards...

They enjoyed playing States rummy until we added the middle states.
Then it got kinda confusing!

They finished up adding the state postal codes to their maps...

Today was the big "test" day!

So impressed!
They both got 100%.
Here is Charlotte's

And Elijah's...

So excited!

In Science (5th grade), we did do the experiment from last week with chemical changes
and milk proteins.

This lovely mixture is warm milk, food coloring, and vinegar.

I didn't have any pantyhose and the Dollar Tree was closed.
Papa had cheese cloth-- perfect!

This is the draining of our byproduct...

Here is the E man working hard on his science notes.

All drained!

He asked for gloves... he said it looked disgusting ;)

I don't know what happened to my cookie cutters??!!

But I had some bento box making supplies and used a flower shaper/cutter thingy.
It was fine :)

They LOOKED tasty... everyone kept thinking they were something to eat.

But one whiff... um, no.

Charlotte and Elijah have both started Writing Strands.

And they are plugging along in Math and English.

I think that about sums up the week.

Having these highlights "premade" is working out very nicely!!

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