Sunday, April 3, 2011

Try Not To Faint- A Homeschool Update

Shocking, I know.

But, guess what? I'm feeling better and my brain has made a guest appearance :)

Let's hop to it before it disappears!

(knee-slap & giggle as I crack myself up)

In Bible,

we are studying the book of James this year and so far we have memorized up to the end of chapter 3.

Let's talk about this for a minute...

James Chapter 3 has verses in it like, "And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell."


'Tis been an interesting last few months going over and over and over these verses.


During our school time, we did a little activity to demonstrate just how easy it is to spill out careless words, but how difficult (impossible??) to take them back.


We covered our table with plastic wrap and then had each child write with toothpaste...








It wasn't too difficult.  To limit waste, we just wrote a few letters that represented our words...




Ah, but here was the tricky part... try to take the words back!







Very messy and difficult.  It was a great visual reminder to "squeeze" carefully our words because once they are out... you can't put them back in...



In History,

I cannot believe how long it's been since I've posted about school.

 {shakes head in disbelief}

Tomorrow, we start Week... 23 (oops)

Previously, we studied the American Revolution.  Elijah is so enamored of this time period we got him a tricorn hat which he wears everywhere!  Except, of course, when he is wearing his Daniel Boone one :)



We studied the Constitution and I finally understand our government.

Unfortunately, I am not the cartoonist that my husband is and the president ended up looking like a bald 3 year old ;)


Moving on, we've finally started doing our State Sheets!




We love these!

We are up to Maryland becoming a state.

This week we are finishing up the French Revolution.

The girls and I enjoyed watching the Scarlet Pimpernel-- Sink me!

(With kissing scenes covered, of course ;)

In Science,

we are studying botany. We germinated then planted seeds...










For Read Aloud,

we read Mary Jones and Her Bible which was soooooooo amazingly awesome.

Just tonight, we read chapter 7 of William Carey's biography.

Math, English, Spelling, etc... are coming along.  And All About Spelling has continued to be a great fit for Elijah.

He is joyfully reading independently.  His current read is, "Mouse and the Motorcycle."

He had a follow-up eye appointment and his eyes are doing great!

Yay for no therapy!

His drawing and writing are coming along.

In fact, the other night I found a note on my bed...



This one says, "How I started Revelation."


And this note says, "My night was good until my iPod died. (He has a shuffle)  But that's ok ;) I don't mind. What I have been thinking about Heaven. That made me think about the Book Revelation and that's how I started the Book of Revelation..."

Isn't it so sweet??  I love that he is becoming a voracious reader like his sisters.

The girls had their first of two ballet exams.  Charlotte has become quite skilled on the unicycle!

And Abby continues to blog at Castles, Quills, and Cameras.

Whew.

I know that was a lot, but I had to seize the day.

How are you guys doing??

Did you know that Kathi at A Heart Like Water is doing a weekly Homeschool Highlights?

I hope you'll join her so we can see what you're up to :)

May the Lord bless your week and remember...


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6 comments:

Life Unexpected said...

He he. I love your posts! And I love that tricorn hat, we need a couple of those around here.

Jennifer said...

I always *love* your school posts. For a couple of years it seems like you were the only MFW blogger, and I became seriously addicted to your school posts!

Glad you had a good day, Lainie. Hope they become more and more freqent! :)

Everyone's Favorite Composer said...

Hah! I took that second picture of his tricorn hat at the park!

Becca said...

Your homeschool posts have been missed, Lainie! So happy to hear that you are feeling better, and thanks for sharing your ups and downs and God's faithfulness in all of it.

Lainie said...

You guys made my day!!!

Thank you so much for being here even though I have been so inconsistent about posting.

You guys are the best!

Vicki said...

I miss your blog posts! I always read every one from whatever MFW year Im on! ;) Obviously EXP this year. Thanks for writing them!

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