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

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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!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Meet Our...POWerful Hole Punch!

Isn't he a beauty?

Check out the sheet punching capacity..

Lainie, what are these "heads?"

Well, this hole punch has removable/adjustable punching heads.
This means I can decide how many holes I want punched
AND how far apart the spacing.


Yes.  It is true

*awe filled silence fills the room*

hee hee, okay, maybe that is a BIT melodramatic,
but I've had this hole puncher for more than ten years and
have never regretted it's purchase.

The increments are engraved...

These are the removable/adjustable heads...

The rubbery bottom holds all the "holes" until I want to dump them...

No confetti all over the place... unless I spontaneously start throwing it around in an attempt to be festive.   Not that I would ever do that! **whistles nonchalantly**

We also have single punches...

He is perfect when you need control over the placement of a single hole or two!


Next time, their "cousin" the Crop-A-Dile!  
Sounds exciting!!

Okay... maybe not...


Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Over at the Notebooking Fairy

Jimmie, from Jimmie's Collage, invited the Mishmash gang to be a featured
guest over at
The Notebooking Fairy -- printables and how-tos with a pinch of pixie dust

To read the Notebooking Spotlight, click here

Monday, September 12, 2011

AHL (9th grade) Week 3 Writing Assignment

From The Upper Room Academy

Week 3 Writing Assignment

(This was Abby's assignment last week and I liked it so much, I asked if I could blog it.
I am posting it in it's entirety, but it is slightly re-formatted to make it easier on the eyes.)

Week 3 Writing Assignment:                                                                               9/8/11
Explain what difference it makes whether we were created or evolved.

To believe, or not to believe? Creation... or evolution? Whichever we believe will dictate how we will live our lives. But why is our origin, our past, so consequential to our present?

First, let’s examine each side, and see the striking differences in opinion, starting with evolution.

The theory of evolution was first proposed by scientist Charles Darwin in the 1800’s. Darwin believed in all of life having one common ancestor and that the different species were made by a process called natural selection. From basic chemicals and chemical reactions, simple life forms came into being which gradually became more and more complex as time went on. This process was said to take millions, even billions of years. As genetic mutations take place in an organism, the beneficial mutations are passed on to the offspring because they aid survival (this is called natural selection), until so many mutations have occurred that there is now an entirely different creature.

Belief in this theory takes an incredible amount of faith, as it assumes that life not only came from non-living substances, that even the most complex of life forms came into being all on accident. According to evolution, we are all really just the byproducts of some chemical reactions and mere chance.
As well, those who believe in this theory also accept the belief that our closest relatives (and our predecessors) are animals; the monkey being the closest “ancestor” of mankind. Note, this implies that, coming from animals, we are no greater than animals.

Now, on to the other side of the coin: Christianity, and the belief in Genesis. “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1) This is basis, the core of the creation belief is that there is an almighty creator who designed and created the world. 

Nothing was by happenstance, rather, everything is in the hands of God. (There are some people who try to blend creation and evolution, but no true creationist or believer in Jesus should try and compromise between the two.)

Creationists (and Christians) believe God created the world and everything in it in six 24-hour days. The first day, day and night, darkness and light, came into being. The second day, the expanse in the midst of the waters was made, and the expanse was called heaven. The earth sprouted with all sorts of vegetation and plants on the third day, and on the fourth came the moon, stars, and sun to govern the day and night. 

On the fifth day, the creatures of the waters and the air were created; birds and great sea creatures swarmed.

On the sixth day, God created first the living creatures of the earth, each after their kind: the beasts and cattle and creeping things. And then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” And God created Man, male and female, and blessed them.

“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and morning, the sixth day.”
Seeing the world, and ourselves, as being deliberately designed radically changes how we see ourselves, and each other. Being under the evolutionary standpoint, living with the belief that you are nothing more than the result of chance, no greater than animals, then life has far less worth than it ought. There is no purpose for your life, so you might as well live as the verse from 1 Corinthians, as Paul said: “What advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die.” (1 Cor 15:32)

No wonder so many live for themselves: if there is nothing after this life, then of course, you might as well spend your life well and live to the fullest... for yourself. No wonder so many lead meaningless lives that are wasted away as if they didn’t matter: if your origin is chemicals and monkeys, and you have no worth, why bother doing anything with your life? You’re just an accident anyway.

Then you turn and see the believer who places his faith in an infinite Creator who saw his life before the earth was even formed, who has a plan for his life and has an eternal home prepared for him after death: is there any greater reason to be able to raise your head and walk in victory? The person who believes in the great Creator can see beyond this life, and lives not for the temporary but the eternal. And that life is a marked change from the one who believes his ancestors were monkeys and soup.

Many may not even realize how the things they believe affect how they lead their lives, and yet it is a crucial part of life. For the difference between being created or evolved
determines the way you see yourself, others, the world around you... and how you should live your life.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

1850-Modern Week 1


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

I can't even tell you how much these lyrics ministered to me this week.

"Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; Take it to the Lord in prayer."

In Bible, we are studying a variety of verses including Psalms 32 and119; Luke 15, Genesis 1 and Titus 2.  We are using the book A Young Person's Guide to Knowing God this year.

We are loving this book!  The simple stories illuminate truths and help you remember them.
Good stuff!

In History,




North Dakota,






New York! Vermont!

New Hampshire and Maine!

Yes, I, er, I mean the children know the Northern Border,
as well as the Southern Border of the United States.
Some think the songs are annoying-- we think they are highly effective!

In Science (5th grade), we are learning about atoms and chain reactions.
I'm off to the Dollar Tree right this second for pantyhose to do our first experiment.
Photos to come!

In Science (7th grade), Charlotte has an update all her own-- it's here if you missed it.

It was a great first week of school.  Soccer and ballet have started up and I'm
carving out time to do some extensive meal planning!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Char-toons: Apologia Science Recap of Weeks 1 & 2

 This is Charlotte's illustration of the experiment on density.
Abby did a video of that experiment (back when we used blog names!)
You can find the video HERE

Here is her illustration of the chemical reaction experiement.
Again, Abby's video from that one is HERE.

Ah, but now we get to the Char-toons!

(I made them as large as I could so you could see better)

These are illustrations of her experiment results...

Dropping a book vs. cardboard

Dropping cardboard vs. card stock

Cardstock vs. plain piece of paper

Experiment # 2

I love her announcement of a new contestant!

Another new contestant!

Her conclusion... 

Cliff Note version...

Finally, her little commentary/sideline giggle...

Ba-rum dup

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