Wednesday, January 30

Monday, January 28

I got tagged!! :)

I was so graciously tagged by Brittney at King Alfred Academy. Here's what I'm supposed to do.

Book Meme Rules:
Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
Open the book to page 123
Find the fifth sentence.
Post the next three sentences.
Tag five people.

Ok, so here's my nearest book: The Golden Compass

page 123 (it's already in quotes... I did NOT add them)

"Then there was you. If things had fallen out different, Lyra, you might have been brought up a gyptian, because the nurse begged the court to let her have you; but we gyptians got little standing in the law. The court decided you was to be placed in a priory, and so you were, with the Sisters of Obedience at Watlington. You won't remember."

I know that was 4 sentences, but it's the whole paragraph.

So now I have to tag 5 other people.... hmmm... you better run! :)

Friday, January 18

KONOS, Week 2

I hate to say it, but our second week did not go as well as the first. I don't really feel like we did anything. This week our focus was on Kings and Queens. I specified it a little more by staying in England. My Memaw (mom's mom) came from England when she was 22 (1954), and I want my kids to have pride in their heritage.

Monday: We read King/Queen related Nursery Rhymes, one in particular was Sing a Song of Six Pence about Henry VIII. We read a kids biography on Queen Elizabeth II and talked about the basic geography of England.

Tuesday: Read lots of poems by Shakespeare, actually they were excerpts from his plays. We read a book about England that had a basic History included. They watched the Backyardagins movie, "Tale of the Mighty Knights." It was cute, but I can't stand the Backyardagins. :)

Wednesday: I read a page about general characteristics of the Medieval period. B and I read a biography on Queen Elizabeth I. Then she copied a poem that the Queen wrote while she was imprisoned by her sister.

Thursday: We read about King Richard I, Richard the Lionhearted, from SOTW v2.

Friday: We read about Robin Hood from SOTW v2 and colored a picture of him.

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Everything else has been going great. I ordered "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons" from Rainbow Resource. In the mean time we are using a Library copy. We've finished the first two lessons.

Oh, and we've started reading The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Thursday, January 17

Timeline is up!!

I'm so excited to finally have this finished. The kids clapped when I hung it up.

The bottom poster (BC) has "Creation" at the beginning, and 2400 at the first turn. I figured this way we'd have a "dateless" line. The increments are 400 years.

The top poster (AD) is divided into 300 year increments. I did stop at 2020 so the top line is only 220 years.

I used Address Labels for the dates and info. I'm really excited and I can't wait to start filling it up!! :)

Monday, January 14

My Prodigy

I am making a prediction: L (12m) will be able to read (at least CVC) before his 4th birthday.

This boy LOVES books. If you give him the choice between a book and a toy, he chooses the book. He's always been like that. At church, he keeps himself occupied by looking at the hymnal. And he's never ripped a page. He amazes me.

Lately, he's been bringing me books and pointing to words saying, "Da." Maybe he's asking me what it says? But the thing that really gets me is that he never says anything about the pictures. Just the words.

Today: T and I started 100 EZ Lessons. L was on my lap while we did the lesson. After T and I were done, L goes, "Mmm, Mmm, Mmm." Then he smiles and does it again.

Saturday, January 12

Why I Believe in 2 Creation Stories

Briefly, I will recall the events of Genesis chapter 1.
  • Day 1 (vv3-5): God created light and divided it from the darkness. (Day and Night)
  • Day 2 (vv6-8): God divided the waters and created the atmosphere.
  • Day 3 (vv9-13): God created the seas, the earth, and vegetation.
  • Day 4 (vv14-19): The sun, moon, and stars were created.
  • Day 5 (vv20-23): God created the sea creatures and the birds.
  • Day 6 (vv24-31): God created land animals and then He created a man and a woman in His image.

Now, let's look at the chronology of chapter 2.
  • And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground.... Gen 2:7
  • And the Lord God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him." Gen 2:18
  • Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. Gen 2:19a
  • But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. Gen 2:20b
  • Then the rib which the Lord God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. Gen 2:22

I was brought up believing that Genesis 2 was just a simpler retelling of Genesis 1. I have since come to the realization that this cannot be true. In chapter 2, God created Adam THEN land animals and birds THEN Eve. In chapter 1, birds were created on Day 5 and people weren't around until Day 6. God's Word is perfect and holds no contradictions. If "all scripture is given by inspiration of God" (2 Tim 3:16), then why would He let it be wrong? Simple, He wouldn't. Think about it, if your child decided to write a biography about you, would you let it be published if it was wrong? Even if it was something as "minute" as the year you were married? Or the day of the week you were born on?

Friday, January 11

KONOS, first week

This is exciting. We've just finished our first week of KONOS. After our lesson on Tuesday, T (K4) said, "Are we going to do *real* school now?" I loved it!! :) I chose Obedience as our first Unit of study. We have some areas that need worked on. And even after 1 week, I've seen an improvement in them, AND in how I discipline them. It's amazing.

Monday: We discussed the Bible. I introduced it to them as if they had never seen it before. I explained the books, chapters and verses. I showed them the Table of Contents, where they can find the page number of whichever book they need. I had them practice finding a few verses. Then we worked on memorizing the first 5 books. Poor C had the hardest time remembering, he would say Leparticus and Deuteronomous.

Tuesday: I quizzed them on the first 5 books several times throughout the day. They had it by bedtime. We looked up reasons that God gave to obey our parents. (Pr 6:20, Eph 6:1-2, Col 3:2) We played "Mother, may I?", and read Lighthouse by Robert Munsch. We also admired pictures of lighthouses in my calendar :) When it got dark, I walked out into the field where they couldn't see me. Then I said, "Find me!" They started out slow, but then they saw me and ran. So I moved again, and then I turned on my flashlight and shined it like a Lighthouse. They ran right to me. THEN they understood the importance of a lighthouse.

Wednesday: We added the History books (Joshua - Esther) of the OT to our memorization. Since they weren't hard to pronounce, they got them right away. We made a chart of Authority Figures and who to obey. While we did that, we discussed each one. We read The Lighthouse Family by Cynthia Rylant.

Thursday: No school :( Annoying family issues.

Friday: We sorta did two days in one. We talked about Johannes Gutenberg and his invention of the printing press. We did an overview of "how the Bible came to us" with The World's Most Wonderful Book: How The Bible Came To Be. I just bought it, it's really neat. After that I read to them from MOH v1 page 307 about the Lighthouse at Alexandria. I was amazed to find a picture of it in my Bible, so I showed that to them as well. I read out of our Kingfisher's Little Encyclopedia about Light and the Sun. THEN we painted suncatchers!! :)

B finished Primary Math 1A on Friday. She was so excited to get started with 1B that I let her start :) Everything else is going well. I will be ordering HWT, probably Monday. I think what I've decided to do, is get B the 2nd grade printing book and C the 1st grade printing book.

Saturday, January 5

Time For A Change

Things haven't been going badly. I just don't feel like I'm covering enough. So this is what we're doing...starting Monday. :)

KONOS: I purchased a used, older edition of Volume 1. I've already planned our first week. It's going to be so much fun!! We're starting with Obedience. The next few weeks our objective is to learn WHO to obey. 1. God, 2. Parents, 3. Other Authroities.

A Child's History of the World: Even though KONOS includes history, I think it's important to learn history chronologically. We will continue to read through CHOW, and then begin MOH 1.

Singapore Primary Math: This will remain the same. B will start 1B by the end of the week. C is progressing nicely through 1A.

: We're moving along in English For The Thoughtful Child 1. I would like a tad bit more teacher instruction, but I don't want to change again just yet. After she's finished we will probably start Learning Language Arts Through Literature Yellow. Her handwriting is atrocious! (wow, no red underlining I think I spelled it right :) In a few weeks we will begin Handwriting Without Tears. She wants to learn cursive so I'm going to start her there.

C: His phonics work is going well. I think he's learning more from Explode the Code than from Ordinary Parent's Guide. We'll take a break from OPG for a while and see what happens. He's also been reading Days Go By (Pathway Reader) with B.

T: We're going through a Preschool Workbook I picked up (at Staples for 50 cents!) and also Get Ready for The Code, Book A. I love the Explode the Code Primers!!

I think I've covered it all. I can't wait to see how it all pans out!