Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
I guess I am feeling especially chatty today :-0. Anyway, I have been working with darling youngest child on mastering multiplication, and although it's progressing ok..we just seem to be stuck on the actual memorizing of the multiplication table. I have to give myself a reality check every so often because the same work was so easy for my oldest child to learn, but I KNOW that my youngest learns completely different. He struggles with memorizing the multiplication tables, but can already do easy algebraic problems where he needs to solve for x in simple equations (ok...makes sense right?), Geometry concepts...not a problem, but memorizing tables...ugh!
Well, I finally figured it out after many weeks of banging my head against the wall...my darling youngster was staging a stand-off (unintentional of course) against memorizing the table (think the Alamo :-) ). It wasn't that he didn't understand the concept (he can tell you the answers to the easier parts of the table just fine), he didn't want to take the time to memorize the more difficult parts of the table!
So to make a long story longer ;-), I did some handy dandy research to figure out if there was anything out there that might help us overcome this hurdle, and I'm happy to report: yes there is, as a matter of fact I found two really great resources!
The first resource is the TimesTales system from Trigger Memory System. This system teaches the difficult times table in a fun story. I had ordered this system for my oldest child, but she learned her tables so quickly, I never had a chance to use it (to be honest I forgot I had it). I was reorganizing the room where we homeschool and lo and behold I found it! I figured, "why not", and decided to try it out. Oh my goodness...my youngster loved the story and I was amazed at how much he actually retained! Praises! To check out the TimesTales system, click here
The other find that I think is truly a gem is a series of videos on youtube called Right Brain Math. Here is a sample video:
It seems like every few years there is a new kind of flu popping up, and I have to say..I am not usually an alarmist (although I can be high strung :-)), so I am not overly stressed about this either. I've read up on the facts about the swine flu (I have to admit, I'd never even heard about it until the reports began airing a few days ago), and I wanted to pass along the information to you. I am strong in my belief and faith and I know that I have no control over the various things that transpire in this world, but I do know where my strength and help comes from and so I am at peace.
That said, I do believe that we need to keep ourselves armed with knowledge and take preventive measures, so I've compiled a list of things we can do:
First, prayer - Prayer is our first line of defense. The power of prayer has been proven time and time again and it is our most powerful tool we can use against the many things that we encounter on a daily basis. Let's pray for our brothers and sisters around the world who have been affected by this horrible epidemic, and let's pray for each other. Let's pray that we will find peace and comfort, that fears will be stilled, and that we and our loved ones will remain healthy.
Second, Personal Hygiene - it is always a great defense against sickness and disease. We should wash our hands; if we are sick, we should limit our contact with others; avoid touching surfaces that are used by large numbers of people. Soap and water work much better than these expensive hand-sanitizing agents.
Third, we have to take care of ourselves - A healthy diet and lifestyle is essential towards living longer and preventing many types of diseases. One of the best things we can do is get back to the type of diet that incorporates fruits, vegetables and grain, with limits on or elimination of eating meats.
Fourth, know what you're dealing with. Here are some links to check out to get your questions answered.
http://homepage.ntlworld.com/keir.clarke/flu.htm (this is a google earth swine flu timeline)
Now, if you've read this far, I have a favor to ask everyone: If you know of any natural preventative herbs, oils, fruits, vegetables, etc that one can use to help boost their immune system or prevent viruses and/or bacterial infections, please take a moment to post your ideas here? That would be great! thank you again,
Update: One of the readers sent in this link which I think is great: http://www.herbal-home-remedies.org/remedies/colds-flu.htm I hope this helps!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
- Amish Country has many wonderful places to visit and see like Dutch Haven
- Herr's Snack Factory
- Hershey Farm
- Hershey's Chocolate World
- Denver Botanic Gardens
- Colorado State Capital
- Dinosaur Ridge
I know that some of my readers have young children, so I wanted to share a resource I came across a little while ago. This resource is geared for those of you who have children in Pre-K to 4th grade, and what is does is serve as a curriculum guide. It matches up areas of study (like language arts, math, science, etc) with games that can be played online. I think it's definitely a lot of fun, and could be used as an incentive tool for your children (if they like online games, that is). If you are interested in learning more, check out the link below:
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
"SPORTING GEOGRAPHY® is an educational program that offers a motivational way for students to learn while having fun. The program helps children learn geography, history and math at the elementary and middle school level. It is targeted for children ages 8-13, specifically in grades four through eight. SPORTING GEOGRAPHY materials provide teachers with a link to a current event while complementing their curriculum objectives."
To see what kind of free sports program is available in your area, please visit: http://www.sportinggeography.org/
Chemical volcanos are classic projects for science fairs and chemistry demonstrations. The mentos and diet soda eruption is really powerful, capable of producing jets of soda several feet high. It's messy, so you might want to do this project outdoors. Our class went to an open field with our directions in hand and proceeded to do our volcano experiment. The children really had a lot of fun. To achieve similar results, here's what you need to do:
- First, gather your supplies.
- You could substitute normal soda for diet soda. The project will work just as well, but the resulting eruption will be sticky. Whatever you use, the drink has to be carbonated!
- First, stack the candies. The easiest way to do this is to stack them in a test tube narrow enough to form a single column. Otherwise, you can roll a sheet of paper into a tube just barely wide enough for a stack of candies.
- Place an index card over the opening of the test tube or end of the paper tube to hold the candies in the container. Invert the test tube.
- Open your full 2-liter or 16 oz bottle of diet soda. The eruption happens very quickly, so set things up: you want the open bottle - index card - roll of candies so that as soon as you remove the index card, the candies will drop smoothly into the bottle.
- When you're ready, do it! You can repeat the eruption with the same bottle and another stack of candies. Have fun!
What You Need:
- roll of mentos candies
- 2-liter bottle of diet soda
- index card
- test tube or sheet of paper
Why does it work? The caffeine, potassium benzoate, aspartame, and CO2 gas contained in the Diet Coke and the gelatin and gum arabic ingredients of the Mentos all contribute to the jet effect. The surface of the mint Mentos is littered with many small holes, allowing CO2 bubbles to form very rapidly and in great quantity, in turn causing the jet of foam. (Courtesy of wikipedia)
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
- Epsom or table salt
- a shallow pan to grow your crystals in (like a pie tin or rimmed cookie sheet)
- warm water
- dark paper and scissors
- First select a warm, dry place to grow crystals (someplace that gets direct light is the best).
- Use the scissors to cut dark paper in a way that it will fit in the bottom of the pan.
- Add 1 tablespoon of Epsom salt to 1/4 cup warm water in a separate container. Stir until the salt is dissolved.
- Put the paper in your selected container and pour the salt solution over it.
- Put the container in a warm, sunny location. As the water evaporates, your crystals will begin to form.
- This experiment may take from as as little as a few hours to a few days, it depends on how warm it is and the rate of evaporation.
Monday, April 6, 2009
Sunday, April 5, 2009
I just wanted to give a quick testimony on God's wonderful blessings! Today I woke up at 6am to begin my day. I felt very energized and was looking forward to another beautiful day that the Lord has made, trust me, that is big in itself because I am NOT a morning person :-)! Well our youth group had a car wash fundraiser scheduled for this afternoon to raise money for a mission trip we are taking in August. The Devil has just thrown stumbling block after stumbling block in the way of our club, and we have struggled with raising money, but we all know who is in control! We decided to add a detail service to our normal car wash and ask some of our neighboring churches if we could put some fliers out for their constituents to see. Every church was incredibly friendly and accommodating (thank you Jesus!) to our request.
Well our car wash began, very slowly, but soon we began having car after car after car show up, and before we knew it, we had run over the time we had scheduled to have the car wash end. Everyone loved the work ethic shown and really appreciated the great job the children did in the detailing and washing of their car. As we were tallying up the money, we noticed that the majority of people had given much more than they actually owed for their cars. What a blessing, we exceeded our expectations! We give all the honor and praise to him who knows our name, sees our needs and answers our calls.
Our group still has about $40k to raise for this trip, if you all would be so kind, will you please lift our youth group up in your prayers? Thank you and God Bless!
Friday, April 3, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Grammar.....hmmm, some of us cringe, when we think about teaching grammar. Ugh...are my kids going to get this, is this going to be as painful as pulling teeth?
Some of us LOVE grammar, what's not to love, right? The flow of the English language, the diagramming of sentences... ah ...joy :-)
Grammar is a very important (and often very neglected) subject, but it can be a difficult subject to teach, and many of us are very intimidated by it.
Well, that's all about to change; Are you looking for a fun, relaxing way to cuddle up with your children and teach basic grammar? Well I have found it, and guess what, I'm going to share it with you :-).
I have to put forth the following disclaimer before I share this resource: This is not intended to replace a formal grammar program, but if you use this along with worksheets, your children will really enjoy it, you will really enjoy it, and they will have a very good grasp on basic grammar. That said, let me tell you about our experience with Grammarland, written by M.L. Nesbitt.
I came across this book this past January on the freebies of the day website (link to their site is in the homeschool links section), but it is also available on other websites as well. It is a classic novel written in 1878, and is what I like to warmly refer to as "a living book".
Living books are usually written in story form by an author who has a passion for the subject. A living book makes the subject come to life. In Grammar-Land, we are taught about the 9 parts of speech by wonderful characters such as: Judge Grammar, Mr. Noun, Mr. Pronoun, Little Article, Mr. Adjective, Little Interjection, Dr. Verb and so on. It is a wonderful story that follows the adventures and disagreements of the various parts of speech, as they parade in front of Judge Grammar to plead their case. The children of Schoolroom-Shire are given tasks to figure out in each chapter.
Our children LOVE this book! They can't wait to do our lesson on grammar, and it truly warms mom's heart when I hear "mom, can we do grammar today?"
To get your own free copy, check out http://www.chirotoons.com/freebies/GrammarLand.pdf
Don't forget to download your free worksheets for grammar (check out the links under Homeschool links)