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Monday, September 29, 2014

It's Grammar Week !!! Learn Grammar with your Bible.

 


Yes, it is Grammar week @ Angels of Heart...


You know Grammar is not my favorite subject. Honestly it is a bit of a weakness but I do believe that it has it's place in a child's education. When I am writing I sometimes struggle to know how to structure complex sentences. I know sad right?? Especially from an online blogger and especially from a home educating Momma stand point. Insert huge frowning face now. One thing is for sure... I do know I don't want my kids to have to struggle with it. I also know that I am a thriving, learned individual so there is still hope for me. I can learn along with them! Novel idea.

I know that I have heard other moms out there  talking about Grammar. The thoughts aren't always positive. Our kids don't need to learn how to diagram sentences. What's the point they say. As long as they can write and get their message out there clearly. Well maybe.? or Maybe structure is pretty important too. I'm in a middle ground in my feelings about it but here we are anyway. Let's learn some Grammar shall we. Please open your Bibles to page...

What ??? Yes.. I said Bible. Why not the Bible.
It is full of words, simple and complex sentences. Many examples of writing fill the pages along with big lessons of life and love . Why not?

Before you open that bible for your Grammar lesson let's choose one at your child's reading level. I know you have to be careful of translation and so on but choosing a bible at their reading level gives them ownership. As they progress in reading you can choose another bible. My 3rd grader is using an Adventure Bible for Early readers KIV . You choose the one that is right for your child and get to studying grammar.



For lesson one I typed out these verse from Genesis. My son's job was to highlight the nouns in yellow and the verbs in blue. I didn't print it out but left it on the Pc for him to highlight. He enjoyed it but I think I might print them out and do them again so he has a hard copy of our work for his notebook. More on the Grammar notebook another day.  Did he miss some? Can you find them?

 
 Another sample lesson... We have been looking at different kinds of sentences. I took a few passages from our bible again and had him highlight the correct kind of sentences. There weren't any exclamatory in this particular one. We did another passage too and that one had more Commands from God. Realizing how important the commands are my son started highlighting them in his actual bible with a colored pencil. Won't it be neat for him when he gets older to see that he highlighted many passages that were commands from God or all the Imperative Sentences. Why shouldn't he have this documented and begin to know what God expects.



This one we looked for Quotations. For some reason on the computer it was hard to highlight that first quote. Next time I will print out the text. He enjoys highlighting on paper more.

 

 

This passage I am going to print out for sure.  I had to smile when I saw he had this already highlighted in his bible.  I thought for this passage we would look for Capital letters. We have the name of a place, the name of God and the beginning of each sentence. Always good to capitalize all names associated with our God. Great lesson in capitalization.



The bible is so full of words that you can use any parts of it for a grammar lesson. All the while you might get some good conversation in there too.
So don't just crack open those grammar workbooks... Open your bibles too.



Warm Blessings ,

Nikki


More Grammar ideas to come this week.

Family Toolbox Giveaway

Do I have something to tell you about ! Have you heard about the National Center for Biblical Parenting? Scott Turansky has been helping parents for many years. You may remember them from my review of the Christian Parenting Handbook. Extremely helpful material for parenting the whole heart of the child. I have been lucky enough to partner again with Biblical parenting to share their newest product The Family Toolbox ,as a member of their blogger team.  I'm currently using the program with my Teens. So far it has been a good start and well received by my children. I will tell you a bit more about it later when I share with you my review. So keep watching. 



  
 
The Family Toolbox is a DVD/video-driven program that brings parents and teens together for constructive dialogue around significant issues of discipleship. Conversation is sparked by engaging video clips. Sixteen Life Success Principles are communicated through eight lessons that give parents and teens biblically-based, practical topics for discussion. The format grabs teens and gets them interacting. The Family Toolbox has 8 lessons. Each one has a 1-2 minute scene of a family living life and experiencing common challenges in their relationships. A discussion guide prompts dialogue between parents and teens and a 10-minute teaching session for parents featuring Dr. Scott Turansky and Joanne Miller, RN, BSN gives practical tools to use right away.


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I am excited to be joining with the National Center for Biblical Parenting (NCBP) to bring you a wonderful giveaway to celebrate the release of the Family Toolbox.  The giveaway includes a $50 Amazon Gift Card + a bundle of biblical parenting resources from NCBP, including: 


The Christian Parenting Handbook and Companion Guide



The Christian Parenting Handbook contains nuggets of parenting wisdom condensed into 50 short chapters, each one biblical, practical, and relevant for parents of children ages 2-18. Learn appropriate ways to correct, instruct, and set limits. Glean wisdom for dealing with emotions, conflict, and developing closeness in your family… and much more. These 50 strategies provide you with hands-on tools for parenting children of any age.  The Companion Guide is a workbook of 50 lessons along with 50 audio tips to take you through The Christian Parenting Handbook step by step. 


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Family Time Activity for Teens



Teenagers are in an exciting time of life. They're learning a lot about themselves and the world, and they need lots of spiritual guidance. The activities and applications in this book are designed specifically for teens. The object lessons and games are captivating and the biblical lessons are timeless. Walking Billboards, Fear Factor, and Gender Differences, are just a few of the titles. Nineteen lessons are included, all unique and powerful. Make Family Time a regular part of your family's spiritual growth. 


Learning About Sex: Love, Sex, and God




In a natural, conversational style, this book answers tough questions that help teens separate sex and love facts from myths. Straight facts on dating, marriage, sex, and sexually transmitted diseases are presented here.


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Warm Blessings,

Nikki
Friday, September 26, 2014

Random 5 on Friday - Fall Fun



It's been awhile since I have done 5 Random things. So glad to be back it is one of my favorite blog roundups.


1. Last weekend we went to Maize Quest Fun Park .
The kids had a great time. We went through the corn maze and it only took us an hour to get out. Ha ha only. The maze is marked off with colored tape into four sections. You have to make it through each section to get out. You are given a map too and you have to look for word clues and rubbings along the way. With our little ones we just worked on going in and coming out. Then there are other mazes you can go through. It was so much fun. If it hadn't been so hot we probably would have hung out longer. We had  free tickets  from the summer reading club and they needed used before they expired.  Otherwise we probably would have waited for a nice cool fall day.







Sweet Pea in the play yard.



Horse bouncers soo cute.


2. Last weekend I was so disorganized with the house with lesson plans just my whole life. Ha ha. This week I am so together. It is either all in for me our all out.




Spirit on the horse bouncers



Color puzzle harder than it looks. You have to start on red . Then step on red, blue , yellow alternating the three as you go. You have to get to the other red disk on the other side.


3. I suddenly love Cherry Pepsi. It's my new favorite but still love my Raspberry Iced tea.



Spirit by the tractor. This is sitting in the middle of a farm game. Played like candy land but you are the pieces.




Sweet Pea in the farm Game too.



4. Spirit and I are studying the weather in Science. We have made some fun science weather instruments. You will see them soon.



Sweet Pea Rock maze



Spirit on the bike Go carts... Dad back there in the background.



5. I have apples in my kitchen and recently found apple dishes at a yard sale. Just in time for fall. Love them.



Tractor Ride on the cows.




Kids in the corn. Sweet pea wanted to bring some home. Spirit did in his shirt. He found it later.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Case for the Creator Student Edition By Lee Strobel- Book Review




Book Description

Based on the bestseller The Case for a Creator, Lee Strobel, along with Jane Vogel, gives students the evidence they need to point to a Creator.
When Lee Strobel was a high school freshman, science convinced him that God didn't exist. Since then, however, incredible scientific discoveries have not only helped restore Lee's faith, but have strengthened it.
 
In this student edition of the bestselling The Case for a Creator, Strobel encourages teens to challenge the "facts" that say there is no God and to weigh the evidence for themselves. Readers will be astonished by what some of today's most respected experts have to say about the birth of the universe, Darwinism, DNA research, and the astounding fine-tuning of the cosmos. Ultimately, they must consider the question: Could it be that the universe looks designed … because it is?


This is the second book I have read in the series. I have always been intrigued by creation science. Interestingly enough when Lee Strobel was in high school Science convinced him that God does not exist. Since then Scientific discoveries have been made that helped restore his faith in God. What I like most about Lee's books is that they come from the prospective of a nonbeliever to a believer. I think that teens who are really questioning at this age can relate to his story. I have heard many parents have discussions about how their kid's aren't sure they believe in God. This is a way that a parent or Sunday school instructor can introduce God to teens in a nonthreatening way.

The book goes into Science vs. God and gives real evidence to support that God created our universe and world. You will learn about the evidence of Cosmology, Evidence of Physics and Astronomy , and evidence of DNA. There are little grey boxes on the pages that give information to support the facts with the text. As you flip through they draw your attention to the pages. The book is 95 pages in length and is great for Jr. high students who might not like to read  much.. (HHumm my son.)

I love Lee's books and plan to purchase more in the series. They  make great studies for those homeschool parents who are looking for just the right bible curriculum.

You can purchase the book on Amazon for $8.99

Warm Blessings,

Nikki
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Painting on Clay





 
This week our art is very basic. We studied art that was painted on plaster walls during the Renaissance period in history.  I couldn't find my plaster so I used Crayola's clay. We pushed it flat in a pie pan and left it to dry. Then used water color paints to paint on the dry clay. The kids enjoyed it and they have something to sit on their desks.










Jennifer the Creator of the Virtual Refrigerator Blog Hop has created a pinterest board of our Art. So now you can go and see all of our past art projects. Yeah... Thank you Jennifer !





Check out some of the other Bloggers co-hosting this fun Hop each week.



Now It's your turn. If you have art to share you can blog about it and link up.

Warm Blessings,

Nikki






Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Learning Shapes


Review, Review , Review... More review for my preschooler, but this time with learning shapes , this one was needed. My little one remembered the names of some of the shapes and some of them she didn't. We also used Shapes as a start to our writing practices and cutting. I found this great book at our curriculum fair. It has an old cover and it's called Math Seatwork Activities 1-20 Written by Paula DeBattista and Illustrated by Linda Longmire.  I have searched all over to see if there is other curriculum by this author and I can't even find the book I am holding. I even tried typing in the ISBN number and nothing comes up. So if any of you know anything about this author or if there are other books like it. Please let me know. We love it!  In the beginning of this seatwork book were activities to complete with shapes. My little one would cut out the shape and glue it in the appropriate spaces. She had every shape in her seatwork book but the heart and star. I later found alternate worksheets to do online for those shapes. So she would have something to put in her shape pockets (more on the pockets coming) ...

The first thing I did was show my girl the shapes. I put all the shape cards in a pocket chart. You can download the shape and poems at Shape Poems.
The star and heart were missing so we used these  No Color Shape Poems for those two shapes. I just used a marker and colored them a little.

Each day she would go to the pocket chart and I would tell her what today's shape was. We would read the name of her shape and then try to make it on the Geo board. If we could not make it we I wouldn't bring out the board. On the reverse side of our board is the circle shape so we were able to do the circle even though we could not do the oval.
 





Sweet Pea enjoyed the Geo board so I may use this again when learning our ABC's .



I don't know if you have ever visited the website Kinder by Kim but if you have a child In this age range you might want to peek. Her ideas are creative and I really love that. So I purchased for $7. her Shapes in our World Pocket Pack. In her pocket pack you will get activities to go along with the Square, Circle, Triangle and Rectangle.


I love how the book goes together and the pages are made to so your child can put in all of the activities they have done with that shape. We included our shape poem cards and our seatwork worksheets. I choose to do the shape puppets with my child. Each shape puppet comes with a shape poem. These are different than the cards. They are catchy tunes the kids may already recognize. I printed out the shape for her and then cut out the poem shape. Then I traced it to construction paper and allowed her to cut out the shape on her own. She then drew smaller shapes for the eyes and added a smile to each one.

Another thing that came with the packet was a little mini book that relates the shape to the child's world. My girl loved these and  pretended to read them.




Below are all of our shape puppets. As I mentioned before all the shapes weren't included. So I made a few myself. I just inserted the shape I needed into a word document and then google searched because I am not as creative with poetry as all that and found a shape poem for each.  I inserted that into the shape on word. I found my poems at Preschool Education.





I am not sharing my creations because I don't think it would be to fair to Kim who was the original idea girl. It is such a great idea and my Sweet Pea loved it. She loved the songs on the back and we would practice them. She is still developing writing skills but is doing great with scissor cutting. I did cut the star for her.  Making books is so great at this age. We have our shape book in our book basket and often the shapes puppets come out and play.



Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Monday, September 22, 2014

Color Review with My Preschooler




School is going strong for my little preschooler and she is just loving it. We don't spend long hours working like one might think. Instead I break it up into two sessions together. One in the morning the other in the afternoon. In the morning I gave her table work. Things she will be able to do with little instruction from me. A writing page, a cutting worksheet, or even some sort of hands on activity.
This is set up and designed to keep her busy while I am working one on one with her brother. She begs to start school at this time and this was my solution. In the afternoon I am free for quite a bit so I made that time just for her. This is when we do the messy fun games, which she loves by the way.

I thought we would start out slowly and give her something she already knows. Just so I could get a feel for how long she would sit and which things she is most attracted to. So we began with a review of the colors. What would be the best book for a color review well... Brown Bear Brown Bear What do you See?  By Eric Carle of course.

This book Sweet Pea has learned by hear and so she was able to "Read " it by herself.  As annoying as it can be to read book over and over again it helps them with memory skills so don't stop doing it.






After Reading the story we used printable cards from 1plus1plus1equals1  to help us retell the story.





We also played the roll a dice Game. She loves these by the way. She wanted certain animals to win . It was so cute watching her and helping her play.





This is here cheering and being excited because the bear got another x.





Later that day I handed her our container of counting bears. I noticed one day that Twister matched our counting bear colors. I had her sort them out by color the first time around.






The second time around she sorted them out by size. I folded the twister so only three circles showed and then she sorted them inside the three small , medium, and large.






Another day we took on another sorting project with our links. We sorted them by color first and then linked them together to find out which color had the most and the least amount. Yeah Green Wins!!!


We had a fun time exploring our colors. It turned out to be a great way to start our year.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Nutrition Monday




Yep it's been awhile since I have posted anything on Nutrition Monday. I have not gained any weight but I have not been sticking to my plan. I fell off and just can't seem to jump start it again. I decided to try finally reading that Trim Healthy Mama book. I am through the first section and am about to begin reading the part about the actual program.  So far I have come to the conclusion that I might be like the farm girl in her examples of why people gain weight. I can associate most with that particular person. The first few chapters give you insight so that you will know the why you are doing what you are doing as pertaining to the eating plan you choose.

So I will restart my journey once I get this plan down and write out my food plan for next week. It always helps me the most when I have it all written down. I tend to follow it more when its in writing. This I so know. For now for this week I will work on watching portion control and drink lots of water. If nothing else I always go back to these two basics. They help me maintain and find my balance.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Friday, September 19, 2014

My Student Logbook- Review


Do you have a child who struggles to be organized? Or maybe your child want's to be able to see his/her workload for the week at a glance.  If you said yes to either of those questions then you want to peek at the Company My Student Logbook.

My Student Logbook Review
You can purchase a My Student Logbook for $15.00.
The Logbook is for children in the 2nd Grade and up. It is a different kind of planner that will help your child become more organized in their school day. It will provide them with the lessons for the week at their finger tips. They will be able to see what is next, what needs completed and what is to come. This is perfect for those kids that stress about assignments and comes in a variety of styles. You can choose a cover that fits your child's interest such as Butterflies, Dinosaurs, Sea life, Jets, the Rainforest, Freedom, Planets , Golden Vines and the one my son choose... Vintage Map...





My Student Logbook Review
 

Let me tell you how this works . It is so clever.
In the front of the book there are several assignment tear outs that you can use. The tear out page is where you will list your child's usual assignments. You simply tear it out, Cut off the edge from tearing and then you will fold this paper in half . You will keep it folded so the list of your courses is facing you. The fold will go over your check off page and you tape the back of it to the back of the check off page. If I am confusing you then check out the Set-Up Guide.

Your child will then look at the assignments for the week and check them off as they go down the page. When that week is over all you have to do is lift the flap, turn the page and place the flap back down. Voila !! You have next weeks plan ready. It's as easy as that and saves so much time.

If over the course of the year your child's course change or they finish certain subjects and you add in others. There are other tear out assignment pages in the front. So you would simply tear out a new on and tape it into your notebook.



How We Used it...


My son is 14 and used the logbook during the review period.  I Sat and listed the assignments I knew he would have to complete each week Algebra, History, Literature, Science, Vocabulary, Typing, GUM (Grammar) , Rabbit club, and Writing. I also added a few chores to the bottom that I want him to remember daily. He has others but these seem to be the ones he often forgets.  The logbook we received is not dated. So I just added the dates in as I went. You can add your weekends in or leave them out. The logbook will be sufficient for one year and one child.  On his check list you could leave the spaces blank but I wrote the assignment heading, or topic depending on the course inside the check off box. Some I leave blank because the assignment is clear to him without writing anything. You can use it anyway that works best for you. Lets say it is 9/19 well my son would start with Algebra and complete 2-6  in his book. Then he would go to his History which read 1-4 day Three. 1-4 is the assignment from his book and it will take him three days to complete one section. If I had more direction for him I write on his worksheet  pages and inserted them in his text book for the weeks assignments. When he completes these assignments he simply checks them off. This gives him a guide as to what he has to do for the week. Below is an example of a completed week.  To the right is the flap page that can be flipped and a new page can be placed under it for a new week.

 If you have a  small special note for assignments you can lift the flap and there underneath is a place for you to write notes. Here my son has a note after his Literature to come see me so we can have some discussion on the readings. He has a note for his Grammar as well . He is to get instruction from me, add a page to his notebook journal, and then complete the workbook pages. Another use we found for the notes section was  to add any passwords or special information. For example we are doing writing  with Fortuigence and I had written his user name and password for that class in this space. I did scratch it out there as you can see. Wouldn't want you doing or writing work for us! (hee hee)  




Below is a picture of his logbook before he begins crossing things off. I just completed his plans for this week and this is what he will see come Monday Morning.  I put X in spaces with pen on days he doesn't have certain subjects. I also like to keep Fridays light for running errands. As you can see  I also added Rabbit club which is a 4H activity. At the moment he is preparing a notebook and it is due in Oct. So we have much work to do with it yet. This was my way of reminding us to work on it weekly.
You can anything that is a daily task for you students.






My Thoughts...

I am in love with the logbook! It has saved me so much time when I'm planning. I used to write each assignment out in full so that he would have a guide of sorts. It was so time consuming and often would take an hour at a time. I choose to try it out with my 14 year old because he can be so disorganized. I would often get "I forgot Mom."  This check off guide has given him no excuses as to why he didn't complete an assignment. My son also likes it because he can see what he has for the week. He knows when he is done, so now he can strive to work hard and finish early if he wants too. I like that it gives him the responsibility of making sure his work is complete.

I really wish I had had this logbook back when my 17 year old daughter was in school. She struggles with dyslexia and ADHD that comes out as anxiety disorder. She would fret about what came next in the day and I would have to make her check lists. When we would run errands she would become extremely anxious. I found that if I gave her a sheet of paper with a list of the errands we needed to complete that it would sooth her anxiety. She would sit in the back of the car with her paper and cross off the activities we completed.  It would have been so nice to have some pages in the back of this logbook for our errand days. I always tried to run the errands in the same order so there would be a schedule of sorts for her for that day. Using this logbook reminded me of that.  If you have a special needs child then this might work great for that child in various ways. I really can't believe I didn't think of it. (wink) It's such a great idea.


After trying it out for several weeks. I have decided that it would be a great fit for my 3rd grader too. I do still write in my plan book and organize what we are going to do for each day but this is something directly for the child. This particular child is constantly asking me what is next. I was thinking for his logbook I'd put it in a specific order, adding lunch and playtime to the chart. With my older son I didn't write a time for anything and left that part vague because he will often jump around subjects and complete what he wants to for the morning. As long as he gets the days work done I don't mind. There are certain subjects like Literature, GUM and Writing that he does at a specific time because he needs more help from me and it is guided. Now my younger son needs to stick to his specific plan because I have his younger sister to work with as well. I usually flip flop what they are doing, so they each get plenty of one on one time from me.

The Student Logbooks are definitely something we will be using again next year.

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Warm Blessings,

Nikki

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