Saturday, April 30, 2011

Field Trip - Montshire Museum of Science

Today, Nick, Sam, Grandma, Grandpa and I went to Montshire Museum of Science in Norwich, VT.  The kids had so much fun running from one exhibit to another.  Lets see if I can remember them:
  • Bubbles
  • Gravity Well
  • Turbulence Station
  • Fog station
  • Insects - special magnifying glass that you can see these creatures up close
  • Air flow tubes
  • The Blue Man Group - Nick's absolute favorite part of the museum!
  • Feed the Leaf Cutter Ants.  That was very interesting.  Did you know that leaf cutters do not eat the leaves.  They cut them, take them to their place of abode and the cut leaves turn into fungus, which the ants eat.  (you learn something new everyday)
We also took a walk on one of the outdoor paths and walked past the Conneticut River, saw a red squirrel and a beautiful red-breasted robin.

The kids have already asked to go back and I believe we will.  There are still things that we did not see or do...like walk the "solar system" trail...3.2 miles.

For more information on the Montshire Museum of Science...click here.

(i had planned to take pictures, but forgot my camera. luckily grandma and grandpa remembered theirs and will email the pictures when they get home...i'll share them when i receive them)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Children


"If you're raising children be aware that the tiny fingerprints that show up on almost every newly cleaned surface, the toys scattered about the house, the piles and piles of laundry to be tackled, will disappear all too soon, and that you will, to your surprise, miss them, profoundly.”
—  Thomas S. Monson




Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Left Behind

Guess what?  I finished the book and much sooner than I had planned.  As I mentioned in my last post, I had read this before but couldn't remember very much from it.  Wow! that is my reaction to the book/story.  A good Wow!
I am glad that I decided to read it again.  When I first read the book, the idea of The Rapture really freaked me out.  I wasn't sure if I really wanted to know about it and it honestly scared me.  After reading this book for the 2nd time, I could relate to some of the characters...especially with their questions and their not-quite-ready-to-believe,  I was one of those characters...Chloe.  When I lived at home, I was expected to go to Church each Sunday, listen to the sermon and then go on with my everyday life.  I thought that was what being a christian was all about. 
For several years...after graduating from high school until last year...I searched for answers about faith and what being a christian really meant.  It was a journey that I needed to take. I have a couple of friends, with different religious backgrounds, that I have spoken with and who have helped me on this journey without realizing it.  I also have a wonderful brother who has also guided me on this journey and I will forever be grateful for him as well as my friends.
Last year I read the Bible and I had a profound experience.  This year I am reading the Book of Mormon and am almost finished.  My faith in God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit have grown these past couple of years.  I fell the presence of Heavenly Father as I read the scriptures.  Learning about the prophets and apostles and the trials they went through was and has been incredible.  Jesus Christ, dying on the cross for me and you and everyone in the world...an amazing gift He gave so that we can live through him.  I know that God is my Father in Heaven.  I know that Jesus is my savior and through Him I am saved.  My Redeemer Lives!
This post was meant to be my personal review of Left Behind, but it ended up being my personal testimony of Faith.  Many blessings :)  

Monday, April 25, 2011

Plans for the Week

Monday morning again and all is quiet.  Besides Blackie, I am the only one awake.  Scott and the kids are snuggled under the covers and sleeping peacefully.

This week will be a normal working week for me and a normal lesson's week for the kids.  In fact, the kids only have 2 more weeks of lessons for this school year.  The year went fast and it is hard to believe that when we start up again, I'll have a 3rd grader and a 1st grader.

Besides working and lessons,  there will be cleaning to do.  I am hoping that Scott will finish up a few things around the apartment...door on the bathroom, finish up the kitchen wall, put either a shelf up or cupboard in the kitchen, etc.  Yes, I do clean the apartment weekly, but cleaning this week is above and beyond what I usually do.  Why is that?  My parents are coming for a visit next weekend.  The kids are so excited to see Grandma and Grandpa...so am I. (Scott will be traveling to RI to work, meet up with a few friends and bring stuff back home)

Another plan for myself is to read a book and finish it.   I have checked several books from the library and have not opened the cover.  They sit here for 3 weeks waiting for me to read them and end up getting returned to the library without being opened.  Well, this time I am planning on finishing the latest book I checked out.  I have read it before...about 11+ years ago.  I started reading it over the weekend and am already 100+ pages into it.  What am I reading?  Left Behind by LaHaye and Jenkins.  I never finished the series.  I think I stopped on book 6 and couldn't go on because of the "darkness" of the book.  Perhaps I'll finish the series this time, but for now reading a book from cover to cover is my main goal.

Here's to a good Monday to all  :) 

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Friday, April 22, 2011

Good Friday

When I was much younger, I never really understood Good Friday.  I kept asking why it was "Good" when Jesus died on the cross.  I didn't understand back then.  All I was looking forward to was what the Easter Bunny was going to bring me and getting the little plant from Sunday School on Easter morning. 

As I got older, I began to understand the significance of Good Friday.  It had nothing to do with the Easter Bunny or chocolate or dying eggs.  Good Friday meant that Jesus died for me, you and everyone in the world.  He died for our sins.  He gave His life so that we can live.

 
"But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed." Isaiah 53:5

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thankful for...

God

My Husband

My children

Blackie

Quiet Mornings

Family

Friends

Sunrises and Sunsets


"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing.  Know ye that the Lord he is God:  it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise:  be thankful unto him, and bless his name.  For the Lord is God; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations."    ~Psalm 100


Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Liken the Scriptures: Esther and the King



Esther and the King is one of our favorites!!!

My best friend sent me this DVD and our family is hooked! I have actually added to the collection...David & Goliath.


Monday, April 18, 2011

If Only

I could have spent the day like this.  Cats sure do have a great life...play, nap, eat, nap, play, nap, nap, nap.

If only...

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Palm Sunday

"And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:  Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord:  Hosanna in the highest."          ~Mark 11:9-10

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Saturday

Saturday is pretty busy for us...probably for most families too!  We try to get all of our errands completed on Saturdays and sometimes it can be very tiring.  A lot of driving involved and a lot of patience too!

One of our favorite places that we go to on Saturday is the Canaan Library. As you can tell from the below picture, we like to have our bags full of books.  Not shown in the picture are 2 more bags of books.  This is how we keep the library books separate from our own books.


one of Sam's book selection from today's visit

After the library, we go grocery shopping.  There are times that I want to pull my hair out because the kids are not cooperating and there are times when shopping goes smooth and easy.  Today, the shopping experience was a little bit of both.  One of the items that I purchased was cut flowers for Sam.  Last week she asked for daffodils and today she asked for tulips.  


Glad to know she likes flowers, because we are going to be planting several varieties this year (whenever the ground thaws)

This afternoon we had planned on working outside.  The yard needs some loving care and sprucing up a bit.  Those plans were nixed due to the wind.  Hopefully this week coming up or even next weekend we will be able to do yard work...got to get ready for my parents visit.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

What a Sweetheart


This afternoon when I got home from work, I was greeted with "How was your day at work, Mom?" from Sam.  Then Sam proceeds to tell me that she started to fold the laundry.  I went into her room and on the bed were 4 neat piles of folded laundry (1 pile per person). 

What a SweetHeart my Sam is!!!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Noah Webster's 1828 Dictionary

For a while I have been pondering on whether or not to purchase the Noah Webster 1828 American Dictionary of the English Language.  I had heard a lot of good things about it and upon further research, I finally purchased it. 

 (not the greatest picture)

I am very happy with my purchase.  I was amazed at comparing definitions from a modern dictionary to the 1828 dictionary.  Here is an example for you:

EDUCATION


The action or process of educating or of being educated; a stage of such a process; the knowledge and development resulting from an educational process; the field of study that deals mainly with methods of teaching and learning in schools. ~ modern dictionary (1980)

The bringing up, as of a child; instruction; formation of manners.  Education comprehends all that series of instruction and discipline which is intended to enlighten the understanding, correct the temper, and form the manners and habits of youth, and fit them for usefulness in their future stations.  To give children a good education in manners, arts and science, is important; to give them a religious education is indispensable; and an immense responsibility rests on parents and guardians who neglect these duties. ~ Webster Dictionary (1828)

Don't you just love the definition from the 1828 dictionary?!?!? 

Here are a couple of websites of the 1828 dictionary:  1828-Dictionary and 1828.mschaffer  Both of these sites have word of the day.  The second site has comparisons that are very interesting.  Enjoy the sites!

What are your favorite resource books?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Plans for New School Year

Nick and Sam will be finished with this school year at the end of this month (April).  It has been an interesting year to say the least.  The year started in June with great intentions...study units, living books, nature study, math, reading, copy work, games, delight directed.  June, July and August went well.  The kids and I had a lot of fun learning many wonderful things.  Then September came and things changed for our family.  A full-time job landed in my lap and Scott became the stay at home  homeschool parent.  The kids have been doing very basic since September (Math, reading, copywork).

A new year will be upon us soon and I have made a few additions to their days and am hoping this all works out.  The following is what I am planning for our new year:

Nick - 3rd grade
  • Reading  - daily
  • Math - Horizons Grade 2 Book 2 and Grade 3 Book 1 - daily
  • Times Tales as a supplement for when Nick is learning multiplication
  • Copy work - daily
  • Language Arts through Literature - Yellow Book - at least 3 days a week with me either after work or on the weekends
Sam - 1st grade
  • Reading - daily
  • Math - Horizons Grade 1 Book 1 and Book 2 - daily
  • Copy work - daily
  • Language Arts through Literature - Yellow Book - I am leaving this up to her.  I had an extra copy and told Sam that she can tag a long if she wants too.
Nick and Sam together:

 We will do this through out the year.  I also purchased the activity book so that we can do a few activities along the way.

Story Starters - possibly one time a week, depending on the week.

Nature Study/Science - we plan on planting a vegetable and flower garden this summer.  The kids will be taking care of the garden for the summer and little during the fall. 

Delight directed learning for both - cooking, crafts, computer, and anything that comes to mind.

Here's to a new year of lessons

Monday, April 11, 2011

Good Night

Good Morning, Monday

 Monday morning and all is quiet.
This is probably the only 'quiet' time I have to myself.  I never realized it until this morning and I am thankful for the stillness of the house. I'll let you in on a little secret...I'm not a morning person.  So why am I up soooo early?  Blackie woke me up and I do need to get ready for work, but not for another 1/2 hour.

Being Monday, normal routines start happening...
  • lessons for the kids (math, copywork, reading)
  • work (for me...having thoughts of the future with this one...another blog post in of itself)
  • Scott doing what he does (helps the kids with lessons and does whatever with the kids the rest of the day)
  • Read aloud with the kids (this is something that I do with the kids at night, right before bedtime)
The above is a glimpse of what our family does during the week.   There are other things like playing, fixing things, free-reading, cooking, cleaning, laundry, etc.

It's time for me to get ready for the day...

Have a blessed Monday :)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Firsts

Nick just read his first chapter book.  Yesterday, he checked out George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl.  As soon as we got home, he started reading.  This morning, he finished the book!  I am so proud of Nick!!!

For the new school year, starting in June, I have set a goal for Nick...to read at least 1 chapter book a month.  I have a feeling that this goal will be met!!!



It's not the first time that Sam has lost a tooth, but it is a first time to lose 2 teeth at once!!!  Both front teeth were rather loose and Sam would not let anyone get near her mouth.  She wanted the teeth to fall out on their own.  This morning Sam accidentally bumped her mouth on a book and both teeth fell out.  As you can tell from the picture...she is very happy :)

You Know It's a Hit...



...when the kids are staying up late to read through their new language arts curriculum that will not be used until June! I bought this for Nick as he will be starting 3rd grade. I had an extra student's book and told Sam (starting 1st grade in June) that she could tag along if she wanted to. Glad I have that extra book!!!

Story Starters by Karen Andreola

The picture isn't as big as I thought it would be, but I wanted you to see what just came today in the mail.






We will be using this when our new school year starts up in June 2011. I am thinking on doing one story a week. First we will do narration, then narration with dictation which will turn into some copywork and then to creative narration. I am looking forward to reading the results from Nick and Sam!

April

April showers

Planting of seeds

Resurrection

Imagination at play

Life