Sunday, September 30, 2012

Scripture Sunday

"Now, we will compare the word unto a seed. Now, if ye give place, that a seed may be planted in your heart, behold, if it be a true seed, or a good seed, if ye do not cast it out by your unbelief, that ye will resist the Spirit of the Lord, behold, it will begin to swell within your breasts; and when you feel these swelling motions, ye will begin to say within yourselves—It must needs be that this is a good seed, or that the word is good, for it beginneth to enlarge my soul; yea, it beginneth to enlighten my understanding, yea, it beginneth to be delicious to me."
Alma 32:28

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Belated Birthday Gift

Samantha received a belated gift today...She has been waiting for almost a year and a half.  But today, she finally was able to check out her own books from the library.  Samantha is a proud owner of a library card!!!

Thank you Miss Nancy for doing the honors :)

Friday, September 28, 2012

Looking Back on Week 16

This week was pretty much an unschooling week.  Not a whole lot of 'formal lessons', just a lot of daily living and life lessons.

On  Monday, the whole family went to Montshire Museum for Nick and Sam's birthdays.  The kids had a great time and loved all of the hands on activities.  If you are ever in the area, I highly recommend you visit the Montshire.

After visiting the museum, the kids wanted to go to Wal-Mart to spend their birthday money.  It was a great math lesson for them to experience.  They had to find an item within their price range.  They both succeeded and are very happy with their purchases.  I think another trip will take place soon.  Both Nick and Sam received more money and can't wait to spend it. 

For the rest of the week, the kids did the following:
  • Reading - Nick completed another chapter book...The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde. Sam read a few picture books and is also reading a chapter book about folk songs.
  • Computer Time
  • Helped with fixing meals.  Sam used her imagination and made an apple, carrot, olive salad.  She also, with help from daddy, made pancakes.  
  • Did a couple of lessons from Life of Fred - Edgewood
  • Did two lessons from Sequential Spelling Vol 1.  This is a new item in our household and because I purchased it on DVD, Nick and Sam can use it by themselves.  
  • Watched a few movies. Monday night was a Narnia night.  We watched 'The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe' and 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader'.  We also listened to the audio book 'The Last Battle'.  Tuesday we watched a documentary called 'Monumental' (very good!) Tonight we watched 'Batteries Not Included'.  
Tomorrow is Library Day and on Sunday, if the weather is good, I will be taking the kids to a farm that is having a 'Harvest Day'.  

Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Friday, September 21, 2012

Looking Back on Week 15

Another productive week in the Smith household.  A lot of fun outdoor activity too!

The kids did 4 lessons in Life of Fred-Edgewood.  They have about 7 more lessons before going onto the next book (i guess i should order it soon).  They sure do love Fred and so do I. 

I read them a few chapters from Stories of America and learned a bit about the French and Indian War and a brief intro into the life of George Washington before he became the General of the Revolutionary War.

Both kids read many books and had their daily computer time and have found some fun programs to watch.  Nick found 'Good Eats', which he loves because he learns something interesting every time he watches the show.  Sam found another cooking show called 'Nerdy Nummies'.  I think she likes it because it is all about desserts and the host of the show is very bubbly and funny to watch.

Both Nick and Sam helped in the kitchen with meal preparation.  They both made corn muffins on two separate occasions.  Sam started prepping a cake and daddy finished by making sure the oven was set correctly and placed and removed the cake from the oven too.  Both of the kids decorated the cake to their heart's content.  It is actually the birthday cake for all three of them (Scott, Nick and Sam are celebrating their birthdays this weekend)

The kids played a lot outside this week.  They played in fresh dirt that was brought to us about 15 dump-truck loads in one day.  I don't know what it is about dirt mounds and kids, but the imaginations have been flowing most of the week.

We hiked onto our adjacent property to mark off a place for our little retirement home. Nick had a lot of fun pushing over little dead trees and noticed a lot of moss in areas where the sun doesn't shine very well.  He really enjoys hiking through the woods and loves exploring.    We have a logger removing trees right now to make a roughed in drive-way and will have him remove more trees within the next month or so.  Plans for building the 'little house in the woods' are a ways off, but we figured we could use the money now to help finish the house we are currently building.

Tomorrow we are planning on going to the library and then later on our plans are to go apple picking at a local orchard. 

Have a great weekend :)

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Scripture Sunday

Instead of sharing a scripture/verse, I wanted to share this talk by President Monson...The Power of Prayer

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Happy Anniversary to my Parents

My parents have been married 50 years today!  They had a blind date in April 1962, a month later my dad proposed and on September 15, 1962 they became husband and wife.  They lived in military housing until 1976 when my dad retired from the Air Force.  They have lived in many states and now reside on the west coast.   They have had good moments and not so good moments.  They are grandparents to 7 children and 2 great-grand children with another one on the way.

Happy 50th Anniversary! I love you very much!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Looking Back at Week 14

Week 14 ended up being an unschooling week.  I love the fact that homeschooling gives our family a chance to see what works and what doesn't.

This week, the kids did the following:
  • Read books about math
  • Painted
  • Samantha helped fix pancakes for dinner one night
  • Nickolas worked on writing and illustrating books on superheros
  • Watched a documentary on the Titanic
  • Worked on a sample DVD of sequential spelling
  • Went Horse Back Riding
  • Held Chickens
  • Helped with the scrap metal 
  • Computer time each day
Today I read the following book to the kids and I highly recommend it to all...

This book is geared towards pre-teens and teens, but my kids (age 9 and 7) really enjoyed this book.  I purchased it because I knew that we would be studying the Constitution pretty soon.

This weekend we will be visiting the grocery store, library and bank, as well as baking something yummy per the request of Sam and Nick. Always learning!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Girl in the Glass - review

"Since she was a child, Meg has dreamed of taking a promised trip to Florence Italy, and being able to finally step into the place captured in a picture in her grandmother's house.  But after her grandmother passes away and it falls to her less-than-reliable father to take her instead, Meg's long-anticipated travel plans seem permanently on hold.

When her dad finally tells Meg to book a trip, she's hopeful that the experience will heal the fissures left on her life by her parents' divorce.  Meg arrives in Florence, but her father is nowhere to be found, leaving aspiring memoir-writer Sophia Borelli to introduce Meg to the rich beauty of the ancient city.  Sofia claims to be one of the last surviving members of the Medici family and that a long-ago Medici princess, Nora Orsini, communicates with her from within the great masterpieces of the Italian Renaissance.

When Sophia, Meg, and Nora's stories intersect, their lives will be indelibly changed as they each answer the question:  What if renaissance isn't just a word?  What if that's what happens when you dare to believe that what is isn't what has to be?"  (taken from the back cover of the book)

This has been one of the best books I have read this year.  I loved getting to know Sophia, Meg and Nora and how their stories came alive within the pages of The Girl in the Glass.   The only complaint I have is that the book had to end.  Susan Meissner brought the Italian Renaissance to life through her vivid descriptions of the art that Michaelangelo, da Vinci, and others left as gifts to the world.  I highly recommend this book to all.

(Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review)

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Scripture Sunday

"But that ye would humble yourselves before the Lord, and call on his holy name, and watch and pray continually, that ye may not be tempted above that which ye can bear, and thus be led by the Holy Spirit, becoming humble, meek, submissive, patient, full of love and all long-suffering;"
Alma 13:28

Friday, September 7, 2012

Looking Back at Week 13

Another good week has come and gone and I am really enjoying the unschooling direction that we have taken.  I don't want to say that we are totally unschooling, but it sure looks like we are on our way.

The kids did 2 lessons in their spelling books and even though they squabbled a wee bit, they followed through on each of their lessons.

As for math, we have put Horizons aside for a while and returned to Life of Fred - Edgewood
We are up to Chapter 9 and can't wait to find out what happens next on Fred's adventure.

Both Nick and Sam picked up their Vocabulary Cartoons.  Sam looked at it 1 day and Nick worked on it through out the week. 
The kids also read many books this week as well as played on the computer and watched a few movies.
They also helped daddy get water from Millbrook and even saw a fox at the end of our driveway.  I think they were more impressed with seeing a gray fox than playing in the brook.

Samantha worked on a sewing project and a knitting project this week.  She has also been helping in the kitchen a lot more this week too.  She is starting to show an interest in cooking and baking, so some yummy projects maybe in store in the near future.

One other thing they did this week of help Scott make some bullets with molds.  They were able to observe chemistry at work.  Scott did all the dangerous stuff that had to do with high heat, but the kids were able to use the tool to mold the bullets and place wax on the bullets too.  They spent a few hours with Scott just observing and learning about chemistry. (as a disclaimer, my husband is only making bullets for his own personal use for the shooting range as well as teaching our children about gun safety and ammunition safety)

Homeschooling/Unschooling is great.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Scripture Sunday

"That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day." ~ D&C 50:24

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Serpent of Moses - review

"King Hezekiah called the serpent Nehushtan.  Long thought destroyed, it's been buried for millennia, secreted under the region's shifting sands.

Now the Israeli government wants it back and they will stop at nothing to get their hands on it.  Yet they're not the only ones who covet the Nehushtan.

Archaeologist Jack Hawthorne travels to Libya intent on recovering the sacred object, but one does not cross the Mossad and expect to walk away without a fight.  Jack and his friends must find the priceless "snake of brass upon a pole" before those who are also hunting it find them...and silence then forever." (taken from the back cover of the book)

I looked forward to reading this suspenseful novel and had high hopes.  Unfortunately, I just could not get into the storyline.  I gave myself the first 100 pages before I decided to put the book down.  I am bummed that I had to give a not so positive review, but hopefully I can pick up this book 6 months down the road and try again.

(Disclaimer:  I received this book from Bethany House Review in return for my honest opinion)


How do you celebrate the first day of September?  Well, we did it by eating cupcakes for breakfast and ice-cream for lunch!!!  As well as going to the library and park with friends.

Happy September to all!