Monday, August 30, 2010

So Long, Insecurity--Chapters 7 & 8

Today we discussed insecurity triggers and how we react to them. Then, thankfully, we moved on to the part of the book that actually gives us tools to combat insecurity. Chapter 8 introduces us to a Biblical picture of the secure woman: "She is clothed with strength and dignity," which is found in Proverbs 31:25. I am so thankful to be able to lead such wonderful women in this Bible study, and I can't wait to see what we can do when our security is found in Jesus Christ alone!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Homeschooling Year 2010-2011: Week 4...Top o' the morning to ya!

We had a wonderful trip to the Emerald Isle this week. We learned a lot about Ireland, and we had a blast!
Some of the books we read this week
Ireland page for our World Travels Diary

Baby Girl loves to color

Doodles worked on tessellations in math

Nature study: Leaves

Baby Girl helps Doodles with her coloring
About Ireland

Science notebook: Leaves

Another page about Ireland for our World Travels Diary

St. Patrick's Day Parade

Thatched cottages in Ireland

Geography worksheet: Ireland

Doodles' report on Ireland

Doodles made a leprechaun

Time for an Irish celebration!

Irish Stew
Potato pancakes

Irish Apple Cinnamon Cake--Atkins style so I could eat it!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

So Long, Insecurity--Chapters 5 & 6

This week we discussed roots of insecurity, as well as how today's culture makes it all too easy to feel insecure as a woman. Then we confronted another cause of insecurity: PRIDE. Yep, that's right...our own egos!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Homeschooling Year 2010-2011: Week 3...Off to the UK!!!

We had a blast studying the UK this week. We learned about the culture & geography, history and traditions, famous landmarks, and food of the people who live there. We finished our study with an English tea party, complete with a fun game enjoyed by the children there. Take a look at what we did:
Some of this week's books
Doodles' science notebook: sheep study
Bug's science notebook: sheep study

Welcome to the British Isles!

Doodles & Bug observe a pecan tree during nature study

Bark collected from our pecan tree

Pecan tree we're observing for our seasonal tree study

UK coloring & information pages

Word search using sheep related words

Postcards & stamps from our trip to the UK
Boxing Day is a holiday celebrated in the UK.

Doodles' report on the UK

We watched both Narnia movies since they correlated well with our study of England.

Doodles & Bug look closely at our pecan tree.

Leaves collected from our pecan tree

Bug's Nature Journal

Doodles' Nature Journal

Half timber houses from England

Doodles created Big Ben out of Baby Girl's bristle blocks.

Some of our resources from Winter Promise "Children Around the World."

I mix the dough for the scones.

Baby Girl gets in on the decorating fun.

Doodles works on Big Ben.
Bug cuts out the scones from the dough.

Doodles' Big Ben

Our table is set for the English tea party: fine china, tea, small sandwiches, tarts, & scones.

Bug is caught during our game of "Jack, Jack Shine Your Light." It's an English game of hide & seek played at night with flashlights.

Dad hides during the game.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Week 2-Homeschooling Year 2010-2011

We had another wondeful week of learning. I am learning so many things myself. Take a look!
For this activity, Doodles and Bug had to list things for which they are thankful.

Science notebooks: listing some things we learned about spiders & illustrations.

Baby Girl enjoys playing with her flower & watering can.

Baby Girl's poetry books

Baby Girl's read-aloud book for the week

Some of Doodles & Bug's books for the week

Our fish

Baby Girl would rather take the top off her shape sorter than actually sort the shapes!

Our hermit crab
Ant nest we discovered on our nature walk

Roly polies caught during our nature walk

Spider web we found on our nature walk

Grub worm we found in our front yard

Spider spinning its web on Bug's bike

Doodles & Bug work on math

Caterpillar we found while taking our nature walk

Doodles & Bug label their map of Europe

Some of our books for the next few weeks (studying Europe)

Doodles puts the large Europe map together
I fill in a couple of things on our map of Europe

Bug looks at our map of Europe

Nature journals: Spiders

Flags of Europe

Spider caught in our house!

Baby Girl has discovered Bug's drums!
More about spiders in nature journals

Our map of Europe: countries, major cities, bodies of water, and landforms are labeled

Doodles takes a virtual tour of The Louvre for her report

Friday Night Cultural Gathering: "Communists & Capitalists" (The blocks represent the Berlin Wall)

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