Keeping it simple… An art project turned life lesson

A couple of weeks ago, we started on an ambitious art project — making a paper mache globe. I had envisioned it to show some elevation on the continents and our labels would be relatively simple — just the continents and oceans. I thought it would be a perfect project that would match our science lesson on Creation (days of creation / living and non-living things).

We used glue + water mix for the first layer and started with a balloon as a mold.

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We switched to a flour + water mix for the next couple of layers. The kids would tear the paper and help out with laying down the pieces onto the mold, but honestly, most of the work was done by mom. I read that you had to make sure each layer is completely dry before adding another layer to prevent the growth of molds. So we figured since we needed around 6-7 layers for it to be really sturdy, it would take more than a week before we could start painting our globe.

Then one fine sunny day, mom had a brilliant idea: Why not let the paper mache dry outdoors under the sun? That would speed things up. Or so I thought….

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BOOM! This is what we came home to that night. The balloon inside exploded because of the extreme afternoon heat.

I had a couple of more brilliant ideas to try and rescue our project, but generally lost interest for a while…

Then today, I cut up some shapes for my daughter for her to put together and make some sort of artwork during her free time.

And this is what she decided to make: The days of creation.

It then dawned on me how sometimes, as parents, we tend to be overly ambitious with our kids’ projects and presentations, trying to make them as unique, eye-catching and as amazing as those projects we see on pinterest and all those mommy-blogs out there. Or maybe it’s just me.

The Lord reminded me today of our memory verse last week, that each individual is “fearfully and wonderfully made.” I had been trying to make her do something really complicated, and in truth that means I am going to have to do most of the work to make it. And upon reflection, my desire to make an amazing project was so that I could have something to show off — rather than to really make it part of the learning process. I had wanted for her project to be at par with those that I also see on the internet. I had wanted her to be like the other wonderfully-talented homeschooled kids — and I had wanted me to be like the other cool and creative homeschooling moms. I had forgotten to let our own uniqueness shine and bring out the best from what God has so graciously showered us with.

Today, all I had to do was to cut up some colored paper and she did all the work — from conceptualizing (I suggested she do a self-portrait but she said she wanted to do days of creation), to designing her work and putting them all together.

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And she did it all with a smile. No need for pushing or coaxing or bribing. She finished it all on her own and even cleaned up afterward. 🙂

Keeping it simple. Making learning fun. Celebrating how God made us special.

Thank You, LORD!

” I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” – Psalm 139:14

 

 

 

 

 

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Bible in 90 days: Job – “Science in the Bible”

“He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.” – Job 26:7

The Bible shows itself to be scientifically accurate in at least 3 major points in astronomy:

  1. It says that the Earth is suspended in nothing, (Job. 26:7 ).
  2. It says the Existence of ocean currents in the Seas, (Psalm 8:1 ,3 ,6 ,8)
  3. It says the Stars are Innumerable, (Gen. 15:5 ).

I grew up not knowing the bible in this way; I mean, sure, I have been told it is the Word of God, but I don’t remember it ever being considered as a source of scientific facts.

Now that I’m homeschooling my kids with books that have a biblical worldview, my eyes have been opened to ideas such as “young earth theory”, “creation vs. evolution” and the like.

It is very new to me, certainly a lot to be learned and unlearned, especially about evolution — I mean, for 30 years of my life I really believed we humans came from apes. How was I to know any better? That was the only thing taught in schools back then, and its still is generally what is taught until now. (Something needs to be done about this, you know?)

But, there is a time for everything. Thank You Lord for opening our eyes to the truth that is in Your Word!

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Salt Play Dough (1 cup flour, 1 cup water, 2 tbsp Cream of tartar, 1 tbsp Baby Oil — cook until sticky) to make the sun, the moon and the earth.

As we play with some clay, we talk about some facts about our solar system, such as how the earth revolves around the sun once a year and also rotates on its axis every 24 hours. I tried my best to explain and illustrate how day turns into the night as the earth spins around its axis.

Then we paint our own galaxies in the bathtub. We used food color mixed in with flour, a little water and some dishwashing liquid.

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Washable bathtub paint (mix flour, water, dishwashing liquid and food color) to paint galaxies

It was not only fun; it was a great way to have the kids involved in cleaning the bathroom without them even knowing it. LOL!

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Plain old watercolor to paint Comet ISON. Allyra’s comet ISON is the colorful thing with yellow, blue and red stripes.

“And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.” – Genesis 1:14

Honestly, the real reason for our sudden interest and exploration in astronomy was the news about Comet ISON which is expected to be brightest this coming November 28, 2013.

With all the crazy happenings all over the world (earthquakes, floods, famine, wars — you know, all that stuff in Matthew 24), the Lord is telling us to look to the heavens and understand, these are “signs” that “mark SACRED TIMES.”

Watch this video for more info:

God bless us all! 🙂

Bible in 90 days: Genesis, Creation “Pinoy-Style”

It’s been a week and half since our family began the Bible in 90 Days Plan and this challenge has certainly been challenging (I am actually a bit behind my own reading) but definitely it has also been very enlightening.

We’ve done a lot of stuff for our study of Genesis and here is the first and most elaborate one so far:

Activity 1: Creation Story: Philippine Style

We originally used this materials for our “Linggo ng Wika” coop activity and we reviewed them again since part of them were from a coop friend’s lessons (he’s in first grade while Allyra is still in K2). Basically, it’s a Filipino version or adaptation of the story of creation. The main material used is felt. I printed the pictures used on sticker photo paper and also backed them up with felt. So we ended up with a giant felt board activity for “The Story of Creation: Pinoy Style.”

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Memory Verse: Awit 24:1 “Ang buong daigdig at ang lahat ng naroon, ang may-ari’y si Yahweh na ating Panginoon.”

These were our pics during the Linggo ng Wika Activity:

Here is the Creation: Pinoy Style Script in Tagalog: CREATION

Some possible points of integration to other topics / learning areas include the following:

Indeed, our memory verse says it clearly: “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” – Psalm 24:1

All praise and worship belongs to the God who created everything so magnificently and majestically, including our beloved country, the Philippines!

May His name be praised throughout all the ends of the earth. Hallelujah to the LORD!