Homeschooling in the 21st century – Signs of the times

Today we made the most of what it means to be homeschooling at this day and age.

  • Science: While studying about the parts of the plants, we read about how stems and leaves grow from buds that pop open in the spring.  A quick youtube search led us to spectacular time-lapse videos of actual buds opening.

  • Language: Verbs were introduced using a sports theme. We read about soccer and how it is the most popular sport in the world. Since my daughter wasn’t very familiar with it, I had her watch clips from the movie “Shaolin Soccer” as it was the first thing that came to mind.

Of course, I did teach her how the sport was actually played, along with watching some stuff from the World Cup.

  • Filipino: We read a story entitled, “Ang Kaharian sa Kagubatan” (“The Kingdom in the Jungle”) about how the jungle was full of trash and the King Lion asked for a meeting. The animals realized that waste segregation was the best solution to their problem and resolved to separate their trash into “biodegradable” and “non-biodegradable.” In order to illustrate how biodegradable materials decompose and become part of the earth again, we watched this time lapse video of a dead piglet decomposing: (WARNING: IMAGES CAN BE DISTURBING FOR SOME.)

 

  • Mathematics: We’re adding two-digit numbers now. And since we started with some “mental math” strategies from Shelley Gray (which by the way have been very helpful):

http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Mental-Math-Strategy-Units-the-Complete-Addition-Collection-166682

I did a quick google search on more mental math strategies and found this:

http://www.homeschoolmath.net/teaching/a/adding_2_digit.php.

 

I honestly don’t know how moms homeschooled decades ago when all these stuff wasn’t available with just a couple of mouse clicks. But, I am very grateful that they are now just a few seconds away now that I am the one doing the homeschooling. Google and youtube have proven invaluable in enhancing what we learn from textbooks. It’s overwhelming how so much information is right at our fingertips.

However, this fact also reminded me about how we are living in the end times. Daniel 12:4 tells us:

“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

I remember reading somewhere how this verse has been said to refer to both transportation and the internet, because at no time before now are people travelling from one place to another so much (running to and fro) and the process of transferring information or knowledge been so quick and so widespread (knowledge shall be increased).

And at no time until now has prophecy after prophecy being fulfilled right before our eyes. Just read the news about what’s going on in Israel and the Middle East; the policies and trends being adapted by Obama, the call for religious unity by the Pope, etc… and if one has enough knowledge on Biblical end-time prophecies, it would be easy to see how we are indeed, living in the end times.

Of course, no one knows the exact date as Jesus would come like a thief in the night (Matthew 24), but the Bible also says we would not be like the children of darkness that we would not know when the thief would come. Instead, we are to live as children of light, and therefore, we will not be taken by surprise (1 Thessalonians 5). The signs are here for us to be warned — and for us to pray —  and be ready.

And ready we should be. For us, it’s a reminder not to put too much focus on academics that the education of the heart and spirit is neglected. As with all things, we must seek God first and do all things for His glory.

And be thankful. Thankful for each day that God is still graciously giving us to learn more about Him and experience His love. These are things that cannot be searched in google and is not something we could expect from watching youtube. It comes from having a quiet time of prayer and meditating His Word — something that we honestly have a hard time keeping. Being techie does make it harder for us to know how to have a quiet time with the Lord, but thankfully, He is gently reminding our family to make this our top priority.

Thank You LORD.

 

 

 

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K2 4th Quarter Activities

Here is a summary of the K2 3rd Quarter Activities we’ve done from August until October 2013.

BJU Beginnings Lesson for K5: Flying Kites, Fall and Winter: Making a Birdfeeder and a Birdnest

BJU Beginnings Lesson for K5: Flying Kites, Fall and Winter: Making a Birdfeeder and a Birdnest

BJU Beginnings K5: Fruits and Vegetables, Plants and Flower Garden

BJU Beginnings K5: Fruits and Vegetables, Plants and Flower Garden; Science Experiment: Learning how the plant’s food and water travels from the stem to the leaves using celery stalks and colored water

BJU Beginnings K5: Extracting grape juice, tasting desert fruit from Bible times: FIGS! Learning about American Indians

BJU Beginnings K5: Extracting grape juice, tasting desert fruit from Bible times: FIGS! Learning about American Indians

Field Trip: Fun in the desert

Field Trip: Fun in the desert

BJU Beginnings K5: Memory Book and other writing activities

BJU Beginnings K5: Memory Book and other writing activities

BJU Bible Craft - story of Prodigal son; Telling time and item prices; FILIPINO: Playing "Patintero" and retelling the story "Ang Uwak at ang Pitsel"

BJU Bible Craft – story of Prodigal son; Telling time and item prices; FILIPINO: Playing “Patintero” and retelling the story “Ang Uwak at ang Pitsel”

BJU K5 Math: Learning about measurements: the liter, gallon and pint; Bar graph of the ages of the Generations of Adam; Learning about fractions (half and whole) using owl craft; Times and Seasons marked by the heavenly bodies
BJU K5 Math: Learning about measurements: the liter, gallon and pint; Bar graph of the ages of the Generations of Adam; Learning about fractions (half and whole) using owl craft; Times and Seasons marked by the heavenly bodies
BJU K5 Bible: Dressing up just like in Bible times; Red Sea adventure; Desert Animal - camel craft; Rainbow experiment (using dishwashing liquid, milk and food color)

BJU K5 Bible: Dressing up just like in Bible times; Red Sea adventure; Desert Animal – camel craft; Rainbow experiment (using dishwashing liquid, milk and food color)

Being blessed to be a blessing

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

I’ve always loved this verse because it ties up so beautifully with “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). It shows us a Father in heaven that wants to bless His children, so that they too may become a channel of His blessings.

As we tackled the topic of money in our homeschool math, the Lord impressed upon me to use this time to teach my child about how God wants us to use money. We’ve learned all about identifying USD pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars, as well as PHP centavos and pesos; we’ve added and subtracted them and played “grocery” with real coins. But we know that simply teaching the “value” of money (what it can actually buy in terms of it’s actual worth) is not the same as teaching them the “real value” of money (how money is a blessing from God and that how we manage it now determines it’s kingdom’s worth).

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I remembered that just a couple of days ago, a sister-in-Christ had a conversation with the kids wherein the kids asked her if she could get all the minions from McDonald’s. She replied that she would not be able to do so because she only had a “little money.” My little girl remarked, “Then just go to the bank and get more!”

A child’s innocent answer does seem amusing and how fun it would indeed be if all we had to do every time we ran out of cash was go to the ATM and it would spit out money without fail.

But alas, it isn’t so.

And so, yesterday, I explain to her in the simplest way I can the concepts about businesses and workers and salaries and that kind of stuff. And how daddy’s salary is given monthly and how we should be wise in spending it so that we will have enough until the next salary comes in.

Then we talked about how we as a family seek to obey God’s will to help others through giving. We memorized 2 Corinthians 9:8 since it is a promise that we hold on as a family.

Indeed, we try to live this verse out when God’s Spirit prompts us to do so. And I’m sharing it now here not so that we could boast, but to encourage others to also involve their children in ministry work. For truly we have nothing to boast about, because in all honesty we are able to give out of our abundance while others give out of their lack.

But as we grow in the grace of God, we are made to understand that “giving” does not always mean that it would have to really hurt before it becomes real (as in selling all your possessions and giving it to the poor as mentioned in Matthew 19:21), nor does does the poor need to wait until they have an excess before they can give (just look at the poor widow from Mark 12:41-43 who gave 2 small copper coins even though that was all that she had). Instead, we are to learn how to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings, whether it be to commit a monthly support for a ministry, a one-time love offering to a minister of God, providing for a loved one’s need, or a time to give to those who are victims of calamities or other similar situations.

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Making hotdog sandwiches to be distributed to hungry people

Cheerful giving is a response to God’s call, and the only requirement is for it to be motivated by none other than God’s love. We have different levels of the ability to give, and God will not measure us by comparing the amount we offer to that of our fellow believers, but God looks at how each one uses what He has given us.

The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 makes it plain that God does not take from the rich to give to the poor — it is the world who thinks that way. Instead, we are shown that to those who prove themselves as good stewards of what God gave them, more is given as a reward. While for those who do not make good use of what they have been given, even the little they have will be taken away from them and again be entrusted to those who have shown themselves to be responsible.

For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” – Matthew 25:29

PRAYER:

Lord, we thank You that You have blessed us abundantly and provided for all our needs. Truly You are our Jehovah Jireh, Our Provider, and Your grace is sufficient for all of us. Forgive us if we have not made good use of the blessings You have so generously given us. We know Lord, that it is Your good will that Your children be a channel of Your blessings. And so God, please touch our hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in how to be good stewards of the blessings your graciously entrust us with. For we know that the reason You supply us all our needs according to Your riches in glory is so that we may also abound in every good work, and that as we give, we may lead others to recognize Your goodness and praise Your holy name. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.