Plants Lapbook

So happy to have finally finished our plants lapbook!!!

All glory to God!

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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.

 

 

 

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! 🙂

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)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 1 – Kindness (Romans 12:13)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 4 PART 1 – Kindness (Romans 12:13)

LESSON: KINDNESS is caring for the needs of others.

Memory Verse:  “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” – Romans 12:13

Bible Story:  Rebekah’s kind heart (Genesis 24)

God promised Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. When Abraham was 100 years old and his wife Sarah was 90, God blessed them with a son whom they named “Isaac.”

When Isaac was all grown up, Abraham decided to send one of his servants back to his homeland to search for a bride for his son. This was because he wanted a wife for him that came from his own people because the women where they now lived did not worship the one true God. So, he sent his servant away to make a long journey to the country where he came from to find Isaac a suitable bride.

The servant left, taking with him ten of his master’s camels loaded with all kinds of good things from his master. When he got to the place, he was very tired and thirsty and he was also wondering how to find Isaac a bride. So he PRAYED to God to give him a sign, and he prayed that the woman who will give him water to drink and offer to get water for his camels too would be the right wife for his master’s son.

Sure enough, even before he finished praying, a beautiful woman named Rebekah, who was from the family of Abraham, came with a jar on her shoulder. When the servant requested for water, Rebekah offered to get water for the camels too.

Now getting some water for a thirsty man by drawing it out of a well is not that hard, but getting water for thirsty camels is a whole different thing. Big, thirsty camels drink a LOT of water; one camel can drink around 30 gallons of water – that’s as much water as would fill a bathtub more than half full (standard bathtub sizes hold up to 50 gallons of water)! Now the servant had 10 camels with him, so this meant that Rebekah actually volunteered to go back and forth the well, drawing up water one jug at a time to fill at least 5 bathtubs full (250 gallons). If her jug holds 2 gallons, that meant Rebekah had to make 125 trips to draw water from the well and bring it back to the camels! That’s definitely a lot of work! And it also meant she had to give up a lot of her time as well!

So, what can we say about this woman Rebekah? Well, for one, the bible tells us she was “VERY BEAUTIFUL.” She may well have had a pretty face, but her actions tell us that she did not only possess outside beauty, but more importantly, she was also beautiful inside. Rebekah  practiced HOSPITALITY and was willing to SHARE her time, energy and resources to PROVIDE directly for a stranger’s needs. She had a KIND HEART; one that was compassionate and willing to serve others even if it meant some sacrifice or discomfort on her part.

Rebekah was indeed God’s chosen woman to be Isaac’s wife. The servant told her about his purpose in coming there, and then he told his family about it. They accepted the gifts that the servant gave them and they all agreed (even Rebekah herself) that she would go back with the servant to marry Isaac. The servant praise God and said, “The Lord has granted success to my journey.”

So Rebekah left her home to find Isaac who was patiently waiting for his lovely bride. They got married and loved each other. In this story, God took care of Abraham, Isaac, Rebekah and the servant. He answered their prayers and took care of their needs. Praise be to our God!

October 7 2013 Romans 12 13 coloring page

Let your light shine…

The following screenshots are from the movie “Rio.” While watching it at home, this little incident of “flaming chicken hearts” sparked a science question from my little girl.

“Mom, why did Linda’s eyeglasses turn black when the food caught fire?”

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You’d think that with my University education, I’d have easily answered such a basic science question, but, no. I couldn’t. I had no idea. That piece of knowledge probably went away along with many other things in my memory when I have birth via cesarian section twice and had to have anesthesia (it’s good to have such a convenient excuse for my memory lapses). However, I did not admit my lack of knowledge to my kid. I simply replied matter-of-factly, “Go ask Daddy!”

Good thing daddy’s home and as always, he had the answer.

Dad proceeded to explain the difference between burning clean and dirty fuels complete with a demonstration (Thank You Lord for a smart husband!).

We learned that certain items (dirty fuels) produce soot when they burn because they have contaminants other than the main fuel and the unburned carbon produces black soot. The hot soot makes the flame yellow.

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In candles, for example, the “purer” the wax (fewer contaminates such as coloring and perfume) the cleaner the burn (less soot is produced).]

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In clean fuels, such as the LPG we use for cooking, the flame is blue and all of the fuel is being burned and thus, there is no residue. This makes it an efficient fuel source.

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As we learned (thankful that I too am learning) about all this fascinating science facts, Matthew 5:16 came to my mind:

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

As Christians, we are expected to burn brightly for the Lord, with our good deeds as the flame that allows other people to see how God’s light shines through us.

Like fuels, there are those good deeds that produce a “yellow flame” and there are those that give out a “blue flame.”

When we do good deeds with contaminated hearts, either with a false motive of self-righteousness or wanting to be praised by men, or maybe with the expectation of a favor in return, the light we emit is “yellow” and does not lead others to praise God.

It is when we do good deeds out of pure hearts because Jesus abides in us that we are able to produce a “blue flame.” These are acts of generosity, kindness and mercy that lead others to see God’s love, manifest His light, and give all glory to Him alone.

We are not expected to judge other’s works but instead to ask God to always guard our hearts so that we may do His will at all times.  For in the end it is God who will test each person’s work through fire and its quality will be revealed.

10By the grace God has given me, I laid a foundation as a wise builder, and someone else is building on it. But each one should build with care. 11For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12If anyone builds on this foundation using gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay or straw,13their work will be shown for what it is, because the Day will bring it to light. It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test the quality of each person’s work. 14If what has been built survives, the builder will receive a reward. 15If it is burned up, the builder will suffer loss but yet will be saved—even though only as one escaping through the flames.” – 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

PRAYER:

Almighty Father, I hope and pray that all the work of my hands and those of my loved ones will always be guided by the Holy Spirit. May our good deeds burn brightly for You Our Lord, fueled only by the pure heart of Jesus within us. May we never appear to be the “heroes” and instead, hide us Lord in Your shadow, so that people will see only You and know that “Salvation comes from the Lord!” And when my family serves the Lord, people will not proclaim we are good, but that “GOD IS GOOD!” Help us to always SHINE FOR JESUS! This we pray  in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen.