K2 3rd Quarter Activities

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

BJU Bible Crafts

BJU Bible Crafts

BJU K5 Beginnings

BJU K5 Beginnings (panning for gold, Statue of Liberty, learning about oceans, making a birdfeeder, all about forest creatures, field trip to Fakieh Aquarium to learn more about sea creatures)

Math

K5 Math (counting to 100, making patterns and learning about fractions) / BJU lessons (cookie’s treats, learning about Spain, mini-book on how to make a birdfeeder) / Filipino (answering textbook, days of the week in Tagalog)

BJU lessons: Memory Book activities

BJU lessons: Memory Book activities

Extra activities (house chores, taking care of little brother, visiting a dinosaur exhibit, helping mom bake cupcakes, singing along with Barney, flying a kite)

Extra activities (house chores, taking care of little brother, visiting a dinosaur exhibit, helping mom bake, coloring/writing activities, singing along with Barney, flying a kite)

 

 

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Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 2 PART 4 – Joy (Psalm 33:3)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 2 PART 4 – Joy (Psalm 33:3)

LESSON: JOY – How do we express our joy?

Memory Verse:

Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.” – Psalm 33:3

Lesson Presentation:

There is a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is something we experience for a moment and is often short lived. Joy is eternal. It comes only as a result of living a life of praise. Praise comes as a result of a heart that is overflowing with joy — it teaches us to be joyful and thankful regardless of our circumstances. It prepares us for God’s service and helps us to see beyond our present circumstances to the immense possibilities that are ours through faith in Jesus Christ.[i]

The Bible teaches 7 types of praise. This praise can happen at home, work, in the car or during the worship service. Praise is a very important part of our relationship with God.  God inhabits our praise and we should not be shy in our praise, for our praise glorifies God.[ii]

  1. Yadah (yaw-daw’) – This is the demonstration of our love and submission to the Lord by the raising of our hands.  Lifting your hands to the Lord in total submission and devotion. It’s like a child extending his hands high above their heads with a desire to be held.[iii]
  2. Towdah (to-daw’) – This is the sacrifice of praise.  Praising the Lord, even if you don’t feel like praising the Lord.  Praising the Lord even though you are going through many trials in your life.  Lifting up your hand as an offering of praise.
  3. Barak (baw-rak’) This means to bow or kneel down humbly before the Lord.  To be completely overwhelmed by His majesty and bow at His feet in submission and honor to the Lord.
  4. Tehillah (tel-hil-law’) – This one is the best.  It is the combination of singing, shouting, dancing, clapping and rejoicing before the Lord. It’s spontaneous singing straight from our hearts to God.
  5. Zamar (zaw-mar’) – It’s celebrating in song and music, playing any instrument for the glory of God.
  6. Halal (haw-lal’) – This means to be so full of enthusiasm of the wonders of the Lord that you express it in dancing and laughing and twirling before the Lord without caring what other people say.
  7. Shabach (Shaw-bakh’) – This means to shout.  Praise to the Lord given in the form of a shout. Lifting your voice unto the Lord, giving praise for what He has done and what He is going to do.

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 2 PART 1 – Joy (1 Corinthians 13:6)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 2 PART 1 – Joy (1 Corinthians 13:6)

LESSON: JOY

Memory Verse:

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.” – 1 Corinthians 13:6

Lesson Presentation:

  1. When we say “rejoice,” what other words come into mind? Some might give any one of these:
    1. Laughter
    2. Tickling
    3. Something funny
    4. Jokes
    5. Parties
    6. Having fun
    7. Celebration
    8. happy

2. In this verse which talks mainly about LOVE, it is said that we are to “rejoice with the truth.” As a fruit of the spirit, JOY is directly connected to the main fruit which is GOD’S LOVE. This means loving the truth and standing up for the truth gives us reason to rejoice.  True joy is not merely about laughing and having fun – it is about having God’s love inside you to guide you to believe and stand up for the truth from God’s Word. HONESTY and INTEGRITY are important traits of a believer of Christ.

Do not delight in evil

We should REJOICE with the truth:

We should not find any reason to be joyful when something bad happens to anyone, even when it happens to bad people. (ex. Somebody trips over a rock or toy) When somebody gets hurt, our response would be to offer help, if possible. This is the truth that we should rejoice in: Jesus showed us how to love and not to cause hurt (Luke 6:31). When we show a loving response, we rejoice in this truth.
Jokes that make fun of others and hurt their feelings is not something we should be happy about.  (ex. Jokes about fat people or about disabilities) The truth is that God made everyone special and unique; each person is “wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). When we respect and care for each other’s feelings, we are rejoicing in this truth.
Somebody else gets the blame for something bad that you did you’re your brother gets blamed for breaking a vase which you broke) Even if nobody finds out we made a mistake, when we don’t admit it and ask for forgiveness, we are in fact lying, and we know that the Bible tells us that to lie is a sin. We should rejoice in the truth that “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
You found a P1000 bill on the floor and since nobody else was around, you put it in your pocket. You now have money to buy a new toy. When we find something valuable, we should make every effort to find the owner and return it. “Finders keepers; losers weepers” was never God’s way. We should rejoice in the truth that when we respect and care about other people’s things, we are honoring God.

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Sword of the Spirit

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The little girl found this tiny bible which was given to me by members of the Christian Mass Communicators Organization back in college (probably sometime in 1997). I brought it with me here the first time I went to this country as my only religious item (securely-taped and hidden in my wallet lest somebody actually searched our stuff for such items when we got to the airport). Allyra started reading it and claimed it as her own.

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It’s amazing how this little treasure of God’s Word which I’ve ignored for the past decade (I only said I took it with me; I never did say I actually read it) found its way to my baby girl’s precious hands. God is reminding me today that more than any knowledge or skill I could teach my kids, none would ever be as important or as beneficial to them as letting them grow up armed with the “Sword of the Spirit” which is the “Word of God.”

Our prayer today: “Dear LORD, please help me and my husband raise up our kids the way you have commanded us to! May Your Word always be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path! In Jesus’ name we pray! Amen!”

Consider the Ants…

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We did “Bug Studies” using lessons from Danielle’s place a couple of years ago for Kids Church and the children had a lot of fun with the crafts. For the “Consider the Ants” lesson, making ants using fingerprints was an activity even our group of mostly toddlers were able to do quite easily.

Truly God made such amazing creatures big and small. Now that I’m learning about creation theories, I’ve begun to realize how incredibly unrealistic the evolution theory really is. To believe that the universe just happened and life just randomly began with single-celled creatures randomly finding a way to become an even greater number of random creatures, from ants and bees to x-ray fishes and elephants, from platypuses and flamingos to bats and iguanas, from snakes to camels and dolphins and lions, from humans who are Chinese to Americans and Arabs and Indians… the list goes on.

The Bible tells us how the world was created. There are a number of good theories which make an effort to reconcile what we know now with what the bible tells us. And this brings me to my question: How do you teach creation to your kids?

photocredit: (for the ant) http://mikesfrequency-raw.blogspot.com/2010/10/ant-told-me-this.html

Numbering our days

“So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” – Psalm 90:12

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The lesson on using a calendar revealed one important finding: if my kid is to understand the concept of time in terms of days, weeks, months and years, we’re gonna have to regularly use the calendar from now on.

I guess that’s one thing I have not been able to successfully implement because I am not overly conscious of the date as well. My main concern would only be what day of the week it is, since our week is highlighted with the following activities:
Sunday – Bible study (men only)
Monday – free day
Tuesday – prayer meeting
Wednesday – bible study (our house)
Thursday – Worship service
Friday – Worship service / Kids Church
Saturday – Christian Education

Other things, such as grocery shopping, are done on an “as needed” basis. In terms of our homeschool, we do “school” whenever and wherever we can, on an “as much as we can” basis. We sometimes go through 2 weeks worth of lessons in 6 days while other times we stop altogether for a couple weeks or more (like when we moved to our new apartment). Our daily schedule is flexible as well. I know we’re not exactly being able to teach our kids a sense of “rhythm” or the art of conforming to a daily routine, but under our present circumstances, we’re doing the best we can. As long as I am able to take care of my family, feed and bathe the little girl and baby, play with them then put them to bed, I am happy. School is squeezed anywhere in between, and by God’s grace we are generally moving at an acceptable pace.

However, as the verse above reminds me, it’s not enough to just go through each day hoping to finish this and that and so and so. Some things, we simply have to make a priority. As the kids’ song goes, one must “Read your Bible; Pray everyday.”

The Bible tells us to “number our days.” Ephesians 5:15-17 teaches us the same. So regardless of how we are able to fill each minute of the day, family prayer time and reading His Word is the wisest way we could ever spend our most precious time of the day.

May The Lord grant us the wisdom and grace to always seek Him first –above all things — and everything else will fall into place. Amen!

God made all things beautiful

“He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11

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This budding young little writer of mine (my 4-year-old Allyra) loves to make “mini-bibles.” The text on the cover page is actually read as “Bible,” and on the inside it says, “God so loves us for made so beautiful.” (Please excuse the spelling-she’s learning phonics and I’m sure she’ll learn to spell later.) She decorated the cover with colorful things to show how “it is beautiful.”

As we end 2012, it is a good idea to reflect on all the good (and not so good) stuff that has happened in the past year. And as we look forward to 2013, may we know and experience more of God’s love and hold on to the truth that whatever sort of circumstances may come our way, truly God makes everything beautiful in His time.

Have a blessed 2013 everyone!!!