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)

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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)

 

 

Look at the birds of the air…

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” – Matthew 6:26

Homeschool project: Making a birdfeeder

Step 1: Gather the materials.

  • Slice of bread
  • cookie cutter
  • peanut butter
  • birdseed
  • piece of string
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Step 2: Use the cookie cutter to cut out a shape from the slice of bread.

Step 3: Spread some peanut butter onto the bread.

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Step 4: Sprinkle some birdseed on the peanut-butter-covered bread.

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Step 5: Tie a piece of string on the bread and hang up on a tree outside for the birds to enjoy!

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TA-DAH! Finished!

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My Memory Book

My Memory Book

One of the great things about the BJU (Bob Jones University Press) Beginnings for K5 curriculum offered by VCIS Homestudy is the use of a “My Memory Book.” It’s basically a ring binder that holds the collection of her experience stories and the like from her lessons in class. It has been a great way to encourage her to reflect on different things and write about them. Here are some of her more recent work (from 3rd Quarter lessons):

A couple of my favorites is the one about animals in Alaska. She colored her polar bear brown. But look at her lovely eyes! 🙂

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Another one she made after the lesson on “Mountain Treasures” and how the people panned for gold in Denver, Colorado.

BJU Activity: Panning for Gold (using brown rice as sand and pasta shells as gold nuggets)

BJU Activity: Panning for Gold (using brown rice as sand and pasta shells as gold nuggets)

The writing activity was about what she would do with the money if ever she found a lot of gold. Her answer made my mommy heart very proud. I hope God keep her heart always willing do His will and someday allow her to fulfill this dream. She specifically wants to build a building for our home church “Prince of Peace” in the Philippines because we are currently using the school’s open-air multi-purpose hall. She hopes it will have walls and she asked me to make a “No Parking” sign because the current place is also being used as a parking area.

Little church-builder

Little church-builder

We’ve grown quite fond of this particular activity and we’ve been asking her to write experience stories about other things that happen in her life. We went to a family trip to a mall where they have moving dinosaur displays.

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Afterwards, we watched “The Land Before Time,” and I used the story to tell her how we are all also in a journey like the 5 little dino friends, with our “great valley” being “heaven.” We need to listen to the Holy Spirit that Jesus placed inside our hearts when we believed in Him, just as Littlefoot had to listen to his mother’s voice in his heart, because it tells us the right way or the “good way.” As we travel, there will be “Sarah’s” who will try to lead us astray, and many of our friends might follow her because her way seems easy, but in the end, it leads to danger. If we follow the voice in our hearts and stay on the right way even when it’s hard, then eventually, we will also reach the “great valley” which is our home in heaven with Jesus. Together, we came up with this prayer to help us remember our experience and this wonderful story.

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Truly, this “My Memory Book” has been a great way to remember all things that make us praise God!

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” – Philippians 4:8

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 3 – Joy (Nehemiah 8:10b)

Fruits of the Spirit: LESSON 1 PART 3 – Joy (Nehemiah 8:10b)

LESSON: JOY

Memory Verse:

“Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”– Nehemiah 8:10b

 Bible Background: Nehemiah 8:5-12

  1. Nehemiah lived at a time when Israel was slowly returning from exile, and he was a cupbearer for King Artaxerxes. He received news that even after the temple was fixed, the walls of Jerusalem still lay in ruins, and this made him very sad. In his heart he felt that God called him to do something about it, so he prayed. After that, he got permission from the King to rebuild the walls and the King even sent him with a letter to get wood from the king’s forest to be used to repair the gates.
  2. Nehemiah repaired the walls with the help of the Jews who willingly gave their time and effort to this task. There were those who tried to stop them and even threatened to attack them, and it even came to a point when only half of the men worked on the walls because the other half guarded the area, and the builders had a sword on their belts, always ready to defend themselves. It was a big job, seemingly impossible, but they finished it in a record-breaking 52 days because the people worked with all their heart and they had the blessing of the Lord.
  3. From start to finish, Nehemiah proved to be a man of prayer, and he always asked for the Lord’s guidance, wisdom and protection for completing the work. When the job was finished, Nehemiah gathered the people to celebrate. They asked Ezra, the priest, to bring out the Book of the Law of Moses, because the people who came from exile have not had a chance to hear these words for a very, very long time. Ezra – a teacher of the law, and the Levites who were servants in the temple, read the Words of God and explained them in simple language so that all who were present could understand its meaning.
  4. As the people heard the Law of Moses, the lifted their hands and responded, “Amen!” and bowed and worshipped the Lord. They realized how sinful they had become because of they failed to obey God’s laws, and they cried and were very sorry for what they had done. But Nehemiah and the Levites calmed the people and told them that this was a day of celebration; a time to share to those in need; a day holy unto the Lord, and that they must not be sad, “for the joy of the Lord is their strength.”

Reflection Points:

Truly, “the joy of the Lord is our strength.” God was pleased that the people realized their sins and were sorry, and Nehemiah assured them that it was actually a time for rejoicing, because where there is repentance, then forgiveness and restoration can begin. Through the reading of the Word, the people realized they had a big problem – sin – but there was something bigger that the bible reveals – that the love of God can wash away our sins! Indeed, there is a reason to have joy because God is willing and able to cleanse our hearts, save us from our sins and give us a chance to start a new life that is victorious in Christ Jesus! Now that is a wonderful reason to have joy!

WORD STUDY:

  1. exile – forced to leave their home country
  2. cupbearer – a high official in the king’s court; serves wine to the king
  3. temple – the equivalent of  a church building in bible times
  4. Jerusalem – central city of Jewish worship
  5. Book of the Law of Moses – most likely the “Torah” or “Pentateuch”;” the first five books in the bible, namely Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
  6. Levites – a member of the Hebrew tribe from the family of Levi, son of Jacob, and they served as priests in the temple.

 Nehemiah 8:5-12

5 Ezra opened the book. All the people could see him because he was standing above them; and as he opened it, the people all stood up. 6 Ezra praised the Lord, the great God; and all the people lifted their hands and responded, “Amen! Amen!” Then they bowed down and worshiped the Lord with their faces to the ground.

7 The Levites—Jeshua, Bani, Sherebiah, Jamin, Akkub, Shabbethai, Hodiah, Maaseiah, Kelita, Azariah, Jozabad, Hanan and Pelaiah—instructed the people in the Law while the people were standing there. 8 They read from the Book of the Law of God, making it clear[a] and giving the meaning so that the people understood what was being read.

9 Then Nehemiah the governor, Ezra the priest and teacher of the Law, and the Levites who were instructing the people said to them all, “This day is holy to the Lord your God. Do not mourn or weep.” For all the people had been weeping as they listened to the words of the Law.

10 Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

11 The Levites calmed all the people, saying, “Be still, for this is a holy day. Do not grieve.”

12 Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.

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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