Friday, March 30, 2012

God's World News - a review

For the last three months we have been receiving the Pre-k/K edition of God's World News called God's Big World.  This monthly magazine is kept in our book box in the school room and the kids choose to read out of it almost every day.  We LOVE it!  Here's a description from their site:

God's Big World is designed for PreK to Kindergarten students and is a trustworthy way to introduce the youngest students to a biblical worldview on current events. Like other GWNews publications, God's Big World emphasizes News, Knowledge, and Wisdom in a colorful presentation that helps you introduce new skills and ideas in an engaging way.
  • Age-appropriate stories introduce children to the concept that God is in control in the world today.
  • Read-to-me text, simple concepts, and big pictures are perfect for young pre-readers.
  • MAP-IT! Locator maps correspond with a full-sized (20" x 30") world map sent at the beginning of the school year to each class, homeschool teacher, and homeschool group coordinator (five maps sent to homeschool groups).
  • Creative activities and puzzles build alphabet, number, sequence and other skills.
I love how they bring in current world events (our last edition had an article about the cruise ship crash in Italy) and explain them in a way my kids (even Kyla) can understand.  We often turn to YouTube to learn more about a particular article, and I end up learning as much as my kids!  Zac and I have a strong desire for our kids to be aware of what is happening in the world, how God is working, and how we can help.  God's World News really helps foster that in a kid safe environment (unlike TV).  I'm excited to subscribe to other editions of this great magazine as our kids get older.  Homeschooling or not, I highly recommend this for all families.

Check out the website (linked from the picture above).  There are sample versions you can view or other editions for bigger kids. =)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wordy Wednesday

"However much we know about birth in general, we know nothing about a particular birth. We must let it unfold with its own uniqueness." - Elizabeth Noble

Sunday, March 25, 2012

School Time Updates

Good news!!  Zac ordered our new camera last night!!  So hopefully next week or so I will be able to share pictures again....for all 10 or so of you that are following this blog....thanks Grandma's, Grandpa's and Great Grandma's and Grandpa! =)

We had lots of fun this last week on letter U, which Keanan was consistently calling N.  Good thing we will be starting a new program and going through all the letters again in about 6 weeks!

Speaking of our new program, I am so excited to start that is hard for me to keep on track to finish our current program (we only have letters V-Z left!!)  Beginning mid-May or so Keanan will start All About Reading Level Pre-1, You Can Read, and some math/science/music/art work put together by mom.  It looks like this will be about 40 weeks or so if we go straight through, so add a few weeks for breaks and holidays.  After that Keanan starts the KINDERGARTEN program from My Father's World!!!  How is that possible!  Sheesh, time goes to fast.

For Kyla, mid-May or so she will be starting Animal ABC's, and alphabet crafts.  I am sure she will love this!  When Keanan starts the Kindergarten program, Kyla will be starting the Pre-K program that Keanan is doing right now, Letter of the Week, and then probably follow in his footsteps the rest of the way up - we'll see how it goes.

I love that there is a plan, but I also love that I can change it as much as I want!!  I have researched all this stuff for the last year and really think these programs are going to work great for us =)

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Unashamed Love - Ten Shekel Shirt

You're calling me to lay aside the worries of my day
To quiet down my busy mind and find a hiding place
Worthy, Worthy
I open up my heart and let my spirit worship Yours
I open up my mouth and let a song of praise come forth
Worthy, You are worthy

Of a child-like faith
And of my honest praise
And of my unashamed love
Of a holy life
And of my sacrifice
And of my unashamed love

This came up on our Pandora station this morning.  I haven't heard it in forever and forgot how much I love this song.     Just thought I'd share =)

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordy Wednesday

You are exactly the mom God knew your children needed - Lysa Terkeurst

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Most Scientific Birth Is Often the Least Technological Birth

This is a fabulous new article by a professor of clinical medical humanities and bioethics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine.  The Most Scientific Birth Is Often the Least Technological Birth  This is such a great read!!
The authors conclusion, after studying all the scientific evidence with her academic internist partner, was that the safest, healthiest option "when it came time to birth at the end of my low-risk pregnancy, I should not have induction, nor an episiotomy, nor continuous monitoring of the baby's heartbeat during labor, nor pain medications, and definitely not a c-section. I should give birth in the squatting position, and I should have a doula -- a professional labor support person to talk to me throughout the birth. (Studies show that doulas are astonishingly effective at lowering risk, so good that one obstetrician has quipped that if doulas were a drug, it would be illegal not to give one to every pregnant woman.)"

I highly recommend reading the rest of this article!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Our Alphabet Trip Around the State: Letters B, O, S, and X

If you haven't seen my original post about our Alphabet Trip Around the State, be sure to check it out!

In January when we were without power for 6 days we took some time to travel up to the Seattle area for the Boeing Museum of Flight to check off B for Boeing.  We had a great time seeing all of the airplanes and visiting with our friends the Roger's who meet up with us there.

This last Tuesday we had some time to kill in Olympia between swim lessons, Kyla's doctor's appointment, and my dentist appointment.  Since Zac was with us to help out with all the of morning business, he suggested we head over to the Capitol to check off O for Olympia.  We jumped in on a tour of the Capital which was really cool and the kids ended up with some neat Washington State coloring books.

Today we made the trek again to Seattle!  First we bought tickets and took a ride in an elevator to cross off S for Space Needle.  The kids loved seeing the water and all the sights of Seattle from so high up!  Next we walked across the street to the EMP (experience music project) to cross off X for Jimmy Hendrix!  There were lots of things to see and do at the EMP and the kids enjoyed it much more than I thought they would.  It was a very busy day and Kyla fell asleep in the car before we made it back to I-5 with a cracker in her hand and one in her mouth!

22 letters to go!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Wordy Wednesday

"Birth is not only about making babies. It's about making mothers~ strong, competent, capable mothers who trust themselves and believe in their inner strength" - Barbara Katz Rothman

Monday, March 12, 2012

What's in the Bible? - a review

Pretty much all of the Christian homeschooling mom blogs I follow have been raving about this new DVD series from the creator of VeggieTales, so when they all had a code to get the first episode for only $5 a month ago, I jumped on it.  Two nights ago we finally sat down as a family to watch the first part.  Keanan was mesmerized, Zac and I were cracking up at the jokes, and Kyla was generally entertained since most of the characters look like muppets.  We ALL learned something about the creation of the Bible!  I am really excited to purchase more of these!

Here's a video clip from episode 1:

Are you hooked?  Here is a code of $20 off!

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Our Shelves for Letter S

These were the last pictures that were taken on our camera before it was stolen.  Praise God that I copied them from the camera card the night before the break in (along with all the birth pictures for my doula client!!)  We have not yet ordered a new camera, so I am not sure when I will post our shelves again...
On this shelf: magnetic shape pictures, sandpaper matching with blindfold, cleaning with a rag and water, Escher foam lizards (I was a high school math teacher after all...), green playdough (with gold glitter!), animal matching cards

A few action shots:

Linked up with: I Can Teach My Child & Living Montessori Now

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


This was our day today:

We are so thankful to be safe and for the peace of God that transcends all understanding.  Please pray with us for God's justice.

Wordy Wednesday

The world is full of women blindsided by the unceasing demands of motherhood, still flabbergasted by how a job can be terrific and torturous. - Anna Quindlen

Monday, March 5, 2012

Our Shelves for Letters Q & R

The past two weeks have been super busy and we haven't been able to spend as much time doing school stuff as usual, so the shelves stayed the same (I usually change them up every week).  I also combined all the Montessori style activities onto one shelf (6 different trays) and am using the other shelf for our letter work, books for reading time and puzzles.

On this shelf: number sheet with stones, cornmeal "writing practice", pom pom tweezing, foam letter toss game, animal classification cards, bean spooning

On this shelf (this one won't change much): workboxes, book box, puzzle, and art supplies

Action Shots:

Kyla's Q and R work - she's really starting to get into it!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Welcome to the world...

To an amazing baby boy!  Congrats to a wonderful mommy & daddy team, Isaiah is beautiful! =)