Thursday, April 24, 2014

CTC Math- Review


 Math is not always our best subject here at my house. I have
two that excel in it but the rest of the kids have to work harder .
I must admit that I am not the best math teacher. Digging deep into
literature is my thing.  I am glad I have helpers to aid in teaching
math. Just like CTC Math Tutor.



I received the online 12 Month Family Plan of CTC Math for
homeschoolers. As of this review you can receive a 60% discount.
Prices for that sale are listed below. This is a really good deal from
the original pricing.



For a Single student :


Monthly $11.97
6 Months  $50.80
12 Months $78.80


Family Plan for 2 or more students :


*note on the website it reads 2 or more students.
I was able to have log in for 5 children and a parent account.

Monthly $15.97
6 Months $78.80
12 Months  $118.80



 


CTC Math Review

CTC Math is a math tutor online. Through the program you will be
able to access all grade levels K- high school.

Kindergarten
1st Grade
2nd Grade
3rd Grade
4th Grade
5th Grade
6th Grade
Basic math and pre Algebra
Measurement and Geometry
Algebra 1
Algebra 2
Pre-Calculus
Calculus
and Trig.

The math tutor offers 1,367 videos approximately 4-9 minutes
in length. Children choose the topic they are practicing , watch
the video and then work through interactive questions to practice
their new skill. The screen tells them right away if they made a mistake
or it gives them a green check mark if they got the answer correct.
If the child makes a mistake they are shown the correct answer.
At the end of the section the child is given a percentage of correct
answers. If they try and answer more of the same questions from the
section they have the opportunity to try to raise the percentage. The
percentage is then calculated by the previous work along with the
current work. You have access to diagnostic tests as well.

Parents have their own log in and can set up individual log ins for
each one of their children. Parents are emailed feedback on a weekly
basis. So you can see how well or not so well your child is doing
 within the program. This is a really great feature for older children
who like to pretend they are doing their math. Course I know none
of my children would attempt doing that. (wink)






How We used it:
I used CTC Math with my two youngest children. My daughter
Sweet Pea will be sort of beginning K in the fall. She is a young
5 so we probably will divide K up over the course of two years .
No rush I say. She was unable to progress through the K program at
a fast pace because she has much more math to work on however she
did enjoy doing the first level which practices on counting numbers
1-5 and recognizing those same numbers.  She watched the video
a couple of times and then clicked the questions. She would count out
pictures in groups and then type in the number related to that question.
She also would color any number of stars or apples as promoted.
As you can see on the screen above she received a 93% with only one
incorrect answer. She has done this one several times now. I liked
that she could practice the same level over and over. I thought she
would tire of it but she did not. I do believe she is ready now to
learn the next set of numbers 7-10 . When she has those down we
can come to CTC and practice what she knows.




My second student is Spirit who is in the 2nd Grade.
Spirit has been working on Multiplication in his math unit
so we skipped to that lesson. I would introduce the math concept to
him and we practiced a few of them together on the white board.
Then he would try a few that I gave him as examples. We would then
go to his math workbook in his existing curriculum and work through
those problems.  I would correct them and we would talk about any
incorrect problems. There were times I could use CTC as a Math tool
to teach the concept using the videos and other times I would use
It as a practice after his regular work was completed. I was thoroughly
surprised that the lesson seemed to match up with what he was doing
in his book. Children work toward receiving reward certificates for
the work from each section. We didn't really accomplish that because
we were moving around in it. Spirit is rather slow at getting math and
this is why I was excited about trying the tutoring program.

Both Children at their course work level had online questions and
activities but I noticed at higher levels you are given worksheets that
can be printed out for use. I think this would be beneficial for math
journals and working out larger problems.


Another feature I thought was great for my 2nd grader was Speed
skills. Speeds skills help your younger children work on answering
their math facts much quicker than they might normally. They can
work on addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Sort of
like the timed tests that kids do in school. Loved this for Spirit.




(example of the math video on arrays)


I also had the idea to create an account for myself. I have older
children who are going to be working in higher math and I thought this
would be a great way to give myself a refresher this summer on Algebra
before my son is ready to take it in the fall.  I did not use CTC with my
older students since they are about finished with what they are currently
working on but I do plan to use it in the fall and will update you on their
progress. CTC is a  help for teaching math.




What we thought about the Program:

I thought the program was really helpful for additional practice with
our already standing curriculum. I probably wouldn't use it as a stand
alone math program. Some of my children learn best with hands on
experiences but I do have one visual learner that really appreciates
programs such as this one. I did feel that it would be nice if when
a child was struggling with something that they would have more
options or games to go along with that particular section. However
it continues to give you more questions to practice, which has it's
place as well. I also liked getting a parent email each week telling
me how things were progressing. Although I would have liked to
have been able to do more with the parent area. It would have been
nice if I could assign certain things on log in for a particular child.

What I liked the most was the simplicity of the program. It wasn't
intensive or over long sessions that the kids had to painstakingly
work through. They were direct and to the point. The kids
appreciated that.


You can connect with CTC Math on  Facebook
and the Australia Facebook Page


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Warm Blessings,

Nikki

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Virtual Refrigerator- Easter Crafts



Better late then never I guess. Below are a few or our Easter
Crafts from last week.


The first are stick crosses. The kids practiced tying
knots with ribbon onto their crosses. Each was tied with a
silent prayer. Then we went to the yard to place them in the flower
beds. This was a solemn moment and we will do this again next year.





My little gal loved making these toilet tube bunnies. We used
sturdy card stock for the ears and I hot glued them to make sure
They would stay with the added weight of the cotton. We used
tacky glue for the whiskers and noses.
 


Last we tried our hand as some standing sheep. They didn't
turn out like I thought they would. I thought the kids would
enjoy making them fluffy but they barely wrapped the yarn.
You just never know what they will like to do. Sometimes the
best laid plans just don't work.
 


Do you have some art to share. If so drop in and add yours to the
Fridge anytime. :)







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Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Home School Adventure ,Co. - Review

Home School Adventure Co.



Today's review Product is the E-book

The Wise Women with Literary Analysis Journal Questions -$14.95
(The print addition is $28.95)

Created by Home School Adventure, Co.


The Wise Women is truly an inspiring Parable that will speak to
the hearts of the children that  read it and to the moms who share it.
This truly enchanting story will make everyone think. The book can be
used as a read aloud and discussion time for children ages 9-11. It is suggested
as well that children 12 and up use the story and questions as a teaching tool
or study. High schoolers are encouraged to read through and answer questions
on their own at their own pace.  In my opinion you should read the material
before you present it to your children. A sensitive child may be affected by
some of the imagery of the reading.

I first read the e-book in two evenings so that I could get a feel for the story.
Elements of the reading took me aback at first. It is set up as an old style
fairy tale, which can be rather abrupt in it's description of situations within the
story.  Despite some surprising situations I still found my self thinking about
the deeper meaning of raising and training a child. I found it rather interesting
that the very situations that were presented  to help the child realize their short
comings were the same that felt neglectful , but then again this is a fairy tale. The
main point being that it made you think and the questions that Stacy Farrell
created help to guide those thoughts in the right direction. The reading is
in 1800 writing style. It was rather easy to adapt to. As I mentioned I easily
read it within a few hours. Although my children found it peculiar in the
beginning to comprehend but adjusted as well.


The Wise Woman Literary Analysis  Journal


George MacDonald is a Christian writer known for his fables. The Wise
Woman also known as The Lost Princess is first published on 1875.
The tale begins by telling you about two different girls. One born
of a Queen and King who love their daughter so much that she is
spoiled with the things in her life. Whatever her desire whatever her
want it is given to her. (Rosamond) The other child is born to ordinary
shepherds who can not give their child the world but instead gush
over her and give her constant praises. So much so that she thinks
very highly of herself. (Agnes) Both girls think that they are
"somebody" but are both born the same and both born crying just
like the other somebodies of the world.

In time the King and Queen can no longer handle their daughter.
She cannot be consoled or convinced that enough is enough. So
They seek out the advice of the Wise Women. The Wise Women
sees that the parents are at fault here and she takes the child to
try to help her. She takes her to a small cabin and begins to gently
correct her and  add a bit of fear so that the child begins to listen.
And yet it is short lived because in truth old habits are hard to break.

Now I have to stop here because the message at this point was that
if we instill a bit of fear in our children they will have respect and
listen to discipline. At least this is what I got from it. In essence though
I feel that a built relationship is what a child respects more. A child
will want to please you if you show them love and grace. I prefer
respect over fear in any case the story continues...

Rosamond sees the Wise Women as an ogre because that is how she
personally sees herself. Often times we place our blame on others
because we can't see clearly what we are doing to ourselves.
Rosamond is soon left alone in the house and is asked to care for
the house and herself but she is too lazy to do so. She lays around all
day but soon realizes that this will not do. She tries to do some of the
chores but is foolish in her thought that the "work of one day should
serve the next day too. "

Now Agnes has a more difficult problem . Hers is ingrained in her
heart. It is harder to take out the conceit once it is placed within a
child. Given the chance the child chooses trying for fame over family.
The very family who loved and praised her into thinking she
was "somebody" Both girls cared more about their own desires
than anything in the world. Each of the girls find themselves in reverse
rolls. Realizing that a little of the parenting style of each parent could be
good if there was a balance of all.  Will the Wise Women be able to
help these ladies. Well you will have to read the story to find out.



How we used this E-book:

Before I tell you about the kids I wanted to mention that I did
pick out a few things for myself within the pages. One thing that
stuck out to me was that a parent often is able to know what is right
and disciple when the heart isn't involved. Meaning that if you take
care of other children not your own you often are wise in decisions
then you would be when it is your own child. I began to evaluate if
my actions as a parent are teaching actions or actions because I love
them so much that I don't want them to feel hurt or be upset. In
reality this hurt can sometimes teach and be of importance in their
lives. Realizing I can't protect them always. (As much as I want to
protect them)

As a parent the biggest lesson to take away is that if your children
do falter and need help learning a heart issue that you should guide
them each time they fail. That you as the parent must be there to
step it and take them through the steps. Love them so much that
you help and not ignore because you don't want them to hurt.
Lots of thoughts rolling around in my head.


How we used it with the kids:
I decided to read this story as a read aloud. I was going to
allow my teen daughter to work through it on her own. I think she
could have but the discussion that came from it was well worth the
time it took to set this up. My daughter is 16 and I also included my
13 year old son. I felt my younger son who is 8 was a little to young
to understand the deeper meaning of the text. As it was my learning
challenged teens had a few issues. My 16 year old isn't to good at
looking to the deeper meaning and I had to stop on occasion to
explain the text. It was great for her to try to figure it out herself.
We read a chapter at a time and often wanted a few days to allow
the thought to really soak in.

We discussed the literary question aloud. These question
dug to the root of the deeper meaning. For example one
question asked why Rosamond seemed to respond better to terror
over responding to kindness and why was that so?  I won't give
away the answer. Some of the questions were more open ended
meaning that they could have more than one answer. There were
also bible verses that could be related to the text which was
awesome. There were some points in reading where I would
think I know the bible has something to say about this and was
grateful for the verses. Although we did do a little more research
on our own on an extended base for some of the portions.

We would read Monday and Wed. So on Monday we would read
talk through the discussion questions. Then on Tuesday if there
was verses from the bible we could associate the reading to we
would read those again and look for other verses and solidified
the message. Wed we then would write our own private journal
message and pray about what we had learned. Then we would
Read the next chapter. There is a lot with in the pages of this
fairy tale. In the back of the e-book is a chart with vocabulary
words that the kids might not know.  We would fill in the
vocabulary at the end of each reading as well as the discussion.





My thoughts
At first I was taken aback by the writing. Much of fantasy of the
story felt a bit like abrupt to my thinking . However the story
itself really dug deep in the meaning of what is the right way to
respond to situations. How to have a happy heart in all things. It
forced all of us to look inward.  In truth the story kept us wanting
to find out what happened next. It showed us that we could really
enjoy reading older writing and the kids could understand it.
I would definitely purchase more from Home School Adventures,
Co. In fact right now there is a discount code on products of 10%
until May 15th on all downloads.

Home School Adventure Co.

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Warm Blessings,

Nikki
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Happy Easter Later...




Happy Easter to Everyone. I know I'm a little late with
the well wishes. Easter at our church went well and the kids loved
the activities we provided. We ran about and did a couple of different
egg hunts and spent time with family. Unlucky as could be we
ended up passing around a stomach virus. First Superboy had it ,the
one waving in the photo. Then Princess in the red sweatshirt and
then Sweet pea over Easter on Easter Bunnies lap. And drum roll now
I have it. I sort of knew it was coming. When you are caring for your kids
it is unlikely that you will get away with not getting sick. Despite all that we
were able to have a good time. Somehow we were able to enjoy family in
the mist of a lull before another went down with it. I love that we
were able to capture this photo of everyone being happy and having a
good time.  I have more to share with you but just not feeling to great so
it will have to wait. Hope all of you are well on your end.


Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Monday, April 21, 2014

Hopping Along Week 4

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Welcome to the fourth and final week of the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop hosted by Tots and MeWalking in Faith and Angels of Heart

Can you believe that Resurrection Sunday is here? Whether you would like to share your preparations, your recipes, your crafts or a post related to this week's topic, we ask that you include the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop Button or a text link back to the hop, and head on over to any of our blogs to link up.  It can be as long or short as you want it to be.

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Here is this week's question:
How did you celebrate Easter/Resurrection Sunday?  

Do you have your children hunt for eggs, do you read the Resurrection Story, do you attend a Sunrise Service at church, a regular church service?  What will you be doing to make this year's Resurrection Sunday special?

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Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Friday, April 18, 2014

Random 5 - Easter



I thought I would share this week my Random Easter
post. We are so very busy preparing for Easter activities.


1. Friday we are going to an egg hunt at my dads work and
then to mom and dads to share pizza with a whole bunch of kids.
So much fun.


2. Friday evening I set up for our Easter activities
and manned nursery for Thursday services and Friday Services.


3. Saturday is our Easter fellowship activity. We provide
crafting time for an hour an a half. I will share that with you soon.


4. Then we have an egg hunt with 100s of plastic eggs filled with treats.
This year my son is bring along his real bunny rabbit to share with the
30-60 kids who attend.


5. Easter we attend church services . I supervise our nursery and
teach Sunday school to preschoolers. Then we are heading to my
Moms for Easter Sunday Dinner.



Happy Easter all

Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Curiosity Quest - Review


Curiosity Quest Review


Kids have lot's of curiosity. They are always wanting to know
how things work. Sometimes mom and dad might not know the
answers to their complex questions , but perhaps the creators of
Curiosity Quest can be of some help. I viewed two of their dvd's in
exchange for a review. They both were both Combo Packs with three
videos on each dvd from the show Curiosity Quest.

DVD Combo Pack - Produce- $24.95
(Cranberries, Oranges, and Mushrooms)

DVD Combo Pack- Swimmers of the Sea- $24.95
(turtles, penguins and salmon)


Curiosity Quest is a fun educational, family television show that
explores what you the viewer is curious about. Joel Greene is the host
and he takes you through the exploration of the question the viewer
submits to the show. If you are selected he will teach you all about the
topic you wondered about on a virtual tour of the location. Included in
the video is basic vocabulary of the topic, mapping, fun facts and
question and answers by area children. Sometimes the kids are way
off in their answers and are pretty cute. Sometimes they are right on
and typically there is a little bell sound so you know which child is correct
in their answer. Other times the show continues to share the answer on the
field trip to the locations. Curiosity Quest is for Children and parents
of all ages but is geared toward children 7-14 years of age.



The first DVD Combo pack we began watching is from the Produce
package.  I brought I up on our laptop and was able to select which
one of the three videos I wanted to watch.  We started out with ...

Curiosity Quest Review


Mushrooms


Joel takes you to Watsonville California to the home of the largest fresh
mushroom grower Montery Mushrooms. You will learn much about the
mushrooms. The tour takes you through the entire process of growing and
shipping mushrooms, to all the care of handling and growing them . You
will learn all about the proper conditions a mushroom needs for growth and
 about the different stages. Joel is put in some funny situations of cutting
mushrooms and helping to prepare them for shipment. He learns how many
mushrooms are prepared per hour and soon quickly realizes that he could
not keep up with the demand.  Joel also went to Royal Oaks where he
learned about Packaging. We also learn about Portabellas and Joel even
gets a chance to taste one.

Some of the other  topics you will learn about are...

* What is the first step of Growing a Mushroom

* What is a mushroom

*What is the Harvest

*How big can a mushroom Get?


Some of my kiddos will eat mushrooms and others will not. Their
daddy is a fan but mommy is not but it was still fun learning about
how they were grown even for this non-mushroom eating mom.





Cranberries

Out  of all the produce this is the one I was most curious about. The
kids as well.  Here Joel takes you  to a farm in Wisconsin. It seems to be
pretty cold there and is snowing and Joel references the temperature a few
times. Must have been pretty cold there. We learn that the Cranberry
comes back each year and I always wanted to know why they were in fields
of water. I often see the cranberry commercials and wonder why? You will
find out why in this video.  You learn all about their growing  season just
like the Mushrooms, the right conditions and temperature. We saw
how the cranberries are collected and Joel had a race with the
gadget here in the photo verses a tractor. I wonder who won? (hee hee)
We are then taken to the factory and learn about how to tell if a
Cranberry is ripe and what the correct size for a typical market
cranberry .  The kids favorite fact was that  a cranberry will bounce
if it is ripe. The cranberries get four trips around the machine
ride to jump into the ripe side. The kids loved this concept of
sorting them. Some of the topics that are presented...

* What does buoyant mean?

*What do Cranberries taste like?

*What does harvesting mean?


My grandmother makes the best cranberry sauce at Thankgiving so
all of my kids have tasted cranberries before.  I love cranberries especially
cranberry juice. During Question and Answer many of the kids hadn't tried
them. Make sure you allow your kids to try things even you don't like.



Curiosity Quest Review




The last produced we learned about was Oranges

Orange Packing


This time Joel takes us to Gillette Citrus company in Dinuba, California to
learn all about how Oranges grow, how they are washed, sorted and packed.
We learned that an orange can be damaged easily on the outside  when
picking and handling you must take great care in protecting their skin. There
is a special way to cut them so that no stems are still attached. You wouldn't
want a stem to puncture other oranges in the bag or box. We learned about the
various kinds of oranges and when they were to be harvested. At the time of
the shooting many of the oranges weren't quite the right color. We are
shown how they get the oranges to turn orange if they won't on their
own. We watched machines sort them by size and learned the good
ones from the bad ones.  Other topics presented...

*What is your favorite type of orange?

*What type of climate do oranges grow in?

*Do you have fresh fruits and vegetables at your house?

*How do oranges get to the supermarket.

My kids love oranges. They beg me to get them and eat them
on a regular basis. I think my 16 year old probably eats one almost
every day for lunch.




The second DVD Pack combo was called the Swimmers of
the Sea.
Recently in conjunction with this dvd  were able to
visit with a marine biologist through our local parks system so this
was a great ad on to that lesson.




Curiosity Quest Review


Penguins


A few years ago the kids and I did a lapbook on penguins the  younger
ones in particular love exploring animals and the way they live and survive.
This time we had to Monterey Bay Aquarium in Long Beach, California to learn
about and take a look at the penguins. The Penguins we get to visit do not like
the colder climate but thrive in warmer weather, which is perfect for living
in CA. The Megellanic penguins at this Aquarium seem rather tame and
readily approachable. They probably selected some for the show. Joel learns
all about the food prep, what they eat, and how much they eat. He was
taken into the aquarium to learn hands on how to feed them . The
aquarium keeps exact records of each penguins feeding.  Joel also
was able to touch one of the penguins. While there we learn about their
body structure, proposing, and  preening.


Other questions learned....

* What do penguins eat?

*What does it mean to molt?

*What does a penguin sound like?

* What do they feel like?

* What is husbandry?

*Why can't penguins fly?



Sea Turtles



We just love turtles here. We have one of our own of course not a sea
turtle. The kids are always fascinated by them. This time we head to a Turtle
hospital in Marathon, Florida. We find out about animal rescue, rehab and
release into the sea. We learn about how many turtles come to the hospital
each year and how many were there since the hospital opened. We find out
what they eat, what their nose feels like, where turtles lay eggs, how they
hatch,  and various things about them. Some of the situations are rather sad.
Sea turtles are endanger animals and we are not aloud to touch them but
the hospital has a license to touch them while they are there so they
can help them.


Other facts touched on...

*How do sea turtles eat?

*How much can a sea turtle weigh?

* How can you tell if it is a boy or girl Sea turtle

*How long can they live?



Curiosity Quest Review




These are the paper sea turtles the kids made at the talk with the
marine biologist. They learned so much about turtles.





Salmon


 
We had seen documentaries on Salmon before so this one wasn't as
interesting to the kids. Only because they already know a lot about them.
Otherwise I think they would have enjoyed it just as much as the others.
Recently we had done a study on dog sledding in Alaska. This would have
gone great with that study. I did see there is a DVD on dog sledding. We
study the Iditarod every year so we may have to grab that one for next year.

On this journey you will find out about the life cycle of salmon. We learn that
wherever they start out they imprint that into their memory and will return
there to reproduce/spawn. We find out why hatcheries such as this
one exist and how long they stay in this habitat. It is interesting
to note that salmon can live in fresh water some of their lives
and the sea another part of their lives.


 
Other topics presented:

* What is imprinting?

* When do salmon lay their eggs?

*What is a net pen?

*What do Salmon eat?







What we Thought of the DVD's and How we used them


I used the DVD's with all of my kids. They all wanted
to watch. We staged a curiosity Quest night. The older kids
were armed with clipboards to write done some
of the interesting facts. The little ones watched. My kids are
4, 8, 14, and 16.  As we watched the cranberries episode I
realized that I had watched that one before with  one of
my kiddos. I realized soon after that our PBS station airs
these shows. I was able to go to the show site and
find out times for the programing. The kids were pretty
excited about that. However , having the DVD has it's
advantages like with our marine study. We were able to
view just the right one for our lesson about Sea turtles.
It was nice to have an accompanying activity for our study.

I loved the DVD's and like I mentioned before I am hoping
to pick up the sled dog one too. There are others in the
collection. I will have to make a list so I remember them for
some of our future studies. They are gear toward the kids
and keep their attention.  I am thinking the next time we
use them to create notebooking pages for their use.
I like the humor of Joel in them. He has a humor the kids
will like and talks to  their understanding. Definitely
one we will view again and again.
 



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Warm Blessings,

Nikki


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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Hopping Along Blog Hop Week 3

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Welcome to the third week of the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop hosted by Tots and MeWalking in Faith and Angels of Heart

We would love for you to come back each week and check out the current topic.  We ask that you compose a related post answering the question, or share an old post that fits the theme. Please include the Hopping Along to Easter Blog Hop Button or a text link back to the hop, and head on over to any of the co-hosts' blogs to link up. Your post may be as long or short as you want it to be.  We will be choosing a co-host from those who link up a relevant post during the week.  The co-host will have the linky on their blog for the following week.

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Lexi from Lextin Academy shared some beautiful Easter Decorations and Art, including Marbled Egg Art, Spaghetti "Easter Grass" Art, Woven Easter Egg Art and Bunny Silhouette Art. Don't forget to stop by and check out all the wonderful ideas.


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Warm Blessings,

Nikki

Friday, April 11, 2014

Random 5- Week Before Spring Break


1. It was the Week before Spring Break and oh what a week it
was. Spring is always so busy.  I always feel like I am rushing
around to get everything done so we can have those lazy days
of summer. I hope I'm not the only one that feels that way. 

 



(photo: In Gettysburg of a covered Bridge and the kids)


2. We ended our school work this week and will be taking a much
needed week off. We will begin again next Tuesday. The weather is
beginning to look promising . We took to the park two days this week.
The kids take their scooters and skate boards and we walk the track.
Then we play on the playground afterwards. It has become a fun
habit I hope to include the rest of the year.



(The two young ones at Devil's Den Gettysburg)


3. Over the weekend last weekend my brother was here visiting from
North Carolina. We went out to eat at Hoss's and then explored some
of Gettysburg. The kids love climbing on the rocks at Devils den.
The photos in this weeks random 5 are from that day. 





(Superboy at Devils Den)

4.  I had a fun time teaching the cross to my preschooler this week
If you missed the posts here are the links...


Lesson 1- Twelve Men
Lesson 2- Miracles
Lesson 3- Rejoice
Lesson 4- Jesus the Servant
Lesson 5- Jesus Lives





(Princess at Devils den. They all liked this crevice)


5. I am looking toward my plans for this week and they
look pretty busy...

Friday- Finish lessons, Grocery shop and shop for Easter baskets
Saturday- House cleaning and work on Prep for Sunday school
Sunday - Church Services and time with family
Monday- Work on Prep for Easter activities on Saturday
Tuesday- Work more on prep for Easter Activities, Sort spring clothes
Wed.- Start baking for Easter Activities
Thursday- Finish Baking for Easter activities , Staff/Church services
Friday- Egg hunt with my dad and family lunch- Staff/Church services
Saturday- Set up and organize Easter activities at church will be at that
all day.
Sunday- Church services/Staff , Easter Dinner at moms.
Monday- Rest.









In case I don't get to Random 5 Good Friday. Have a Happy Easter.

Warm Blessings,


Nikki


The Pebble Pond



The Cross for Preschoolers - Jesus Lives



Lesson 1- Twelve Men
Lesson 2- Miracles
Lesson 3- Rejoice
Lesson 4- Jesus Lives

Before I begin with the last lesson in the 5 day series. I just
wanted to thank all of you that have stopped by to visit. I appreciate
all of your comments, facebook likes and pins on pinterest.

On with todays topic. This is where it can get tricky. When we
approach the cross with preschoolers it is really important to know
your child and what they can handle emotionally. If you think pictures
of Jesus on the cross is going to bother them then tell them with words
as best you can. I have taught preschool bible for many years and I feel
that if you don't make it feel to heavy for the child that an introduction
for what Jesus did for us is in order. I try to explain as best I can if they
as question. Just take it slow and remember that you don't want to
give to much before they are ready. I approach it by using our
children's bible. As I mentioned before we use the Scholastics
Read and Learn bible. There are not disturbing pictures in a book
such as this one. So children can absorb the story with out worry.




As usual we sang our B-I-B-L-E song. I matter of factly
read the story to my daughter. I began reading the Chapter
entitled The Dark Friday . We read a Joyful Sunday and
Jesus is Alive.  *Note if you are interested in this bible the
crucifixion picture is a Silhouette. Very basic for little ones.
This might seem like a lot of chapters for a little one. I do it this
way so that we can get to the Good part. The part where Jesus is
Alive. Little ones might ask questions about why someone would
want to hurt a Jesus they love. I tell them that this happened so he
could take the bad things we do away and wipe it clean.

Something I have done a few times is use a light table to explain
this to them. If you don't have one you can put Christmas lights in
a storage container. Sprinkle sand on the light table. Ask them to
draw something in the sand that they may have done wrong and
then ask Jesus to forgive them and wipe it clean. It has a profound
effect on them. You will be surprised how some little ones take this
activity. I have had the room completely quiet that you could hear
a pin drop and these are little 4-5 year olds.


Anyway back to Sweet Pea's activity. I told her that there were
people who were confused about Jesus and who he was and
they did not know better. But we, WE know who Jesus is don't we.
They were so confused about it that they hurt Jesus and he died
but we don't need to be sad because Jesus is Gods son and He
can do anything. We talk about the tomb and how He is not there.
We talk about how Jesus is alive and we hoot and holler our happiness.
(Focus on the end result more than anything)

Then we begin our little craft....





You will need brown craft foam cut in the shape of a cross, glue
and various things to glue onto the cross. You will also need
a brand new unsharpened pencil. I also used our palm branches
form the other days activity.








We used flowers, scrapbook flowers, butterflies and the palm
cut outs . She glued them as she desired. I never put limits on little
ones. Below is Sweet Peas Almost completed cross. We also
taped a new pencil to the back when it dried and stuck it into
a spring potted flower by the door. To remind us that Jesus
died and Lives in all of our lives.







I wanted to give my little one a gift to hold. I found this
box at our local craft store shaped like a cross. I put a
coffee filter inside the cross for Jesus to lay inside. I made
Jesus out of a peg doll. You can get blank ones at the craft stores
as well. I just used a sharpie to create his hair and eyes. I also
put a heart on him too. Its covered with the tissue in the photo
below. I was going to do an activity with her taking Jesus out of the
cross and show her the empty box but  Her response to this gift
was precious....







"Mommy, Do I get to keep Jesus and play with Him. "

Yes sweety you get to keep him He is yours.
(He really is just for Her and for You and me too.)

Then she goes on to say...

"Mommy I will keep him safe I promise. "

I wanted to cry. So sweet.





She took Jesus to Bed with her Tonight in more ways
than one.


Warm Blessings and a Happy Easter to you,

Nikki

I would love for you to stop over at some of my friends blogs
and read about their 5 Days. Here are their themes for the week.

Kathy's Cluttered Mind- 5 Days of Field Tripping Fun
As we Walk Along the Road- Great Kid's Read
Wonderfully Chaotic- Birth and Babies
The Canadian Homeschooler- Canadian Teacher Pay Teacher Stores
Homemaking Organized- Home Keeping for Boys and Girls
Only Passionate Curiosity- Planning your Homeschool Year
Treasuring Life's Blessings- Family Finger foods
Golden Grasses- A Working women's Guide to Homeschooling


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Rejoice in the Lord Always.

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