Thursday, April 3, 2014

Adding a little education to our vacation

We are heading to Florida! Woohoo! I'm not telling you this so you will be jealous, but I would understand if you are. I mean, I would be.

What's a road trip without some preschool and kindergarten level education involved??


Here are my ideas for the drive down to the sunshine state (and possibly back if they happen to... hopefully!... sleep through a state).
  • Each noodle will be provided with a map of the United States that they are free to color (HERE and HERE are good sources).

  • As we enter a new state, they will put a star sticker on that state.
  • At some point we will stop and take a picture of the 3 kids in each state.
  • For Marie (Kindergarten), I will have a page for each state (found HERE) along with a fact sheet I put together (Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, template). She will either draw or write the information from the fact sheet onto her coloring page. 
I also found a Scavenger Hunt page HERE if the littles are interested!

It's very simple stuff but an excellent way to help them realize what's going on as we drive. We'll see how it goes! I'll have an update when we return.

What are some ways you like to teach your kids while on a long drive?

((Check out THESE ideas, too!))


Monday, March 31, 2014

Colors Unit

Marie is incredibly artistic. In spite of struggling with names of colors until she was nearly 5, she has always loved colors. Now that she has her colors down well, I thought it was time for a little more in depth study! Especially since she's always asking, "What does green and purple make?" (Insert any color in either spot!). We had a great time!

Check out all these ideas I found mostly around the www...

Reading:
We had no trouble finding too many books at the library.



Writing/Language Arts:
My Color Book

Lego Game


Write sentence on how to make favorite color.


Videos:



Crafts:
Make a giant color wheel

Experiment with mixing paint colors and Paint picture with mixed colors
Fingerpaint rainbows
Sandpaper tshirts
Rainbow Crayons
Rainbow Pasta


Science:
Predict what colors need to be mixed to make favorite color/color of choice. Experiment to find answer. Document.
Paper towel experiment
We had trouble getting this to work I think because the cups were too tall. So I had to  flip the paper towels around. Still got the idea and the kids loved it!
Soak 3 skittles in a bowl of water

Bible:
"A Dream of Heaven" in the Jesus Storybook Bible
Wordless bracelet
1 John 1:7
Sing Jesus Loves the Little Children

((We weren't able to get to everything so don't go thinking we're superhuman or something)).

Meanwhile, Jack worked on R is for Rainbow!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The Power of a Praying Wife GIVEAWAY

I love this book.












While trudging through a rough patch in our marriage, my mom recommended reading this book. I have read through the prayers and verses every day since then. That's 18 months to be specific.

It is not a new book. You have probably all heard of it. But if you haven't taken the time to read through it, even once, you are missing out. To make it easier for you, I came across a second-hand hard back version in mint condition that I want to give away!

Here's a little blurb in case you need some convincing that this book is for you...
"Something amazing happens to our hearts when we pray for another person. The hardness melts. We become able to get beyond the hurts, and forgive. We even end up loving the person we are praying for. It's miraculous! It happens because when we pray we enter into the presence of God and He fills us with His Spirit of love. When you pray for your husband, the love of God will grow in your heart for him. Not only that, you'll find love growing in his heart for you, without him even knowing you are praying." 
If you'd like a chance to win this book, just leave a comment sharing something you love about your husband! 

I love that Derek is incredibly patient and never raises his voice. He has never said anything derogatory to me but rather is regularly encouraging. I am very blessed! And so are you, so comment away!

((The winner will be chosen randomly))



Friday, March 21, 2014

Learning God's Word: Daniel in the Lions Den


We've reached the story of Daniel in the lions den in our Jesus Storybook Bible. This seemed like an easy one to expand on so that I did with free online resources! We also worked on the letter L (for Lion and Ladybug) in preschool because I love when everything works together.

Reading:

Daniel 6
Jesus Storybook Bible
Really Big Book of Bible Stories

The Story of Daniel and the Lions
We got this at the library. It rhymes and the kids loved it.

Verse:

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Focus:

God is our protector. We can trust Him.

Watch:

Youtube video

Activities:

Order story cards
Telling time game (kindergarten)

Word Search (kindergarten)

Retell the story to each other using stick figures

Crafts:

L is for Lion

Daniel in the Lions Den Sunday School Craft

Sidenote, Marie completed her 100th day of school today! Yay!


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Contentment in My Calling.

A highschool classmate recently passed away. At her viewing I commented to her mom about how much Joanna had accomplished in her much-too-short life. 

"Even if the rest of us live to be 80, she'll probably still have us beat."

Her mom placed her hand on my growing belly, with her daughter's body lying only feet away, and said,

"Being a mom is a big deal. Hold those babies tight."

I am living the life I've always dreamed of: wife and mom. But I realized that I still tend to believe the lie that there are higher callings than my own. I'm not saying being a wife and a mom is the highest calling. I'm saying me being a wife and a mom is my highest calling.

Joanna lived the life God called her to live. There is no higher calling.

There are plenty of things I'd love to do or places I'd love to go that may never happen or just have to wait, but true contentment is found in the life God has called me to. That is the life I am living and I wouldn't have it any other way.


Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17
May He grant you according to your heart's desire, and fulfill all your purpose! Psalm 20:4
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