Field Trip

A few weeks ago we went on a field trip to a large science center. I forgot my camera, but my daughter remembered to take hers. So I have a few pictures to share from that day.

Water table fun!

Bungee time!

Contortionist


You have to cooperate to play with this.

I hope you enjoyed these pictures. I am trying to blog more often.

Spring Cleaning

Hello! In our area, we are having lovely spring weather, of course this is a week after a snow storm in our area. So we spent Saturday cleaning and rearranging bedrooms. For the first time in many years, we do not have a crib set up in our house. Our two youngest ones now have a set of bunkbeds in their room.
And we set up twin beds for the next two older boys in their room. This was not the original plan, but we could not fit the twin beds in the younger boys’ room. So we went with plan B. And all 4 boys are quite happy with the changes.
This also spurred me on to do some decluttering, and I ended up with a van load of items to donate to a local charity. So we, hopefully, blessed someone else in the process of spring cleaning.
Next on the spring cleaning agenda is yard work. We seem to have a lot of pine cones and sticks and assorted stuff that needs to be cleaned up.

A Review of Famous Figures of Ancient Times by Cathy Diez-Luckie

Recently I received a copy of Famous Figures of Ancient Times to review for author Cathy Diez-Luckie. I have homeschooled for many years using a time line to help my children remember important people in history, so I thought this would be a new way to introduce famous people from the ancient days.

These timeline figures are so much fun to create and manipulate. I appreciate the thought the author put into this book. Not only did she include color pictures you just cut out and assemble, she also included blackline drawings of the figures, so the children can color them and then assemble them. I like to give my children hands-on activities to work on while I read aloud to them, and the blackline pages, make that so easy. I will say that I enjoyed the simplicity of just cutting out one of the colored figures and assembling it. Some days you just do not have as much time as others to devote to hands-on activities.

We also like the size of the figures once they are assembled. They are large enough for the children to manipulate and handle.

I also liked that it took minimal resources to create the figures. I only needed sharp scissors, small brass fasteners and colored pencils. I used the sharpest point of my scissors to make the holes to attach the brass fasteners. I did not have a small hold punch or awl handy. And it was simple enough to punch a small hole in the paper for my children.

These are available through Figures in Motion (www.figuresinmotion.com), and they retail for $19.95. There are 20 famous figures in this book about the ancient times. And there is a brief paragraph about each person, so you do not have to do a lot of research if you are just doing an introduction to a person. They could be used with many different history programs. I highly recommend them.

A Review of Classic Bible Storybook by Kenneth Taylor

Recently I was offered the opportunity to review a new book by Kenneth Taylor called Classic Bible Storybook. Since I have children who range in age from 2 to 18, I am always looking for additional resources to use with our in-home Bible study. Many of you know Kenneth Taylor’s name from his Bible Story Book and The Living Bible. He has pleased audiences for three generations now with his writing, and this book is an excellent addition to his other works.

It was illustrated by Richard and Frances Hook. The pictures throughout this book are truly a work of art. From the moment that I opened the package, I was transported back to my memories of the art work in my first Children’s Living Bible. I spent many hours of my childhood looking at those pictures.

In reading through this book, I can tell the care Mr. Taylor has taken with the details of Scripture, and he has included a few questions at the end of each story to give you a springboard for discussion. My children seem to remember Bible stories when they have had time to think and discuss the stories. And they also enjoyed retelling the stories back to me. The stories in this book are broken down into small sections, so it is easy to read and get to the meat of each story in a brief amount of time. That is an important thing for young children, especially if you have 5 boys.

I enjoyed sharing this book with my children, and I am sure that it will become a classic book that we will have on our family bookshelf for many years to come.

It is available now through many retailers, including Amazon. It is published by Tyndale, and they have kept the mark of quality from beginning to end of this book. Its retail price is $12.99. And it includes 120 classic Bible stories. The ISBN number is 978-1-4143-0769-5. This is a book that you will want to share with the children in your life.

Where am I on life’s road?

FishMama has a neat Mr. Linky set up, and I thought I would participate.

Where am I on life’s road?

My life has had a lot of twists and turns over the past few years. God gave us an opportunity to operate a homeschool business in 2005, and we are still running that business from home. With the economy like it is, my business has been very slow since September. My husband’s job outside the home has also slowed down dramatically. I will say that we do enjoy having him home more, but the change in our budget has been rough at times.

In October, my husband & I discussed the possibilty of me returning to school for more education. And in January, I started attending a class three nights a week. I am enjoying being a student again. Since I homeschool 5 of mu children, I have been continuing my education anyway. But it is different when you have to study for tests and work on projects as an adult.

I love it! And I have decided, Lord willing, to pursue a two-year degree. I have some college credits, and many of them will transfer to what I want to study. So I am in the process of getting some pre-requisite classes out of the way.

I am also continuing with my homeschool business, and I am still homeschooling my children. So my days and evenings are quite full these days. But I am resting in the Lord, and He is getting me through day-by-day.

Hop on over to Life as Mom, and read some more posts.

A sweet memory….

I am trying to get back into the swing or writing on my blog. It hs been a hard few months, and I have had a hard time writing from the heart. I am going to try to share some memories I have with my grandfather. I thought it would help me as I am still missing him.

This past Thanksgiving Day we were caring for my grandfather in his home. We had only been able to bring him home from the hospital the day before, so we were all excited to not be spending our Thanksgiving at the hospital. It’s just not the same atmosphere, you know.

We spent a good part of day at my grandfather’s house on Thanksgiving, and that night I offered to stay up and be the “night nurse.” My mom really needed a good night’s sleep. My grandfather was an early to bed, early to rise kind of person, but his cancer and the side effects from the cancer made sleep difficult. He dozed off and on, and but he never fell into a deep sleep.

Sometime in the wee hours of the morning, I realized I had not eaten a large dinner, and I was hungry. So I decided to get a snack. I asked him if he was hungry, and he was, too. And by this time, my uncle had gotten up to be there with us. So I fixed snacks for the three of us, and we enjoyed leftover Thanksgiving food at 3:00 in the morning.

That is such a special memory for me, since it was just a nice time of being together and eating a little snack. We also spent some time talking, since his mind was good, we wanted to enjoy all the time we could with him.

Thinking about that night alternately makes me smile and tear up. I would not give anything for the time I had with him.