Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lord, I need you a song that goes perfect with wb 36 and life.

Lord, I need you by by Matt Maher is a song that goes perfect with what we are learning in wb 36. We sing the Wisdom Booklet song every day when doing the Wb so I am going to print out the words and add this song to our wb time. 

"Lord, I Need You"

Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You're the One that guides my heart

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Where sin runs deep Your grace is more
Where grace is found is where You are
And where You are, Lord, I am free
Holiness is Christ in me

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Teach my song to rise to You
When temptation comes my way
And when I cannot stand I'll fall on You
Jesus, You're my hope and stay

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

You're my one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You
My one defense, my righteousness
Oh God, how I need You

Thursday, March 26, 2015

WB 36 Power Through Precision~ Gold Rush & 5 Giants of temptation

Gold Rush interactive notebook click here

We have spent the last week and a half on our Power Through Precision studying the 5 giants of temptation & the California Gold Rush. We spent each day reading about the giants we face in our lives doing one giant daily and studying the Gold Rush.

   I decided to do the project that list vocabulary words to know and spell. We did this all at once at the end of the resource. I made a vocabulary mini-book to glue into their interactive notebook. I wrote the words on the flap and they copied the definition from the board as I looked it up in the dictionary. I used my IPad's dictionary which saved time.Going over the vocabulary words were very helpful. I asked them what the word meant then we wrote the definition. This allowed me to see if they understood the vocab words. My older student took notes as we went through the study so this was just with the elementary students. Next time I would like to have everyone do it together. 
   We then made a mini-book that listed the 5 giants of temptation and under the flap we wrote a verse that went with the giant. 
This study was what we needed here .God is good. As we face these temptation in life whether it be from Satan or our own sinful desires we have a choice to make. They also really I think for the first time understood what lust was in scripture. 

The other project we did was study the California Gold Rush because of the greed during that time in American history. I read through this book as they colored & cut. I purchased the interactive notebook which has the link above. You may be able to find some for free or make your own even better. We then glued them in our WB interactive notebook. I made some of my own mini-books and added it to the study. I am going to look for a movie or documentary on the gold rush. An idea for a read aloud would be Brighty of the Grand Canyon. click here.

One of the fun things we did was discuss if we had to leave and pack up a wagon to go across the country. It really made them think about was is a true needs in life verses things that are pleasures and things that can cause us to be greedy.
I am looking forward to studying bulletproof George Washington next week.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Kids footprints and hand prints in my Bible..following the Shephard

I came across this idea from someone on Facebook and I loved it. They stamped their babies footprint in their Bible. So I started off with Caleb then I decided to do all of my children. The red stamp ink shows up the best as I tried other colors. The older kids did not want their hand-prints so I talked them into a thumbprint by a verses or Biblical hero that Christ spoke to our hearts when they were born to be named after. I had to pull out the Birthday card since it is my birthday.I also reminded them of how they are dedicated to God.
       I know some people don't like to mark their Bibles but mine is a recorded journey as I walk through life with my Shepherd. I always enjoy reading over notes in my Bible from Bible study to Rhemas. I hope one day my children, grandchildren, or great grandchildren will read the notes and see he journey.My Bible is one of greatest treasures I have here on earth and I hope someday they will treasure it also.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Scheduling the Wisdom Booklets with the Parent Guide Planner

     I am so excited to start back up with the Wisdom Booklets. We just sent in our yearly registration and ordered more Wisdom Booklets for the remaining of the school year & next year. Since I have a new baby instead of writing in a separate planner like I have in past I just grabbed a pencil and wrote in the Parent Guide Planner to schedule the Wisdom Booklet planner to save time planning.
     I circled the projects I wanted to complete. I am scheduling for a 4 day week since we are going to a homeschool co-op on Fridays. I began at the beginning of the Wisdom Booklet and wrote week 1 then Day 1..Day 2...Day 3...Day 4 planning my days for the week.For the projects I scheduled days for my younger students and the older in the age appropriate sections by simply circling and writing the day of the week above it. Also on the side were it it is blank it states student initials hours evaluation I wrote down supplies I would need for the projects for a quick glance when I am gathering materials needed the following week.

I continue through the Wisdom Booklet adding each week until the WB is completed. Some of the resources are long and so I break them up into days to read through. Here is an example as you can see on Day 4 will will begin to read in this resource on giant 4.

My printer is not working so I am waiting for a part to come in so I can't print or copy any worksheets. Since we are using a composition notebooks it is not a big deal. We can either make mini-books to glue in or simply write and journal as we go. I love this as it makes less work on me trying to print out or gather the needed worksheets. We can simply open the WB and go working in our composition books.
     Each student has an age appropriate composition book. As you can see Nehemiah in 2nd grade has a Primary journal to use as he journals his learning discoveries going through the Wisdom Booklets.

Since we do our Wisdom Booklet time in our living room I have an organize in there to hold their Wisdom Booklets, Wisdom Booklet LA, & journals.I still use my workboxes for other subjects and books.
 My husband this weekend placed a white board up for me also to use for the Wisdom Booklet time and to put our memory verses up.
  My husband gets paid on Wed.normally so that is when I look through my library to see what we have for the next week as I review the planner looking at what I planned at the beginning of the month. If I need any books I will go to Amazon to purchase a book we may need. We have Amazon Prime so as long as we purchase items with Amazon Prime it will be here in time for the next week. You can use the library too as an option but will need to plan ahead.
  Some of the books I might plan are read alouds, reading books, or research books with information. I first look at the recommended books in the WB. I like living books with lots of pictures and Christ centered books are on top of the list. So if we are studying George Washington I want a book that shows his love for the Lord.
 Planning the WB writing in the parent planner itself is a quick and easy way to plan the WB a month at a time.
    The journal makes it easy too in preparing as it reduces making copies of worksheets or notebooking pages etc. Your kids also have paper in hand. Another benefit is they can work on their WBLA writing assignment & vocab words that correlates with the WB all in their journal. This reduces the prep time for mom and keeps everything together organized as we work through the WB.
  I hope this was a help and blessing to you in preparing the Wisdom Booklets.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

How Can it be you gave this precious boy to me. Caleb Joshua born 1/7/2015

 It is hard to believe baby Caleb is already 6 weeks old. I have been  at home for the most part enjoying every moment I have with him. The day he was born it was in the single digits . It was so cold there was frost on the windows, My nickname for him is Caleb Frost.
   It is snowing as I type and the temperatures have been in the negatives at night and will continue. I don't mind at all as I love winter were everything is as white as snow and we stay home as a family more being snowed in. Caleb Frost is my first winter baby and I must admit is has been my easiest pregnancy so far.I will be 43 in a few weeks so I am not a spring chicken lol.
   He is also a good baby.These pictures were taken in the hospital when he was born. He has black hair and dark eyes that remind me of a stary night.
  I have been praising God for my 8th son born. It is an honor to raise soldiers of the cross and raise His lambs for His glory. I was meditating at Christmas how Mary was just a mother yet she was chosen to raise the son of God on earth. I am not raising the son of God but my responsibilities before him are great as a mother with this precious life. All my choices and actions will effect this little life that is so dependent on me.Its only by His grace can I have strength through the years to finish the race He has set before me. A mother seems like such a small thing in our society but in the eyes of God it is one of the greatest jobs/responsibilities.
  Caleb Joshua was dedicated to Jesus Christ the day I found out I as pregnant and I am reminded by the Lord every day when I look into his little eyes. I praise the Lord for my Godly husband & church family that is beside me that the Lord uses along the path of life.

I wanted to share this song written.It is my heart song I sing to the Lord. He gave this song to me while I was pregnant with Caleb and I have been singing it in my heart ever since.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Creating a homeschool high school transcript

Today I worked on my son's high-school transcript so I thought I would share some websites to maybe help someone else to complete their own high-school transcript.

I downloaded a sample transcript from Donna Young's website.
Since it is in Microsoft Word you are able to erase the sample and place your students information creating your own personal transcript. You can also redesign it if you are familiar with using Microsoft word. Also at the bottom of the transcript it explains how many hours are needed to give a credit for a course.

I also wanted to share the website I use to generate my students GPA score.You can use grade or percent to calculate the GPA. The first column you type in grade or percent.The second column you type if its a full credit or half credit course. You can add more classes at the top or click on the red x to remove extra blank spaces for classes. Here is the website GPA Calculator.

We live in Pennsylvania so know your state requirements. This is the high-school graduation requirements for PA. .

Finally in the state of PA homeschool diplomas issued by the parents are legal.So I just purchase my high-school diplomas from Homeschool Legal Defense. HSLDA personalized high-school diplomas

My oldest son is applying for the unions and we have found they require a copy of his high-school diplomas so that is the reason we purchased him one.

I hope this helps.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Baby Dropped ~ What does that mean?

     Yesterday my sisters in Christ surprised me with a baby shower!1 I feel so blessed . I will post more about the shower which they called a sprinkling but it was more than that. I am so excited for this baby and we are now ready thanks to the Lord supplying our needs through these wonderful ladies. I can't wait to share pictures :)
  Today I went to my 34 week appointment. Praise the Lord everything is going well. Last Wed. my baby dropped. I could feel the pressure especially when walking. This is routine for me so I won't get excited that it means he is coming soon. He still needs to grow some before he comes anyway. My last several babies have dropped at 34 weeks leaving me to waddle like a duck for 6 weeks before they come in to the world. I normally go full term almost to my due date at 40 weeks.

I enjoy anatomy so I thought I would post to show what does it mean for a baby to drop.

As you can see it is not very comfortable for mom.  Caleb is only 34 weeks but he is gaining weight by the week so as he the weight will cause even more pressure because of his weight gain until he is born.

 The doctor confirmed today he has dropped so waddling like a penguin I will have to accept for the next 6 weeks. If you look at the diagram below you will see than can drop from -3 to 0. When you are in labor they go past 0 and they began to go through the pelvis. I am looking forward meeting this little active baby boy.

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