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Monday, April 12, 2010

Worship Guitar Class V1 Giveaway!

Found a great new giveaway for y'all!  TOS Homeschool Crew is giving away a copy of Jean Welles Worship Guitar Class Volume 1!  Definitely go check it out, enter, and enjoy!!  Make sure you check out all of their terrific reviews!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Christian Homekeeper Blog

So, scrolling through the new posts at A Virtuous Woman, I found a link to a giveaway.  Since I am quickly becoming a giveaway junkie (I'll just HAVE to have a really good one here, soon!), I of course headed over...

And found the SWEETEST blog for Christian Homekeepers!!  I just love blogs like this.  I am SO very much not domestically inclined, so I  really need this sort of encouragement.

They're having a 5 Weeks to a Clean and Organized Home event going on, and stuff like that is another thing I just LOVE.  They've already pretty much finished Week 1, but I'm jumping in now, and you'll be able to see as the kids and I scramble to catch up.  I'll make sure to post all of our pics and things here!

I just found this blog today, but I can't WAIT to grab a cup of coffee and dive in.  I hope you enjoy it, too!

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Obedience Lapbooks

I'm not sure how it happened, but I forgot to post our Obedience Lapbook!!  We got ours for free at Homeschool Share, and we used the resources at The Character Journal to fill it out.  This one was pretty intensive, it took quite a while.  

Big thing we learned:  We obey Immediately, Completely, and Cheerfully, otherwise it's not obedience.  (In other words, you can do what you're told, but if it's not cheerfully, it's not obedience.  Or you can do something cheerfully, and quickly, but if it's not completely done, it's not obedience.)

There was tons of writing-- copywork for different verses, we learned the Keys to Obedience, lots of definitions, things like that, even finding hymns about obedience.  If I do this one again, I won't use every resource, I'll pick and choose.  It was a lot for our kids.

These are our Ten Tests of Obedience.  There wasn't enough room here for the kids to write, but older kids would do just fine on them.  

More copywork.  Told you there was a lot!  LOL  

This was a great lapbook, and it did teach the kids a lot.  But I would definitely pick and choose what you need for your family, rather than trying to do it all like we did. ;)

Butterfly Award

This is our Butterfly Award Lapbook!  I didn't make this one up on my own, I found it at Homeschool Share. 

This is the cover, isn't it pretty???  Used a ton of ink, though...

The kids have studied Butterflies before, but they still learned a few things!  Here are some of the books we filled out.

More things we learned...

And this is our Butterfly Craft, a colorful butterfly made of torn origami paper.  (I couldn't find tissue paper at the store I was shopping at...)

The kids are going to be using these lapbooks next week.  They'll be giving a presentation for the students at Big Horn Christian School for their Spring Week of Prayer.  They'll be showing the students how butterflies can show us about God's love, and being reborn in Christ.  

These Adventurer Awards are a wonderful way to incorporate Nature Studies into your homeschool, if you're like me, and don't have a natural bone in your body.  I seriously won't even sit outside at restaurants, because of the bugs and lack of AC.  But this way, I know the kids are learning something about God's wonderful world!

Another awesome free lapbook!  You can find it here!

Glue Right Award

OK, this next award isn't technically a Busy Bee, it's a Sunbeam award (which is Grade 2).  But, it was so insanely easy, I let the kids go ahead and do it anyway.  Here's our Glue Right Award lapbooks!

I wrote Glue Right in marker, and the kids traced over it in glue, then put the glitter on.  We might've not let them dry all the way... sorry about that.

OK, this award is a bit on the easy side.  You can see the requirements here.  Each of the lines (1-6) they had to demonstrate control of the glue, for a thin line, thick line, and dashed lines.  The line with the starts is the line Katie thought she did best.  Then, they had to fill a circle with glue, without going outside of the lines, glue a magazine picture, make a design with sequins, and put glue on lines (the star), and use glitter on those.  So, that's what this page shows.  

The final page is showing the craft they did (gluing buttons on a box, to make a button holder), and the Bible Verse that went with this Award (Proverbs 18:24).  

Artist Award

My denomination (Seventh Day Adventist) has a children's program called Adventurers. It's sort of like Scouts, the kids can earn Awards, they have different levels, based on grades, and they have to complete certain criteria before advancing. I wanted my kids to be part of that, but our church doesn't have a Club. Luckily, the North American Division (NAD) will let you use Adventurers as part of your homeschooling curriculum!!! (Provided you don't have a club, which we don't...)

OK, but my worry was that if we ever moved to a church that did have a club, they'd want proof that my kids have actually earned the awards that I've given them. (All right, I'll admit, that's probably not going to happen, but, still, like to cover my bases.)

Enter... you guessed it, LAPBOOKS!! Now, I'll be making a lot of these on my own, but I got my basic templates at Homeschool Share, so head there if you're feeling creative enough to make yours. These aren't very in depth, I basically just went down the awards (we're working on Busy Bees this year, Grade 1), and figured out how to make books for each requirement, or took pictures, if that would work better.

So, here's our Artist Award Lapbook!

Top picture is the front of our lapbook.  I downloaded graphics of each of the Busy Bee level awards, the Adventurer logo, and the Busy Bee logo, and I simply glued them on the top of the lapbook, so I remember what everything is for.

The second picture is the inside of the lapbook.  It has all of the requirements for the Artist Award, and if the requirement was something they couldn't answer in a mini book (like projects), I took a picture.  Those are the three projects that Danny did:  a bookmark in felt markers, a poster (the Adventurer Law) in colored pencils (OK, I wrote the Law out, he decorated, but still...), and a button box, made in glue and glitter, buttons, and markers.  They also did sponge stamping and torn paper art, but I forgot to put those pictures on the lapbooks.  

That's not photo paper, by the way, as you can probably guess with the horrible quality.  But I wasn't going to use my photo paper on this, that stuff's expensive!!

Here are some more pictures of the kids working on the lapbook.  Enjoy!!

I won!!! And more Giveaways!!!

I won!! I NEVER win giveaways, but I won the one I posted recently about, at The Mommy On The Bus Says... YEA ME!! And I won something I've been DYING for anyway... a fitted cloth diaper from Angie's Essentials! (YEA for fellow MOMYS!!) You guys just HAVE to check out her stuff, it's too cute!!

OK, so Grace is having ANOTHER Giveaway... isn't she simply a sweetheart??? Go check her out, at The Mommy On The Bus Says... She's giving away one custom made blanket or shawl from Christina at Bundled in Prayer. If you haven't checked out Christina's beautiful blankets, you just have to, I'd LOVE one of these!

She's also giving away from Crystal at The Hair Bow Shop 3 items of YOUR CHOICE!! Pretty cool, huh???? I went and took a look, I might have to order some of those, they're too cute!!

OK, so hop on over to The Mommy On The Bus Says... to see how to enter!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ladies Against Feminism is back!!

YEA!!  One of my absolute favorite websites, Ladies Against Feminism is back!  They've been offline for a bit, but they're back now, redesigned and better than ever!  Make SURE you check them out!!