Spend Time with God

"Make it your priority to spend time with God daily. There's not a single right time or one correct place. The only requirement for a right time with God is your willing heart. Your meeting time with God will vary according to the season of your life and the schedules you are juggling. Jesus often slipped away to be alone in prayer (Luke 5:16), but even His prayer times varied. He prayed in the morning and late at night, on a hill and in the upper room. Time with your heavently Father is never wasted. If you spend time alone with God in the morning, you'll start your day refreshed and ready for whatever comes your way. If you spend time alone with Him in the evening, you'll go to sleep relaxed, resting in His care and ready for a new day to serve Him." ~ Emilie Barnes

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Good Morning Girls!

I'm SO thankful I came across the Good Morning Girls summer devotional while I was going through email on Sunday night.  I opened their email and saw the KIDS version of the summer devotional - WOW! I most certainly downloaded it and started it the very next day with the girls!

It has been AWESOME!

The girls LOVE it, I LOVE it.... and I'm CERTAIN that GOD loves it :)  Can't go wrong with any of that!

If you  haven't seen it, you could certainly check it out and start it too! We are on day 4 and still loving it. We study 1 verse all week and another verse for the day. Each day has a theme. And it doesn't take long at all. I should say you can spend as little or long as you'd like on it. They give resources for older children AND for toddlers and also give additional resources - you tube songs, videos and craft ideas!

Here's the link to Good Morning Girls.... http://www.goodmorninggirls.org/blog/
I'm pretty sure if you subscribe to their emails you'll receive the free downloads for the kids study... but if you don't, send them an email :)

Here's an example of what our first day included:
We read the suggested scripture and then the SOAP verse. The girls filled in the sheets here:


And then we talked about what the Bible passage was about and I read a bit from the free download for that day explaining Repentance and Forgiveness... Then as I read the passage again, I had the girls draw the story I read from the Bible on the back of their pages....



They had a great time and really learned a lot in such a short amount of time!  I should add that while we were doing this, Isabelle was coloring at the table too and Olivia was eating a snack... because she's always eating :)

Yesterday we did a fun craft with paint... we took black paper in the shape of a heart and painted it white signifying how we make bad choices, but we can go to God and ask forgiveness and He makes our hearts white, clean & pure.... and then helps us to not make that bad choice again.

Anyways - seriously  - GO check them out!

I'll leave you with our theme song we've been listening to all week... it goes right along with the verse for the week:  "Jesus said, 'Go and sin no more.'" John 8:11


Sunday, April 28, 2013

Earth Week 2013

Yes, Earth WEEK. :) I didn't want to leave it to just one day here.
SO, here are some things we did during Earth week.

We painted our earth (while Olivia napped)  :) which they LOVED doing.....




We did a free booklet I found on Earth day.... where we learned about earth and pollution.
You can find that here: http://www.thecurriculumcorner.com/2013/03/16/earth-day-activity-booklet/
It also helped in getting Audrey interested to find different places on the globe.... and while they colored some of the pages, I read to them about planet Earth from our Usborne Science Encyclopedia.


Audrey and Isabelle especially enjoyed watching the Earth dvd by disney:


We also read many books - one that I had won just a few weeks earlier at an Usborne party! We read just a little bit each day during lunch :)



Where does the Garbage Go helped the girls realize how important it is to recycle, what a landfill looks like and how we can use items so we don't put so much in the landfill!


Every Day on Earth was one of our favorites! It's filled with many facts and broken up by category. Every day each of the kids picked a category and we read a fun fact.


Eliza practiced reading to us with this book:


and finally, one that Isabelle LOVED:



We tried doing a paper mache earth, but it didn't turn out how I wanted, so we tossed them! Maybe we'll try again next year!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES

Just posting sites I have come across and want to access easily :)
OR curriculum I'd like to look into further.


http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/bored.htm - Boredom Busters / Activities


BIOGRAPHIES
http://www.youtube.com/show/muffinstories


SPELLING / VOCAB
http://www.spellingcity.com/

WRITING
http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/cursive.html - free cursive worksheets

READING
http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/easychapter.htm  - Easy Chapter Book List


ART
http://www.seethelightshine.com/ - curriculum

http://www.deepspacesparkle.com/ - curriculum / blog, free

http://www.thatartistwoman.org/ - free

http://www.youtube.com/user/PaintBasket - free videos


HISTORY
http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/history.htm - Literature to Supplement History


SCIENCE
http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/sciencebooks.htm - Living Science Books


FREE WORKSHEETS & PRINTABLES
http://www.tlsbooks.com/ - worksheets

http://www.usa-printables.com/ - history, places, etc coloring pages

UNIT STUDIES

http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-butterfly-resource-unit/ - over 50 free butterfly unit study resources

Saturday, December 22, 2012

2012 Year In Review

Here's our 2012 Year in Review!
The captions are funky on it, sorry about that!




All these photos are shared on my google plus album - if you're friends with me on FB you should be able to see each photo separately! :)

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

As Time Flies By

I can't even believe how time has been flying by!

My Beautiful Audrey is now 7.....  S E V E N!!!  I can't believe it.  I'll do a little post on her party here soon.

It really seems that the days are flying by faster and faster. Well, some days seem like they go on forever and they'll never end :)  But then when I look back, I wonder how we got to where we are now?!

HOMESCHOOLING -

AUDREY
is in Unit 4 and almost finished with it already. That means we are almost half way! YAY :)  She learned all her Old Testiment books. Knows the heading and how many for each (Books of Law, History, etc.) and now she's studying the New Testiment books.  Here's a little clip of her singing her OT books.


ELIZA
is working hard on her reading! She's been doing 2-3 lessons a day from the "Teach Your Child To Read In 100 Easy Lessons" book. and it's going really well! She is almost done with her Kindergarten books. Minh Lee and I have agreed to start her on 1st grade work when we return from our trip to Malaysia. She is also learning the OT Books, just because Audrey is :)

ISABELLE
is finally singing the alphabet! She has known her letters for a super long time, but she wouldn't ever sing them with me. finally this last week she started singing it on her own in the van, without my prompting - yay!
I also found out last week that she knows her numbers, not just saying them or counting, because she has known how to count to 13 for quite a while, but if I hold up a number she can tell me what it is! yay, Isabelle! Her favorite thing is her '20 minutes' on the iPad, reading the same book over and over and over again, usually any book about owls or foxes and the book "Yoko" by rosemary Wells. Yes, she still LOVES owls. :) so cute.

OLIVIA
will soon be 11 months.... how did a year go by so quickly!? She is crawling like a pro and cruising along furniture... trying to stand up almost all the time. My favorite is when she holds onto something while standing, lets go and squeels and then hangs back on, then repeats :) It's just adorable how she finds letting go such a thrill. :)

There's our updates!!!
Ta Ta for Now! :)

Friday, November 2, 2012

10 Years!

10 years ago, I said "I DO" to my handsome Malaysian Prince Charming! It's been a fabulous 10 years!!!
He surprised me with a photo session with Brianne Nichole Photography! I was Shocked and so Excited! He knows exactly what I find important - I LOVE photos :)

He also took me out for dinner, unfortunately we had to box it up and go because I wasn't feeling well. BUT my mom watched the kids the next night so we could go out to see Pitch Perfect (awesome movie, btw!)

Thanks Babe for an awesome 10 years! I'm looking forward to what God has in store for our family!




Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Homeschool Update!

YAY! We are so excited - Audrey has finished her Unit 2 and moved on to Unit 3 now! We are right on track - so that's awesome!  I let her start her "cursive" book last week and she is loving that. She knew how to write some things in cursive, but is practicing all the letters now and absolutely loving it. Eliza even is wanting to join in - so I may allow her to do some as well - when they are interested is the absolute best time to teach them!

Eliza is still doing really well with reading, we are continuing the All About Reading, but she's actually liking the "Teach Your Child To Read in 100 Easy Lessons" better right now! So, we're doing that, which is what we used with Audrey. Eliza is having SO much fun with it that she's wanting to do 2-3 or more lessons at a time! Makes it so much fun :)

Isabelle is reviewing her letters, which she knows already. and we are working on numbers, which she doesn't know so well. She can count, but doesn't know the numbers when looking in a book as well as I'd like! She still loves practicing writing her name, so we do that too. Lots of reading, which she loves. She could sit and read certain books over and over and over. I think once I read a long book to her 5 times through in one sitting!

AND now that Olivia is crawling, she's our professional 'get into everything' one :)

There's our update!