Archive | March, 2013

Latin PRINTABLE (Weeks 23 and 24)

28 Mar

Latin Fifth Declension PacketThe Latin 5th Declension Packet is ready! You can download it here: Latin Fifth Declension Packet

Also, if you’ve missed my past posts with the other 4 declension packets, here they are: First Declension, Second Declension, Third Declension, and Fourth Declension. Also, here’s a link to how I made a GRID on the back of my CC board for class and use these packets on the grid.

So many of you have commented and indicated that these have been helpful for you and for your kiddos. I am so thankful and humbled by your words! Latin is intimidating to most of us. 🙂 I’m thankful that these sheets have helped make Latin accessible to all of us (myself included!). I am so thankful that my children have the opportunity to learn Latin. A significant amount of our English words originated from Latin particularly in the medical field. So, just think, you’re helping prepare your child for his/her future occupation. PLUS, so many of the foreign languages traditionally studied in the United States, like Spanish or French are Latin derivatives. Those languages will be a piece of cake after studying Latin! The mental assertion and discipline required when learning a foreign language is also a wonderful exercise for our children (and their parents! ha!); they’re strengthening their brains (literally!) and keeping them sharp. So, give yourself a pat on the back for staying on this Latin journey! I’m already looking forward to Cycle 2 Latin, aren’t you?!?!

Classical Conversations Weekly Link-Up

This post is a part of a link-up PARTY over at Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood for Week 23 resources. Go there to find more resources.

Math Laws (W21-W24)-printables

24 Mar

Math Laws

I tried a puzzle with my Abecedarians last week with The Associative Law. It worked okay, but it wasn’t my favorite. I liked the idea of having them trace the letters while we chanted the laws. So, this is my new approach with the Math Laws these last 3 weeks. In the spirit of SHARING (you know how I love to!), here’s the printable for you to download: Math Laws.W21 to W24

I’m planning to run the 4 pages front and back and then laminating the 2 individual pages. The children can then trace and chant, erase and chant, and repeat! Math’s done now for the rest of the year! YAY! 🙂

Easter Traditions-Is your Easter Advent Calendar ready? If not, I’m here to help!

23 Mar

Tomorrow is Palm Sunday, which kicks off the Passion Week. This is one of the most significant weeks of the year for followers of Christ. This is a wonderful week to dive into Scripture with your family. Are you like I usually am–wishing you could do something this year but don’t have everything ready to “pull it off?” If not, no sweat! I’m here to encourage you to go for it! Just like the pep talk I gave us before Christmas Advent started (Yes, I needed it, too!), I thought an Easter Advent pep talk would be good for us as well!


DIY EASTER BANNER–You can do it!
Maybe you decided that the Easter Advent calendar #1 (journeying through the 40 days of Lent) was too much for this year, but guess what? There’s another option–Easter Advent calendar #2 from HeartFELT Truths! I reviewed her Easter Advent calendar here. It’s wonderful, amazing, hands on, and perfect to use with children! This will be our first year to use it, and I’m sooooooo excited! On her site, Whitney shares the patterns and instructions (FOR FREE!) so that you can DIY your own Easter Banner (isn’t she the BEST?!?!? Thank you, Whitney!). To find the instructions go here; you’ll find them by scrolling to the bottom of the post. All you need is a little felt and glue! She designs her using a dowel rod which enables you to hang it up for use and display. However, if that’s too much or too complicated, use clothes pins and hang them on a clothes hanger, which you could hang from a doorway or on a nail on the wall. I promise your children won’t care if it’s mounted to a dowel rod or clothes pinned to a hanger. They’ll simply love the time that you’re spending together as a family reading Scripture together.

One of my readers used the HeartFELT Truths Christmas Advent calendar. She wrote to me and indicated that there is no script to read along with the Easter Banner (unlike the Christmas Advent calendar). So, one option is to read each story directly from Scripture. I, also, thought that you could use your favorite Children’s Bible to read along with the stories highlighted in the Easter Banner. Of course, my first thought was the Jesus Storybook Bible, which is currently $1.99 for the Kindle version on Amazon (offer expired. Current price is $3.99)!

DIY Easter Banner–Option #2
If making the Easter Banner out of felt is intimating, make your own! Buy a piece of poster board, make your own ornaments based on the events of the Passion Week. Have your child tape them daily to the poster board as you read each story from Scripture! My new friend Shannon had the cutest idea for making ornaments for the 40 Day Easter Devotion Guide that I featured on my blog. You could even use Shannon’s ornament idea to incorporate into a Passion Week Easter Banner.

DIY Easter Banner–Option #3  Resurrection Eggs
So, if you’re not crafty or don’t have time to create an Easter Banner, another wonderful option is Resurrection Eggs. No time or craftiness required! You can find them at a local Christian bookstore or order them here from Amazon. We used these when my boys were younger, and they absolutely adored them! The set that we bought included a pamphlet with a instructions for which passage to read daily to go along with the eggs. We actually made our own in my 3 and 4 year old Sunday School class two weeks ago, and the children were enamored with them! Here are instructions for DIY Resurrection Eggs. This is another great option for a daily, reading together as a family Easter tradition.

Easter Traditions Pep Talk
You have options, so never fear! So, if this is the year that you’ve wanted to start an Easter tradition, go for it! For all of you perfectionists out there (like myself), don’t feel like you have to have your Easter Banner completely made by tomorrow. Remember that you can make one ornament a day, and you’ll be fine! You can even include your children in the “ornament making” experience, so the pressure won’t completely be on you. (I promise they’ll love it!) If making an Easter Banner is intimidating or not possible this year, run out to your nearest Christian bookstore and buy Resurrection Eggs! No matter what you chose to do this week, enjoy Passion Week with your family! Even if you don’t have anything “crafty” or “hands on,” that’s okay! Giving our children the opportunity to daily hear Scripture is enough. When you think about the power of God’s Word to make a dead sinner’s heart come alive, isn’t reading Scripture together one of the greatest, most powerful gifts that we can give our children?

May you make and enjoy sweet memories with your family as you center your hearts, minds and thoughts on Jesus Christ this week!

The Jesus Storybook Bible-Kindle edition–$1.99

20 Mar

We love, love, love the Jesus Storybook Bible. Seriously, we love it!!! (Have you picked up on that yet?!?!?) Lloyd-Jones’s writing leaves me in tears almost every time I read this with my boys (or I might have even read this by myself sometimes). She beautifully weaves the story of a Rescuer coming for His people into each story that is included in the book. I love that with each reading my boys are hearing the unifying theme of Scripture–Jesus was always God’s plan (even in the Old Testament!). He was sent to rescue sinners from sin and to make them clean, right before God that He would be be known as the One, True God. The truth of God, His love for humanity saturates every page in this book. It is a treasure to our family, and as a parent, I’m thankful for this wonderful resource to have to read with our boys.

The GREAT news is that, right now,  Kindle edition is only 1.99 at Amazon! If you don’t have a Kindle, you can get the Kindle App for your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Not sure how long this price will be valid, so don’t miss out!! 🙂

Also, there’s a curriculum to go with the Jesus Storybook Bible if you’re looking for something along those lines, too! It’s less than $6!

Weeks 21 and 22 (Latin Printable)

8 Mar

Latin Fourth Declension PacketI’ve heard from so many of you faithful CC blog readers that you’re enjoying the Latin Packets that I’ve made this semester. I’m humbled and elated to hear that they’ve been a blessing to your families! Praise God! 🙂 Here’s the next installment of Latin for Weeks 21 and 22: Latin Fourth Declension Packet. If you’ve missed the First Declension, Second Declension or Third Declension, they are in a similar format. You can also see how I created a “Latin Grid” to use with these packets. I made it on the back of my board that I use in my Abecedarians Class. Enjoy!

Classical Conversations Weekly Link-Up

This post is being submitted to Half-a-Hundred Acre Wood’s Cycle 1 Weekly Link-Up. Find more Weeks 21 and 22 resources there.

Good reads: Bonhoeffer, Squanto, and Wilberforce

5 Mar

I’m like a kid in a candy shop! I’m giddy, excited and oh-so-excited! I’ve written previously about one of my favorite biographies, Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy. I’ve also written superfluously about a book that we pull out each November, Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving, which is now an annual-Mosley-Thanksgiving-tradition kind of book. Well, both are written by one of my favorite authors, Eric Metaxas, and I’m excited that he’s currently on a Bonhoeffer Tour with Nashville as a stopping point! Tonight’s the event, and my hubby and I are heading there soon (an anniversary present to each other!). So, if you love the works of Metaxas, see if he’s coming soon to a city near you!

I’m excited to be picking up his book Amazing Grace: William Wilberforce and the Heroic Campaign to End Slavery at my local library tomorrow! I love that the common theme in the book about Bonhoeffer and Squanto is, not the greatness of the men, the greatness of the God that they love, know and serve. I’m sure the Wilberforce will be no different. If you’re looking for some quality books to read this year, I would recommend these 3. Tonight, we’ll get a copy of Metaxas’s latest book coming out in April, Seven Men: And the Secret of Their Greatness. Probably another good one to add to your “To be read” list.  As you know, I’m always eager to share quality literature with my fabulous blog readers!

Happy reading!

Another Week 19 documentary

1 Mar

I posted a whole host of Week 19 resources last week, and I stumbled on another one that I wanted to share. 🙂

IMAX Deep Sea: I found another great Ocean documentary this week! For you folks who are Amazon Prime-ers, it’s free! YAY! It was well done, geared for children and an amazing look into the legion of species, great and small, filling the oceans. We also had some great dialog during the movie identifying different groups invertebrates (as a review from way back in Week 5!)  Plus, Johnny Depp and Kate Winslet narrate it, so if you want to re-live Edward Scissorhands or Titanic (well, at least the voices) while watching an educational movie, this one’s for you! Ha! We enjoyed this one!

Seas of Life (Episode 2, The Deep)-I mentioned this series in last week’s post. We watched episode 2, The Deep, this morning, and it was fascinating! It highlighted the unique, unbelievable, G0d-is-amazingly-creative animals living in “the deep.” The boys and I had great dialog about the Bathyl and Abyssal ocean zones before and after the movie.

If you’re not an Amazon Prime person, one of my readers told me that she was able to find some of these on Netflix. You might hit the jackpot there! 🙂 Also, you probably will want to preview any and all documentaries before you let your kiddos watch them just to make sure they’re suitable for your family.

Between the books we’ve read and documentaries that we’ve watched this week, we’ve had a great week of learning about the ocean zones. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned personally! I probably learn just as much–if not more–than my boys do each week!

Enjoy learning with your kiddos this week!