Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Bible Timeline Giveaway

It has been said, those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.  Studying history is necessary to avoid repeating past mistakes.


While I largely agree that a working knowledge of our forefathers is a catalyst to improve the quality of our future,  being able to understand how world history and Biblical history merge into one true timeline provide the only accurate account of historical events. . . . the development of mankind and society.


An organized timeline is a valuable resource to understand the course of mankind as it allows us observe how humankind chose to obey . . . and disobey the commands set before him by God. (See Deuteronomy 11)


Such a timeline exists, and I am so thankful for Grapevine Studies for creating it.  I think it is Asher’s favorite Bible study thus far.  Having this beautiful wall timeline will be an asset to future Grapevine Bible studies.


Last week, we began our journey of capturing the large picture of Biblical history.  You might say that we are learning history thrice. 


We briefly study each major biblical event and draw it in our three-hole punched bible timeline




Later, Asher and Ezra have take our “class study” and transfer their stick figuring onto a 10-foot long timeline


The third step is to place our world history onto our biblical timeline. Here we see how these normally separated facts really exist to fully develop an accurate worldview.


Grapevine Studies has created both and Old Testament and New Testament Timeline Study.  You can also purchase a blank wall timeline. 

Win one Teacher and Student Wall Timeline in ebook format or a physical copy mailed to you directly.  Enter on the blog by using the Rafflecopter giveaway. 

Since once again my attempt at using Rafflecopter didn’t work on my site, please just leave a comment to win!  (I don’t have the energy to re-type all of the requirements.  But I sure would appreciate a follow, a tweet, a fan, or a subscriber.  If you did any of those give yourself an extra comment!)

Giveaway ends February 8, 2012

Monday, January 30, 2012

Elementary Round Up

Our school days have been accompanied by copious amounts of tea.  But the reason why is for another post (a weight loss post).


What have we done?

Legos.  When my mom bought the boys’ Christmas presents at the Lego store they handed her two empty boxes.  We took those boxes to the Lego store this week, and the boys happily filled the boxes creatively so as acquire as many parts as possible.  There inspiration came from The Lego Ideas Book.



Little Passports:  Japan

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I will be posting about our trip to Japan in February, but here is a sneak peak at what we ate. 


Handwriting Without Tears


All About Reading Level Pre-1

We tackled one of the suggestions in the extension activities and Gabe made letters in a salt box


And while I am on the subject of Gabe, he also did a lot of Grapevine Studies Old Testament Bible Timeline lessons with us.  (Giveaway coming soon! Use code  JANFS to receive Free Shipping! ) He is very proud to be a big boy. 



Play Time:  not a spectator sport (in Gabe’s eyes)




And now for Sir Honey Ezra . . . haven’t heard that name in quite some time.  Sigh.  My boy is growing up. 

Abeka Math K


All About Reading Level 1

We encountered our first road block.  After four days of diligent work, sticker rewards,  and snuggles on the couch . . . we finished the reading page.



My inclination was to try and push him through his lesson the day that we initially began this page.  Maybe I should have.  But I didn’t want to risk damaging his love for All About Reading. 

So we stepped back.  We broke the lesson down into stages. 

And we conquered. 

History:  The Story of the World

We saw how Biblical History easily fit into World History . . .


. . . which tied in quite nicely with that new Bible Wall Timeline we are creating. 


Gym:  Basketball


Let’s pass the ball to Asher.


Bible:  This young man is adoring our timeline study of the Old Testament.


It is really helping to organize all the stories that float around in his head.


We have been plowing through All About Spelling


We started at the beginning of the program, so that we were familiar with the program and to make sure that we hadn’t missed any fundamentals.  It isn’t uncommon that we do three lessons in a sitting. I imagine once we move to book two that this will change. 


Teaching Textbooks 3


Of course . . . there were some fun moments.  Lots of tweeting moments while we studied birds with Apologia’s Flying Creatures of the 5th Day.  But you would have to follow me on twitter to hear what bird calls we were checking out! 


This little girl is moving!


Gabe has figured out that Naomi likes to push him.


What a patient basketball fan this girl is!


A busy day is ended with a nice nap in a fort before Awana.

What did you learn last week?

Friday, January 27, 2012

Learn How to Make Healthy Bread

Our household is filled with opposites.  Loud children, quiet parents.  Coffee drinkers verses a man who shakes his head at such indulgences.  Almond butter is dwarfed by peanut butter.  Kimchi advocates eat it by the spoonful and the sauerkraut fans digest it sparingly. 


We all love bread, though.

But not all of us thrive on bread.  This dichotomy creates a weird dance in our household. 

At times I feel like I am shrieking, “No, don’t let him have grain!!!”

Yet, that evening we will dine with family and devour a pizza. 

I find myself regretting that seemingly “easy” road I opted for.

The tummy ache soon follows.  Anger rises and peaks the following day.  Lethargy.  Thumb sucking worsens.  Little limbs are consumed with a continual itch until the grain irritant has made its way through and out of this delicate system.  The ears no longer register what the parents are saying.

Our lesson is learned.  We avoid processed grain for a good week. 

We forget our lesson.  The Engineer and I find ourselves in yet another situation that is easier to compromise on than be prepared for. 

Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

Bread is trump.  Toast in the morning loaded with coconut oil, raw honey, cinnamon. 

A snack?  How about homemade granola with yogurt? 

Dinner on the run . . . sandwiches sure can be a lifesaver.

Sprouting wheat berries

However, to our family . . . to one special member in our family . . . grain creates a fog . . . irrationality . . . silent torture.

Except when grain is prepared properly.  I have tried my hand at this art . . . this nourishment present since before Jesus.

To see some of the grains that I have fermented please visit the following tutorials:

But to learn from a wise woman . . . I encourage you to join Ann Marie as she teaches a course titled Healthy Whole Grains.

By taking this course, you could easily save $300 a year if you purchase bread at the store (which would more than pay for the course, especially with a promo code . . . like this one:  SPROUT20)

That doesn’t even factor in other grains.  Do you buy tortilla chips?  Crackers?  Cookies?  Pizza?  Store bought pie crust?

Sourdough Bread Success! 

You will learn many things from Ann Marie’s class

I thought I knew a lot, but from reading about her course, I see that I have so much more to learn . . . and with the tools she is going to provide me . . . there is hope that a properly prepared bread may bake in my oven again.

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Five Minute Friday: Tender


Tender is meat grilled to perfection.  Warm.  Juicy.  Full of rich, earthy flavor. 

Tender are muscles that have been a slave to Bob and Jillian for a week.  Faithfully moving through the pain to improve strength.  Bringing the body closer to being a fat burning machine.

Tender is the heart after a loss . . . a heart breaking surprise . . . disappointment . . . words that you weren’t meant to hear or read.


Tender is a little girl’s emotions as a toy is taken from her hand before it is placed in her mouth.  The first time she is told no – and she understands.

Tender is that heart as it begins to understand who Jesus is and what we have done to Him with our words, deeds, and actions.  Tender is the heart that allows itself to be transformed, renewed, restored. 

Tender is the one who works towards change, overcomes habits, seeks revolution within. 


Linking up with Lisa Jo over at The Gypsy Mama for 5 Minute Friday!

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Elementary Round Up

The newness of our curriculum switch has worn off . . . but not the fondness.  Because I want to update our curriculum page, this will be a week reduced to pictures.








I have way more pictures containing Ezra and his All About Reading Level 1.  It is easy to snap photos because his excitement and feelings of success create the most captivating and precious photos to this proud mom.  (And to those of you who have used my affiliate link . . . I thank you so much.)



And some silly moments . . .


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