Thursday, April 24, 2014

Chemistry 101

I posted yesterday about how much our family is enjoying the Chemistry 101 DVDs.  The videos have led to lots of pausing so they could try the experiments themselves. Yesterday they paused to build some of the molecules they had learned about. 

My 6 year old couldn't be left out, so she made her own as well!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Science resources

 Land Animals  is the 6th Apologia Elementary Science book we have gone through, and once again we have LOVED it! We all look forward to Science time, when we snuggle on the couch and I read aloud. We all end up learning so much about God's creation!This time we have found the "Book Extras" website especially helpful, and we have enjoyed watching videos of the animals after we read about them.

  The World Of Animals has been the perfect companion to Apologia's Land Animals. My children love the cover of this beautiful book, that changes depending on the angle you look at it. This huge, hardcover book is full of beautiful, colorful photographs as well as diagrams that show you inside the animals.It reiterates the iformation we learned in Apologia's book, and also  gives full credit to God, the creator of all animals with no references to evolution.
My oldest son is actually now too old for "Elementary" books(and is actually working through Apologia's High School Biology, which he also really enjoys) but he still makes time to listen in to Land Animals  because it is so interesting for all ages. 
Next year I will be restarting our elementary science cycle with the younger two children. So we will start over in the order we read them the first time; Flying Creatures, Swimming Creatures, Astronomy, Botany, Anatomy and then Land Animals.
We may somehow fit in the newest elementary book, Physics and Chemistry if we can.

We also have been thoroughly enjoying  the series,  Chemistry 101
Ideally we'd have watched Biology 101 this year, and I still hope to purchase them soon.  
I won Chemistry in a giveaway, and was planning on leaving them on the shelf until Peter studied Apologia's Chemistry next year, but I kept  hearing wonderful things about the series, and wanted to watch them myself. They are very entertaining and all of us have enjoyed watching them!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Resurrection Rolls

 The marshmallow is pure white, just as Jesus was sinless and pure.
He died on the cross, then we annointed his body in "oil"  and "spices"

And then we put His body in the tomb. 
We bake the rolls, and when we open them up, the tomb is empty!
Happy Resurrection Sunday!

Recipe Here

Friday, April 18, 2014

Good Friday

Today we darkened our home from noon to 3 to remind us the world went dark as our Savior hung on the cross.

Matthew 27:45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land..

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Foot Washing

John 13: 2 And supper being ended,the devil having already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray Him, Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come from God and was going to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. Then He came to Simon Peter. And Peter said to Him, “Lord, are You washing my feet?”
Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but you will know after this.”

Peter said to Him, “You shall never wash my feet!”
Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.”
Simon Peter said to Him, “Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!”
10 Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.” 11 For He knew who would betray Him; therefore He said, “You are not all clean.”
12 So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, “Do you know what I have done to you? 13 You call Me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. 16 Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Passover 2014

This year we read more of our Haggadah than we usually do. When we first bought it, I had highlighted the parts I wanted to do, keeping the ages of my children in mind. But now they are older, so I highlighted even more.
We also tried a new seasoning on our lamb, and it was a huge hit!

Another new thing we did, was turn the "River' into "blood". Abigail was having trouble visualizing what was going on as we read about the plagues in Egypt, so we showed her how Aaron dipped his staff in the "river" and it turned to "blood". 

Then we did most of the traditions we usually do.

Painting the doorposts

Andrew found the Afikomen

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Most Delicious Lamb

I kept seeing Rogan Josh seasoning on Pinterest, and decided Passover was the perfect time to finally  try it out, (since it is the only day of the year we typically eat lamb). 

 I took a few recipes and adapted them to what I had in my pantry and tried it on our lamb steaks.
 It was so delicious!  Usually we only eat the lamb because it is Passover, but I would absolutely eat this other times of the year because it was so delicious!

Rogan Josh Seasoning:
  2 tablespoons paprika
  1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
  1 1/2 tablespoons coriander
  2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1  teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon cloves
1/2 teaspoon ginger powder
1/4 teaspoon cardamom

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Monday, March 31, 2014

Some favorite Insect Resources

This year we have been studying Land Animals in science. We have thoroughly enjoyed it, but we ended up taking a small break to spend some time studying insects over the last month, due to Abigail's birthday gift of LadyBug Land!

We really enjoyed Children of Summer: Henri Fabre's Insects
It is a story told from the point of view of Henri Fabre's son, about his fathers observations and experiments on the insects he found around him.
"Paul, 10, is fascinated by insects, an interest engendered by his father, Henri Fabre, who has studied the creatures for most of his life. The boy and his two younger sisters help Père gather material for a textbook, often accompanying him on field trips into their untamed backyard"

We also had a lot of fun with  1001 Bugs To Spot.

We also really like the "Are You A" series, by Judy Allen.

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