Tuesday, April 27, 2010

My cup overflows

This morning I am blessed... well actually I was blessed yesterday evening.  But before I tell you what I am blessed with let me tell you a bit more about my morning.

So I got up and saw shadows dancing in the window of the front door.   At first I thought it was birds but then I saw more shadows - definetively not birds.   It is 530am EST.   A thought come to my mind and I simply reject it....  Can't be that!   No Way!    So I go to the window in our school room and I got surprised to see HUGE snowflakes.   Gigantic snowflakes covering the ground, the vehicles and anything around it.    And right now it is still going down.     *sigh*

Blessings Galore!
So last night I went to the RVHEA meeting and the topic was Geography.   Funny enough I was looking into this a week before.    How to incorporate more geography in our school days?   So when I heard about the subject of the meeting I wanted to go.

A school and another homeschol family had given some curricula away to bless others.   It was first come first serve.   So I found some interesting things.   Here's a list of what I got (and btw there was still more things to grab when I left - other got tons of things as well).

  • Abeka Biology God's Living Creation (Field and Laboratory manuel and teacher book, Teacher's guide, Student tests, Quiz Key and Test Key)
  • Abeka Observing God's World (Teacher's Edition, Guide, Quiz Key, Test Key)
  • Abeka Investigating God's World (Book, Test Key, Teacher's guide, Quiz Key)
  • Abeka Enjoying Good Health (Book and Test/Quiz Key)
  • Abeka Choosing Good Health (Book, Student Test, Test Key, Teacher's Edition)
  • In Days of Yore - Medieval Studies
  • Excursions in Literature for Christian Schools Teacher's Edition
  • Close in on Language Comprehensive mini-units Grades 4-6
  • Vocabulary Booster Grades 5 & 6  Synonyms and Antonyms, Prefixes and Suffixes
  • Tapestry 3
  • McGraw-Hill Reading Grade 4
  • Languages Arts Thinking Motivators Grades 2 to 7
  • Skills Young Writers Grade 4
  • Usborne Hot Shots The Romans
  • Star Wars Episode I Anakin's Fate
  • Star Wars Wpisode 1 Anakin's Pit Droid
  • Star Wars Attack of the Clones Jango Fett: County Hunter
  • Star Wars Attack of the Clones Anakin: Apprentice
  • DK Readers Star Wars Journey Through Space
  • Finding the Titanic
  • Abeka Geography Studies & Projects Western Hemisphere Teacher's Key
  • Abeka Old World History and Geography in Christian Perspective
  • Learning Languages Arts Through Literature Red, Yellow, Orange, Tan, Grey and Green books which covers grades 2 to 9
  • The Canadian Spelling Program II
  • Spelling Connections 2, 3, and 4
  • Spelling Reinforcement activities Book 2
  • Language Power Book A & B
  • Nelson Language Arts What Should I Do?
  • Nelson Language Arts Making a Difference
  • Abeka  Of People Literature
  • and finally, a pack of various papers including gel papers (you know the black ones...)
As you can see I am blessed a lot.    I had nothing in spelling and nothing in Language arts really.   I was considering Geography in a deeper level.   There was interesting Math book but we want to stick with Math-U-See only.  I don't mind if some books are missing (like the student books) in some of these because I can easily adapt it for my kids.  

Thank you for the school and the home school family who gave away their curriculum.   I am forever grateful for them...
Sunday, April 18, 2010

Trying Windows Live Writer

A friend recently posted on

facebook

that she was trying Windows Live Writer to help with her post on blogger.

Seeing how this seems to be a success for her, I am trying to experience it as well.

I think I like it.   The ability of using various fonts and other things are quite interesting.  

Let me know what you think…  Here’s a drawing I did last year that I can modidy somewhat to look as an instant picture.   Pretty neat!

2008_11_17_001

Saturday, April 17, 2010

RVHEA Homeschool Conference

Today is the RVHEA Homeschool Conference.  So it's time to get the curriculum for next year which will include Math U See for three kids, Easy Grammar grade 4 and other few things.    The rest of the things I need I will have to order somewhere else since it is French curriculum.   But the bulk will be done.

Also I am suppose to be able to meet other TOS Homeschool Crew members there.   Fun! 

And I am bringing door prizes from Sharon Crooks as well as a book and a game I had extra via Canadianladybug Reviews! .

And we will also bring some advertisement for LobsterNetwork.com as well as spread to word about the giveaways I have on my review blog.  

I am so blessed to have in-laws willing to come and babysit today!   The kids are looking forward in spending some time with them.

Oak Tree and Purkinje Cells

So I have been contacted to review an interesting book titled In Plain Sight.   And this book contains devotions about how God is creative and our need to stop and wonder at his marvelous work.

I am reading it and arrive to devotion #2 which is about Seeing Beyond the Ordinary.   I won't give you the details of the devotion because I think it wouldn't be fair for the author.   So if you want to read it you will have to purchase the book which is available at amazon.com.  

Anyhow, I have already shared with you the reasons why our homeschool is called Oak Grove Academy.   But when I read this devotion, I was intrigued in seeing how Purkinje Cells looks like.

Purkinje Cells - nerve cells carrying information from the cerebellum

I thought it was interesting to see similarity of these nerve cells with a mighty oak standing in the midst of winter.  See for yourself.

Oak tree without its leaves

Now I love our homeschool name even more.  After all, homeschooling is about learning and learning involve the brain like it or not.  

In case you are curious about Purkinje Cells - here's the Wikipedia page

And if you want to learn more about oak trees, well simply go to the page about an Oak.

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