Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Caught Red Handed!!

A certain Little Ladybug just can’t seem to stay out of her sister’s stuff:) She was caught emptying Big Ladybug’s jewelry box on arm.




Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sketch Tuesday: Watch Out for the Claws!

Harmony Art Mom’s Sketch Tuesday assignment this week was:

“Something with Claws”


“Miss Bear, With A Flower in Her Hair”

This is Big Ladybug’s girly bear coming out of her cave.

Hop on over to Discover Their Gifts to check out their claw drawings :)

And for more claw sketches stop by Harmony Art Mom.

Friday, March 25, 2011

MFW 1st Grade: Week #23

Here is a summary of what we learned this week in My Father’s World First Grade.


When King David died, his son Solomon became king, and he was a young king.  One night the Lord told him to ask for whatever he wanted and it would be given to him. 

King Solomon knew that God was always loyal to his father and his father did what God commanded.  So King Solomon asked God to make him very wise, to know right from wrong, so he would know how to rule his chosen people.

God then told him that he could have asked for riches, a long life, defeat of enemies, but instead he asked for wisdom.  God told him that he would make him the wisest man that has ever or will ever live. 

Solomon was so blessed with knowledge and understanding that people from all around would come to learn from him.

The people of Israel did not have a place to pray to or worship God.  Solomon built the beautiful temple that his father, King David, had designed.

King Solomon

The girls had a great time making some crowns. They decorated them with stickers, gems, drawings, and glitter glue.   

(I printed the template from Sunday School Kids.)


We enjoyed these books as well.

     King Solomon and the Bee014

What did we learn??

Riches and success are not the most important things.  We can ask God for wisdom and understanding.


Once the great King Solomon died Israel split into two separate countries, Israel and Judah.  The kings of Israel were not good and did not follow God’s way.


Elijah and King Ahab

King Ahab was a very bad king of Israel and led the people of Israel to do evil.

God sent the prophet Elijah to tell King Ahab that no rain would fall until he said, and then Elijah hid from the king.  God sent ravens to go and feed Elijah.

There was no rain for 3 years.  Then God told Elijah to go and talk with the king, that he would make it rain soon.  The people gathered and Elijah told them that they are worshiping and praying to Baal, and he is not God.

He told the people to build an alter and pray to their god, Baal, to start a fire for them.  They did this and nothing happened.

Elijah built an alter and had the people add water to soak the wood.  He then prayed to the Lord to start a fire on the wet wood, and the Lord did.  This showed the Israelite people that they were not worshiping the one true living God.



God sent ravens to feed Elijah, can you image that?  The girls had a great time making some lunch bag raven puppets.  I found this idea at Danielle's Place.











Little Lizard decided he wanted to paint too!  But he used his yogurt, instead! Oh well, it kept him entertained while the girls were painting.











Big Ladybug and I talked about how Elijah obeyed God, and God met Elijah’s needs.  She then wrote down what her needs were. (I made this printout, but got the idea from Danielle's Place.)



What did we learn??

That we should trust God no matter what, He will meet our needs.


Big Ladybug really likes these videos.  We watched Bugtime Adventures: You’re All Wet, The Elijah Story.




Science with Water:  Air and Water Tricks

Big Ladybug looked at how air manipulates water. 







And she made a siphon, she thought this was pretty cool!


Did you know???

Ancient Egyptians treated water by siphoning water out of the top of huge jars after allowing the muddy water from the Nile River to settle.



Check out our latest Nature Study here.

And see what Big Ladybug’s Sketch Tuesday assignment was for this week here.


Hop on over to Kathi’s blog A Heart Like Water to see what other families did this week in My Father’s World.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wordless Wednesday: Baby Cows

My friend Katy helps her family raise cows and right now their herd is having a bunch of babies.  She said so far hey have about 30 calves, and there have been 2 sets of twins!  The momma cow of each set has decided to only care for one of her babies, so they are bottle feeding the two little ones left behind. 

Katy invited the kids to come out and help her with the morning feed.  So right when we woke up this morning we jumped in the van and headed out.  The girls were very excited!

They watched Katy make some bottles and off we went.

Katy said they didn’t have names, so Big Ladybug was SOOOO excited to have the honor.  She named this little guy Bailey.  He is around 1-month-old and had no problem chugging his bottle.



Baby cow Bailey



This little guy was so cute!  He loved licking.

(Maybe that’s why they got along so well, Little Lizard loves licking everything too!)






This is baby calf, Ava.  She was born yesterday.  She was adorable, and the kids were excited to get in there and help to feed her.





baby Ava


Little Lizard really liked her, too :)






Thanks Katy for letting us come and get in your way help you feed the baby calves this morning.  We had a great time!

(Oh and I feel bad I didn’t get many pictures of Little Ladybug enjoying herself.  I was very busy chasing this little guy around!)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Sketch Tuesday: Sparkle, Sparkle Jewelry


Assignment:  Sketch a piece of jewelry.


jewelry art

“Pretty Jewels”

Check out more jewelry sketches at: Harmony Art Mom.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Winter Wednesday: Mammals

On our nature walk at Grandma’s we looked for animal tracks in the mud.  Grandma said that we would have had better luck seeing some wild turkey prints with some snow on the ground. 

But we did find some deer prints.



We found some other pretty cool things to look at along the way.



We also got to observe a couple Red Tailed Hawks gliding through the air.


And Grandma’s one-horned goat, Pedro. :)


Big Ladybug drew a picture of a deer and a deer print on her notebook page.  We also read about deer and what they do in the winter to survive.

mammal study 

At her Prairie Primer co-op last week they looked at animal tracks too.

animal prints



Here are some books we read together.  We really enjoyed doing this Winter Wednesday Challenge.  You can check out other mammal studies at Handbook of Nature Study.

Friday, March 18, 2011

MFW 1st Grade: Week #22

One of my sister’s great childhood friends, and fellow Christian homeschooling mom to 5, is a finalist in the Macy’s Million Dollar Makeover!!!  Her name is Julie and she has a great story!  If you would like to read more, and get the chance to help her fulfill her dream, check out my sister’s post at Discover Their Gifts.

Also, starting this week, Kathi at A Heart Like Water is now hosting My Father’s World weekly wraps for all that would like to share their week’s adventures.  Jump on over and check it out!

Wrap Up for Week #22

Bible: Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. ~Proverbs 29:25

Samson and Delilah

Samson had incredible strength that was a gift from God.  He was entrusted with the secret that his strength came through his hair, and that he should never cut it, or tell anyone his secret.

Well, the poor man fell in love with a Philistine named Delilah.  The Philistines hated Samson because he was their enemy and made problems for them.  The Philistines made a deal with Delilah, they would give her some silver in exchange for finding out the secret to Samson’s great strength.  It took some time, but after her continual seduction, tears, and nagging Samson gave in and told her.  (Poor guy was blinded by his lust.)

While he was sleeping, Delilah cut his hair and he became very weak.  She allowed the Philistines in her home to capture him. 

They gouged out his eyes and put him in prison.  However, they let his hair grow back.  One day they paraded their prisoners in the temple and tied Samson to the pillars.  He turned to God and with his strength broke the pillars and the temple came crashing down killing Samson and all the celebrating Philistines.


What did we learn?

We all fail and sin, it is never to late to turn to God. 

The girls each made their own set of Samson and Delilah paper dolls that I printed off the internet.


We discussed the strength that God gave Samson.  Big Ladybug made this recipe card about the strengths God blessed her with.

strength recipe


  I got this video from the library and Big Ladybug read the Now I Can Read Bible Stories: Samson the Strong Man.




David and Goliath

The Philistines were at war with Israel and they had a giant solider measuring over 9 feet tall, named Goliath.  For 40 days he taunted the Israelite army for someone to stand up and fight him.  King Saul and his army were very frightened of Goliath, no one wanted to stand up to fight him.

One day, a boy named David came to the Israelite army camp to see his brothers.  He heard the giant insulting them and their God. David was surprised no one would fight him. 

Even though David was a boy, he wanted to fight Goliath because he knew he had the power of God behind him.  He killed Goliath with his sling shot and stone, and was greatly rewarded by King Saul.  He married the king’s daughter and his family never had to pay taxes again.  He went on to become a great king.

(I love the Goliath she drew!)

david and goliath

What did we learn?

That with God backing you, the impossible is possible!

She made a Lyre out of a plastic coat hanger and some rubber bands.  This represented David’s love for singing and playing musical instruments.  (I think she expected it to sound more musical than some rubber bands snapping :)


We also had the option to make a shepherd's bag like David used to carry his lunch as a shepherd boy.  However, we did not get the chance to.  So hop on over to see the great shepherd’s bag that Amanda and her son made at Homegrown & Beeyoutiful.



We got some videos from the library. Bugtime Adventures A Giant Problem and VeggieTales Dave and the Giant Pickle.



Big Ladybug was also read the book: The Terrible Giant.





Science with Water: Mixing Water


We filled 6 jars with water so that she could add different things to them to see how they mixed.  She used Jell-O powder, shampoo, cooking oil, dirt, sugar, and Oxyclean.


She had a lot of fun with this science experiment.  When she was finished she decided to mix them all together in one big bowl and add the rest of the Jell-O mix for some color.  When she was finished she actually wanted to taste it……………eewww!!








You can also check out Big Ladybug’s Sketch Tuesday assignment for this week HERE.


Did you know????  In honor of Saint Patrick’s Day this week.

-Facts about Clovers

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the highest number of leaves found on a clover is 14!

  • One estimate suggests that there are about 10 000 regular three-leaf clovers for every lucky four-leaf clover.
  • Legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck.