Thursday, April 21, 2011

MFW 1st Grade- Week #26 and Homeschool Highlights- 6

Kathi at A Heart Like Water is on spring break this week…..YEAH for her!!!!  So I am guest hosting My Father’s World Homeschool Highlights this week.

On to our weekly wrap-up:

Little Ladybug now wants to do her “school work” on a regular basis.  She worked in her Kumon activity books, practicing gluing and cutting :0)











Bible: Memory Verse

proverbs 10-8



King Xerxes of Persia became angry at his wife, so he kicked her out and searched for a new one.  Esther was beautiful and the king chose her.  However, Esther was a Jew and she kept this a secret from the king.

Esther learned that the king's official Haman had a plan to kill all the Jews.  She was afraid to go to the king to ask that he save the Jews from this horrific event. 

She waited for the right time and trusted in God before presenting her request to the king.  The king was happy to grant her wish and ordered the evil Haman to be put to death.

Celebrating Purim

We celebrated the Jewish holiday of Purim (POOR-im).  The Jewish people set aside two days a year to celebrate this law that saved the Jews. 

We celebrated it by dressing as Queen Esther and making hamantaschen (HUM-men-tash-en) cookies.  They have 3 corners like Haman’s hat and have a filling.  We chose apricots for our filling.




Big Ladybug liked dressing up as her Hello Kitty version of Queen Esther.




The Jewish People Return Home

rebuild Jerusalem

The Jewish people had been in Babylon for 70 years when God let them return to Israel.  Jerusalem and the protective walls around it needed to be rebuilt.

The Samaritians were not pleased that the Jews were rebuilding so they insulted them and wanted to fight them.  The Jews prayed to God to protect them as they rebuilt their city, and He did.

Science:  Science with Plants

We began our new science book this week.


Big Ladybug looked at beans and how they are seeds.  She soaked them in water so she could look at the insides.  She also couldn’t resist making art from them.037

She set up these two jars with dried kidney beans with the hope that they germinate and some bean plants grow.


Easter Art


The girls love to paint so they really enjoyed using watercolors to make a stained glass Easter cross from Crafty Classroom.


Did you know????

Some kinds of raw beans and especially red and kidney beans, contain a harmful toxin (the lectin Phytohaemagglutinin) that must be destroyed by cooking. A recommended method is to boil the beans for at least ten minutes; undercooked beans may be more toxic than raw beans

If you would like to share what you have been doing this week, link up below.

Our Prairie Primer Co-op

This year we have really enjoyed our Prairie Primer co-op.  We read Little House on the Prairie and we just finished Little House in the Big Woods.  The kids learned a lot, but most importantly they (and us moms) made new friendships!

Here’s a look at some of the fun stuff they completed since Christmas.  The focus was mostly on Indians. 

Here they are making some wigwams.041










Our little guys hanging out :)


They made some Indian jewelry and head dresses.











They also had fun making teepees.



Each child picked a tribe and put together a project to present at the final class.  Big Ladybug chose the Sioux Indians and we completed our first lapbook.  We used some printable resources from Dynamic 2 Moms.






Thank you Miss. Eydie for volunteering your time to teach our co-op class!  We all really enjoyed ourselves!

We are sad to see it end, but our co-op will be continuing for some FUN summer science and then in the fall with My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sketch Tuesday: Tails


Assignment:  Something with a tail.

tail art

“Beautiful Day”


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Saturday, April 16, 2011

MFW 1st Grade: Week #25

The man of integrity walks securely, but he who takes the crooked paths will be found out.  ~Proverbs 10:9

The Fiery Furnace
fiery furnace
Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were 3 Jewish men taken to Babylon to help King Nebuchadnezzar.  They were faithful to God, and God was to them. 
One day the king had a HUGE gold statue made and ordered all of his men to come and check it out.  The officials decided that everyone should worship the statue and if they didn’t, they would be thrown into the fiery furnace.
The people worshiped as they were told, that is except Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.  The king was very upset and threw them into the furnace.  God protected them and they were shielded from the flames.
When they realized the men did not parish, they were taken out of the furnace.  The people of Babylon then realized that God had the power to save.
What did we learn?
Have faith, regardless of what comes your way. 
Big Ladybug made this craft from DLTK.fiery furnace

 This was a cute Veggie Tales movie that went along with the Bible story.

Daniel and the Lion’s Den
(I love this picture!)daniel and lions den
Daniel was originally a prisoner taken to Babylon, and because he was honest and a hard worker, King Darius’ put him in charge of the whole kingdom. 
This made the other men jealous, so they devised a plan in the hopes to hurt Daniel.  They convinced the king to make a law that stated if you prayed to anything other then the king, you would be thrown into the lions den.
The evil men watched Daniel and saw that he continued to pray to his God.  They informed the king and he was upset.  Daniel was breaking his law, but he was the king’s friend and the king did not want to see him harmed.  However, he threw Daniel in the den and told him to pray to his God to protect him.
The next day the king went to the den and pleased to see that Daniel’s God had protected him and he was alive.  The king then ordered the kingdom to worship the God of Daniel.
What did we learn?
We need to live and act in a way that pleases God, regardless of what the rest of the world is doing.
Papa and E stopped by right when they girls were making their lion craft, so they got to join in on the fun!  epapa

We enjoyed this book and movies from the library.

Science with Water:  Frozen Water
We finished up the Science with Water book this week. 
Big Ladybug looked at how ice takes up space, how it floats, why it is slippery, and how it melts. 
Did you know???
American physician and humanitarian John Gorrie built a refrigerator in 1844 with the purpose of cooling air. His refrigerator produced ice which he hung from the ceiling in a basin. Gorrie can be considered the creator of ice cubes, even though his aim was not to cool drinks. Rather, he used the ice to cool the ambient room temperature. During his time, a dominant idea was that bad air quality caused disease. Therefore, in order to help treat sickness, he pushed for the draining of swamps and the cooling of sickrooms. (

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Time 4 Learning Review

We recently finished our 30 day trial period of Time 4 Learning.  We had used Time 4 Learning in the past, with Big Ladybug for preschool, and enjoyed it.  We were excited to get to try it out again at the second grade level.

What is Time 4 Learning?

It is an online Preschool - 8th grade curriculum that can be used as a supplement to your current curriculum or even as your entire curriculum for language arts, math, science and social studies.

The curriculum is customized to every child's particular level and need.

Time 4 Learning uses:

  • animated lessons
  • interactive activities
  • unit assessments
  • printable worksheets for reinforcement

Math Activities


Parents Can:

  1. Access lesson plans and a scope and sequence at any time.
  2. Log in to see how their children are doing in each area they are using. 
  3. Print automated progress reports for record keeping or portfolios.


Lesson PlansLesson Plans

Progress ReportsProgress Reports


My Thoughts

It is nice that it is so interactive, which makes learning fun.  Big Ladybug really likes it!!  In fact, she had enjoyed it so much that we have decided to continue with it for now and possibly through the summer.  She really likes that she does 15 minutes of lessons and then she gets 15 minutes on the playground to play games. 


Help For Struggling Readers Available

I have a niece that would enjoy Time 4 Learning, but is a struggling reader.  I was curious if there was a way for her to use the program without parental assistance all the time. 

I contacted Time 4 Learning to see what they had available for students that may have difficulty taking the quizzes on their own.  They sent me a email with a link to download Natural Readers.  Natural Readers is an alternate text-to-speech recognition program.  Any text that can be highlighted, will be converted to speech, and read out loud to the student.  It is an program that is independent of Time 4 Learning, but seems to work very well with it.

More Info 

Time 4 Learning offers a free 14 day trial of the site, lesson demos, and scope and sequence of their lesson plans.  There is also a parents forum for additional support.  Check out the site map for more info and links to navigate around their site.

If you'd like to take a video tour and see a demo,click here.


  • $19.95 a month for the first child
  • $14.95 for each additional child
  • a 14 day money back guarantee and you can cancel at any time