Friday, September 23, 2011

MFW Highlights: ECC week #4 Goodbye United States!


We finished our travels through the United States!

Bible Highlights

  • Memory Verse:  Matthey 1:23-  Immanuel means ‘God is with us.’
  • People Group: Navajo Indians
  • Missionary:  Harriett Tubman.  We discussed the underground railroad and what slavery was.
  • Character traits:  Joy, Perseverance, and Compassion.
  • Missionary character trait notebooking pages (from Mama Jenn)
  • Made Matthew bookmark (from All of a Kind Family)


















Geography Vocabulary:  Butte



  • Temperate Forests
  • Layers of the Forest
  • Tree Identification (Big Ladybug learned how to use an index!)



We drew the forest layers.  It was fun, and I hope it helps us remember them a little better.  I got this idea from 2 love learning.



ECC Co-op

Cooking:  Made some ketchup and enjoyed it on hotdogs and french fries!













Field Trip:  The Zoo!



  I don’t know which they actually liked more….. seeing the live animals or sitting on the statues!









We also enjoyed “rowing” Lentil.  You can check it out here!






Big Ladybug received her passport and airline ticket….we are off to Mexico!!!





Did you know???

The Original Ketchup (catsup) Did Not Contain Tomatoes!

Long ago ketchup began as a sauce of anchovies, walnuts, mushrooms, and kidney beans.

Read more:


I hope you all had a great week!  Thanks for linking up and sharing your fun in My Father’s World!


Thursday, September 22, 2011


We looked at the United States in My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures.  Lentil is a FIAR book we added to our studies.



Lentil takes place in Alto Ohio.  It’s a cute story about a boy who learns of a talent he has, and his harmonica playing saves the day.






Big Ladybug did a Lentil lapbook.  We looked at Ohio and the national anthem, pledge of allegiance, and other patriotic songs.



She just so happened to be learning to play “Comin’ Round the Mountain” which fit in nicely with this row. She had fun playing and singing it.

The kids also had a great time wondering around the house fighting over playing the harmonica.


We discussed architecture and looked at buildings in our town.

The pictures in the book are all black and white drawings, so I purchased some charcoals for our art project.  We were going to sketch a building, but she passed on that and chose to draw the dog in the book.






We discussed sound and how it moves through vibration.  The kids had fun playing with the tin can telephones we made.


Extra Reading

We read up on the great state of Ohio.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Learning Alongside My Children


Before having children I would have probably just said “eeewww,” and wouldn’t have paid much attention to this spider if I came across in my yard.


But now that I school my children, I can honestly say, I am learning right along with them…..and loving it! 

I am learning to…organize my time and use it more wisely.

I am learning to… stop what I am doing and observe.

I am learning to…take advantage of a teaching moment.  I love the excitement and joy on their faces when they see something new, and their curiosity to learn about it.

I am learning to… realize how blessed I am to be given this opportunity to school my children.  It is the hardest, but most wonderful job I have ever been given.

I am learning to… take in the beauty of this world that God has created for us……and yes, that even includes this Black and Yellow Garden Spider.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sketch Tuesday Returns!!



Barb at Harmony Art Mom has begun Sketch Tuesday for this school year!  Big Ladybug really enjoyed participating in this last year.

What is Sketch Tuesday?

  • Free homeschool art inspiration
  • Every Tuesday Barb gives a topic for your family to explore and draw, paint, chalk, or use whatever medium you like!  There is no age limit or requirement so everyone can join…..even parents :0)
  • You also only participate when you can.  (I like how it keeps us sketching something weekly.)
  • Then you can email your sketches to her by the following Monday, and she will add it to the slideshow on her blog.  (I don’t always get around to submitting our sketches, but we always try to at least sketch it every week.)
  • Click here for details on Barb’s blog.


This week was…

something that glows.




Join us next week with……….

something made in America.

Friday, September 9, 2011

MFW ECC Highlights: Week 3 Hello United States!



MFW HH button


Here are our week 3 highlights using My Father’s World Exploring Countries and Cultures!




We began our travels through North America!







  • Read about Dwight L. Moody and how he shared about Jesus.
  • Discussed character traits…..Repentance, Strength, and Boldness. 


  • Map of the North America
  • Map of the USA
  • USA puzzles

north america

north america map









usa map

Geography Vocabulary Notebook












  • Forests- Coniferous and Deciduous and what animals live there.
  • The layers of the forest
  • Made a 3D forest (From Rod and Staff Inside and Out)




Some books we enjoyed on forests.



Big Ladybug enjoyed this dvd of the continents and the habitats of the animals that live there.





Nature Study

We had a lot of rain and didn’t get a chance to head out and identify trees this week.  However we have participated in a seasonal tree study inspired by Handbook of Nature Study.  Check out our Spring Tree Study and our Winter Deciduous Tree Study.


Animal Study

  • Deer


ECC Co-op: Sand Art










Community Outreach

For the month of August the kids in co-op did some extra chores and other things to earn money for the local Pregnancy Decision Help Center.  It was great to see Big Ladybug’s excitement and willingness to go above and beyond to earn money for this cause.











Did you know??

The pudu (Pudu puda) is the smallest deer in the world, ranging from 60 to 85 centimeters in length. They can be found in Chile and Argentina.



I apologize to anyone who expected a linky on Thursday……if it’s my week to post, count on Fridays :0) 

Between schooling, mothering, grocery shopping, cleaning, cooking, yard work, co-op, working 2 nights a week, and now putting my home up for sale (phew) …..blogging is not on the front burner. 

However I really enjoy blogging so I will be faithful to my commitment to post, and will try my best to visit every link-up submission each week!

 Don’t forget to support and encourage each other by visiting a few link-ups and leaving comments :0)



Sunday, September 4, 2011

MFW ECC Highlights: Week 2 Intro to the World



This week Monica at Discover Their Gifts is hosting MFW Highlights! Head over and check out what fun everyone is having exploring with My Father’s World!


This week we completed our introduction to the world.


  • How people began to speak different languages
  • There is only ONE God for the WHOLE world
  • And this good news is for ALL people


prayer journal


Big Ladybug also began her prayer journal.  (I just love her drawings!)








  • What is a Biome?
  • What types of plants and animals live in each biome?



Nature Walk:

This kids and I walked the neighborhood collecting leaves and bark.  We put them in a heavy book between pieces of paper to dry.  We will be making art with them later.












Animal Study: 

  • Last week we did a farm animal, this week we looked at a pet.  Big Ladybug chose a dog to lapbook.














  • Geography vocabulary notebook
  • The 4 Oceans
  • Symbols on a map

















These are pages from the Beginning Geography workbook.


ECC Co-op


015The teacher’s manual suggests paper dolls, but I ran across this on Art Projects for Kids.  I loved that it included their hand print and they got to use oil pastels.  (It suggested textured paper, but I think what I provided was a little too textured.)


Nature Study

The kids went creekin’ to see what they could find living in the water.  They are always up for tromping through the water!
























I’ll be hosting the MFW Highlights next week and look forward to seeing what everyone has been up to!

Did you know??

Dogs often hesitate before going out in the rain. It's not because they're afraid of getting wet, but because the rain amplifies sound and hurts their sensitive ears.