Checking on the ant hill.
Spider web in the light.
Posted by Mary Lou at 10:38 AM
Every month the grade school department of our church has a memory verse and a challenge memory verse. Dacia Grace has memorized the monthly memory verses every month since moving up to the grade school class. September marked her first month of attempting the challenge memory verse which was not really a memory verse per se. The challenge was to memorize all 66 books of the Bible. While she did not get all 66 done, she did get rewarded for her attempt and for making it all the way through Ecclesiastes. Arthur and I were so proud of her.
In the process of learning them, we were working on the major prophets......
Arthur and I had a good laugh at that one. Levitations! :)
Posted by Mary Lou at 4:13 PM
After the cupcake decorating fiasco for Dacia Grace’s Half Birthday Celebration, I said I would never decorate another cupcake!
I was invited to a cupcake decorating class taught my an amazing lady from our church. I had so much fun!
The first thing I learned was that my tools from the Half Birthday Party cupcake fiasco were BROKEN! No wonder I could not decorate them at all!
We learned an easy, peasy way to fill the icing bags! They practically fill themselves! Without ME being covered in frosting!
Then we began decorating…….so much fun!
Here are some of the finished results. I can’t wait to replace all my broken equipment!
Once home, Dacia Grace helped add the finishing touches of colored sugars and candy hearts.
By far my favorite one that I did.
It was so easy once I was shown how!
Yes, they tasted as good if not better than they look!
Posted by Mary Lou at 5:12 PM
So today was the first day of CBS. We have taken a picture on our front steps every year since we started. This year was no different EXCEPT that I will be using these shots for her official first day of First Grade shots. She has grown up so much!
All ready for her first day in the Primary Class at CBS!
Yesterday while driving around Hood River for the Pear Festival, Dacia Grace called Arthur “the hedge hog”. She was trying to call him the Head Honcho. Oh how we laughed!
Posted by Mary Lou at 4:30 PM
Outside my window...
signs of fall are all around. The air was colder this morning. The clouds were here most of the morning. The air smells of fall. The leaves are beginning to change.
I am thinking...
about fall recipes! Making lists of recipes that we want to make and/or try in the coming months.
I am thankful for...
the wonderful time that we had in Hood River yesterday.
From the learning rooms...
we are making up some activities that we were not able to fit into the schedule last week. I love that we are able to be flexible this way.
From the kitchen...
my counters are covered in fresh fruit from our trip to Hood River yesterday. The blueberries were still in season and we were able to pick almost 20 pounds of Elliots. We also came home with 25 pounds of peaches and about 10 pounds of pears.
Tonight we will have stuffed peppers with quinoa which is a new recipe for us.
I am wearing...
a red three-quarter sleeve tee-shirt with blue yoga pants, striped socks with cats on them and a pair of blueberry Dansko clogs.
I am creating...
nothing right now. I will begin thinking about Christmas here in a week or so.
I am reading...
the teacher’s manual for school.
I am praying...
for the upcoming UN vote on partitioning Jerusalem and Israel.
I am hearing...
Bob and Larry Sing the 80’s otherwise known as The Gourds Just Wanna Have Fun by the Veggie Tales.
Around the house...
things are actually doing quite well! That is amazing!
One of my favorite things...
fresh blueberries and peaches!
A few plans for the rest of the week...
a special field trip on Thursday and the beginning of Bible study on Wednesday morning.
My Picture Thought...
Posted by Mary Lou at 3:01 PM
Exercising on the horse tread mill. This machine not only exercises the horses but is also used to de-sensitize the horses to flapping plastic bags, flags, skate boards, loud noises, etc. Anything that will startle a horse on the street.
Our tour guide, Roxie, showing us all the different work horses.
The friendliest horse in the stable, Punch, who allowed all the children and adults to pet and admire her. She is not fully trained for street patrols but will be out there soon.
As we continue on our homeschooling journey, notebooking will become a weekly and then almost daily assignment. So what is notebooking? What are the advantages of notebooking? Since I do not have any experience yet, I thought it would do well to share with my readers from a seasoned pro, Lainie!
Here is the link to the blog where she was a guest author.
Today we headed over to our good friends, Aunt Jackie and Emma, to do some of our hands on science. While Emma is not in First Grade, we knew she would still enjoy doing some science with us.
Brachiosaurus – Scientists believe that the largest dinosaur was the brachiosaurus. We decided to complete an activity that we did not get to do last year during kindergarten because of the rains. We began at the mailboxes outside Aunt Jackie house and measured 110 feet marking every 10 feet. Then we had each of the girls lie down on the ground at the same beginning point to see how big they were in comparison. What fun to see how we would have been dwarfed by these amazing creatures God created!
I am standing looking at the two girls by the mailboxes!
Worm Habitat – For science this week we were studying worms and other creatures that live close to the ground. Yesterday we built an ant hill. Today we made a worm habitat from a 2 liter soda bottle, dirt, sand, leaves and pieces of apples. We had great success with that BUT NOT with finding any worms to add to our habitat. We will have to wait for the rains so that we can complete our worm habitat.
Digging in the garden for worms.
Filling the worm habitat.
Posted by Mary Lou at 6:01 PM
Shoelaces: After getting baptized last night, Dacia Grace decided that she just had to learn how to tie shoelaces. So here she is after tying the shoe many, many times!
Fractions: First grade math is centered around many activities that are hands on. The intention is that Dacia Grace will learn math from touching, feeling, and tasting math. What a fun way! Well this morning’s math topic was FRACTIONS! What better way to experience how fractions affect our daily lives than by baking. We sure enjoyed the scones!
Ant Hills: First grade science is also very hands on. Today we soaked a piece of bread in honey and then laid it outside near a rock that we knew had ants under it. Soon there were ants everywhere. We fully expected the ants to carry the bread off to their hill/nest piece by piece. We were very surprised to see the ants COVER the piece of bread entirely and then carry the bread piece by piece into their store rooms from UNDERNEATH the ground.
The piece of bread is still barely visible at the bottom right of the middle of the picture. I know it is not easy to see. Mainly we are including this picture so that WE can remember what happened. :)
Our church chooses to use a local river beach for its baptism services. I so enjoy going. A couple of the men will lead worship while those wanting to be baptized line up. After a brief time of prayer with one pastor or deacon, the person heads into the river to be baptized by one of our pastors….usually Pastor Brett.
On the way home from church today, Dacia Grace expressed her interest in being baptized today. After a conversation with her, Arthur and I gave our whole hearted approval.
We headed off to the river where we met our good friend Emily and her children, Kibi and J-den. Dacia Grace was so excited to learn that Kibi had also decided to be baptized today.
Waiting in line with Daddy.
Happy for the others baptized.
Being prayed for by Pastor Brett right before being baptized.
Waiting in line for Kibi and Emily to be baptized.
What sweet faces!
Pastor James (children’s pastor), Pastor Brett (senior pastor), David Frost (college pastor) and Joey (Pastor Brett’s son).
Posted by Mary Lou at 7:00 PM
Since we are studying Proverbs this year in school and discussing how God gave us His words to hide in our heart like treasure, I decided to have Dacia Grace make a treasure box. This treasure box designed to hold memory verses from her grade school years will be a lasting memento of God working in her life.
After planning very carefully how she wanted her treasure box to be painted here she is working diligently on it. Once it is all done, we will post a picture of the final box. It is going to take several days to finish it.
Here she is working on the final touches ……
Posted by Mary Lou at 12:41 PM
Our curriculum, My Father’s World, includes three fantastic books for science. We are so excited to go through these books. There will be many hands on activities.
Our first topic of discussion will be “Close to the ground”. We will be doing nature hikes, creating a worm jar to watch worms tunnel through soil and then feeding some ants……at the park NOT my house! In preparation of these activities we read some fun books from the library that introduce the importance of worms in our environment. Dacia Grace loved them!