Thursday, January 22, 2009


We put photos of Barak Obama taking the Oath of Office,

of him standing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial,

along with photos of Rick Warren, pastor, who gave the

opening prayer and Aretha Franklin who sang our

National Anthem to personalize it. On the fold-it for the

Fun Facts we put a picture showing a portion of the

vast crowd that attended the Inaugeration.

Megan wrote a short bio for Barak Obama and wanted

to include the phrases, "God Bless America" and

"Let Freedom Ring". We had a lot of fun putting this

together and talking about the information learned.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Thomas Edison Unit Study

Here are a few pages of our unit study on Thomas Edision.
I used a 10x10 scrapbook to put her lessons in.

Above shows 3 lessons. On top we talked about how fast light
travels and related that time to how many times light
can cross the US and circle the earth. On the bottom left
in an accordian fold we talked about sound travel and
wrote a few interesting facts. Across from that is a
matchbook flip-it of a mini-bio on Albert A. Michelson.

Above is her lesson on the different branches of sciences.
We grouped them into four areas and wrote the
individual sciences in those areas.

On the left side we had fun with Famous Sayings, such
as, "Burn the Midnight Oil", and "Chill Out".
She chose a few she really liked and wrote them
with their meaning inside the flip-it. On the other side are
mini-bio's on Millard Filmore and Commodore Perry.

Above is our study of Canada. On top she marked a
map distinguishing Provinces and Territories of Canada,
noted Canada's name in Iroquois and its meaning,
and put its flag. Below that we talked about Lief Ericson
and put a map of his voyage route taken.

This page shows a mini-bio on James Buchanan,
the 4 books she read on slavery and her essay,
which I can't help but to put it here for all to read:

My Essay on Slavery and the Underground Railroad

indentNo one should be a slave. Everybody is the same. The color of
a persons skin does not matter. It does not matter how rich you are,
you should not own a person. People who were slaves wanted to
be free. They had to runaway to Canada. They had to hide from the
dogs because the man holding the dogs wanted to catch them.

indentThe slaves used the Underground Railroad to escape. It is not a real
railroad. There is no train. It is a line of people who helped the slaves get to
Canada. Without freedom life would be horrible.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Our Helen Keller Unit Study

We had so much fun learning about Helen Keller.
I cut poster board 12x24 so there was 3-12"
panels to put the finished activities for the lessons.
Above is the Cover. It displays the covers of the books read,
the movie we watched, pics of the cooking lesson.
and a copy of a rare pic of Helen and Anne.

On the inside panel on the left we diagrammed the parts of the
eye and on the inside wrote about 3 common eye disorders.
Below that is the Persuasive Argument Writing.
On the upper right we did the Sensory Deprivation Exercise.
Below that is an eps that holds the information from our field trip
to the American Printing House For The Blind.

The above picture shows the inside of the pieces.

This is the right side panel.
On the top part we did mini bio's on 6 historical people--
Helen Keller, Anne Sullivan, Louis Braille,
Benjamin Harrison, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Harry S Truman.
Below on left is our lesson on Territory and Invaded.
I LOVED this lesson. It worked out better than I
could have hoped in explaining how wars can start.
On the right side she wrote 3 Things I Learned About Pearl Harbor.

This above picture shows the inside of the pieces.

Across the entire bottom of both panels is a timeline of
Helen Keller's life showing major events/inventions/people.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Our Top Ten Reasons We
Just Had to Smile in 2008

#10 We began our 7th year of homeschooling

#9 We vacationed at Myrtle Beach, SC and got to pet a baby shark fished out of the ocean.

#8 We have a new addition to our cat family--Bruce joins Joey, Samantha and Lizzie.

#7 Amy, Stefany and Mom get caught up in the Twilight frenzy--Go Team Jacob!

#6 Wendy got to meet her favorite author

#5 Amy enrolls in community college and learns to drive

#4 Stefany turns Sweet 16

#3 Megan's soccer team wins Championship

#2 Darren & Wendy celebrate 20th Anniversary

And the #1 reason we just had to smile in 2008 . . . . .

God sent his one and only Son
into the world that we might
live through him.

--1 John 4:9

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

State Brochure Idea

For our unit study Skylark I had dd10 do this neat brochure
for the state of Maine.
On the front panel she drew a picture of the lansdcape
about 1-1/2" from the top. Then cut the top off
following along the curves of the drawing.
She traced the outline of the state and thought of a slogan.

On the second panel (on left) she re-drew the landscape
and wrote a paragraph describing the landscape.

On the fifth panel (shown on the right) she pasted a
picture of a famous person from Maine. (You can draw this also.)
She chose E. B. White.
You place the person in the top right corner of that panel.
Then you carefully cut around the figure.
She then wrote a brief biography about him.

On the center panel she drew a skyline of Portland, Maine.
This is drawn at the top edge of the paper extending
down to line-up with the top of the landscape.
You then carefully cut around all the objects
to make it stand out.
She then wrote a brief paragraph about the city
to entice people to visit.

The panel on the right is labeled Interesting Facts.
Here she wrote a few things she found interesting about Maine.

This was such a fun project that I think
we will be doing it again!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Praising God for Tragedy Averted (2-3-08)

Last night my youngest had an experience no one wants to have.
I was sitting near my computer desk, which is a corner desk,
and next to it is a printer table where I had lit a
fragrance candle earlier in the evening.
She came up to me between the chair and printer table.
Suddenly she says "Ooh hot."
We both look behind her at the candle and
I tell her to be careful and move away from it.
The next thing I know she
darts across the livingroom screaming, "HOT! HOT! HOT!"
I look at her and the back of her shirt is ON FIRE!!!!
I run after her yelling, "STOP!"
I grab ahold of her and just start smackin' her back
to put out the fire. Once it was out I pulled off
the shirt and she was holdin' me so hard I couldn't see
what damage there was right away.
I got her to loosen her grip a bit and looked around
and PRAISE GOD! there was only a slight reddening of the skin,
which I believe was from me smackin' her so hard.
She does have a small thin red line that
was still there this morning.
Last night I put some burn ointment on her, also.
I am just so thankful right now.
With her long hair it could have been so different.
I am so very thankful for God's protection.


On November 4, 2008, the first African-American man was elected for the office of President of The United States. Barack Hussein Obama is to be our 44th president.

We voted for John McCain. Having said that, what's done is done, and as they say, "the people have spoken". Only time will tell if the right choice was made.

Our country is in an economic crisis, the war is still on-going, and people all over are hurting. My prayer is that our new president can see us through these challenges with strength and wisdom.

Above all, God is in control and He is not surprised. So we put all our hope in the Lord and continue to pray for our leaders whom God has placed in their positions.

"Praise be to the name of God for
ever and ever;
wisdom and power are his.
He changes times and seasons;
he sets up kings and deposes them.
He gives wisdom to the wise
and knowledge to the discerning.
He reveals deep and hidden things;
he knows what lies in darkness,
and light dwells with him."
-- Daniel 2:20-22