Sunday, January 31, 2016

Word of the Year for 2016 : Transform January update

Well, today marks the end of the first month on my word of the year journey!!  Transformation.

You can go HERE to see the post!

So, I thought I would share with you my progress!!


Let's just say, this is still a work in progress.  I have definitely been praying a lot more.  I still need to get in the Word more.  I have a monthly devotion that will hopefully focus me more in that area.  It is Tabletalk put out by Ligonier Ministries.


Well, in my last post I said I needed to lose at least 80 pounds.  I set my 1st goal at 75 pounds.  My monthly goal is 10 pounds a month.  This month I lost 11 pounds!!!!!!  I am super excited about this!  Praying and relying on God for His help in reaching this goal.  


Let's just say, getting down on their level and whispering how they are doing wrong works better than yelling!!  I feel that my yelling has been cut more than in half.  I think this month I will keep a count on how many times I lose it, to fully see the progress.  I feel that I only yelled a couple of times, but it was probably more.


Still fall asleep way too early!  But, this month so did he!  It must of been the month that we needed extra sleep.


Who am I?  Praying I can answer this question better by the end of the year.  For right now, I am a sinner saved by grace.


Verse of the Year:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be TRANSFORMED by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Romans 12:2  ESV


Friday, January 29, 2016

Art History Month #4: Claude Monet

Welcome back to this month's adventure into our Art History!  This month we did Claude Monet!

Week 1 we read

Claude Monet
by Catherine Nichols

For this project, he used his fingers.  He taped off the bridge 1st and then went about filling in all the open spaces.

Week 2 we read

Claude Monet
by Adam Klein

This project was found here.

Week #3 we read

Claude Monet The Painter who Stopped the Trains
by P.I. Maltbie

For this weeks project, I rolled up some tissue paper in a sorta flower like shape.  He then dipped them in paint and stamped them on the paper.  After drying, I put blue paint along the one side of the paper and he used a ruler to drag it across the paper.

Sorta looks like water lilies!?!

Week #4 we read

Claude Monet
by Mike Venzia

For this project I had him use chalk pastels.  These are becoming a new favorite in our home!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Mystery of History Volume 4 Lessons 1-3

Lesson 1     Johann Sebastian Bach and George Handel

Johann Sebastian Bach
George Handel
by Mike Venzia

Lesson 2    The Thirteen Colonies of America

The Thirteen Colonies
by Brendan January

Lesson 3 The Great Awakening

Jonathon Edwards
by Simonette Carr


Monday, January 25, 2016

Geography Monday and Poppins Book Nook: Canada

Welcome to this month's edition of Poppins Book Nook!  This month is countries of the world.  If you were here last week I also introduced how I am doing our world geography study and lots of others books that you can implement.  You can check it out HERE .

This week our adventures brought us to Canada.  We studied a providence a day, 4 days a week.

Books to introduce Canada

by Julie Murray

M is for Maple
by Mike Ulmer

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island
by Suzzanne Jorisch

The Summer of the Marco Polo
by Kasia Charko

New Brunswick

F is for Fiddlehead
by Marilyn Lohnes


A is for Princess
by Stephanie Jorisch

The Ghost on the Hearth
by Susan Milord

by Harry Beckett


A is for Algonquin
by Lovenia Gorman

Nova Scotia

B is for Bluenose
by Susan Tooke

Viola Desmond Won't be Budged
by Jody Nyasha Warner

Newfoundland and Labrador

P is for Puffin
by Janet Skirving

British Columbia

S is for Spirit Bear
by Gregory Roberts

Mary of Mile 18
by Ann Blades

by Roland Gebauer


C is for Chinook
by Dawn Welykochy


G is for Golden Boy
by Larry Verstrete

Sarah and the People of Sand River
by W.D. Valgardson


L is for Land of Living Skies
by Linda Aksomitis

As Long as the River Flows
by Larry Royre


by Norma Jean Lutz

The Northwest Territory

by Jan Reynolds

The Northwest Territories
by Gordon Laws
(This one we just looked at the pictures.)


The True Story of Trapper Jack's Left Big Toe
by Ian Wallace

by Susan Levert

To wrap up our study on Canada, we made these cute Mounties cookies!  We used a sugar dough recipe.  We used our gingerbread man cookie cutter and then baked them and let them dry.

Then we painted them!

Stay tuned for next week when we travel to Mexico!!

On to the link up!

Click below to see how other members of Poppins Book Nook were inspired!

 Clip art by MelonHeadz.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Mystery of History Volume 3 Lessons 82-84

Lesson 82

Amish Home
by Raymond Bial

Eating homemade noodles that we made a couple of weeks ago!!

Lesson 83

Peter the Great
by Diane Stanley

Lesson 84

We read thru the story's on Isaac Watts in the book Hymns for a Kid's Heart volume 1.  Then we sand the song Our God, Our Help in Ages Past.

Here is out favorite group singing Joy to the World!


Monday, January 18, 2016

How I am doing my World Geography study

After doing our own US Geography study, I set out to do our world geography study.  The goal is to do every country.  For the most part we will do 2 countries a week, some we may stay in a little longer.

I thought I would make a list of all the books that I will be using in addition to some from the library.

Hungry Planet
Material World
by Peter Menzel

Children Just Like Me
by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley

A Life Like Mine
by Barnabas and Anabel Kindersley

Geography of the World
by DK Publishing

Passport to the World
by Craig Froman

Angry Birds Playground Atlas
by Elizabeth Carney

80 Tales Around the World
by Saviour Pirotta

Children From Australia to Zimbabwe
by Maya Ajmera & Anna Rhesa Versola

Encyclopedia of World Geography
by Usborne

Children's Amazing Places
by Robert Hamilton

World of Animals
World Religions
by Usborne

You Can Change the World
Volumes 1 & 2
by Daphne Spraggett & Jill Johnstone

A Trip Around the World
Another Trip Around the World
A New Trip Around the World
by Carson -Dellosa Publishing

Art Projects from Around the World
Grades 1-3  & 4-6
by Scholastic

Eat Your Way Around the World
by Jamie Aramini

Missionary Stories with the Millers
by Mildred Martin

     I also made a tub for each continent.  In them, I put pictures of various things in that continent,  Some figures that I got out of Toobs, flashcards, and misc other things that we have found.  Here is some of the pictures of my North American tub.  The downloads are from various sites on-line.

We will also be making a salt dough map for each continent, marking our countries as we go along.

Stay tuned for next month as we travel to Canada!