Saturday, October 30, 2010

MFW Adventures: Wrap Up for Week 11

This weeks Adventures themes were: Jesus the Giver of Living Water, President Washington and Water.

Bible:  Do you remember how God gave his people manna (bread) in the desert?  They complained about it too, didn’t they?  Well, they did not learn their lesson the first time.  The people complained again and did not run to the Lord Giver of Life in prayer.  But God was still good to them.  He gave them WATER from a rock too!  Read more details in Exodus 17:1-6. 

John 7:37-39 tell us that more about Jesus as the Living Water… He is the giver of the Holy Spirit too!  You need to make a decision too.  A decision to not ask Christ in your life is a ‘decision’ to reject His free gift of salvation and the Holy Spirit.

Read-Aloud:   We completed our book Sarah Whitcher’s Story.  The story showed how Sarah’s Fathers’ dependence and trust in the Lord amidst the loss of his child. 


A7 is now going to do a book report on the story using an easy form from The Busy Teacher’s Cafe website – book report form

Thanks to my friend at Baby Gator University – check our her week 11 here.  More reading printables from the Busy Teacher’s Cafe listed here.

Music:   The highlight of the girls week was The Nutcracker Ballet read-aloud books and coloring pages from MFW Adventures.

Some of our favorites:   Degas and the Little Dancer , The Day Before Christmas and The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet by Hautzig.

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History:   We read about George Washington as the first president.

Science 1:   I am reviewing a product from Pandia Press called R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey LIFE.  You can check it our here on the website.  It has been a great addition to our science.  The girls created their “My Body” notebooks this week. 

Our first lab - Skeletal System Lab #1: My Skeleton Holds Me Up!  We read some great books on the skeletal system and watched the Magic School Bus DVD on the human body.  The girls had to cut apart the bones from the lab worksheet, glue them in the right position (on black construction paper) and label several parts.  

We have 206 bones in our body with 34 in one arm and hand!


 Don’t forget to check out the R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey products here!

Science 2:   Water , water and more water fun using Usborne’s Science in the Kitchen !  We did the projects on pages 4 and 5.


Marble Test: Test the strength of a napkin or tissue on an empty jar and a marble on top.  The marble sunk with the tissue and napkin.  The marble rose up as the girls dropped water on the wash rag and marble.

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Soaking Color: See what happens when water soaks through colors from markers using a coffee filter – the colors separate!

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We studied the water cycle and how clean water is available when we turn on the sink or shower!

Some of our favorite Science read-alouds this week:  Do Fish Drink?  is packed full of wonderful questions and answers about water.  I highly recommend reading through it (you might learn something too).  That’s the joy of homeschooling… I’m learning too!

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And of course, the Magic School Bus book and DVD is a great addition to any study.IMG_1009

Family Fun: The girls painted plaster pets. They finished just before the tornado sirens went off.  Then came the wind and rain storm! YEA

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Are you using MFW First Grade?  If so, check out what Kattie from 2 Ladybugs and a Lizard here.

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Friday, October 29, 2010

The 2010-111 Primary Schoolhouse Planner

th_2010PlannerCoverSM I was given a copy of the Primary Schoolhouse Planner to review for The Old Schoolhouse Magazine Store. 

I have the big Schoolhouse Planner which is over 600 pages long!  It’s a great planner for only $39.  Check out everything it has to offer here. 

To enhance the Schoolhouse Planner is the E-Book: Primary Student Schoolhouse Planner for only $9.95.  Details here.

Our favorite pages in the Primary Planner are…

  • The 13 Colonies by Date – we are studying Early American History
  • Books Read This Year – accountability for my young readers

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  • Early Elementary Book Report 1 and 2 – a template for our read-alouds

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  • More great notebooking pages for our Early American History notebook – Famous Historical Figures and Amazing Famous Presidents

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This is the United States and Capitals pages. 


I’ve featured just a few of our favorite pages but there are many more included.

The Primary Planner is geared toward grades K-3.



Priced at only $9.95 download your E-Book by clicking right here. 


 Disclaimer:  This product was given to me for review purposes free of charge, not to be returned to the vendor. All opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday


Nature Walk on 10/24/10




View more Wordless Wednesdays’ HERE. … and at 2 Ladybugs and a Lizard



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What are the main features of PG Key?

  • Simple, easy to use – just plug it into the PC
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  • Offers time allowance and access control with the USB device
  • Track your child’s activity – at home or away
  • View your child’s chat and e-mail messages
  • Support available
  • Records up to 60 hours of computer activity – including web browsing, chat sessions, visits, emails, games, all other activity
  • Time LOCK your PC – remove the PG Key and the computer can NOT be used
  • Be alerted when you child uses specific phrases or words via email or a text message
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How does PG Key Work?

SafeKey USB is a patent pending, award winning device that simply plugs into your children’s computer’s USB port and immediately creates a safer and more “kid friendly” online environment. It works with Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7.

My thoughts:

I believe that PG Key is a necessity in our home when my girls begin to use the computer more in a few years. The peace of mind PG Key offers makes it a product I will definitely recommend to my family and friends.  It is a great way to safeguard our children from the damage the internet offers so freely.  It is very simple to use – just plug it in! 

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Disclaimer:  This product was given to me for review purposes free of charge, not to be returned to the vendor. All opinions expressed in this review are mine.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

MFW Adventures: Wrap-Up for Week 10

After a week off visiting with Grandma, the girls are back into the fun of Adventures with My Father’s World!

This week’s summary:  Jesus the Giver of Living Water, The Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson, and the Revolutionary War.

Bible:  The memory verse is from John 7:37. .. “if anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.” 

Science:  The girls did various projects with water.  They put a tsp of water on various items (coffee filter, tracing paper, plastic, wash cloth) to determine absorption.  They learned that items with holes/pores absorbed more liquid.

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Then we lined an empty jar with a napkin, tissue, wash cloth and topped it with a marble.  It took just one tsp of water on the tissue for the marble to sink.  The wash cloth actually raised up as it absorbed the water!

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Then we lined a shallow dish with coffee filter strips, colored each with a large dot using a marker, then dropped on a tsp or two of water.  The marker colors separated … somewhat… we could see the red separate to orange and yellow shades.  We reviewed the color wheel too.

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History:  We read the The Fourth of July Story and Red, White and Blue.  Both are great books with nice illustrations.  I liked these two books and our Book Basket items for my girls age group.

Book Basket favorites:




We added to our Timeline: Declaration of Independence and US becomes a country – 1776.

Read about Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, The Revolutionary War, Liberty Bell, Paul Revere, the 13 Colonies and the original American Flag. … wow was that a lot of history this week!  It was a great learning experience for our family too.

Now for more fun!

Our Adventures co-op kids made Hasty Pudding and a Quill Pen and Berry Ink.

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A few smiles for more Hasty Pudding… a little doctored-up with honey!

OHC Check out our Outdoor Hour Challenge #4: Apple Study here.  This is a great weekly Nature Study hosted by Barb at Handbook of Nature Study Blog.

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Check out what other’s did this past week at Weird, Unsocialized Homeschooler Weekly Wrap-Up here!

Drop back soon for more MFW Adventures,


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