Saturday, December 3, 2011

MFW Highlights: Christmas Fun


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  This year has flown by so fast.   I can’t believe it’s December already!  In order to slow down and enjoy our holiday season, we are taking a break from our MFW lessons until January. 



I just thought I’d share a few things we will be enjoying this holiday season to prepare us for the Birth of our King ~ Jesus.

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1. Our Family Advent read aloud Tabitha TravelsThere are three books in the series by Arnold Ytreeide (Jotham’s Journey, Tabitha Travels and Bartholomew’s Passage).  Each evening when the girls are in bed, I read them a passage from the book.  It is a favorite this season so far!


2.  Grapevine Bible Studies ~ Birth of Jesus.  The Grapevine study has been such a wonderful addition to our lessons.  I am planning to do more when we are done with the 5 week series ~ Birth of Jesus.  My girls (and I )  absolutely LOVE drawing the stick figures as we learn.  If you would like to see what others think of Grapevine Studies – check out Mama Jenn’s review here!




3. Truth in the Tinsel.  I have to admit that I am just now in the process of reading through this eBook.  But the planning has been done for me!!! Yea !


Truth in the Tinsel offers lots of learning and fun during the Advent season from: scripture to ornaments, discussions questions and more! 

Check out a complete review on Mama Jenn’s blog.   More thoughts on Homeschool Creations blog.

4. Sewing projects.  We have always just had 2 stockings each Christmas.  So this year my daughter and I decided it would be a good idea to have four!  We went to Jo Ann’s to buy fabric.. or should I say over-buy fabric.  I am still learning how to read patterns. 

Here’s a sneak peak at the start of our stocking project:


5. Thumbprint Christmas Cards.  I have never had an interest in sending out Christmas cards.  This year I thought my girls would enjoy creating a few and mailing them to close friends and family.   I LOVE Pinterest.   I found this great idea on Pinterest ~ Thumbprint Christmas Cards


I went to the library and got the book by Ed Emberley called Fingerprint Drawing Book to help guide our art fun.  It has great ideas on how to make thumbprint art with Santa and a reindeer. 


6. Christmas music.  We have enjoyed the girls new interest in singing Christmas songs as they play the piano.  Boy.. am I gonna miss these days!


7. Community Service  ~ serving meals to those in need in our community.  Our MFW ECC Co-op families prepared a meal and served it at a local shelter started by a couple in the early 90’s.  The kids had such a great time talking to the families who came to eat.  They were so excited to be used by God. 


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Be sure to link up and share what you are doing during the holidays and in MFW! 

Kattie @ 2 Ladybugs and a Lizard will be doing a link up next week (December 9th). 


Sunday, November 20, 2011

MFW ECC Highlights: Week 14 - France


MFW HH buttonWelcome to our “Week 14 in Review” in Exploring Countries and Cultures using My Father’s World curriculum!


Bible Focus this week:

We have been reading through the book Window on the World  this school year.  The stories have opened my eyes to the persecution other people groups face around the world.  I have been able to have some great discussions with my children.  Just the freedom we have to worship our Lord opening, without persecution or fear, is a blessing I hope future generations will enjoy. 


We have been praying for cultures who struggle, as the result of communist rulers: Romania, Quechua, and Albania.  The stories are uplifting and help us reflect on all the blessings we, as Americas, enjoy.  Plus they give us an ‘other-focus’.



Hero Tales has been a great addition to our study of Character Traits.  This week we learned about Menno Simons.  He rejected the un-Biblical teachings of the organized church and took a stand for truth!  We studied integrity, loyalty and sacrificial love. We also read through the miracles of Christ in the book of Matthew chapter 9.



Geography Focus this Week:


   We headed to France this week! 



The toothpick Eiffel Towers were wobbly but the kids had lots of fun!





Our favorite books this week:





Science Focus this Week:


The girls are reading through The Complete Book of Animals

We learned about Caves, Bats, and how animals adapt to their environment to survive.


My girls tend to enjoy colorful worksheets.  So I grabbed some cute clip art of plants and animals that adapt to their environment.


I then typed up the ‘adaptation’ information from the MFW teacher’s manual.   The girls enjoyed cutting and pasting their answers.



Family Fun: Operation Christmas Child

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Be sure to check out what others are doing in MFW by heading on over to Kattie’s blog ~ 2 Ladybugs and a Lizard.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving.  The next link up for MFW Highlights will be here on December 1st.


Friday, November 11, 2011

MFW ECC Highlights: Wks 12-13 Norway


MFW HH buttonWelcome to our weeks 12 –13 in Exploring Countries and Cultures using My Father’s World!


When life gets busy for me, my blogging time takes a back seat.  I am going to just summarize the highlights of our last two weeks!

Geography Focus:

Europe – Norway and Sweden


Geography vocabulary: Promontory


Lapbook from – Annika’s Secret Wish




Science FocusConiferous / evergreen forests



Our ECC Co-op kids mapped an area in the Forest.



ECC Co-op Kids: Norwegian Recipe ~ yummy !



Family Fun !




Our favorite resources this week:


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