Thursday, October 20, 2011

Eric the Circle

Physics based drawing game featuring Eric the Circle. Use Mouse to Draw/Erase. Arrow Keys to move

Eric the Circle

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Scripture Memorization

I have a very hard time memorizing Scripture. I think it has to do with age. :-) I saw this system and I thought I would try it out and see if it would work. If you have used it, let me know what you think.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What my girls did in AHG on October 18?

The Explorers are getting ready for a fashion show next week. The fashion show will satisfy a requirement for their My Style badge. Curly decided what year she was going to represent. The peasant look of the 70's. Hopefully, I will be able to get pictures next week.

Tenderhearts finished their Joining Award lapbooks. This is important because new AHG have to complete the Joining Award before the can receive any other badges. This award is to help them get to know what it means to be an American Heritage Girls. Once they have received this award, they can start earning other badges. Once they earn the Joining Award, they do not have to repeat it, in the future.

I would like to thank the AHG member who made this available for all the troops to use. 

Angel got her Joining Award last year but have a fun time making the lapbook.

We added the picture on the cover and talked about the AHG Mission Statement (Satisfied Requirement #6)

The left flap has information about flag etiquette.

This satisfied requirement #8. I also added a picture of the Joining Award Patch.
The center section had the history of AHG and the Oath. 
I added a little informational sheet on the requirements to be a Tenderheart.

History of AHG satisified requirement #9.
The girls had to memorize the Oath to satisfy requirement #1.
This allowed us to learn the AHG Salute and Sign and when to use them. Satisfied requirement #3 and #4.
 We talked about each section of the creed.

 The inside right hand flap was the AHG Creed. (Satisfied Requirement #2)
Wrote a Scripture reference on the inside (these are in the handbook on page 16-17).

I think the girls had a good time making this. It reinforced the information to the girls that already have their Joining Award, as well as helping the other girls earn this badge.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Kids of Courage

 Kids of Courage

What is Kids of Courage?
The Voice of the Martyrs publishes Kids of Courage (formerly LINK) materials for children 5 to 13 so that families and schools can include children in learning about and serving the persecuted church. Kids of Courage publications are committed to:
  1. Educating students about courageous Christians and countries that restrict Christian worship.
  2. Encouraging students toward greater spiritual growth by giving them examples of those who are risking all for Christ.
  3. Providing practical opportunities for students to pray for and aid today’s heroes of the faith.
What is The Voice of the Martyrs?
Richard Wurmbrand, a pastor in Communist Romania, was imprisoned for a total of 14 years because of his Christian activities. When his wife, Sabina, was also imprisoned for three years, their 11-year-old son, Mihai, was left alone to take care of himself. A few kind Christians helped him.
After Pastor Wurmbrand and Sabina were released and left Romania, they started a ministry in 1967 to inform Christians about the needs of their persecuted brothers and sisters around the world, and to help persecuted Christians and their families. The ministry, Jesus to the Communist World, was later renamed The Voice of the Martyrs. Today VOM works in more than 50 countries through its International Christian Association of mission offices.
What Kids of Courage resources are available?
  • The Kids of Courage quarterly newsletter was launched in 1996 to inform children about Christians who stand firm in their faith even when it isn’t easy. The testimonies of struggling believers have strengthened the faith of thousands of kids and families. Selected issues are available on
  • Bold Believers activity books include 40+ pages of stories, photos, activities, and cultural information about one topic or country. Many of the books are available for free download at, or for purchase at
  • The website supplements The Voice of the Martyrs newsletters with activities and stories related to recent information in VOM publications, plus additional material for children, parents, and teachers.
  • The VOM bookstore features other resources for families and children.
  • The Kids of Courage VBS curriculum introduces students to real Kids of Courage at risk for their faith today in five countries: China, Egypt, Nigeria, North Korea, and India. Students learn how bold believers around the world live, worship, and play. The lessons teach children how to pray for those who risk everything for their faith, and how to become Kids of Courage themselves. They learn that Kids of Courage: Trust God, Get Prepared, Remember Persecuted Christians, Forgive Others, and Witness Boldly. For more information and samples, visit
Aren’t children too young to learn about such sensitive topics?
Kids of Courage materials convey the struggles endured by persecuted Christians without including graphic descriptions or photos, or age-inappropriate concepts. Nevertheless, parents and teachers are encouraged to preview the materials before sharing them with their own children, as they know their children best.

Feedback received from parents, teachers, and children since the children’s newsletter started in 1996 has indicated that Kids of Courage materials are educating and encouraging children in appropriate ways. Additional feedback about any of the materials is welcome.

Friday, October 14, 2011

How did we do this week in school?

This week was not too bad. Angel is still behind in her math but we are slowly catching up. The weekly schedules are working well. Curly does real well on her own but Angel still needs some supervision. That's ok. We are working on becoming more independent in our schooling.

Curly has transitioned well into middle school work. I have not started science yet. We take our "summer" break in November and December. We will do a very modified schedule -- about an hour of school a day (some math and reading). This time will allow me to get the school reorganized and ready for the start of the year.

Have a great week.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Movies on YouTube: High Noon

I did not know that you could download movies from YouTube. Many for free. If you have RealPlayer, you can click the Download This Video button that pop up on the upper right hand side of the video and it will be saved to your computer (usually to the Download folder). Very cool. This does not just work for YouTube videos but most videos on the internet.

Enjoy Gary Cooper in High Noon.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

OK, you've homeschooled through high school--now what?

I want to qualify this post with the disclosure that I have not used these programs--yet. But I have been researching this because I have a young lady who will be preparing for college in the next couple of years. If she chooses to go to college, I believe this will be the route we will take.

College success begins by understanding your life purpose, earning dual credit in high school, and knowing how to secure college scholarships.
And those who will succeed in the emerging knowledge-based economy will know how to think critically and solve problems. 
CollegePrep! is the proven program that develops high school students who succeed in college and are equipped with the competencies demanded by employers.

CollegePlus! is a revolutionary Christian based distance learning program helping students earn their fully accredited bachelor’s degree in a fraction of the time and cost of the traditional university system.

CollegePlus! is an innovative blend of study skills courses, CLEP and other exams, on campus courses, and online classes with one-on-one coaching to bring a student's long-term vision and academics together in harmony.

Flexible study gives students the opportunity to complete their degrees while gaining invaluable experience in their chosen career field through internships and work-study programs. This flexibility also allows CollegePlus! students to take ownership of their education by tailoring their studies to their passions, interests, and abilities.

Instead of fitting into a semester schedule, students study whenever it is convenient for them as they balance college, work, and ministry responsibilities. Despite this freedom, CollegePlus! students typically finish their fully accredited degrees in two years or less.

CollegePlus! students also focus on developing a biblical worldview as they complete their degrees. They are challenged to develop a foundational worldview perspective through reading and listening to works from Doug Phillips, Gary DeMar, and other Christian leaders.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What my girls did in AHG on October 11?

The Tenderhearts had show-n-tell tonight. It was so cute to watch them share some of the badge requirements that they have completed and just some special things they brought from home. Angel shared a constellation model she made with a tin can and a flashlight and her cast.

Curly continued to work on her My Style badge with the Explorers. She had to show the paper doll fashions she made and also a fashion time that included  4 generations of her family.

Some of the paper doll clothes that Curly designed.

Fashion timeline with her Great Grandma Dot and her Grandma, Dawn and . . .

her Mom and a beautiful picture of herself.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Calvary Chapel's Bible Curriculum

Calvary Chapel's Bible Curriculum

There are three main purposes for creating the curriculum on this site:
  1. To provide a Bible study lesson which follows the Calvary Chapel “distinctive” of teachingverse by verse. (This also trains the children for their eventual transition into the sanctuary.)
  2. To support and encourage those serving in the Children’s Ministry by providing the “basics.”
  3. To be a blessing to those who desire a true Bible-based curriculum with no financial burden.
(There is NO COST whatsoever to access the curriculum.)

Little Ones Curriculum
This curriculum is designed for 3 - 6 year olds. It consists of 53 lessons, alternating between the Old & New Testaments, with more studies to come. The focus is to implant Biblical truths in these little one’s hearts and minds, that they may grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. Crafts to come in the future.

Calvary Chapel Children’s Curriculum (English & Spanish)
This curriculum is for 1st – 6th graders. It consists of 325 Bible Studies:
163 in the Old Testament and 162 in the New Testament.

Calvary Chapel Children’s Curriculum: The REVISION Project
This is a revision of the above curriculum. Please keep this project in prayer! There is much time and resources that are needed for the completion of the revision. There will be a change in the style, new coloring pages, and activity pages. A general face lift will occur.

CAMP Curriculum
This 8-study curriculum has been designed for 3rd – 6th graders and can be used at camps, VBS, or mid-week services. The 3 completed curriculum are “Sowing to the Spirit”, “God’s Love”, & “Grace Changes Everything”. We are presently working on “Faith: Pleasing God”.

Friday, October 7, 2011


This had been a hard week with our homeschooling. I have not been feeling well. Sinuses -- ugh. We are trudging through and hopefully will be back on track next week.

Thursday, October 6, 2011


This is such a neat concept. I would recommend anyone to check it out.

Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard. 
Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.  (from their website)

I love Pinterest. It is a cool way to organize information from the web. It also is a neat way to find cool sites that other people have found on the web.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

BBC Shakespeare: Animated Tales

Animated adaptations of many of Shakespeare's plays are available on YouTube.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

What did we do in AHG?

Tenderhearts are still working on our joining award.

 We practiced folding the American flag. (We ran out of time last week).

Me and Angel folding the American flag.

We learned the AHG Mission Statement.  "Building women of integrity through service to God, family, community and country."

 We learned the history of AHG.

 We are almost finished with our Joining Award Lapbook. Thank you AHG for providing this wonderful resource.

 Next week, we are having show and tell time.

Curly is an Explorer this year. They are working on the My Style badge. She made a paper doll and designed three outfits for her. They are working on a fashion show. She is not sure what time period she would like to dress for.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

180 Movie

This is an awesome movie. I would recommend everyone to watch this.

WARNING: This video does contain some graphic images. Please preview before showing to children.