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Here is a summary of the K2 3rd Quarter Activities we’ve done from August until October 2013.

BJU Beginnings Lesson for K5: Flying Kites, Fall and Winter: Making a Birdfeeder and a Birdnest

BJU Beginnings Lesson for K5: Flying Kites, Fall and Winter: Making a Birdfeeder and a Birdnest

BJU Beginnings K5: Fruits and Vegetables, Plants and Flower Garden

BJU Beginnings K5: Fruits and Vegetables, Plants and Flower Garden; Science Experiment: Learning how the plant’s food and water travels from the stem to the leaves using celery stalks and colored water

BJU Beginnings K5: Extracting grape juice, tasting desert fruit from Bible times: FIGS! Learning about American Indians

BJU Beginnings K5: Extracting grape juice, tasting desert fruit from Bible times: FIGS! Learning about American Indians

Field Trip: Fun in the desert

Field Trip: Fun in the desert

BJU Beginnings K5: Memory Book and other writing activities

BJU Beginnings K5: Memory Book and other writing activities

BJU Bible Craft - story of Prodigal son; Telling time and item prices; FILIPINO: Playing "Patintero" and retelling the story "Ang Uwak at ang Pitsel"

BJU Bible Craft – story of Prodigal son; Telling time and item prices; FILIPINO: Playing “Patintero” and retelling the story “Ang Uwak at ang Pitsel”

BJU K5 Math: Learning about measurements: the liter, gallon and pint; Bar graph of the ages of the Generations of Adam; Learning about fractions (half and whole) using owl craft; Times and Seasons marked by the heavenly bodies
BJU K5 Math: Learning about measurements: the liter, gallon and pint; Bar graph of the ages of the Generations of Adam; Learning about fractions (half and whole) using owl craft; Times and Seasons marked by the heavenly bodies
BJU K5 Bible: Dressing up just like in Bible times; Red Sea adventure; Desert Animal - camel craft; Rainbow experiment (using dishwashing liquid, milk and food color)

BJU K5 Bible: Dressing up just like in Bible times; Red Sea adventure; Desert Animal – camel craft; Rainbow experiment (using dishwashing liquid, milk and food color)

It’s been a week and half since our family began the Bible in 90 Days Plan and this challenge has certainly been challenging (I am actually a bit behind my own reading) but definitely it has also been very enlightening.

We’ve done a lot of stuff for our study of Genesis and here is the first and most elaborate one so far:

Activity 1: Creation Story: Philippine Style

We originally used this materials for our “Linggo ng Wika” coop activity and we reviewed them again since part of them were from a coop friend’s lessons (he’s in first grade while Allyra is still in K2). Basically, it’s a Filipino version or adaptation of the story of creation. The main material used is felt. I printed the pictures used on sticker photo paper and also backed them up with felt. So we ended up with a giant felt board activity for “The Story of Creation: Pinoy Style.”

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Memory Verse: Awit 24:1 “Ang buong daigdig at ang lahat ng naroon, ang may-ari’y si Yahweh na ating Panginoon.”

These were our pics during the Linggo ng Wika Activity:

Here is the Creation: Pinoy Style Script in Tagalog: CREATION

Some possible points of integration to other topics / learning areas include the following:

Indeed, our memory verse says it clearly: “The earth is the LORD’s, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” – Psalm 24:1

All praise and worship belongs to the God who created everything so magnificently and majestically, including our beloved country, the Philippines!

May His name be praised throughout all the ends of the earth. Hallelujah to the LORD!

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“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” – Psalm 119:105

Yup! We’re taking on this challenge! The Bible in 90 days!

Allyra has just finished her K5 requirements and we decided to do this activity as a family for the next three months.

I’ll be posting our kids’ activities here while I write my own personal reflections as I take on this journey in my other blog: http://faithhopeandlotsalove.wordpress.com/

THE GOAL: To read the Bible from cover to cover before the year 2013 ends.

STUFF WE ARE GOING TO USE:

  1. Read and Share Bible.  Praise God for a wonderful year of learning using the K5 BJU Beginnings program offered by VCIS Homestudy. Allyra can now read her Bible on her own with minimal assistance needed.
  2. What’s in the Bible videos. We purchased the DVD 1-12 Digital Download pack and will be using it very soon. This one has got me really excited!
  3. Raising Rock Stars Preschool Curriculum. Carisa from 1+1+1+1 has been so generous to give this for free for her followers and I’m also looking forward to using this since I really like the book “My ABC Bible Verses” by Susan Hunt from which this curriculum was based on.
  4. How to Draw the Bible. This material from another blog called Future Flying Saucers I follow is is really cool! She’s also got loads of other cool stuff we’ll be exploring as the time permits.

We’re gonna have lots of learning and lots of fun. I just know it!

And the best part is, we are sure that committing to reading ALL of Scripture is according to God’s will. And since it is “God who works in us to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose (Philippians 2:13),” we can be confident that,“He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6)”

God is so good and we can’t wait to know Him more! Let’s do this for the glory of God!

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:8

I’ve always loved this verse because it ties up so beautifully with “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33). It shows us a Father in heaven that wants to bless His children, so that they too may become a channel of His blessings.

As we tackled the topic of money in our homeschool math, the Lord impressed upon me to use this time to teach my child about how God wants us to use money. We’ve learned all about identifying USD pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars, as well as PHP centavos and pesos; we’ve added and subtracted them and played “grocery” with real coins. But we know that simply teaching the “value” of money (what it can actually buy in terms of it’s actual worth) is not the same as teaching them the “real value” of money (how money is a blessing from God and that how we manage it now determines it’s kingdom’s worth).

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I remembered that just a couple of days ago, a sister-in-Christ had a conversation with the kids wherein the kids asked her if she could get all the minions from McDonald’s. She replied that she would not be able to do so because she only had a “little money.” My little girl remarked, “Then just go to the bank and get more!”

A child’s innocent answer does seem amusing and how fun it would indeed be if all we had to do every time we ran out of cash was go to the ATM and it would spit out money without fail.

But alas, it isn’t so.

And so, yesterday, I explain to her in the simplest way I can the concepts about businesses and workers and salaries and that kind of stuff. And how daddy’s salary is given monthly and how we should be wise in spending it so that we will have enough until the next salary comes in.

Then we talked about how we as a family seek to obey God’s will to help others through giving. We memorized 2 Corinthians 9:8 since it is a promise that we hold on as a family.

Indeed, we try to live this verse out when God’s Spirit prompts us to do so. And I’m sharing it now here not so that we could boast, but to encourage others to also involve their children in ministry work. For truly we have nothing to boast about, because in all honesty we are able to give out of our abundance while others give out of their lack.

But as we grow in the grace of God, we are made to understand that “giving” does not always mean that it would have to really hurt before it becomes real (as in selling all your possessions and giving it to the poor as mentioned in Matthew 19:21), nor does does the poor need to wait until they have an excess before they can give (just look at the poor widow from Mark 12:41-43 who gave 2 small copper coins even though that was all that she had). Instead, we are to learn how to be sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s promptings, whether it be to commit a monthly support for a ministry, a one-time love offering to a minister of God, providing for a loved one’s need, or a time to give to those who are victims of calamities or other similar situations.

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Making hotdog sandwiches to be distributed to hungry people

Cheerful giving is a response to God’s call, and the only requirement is for it to be motivated by none other than God’s love. We have different levels of the ability to give, and God will not measure us by comparing the amount we offer to that of our fellow believers, but God looks at how each one uses what He has given us.

The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 makes it plain that God does not take from the rich to give to the poor — it is the world who thinks that way. Instead, we are shown that to those who prove themselves as good stewards of what God gave them, more is given as a reward. While for those who do not make good use of what they have been given, even the little they have will be taken away from them and again be entrusted to those who have shown themselves to be responsible.

For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” – Matthew 25:29

PRAYER:

Lord, we thank You that You have blessed us abundantly and provided for all our needs. Truly You are our Jehovah Jireh, Our Provider, and Your grace is sufficient for all of us. Forgive us if we have not made good use of the blessings You have so generously given us. We know Lord, that it is Your good will that Your children be a channel of Your blessings. And so God, please touch our hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in how to be good stewards of the blessings your graciously entrust us with. For we know that the reason You supply us all our needs according to Your riches in glory is so that we may also abound in every good work, and that as we give, we may lead others to recognize Your goodness and praise Your holy name. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Here is a summary of the K2 3rd Quarter Activities we’ve done from June until August 2013.

BJU Bible Crafts

BJU Bible Crafts

BJU K5 Beginnings

BJU K5 Beginnings (panning for gold, Statue of Liberty, learning about oceans, making a birdfeeder, all about forest creatures, field trip to Fakieh Aquarium to learn more about sea creatures)

Math

K5 Math (counting to 100, making patterns and learning about fractions) / BJU lessons (cookie’s treats, learning about Spain, mini-book on how to make a birdfeeder) / Filipino (answering textbook, days of the week in Tagalog)

BJU lessons: Memory Book activities

BJU lessons: Memory Book activities

Extra activities (house chores, taking care of little brother, visiting a dinosaur exhibit, helping mom bake cupcakes, singing along with Barney, flying a kite)

Extra activities (house chores, taking care of little brother, visiting a dinosaur exhibit, helping mom bake, coloring/writing activities, singing along with Barney, flying a kite)

 

 

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While a certain friend of mine has been having problems growing mung seeds (“munggo”) for her kid’s science experiment for some weird reason (No naming! You know who you are! Wink! Wink! Hahaha! Peace Sistah!), our little princess has been growing these seeds since she was 4 years old with no trouble at all. All it takes is some water and cotton in a plastic cup plus a seed or two, and in 3 days and 3 nights, a plant appears!

But lately, her success ends there — in the plastic cup…

She grows these mung seeds now  all by herself, and there was a time I discovered she has a plant hidden behind the curtain at our window and it dried out because she forgot all about it and I didn’t know it was there…

This tall plant in the picture also didn’t make it to be transferred to a pot with soil because the stem broke…

It just so happened that the theme for her Beginnings lessons this week was all about gardens. And so her little plant was the perfect activity and now she’s trying to grow a carrot in a bowl of water. We’ll see how that goes…

She has other “gardening activities” for this week, such as tasting veggies and identifying which part of the plant we eat for each kind of veggie…

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We also made a bouquet of paper flowers and decided to surprise her dad with it. (Her daddy’s birthday is not until next week, and so he was really surprised to be greeted with a “Happy Birthday” complete with flowers today. Hahaha!)

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But in all this, what amazes me is how my little girl is absolutely fascinated at making things grow.

I told my friend my daughter probably inherited her “green thumb” from her granddads from both sides of the family. What a wonderful thing to inherit!

And it got me thinking…

There is no better inheritance in all the universe than our inheritance in Christ our Lord and Savior!

Ephesians 1:11-14

“11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” 

Thanks be to God for this awesome gift of being heirs to His Kingdom!

The Word is sure of our destiny, but the question is, are we?

Are we living as princes and princesses of the King of Kings? Do we live as a “chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light?” (1 Peter 2:9)

Or does the good planted in our hearts sprout like a seed here and there, only to dry up or get broken, and then we have to start all over again, again and again?

We — as God’s children — are destined to bloom, to grow, and to flourish in our Christian lives!

But we will never do so if we are not rooted deeply in the love of God (Ephesians 3:17) which is the source of all things good and beautiful (James 1:17).

HEART CHECK:  Do our lives show that we are deeply rooted in Christ?

“When I am tempted to throw a block at Sam’s head, I will cast out Satan in Jesus’ name and pray to God. Then I will say “Sorry” to Sam and give him a hug.” – Ate Allyra

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Our little girl hurt her brother this morning, and we corrected her and reminded her that she should always choose to listen to Jesus in her heart and not the devil who wants us to do bad things. As all things are orchestrated by a Great God, her bible lesson in class today was about the temptation of Jesus, and this was what she drew and had me write on her activity which requires her to give an example of a temptation she had to deal with. Praise God she was able to process right away how the Word is to be applied in her experience today!

This got me reflecting on the verse most every Christian parent knows:

“Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6

“TRAIN UP A CHILD”

Merriam Webster defines the word “train” as such:

  1. to direct the growth of usually by bending, pruning, and tying
  2. to form by instruction, discipline, or drill
  3. to teach so as to make fit, qualified, or proficient
  4. to make prepared (as by exercise) for a test of skill
  5. to aim at an object or objective

This denotes a purposeful, deliberate and much more thorough kind of instruction than just a reminder here and there about what God tells us to do or what God would have us say. It’s definitely more than just saying “grace’ before meals and going to church on Sundays. It implies a serious kind of training for a specific purpose, much like how an athlete goes through regular, oftentimes difficult and focused drills and exercises to build strength, stamina, and improve skill. And so we are to do this type of “training up” our children, but in what?

“IN THE WAY HE SHOULD GO”

What is “the way?” Again, a favorite bible verse comes to mind:

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” – John 14:6

Jesus is the ONLY WAY and we should be training our children to become like Jesus and to place their trust in Him alone. There is simply no other way.

How are we supposed to do this seemingly overwhelming task? Well, we are fortunate, because God has graciously provided us with a “training manual.”

“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” – 2 Timothy 3:16-18

No instruction booklet or book on values, good manners or proper etiquette will ever do. If we want to raise children who are going on to be perfected as all believers should, we must read, meditate, study and teach them scripture. That is how we as children of God are being prepared for all the good things he has in store for us.

It all seems so cut out, and God’s instruction to us parents and teachers very clear, but as all may agree, it is easier said than done. For even as athletes need consistent and disciplined training in order to succeed, so must we be consistent, patient and determined to allow God’s Word to mold us and our children. And change doesn’t happen overnight. We all have to be “processed,” so-to-speak. But, it stands to reason, if we only give our children very little training, then they would more likely grow up doing more of the “departing.” But if we do our best to give them the best training possible, then we can have faith that though they may sometimes sway here and there as they grow up, if they are firmly grounded in God’s Word, they will not depart from it.