Friday, December 14, 2012

A special appearance with Big Daddy Weave, Beautiful Memories, and Favorite Resources

This past week has been FULL of family and special moments to remember.

First, we spent lots of time with family who visited for a Big Daddy Weave / MIKESCHAIR concert benefiting children with special needs. Caraline was asked to interpret during one of Big Daddy Weave's songs. (ASL is her heart.) 

 We took our annual trip to the Christmas Tree farm. It's always so much fun watching the children run through the forest of trees in search for ours. I LOVE this family tradition.

Once home, Daddy helps hang the lights and put our angel on top, and I help the kids hang the ornaments while Christmas music is playing in the background. This year it was BDW and MIKESCHAIR's Christmas albulms.  This is such a fun, full day. At the end of our big day, our tradition is to go out for a nice family dinner.
 Caraline's AWANA group had their Half-way Day celebration for the kids who'd completed thirty sections in their handbook. (This is for the Truth in Training groups. Our boys are not old enough to be in T&T.) She finished her thirty sections about three weeks early! I'm thankful that all of our children love learning about Jesus and memorizing scripture.
This of course isn't Caraline. This is a picture of Jonathan at AWANA with his craft of Jesus in the manger. An upside down hand print - from the middle of the palm down the four fingers for the manger. a thumbprint for Jesus, add straw and a star. Very sweet keepsake.

This week I had one of those homeschool moments I was so happy to be apart of. While I was giving a spelling test to Ryan (6) he started a "w" upside down and kept going with it for a moment. He immediately knew it was a little off and said out loud, "Ahhh! That's hair not a w!" He erased it and beside it made a beautiful w. It really did look like the hair he draws sometimes on little figures. We got the best laugh out of that together. It was a fun, precious moment I was so happy to share with him- making me ever more thankful I am a homeschooling mama.

And here's my silly Ryan pretending to be Santa. I heard a jolly "Ho, Ho, Ho!" and this is what I found! Love him!

A couple of fun resources used in our homeschool this week:

We learned about the Sumerians and cuneiform this week in the Mystery of History. We watched a Brain Pop video on the Sumerians which was the perfect supplement to our readings. (I signed up for a free five day trail of Brain Pop. Any users out there?)

I bought molding clay for the kids to experiment with making their own cuneiform tablets. After making their tablets, they continued sculpting for two hours at the kitchen table!

They would've sculpted longer but we were expecting company- a sweet family with a precious new baby, a three year old and eight year old were coming to visit!

Counting Bears by Learning Playground: Jonathan wanted to do schoolwork while I was working with Ryan. My sweet girl volunteered to teach Jonathan math with a new resource-a grandparent won a silent auction basket full of educational products for us the night of the benefit concert and Counting Bears was on of the items! More and more she is able to help Jonathan. This is a wonderful extension of her learning that I encourage. It's good for both of them!

We began reading The Reunion by Rachael McIntire. We are about half-way through. It's a beautiful story that we'll share with you in a couple of weeks.

We read The Sparkle Box: A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas. I need to make a special post about this book, too. Our pastor shared this with us and the kids made Sparkle Boxes in Sunday School a couple of weeks ago. I love the message in this book! (Update: You can read this post here.)

Other Christmas books we are reading this week: Jotham's Journey, The Crippled Lamb, Jacob's Gift, The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, Room for a Little One and The Jesse Tree.

Favorite New iPad apps, recommended by our visiting friends:

Mobile Montessori Multiplication Charts, Splash Math, we've been using this for a couple of days and it seems to be a very good multiplication app.

Splash Math 1st and 3rd grade: free version for now, but I can see upgrading in the future! (You're only allowed to complete 20 questions a day with the free version.)

Pizza Fractions: Fun and FREE!

Hungry Fish: There is a free version, but we upgraded to addition for $1.99 pretty quickly. This is another super fun game for the kids.

And Geoboard: Free and the kids love to build shapes on this board. Jonathan our four year old enjoys this one, too.

And we survived three days with Daddy in Austin this week.

Don't forget to stop by and enter a fabulous Music Appreciation giveaway I am hosting! It ends tonight at midnight.

Linking this week with:
Homegrown Learners


  1. What a busy and wonderful week. That story about R cracks me up -- hair not a w - how precious. :-)

    Hope, you are blessed to be able to share these days with your children. I know you know that, thought.

    Glad to call you my friend !

  2. Great week! Thanks for the tips on new iPad apps.


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