Our life in books

This is our eigth year of homeschooling and I finally got around to blogging about our adventures a few years ago.
I love the path that God has us on.
We get to enjoy the lightbulb moments in educating our children and have quite a few of them ourselves.

We are starting Exploration to 1850's this school year, 2012-2013 using My Father's World curriculum.
Rome to the Reformation,
Exploration to the 1850's and NOW.........

Below is the week by week of lessons for this year if you'd like to start at the beginning.
There is also a handy LABELS area that you can peek through to find a specific lesson.

Week by Week - MFW: Creation to the Greeks

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Lessons on NATURE

We had a little storm the other night.....
Actually, Todd was out of town and my mother-in-law was here keeping me company and helping out with the kids. She and I were up most of the night- pacing the floors and waiting for the big tree in the front yard to come through the picture window. It really was the scariest, loudest storm in Pasadena. No rain, no lightening just fierce and howling winds. I have never seen ( in person) anything close to this kind of damage.  Our street lost over 20 full grown trees- it was so sad walking out the door the next morning. The very first thing I heard in the early morning hours was the sound of chain saws.  A neighbor was cutting the limbs off a huge branch that had fallen across the street and was preventing any cars from passing and trapping their cars in their driveway. We had no power from 10 pm until the late the next evening due to power lines that were down all over the city.

As morning broke Thursday in Pasadena, the entire city appears to have been affected by ferocious winds that knocked down trees and power lines -- posing hazards for motorists and city workers alike.
Fire and police officials reported "throughout the entire 26 square miles of the city, streets are littered with trees and tree limbs, downed power lines and wires," said Pasadena City Manager Michael Beck, in an interview in the basement of City Hall. "Pasadena seemed to be the epicenter" of the windstorm, he said.
Officials have declared a local state of emergency, called all employees into work, and asked for mutual aid assistance from Los Angeles County Public Works, Beck said. Pasadena public schools have been closed, as have city libraries.
About 6,000 customers remain without electricity from the city's utility, Pasadena Water and Power, he said.
A tree split an apartment complex, forcing the city to evacuate 37 residents. Colorado Boulevard through Old Town Pasadena was obstructed with at least two large tree limbs. In the southern part of town, a tree lay across all of Grand Avenue. A tree fell on a car outside a Denny’s restaurant, and the driver had to be extracted.
Talking with long-time employees, Beck said "no one can recollect when something so severe and encompassing has occurred" in Pasadena.
Now for the pictures.
The kids and I went on a little adventure walk around the few blocks in our neighborhood to document the damage.  The kids loved climbing on all the downed trees and seeing the stop signs twisted and bent to the ground but it brought tears to my eyes to see these beautiful trees and yards demolished. I have neighbors who lost both cars when I tree fell on it and this week- that same tree that's laying across their yard has Christmas lights on it. Turning lemons into lemonade. I didn't mind the lack of power either- sometimes we all need to be unplugged! Candles, a fire, books, and flashlight games were entertaining enough. I also enjoyed the camaraderie and the conversations among my fellow neighbors as we all walked around outside and recounted our stories. Nothing like a storm to bring everyone out!
 These are the hedges in my backyard
 The trees outside my kitchen window that give such beautiful filtered sun each morning.
 my neighbor's driveway
 a deodar tree falls across an intersection
 .....and takes out a stop sign.
 this was the largest tree that we saw- it fell on the house, what house?  I know!
 same tree - different angle
our stoplight at the corner - bent in half by WIND.

Zoo reports - Week 8

A field trip to the LA Zoo requires a little follow-up writing assignment:

Mackenzie took all of these photos with her camera she received for her birthday.

These are baby otters in the care center - they were loud but really cute when they played around like puppies.

 Self Portrait


  We watched the chimpanzees for a long time.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Library Tools

I love our library system. I have been taking the kids weekly for years. Last year, our librarian put together a HOMESCHOOL section in one of our branches with models and microscopes and resources for homeschoolers. She focused on science and the need to touch, hold and take things apart.   This is the model of the brain. It's labeled with all the major parts and it's a wonderful tool to pass around. We copied it's structure into a notebook page for extra practice.

Tinker toys made a comeback this week. 
It's a amazing what they come up with: this is a carousel for Lego minifigures.

I learned something new this week too!  I learned how to make twistees in my boys' hair. We spent an hour like this.........
the TV was on, mind you, but he was very patient and actually loved the results. It only lasts about two days but this is our go- to style now for Kibru's hair now that he doesn't want to cut it.

Dem Bones

Part of our last few weeks in studying the human body has been spent putting together paper skeletons bone by bone.  Of course, all the skeletons make my house look like Halloween all over again but 'it's for the kids, Larry!'  Sorry -we've also been re-watching some Veggie Tales for the sake of our 5 year old who has never seen them and now has enough English to understand them. I never get tired of those quirky veggies.

This is Harper posing with her completed skeleton, Happy.

 Everett doing some scissor work before assembly.

Remember that trip to the zoo a few weeks back?
I had the children write about one of their favorite animals and look up some details on those animals in our giant animal ATLAS.

Harper's Essay:
 Mackenzie's Essay: