Friday, January 22, 2016

Rowing and Journaling: A Mesh Up

We started using Five In A Row books this week. Brother Bear and Sister are loving the extra craft time. They seemed to really enjoy the link between all the activities. Even Popper joined in on the learning.

This week we read 'The Snowy Day' by Ezra Jack Keats from the Before Five in A Row book list. It has been super cold lately and we have seen a little snow. I figure this book would be fun and give us an opportunity to talk about snow.

I always like to start the week with a craft. The kiddos really enjoy getting to be creative (and messy). This week we made puffy paint using shaving cream and glue. I am sure that there is an exact recipe for this paint, but I just squirt the shaving cream in a bowl, add a little glue (1/4c ish) and mix it together. 

In the book, Peter plays in the snow all day. We recreated scenes from the book and then added our little replica of Peter to it. When they dry the paint stays puffed up.
I think they turned out so cute! 

For science we read 'The Four Elements of Water.' We discussed the 3 states in which water exsists. The kiddos played with ice and water, and I boiled some on the stove for them to see the steam.

In 'The Snowy Day', Peter makes track through the snow. I made dinosaur footprints in Play-Doh and let them figure out which prints went with which dinosaur. We also read "Big Tracks, Little Track' to learn more about animals and the tracks that they make.

We used the dinosaurs and our stamp set to make prints on our nature study page in our journal. It wasn't very successful, but they had fun trying! 

For Popper, we got him 2 books from the library, 'Snow Dance' and 'Snow Day.' They helped to include him in the theme of the week and give him extra reading practice. He enjoyed reading books on his level. I had him draw pictures in his journal to summarize what he remembered from what he had read.

It was a lot of fun getting back into the groove of this curriculum again. We were able to mesh Before Five In A Row and The Thinking Tree journals. They worked really well together. It took a few days, but we were able to find a balance for Popper by the end of the week.  We had a really great time learning together. 

I'm looking forward to next week when we 'row' "The Runaway Bunny" by Margaret Wise Brown.

I am linked up with My Full Heart and Homeschooling 6. If you want to see more fun books that are being rowed this week, click on the link below:

My Full Heart: BFIAR and FIAR Link Up

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Midnights With Jesus

Oh, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am about this series! My friend Callie over at Mama's Coffee Shop had this brilliant idea! So many of us mamas are not morning people. We simply survive of a morning. We are more alert at night, after the kids are in bed.  For years I had extreme mom-guilt over not doing my quiet time first thing of a morning. I would literally beat myself up all day because I felt like a failure. One day, God brought Psalm 63:6 to my attention. It simply says

"On my bed I remember You. 
I think of You through the hours of the night."

Through this verse God revealed to me that He simply wanted me to seek Him. I spent a lot of time in prayer over this. There are so many moms out there that do get up before their kids and husbands and spend time with God. If that is you, FANTASTIC! Good for you! I wish I could, or at least I use to.
I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't do it. Every time I would set my alarm for earlier, the littles would wake-up earlier and I was that much grumpier. You see, I am a night owl. I am usually awake until 1am. Naturally, it makes sense that, since this is my quietest time, I spend it seeking Jesus! 
I believe that by doing this, I am giving Him my best. I am no longer falling asleep on my Bible or during prayer. I am retaining what I am reading. I am getting real prayer time. I am ending my day with my very best friend! That is what this is all about!

You are invited to join me! Hop on over to Mama's Coffee Shop and download the pdf of the verses. We will be starting on January 31st. I would absolutely love for you to join us. If you blog, link up with us!  We will be journaling about our journeys and how God is using our midnights to grow us and to draw us closer to Him! I can't wait to get started! 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Trust: A Heart Issue

I am still on this journey of trust. I am finding that there are areas in my life that need work. 
This week I realized that trust is a heart issue. I can say that I trust God all I want, but my actions have to show it.  

trust, trust God, heart issue

This is the verse that has really gotten my attention this week. My troubled heart is a sign of me not trusting Him. Wait, what!? This means that all those times when I am stressing out and worrying about something, no matter how big or small, I am not trusting God. 

I want this journey to be an easy one. I want to just say that I trust Him and that be enough. That is clearly not the case. Trust is something learned. It takes time and life experience. (UGH!) This means that trusting God is a life journey. It's something that I am going to learn to live out one day at a time!

Clearly, this is not an easy challenge. I knew that there would be moments where I failed to trust. 
The important part is not the failure, but the getting back up, dusting myself off, and continuing on this journey. 

What better way to learn trust than through an Almighty Father Who is perfect. He will never make me regret putting my trust in Him. There may still be times that I question Him, but I can rest assured that He knows what is best for me. He is working all things out for my good (Rom. 8:28). There is no better place to put my trust than in Him.