Friday, October 21, 2011

Native Americans...or as Christopher Columbus named them "Indians"

This week and next week, we are learning about Native Americans. So far we've covered the Woodland Indians and the Plains Indians. We've had fun so far learning about the different kinds of houses for Indians...such as wigwams, longhouses, etc., along with learning about wampum and warshields. We even went to the Red Clay Pow Wow and found someone with wampum earrings on and the girls got to see what wampum really looks like and the man told us that the shell that it comes from was cut under water. He told us about wampum being used as money for the Indians as well. We finished up the lesson on Indians with doing Hopi hairstyles and making Navajo fry bread. Learning about Indians was much more interesting than I remember as a little kid!
















This is our Indian Lapbook.

The girls made a key and mapped out where the different kinds of Indians lived.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Jesus Wept...

The shortest verse in the Bible is "Jesus Wept." A lot of us already know that. But what does it mean? We know the story. Its when Jesus came to the tomb of his friend, Lazurus. Even though Jesus knew in a matter of seconds that He was going to raise Lazurus from the dead...He stood at the tomb with Mary and Martha and He wept. Why would He cry for that? Why would He cry when He knew He could fix everything?

He was crying because He felt the pain of what Lazurus' sisters were going through. He cried because the fear that Lazurus must have felt right before he was dying. He cried because of all the pain that everyone felt. He felt that pain, too.

Jesus wept. Jesus cried! I believe He did it to show us that God knows our pain, shares our pain. Every tear we cry - He knows it. Why? He loves us. The depth of His love is so much that I don't think I can even understand. I often think of my husband's love for me and his children and my love for him and my children. It's that unconditional love. There's so many times when I feel my husband's love for me and think, "Wow - I've never had someone love me this much." And then I start to think..."Wow - God's love is greater than this!" That's amazing! God shares our hurts and our struggles. I just find that amazing.

I shared this because my husband and I have been searching and seeking direction for our family and our children. When I was a little girl in church I don't think I grasped what "Jesus wept" truly meant. I just knew it was the shortest verse in the Bible. I want to teach my children what it really meant when Jesus wept. We're starting a new journey in our household. My husband has started the "COURAGEOUS" effort and we want to make sure that we aren't just pouring Bible verses into our children, but that we are showing our children how to SEEK God's word and LIVE God's word in EVERYTHING we do.

Choose this day whom you will serve...as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord. -Joshua 24:15

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Ashlyn learned her 50 states!

She was a little slower than Kylee (only two weeks to be exact), but she's two years younger. My 6 year old learned her states! We took the girls to Pinstrikes to celebrate. We were celebrating that Ashlyn learned her states and Kylee learned her states and capitals! Yet again, I am a proud mommy!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Celebrating Autumn

This month, we are celebrating fall. We'll be doing tons of different topics ranging from bats, owls, and ofcourse, pumpkins. This week will be full of fall activities and crafts and even cooking!

We already started our first day off with a fall scavenger hunt, making a "Fall Tree" with ornaments, and cooking homemade applesauce. The girls had so much fun today, that we didn't even get finished with "school" until 4:30 - but I didn't get a single complaint (we didn't even wake up until 9:30...so I guess they shouldn't complain). Besides, it doesn't seem like school when you are having fun! Enjoy some of our pictures below. I'll probably add more to my blog (www.meanttoteach.blogspot.com)by the end of the week.








EASY HOMEMADE APPLESAUCE

4 apples - peeled, cored and chopped
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions
In a saucepan, combine apples, water, sugar, and cinnamon. Cover, and cook over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes, or until apples are soft. Allow to cool, then mash with a fork or potato masher.