Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Some days...

Some days I really miss my brothers, my log cabin, and real Christmas trees.

the end.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Our Food Bank Ministry

Here is a photo of the beginning of our food bank ministry.  We started about 3 weeks ago, and have delivered food to about 30 people (including their families).  We have given out 'voucher cards' to a social service organization, they have people coming to them seeking help.  This organization will do an assessment with the person, and if they feel it's needed they give them one of our voucher cards.  We get a call with a name and address, then deliver a bag or two of groceries to them.  This gives us an invitation to their home!  We've had many opportunities to talk with people and invite them to church. 

Last week I had a call with these instructions: meet us by the river, under the tree, across from the pub.  It took me a few minutes, but I found them.  :)  They were a sweet indigenous couple.  They shared with me that they live down by the river in a tent and even had a pet turtle.  They were looking for work and hoping to be in a house soon.  What a privilege to give them a bag of groceries and invite them to church.  Please pray for this ministry!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

A Boy and his Bike

Patrick found this bicycle at the tip (dump).  Cody had a smaller bicycle with training wheels, but he got on this new (to him) bike and was riding without training wheels in a matter of seconds!  He loves it!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Supercharged Science {TOS Crew Review}

Supercharged eScience Review

Thanks again to The Old Schoolhouse Review Crew for the opportunity to review another homeschooling product.  This one was for Supercharged Science.  I was given a six month membership for the e-Science Learning Program.

Supercharged Science was started by Aurora Lipper, a real-life rocket scientist and she worked for NASA!  Her passion for science is shown all over her website.  She provides wonderful videos that explain the topics and even shows her doing the science experiments.  So, if science isn't your forte', Aurora makes a great substitute teacher for your home education.

Supercharged eScience Review

Supercharged Science recommends teaching from "the inside-out."  Basically, they encourage the science experiments to get the kids interested.  When the kids ask "how did that happen?" then you have a great opportunity to teach them science!  My daughter watched many of the experiments just to see what would happen.  Then she would read the lessons.

I will admit, at first site this website can be overwhelming, so I highly recommend you click "Getting Started" first.  It shows an overview video that will help guide you as you get started.  There is also a helpful user guide.  There is so much great stuff on, so take some time to look around.

You will need a computer, high speed internet, and preferably a printer.  You will also need materials to do the science experiments, most are household items.  We had to purchase a few odds and ends, but nothing expensive.  If an item is hard to find, they share an online resource.

There are 20 different units of e-science.  Everything from mechanics, to matter, to energy, to light, and so much more.  I can't imagine you would not be able to find the topic you are studying.

Autumn is currently learning about rocks, minerals, fossils, etc., in her ACE science.  I wanted to incorporate the Supercharged Science with our regular curriculum, so we started with Unit 20 -  Earth Science.  (The lessons are divided up by topic or grade, whichever you prefer.)

The  unit begins with an introductory video, to the right of the lesson there are a list of extras, such as the written lesson for unit 20 (which is 34 pages, with exercises), the shopping list for the experiments, links for the two lessons in the unit, and links to the science experiment videos.

Here are a few of the printables we used.

One of the experiments we did was make a fossil.  The instructions were super easy and the kids had a blast getting dirt and mixing it with water, flour, salt, and water.

Blogger is giving me a difficult time posting some photos.  I'll try again tomorrow, but one is a cute photo of the kids and their dinosaur fossil!

  • Many, many great videos, I think I read somewhere that there was over 1000 videos.
  • Easy to follow lessons.
  • Shopping lists for the experiments
  • It can be used for students in grade K-12, I enjoyed watching the videos, too.
  • The conversion chart that lines up various homeschool curriculums with the Supercharged Science units.
  • It is a complete science curriculum.
  • I don't have to teach science, Aurora does all that for me.
  • The price, we would struggle to pay that much each month.  So, I'd definitely plan it out when we could make the best use of it.  Although the membership is expensive, I do think it is well worth it, there is just so much there to explore.
  • We had a few issues with the videos.  For some reason I could not get it to play on my laptop.  I am still trying to work that out, but they played fine on my husband's mac.  Occasionally they would be a bit blurry as well.  This could be our internet connection though.  No one else seemed to have these issues, so I think it's me or my laptop.
  • There's a lot of prep work that needs to be done before you get started.  That being said, most science curriculum have that as well.

Price -
There are two different plans.
K-8 Level Plan - $37/month
K-12 Level Plan - $57/month (includes expanded material)
You can try it for free by clicking here.
Here is a special just for you:
Try e-science for just $1!
I'm not sure how long that special will last, so hurry!

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

My Thirty-One Catalog/Online Party

Hello, everyone!  I am hosting a Thirty-One Catalog/Online Party.  Most of you know about Thirty-One and love their bags and other organizational items.  If not, it's a Christian company named after the Proverbs 31 lady.  I came across their company a few years ago, and fell in love immediately.  There are so many great patterns to chose from. 

One of my favorites is this purse...

The great thing about it is that you can change the skirt (they detach under the flaps where the silver buttons are) and have a different purse every week!  You can purchase the purse in brown or black.

My next favourite is this tote bag with a zipper top...

I have a few of these bags.  I use one for my Sunday School class and carry my teaching materials and whatever craft items I need.  There are three pockets on the one side and two on the other, plus a netted pocket on each end.  I love the zipper top!

If you are interested in browsing the catalog please click here and be sure to click my name so I receive the credit.  Also, if you are in Australia and would like to order, I am having the items sent to my brother and he will bring them when he arrives May 27!!  For those in the US, your order will be shipped directly to you!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Katherine Gorge - Nitmiluk National Park

This past Sunday after church, we decided to take a casual Sunday drive.  We drove out to the Katherine Gorge which is part of the Nitmiluk National Park.  The Katherine Gorge is made up of 13 gorges, and we have yet to explore this place.  We decided to take a quick hike to the Baruwei Overlook.  You can see the staircase in the photo on the far left.  It was a bit of a hike, but had a beautiful view at the top.  We decided to take the loop back to our car, but didn't realize how far it was, and it was nearing sunset.  I think it was a 3.7km (about 2 miles) hike altogether.  Besides rushing to get to our car before dark and Cody not wearing his shoes, It was a lovely time out.  Below is a photo of the kids and myself at the overlook.  I'm so thankful we had some time away.  We all need that every so often!