Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Tidbits of a day...

I'm realizing that I'm going to have to get used to blogging about the normal everyday occurences in our lives. I'm used to doing the special things - those special events or unexpected cute moments. But, this is about sharing our daily lives, and sharing the "normal" will take some adjustment. So, while Steven eats lunch, Angela colors, and Olivia finishes some independent work, I'll start practicing!

In Bible this week we are reading the story of Joseph - such a challenge to remember that the Lord is using us even when our circumstances stink! We're also learning Joshua 1:9, which reads, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go!" This week we also learned about the Safwa people who do not have a Bible in their own language, and the Steing poeple of Vietnam who need better nutrition, orphanages, and education opportunities. Both girls love learning about people groups and missions, but Olivia especially is drawn to people of other cultures and their needs. Angela is becoming a little homefront prayer warrior, especially praying for those close to her.
Olivia's favorite subject seems to be history. She enjoys and excells in all of her subjects, but she is drawn to history. I think it goes along with her love for people - she really wants to know the stories and details about people. This week we've been learning about the building of the Great Wall of China, and we've been reading the fictional story of a little Chinese boy named Little Pear. Olivia has completed all of her first grade readers, so we've selected some age-appopriate readers based on historical figures. Earlier in the week she read about Christopher Columbus and now she is reading about Rene Descartes' problem with messiness! (Okay, so maybe he wasn't really messy, but it's a fun way to imagine his process of popularizing the Cartesian Coordinate System, and it does show how practical the system can be.)

Angela's favorite subject seems to be science. Both girls loved our last unit on space, and now that we are digging into electricity, they are seeking out all of the ins and outs of electricity that four and six year old minds can grasp! Our experiments have involved magnets, most recently extending into how magnets and electricity can work together. Today we talked about the process by which electricity helps us use our telephones, receive tv signals, and receive power in our homes. Angie delights in science experiments and readily absorbs the scientific information she receives.

Steven's favorite subject is chaos! :-) Today he decided to distribute the cards of a matching game across the living room floor to add a touch of challenge to the game! My goal is to create an actvitiy station for him, striving to divert some of that energy into more productivity and less destruction. You can pray for me in that area!

So, there you are - just a little glimpse into our day and week. Nice and normal! I love it! :-)

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