Welcome to Brazil!

We’ve moved on to South America!  We will be learning about Brazil and rainforests over the next three weeks.  Today the kids got their new stickers in their passports, found Brazil on the map and globe, colored and labeled the countries of South America, listened to several songs and heard some ot the Portugese language, learned some basics about rainforests and located them on a map, talked about why our celery with no Xylem was withered, copied their new Bible verse,  read about how the people of Columbia are learning about God’s love,  and covered all of the basics (including some golf for P.E.)…whew!!!  Now, we’re off to guitar lessons!  After that, we have a block party and some more trick-or-treating to do :)! 

Verse of the Day: 

 Sky desktop background verses from the bible Wallpaper

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Winter Wonderland???

We’ve been camping (ok, ok…RVing :)) in the mountains for the last few days.  We went to Shenandoah Valley Campground – it is beautiful this time of year!  The colors on the trees were amazing and the river and waterfall were gorgeous!   The boys made some new friends, rolled down the big grass hill, got filthy, made s’mores and cooked their hotdogs over the campfire, played on the playground, caught some fish, and went trick-or-treating.  The crazy thing was that it actually snowed on Saturday!!!!!  How weird is that for October?!?  Luckily, the sun came out and it warmed up in time for trick-or-treating and big covered dish dinner.  We had a great time and just enjoyed being together as a family!

Verse of the Day:   Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  James 1:17

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Science with Celery

We got lots of work done today including Bible and memory verse work, math, spelling, writing, P.E., geography, and science.  Our experiment involved celery and colored water.  The celery stalk that is in the red water should wilt and not look healthy after 1-2 days because we removed the xylem (the tube-like structures that carry water and nutrients up to the leaves in a plant).  Cells in the celery plant need water to maintain a firm cell wall, so even though it has water it will have no way of transporting that water to its cells.  The celery in the blue water should look healthy and hopefully the leaves will turn blue since it still has the xylem intact.  We’ll see what happens :)!

Verse of the Day:  Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.  And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.   Genesis 1:29-30

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Pumpkin Prayer

After our “official” school work this morning, the boys and I headed out for a picnic/pumkin carving party with our home school support group.  The weather was perfect and everyone had soooo much fun carving their pumpkins, playing together, and eating yummy snacks!  I’m so grateful for this special group of friends who have supported and encouraged me as I researched and started home schooling! 

Dear God,
As I carve my pumpkin help me say this prayer:
Open my mind so I can learn about You;
Take away all my sin and forgive me for the wrong things I do.
Open my eyes so Your love I will see;
I’m so sorry for turning up my nose to all you’ve given me.
Open my ears so your word I will hear.
Open my mouth so I can tell others You’re near
Let Your light shine in all I say and do!

Amen.

Verses of the Day: 

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.  Proverbs 11:14

Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the futureProverbs 19:20

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