Back in the Game :) !!!

Can you believe that it’s been almost a week since my last post?  (some of you are probably cheering – 🙂 )  I promise that we had school last week, but I had a cold and decided to give the kids a “photo break”…they get a little tired of me chasing them around with a camera sometimes – LOL!  Back to reality boys!!!

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So, here are some highlights from today:

We completed a writing assignment using IEW, learned about arches for science, started new spelling words, worked on memory work from the book of Romans, learned about some of the prophecies that were fulfilled when Jesus was born, worked on our Creation Museum report, continued Latin, read another chapter from The Bronze Bow, did math lessons, and took a field trip to an open house at the Math and Science Innovation Center.  The boys have taken classes at the MSIC for the past few summers and they love it!  We got to see a 3-D printer in use, visit the aquarium room, visit spiders, “go into space”, walk to the pond, and lots of other fun activities.  Of course, the Kona Ice truck was a big hit too :)!

…And It Was VERY Good!!!

We finally took a field trip that I’d been wanting to take since we started homeschooling in 2011.  We left Friday morning and drove all day (plus watched almost 2 hours of educational videos from Answers in Genesis – “road school”) to Cincinnati, Ohio to visit the Creation Museum!  Let me just say…it is over 70,000 feet of awesomeness 🙂 !  Thankfully, each admission ticket is good for two consecutive days because there was way too much to explore in just one day!

We went through the walk-through exhibits which teach using “the 7 C’s”…Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consummation.  Each section has videos, displays, hands-on activities, and information to read.  Now, because I know Brendan and Ryan so well :), I knew that we needed to get creative in order for them to actually read and absorb the information.  I bought a really cool book during the HEAV convention, hoping that it would help us teach the kids.  The book explains the concepts of the Creation Museum, gives scripture to support creationism, and also has a fun “tool kit” in the back.  The tool kit contains a map and 3 sets of “scavenger hunt” cards to be filled out as you progress through the museum.  We handed the boys their cards, a pen, and sent them on their way!  They needed help a few times, but I LOVED how much they were “forced” to learn while they searched for the answers – LOL!   We gave them a few small prizes as they completed their assignments.

We also watched several great movies, strolled through the “Garden of Eden”, rode a camel named Gomer (hilarious), visited the petting zoo, and attended a FUN program called “Snakes Alive!”

I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND the Creation Museum to all families that are raising their children with a biblical worldview!  It is amazing to see how science confirms the Bible and God’s creation!  I also hope that those who question how the earth came to be, why we are here, and what is the purpose of this life will go check it out also.  You just may find the answers to your questions…

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Staff Appreciation Lunch:

Today has been a wonderful day!  The boys worked on their independent assignments this morning and then we headed to church to serve lunch to our AMAZING church staff!  Our new homeschool group wanted to show our appreciation for all the hard work, dedication, and love that the staff share with our church family.  The kids all decorated cards, visited and said thank you to everybody, and helped serve tea and water.  We then “snuck” outside for a picnic lunch so that the staff members could enjoy their lunch and have some peace and quiet :).  It was a good lesson on serving others and a lot of fun! Next, we came home and had group time before heading to guitar lessons. It’s been a long, but fantastic day!!!

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