Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Cowboy -Up! "C" Week

Howdy!  Today was "Cowboy Day" here in "c" week!
We had a lot of fun!  We introduced our new "secret word" and added it to our word wall! "OW"


We rustled up some "c's" on our cowboy boot letter search & made our own Cowboy/girl puppets.  We talked about the shapes and glued them on our paper bag!


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  • We rode a "horse" Outside 

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    and watched a really cute Cowboy show (about 7mins) - all before lunch!  WHEW! If you'd like to receive all the worksheets & activities that we do - sign up here :

    I leave you with the Cowboy show :)

    Thursday, August 19, 2010

    "A" Week

    Ok - I have had lots of people sign up for my free Pre school plans - How is it going?

    I will get "B" week up soon along with some pictures - Things just got so busy here with school, home,church - LIFE!
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    Here is a an extra activity we did with the letter "A":

    The first week went by fast!  I thought I had a lot of things to do with the kids but we were done in about 45 minutes!  They cried out for more! YAY!
    One of the things we did was tape a picture of an alligator to 10 mega blocks.  I hid them around the house and had them search.  When they found one they screamed "AAAAAAAHHH - Alligator!"
    Noisy, but cute!
    If you are following the plan - what has worked for you?

    Tuesday, August 10, 2010

    The Signature of God

    One detail that is never mentioned is that in Washington , D.C. there can never be a building of greater height than the Washington Monument .
    With all the uproar about removing the ten commandments, etc., this is worth a moment or two of your time. I was not aware of this amazing historical information.

    On the aluminum cap, atop the Washington Monument in Washington , D.C. , are displayed two words: Laus Deo.

    No one can see these words. In fact, most visitors to the monument are totally unaware they are even there and for that matter, probably couldn't care less.

    Once you know Laus Deo's history, you will want to share this with everyone you know. These words have been there for many years; they are 555 feet, 5.125 inches high, perched atop the monument, facing skyward to the Father of our nation, overlooking the 69 square miles which comprise the District of Columbia , capital of the United States of America .

    Laus Deo! Two seemingly insignificant, unnoticed words. Out of sight and, one might think, out of mind, but very meaningfully placed at the highest point over what is the most powerful city in the most successful nation in the world.

    So, what do those two words, in Latin, composed of just four syllables and only seven letters, possibly mean? Very simply, they say 'Praise be to God!'
    Though construction of this giant obelisk began in 1848, when James Polk was President of the United States , it was not until 1888 that the monument was inaugurated and opened to the public. It took twenty-five years to finally cap the memorial with a tribute to the Father of our nation, Laus Deo 'Praise be to God!'

    From atop this magnificent granite and marble structure, visitors may take in the beautiful panoramic view of the city with its division into four major segments. From that vantage point, one can also easily see the original plan of the designer, Pierre Charles l'Enfant ..a perfect cross imposed upon the landscape, with the White House to the north. The Jefferson Memorial is to the south, the Capitol to the east and the Lincoln Memorial to the west.

    A cross you ask? Why a cross? What about separation of church and state? Yes, a cross; separation of church and state was not, is not, in the Constitution. So, read on. How interesting and, no doubt, intended to carry a profound meaning for those who bother to notice.

    Praise be to God! Within the monument itself are 898 steps and 50 landings. As one climbs the steps and pauses at the landings the memorial stones share a message.

    On the 12th Landing is a prayer offered by the City of Baltimore ;
    On the 20th is a memorial presented by some Chinese Christians;
    On the 24th a presentation made by Sunday School children from New York and Philadelphia quoting Proverbs 10:7, Luke 18:16 and Proverbs 22:6. Praise be to God!

    When the cornerstone of the Washington Monument was laid on July 4th, 1848 deposited within it were many items including the Holy Bible presented by the Bible Society. Praise be to God! Such was the discipline, the moral direction, and the spiritual mood given by the founder and first President of our unique democracy 'One Nation, Under God.'

    I am awed by Washington 's prayer for America . Have you ever read it? Well, now is your unique opportunity, so read on!

    'Almighty God; We make our earnest prayer that Thou wilt keep the United States in Thy holy protection; that Thou wilt incline the hearts of the citizens to cultivate a spirit of subordination and obedience to government; and entertain a brotherly affection and love for one another and for their fellow citizens of the United States at large. And finally that Thou wilt most graciously be pleased to dispose us all to do justice, to love mercy, and to demean ourselves with that charity, humility, and pacific temper of mind which were the characteristics of the Divine Author of our blessed religion, and without a humble imitation of whose example in these things we can never hope to be a happy nation. Grant our supplication, we beseech Thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.'

    Laus Deo!

    When one stops to observe the inscriptions found in public places all over our nation's capitol, he or she will easily find the signature of God, as it is unmistakably inscribed everywhere you look. You may forget the width and height of 'Laus Deo ', its location, or the architects but no one who reads this will be able to forget its meaning, or these words: 'Unless the Lord builds the house its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.' (Psalm 127: 1)

    Sunday, August 8, 2010

    Preschool Week 1 review

    Well - after day one - things went well with the letter "A". I found that although it seemed like I had a lot of things planned, the kids were done in about 45 minutes. If this is all the time you want to spend on prek topics, then just stick to my original lesson plan, but I will be adding the new ideas and activities soon.

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    Tuesday, August 3, 2010

    Its here! Its Here!

    The online magazine that supports my daughters school is here! The website is almost complete - Grand Opening is Friday! Here is a peek at the magazine!

    Monday, August 2, 2010

    First day of school & a blown tire!

    Yes, the first day got off rough!  Kids dressed and ready to go and I get a mile down the road and the tire blows out.  My husband saved the day and I got "Bear" off to her second grade class!  Hubby let me use his truck to take her and when I got home and walked in the house I had my two little ones saying - "Welcome to class teacher!"  The day just got better :)

    This is my crew right before we headed off to school!  Hubby takes "Kaybug" and I take "Bear" and the PreK'ers.

    So very excited!  They woke up at 6am ready to go!

    On to Day one of My homeschooling the PreK'ers:

    We started with singing the "ABC's" and did said our memory verse 3 times:
    2 Corth. 5:17 “Anyone who believes in Christ is a New creation.”

    - Then we talked about the letter "a" and the sounds it makes.  They had fun yelling : "AHHHHHHHH" - Alligator, "AHHHHHH" Apple, etc
    - Colored their alligator picture and practiced writing the upper and lowercase "a".
    - Watched our "A" song
    - We Practiced counting and played "ALLIGATOR FLOOR COUNT"  - I have 3 pieces of laminated papers.  Each one has a 1,2, and 3 word and number.  They had to put the correct number of "alligators (clothespins)" on each paper.  We also jumped away from the alligators.  1 jump, 2 jumps, and 3 jumps.
    - Talked about the color "red" and did our "A" page for our alphabet book.

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