Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Education Reform

Was pointed in the direction of a video on YouTube tonight that makes me raise and eyebrow on some levels and also confirms some of my beliefs about American education.  One thing that I really believe is that teachers in the schools are SO deprived of a decent income for what they have to go through during the school day.  Its their compassion that keeps them coming back to the school day after day.  Teachers have to really love what they are doing and feel that they are making a difference.  Even if you don't agree with everything that is said in the video you have to admit that the drawings are pretty awesome! LOL!

Not every child fits in the pretty box with a bow.  Many people have heard me say this in reference to our oldest child.  Yes I know he is 12 but he doesn't have to learn the same thing as other 12 year olds that are in their 7th month before turning 13.  Right?

Underwater Sight Seeing

Glancing through my twitter feed I found a cool link from Craig Froman about an underwater museum.
Only visible by snorkeling, scuba diving or through a glass bottom boat.  It is located in Cancun.

Kind of reminded me of a trip Judge and I took many years ago to Sweetwater, TN.  We were passing through the area and saw a sign for The Lost Sea.

We are still honey-mooning...

As we continue studying the moon phases we read the verse Psalms 8:3  

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—
                      the moon and the stars you set in place—

The kids and I continued on through Genesis 3:20 with their bible lesson and did a crossword puzzle.

I found a website called Teacher Vision today.  But they only allow you to see 5 things before you have to buy a subscription to the website.
I used those free views pretty quickly.  I found that our project we started yesterday was too hard for Elizabeth to keep up.  Went to that website and printed out a couple of moon printables for her.  That way she is still studying what we are just on her level.  She has been cutting and using glue to fill in sentences with crescent words and a page on moon phases and matching.

The older kids are learning about the phases of the moon.  Observing and naming the current phase of the moon, the elongation and how it can be estimated with the sun's rays.  Within today's lesson is some basic geometry with right angles and 45 degree angles. Worksheet

Prayer sticks for today were to pray for my cousin's daughter Addison, my brother in law Bill,  Jacob's friend Dominique and my sister's daughter Brooklyn.

National Chocolate Milk Day is Here!!! Finally!

We interrupt this homeschooling day to bring you the big news that today (and today only) is National Chocolate Milk Day.

"September 27, 2011 is

National Chocolate Milk Day

Celebrate National Chocolate Milk Day! Who doesn't crave a nice, tall glass of frothy chocolate milk? Until the 1820s, drinking chocolate was fairly uncommon and no one knew how to produce a smooth chocolate taste in liquid form. In 1828 the Van Houten company in Amsterdam invented the cocoa pressing method. This produced a light, fluffy chocolate powder that could be easily dissolved in water or milk. Today, chocolate milk is a popular beverage for people of all ages.
Chocolate milk has surprising restorative properties. In 2006, the dairy industry conducted a study and discovered that chocolate milk helps athletes with muscle recovery. It provides nine essential nutrients, making it both delicious and nutritious!
Pour yourself a nice tall glass of chocolate milk in honor of National Chocolate Milk Day!"
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