Monday, November 10, 2014

Almost Finished!

Here is Captain America, ahem, Cody, finishing his final Math test for 1st grade!
We are almost finished our school year.  Yay!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Field Trip to the Post Office

Yesterday our homeschool group took a field trip to the Post Office.
We (the kids and mums) had fun and learned a lot.  We had the kids write a letter to someone, and we learned about the entire mailing process.  Our town is small, and therefore has a small post office.  But honestly it was much bigger inside than it looks! 
The kids all deposited their letters in the drop box outside, and we went inside to collect the letters.
They got to put a date stamp on each postage stamp.
Some of the kids mailed their letter to a post office box, so we got to deliver their mail immediately.
We learned about how those that live on the stations receive their mail.
And we learned about how the mail is sorted and delivered to those who live in town.
The kids and I met our postie (for those in the US, that's the mailman).
We had over 20 children come for the field trip!
Then afterwards we went to Maccas (McDonalds) for ice cream!
It's great to get together with other homeschoolers, it's blessing to have lots of friends for my kids.  We are already planning activities for next year.  Lots to look forward to!
A huge thank you to all the employees who got involved and helped make this field trip a success!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Blog Makeover

I just gave my blog a little makeover.  Still trying to decide if I like it.  It may change several more times this evening.  Thoughts?

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

More Family Portraits

A huge thanks to Suzanna Rae Photography for doing such a wonderful job!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

If He Had Not Come ~ David Nicholson {TOS Review}

If He Had Not Come
This is my last review for the TOS Crew this year.  I will take next year off as we are embarking on new ministry and I want to give it all I have!  I hope to join the crew the following  year.  But for now, I am excited to end the year with this wonderful Christmas book!  I was given a physical hardcover copy of If He Had Not Come from David Nicholson.

If He Had Not Come was originally written by Nan F. Weeks,
and for the first time in 55 years it is updated and in print
thanks to David Nicholson.
Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Who doesn't love a good Christmas book?  Christmas is my favourite holiday, and in our family it is all centered around Christ.  We read through the Scripture passages of Christ's birth throughout December.  Most of our holiday decorations are focused on Christ.  I have a beautiful nativity that sits as a focal point during the holidays, because I want my children (and others who enter our home) to know that Christ is the reason we celebrate. 

"If He Had Not Come" is a beautiful story that follows a little boy named Bobby who goes to sleep on Christmas Eve anxiously anticipating Christmas morning.  That night he dreams of what it would be like if He {Jesus} had not come.  Bobby learns that the best Gift ever given wasn't under his Christmas tree, but in his heart.

My children enjoyed reading this book together.  I have it on our coffee table, and I've seen them looking through it several times.  It's brought up many good discussions, and often in our prayers we thank God for sending His Son to come.  There is a section in the back of the book that gives discussion questions.  This is a wonderful addend to the book.
I loved this book not only because of the beautiful illustrations, but helping put life into perspective.  Have you ever thought about what it would be like if Jesus Christ had not come.  Take a moment and just ponder that.  I am so thankful that God loves us and chose to send His only Son into this sinful world to live as a perfect example for me and then die on the cross for me.  What amazing love!

I love that David shares on his website the free gift of salvation that is offered to all.  I hope you will take the time to read it, and if you haven't already, receive this free gift of salvation.  (I always have it at the bottom of my blog as well.)  Your life will never be the same!

David Nicholson came across this book many years ago, and it made such an impact in his life that he reintroduced it to today's generation.  It was written by Nan F. Weeks, which not much is none about her except that she was a teacher and wrote stories.  "If He Had Not Come" was originally published in 1938.  To read more behind the story and to read why David reintroduced this book in print check out the FAQ on his website.

You can purchase a copy for yourself here for $18.95.
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Saturday, November 1, 2014

Little Passports - A global adventure

**Disclosure: Little Passports asked me to write this review (but it is my own thoughts and opinions) and in return I will receive the first month free.

Have you seen the ads for Little Passports on facebook?  I've been very curious about it and am anxious to receive our first month's subscription.  From what I can tell it looks like it will be great for my homeschooling family.  What a fun way to learn geography!
Little Passports offers two edition: The World Edition (5-10 years old) and the United States Edition (7-12 years old). 
Here's what you will receive in the World Edition Kit:
(monthly plan $11.95)
The first month you will receive...
  • A fun travel suitcase with a letter from our globetrotting characters Sam and Sofia
  • World wall map
  • Travel passport
  • Fun stickers, an activity sheet, and access to online games and activities

Sam and Sofia visit a new country every month and will send your child...    
  • An adventure letter
  • Fun souvenirs
  • Stickers for your child's suitcase, passport, and map
  • Photos from that country's sites
  • Online games and activities in our Boarding Zone

Here's what you will receive in the USA Edition:
 (monthly plan $11.95)
The first month you will receive...
  • An introductory letter from Sam and Sofia
  • USA Field Guide
  • USA Scratch Book
  • USA Wall Map
  • Disposable Camera and Photo Scavenger Hunt
Sam and Sofia visit 2 new states every month and send your child:
  • A 32-page activity-packed journal covering 2 states
  • Stickers
  • Pop-out Models
  • Postcards
  • Access to more information and activities online

Have any of you ever done the Little Passports?  I'd love to hear your opinions!