How to change your TEMPLATE LAYOUT from hundreds of free ones


If you are like me, you love to move furniture, redecorate, change the looks of things and of yourself. And I'm NOTORIOUS for always changing the look of my blogs. However I played and tried different things and I'm very pleased with the current look of this blog.

I like the fact it has three columns, it works better for me since I have the blog pretty loaded with links to different resources. I like the navigation banner to different pages and I know how to change the color of the background or add a different background to change it with the seasons. I think it will stay a bit longer with this display, but I don't warranty anything ;-)

I'll tell you how to change your blogger blog to any of the FREE BLOG DESIGNS FOR BLOGGER you can choose from. Many are very pretty to look at by themselves, but blogs are like furniture, you may like the piece at the furniture store or catalog, and it may not jive with your blog content and needs. However back to the point, to change blog template

*first you go to your blog, to the HTML. There save your current template. It will go most likely to your documents, downloads. You may have an option to rename it then, name it something you can remember like my current "x" blog.

*Then where it says PICK A NEW TEMPLATE from the few blogger options, go back to MINIMA, the first one, it's easier to change to a new from that basic one.

* Choose one of these free blogs and download it for free. Open the blog folder. It may save as a compacted file and you need to extract or unzip the files from it. Once you extract the files that compose the new template you will see one that will be the name of the template and it will say XTML document. Back to your HTML page, you choose upload new template and browse for that document to upload.

* Then you'll see a red list with your widgets, it'll ask you: Do you want to keep this widgets? Click YES. View Blog and you should see your new design. It may be the case you get some duplicated items, don't panic, just delete the empty widgets. You may also get things out of place, don't panic, just rearrange.

* If you don't like the picked template, back to MINIMA and try a different one. If you don't like any of the new templates you are trying, go back to your old blog and things will be the same.

You can create a trial blog to see if you can change that one from MINIMA to one of the new designs before trying to do this with your real one.

If your new template has a navigation bar like mine and you don't know how to tweak that, you can ask me and I'll write further steps on how to make it point to your own pages.

If you dare with s ome serious tweaking of the HTML code, THESE ARE THE BEST TUTORIALS I have found. Everything I've tried has worked (some things have driven me nuts for a bit, but I've always solved the challenges). With those tutorials I've added signatures, changed the comments box, gotten rid of the ugly box you get when you click on a label, etc.

Hope it works.

Nicknames and life happenings

We've been enjoying these formidable weather days, my oldest brought me this ladybug so I could take a picture of one of her 'firsts'. I asked them what nicknames they liked for our blog. I think it's a nice idea. My oldest wants to be known to you as BLUE HEART. She loves hearts, she draws our family as a heart shaped dad, mom, and girls. My little one wants to be LITTLE BEAN.

She enjoys the garden and that's what she came up with after I said I'd like to be called ONION MOM. I love onion, to plant it, smell it, eat it (raw or cooked), and to photograph.

We also saw a tulip, remnant from last season, blooming in our planter outside.

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LITTLE BEAN was bringing me some onion from our garden, and we've been eating outside and going to the park with our friends from our HS group.


At home we've been learning about the Good Samaritan, (BLUE HEART is reading now, she can read in Spanish sentences such as "El buen samaritano" -The good Samaritan, she wrote the sentence and illustrated the story). We also keep a poetry book she illustrates where I copy a poem and she helps with words and reads them to me. For math we also work on estimation . She estimated "68" cents in the jar, we had 82, and she set that sand clock from our Dutch egg boiler set to see if she could finish counting before time run out.

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We are waiting for my sister's visit, we'll be posting some pictures of her week with us. I forgot, I'm reading "The Great Gatsby". And yes, Ellen and friends, I'll tell you what I think when I finish it.


Mundains and The Great Gatsby

We are anticipating my sister's visit this coming Saturday. She'll be with us for just one week, so if you don't see much of us that's the reason why.
Mundains...we are mundains, as the telepaths call us. Telepaths are 'like humans' but they've been created superior. They can read minds and many other wonders according to their range (P12 is the maximum strength and ability) and the training they receive in their world. I watch this old series called Babylon 5 with my husband, one episode every now and then, and I bond with him. We now have a vocabulary borrowed from the series we like using between us. The writer of the show is a philosophy major, and sometimes we witness this in the philosophical conversations and topics offered in the show.

The Great Gatsby is my next novel to read. It's in Mortimer Adler's books to be read in your life, and its brevity has an extra appeal (to give my mind a time affordable break). As I'm reading the introductory notes that I felt for reading this time, I came by this paragraph:

"Fitgerald's carelessness about facts and empirical knowledge is well known: he frequently wrote about France when his knowledge of French was poor; his spelling (in French and English) was execrable. In Gatsby he touches on subjects (notably, the doings on Wall Street) about which he knew little and imagined a good deal. His fiction tends to circumvent these problems by selecting significant realistic detail rather than accumulating a mass of facts. As a record of a particular time and place, the novel is focused, selective and distilled: a historical concentrate." (Guy Reynolds, Rutherford College, University of Kent at Canterbury)."
And I conclude that a prestigious writer got away with execrable spelling (you've got to love that word, it's exactly the same in Spanish :-) And if that's not remarkable enough, he also managed to make it to posterity with a poor knowledge of history. Now I'm laughing at our paranoia about not covering enough ground (that's specifically for my Bluestocking Belle friend). And he just pulled it all together in a style they describe as HISTORICAL CONCENTRATE. How ironic, do you see yourself telling your children "I'm going to introduce you to lesson #7, how to survive in life with the spelling that you have managed to amass for yourselves, weather impeccable or execrable, and as for your history or literary knowledge, you'll also learn to shoot for the CONCENTRATE, it's not good for juice but it's good for academics".

Unfortunately (or fortunately) for the Lord and your duties as christians, there are no loops or shortcuts. Nothing less than a pure heart, and a WHOLESOME understanding and discerning of His Word.
And what is easier to accomplish, academic success or spiritual development ? I want to think that the question is irrelevant, whether hard or easy the second goal is the only one that matters, and I'm always convinced that if we aim for it, the first will come, somehow, some day, even if from CONCENTRATE but most likely not from concentrate but from a meaningful and steady diet.

Book findings and friends generosity

Last Saturday we went to our public library sale, and we met another homeschooling mom of a girl my oldest daughter's age. I found many great living science books and literature books for the girls that were 3 for $1, and before we left, I saw another table where several classics were laying together for ME to pick. Plato complete dialogues, War & Peace, The Three Musketeers, The Great Gatsby, Little Women, Anne of the Green Gables, The Swiss Robinson Family, The Secret Garden, and ALL unabridged, original versions. We brought so many good titles for a few dollars.
In the girls selection we found this science book titled Prove It, and we have done a couple of experiments with it. One for the challenge of Meni's Blog. We brought two France's series books which are the girls ultimate favorites, and more amazing findings we'll be revealing little by little.

I did not mention yet we were also given many books by a friend from church who homeschooled her son his junior high years. She gave us some interesting science books, a children's dictionary, some of the series "What a _____ grader needs to know", Great Expectations, Tom Sawyer, Historian's Fallacies, a book to make kites (the girls already made one today), and that black thing with a white rubber band at the bottom right is the game BATTLESHIP, yeah baby.

I almost forgot. I found The complete Winnie the Pooh works by A.A. Milne at the library shelves for $1, and the Blue Fairy Book at the thrifty store for 50 cents.

Julie Brennan is the MIND and the HEART behind LIVINGMATH, and participates in her yahoo group called livingmathforum as well.
As a response to a post we had in the forum entitled "Parent self-education and inspiration" we were discussing how we keep the excitement and are able to do a better job educating our children when we continue reading, learning, and combining different approaches. Julie replied to one of my posts and her writings can be showcased as an spontaneous interview that reflects the exceptional person she is.

In her words:

When my kids were young, I read aloud challenging books to them, a LOT, and we had challenging audiobooks on in the car when we went on trips or regular commutes somewhere. I still read aloud, and now my youngest 10 year old can go through the Old English version of Pilgrim's Progress with ease, only asking me what some of the most archaic words mean, and she enjoys the language. When they were young, they would read picture books and easy stuff on their own, but over time, they got to the point they could and would read more challenging literature on their own. The one thing I didn't do was push difficult reading on them until they were clearly ready, that would have been a big mistake (the mistake I made with math, in fact, and had to learn how to do damage control with my oldest :o).
Regarding discipline, if you are following CM then you are probably reading that keeping formal lessons really short is key. You want them to want to learn. I got to where in the early elementary years I didn't have scheduled formal lessons. I took every opportunity that presented itself, and we did lots of "studying" at bedtime reading sessions, in the car, or impromptu sessions.

Discipline at these ages focused on family contributions with chores, and music lessons, both of which were areas they could understand why discipline is needed, what the end goal is. With music, it was especially helpful when we could be a part of groups that provided additional motivation and relevance to the discipline of practice. When they are very young, trying to teach academic discipline is more difficult and can create damaged attitudes because they cannot possibly begin to see why discipline is necessary in academics, *especially* in a homeschooling environment. In school, at least everyone else is doing it, and deadlines and assignments make some sense in that the teacher has to keep the whole class on track together. In a homeschool environment, none of this is the case, so schedules, goals and deadlines don't make a lot of sense until they develop the maturity to begin to see why these skills need to be developed.

I have always sought out classes for my kids like an art history class they took for several years, where the class was wonderful for them, and a certain amount of in between class work was necessary for them to be able to participate in the class itself. This fostered discipline in that there was a clear reason to do the work in between, and the motivation was the fact they *wanted* to be in the class. As adults, this is what we do - if we want something for ourselves, we will do some things we might not otherwise do if we consider the end goal worth the effort. We don't go through motions having no idea why we are doing them, except in situations where we've hired say, a violin teacher or martial arts instructor to teach us, or we take a class, and we defer to their expertise without always knowing why. But we still know our end goal, to play violin well, or to become a black belt, to master a difficult subject we want to master, etc.

About missing college:

Oh boy do I understand this! I was on the fence between an English major or business (pretty funny huh) after high school, and I eventually chose the more practical business major with an emphasis in accounting and finance.
But I took a number of literature classes, and now that I find myself reading classics, I look back and realize all that I missed in those readings. We had to read so much in such a short time, much of it excerpts, which didn't allow one time to understand any context. It would have been much better to cover less ground, but more deeply. One of the few highly memorable experiences I have from high school was reading The Scarlet Letter over an entire semester in my junior year with a great teacher (one of the few whose name I can remember!) taking the time to thoroughly understand the work. I had no idea until that time how much could be communicated through literature like this. I am glad seeing my 9th grader go through the Odyssey over an entire semester with a group. Our society does seem to go more for quantity over quality though.

I loved college when I went back in my mid 20's after taking a few years off to figure out what I wanted to do. And I've learned that taking a community college class once or twice a year now has been great both for continuing my education and satisfying my desire to be in this environment again. Plus the deadlines make sure I complete a course, home study with a family can definitely get put aside very easily! I always do my homework though to get a good teacher, now that I'm going to classes just for myself, to learn, vs. satisfying credit requirements, I don't want to waste my time.

About educating yourself as a parent:

Freakonomics is an interesting book that challenges some assumptions and beliefs we have about things that may be taken for granted. One idea that I walked away with is that who we are has far more influence on our children than what we do. The author gives the example of someone who learns that kids who go to college were exposed to lots of books when they were younger.
But simply stocking one's home with books won't do it. The fact those kids grew up with books in their homes reflected the fact their parents were educated and valued books themselves. Who the parents are matters more than what they do. So, if you have a desire for your child to be educated, you need to be educated yourself. On the flip side, if we are educated, learning all the time, we can relax that even with all the mistakes we might make, our kids will turn out all right, because of who we are.

Read post in full translated into Spanish by me HERE.



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Many friends in their blogs and others around us, are preparing for "Easter". I see a proliferation of books about lent, Easter, and different celebrations that have religious resonances, that are founded in good and heartfelt intentions, but that I challenge to show they have a foundation for their existence in the Bible. Should a christian observe all those many activities, practices, traditions?
If the Bible is your authority for your spiritual life, as it is for us, if you try to live as the early christians did in the first century and as you see instructed in the Scriptures, maybe you are interested in reading about the origins of Easter, the celebration we know this day and age, and then you can infer why we don't engage in anything different at this coming time of the year.
You can read this article by Ferrell Jenkins (click on publications, and click on SHOULD CHRISTIANS OBSERVE EASTER? in his website) or read it down where I reproduced it in its entirety. You can freely download it from his page too.

Should Christians Observe Easter?

Easter is a widely-observed annual celebration commemorating the resurrection of Christ. You probably have noticed that Easter comes at a different time each year. "Easter is the first Sunday after the first full moon that falls on or next after the vernal equinox (Mar. 21 in the Gregorian calendar); if the full moon happens on Sunday Easter is celebrated one week later. Easter Sunday cannot be earlier than March 22 or later than April 25; dates of all other movable church feasts depend on that of Easter" (Webster).
The Origin of Easter
Some church historians assert that Easter observance began in the first century, but they must admit that their first evidence for the observance comes from the second century (Schaff, History of the Christian Church II:207; Latourette, A History of Christianity, I:137). There soon arose a bitter controversy over which day Easter was to be celebrated. Some were observing it on any day of the week, and others were celebrating it only on the nearest Sunday. This indicates that they had no instruction from the Lord on this matter. By A. D. 325 the council of Nicaea decreed that it should be on Sunday, but did not fix the particular Sunday. The exact time of observance was determined by later councils.
Is Easter in the Bible?
The word Easter is only found one time in the English translation of the Bible and there it is a mistranslation. The King James rendering of Acts 12:4 used the phrase "intending after Easter." Albert Barnes, a noted Presbyterian commentator who wrote in the nineteenth century when the King James version was widely used, said,
"There never was a more absurd or unhappy translation than this. The original is simply after the Passover. The word Easter now denotes the festival observed by many Christian churches in honor of the resurrection of the Saviour. But the original has no reference to that, nor is there the slightest evidence that any such festival was observed at the time when this book was written. The translation is not only unhappy, as it does not convey at all the meaning of the original, but because it may contribute to foster an opinion that such a festival was observed in the time of the apostles" (Barnes Notes on the New Testament, XI, 190).
The word translated Passover, and the one used in Acts 12:4, is pascha. It means "a passing over" and is used with reference to the Jewish festival of Passover which was celebrated on the 14th of the month Nisan. This same word is used in Matthew 26:2; Mark 14:1, Luke 2:41; 22:1; John 2:13, 23 and other places, and in every instance is translated Passover in the King James Version except Acts 12:4. More recent versions correctly use the term Passover in Acts 12:4. It is absurd to think that Herod Agrippa I wanted to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. The Scripture says that he "laid hands on some who belonged to the church, in order to mistreat them. And he had James the brother of John put to death with a sword...he proceeded to arrest Peter also" (Acts 12:1-3).
New Testament Christians Did Not Observe Easter
The famous fourteenth edition of Encyclopedia Britannica says,
"There is no indication of the observance of the Easter festival in the New Testament, or in the writings of the apostolic Fathers. The sanctity of special times was an idea absent from the minds of the first Christians" (VII:859).
The apostle Paul warned against the observance of feast days, new moons, etc. (Gal. 4:10-11; Col. 2:16-17). Another reliable source says,
"In apostolic times the Christians commemorated their Lord's resurrection every Sunday, by meeting on that day for worship. When Paul refers to Christ as our passover (1 Cor. 5:7) his language is metaphorical and cannot be regarded as containing any allusion to a church function" (A Dictionary of Religion and Ethics, p. 140).
For many people, Easter has become the one time of the year they attend church services. Concerning urging of Catholics to receive Holy Communion the question was asked, "They must go at least once a year if they would be regarded as Catholics?" "Father" Smith answers, "Yes, during Easter time" (Father Smith Instructs Jackson, p. 159). Many forget the admonition of Hebrews 10:25: "not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more, as you see the day drawing near."
Importance of the Resurrection of Christ
Let no one imagine that we oppose the resurrection of Christ. It is the bedrock of Christianity and the deity of Jesus rests upon it (Rom. 1:4). Christians today meet every first day of the week, as did the early Christians, to observe the Lord's Supper (Acts 20:7). The first day of the week is a memorial to the resurrection of Christ. The death, burial and resurrection of Christ, serves as the form of an individual's death to sin, burial in baptism, and resurrection to walk a new life as a new creature in Christ (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Rom 6:3-11; Col. 2:12).
"Whoever speaks, let him speak, as it were, the utterances of God (1 Pet. 4:11). The celebration of Easter began too late, and without the expressed authority of God!
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In the same line, we've also stopped celebrating anything 'secularly' as some define it. We don't participate in Easter hunts or anything like that because we opt to leave any religious view of Easter and/or Christmas (and the same with the more materialistic oriented Halloween and Valentine) out of our life as well. To us these are unnecessary distractions that don't add anything of remarkable benefit to our life other than the curiosity about how they started and the reason for them.

Marshmallows Math

I enjoy graphs with edible things like marshmallows, cheerios, even with non edibles such as pasta, grains and legumes. Children learn a lot of high level concepts.

For this I drew a very plain grid with white crayon on black construction paper to see the marshmallows better. I made four ten square lines (one per color). I gave my oldest a bunch full of marshmallows (they were twenty, but I did not count them). I asked her to count all, she put them in the grid, counted by ones. Then I asked her to group them and she put them by colors in the grid.

We had 7 white

5 green

4 yellow

4 pink

Then she started to tell me the white had three more than the pink and yellow, that pink and yellow had the same.

I put a ruler vertically to cut by the four so she could see the green had one more and the white three more than the yellow and pink.

Then we practiced addition. I asked her how many pink and white altogether. She put them in the line and I reminded her each full line where 10, then she said 11 without counting. We did the same with white and green, and she said 12.

You can do addition, subtraction, graph, and with older kids you can study probability, even discuss why they think there are always more white than any other color, use more difficult grids, multiplication...

Science Class

Science class in a homeschooling home can happen on a Friday at 9:40, coming back from the grocery shopping, when we found this creature.

It's called wood slave Gecko, common house Gecko, see it HERE. They are harmless, but my dh did not like it, he was begging me to take it outside, which we did after I could snap this quick picture.

Susan Bauer's comparison between Classic Education and Charlotte Mason

Have you read this? Maybe you have but to me it was a new and inspiring finding.

Since I started reading about homeschooling methods or schools of thought, Charlotte Mason caught my eye through Karen Andreola's book, A Charlotte Mason Companion, which sparked my interest to read Mason's original works (I still read from time to time parts of her volumes) . I've also enjoyed Ruth Beechick and last summer I bought this book, The Well Trained Mind, by Susan Wise Bauer. In reading about Classic Education, some concepts I enjoyed, some didn't quite click as much as Mason, but that's a homeschooling mother right there, forming her own opinion.
Today I'm clicking on one of the blogs called Beechick's Home Hearts and I click on the six major methods, on Charlotte Mason, and I find this comparison by Susan Wise between her, Andreola, and Levison! Now I'm even more confused than ever! ha ha ha. Seriously, as I'm waiving good bye to my husband and asking him "do you think I'm doing fine with the girls education? Do you think I am doing enough? Do you think I'm capable?" He turned to me and said, just look at your daughters, how they talk, think on their own, how they are obeying at the first request without complain. He trusts me, my Lord trusts me too, and I will continue this humble journey in which these ladies company is valued and appreciated. Hope this information helped you if you did not have it already.

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning



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In case you've been wondering, I've been playing for a few days with different templates. It's so easy that I've been tempted to try different styles. Ive been looking for something that displays the resources, links, post and other widgets in the best and more organized way possible.

I think I'VE ACCOMPLISHED what I wanted. For my Charlotte's blogs I'm happy with the chosen template and the banner I designed. For my homeschooling blog I wanted something different than the other two. The first blog styles where in the two column, and having so many links and widgets it didn't work for me. Then I had the same template than for the Charlotte's blogs, but given to my lists not all having pictures, it turned too orange for my taste. I tried an olive green I loved, but the heading was a bit awkward, with the name of the blog small, and a gap between the navigation bar and the posts, so I had to keep looking. Finally I found this template but the background was too grey, so I applied a nice blue background, and I like the fact I could tweak the navigation bar to have it sort of website style, where I can add other things in the future (such as 'curriculum', I don't know but I have room to grow).
Thanks for your patience in looking at different styles and maybe being a bit lost! Mmm, maybe I should start writing some of those Squidoo Lenses and do one on how to change your blogger template!

Progress Report and more books

Today we did another reading lesson. My oldest is prepared. She enjoyed the challenge, no complains, no whines. Inspired by Andreola's lesson with "Twinkle, twinkle", we did it this time with a Spanish poem, "La muñeca vestida de azul". I copied it, she illustrated it, and I wrote and cut the words. I laid the words for her to read them and reconstruct the poem. She did great. She can read, recognized some by sight and sound out. I plan to keep doing games with words like this one that she enjoyed.

We continue listening to "Little house in the big woods", and dad is the biggest fan of it. We heard the CD's in our way to services last Sunday and we are more than half way. I now know why many say they are their favorite readings.
Cats books, yes, we have finished these titles:

* Nini Here and There: this is simple, my oldest reads words from it and if it's a struggle I let her say 'pass' which is perfect for her not to get frustrated. I also don't do many. It's my version of "Teaching your child to read with books".
* The Royal Mice by Loretta Krupinski: we all delighted in this book. The cat looks like ours and it's inspired in the writer/illustrator's own cat too.
*My cat copies me, by Yoon-duck Kwon: cats and oriental, what more can you ask for at my household? :)
* I want to play: sweet and similar to the story of Ducktails were the ducks wanted to venture far from the parents.

We also read a couple of simple but poetic books:
* Here comes the night, by Anne Rockwell
* Hush by Minfong Ho, a Caldecott Honor book and one with excellent poetic and musical words

And the best for last, MARVELOUS MATTIE, a true story about How Margaret E. Knight became an inventor.

Susan Lemons, from Homepreschool and Beyond

If you have questions about 'curriculum', what to do with preschool and kindergarten age children (3-6 years old), what books are good to use, how to do art with them, what to do when it comes to reading, and how to teach writing, you have to stop by her blog HOMEPRESCHOOL AND BEYOND. I find it very helpful, reassuring,, and inspiring. She is a very generous person who will also answer your questions and appreciates your comments.

Free ebook

In the 5 J's blog I have found this book. I've read a bit and it's great. It's not the beginning of a school year, but for us it is. I'm preparing some things for my oldest.

Wonderful Findings

We have had a week of pleasant findings. In terms of books, we picked BROTHERS by Yin from the library since girls are crazy about China. We also found AMBER ON THE MOUNTAIN by Tony Jonhston, it had a prairie cover and that's another theme we are fond of in my household. To my amazement both are quality literature living books, that brought me to tears. Both talk about friendships and teaching to read and write, and the impact in life those things have for the characters, one with two boys, one with two girls.
The math finding is volume 13 of Childcraft, called MATHEMAGIC. This time we did the story called the secret word. You read the story and then pick a 3 digit number, the last number has to be two or more than the first numeral, say 254 (4 is two more than 2), or 639 (9 is three more than 6), then take the number you have written and turn it around so that the last numeral in it becomes the first. If your number was 265 you'd now write 562.
Now you have two numbers. Substract the smaller of the two numbers from the larger. Take your answer and turn it around, so that the last numeral becomes the first. Then add the turned-around number to the number that you got when you substracted. This will give you four numerals. Each of the numerals stands for one of the letters in the code on the birchbark. These letters will make a word that you must shout out as loudly as you can if Sinister Hiss (a snake) tries to eat you. (the story was a bullfrog named Ribidip asking badger for what to do if he saw Sinister Hiss. If you don't see the birch-bark it says:
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
You should get the word HELP. I did this with my oldest, helping her with the subtraction and process and she read the word, yeah!

Book Reviews

We finished "A Cote of Many Colors" by Jeanette Oke, we have one more of her titles and there are others at the library we'll check in time. It was about pigeons, and we read "Home in the Sky" again, by Jeannie Baker.
We continue with our readings about CATS, I'll post once we are finished with all the readings we brought for this 'fortnight'. That word is from Peter Rabbit, we are listening that and a couple other Potter's stories in audio. We also got "Little house in the big woods" unabridged on CD, and the girls wanted to check the Pretenders 50's radio show, children's theater stories, again. They love the tale of Bluebeard, and The Youth who learned to shiver and shake.
We have an Inter Library Loan, "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose: the Story of a Painting", and we enjoyed it more knowing it's a true story, and the paintings by John Singer Sargent and other illustrations in it are very bucolic.

Dominoes and Mobius Strip

We checked Domino Addition from the library, and did the addition mountain with our dominoes, and we read one from Mathemagic and did the Mobius Strip for math today. We are truly loving this living math approach.
Yesterday at the park we got to see the fishes in the pond being fed. A guy was coming with their food so we could appreciate their mouths coming to the surface of an otherwise cloudy dirty water. The ducks were coming pretty close to us too. Today my oldest is drawing ducklings. We met homeschoolers from a secular homeschooling group in Houston, and played and chat with them. One of the boys was making animals with long balloons and gave the girls a puddle and a Dashound like our dog.

The Mobius strip is a loop with only one side. If you cut it in the middle, it won't split in two but will become longer.

We did it, for the project TIME

Meninheira from her blog Daile un coliño has a challenge every two weeks, and The challenge for these two weeks is TIME, we worked in the timeline today, cleaned the previous accounts and added some the girls picked from their most recent lessons at church.
They are placing some Adam and Eve cards because little one had been learning about this account. Little one is in the Old Testament, currently learning about Moses, oldest is in the New Testament, learning about Jesus, the healings, miracles, walking on the water, and last the Sermon on the mountain.
This is the timeline we bought with some nice materials from Our Spiritual Heritage. There are nine:

1. Before the world began God had a great plan.
2. First Fathers
3. Moses
4. Joshua and the judges
5. Kings
6. Homesick heroes
7. Home again heroes
8. Christ: God's great plan!
9. I build on God's plan

We have additional cards that deepen in the timeline, with the names of the judges, kings, dates, etc. They are to be introduced in time, as the students have mastered the previous.

The challenge for these two weeks is TIME, we worked in the timeline today, cleaned the previous accounts and added some the girls picked from their most recent lessons at church.
I also tried a reading game with my oldest and she said, mom, how fun, she read the book, made sentences with the words I wrote for her in index card pieces, and she wanted herself to write in the erase board the sentence herself.
We played leapfrog dominoes a friend gave us yesterday, and 'moon sand' too, it's like 'sand playdough'. I'm also almost finished organizing the books. They dressed in formal dresses that my friend gave us, my oldest is wearing a hat, and she says she is "Madeleine", little one is wearing a read and white polka dot lady bug dress, so cute.
The picture of the white board that says Chinese is of my oldest writing the numbers in Chinese from Mathemagic.

They did three cards because we couldn't find what we were looking for. The princess is by my oldest, baby and girl on the right by my three year old.

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