Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Base Ten Blocks and Place Value

Thursday, October 7, 2010

I’ve been tagged & now so have you

Dana at Noggins & Nonsense, tagged me in a get to know you blog hopping game. She asked the following questions. My answers follow.

  • What is your favorite thing about being a MOM? Right now I am loving my little suckling child, attachment parenting, and a chubby happy baby.  Over all I love watching children learn, it is very fascinating.
  • What part of homeschooling your family makes your heart sing? Learning new things myself.  Creating things to teach.  Seeking the Lords guidance, receiving it, and then seeing confirmation that the guidance was good.
  • If you could have any dessert right now what would it be? A Nutter Butter Bar. That is because I am looking at an empty box right now.  I was so surprised the other day when my daughter read the box and read "Nutty Bars" (by Little Debbie).  I had to read it myself to double check she read it right.  They will always be Nutter Butter Bars to me, though I have no idea now where that name came from.  I think I will plan a trip to the dollar store in todays errands in order to buy more.  Oh and throw away the tempting empty box.... Because.. A full box is more tempting and more satisfying. :)
  • What is one thing about yourself that you’d like to change? Spending mindless idle time at the computer. More time doing (i.e. cleaning, projecting and being more social- away from the computer), less time... planning? thinking? being passive? Whatever it is I am filling that time in with.
  • What are some talents you’ve been blessed with? I think I am good at understanding children and how they think.  I like to bake from 100% whole wheat, garden and make soap.  But I don't know I have a particular talent for those things.  I like to create things digitally (blogs, images, writing etc), in real life, not so much.
  • What is a weakness you struggle with? Being overly perfect.  I had an amazing ride with the birth of my little 6 week old.  My home was perfectly clean, the midwife was perfect, the home birth/ water birth went perfect, my children witnessed it (which was perfect), my husband was perfectly supportive and very complementary, my baby is perfectly happy, I know perfectly what he needs... and then.... Things started to come down from that cloud, it is silly that the lack of perfection is a demotivater to me. 
  • What book has you enjoyed lately? I am LOVING learning about history, specifically Biblical history.  I am loving reading these books right now.  The Antiquities of the Jews by Flavius Josephus, After the Flood by Bill Cooper, The First 2,000 Years : From Adam to Abraham by Cleon Skousen.
  • What is something you would like to learn how to do? I wish I had a better head for writing code, like for building webpages or even programs.  Many times I have a great idea for a program that would be a wonderful tool to enhance my life, if only I could just build them as  I thought of them.

As part of TAG, I need to pick some players and ask eight questions of my own. The players are listed below.

Here are the eight questions I want to ask to get to know you better
  1. What do you love most about homeschooling?
  2. What is your favorite way to socialize?
  3. What is one of your attributes that only other homeschoolers understand?
  4. What makes you human (i.e. less then perfect)?
  5. What are your strengths?
  6. What books are you enjoying?
  7. What charitable or social cause would you devote your time to if time was not an issue?
  8. What do you want to be when you grow up?... lol

As a
thank you :) for commenting on my blog I am tagging the following people:

Kerry @ Naturally Sidetracked
Andrea @ What Andrea Writes
Jaelle @ Mom to Three Babies
legendswife @ The Way we Homeschool
ChristinaB @ The Story of Us

Let us get to know you by playing tag! Oh by the way – You are now It!  When you‘ve answered your questions, please come back here and comment so I can be sure to come visit your game.

NEA Trying to Limit Homeschooling

B-82. Home Schooling. The National Education Association believes that home schooling programs based on parental choice cannot provide the student with a comprehensive education experience. When home schooling occurs, students enrolled must meet all state curricular requirements, including the taking and passing of assessments to ensure adequate academic progress. Home schooling should be limited to the children of the immediate family, with all expenses being borne by the parents/guardians. Instruction should be by persons who are licensed by the appropriate state education licensure agency, and a curriculum approved by the state department of education should be used.
The Association also believes that home-schooled students should not participate in any extracurricular activities in the public schools.
NEA has clearly shown its self to have a political agenda in the past. These statements are based much more on their political agenda then on the available information on homeschooling.
Scientific studies have demonstrated the superiority of home-based education both socially and academically. For academic reference, the National Home Education Research Institute (http://www.nheri.org) publishes numerous independent research papers on homeschooling by researchers at universities all over the United States. According to one study of over 11,000 homeschool students, academic achievement test scores were above the 80th percentile in all subjects, well above the performance delivered by public schools.
Other studies compared the socialization of homeschooled children using the same conventional socialization tests used to measure social adjustment in public school students. These tests typically evaluate four areas: cooperation, assertiveness, empathy, and self-control. Researchers found that homeschooled children score higher on socialization tests than children attending public or private schools. A technical paper summarizing these studies was published in the technical journal, "Home School Researcher," in 2006 by Richard G. Medlin, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at Stetson University.
There are many excellent books and publications that provide homeschooling parents with instruction and encouragement. Also, many homeschooling parents belong to local homeschooling parent groups and support organizations.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Dinosaurs and the Bible

Where did the dinosaurs come from? God created the sea creatures and birds on the fifth day of creation.  On the sixth day of creation He created the beasts of the earth.  Many Christian Scholars believe that the dinosaurs were created on the fifth and sixth days of Creation.  Which means men and dinosaurs would have lived on the earth at the same time.  The bible describes three creatures that are believed to be dinosaurs

Job 40: 15-18
  15 ¶ Behold now behemoth, which I made with thee; he eateth grass as an ox.
  16 Lo now, his strength is in his loins, and his force is in the navel of his belly.
  17 He moveth his tail like a cedar: the sinews of his stones are wrapped together.
  18 His bones are as strong pieces of brass; his bones are like bars of iron.

Behemoth -
  • Bible Dictionary - Apparently the intensive plural of behemah, meaning “beast.” A large river animal (possibly the hippopotamus)
  • 1828 Dictionary - Heb. a beast or brute; from an Arabic vert, which signifies, to shut, to lie hid, to be dumb. In Eth.dumb. Authors are divided in opinion as to the animal intended in scripture by this name; some supposing it to be an ox, others, an elephant; and Bochart labors to prove it the hippopotamus, or river horse. The latter opinion is most probably. [See Hippopotamus.] The original word in Arabic signifies a brute of beast in general, especially a quadruped.
  • Many Christian Scholars now ask "Does a hippopotamus have a tail like a cedar tree?"  The obvious answer is no, hippos have very small tails.  But many dinosaurs do indeed have rather large tails as wide and as long as cedar trees

Job 41: 1-8

 1 Canst thou draw out leviathan with an hook? or his tongue with a cord which thou lettest down?
  2 Canst thou put an hook into his nose? or bore his jaw through with a thorn?
  3 Will he make many supplications unto thee? will he speak soft words unto thee?
  4 Will he make a covenant with thee? wilt thou take him for a servant for ever?
  5 Wilt thou play with him as with a bird? or wilt thou bind him for thy maidens?
  6 Shall the companions make a banquet of him? shall they part him among the merchants?
  7 Canst thou fill his skin with abarbed irons? or his head with fish spears?
  8 Lay thine hand upon him, remember the battle, do no more.

Leviathan -
  • Bible Dictionary - a legendary sea-monster representing the forces of chaos that opposed the Creator.
  • 1828 Dictionary - An aquatic animal, described in Job 41, and mentioned in other passages of Scripture. In Isaiah, it is called the crooked serpent. It is not agreed what animal is intended by the writers, whether the crocodile, the whale, or a species of serpent.

 Psalms 91: 13  Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.

Dragon - 
Learn more about the Behemoth, leviathan and dragon at Clarifying Christianity: Dinosaurs and the Bible

Were there dinosaurs on Noah's Ark?  The bible says that all living creatures with breath were brought on to the ark.  Many Christian Scholars believe that this would include the dinosaurs.

  Gen 7:15 And they went in unto Noah into the ark, two and two of all flesh, wherein is the breath of life.

How could dinosaurs fit on Noah's Ark? Many Christian Scholars believe that Noah would have chosen young animals to carry on his ark.  They say that the average size of animal that would have been taken on the ark is about as big as a house cat.  If Dinosaurs were taken on the ark as babies, many of them the size of house cats then it is more believable that they could have fit on the ark.  This blog has already in former posts talked about how the ark was very large in my post What was Noah's Ark like?

Why did the dinosaurs disappear?  Many Christian Scholars believe that the Green house effect I talked about in an earlier blog post allowed allot of vegetation to grow that supported the dinosaurs.  After the flood the earth was striped of plants and unable to support as much vegetation so the dinosaurs starved.  Yet others believe that the ice age was too cold for the dinosaurs.

Allot of great information is available at The Great Dinosaur Mystery. Questions and Answers or Discovery Trail

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