Our 2019 Homeschool year started out with a bang! Not only did we have an incredible time learning together, we also recorded our first drone class. The course will include everything from building your own drone, flying, regulations, videography and photography, to the history and future of this technology. The first lesson of the course will available later today on our website.
We haven’t even made it through January and the stores are already flooded with Valentine’s Day products. According to a recent statistic on spending habits, the average consumer spends $136.57 on Valentine’s Day merchandise and services totaling in a US spending of around $19 billion. Considering that most of these items will end up in our landfills shortly after, we need to ask ourselves if this is the love scripture describes. It is the contrast between love defined in worldly sense and in a biblical sense.
It is our prayer that we will view Valentine’s Day differently this year. That we will use this time of the year as a starting point to live our life for Christ by sharing His love with those around us. Not in talk alone, but in deeds. We created this fun Valentine’s Day countdown to reflect as a families on love God demonstrated, how His love transforms, how we can love one another, but also remind us that His love is everlasting.
Here is the printable Valentine’s Day Challenge . The countdown starts February 1st with a daily scripture about God’s love as well as a daily challenge for your family. Day 14 marks a day to celebrate as a family the love God has given us for one another as well as discuss how the Lord has worked in our hearts these past two weeks. It is our prayer that through this, each of our families will make a commitment to continue living a life which reflects the Lord’s love in everything we do and say. What a beautiful way to bond…in love…
Print the downloadable pdf file on cute paper making sure you are printing on the white back.
Cut and arrange all verses and pictures.
Fold verses in half and staple into a heart shape making sure pattern is outside. Continue inter looping hearts into a chain.
Assemble the remaining pieces.
Cut one heart a day starting on the 1st of February. read the verse and complete the challenge. The back of the large heart has the final challenge for day 14. Surprise!!
A fun family Valentine’s Day dinner celebrating God’s Love for us, how he has worked in our hearts and a time to make a commitment to continue to living out the gospel daily!
Simone and Kerstin
Counting it all Joy
We have been blessed with a beautiful co-op that encourages each of us to thrive. One of our recent assignments was to read the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and write a critique about it. While we always have put a great emphasize on the importance of reading, this book opened the eyes of the kids on many different levels as well as reminded us parents why we teach what we teach.
The book describes a society in which government control is at its highest and the existing censorship prohibits citizens to own or read books. They are flooded with propaganda, entertainment, noise, technology and instant gratification until they are unable to make decisions on their own, stand for truth or even know truth. Disobedience to the law is punished by burning down houses with death not being an obstacle. Ray Bradbury puts it well, when he said: “You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
If we look around us today, we can see how quickly we can erase history, truth, knowledge, courage, and initiative to thrive. If we stop reading books, we won’t learn about our past or from our past. We won’t understand what the rest of the world is like or why it is the way it is today. We are unable to learn about other ideas. We are not able to enjoy the beauty of various literatures. We have to be able to understand the world of those who walked before us and see God’s goodness and His plan in the past, present and the future. If we don’t read and research ourselves, we are forced to trust and believe what we are told and exposed to.
Today, we can see this trend and its affects on our culture. Ray Bradbury was pretty close. But rather than dwell in these thoughts, why don’t we encourage our children to read more. Educate them about the importance of reading and influence them to be life long readers and learners.
While our children are at so many different reading abilities and levels, a tracker never gets old. Please feel free to download these punch card bookmarks below we recently created for our children.
We printed 2 on one page, which made the perfect size bookmark. There are 20 spots to track their reading for each day of the school week. Each day they read for a specific amount of time (dependent on reading level and age), they receive a punch on their bookmark. If all are completed by the end of the month, they can earn a fun adventure, a special privilege, a treat or another small surprise.
In addition to the benefit of reading to our society, we truly enjoy this quiet time in the day. Often by the fireplace, with a tea and a blanket:)
– Counting it all Joy –
This is one of our favorite breads and best part…it takes no time at all and there is no need to let it rise!
500 ml/16.90 oz lukewarm water
40 g/1.41 oz fresh yeast or 2 small sachets of dry yeast/4 ½ teaspoons dry yeast
(1 of my dry sachets weighs 7 g/0.24 oz)
500 g/17.6 oz /a bit more than 4 cups whole wheat/spelt flour
50 g/5 tablespoons sunflower seeds
50 g/5 tablespoons sesame seeds
50 g/5 tablespoons flax seeds
2 tablespoons vinegar
1 tablespoon fine salt
Dissolve the yeast in the lukewarm water. Place your bowl on the digital scale and reset the scale. Weigh all the rest of the ingredients directly in the bowl. Mix everything with a spoon. The dough will be pretty wet and runny, that is how it is supposed to be. You won’t be able to knead it even if you wanted to.
Grease a loaf pan (circa 30 cm long) with butter. Put the dough inside, level it a bit with the spoon.
Put the loaf pan in the COLD oven and set the temperature at 200 degrees Celsius/400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bake for 1 hour. Take the bread out of the pan, check if it’s ready by raping it with hat is should sound hollow. The underside of the bread should also be a deep golden brown. If it is not that place it in the oven for another 10 minutes, directly on the rack, upside down and without the pan.
Take it out of the oven and let it cool down on a wire rack. Enjoy warm (with salted butter) or cold with anything else you like.
We found this fun activity to do with your children: A 2018 Bucket List. What a fun way to get out of our comfort zones in the New Year:)