Journaling Through The Bible in 2018 – Week 4 {Link Up}

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2018. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. There are several ways for you to participate see below for details!

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

 

The Reading:

Still in Job. I’m trying to read and ponder but I’m not doing a great job! His friends make me think of the saying “with friends like that who needs enemies.” It seems they are basically arguing about whether or not suffering only happens to those who do evil. Of course, God will step in and set them all straight in a few chapters but I’m ready to be done with Job and move on. I really should do an in-depth study of this book some time to gain a better appreciation.

 

 

The Journaling:

This week was rough for us. We are working on getting the baby to sleep through the night but we are still at the point of not getting much sleep. My brain on little sleep isn’t very creative so I took advantage of this page to color and kept it simple. I did get the chance to watch a couple of the Bible Journaling Ministry course videos and they are good, definitely worth your time to check out their free beginner course if you are new to Bible Journaling.

 

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

What I used for this entry:

Pentel Slicci Metalic Pens
Pilot G – 2 Gel Pens
in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible

 

Scripture Writing:

Part of my study this year includes writing out scriptures on certain subjects. They are women and marriage; children, family, and behavior; and feelings and the character of God. I keep these in three different sections of a multi-subject notebook. I share the scriptures I find in the facebook group, join me there to follow along!

 

Your Turn:

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

There are many ways you can participate in my reading and journaling through the Bible challenge this year:

*Follow the board then send me a message with your Pinterest profile and ask me to add you as a contributor*

 

While you are at it, check out last week’s Bible Journaling link up too!

 

Linkup:

Are you reading and/or journaling through the Bible this year? OR do you have a blog post about Bible journaling? Join my link up by linking up your post about reading through the Bible in 2017 or any post about Bible journaling.

 

Linky Rules:

  • Link up any post from your blog relating to Bible Reading OR Bible Journaling (this includes posts with ideas that can be used for Bible Journaling).
  • Please do not link a post you have previously linked in the Journaling Through The Bible linkup.
  • If you link up you are giving me permission to use an image from your post in next week’s linkup post if I choose to feature your entry.
  • Please copy and paste the linkup button code in your blog post or sidebar so others know about this linkup.
  • Please visit other’s posts!

 

Kids, Crunch, and Christ Journal Through The Bible



 

Update:

I don’t have much to update today. I mentioned earlier we are all functioning on very little sleep trying to get the baby to sleep in his crib through the night without needing a snack. I think (hope) we are almost over the hump! Next week will be very busy and my journaling post might go up a bit later next Sunday than usual. I have also been brainstorming and praying about what direction I want to take this blog and am going to attempt to bring more clarity and intention to what I am doing here. You will probably see some changes over the next few months but I plan to keep this series going!

 

 

This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea ScribblesInspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, and the weekly Homeschool Review Crew Linkup
Scripture and Snapshot                                                 

 

February – The Life Giving Home Discussion {Link Up}

Welcome to our monthly discussion of The Life Giving Home (take 2)! Today we will be discussing the February chapters in both the book and study guide. If have not had a chance to read them feel free to catch up and join the discussion later! If you don’t yet have the books click below to order them:

Get The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience. (Click the images to go to Amazon)

 

A Life Giving Home book discussion and link up

 

How this study works:

  1. On the last Friday of each month, I will post my overall thoughts on the chapter for the upcoming month and what suggestions from that chapter I plan to try. I will also share how things are going with previous ideas I have tried.
  2. In our Facebook Book Club, we will discuss the chapter in more detail and work through the questions in the study guide.
  3. I will check in with everyone weekly in the book club group to see how we are all doing implementing suggestions from the book.
  4. You can also interact in the comments to discuss your thoughts on the chapter and/or link up your own blog post discussing the chapter using the linky.

 

Update from Last Month:

The year has started off a bit crazy. We have had a very busy month and didn’t accomplish as much in our schedules and routines as I had hoped. That said, we have fallen into at least somewhat better morning and bedtime routines. I’m still working on getting in the habit of offering my children a morning blessing – words of encouragement do not come naturally to me but I’m working on fixing that. I have listed out all of my activities and prioritized them and created an ideal schedule to work towards following. I don’t expect most days to fit the ideal but it gives me a structure to work within.

I am slowly and steadily working on my other goals but, as expected, they take time and won’t happen overnight.

My Thoughts on February:

It doesn’t come as a surprise that Sally chooses to focus on love in the month of February. I have to admit I’m a bit of a scrooge when it comes to Valentine’s Day. It isn’t that I’ve had bad experiences or anything has caused me to dislike the holiday, it has just always felt like an overcommercialized thing where people are convinced to spend a bunch of money on junk to “show their love.” I prefer to show (and receive) love throughout the year in unexpected and authentic ways. 

But, I can see how this could be made to be a special and memorable time for my kids, especially after Sally describes the different things she has done with her kids for Valentine’s. I still doubt I will make a huge deal out of it but I do like some of her ideas and, of course, ways to show love can and should be incorporated all year.

I love how Sally describes our love for our children as a way to open their hearts to the love of God. She also reiterates the importance of affirming and encouraging words and admonishes us to focus on what really matters!

Next, Sally discusses good manners. She says “the true heart of good manners is treating people with respect and showing them honor through the ways we behave.” I love this definition and will be teaching it to my children. Good manners aren’t about making OURSELVES look good, but about showing honor to OTHERS. She also talks about how honoring others teaches us (and our children) to honor God by building pathways in our brain for honor and humility. Sally then goes on to talk about practical ways she taught her kids manners, tips I will definitely be using in my family.

The next section discusses Love Languages. I love The Five Love Languages books and highly recommend them to others. The concept of love languages has been transformational in how I understand and relate to those around me. Sally lists some other ways to “speak” love that can be incorporated into how you interact with your kids, spouse, friends, and extended family. I have also found that teaching my children about love languages can help them better understand how to treat others.

Birthdays is the next topic of discussion. This is something I need to get better at. I am trying to think up some birthday traditions we can incorporate into our family. Right now we have a fun day out with dinner at a restaurant of the birthday child’s choosing on a day close to the birthday when everyone can be together. On the actual day, the birthday child chooses all of the meals and is exempt from chores and school work for the day. I would like to come up with a few more ideas to make the day special.

There are a few other ideas in the rest of the chapter for ways to show love in your family. I really like the idea of “teatime discipleship.” Everything in this chapter can be summed up with the idea of showing love by spending time, honoring those around you, and being generous with words of affirmation.

One quote in the chapter really hit home for me: “Machines may have distracted you from those who long for your attention every day but have become accustomed to your passivity in their lives.” My prayer is that my kids and husband do not ever become accustomed to my passivity in their lives. I need to make more of an effort to show active engagement, interest, and presence in their lives on a daily basis. I am putting some strict boundaries in place for myself in regards to computer and phone use to accomplish this.

My Life Giving Goals for February:  

  • Continue working on giving my kids a daily morning blessing.
  • Continue working on our schedules, routines, and household organization.
  • Cut down on my computer and phone time and keep those to designated times of the day.
  • Brainstorm new ways to make birthdays special.
  • Teach my kids to honor others with their manners using Sally’s “Stop, Look, Listen” method and list of manners.
  • Cut out colorful paper hearts and write a child’s name and words of affirmation on each one and hide them where that child will find them throughout the month of February.

 

Your Turn:

Share your thoughts on the January Chapters of The Life Giving Home and The Life Giving Home Experience. You have 3 ways to share:

  1. Here on the blog in a comment
  2. In the Facebook Book Club Group
  3. On your own blog via the Link-up below

 

A Life Giving Home book discussion and linkup

 

Link-up Rules:

  • ONLY link-up a post that discusses the January chapter of The Life Giving Home book.
  • Copy and past the linkup button into your post or blog sidebar (or at least create a text link back to this post).
  • Visit at least one other post in the link-up.
  • (Optional) Share this post on Social Media to spread the word!
A Life Giving Home Discussion and Link-up



Facebook Discussion:

I am hosting a Facebook discussion group for this study. We will delve deeper into the book and discuss the study guide. We can keep each other accountable and encourage each other in our goals and efforts in creating our own Life Giving Homes. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

Next Month:

I will post my thoughts on the March chapter and what ideas I plan to try on February 23rd. 

Our Favorite Curriculum and Resources – An Annotated Bibliography

 

This post is part of the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair hosted by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds. You can see the list of my posts for the 2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair here

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair introduction

 

WEEK 3: Our Homeschool Curriculum

Please see the bottom of the post for a list of all the Week Three Virtual Homeschool Fair Posts. 

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair Week

 

So far in the fair, we have discussed Why We Homeschool and How We Homeschool; today I’m supposed to talk about what curriculum we use….this is a bit more challenging because we are in the middle of changing our approach and part of that change is moving away from being tied to a curriculum. However, there are many things we have tried and liked and many things we will continue to use as a resource so I’m just going to list a variety of curriculum and resources are using or have tried in the past with a few comments about each.

In last week’s Virtual Homeschool Fair post I mentioned several resources for parents so I won’t repeat those here, we will focus on resources for kids.

 

A few things we have tried:

Sonlight – we used the Sonlight Kindergarten curriculum when my oldest was five. It is a great curriculum with amazing books but I struggled with wanting to check off all of the boxes and that was a bit overwhelming. (You aren’t supposed to try to do everything but I’m a box checker by nature!)

My Father’s World – We tried this in 2015/16 when we had first moved to Germany and didn’t have a Classical Conversations Community. It is also a great choice all-in-one curriculum which works for multiple ages but, like Sonlight, I got hung up on trying to check all of the boxes.

Classical Conversations – This has been our main curriculum most of the time we have homeschooled. It is a wonderful program with lots of support and education for the parents. While we are changing things up a bit now, we will still be using the Classical Conversations memory work and I will still implement many of the concepts I learned from the program.

SchoolhouseTeachers.com: We are using this more and more for a variety of classes and resources. It has almost everything we could need! For more information, see my 2017 Review and my 2018 Review.

 

Math:

Math-U-See: This is a great program that works well for tactile learners. I take a really casual approach to it and let my kids watch the videos, play with the blocks, and have them complete about half of the worksheets.

Teaching Textbooks: My oldest was complaining about Math-U-See around fourth grade age so I switched her to Teaching Textbooks. She likes it and I like how hands off and easy to use it is.

Life of Fred: These are fun stories that teach math concepts in an innovative way. Some people use this for their entire math curriculum, I prefer it as a supplement. (They can be purchased from most larger curriculum suppliers.)

 

Their top picks:

I thought it would be fun to ask my kids their favorite resources rather than just tell you mine. Here is what they said:

12-Year-Old Daughter:

Drive-Through-History: My daughter loves Drive-Through-History. She has watched Ancient History and American History on SchoolhouseTeachers.com. We reviewed The Gospels last year and she enjoyed those just as much.

Apologia Exploring Creation Series: We all enjoy this science program. I find purchasing the kit for the experiments the easiest way to go.

Khan Academy: She enjoys the art and history on this website but we do spend a good bit of time discussing the worldview in relation to some of the content.

 

8-Year-Old Daughter:

Heirloom Audio Productions: She loves these audio dramas. We have reviewed Captain Bayley’s Heir and In The Reign of Terror. All of my kids loved them and they have study guides with extra activities to expand learning. The Live the Adventure club also contains many activities to expand on the content of each drama.

Circle C Stepping Stones: This is a series of books about a girl and her horse but for each book, there is a unit study available which covers pretty much every subject area. This particular daughter is very interested in horses so doesn’t mind doing the study and learning about other subjects as well. Check out this review for more information!

Homeschool in the Woods Lapbooks: This company offers a variety of lapbooks and notebooking resources on a variety of topics. We have enjoyed their Project Passport: Middle Ages and Make-A-State Activity.

Animal Jam: This is an online game but it teaches the kids a lot about animals, wildlife, and the environment. There is a free and paid version.

 

6-Year-Old Son:

We don’t do a lot in kindergarten and my son enjoys many of the resources already listed above but one he has enjoyed that my girls are too old for is Reading Eggs & Math Seeds. These are game based reading and math curricula by the same company. You can get one subscription to access both.

 

2018 Virtual Homeschool Fair Week

 

There you go, some of my family’s favorite homeschool resources!! Share your favorite homeschool curriculum and resources in the comments then visit some of the other blogs in the fair to check out theirs! 

 

 

Looking for more curriculum ideas? Visit my fellow homeschool bloggers!

Note: all posts will be live after 8 am EST on Monday, Jan. 22nd.

Our Homeschool Plan for 3rd, 6th, 8th, & 12th Grades by Susan @ Homeschooling Hearts & Minds

Our 10th Grade Plans by Christy @ Unexpected Homeschool

Planning Out Our Unschooling Studies by Jen @ A Helping Hand Homeschool

The Details of Curriculum by Michele @ Family, Faith and Fridays

Reflections of a Curriculum Junkie by Brittney @ Mom’s Heart

Freedom through nature journaling. by Kim @ Good Sweet Love

How I pull together a homeschool curriculum without packaged curriculum by Dana @ Life Led Homeschool

Our Favorite Curriculum and Resources – An Annotated Bibliography by Sabrina @ Kids, Crunch, and Christ

Our 2018 Homeschool Curriculum Choices by Amanda @ Hopkins Homeschool

Top Home Educating Resources by Sarah @ DeliveringGrace

Homeschooling Curriculum We Are Using This Year by Laura O @ Day by Day in Our World

Use the Force and Complete the Course by Kym @ Homeschool Coffee Break

Choices, choices – how to choose your curriculum wisely by Lizzy @ Peaches@Home

Our Curriculum Needs – grade seven by Annette @ A Net in Time

The Heart of Our School by Laura @ Four Little Penguins

What I Use with 7th and 9th Grader – Virtual Homeschool Fair -Week 3 by Joelle @ Homeschooling for His Glory

How to Avoid Gaps in Education by Kristen H. @ Sunrise to Sunset

Tricky Subjects and Starting the Decision Making Process by Lori H @ At Home: where life happens

High School Syllabus by TrueNorthHomeschoolAcademy @ GoldenGrasses

Journaling Through The Bible in 2018 – Week 3

I am reading and journaling chronologically through the Bible in 2018. Each Sunday I will post one of my journaling pages and thoughts from that week’s reading. There are several ways for you to participate see below for details!

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

 

The Reading:

We have made it through the stories about Jacob, Isaac, and Joseph’s dysfunctional families and now I’m on to Job…..I am not a huge fan of Job. I don’t understand why people call him patient. He isn’t patient, all he does is whine BUT he doesn’t curse God and that is really the lesson here. Despite his horrible circumstances (which he was very vocal about) he never called God unrighteous or wrong or turned away from Him. He expressed that he didn’t understand and didn’t think he had done anything to deserve it but remained reverent through it all.

 

 

The Journaling:

I wasn’t sure what I would find to journal in Job but then I saw this: Job 9:33 “If only there were a mediator between us, someone who could bring us together.” (NLT) Job is talking about how great and mighty God is and how he is unworthy and unable to appeal to God about his circumstances and ask God to stop punishing him and then he says this. What an amazing foreshadowing of Christ! I had to journal this one. I was brave and did the lettering directly in my Bible this time.

 

 

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

What I used for this entry:

Pentel Slicci Pens
Pentel Oil Pastels
Kuretake Bimoji Fude Felt Tip Brush Pen – Medium Brush Tip
in the One Year Chronological Expressions Bible

 

Scripture Writing:

Part of my study this year includes writing out scriptures on certain subjects. They are women and marriage; children, family, and behavior; and feelings and the character of God. I keep these in three different sections of a multi-subject notebook. I share the scriptures I find in the facebook group, join me there to follow along!

 

Your Turn:

I am reading and journaling through the entire Bible in Chronological order in 2018, join me for this Bible reading and journaling Challenge!

 

There are many ways you can participate in my reading and journaling through the Bible challenge this year:

*Follow the board then send me a message with your Pinterest profile and ask me to add you as a contributor*

 

On last week’s link up Dani shared her gorgeous pages, I’m trying not to be jealous of her skills!! We also had a new journaler link up, Kristen from A Mom’s Quest To Teach! Welcome and thanks for linking up!!

 

Linkup:

Are you reading and/or journaling through the Bible this year? OR do you have a blog post about Bible journaling? Join my link up by linking up your post about reading through the Bible in 2017 or any post about Bible journaling.

 

Linky Rules:

  • Link up any post from your blog relating to Bible Reading OR Bible Journaling (this includes posts with ideas that can be used for Bible Journaling).
  • Please do not link a post you have previously linked in the Journaling Through The Bible linkup.
  • If you link up you are giving me permission to use an image from your post in next week’s linkup post if I choose to feature your entry.
  • Please copy and paste the linkup button code in your blog post or sidebar so others know about this linkup.
  • Please visit other’s posts!

 

Kids, Crunch, and Christ Journal Through The Bible



 

Update:

This week was crazy busy! The upcoming week looks pretty much the same! I’m hoping February will give us a bit of down time. Potty training a toddler and sleep training a one-year-old (his birthday was yesterday!) is exhausting and I still have to keep up with all of the other kids’ stuff but we are doing our best to plan in rest and family time to keep a balance.

 

 

This post is linked up to Scripture and a Snapshot at Glimpses of Our Life and Sunday Scripture Blessings at Peabea ScribblesInspire Me Monday at Create With Joy, and the weekly Homeschool Review Crew Linkup
Scripture and Snapshot