Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Assignments 2/9/11 -- posted by Mom


Oh oh oh, I remembered what I had forgotten!

I was looking for mnemonic devices for the little boys' grammar (will post those later), when I stumbled upon a real find. I had enjoyed ask-the-editor type etymology videos from the Merriam-Webster website, but didn't realize there was a page of them. I had just seen random ones on the sidebar. Anyway, these are fun and they are only a couple of minutes each. And Billy, you must watch the one entitled "Octopus."


As you can imagine, I'm so sorry to bump Billy's baptism down for something as mundane as homeschool assignments, but "here we are."

For the Young Guns:

We need to work on the ancient history timeline. I want you to be able to place Biblical history alongside your ancient studies. This should help:

We own most of the books listed on the Classical Christian Homeschooling site. The history books are arranged somewhat chronologically on the shelves in the classroom. The historical fiction however, is a tornatic mess on the shelves in the sitting room. Sorry, I'll help. Also, we have the Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and David films from Turner Broadcasting. They're excellent films but we should watch them in conjunction with Daddy's Old Testament reading so you can pick out what's really Biblical versus what is "Hollywood." The Big Four had so much fun with that. They made a game of it.

Check out these games:

Here's a lot of stuff:

There are plenty of ancient history projects to choose from. The older kids mummified a chicken, or you could try your hand at making papyrus paper. A little painting on papyrus paper would be awesome!

This site has lots of ideas.

Since we made the canopic jars and placed the mummy's organs inside them already, let's pull out the human body posters and learn what each of those organs actually do. Also, Sally and I have two chickens we'll be roasting in the next couple of days so I can show you some of those organs, albeit à la poultry.

Here is a five part video series by Bob Brier, an egyptologist from Long Island University. The older kids took his college level course from The Teaching Company when they were in jr. high/high school. (He's one of their favorites up there with Dr. J. Rufus Fears.) You'll be ready for that course when we make our way through history the next time around, no doubt. In the meantime, this is an interesting piece:

Here are some other Internet finds for the fun of it:

For the upperclassmen:

John is having a blast with the first book of Editor in Chief. There are three books of different levels and they contain stories that have a variety of errors. The student must find the various grammatical, spelling, usage, etc., errors and correct them. That might be a nice break from your red books. Have either of you ever worked those? I'm having fun correcting them. I avoid the teacher's key until after I tried to find them as well.

Here are George Washington’s Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation. Even though I read them aloud, I want y'all to read them through yourselves. (I never realized how much I talk while yawning until after I read that!) We need to be reminded of some of these considerations until they come natural to us.

I stumbled upon this article after our discussion about "courting." Although we recognize that "courting," as practiced by many fundies, is often nothing more than dating with parental permission to pursue marriage while being chaperoned, it is better than serial dating. As one who has "been there, done that," I'm interested in knowing just how the Lord wants us to go about all this. Evidently we aren't the only ones taking issue with the whole "courting" thing. For the record, I don't see Biblical betrothal in the same way as arranged marriages where the couple resigns themselves to eventually fall in love. So you know, Sarah and Billy are reading this article as well. I'm really looking forward to discussions on this.

In regard to the ongoing "science falsely so called" discussion, I've been disturbed by how many professing Christians practically brag about their various mental illnesses, personality disorders, etc. I keep seeing them define themselves on forums with introductions like, "Hi, I'm bipolar!!" or "I'm an Aspie!!" complete with exclamation points. I understand how the world looks to its own for answers, but how did the churches (so-called) come to embrace these diseases and conditions along with their pharmaceutical cocktails of dangerous drugs and never-ending treatments and therapies as preferable to the expectation of being made completely whole?

Psychology has done a wonderful job of identifying and diagnosing certain conditions, yet a miserable job of healing them. Have churchgoers been convinced that they can only manage their conditions, but never be free from them? Or could it be that there are those who secretly enjoy not being expected to behave properly or grow up or perform like godly adults, therefore they take comfort in their "excuse."

A number of years ago the Lord had me warn a certain woman about her bookshelves that were full of worldly philosophies of various psychological theories from her college days. As soon as I walked in the little room, the Spirit of God was heavy upon me and he compelled me to warn her. She laughed at me and mockingly asked if she should have a book burning. I unashamedly said, "Sure, just like the believers in Acts 19 collected all their junk and burnt it up, although their bonfire was valued at several million dollars! Hey, I'll bring the marshmallows!" Rather than yield to my good advice, she stubbornly mocked me for being "off the deep end." She also allowed her children to read Goosebump-type books and watch Stephen King stuff, X Files, etc. Even though I gently suggested she purge her house of these unwholesome things, she laughed at me.

Unfortunately, today she has grown children not functioning properly in terms of handling life and moving on, they languish in the world of anti-depressants and psychiatric care. They are subject to the prognosis the world gives, as they have rejected the ways of the Lord. They claim to be Christians, but like many who claim Christ, they don't know him. She was high-minded and condescending to the Lord's advice, and she is reaping the bitter consequences of her foolishness.

I can't imagine why a mother wouldn't want deliverance for her children. God is not glorified in all that hooey. He's glorified in our healing! Even when it comes to something as minor as a little food allergy, we shouldn't be content to live with it. Bill used to be allergic to cashews and hotdogs, of all things, which really put a damper on his boy/girl parties and boy scout camp-outs. I got to goading him about what a shame it was he was missing out on those foods, until he finally wanted his healing enough to get it! Too late for the co-ed parties, but just in time for family camp-outs!

But seriously, the rise in custom diets and personal meds reeks of self... the ultimate egocentric society. You can't even have a dinner party these days without considering the vast array of special dietary considerations of the well-pampered. Kids, don't fall into this trend. Eat everything whether or not it is your preference:

1 Timothy 4:1-5 1 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead. 3 They will say it is wrong to be married and wrong to eat certain foods. But God created those foods to be eaten with thanks by faithful people who know the truth. 4 Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it but receive it with thanks. 5 For we know it is made acceptable by the word of God and prayer.

Anyway, I got a little sidetracked there. I want you to read this for discussion: Psychology: Science or Religion?

Spencer and James, we need to decide on what's next for literature. What would you like to do?

And you Big Four can help the little boys with their ancient history since y'all spent so much time on that. Sarah was a big help chiming in on some of those really interesting points from the Bob Brier lectures.

Okay, I feel like I'm forgetting something so check back here in case I remember it.

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