Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Pumpkin Patch

We were recently able to purchase a full size van to make deputation travel a bit more comfortable.  I'll write more on that later.  Ben is in Florida picking up the van, so we came to visit Grandma & Grampa Hamilton.  We've just had fun enjoying the house, the yard, the dog, the cat, and the country.
Grandma took us to Whitney Farms - something that is right up my kids' alley!  They have a small petting "zoo" with goats, sheep, and a miniature horse.  Liberty is so fearless when it comes to animals!  She loved feeding the horse!  Nehemiah is normally content to reside in the background and watch, but this time he decided to join in on the action.
When we were done with the animals we enjoyed some swing sets and then picked a couple of pumpkins from the patch.  It was a great fall evening!
Elaine was reading to Fezzik...
...so Nolan wanted to read to Fezzik!
Elaine gave Bart a run for his money!
Nehemiah was driving the Jeep until his big sister snuck up on him!
Every girl needs a horse...
Pumpkin Patch Cuties - Noley, Libs, Nehemiah, and Elaine
Feeding the horse grass.
Nehemiah got so bold!
Liberty did everything that her big sister did...
Fun with Grandma Fezzie!
Everyone came home with a pumpkin, for the same price as one NYC pumpkin...
Grampa had to be in Boston for work today, but when he got back the kids made up for lost time!  They are watching cartoons on Grampa's phone.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New ABC Bible Verses for K5–Pre-Cursive Font

Last year I made some ABC Bible Verses to teach Elaine.  It’s hard to find free ones in the KJV!  But, we never made it through all 26 letters last year.

Now we are doing K5 homeschool.  We are learning approximately 2 letters each week.  I am trying to use the verses again as Elaine learns the phonics sound and how to write each letter.

But I ran into a problem…my font was a nice kid-ish crayon font.  We are using Bob Jones University curriculum, and in K5 they teach a pre-cursive font.  The letters did not match from my ABC verse cards to our workbooks!  So I have updated the cards with a matching font, and I changed a couple of verses to match the letter with a more appropriate phonics sound.

Here is an updated version for anyone who may want it…

A jpg     M jpg

T jpg

Download by clicking this link…

KJV ABC Verses for Preschool-K5 (Pre-Cursive Font)

for personal use only, please.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Kids Were Here

Kids Were Here
I think this was Nehemiah’s handiwork…

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Van Cortlandt Park

This weekend we got a chance to stay in the City because of a meeting cancelation.  We took Saturday afternoon to do some more Bronx exploring.  This time we tackled Van Cortlandt Park.

Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park is the third largest park in New York City.  It is bigger than Central Park by 303 acres!  There are a lot of sports fields and a couple of playgrounds, but most of the park is wooded areas with foot paths. 

Van Cortlandt Park

Ben read online that there was a lot of poison ivy.  We discovered that to be an understatement! We couldn’t get off the path much at all because the poison ivy was so rampant.  The kids enjoyed collecting acorns, and Ben did some stroller 4-wheeling. 

Van Cortlandt Park

We hiked out on one rocky point behind the Van Cortlandt family burial plot to get a lovely view of the cricket fields and the City beyond.

Van Cortlandt Park
It was a perfect day to spend outdoors!

Van Cortlandt Park

Van Cortlandt Park
When we got to the grassy field we let the twins out to walk.  Instead of following their siblings into the grass, the chose to walk in two different directions on the concrete path.  I let Ben chase them down!

I am looking forward to calling this part of New York City home!

First Unit of School & a Field Trip

Elaine is learning about her community in Kindergarten.  Our first unit was based on the Fire Station.  We learned about fire safety, made a fire escape plan, had fire drills, and learned about emergency calls to 9-1-1.  Along with this came shapes, colors, phonics, handwriting, and her first spelling word, it.

The Letter 't'

Learning about Fire
Learning about fire and how to put it out.

We spread all of this over our first three weeks of school.  At the end of the first week of school we baked a cake.  Elaine had been wanting to make an “Amelia Bedelia” cake from the recipe in the back of the book.  We talked about numbers with our measuring spoons, we mixed red and blue food coloring to create purple frosting (just like in “science class”), and we decorated it with the shapes we had just learned.

Making a Cake for the First Week of School

Making a Cake for the First Week of School

To wrap up the unit we took a tour of our local fire station – F.D.N.Y. Engine 242.  Some of our other homeschool friends came along too!

Fire Station Tour    Fire Station Tour
Sitting in the Rig – Nolan, Ian, Elaine

Fire Station Tour
Ian and Havilah

Fire Station Tour
Elaine and Addie

Fire Station Tour

Fire Station Tour
Firefighter Lin showed us how to crawl in a fire.  He also showed the kids what a fireman in full gear looks like so that they won’t be as scared if they are ever in a fire and a fireman comes looking for them.

Fire Station Tour
Jeni, Joanna, Judah
Andrea, Elli, Elaine, Selah, Addie, Fireman Chris, Nolan, Havilah, Matthew, and Fireman Ralph

After the station tour we all came back to our home and taught the kids about bucket brigades.  We “pumped” water from our fire hydrant and passed the buckets to put out a fire in the grass!

Bucket Brigade
“Fire fire!”

Bucket Brigade
after a few tries, they finally caught on!

Now I have to admit that homeschool scared me to death.  And I did cry several times that first week.  We are {mostly} having fun now.  A routine is forming and making things more smooth.  Just when we get it figured out we will have to pack it into the van for deputation!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thankful Thursday

A friend posted this on Facebook yesterday…

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And so today I am thankful that some of these “last times” haven’t come yet, and I’m thankful for all the new “first times” we are experiencing with a new homeschooling Kindergartner, a growing too quickly preschooler, and two rambunctious toddlers.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Wordless Wednesday

:: Breakfast in Bed

Breakfast in Bed!

:: Deputation Cutie Pies

Grace Baptist Church of Queens

:: First Ice Cream CONES

Grace Baptist Church of Queens

Grace Baptist Church of Queens   Grace Baptist Church of Queens

:: Bad picture, but first bow that Liberty left in her hair for longer than 5 seconds!

Grace Baptist Church of Queens

:: Subway Evangelism as a family

Handing out Tracts at Atlantic Terminal

:: Date Night with Nolan


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