For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this not of yourselves it is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

Friday, October 10, 2014

Random 5 on Friday

Friday is on us again. It is Thanksgiving week-end here in Canada, and there is much to be thankful for.
The Pebble Pond
1. Electives have started this week and the boys were happy with their classes: Basketball and Build-it projects for the both of them as well as Finance for Zach and Chess (again) for Joho.

2. Our school is going along slowly but steadily. I am happy to report that there is progress with my middle schooler on the matter of diligence and getting his work done in a timely fashion. Still lots of maturing to do when it comes to precision and attention, but I am counting my blessings and recognize the progress. Thank you Lord!

3. This is what I spend half of my morning today doing, as three library discs got stuck in the machine. I thank the Lord that Joho and I managed to get them out after lots of figuring out.

4.The boys have been enjoying some cool books recently:

5. Joho had a birthday last Saturday. He turned 9. Where did the time go? The boy enjoyed some bowling time with his friends from church (4 of them), and some more back at the house. He was more than happy to get (which he already knew he was getting, since that was his request) the Lego Movie PS3 game, which he cannot wait to start playing once we get the second hand, newly acquired, advanced Christmas gift PS3, hooked up on Monday.

Bonus pic: We woke up at 5:00 am on Wednesday to watch the eclipse. The three of us did not regret it:

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sunday Hym

Come Behold the Wondrous Mystery

Come behold the wondrous mystery
In the dawning of the King
He the theme of heaven’s praises
Robed in frail humanity
In our longing, in our darkness
Now the light of life has come
Look to Christ, who condescended
Took on flesh to ransom us
Come behold the wondrous mystery
He the perfect Son of Man
In His living, in His suffering
Never trace nor stain of sin
See the true and better Adam
Come to save the hell-bound man
Christ the great and sure fulfillment
Of the law; in Him we stand
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Christ the Lord upon the tree
In the stead of ruined sinners
Hangs the Lamb in victory
See the price of our redemption
See the Father’s plan unfold
Bringing many sons to glory
Grace unmeasured, love untold
Come behold the wondrous mystery
Slain by death the God of life
But no grave could e’er restrain Him
Praise the Lord; He is alive!
What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes
What a foretaste of deliverance
How unwavering our hope
Christ in power resurrected
As we will be when he comes
- Matt Boswell, Michael Bleecker, Matt Papa 2013

Friday, September 26, 2014

Random 5 on Friday

The Pebble PondWeek 4 of school is over. What did we do this week?

1. We had our outdoor time. Yea for mommy to actually taking those boys full of energy outside 3 times this week. Now to keep this up.

2. We covered most of our subjects this week: Vocabulary, Handwriting, History, Math, Science, Latin, French, spelling and Writing.

3. Our History/Bible Survey topic this week was on Egyptian Gods and mythology, as well as a study of the exodus and the plagues. Interesting discussions going on.

4. I am enjoying the book we are going through for our Art study this semester: A Child's Introduction to Art

5. My oldest son's activity on his free time:

Soccer has been his new obsession since the beginning of soccer. This is but a small fraction of hat he has been up to.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday Hymn - He Will Hold you Fast

This week-end I came cross a song I had never heard and was touched by the lyrics, so I thought I would share it: 

He Will Hold Me Fast

When I fear my faith will fail, 
Christ will hold me fast; 
When the tempter would prevail, 
He can hold me fast. 

He will hold me fast, 
He will hold me fast;
For my Savior loves me so, 
He will hold me fast. 

 I could never keep my hold, 
He will hold me fast; 
For my love is often cold, 
He must hold me fast. 

I am precious in His sight, 
He will hold me fast; 
Those He saves are His delight. 
He will hold me fast. 

He’ll not let my soul be lost, 
Christ will hold me fast; 
Bought by Him at such a cost, 
He will hold me fast.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Random 5 on Friday

The Pebble PondIt is week 3 since school started and we are already behind. Tell me I am not the only one. Anyway I am fine with it. We did some catch up this week, along with some of our regular subjects. It would seem that I have packed our week a bit on the heavy side, so I need to spend some time this week-end to rethink our whole schedule.

Here is my random 5 for this week ( and last week as well, since I missed last week):

1. We got some hands-on projects in, and started on a timeline, yeahhhh

2. Last week Friday we had a field trip on a ship. It was really cool and the boys learned a lot.

3. So thankful for the discussions our Tapestry of Grace curriculum allows Zach and I to have. Such questions on the afterlife, how we know the Bible is true and more.

4. Our library crate is getting fuller.

5. I got to meet another homeschooler this week. How exiting! On that note I am in the process of starting up a homeschool group with a friend of mine. Lots to pray about and consider.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Student Logbook - TOS Review

I have always struggled with planning and keeping a schedule. My youngest son, on the other end, thrives on schedules and check marks. So, that is why I was more than happy to try a new system for his school organization that catered to his bent. 

Here comes My Student Logbook. My Student Logbook is a student planner of a kind, put together by a homeschool mom to help her and her kids keep on track of what needed to be done in their homeschooling. She talks about accountability and peace in the home. She then created her product which she sells at My Student Logbook. You can read her story on her website.

So what is My Student Logbook? It is a fold-over logbook where you list all of the tasks, topics, subjects that you want your child to do, and then he/she proceeds to mark them off as he completes them. The genius of it is that as you move along in the weeks, all you have to do each week is flip the page, and you can replace the list page very easily as well by folding over a new one on the week page you are starting it on.

The author offers My Student Logbook in different formats and different covers:

Sample covers
****Printed dated or printed undated. These can be purchased in 9 different cover options.
  • 2015 Dated ($15)
  • 2014 – 2015 Dated ($15)
  •  Undated ($15)

****Instant Download dated.
  • 2015 Calendar Year Single Use License ($10)
  • 2015 Calendar Year Family Use License ($20)
  • 2014 – 2015 School Year Single Use License ($10)
  • 2014 – 2015 School Year Family Use License ($20)
My Student Logbook can be used by anybody from Grade 2 to adult.

We received the PDF dated version of my Student Logbook for review and I used it with my 4th grader (8 years old).

 How did we use this?

The PDF comes in two PDF files. One explains the setting up and has all the extra sheets. The other file has all the dated pages for you to print.
First off I read all the instructions and then printed the required pages for our logbook. Next I put it together as explained on the files and as shown on the video on their website. The only difference being that, because I was going to put it on a wall, I only printed one week to start off. Next I wrote down all of the subjects that need to be completed for the whole week, and marked off the days that he does not have to do a particular subject.

It was actually pretty easy to put together. Now, I only made use of the actual dated planner pages as this is the only thing we needed at the moment.

My son is like me and likes to have his planner on the wall, so I did not bother actually making a book. I stuck the logbook page on the wall. Every week I add the next page to fill in the check marks. This is done by printing that week's date page and then slipping it on top of the previous one. It actually slips in right inside/under the topic list.

Everyday, my son goes over to his logbook and sees what he needs to do, and as he completes them he puts a check mark next to it. He genuinely enjoys checking things off.

Among the extra pages you get with the logbook, which I did not make use of yet, are:
  • A cover page
  • An all about me page
  • Prayers and goals page
  • Bible verses memorized pages
  • Books read pages
  • Events, projects, Field trips, presentations, activities
Overall both my son and I like this planner. It is straight forward and easy to use. At first I was a bit annoyed by the presence of Saturday and Sunday since we do not school on those days, and it meant that I had to cross them out. But then, my son decided to do some of his subjects (uncompleted) on Saturdays. So, as it turns out, it is a good thing it is on there.

I also like the flexibility that the planner offers. You can change the list at will, all you have to do is print a new page and put it on top. You also have a column for you to use as you wish, ie. to put time frames, how many days, how many hours etc....Finally, you can also use this organizer for anything else beside school that need to be done by your child.

So, interested in the concept, check My Student Logbook and find out more.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Vacation Pics Part 1

Daytona Beach

Random at a restaurant on the road

Loved the mountains of NC