Kids


I haven’t posted one of these in a while. I captured my very active, full of energy 4 year old, Sugar Plum Fairy actually sitting down doing her writing and I had to share.

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He that is slow to wrath is of great understanding: but he that is hasty of spirit exalteth folly. Proverbs 14:29

Do you ever feel like the lady in the picture above? I have regretted each time that I have yelled at my children and have many times asked their forgiveness, but what does that ever mean to them if I just continue doing it?

I don’t know what you use for your Bible curriculum for homeschool, but what works best for me and my children is reading straight from the bible and discussing it. We get our bible, a dictionary, and man oh man do I want a concordance; then sit down and read our verse for the week, discuss it, and use that same verse for our handwriting assignment. This semester I decided to start at the beginning of the Child Training Bible’s, list of verses, then go over that verse each day for a week. On their tabs the first one is anger. In my, “motherly wisdom,” (hah) I thought my son has anger issues, this should be a great place to start. Boy oh boy, did God decide to convict me.

The more I explained to him, “great understanding,” and “folly” the more I realized that I was not having great understanding with my kids. As I said to him we don’t yell at our sister to do something, but instead to ask her nicely. That we need to understand that our little brother is only 2 and he is still learning to do things. That we must be slow with our words, giving us time to ask the Lord for wisdom and understanding instead of, “flying off the cuff with whatever immediately comes to our mouth.”

I quickly stopped what I was talking about and I quickly wiped off of my face that look of complete concentration that I am sure I have when I explain some things to my children. I stopped and I said to my oldest (Little Old Man), “this verse is about mommy isn’t it?”

I went on to tell him how sorry I have been for not having great understanding, how sorry I am that I have sinned against God and my little ones. I asked him to pray with me right then and there.

Do you feel when you do Bible studies with your children that you feel like you learn so much more than they do?

So, the verse for this week was Proverbs 14:29 right? Well, part of my personal study God also presented me with this verse to back up his conviction…

The woman Folly is loud;
she is seductive and knows nothing.
She sits at the door of her house;
she takes a seat on the highest places of the town,
calling to those who pass by,
who are going straight on their way,
“Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!”
And to him who lacks sense she says,
“Stolen water is sweet,
and a bread eaten in secret is pleasant.”
But he does not know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of Sheol.
Proverbs 9:13-18

My Prayer is that I not only listen to His word, but that I apply it to my life. For being a christian is not only accepting God’s gift, but putting away our old self and becoming the new that God can mold us and make us to become.

~There are not any affiliate links in this post. I just really enjoy my Child Training Bible.

Have you seen all the amazing speakers who are coming to Teach Them Diligently this year?

Clay and Sally Clarkson
Pam Tebow
Heidi St. John
Voddie Baucom
Hal and Melanie Young
and so many more!

Plus, there are 3 locations this year?

Spartanburg, SC
Nashville, TN
Omaha, NE

Early bird registration is now open. It’s just $45 for your whole family to attend.

Want $20 off that price? Register today or tomorrow using the code BESTOFFER to register for just $25! What a deal!

I’m planning to attend Nashville and hopefully Omaha. What about you? Which location do you plan to attend? Which speaker are you most excited about?

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Such is the end of all who go after ill-gotten gain; it takes away the lives of those who get it.

Proverbs 1:19

My son last night was playing with an Ironman figurine last night before bed. He is playing with his sister and says, “This is an evil Ironman.” My husband and I both stop him and say, “No, Ironman chose to do good, he chose to help people.”

Recently, I have felt that God has really convicted me with how much TV my kids watch and what they watch. Their minds are like sponges. Hollywood many times makes evil (bad guys) look neater, better, and in my son’s eyes many times cooler. We many times glorify the bad guy. He/she is normally very rich and powerful. Unlike the Hero, who is many times alone, poor, and strangely full of himself.

Proverbs 1: 8 – 19, talks about warning against such enticements (as power, greed, hurting mankind), and yet many times I sit and watch and laugh and pretty much show an attitude of all of this that we are watching mommy promotes.

He asked me the other morning, “Mommy, why did that evil man in Colorado shoot those people, was it because he didn’t have a good mommy or daddy?” While I couldn’t directly answer that question for him. Ladies & Gentlemen does it not need to start out that way? We are called upon by God to shepherd our children’s heart by teaching and instilling in them God’s infallible Word. Then earnestly praying and trusting in the Holy Spirit to do the rest.

~Disclosure: I do not write this to admonish anyone, this was my conviction from God.

Today we did a small review before we went out exploring. Do you remember the vascular plants and how those are like the veins in your body?

And how the veins in your hands/body carry blood, like the veins in plants carry water…

like the veins in this tomato plants… Do you remember the name of that main vein in the middle? (midrib)

Did you know that most plants are vascular? Jeannie asks, “Can you think of any plant that doesn’t have stems, roots, and leaves?” My little’s couldn’t and sadly I couldn’t show them anywhere around the house any examples (110 – 113 degree temps and moss do not particularly play well together). So, we did a small activity to understand the difference.

We took a small amount of water and poured it on the concrete, then laid the paper towel on top of it. Then we watched how the water spread throughout the paper towel and soaked it all up. Jeannie explains, how this is similar to the way moss and other nonvascular plants get the water they need. Nonvascular plants do not have roots, stems, or leaves to carry water up from the soil, into and throughout the plant.

I am hoping we can soon go hiking in the woods soon and find some moss. Then it might be fun to try the moss/buttermilk experiment.

Until then, we are going looking for pine cones for the next lesson…

Yes, this is the essential botany required uniform. (jammies & ironman boots) Although, one day we are hoping to purchase an Apologia lab coat.

Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.

The Exploring Creation with Botany was written for ages 6 to 12.

If you missed the first part of this journey, please check out Exploring God’s Creation – Botany, and Exploring God’s Creation – Vascular Plants.

I am so very excited about going to the Teach Them Diligently Convention in 2013! They just announced their dates for 2013.

I was unable to go to last years convention. Since it though, I have met some beautiful Godly women that diligently teach their children who were able to attend last year. Their stories and experiences have made me yearn to attend the next one.

If you get the chance sign up for their newsletter and join their facebook page, plus don’t miss anything on twitter. Through these social sites you will learn of speakers, events, and happenings surrounding TTD for 2013.

I plan on going to Nashville and possibly Omaha. Hope to see you there!

Today we are going to immerse ourselves in tubes that carry liquid inside the plant. The word, “vascular,” means “tubes that carry fluid.” Did you know that plants have veins and vascular systems just like you and me? Jeannie, said it this way, “God made living things in a similar way; plants and people both have tubes inside them.” This morning I was talking to my beautiful (inside and out) sister-in-law I told her about today’s adventure and what we were going to explore and she immediately saw the correlation between all of God’s creation. We can see that everything in the world is made by the same artist: God!

So,grab your backpacks! Let’s go explore God’s canvas! Here we go…

Right as we stepped outside we looked at the Calla Lily first. It had great veins…

The Iris’ veins were a lot thinner…

The tomato leaf’s veins were easily distinguishable…

Sugar Plum became attached to the strawberry leaf and carried it for the rest of our journey…

The children were all fascinated with the small plants and the way they distributed water, but they were amazed that something so big as an oak could do the same thing.

Smiley enjoyed the adventure too, he just nodded, held my finger, and smiled…

Can you see the midrib on this oak leaf? It is the vein in the very middle that is thicker than the rest. If you go back through the other pictures can you identify their midrib’s too?

These adventures open up other questions, like… “Mom, why are these leaves brown?” And…

“Where are the veins on this one?”, “That is an evergreen.”, “What is an evergreen?”…

“Why is the local zoologist following us?” (I figure our cat knows more than I do about animals, why else would she leave me the best morsels of the bird, mice, and rabbits after she has dissected them on my welcoming mat.)

And, the best part of the adventure… Having fun with the kiddos in God’s creation!

*If you go out and collect your own leaves, don’t forget to keep them for your notebooking journal!

Oh, Oh…Jeannie, says in a later lesson we get to do an experiment that takes all the green stuff off of the leaf to expose the hidden veins beneath. Exciting!

Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.

The Exploring Creation with Botany was written for ages 6 to 12.

If you missed the first part of this journey, please check out Exploring God’s Creation – Botany.

I would love for everyone to come with me on a journey as my young one’s and I explore the world of Botany. For the next six weeks, once a week, we will be taking an adventure into God’s creation. We will be using the world around us and the book, “Exploring Creation with Botany,” by Jeannie Fulbright.

From the very beginning this book snagged my interest. In the introduction Jeannie talks about the, “Immersion Approach,” to teaching.

Immersion Approach – if you immerse your student in one field of science for an entire year, he will develop a love for both that subject and a love for learning in general. A child taught with this approach learns to love knowledge and develop confidence.

Spiral Approach – a student is exposed to minute amounts of a variety of science topics.

Before having kids I might have thought that the spiral approach would have been a good idea, that young children couldn’t handle being fully immersed into a subject. Now, I know differently, watching my kids grow and learn and seeing how their minds are such amazing sponges. Their ability to remember and recall is fascinating. I know that the immersion approach is not only something they can handle, I believe they will delight in it.

I can see why public school systems use the spiral approach and in my opinion its not for the students; it is for the educators. Educators have 30+ young minds in one classroom, how can one educator have the time to fully immerse each child? I believe that God designed the family as the learning unit. On a daily basis I have the opportunity to immerse my children in everything that I do. They help me clean, cook, pull weeds, take care of animals, garden, etc; all by my side. They get the chance to plant multiple varieties of seeds in a garden and help me maintain it until harvest. No public educator has that opportunity. Show your children your love for learning and doing each days activities. Immerse yourself and them in it and they will come to love it too.

We will be covering lesson 1 in our six week journey into God’s creation. Jeannie begins this journey by explaining the field of botany. She does it in a way that children can see that they have already been studying botany (do your children bring you pretty flowers?) and that they are so many more exciting plants to see and learn about. I love how Jeannie makes them feel like they are already scientists exploring, that the children get to do experiments and keep journals (notebooking) with illustrations just like real scientists do.

On the note of notebooking, I had the pleasure of hearing Jeannie speak a few months back on notebooking. Here are some of my notes and what I learned.

She was very inspiring and convinced me that notebooking was a great learning tool for not only my kiddos, but for me too. Plus, I think it is something that your children can look back on when they are older; with their picture yearbooks and reminisce about. The next picture is some ways that she explained how to use notebooking not only with science but any subject.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation; seed bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” and it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that is was good. And there was evening, and there was morning – the third day.

Genesis 1:11-13

I was overjoyed with the fact that I found a science curriculum that incorporates God. Jeannie wrote it well this way, “As we study nature and all that God created with such amazing and complex design, we become even more amazed about God.”

So, won’t you join us in grabbing your backpacks and magnifying glasses as we go explore God’s creation today…

Disclosure:I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.

The Exploring Creation with Botany was written for ages 6 to 12.

In my previous posts I have covered grain mill’s, whole grains, types of wheat, and where to buy whole grains, now we are going to talk about some easy ways to add these whole grains to your diet.

Now, before we go any farther, I want all of you to realize that I am not artisan bread maker, I am a lady that bought a grain mill approximately 6 weeks ago, that just wants to better her families diet. I asked friends for bread recipes, borrowed from the two best cooks I know (my mom and mother-in-law), and scoured the internet for intriguing appetizing ideas; all before I started writing this series. Sometimes this happened…

The best dinner rolls EVER… And, then sometimes this happened…

The hardest densest bread brick on the planet. I joked that, “Hey, cracker on the outside, little bit of bread on the inside”, you get two for one. Honestly though, I think I invented reusable bread bowls.

What I am saying is, don’t give up. Cooking is chemistry, so put on your lab coat and go experiment in your lab and enjoy it, have fun with it, and in case you do get discouraged, there are always books like this – No More Bricks.

Plus, like I was saying there are other ways then bread to add whole grains to your diet. For example…

  • Brown Rice (instead of white)
  • Try making your own whole wheat pasta (I might have to do a series on this one, what do you think?)
  • Add barley, wild rice, or bulgur wheat to soups or stir fries.
  • Make a whole grain pilaf with a mixture of barley, wild rice, brown rice, broth and spices.
  • Use a whole grain mixture in meatloaf instead of store bought bread crumbs.
  • Mill your grain course and use it as a breading on fish or chicken
  • Add it to salads
  • Add it to cereals
  • Many of them can be sprouted (check out this post on sprouting @Granola Mom ) then dehydrated and eaten as a crispy snack.
  • Last but not least, if you have an inkling, but just not sure it will work, Google it!

Now, my last post I promised cookies.  All I have to say is go ahead and brew you a pot of tea/coffee and get ready to eat a dozen.

Almond Tea Cookies

fresh milled flour, salt, butter, powdered sugar, crushed raw almonds, vanilla…

my little helpers were very excited about this recipe…

cream butter and sugar. Then add salt…

vanilla and almonds together, pretty sure I just started salivating on my keyboard…

lots of flour & a little almonds…

I am surprised I got this picture, little hands wouldn’t stay out of the dough.

quickly roll them, otherwise they will melt in your hands…

Please notice that four were already gone before I could snap a picture… (shhh, don’t tell)

Almond Tea Cookies

Ingredients

2 1/4 cup fresh milled flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup nuts (almonds, pecans, or walnuts, etc) ground to granules
1 tsp vanilla

Directions

1. Crush nuts.
2. Cream butter and sugar
3. Add vanilla, flour, salt, and nuts; mix well.
4. Dough should be a little dry and grainy. Take up to 2 Tablespoons of batter at a time and form into quarter size balls.
5. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
6. Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes.
7. Make pot of tea and eat one dozen by yourself. (try to leave some for everyone else)

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So, hopefully after reading my posts, Quick & Easy, Cheap & Healthy blog posts, and Granola Mom’s blog post, you have decided that it might be good & tasty to add whole grains to your diet. If so, then you need to locate a good source for whole grains. Normally you can find them at health food stores, food co-ops, and online.

Health Food Stores

Whole Foods Market

Food Co-ops (in no particular order)

Grain Mix (Utah)
Bulk Natural Foods (Tennessee)
Miller’s Grain House (Western North Carolina)
Bread Beckers (Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia)
Frankferd Farms (Pennsylvania)
Quail Cove Farms (a good portion of the North East of the US)

Online

Bluebird Grain Farms
Pleasant Hill Grain
Bread Beckers
Wheat Montana

These are just a few of the options out there. Now, lets get to the good part… What you can do with that whole grain after you have bought it.

Whole Wheat Steamed Buns (with filling)

Oops, forgot the water…

Voila, dough. (While the dough rises for 45 minutes, you can make a filling. We did bean paste, not pictured)

Divide dough into two equal parts.

Roll each portion out to approximate 12 inches by 2 inches wide.

Cut each strip into 12 pieces. Mine were approximately 12″squares.

flatten your square with the palm of your hand.

She thoroughly enjoyed smooshing the dough…

flattened, then…

flatten them more with a rolling pin.

brush dough with sesame seed oil, then add filling. (1 tablespoon of filling)

Pinch the edges together at the top, and let rise another 30 mins. (I recommend using squares of parchment paper underneath, makes for easier clean up)

Tightly cover and steam for 10 to 15 minutes…

Enjoy!

Whole Wheat Steamed Buns

Ingredients

2 1/2 teaspoons dried yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
4 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour (*I recommend using a soft white, instead of the hard red that I used)
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 Tablespoons vegetable oil (olive or coconut)
1/2 cup warm water
2 Tablespoons sesame oil
Filling for your buns – Sweet Azuki Bean Paste

Directions

1. Mix dried yeast, 1 cup of lukewarm water, and 1 cup of flour. Mix until dissolved. Cover with a cloth and place in a warm place for 20 minutes until bubbles appear.
2. Dissolve and stir together, 1/4 cup of sugar, 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil, and 1/2 cup warm water.
3. Add the sugar mixture to the dough mixture, plus the 3 1/2 cups of flour. Mix well.
4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Place the dough into a large greased bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Place back into the warm area (I used the top of my stove and set the oven for 170 degrees and cracked the door) for 45 minutes.
5. While your dough is rising you can prepare you bean paste or other filling for your buns.
6. When the dough is ready, divide it into 2 portions. Roll each portion into strips 12 inches long and 2 inches wide. Cut each strip into 12 pieces.
7. Flatten each piece with the palm of your hand. Flatten them further with a rolling pin.
8. Brush with sesame oil.
9. Place 1 tablespoon of filling in the center and wrap sides of the dough over the filling. Pinch the edges together at the top.
10. Place each roll on a separate piece of foil or parchment paper. Cover the tray with a towel, let the buns rise until they are double in size, about 30 minutes.
11. Tightly cover and steam over briskly rolling/boiling water for 10 – 15 minutes.
12. Serve while hot.
*I made these using the hard red wheat, while they are still good and hardy, I think they would be lighter and fluffier if made with a soft white wheat.

I have so enjoyed this 5 day series so far. I hope that you will stop by tomorrow for the finish. We are going to experiment with making cookies… You must finish with dessert, right?

Just in case you missed any of the previous posts on the series…
Types of Flour Mills
Types of Whole Grains
Types of Wheat

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