Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Make a Joyful Noise (in private please)

People often say that it doesn't matter if you can't sing.  God thinks all songs of praise are beautiful to His ears because they are sung by His children.  Thank goodness for that.  The kids and I have been learning Christmas carols.  I usually play them off YouTube because it will have a video and the words to the song on the screen.  Sometimes though, it won't have anyone singing along with the song.  That leaves me to be the leader of the group.  Yikes!  I've never been known for my singing ability.  I didn't realize how bad I was until I had to sing hymn solos.  My advice, don't drop by the house unannounced in the morning or you might be victim to my "joyful noise".

Friday, November 12, 2010

Off With Their Heads!

We are studying the story of David and Goliath this week.  First Kendall read the story out of the "Beginner's Bible".  It's pretty tame although I do think it says at the end that Goliath dies.  Then we watched the Veggie Tales "Dave and the Giant Pickle" which is REALLY tame.  Then we read the story from the Bible.  When we got to the part when David chops off Goliath's head and carries it around the girls were completely grossed out.  A couple of days later I hear them in the playroom and it sounds like they are acting out the story.  Guess what their favorite part was?  We have a strawberry shortcake doll that's head comes off pretty easy.  They chopped off that poor Strawberry Goliath's head many times.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Darn You Internet!

We are working on reading a thermometer in math.  For an introduction I asked Kendall how we tell what the exact temperature is outside.
She says, "Hmm....the computer?"
"Well yes," I said, "but what if we didn't have a computer?"
She barely took a breath before saying, "Channel 13 news?"
So I said, "Okay we have no computer and no TV.  Now how do we find the exact temperature?"
"Mom, if the computer and TV are down, just check the temperature on your Ipod."

Sigh....we are certainly an electronic dependant society (yes, I have the nerve to complain about our electronic dependencies as I type on my blog.)  Finally I brought out the thermometer and she knew what it was.  Now to see if she can read it!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day

Since we just moved to Kentucky, we voted by absentee ballot in IA and did not have a chance to go to the polling place today.  That is disappointing to me because it is such a good learning experience.  Kendall and I did talk about a woman's right to vote and how that was not always available to us.  She said, "Mom, first girls weren't allowed to go to school or college and now not allowed to vote?  It must have been a hard time to be a girl."

Monday, November 1, 2010

Fe Fi Fo Fum

I learn so much by teaching the kids.  Today I learned the Phoenicians used to worship the goddess of the moon, Astarte and would sacrifice live children to her idol, Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum.  I'm guessing that's why the giant in "Jack in the Beanstalk" says Fe-Fi-Fo-Fum before he tries to eat Jack.  Weird huh?