Thursday, January 12, 2012

An observation on Exploring Creation’s A&P Science Book

Snuggle Bug is studying Exploring Creation with Human and Anatomy and Physiology this year.  For the most part she really enjoys this book.  It is colorful, well-written, and very informative.  It is written from a Christian perspective, but not Catholic.  At times this bugs her.  For instance:
  • Chapter 7 begins with a section on the author’s beliefs… “The Bible tells us, ‘For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.'”  She then asks, “Have you received God’s free gift?  If not, you can right now through prayer.  Tell God that you believe Jesus died on the Cross to pay for all your sins.  Ask God to forgive you for “missing the mark.” Then place all your trust in Christ and receive his forgiveness.  If you have done this God says you have passed from spiritual death into spiritual life.  You are now a new creation in Christ all because of the blood of Jesus!”
  • In the Notebooking  Journal lesson 7 questions they ask: What does a person have to do to be forgiven for their sins once and for all and receive life everlasting? The person must believe that Jesus died on the cross for his/her sin and accept the forgiveness that comes from Jesus’ blood.

Of course we as Catholics believe that Jesus died on the cross for our salvation, but we do not believe in “Once Saved, Always Saved.”  Amy Welborn has a great chapter in Prove It, Church on this.  She says, “The easiest way to see the difference between the Catholic and evangelical viewpoints on salvation is this: Evangelical and fundamentalist Christians see salvation as a moment.  Catholics understand salvation as a process.”  She cites 2 Corinthians 2:15 and 13:5, Philippians 2:12, and 2 Timothy 2: 11-13.

SB’s Notebooking Page.  The 3rd section is her response to this section.
us all eternal life.
(these words were cut off)
  Of course, you could just overlook these sections and use the book for just the A&P.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Inside the Earth Study

We have been studying Earth Science lately. Not that I planned to, of course 🙂 It’s all part of this new land of “Unschooling.”  It all began when Buck found this book
in the basket.  Some of you may know that he has not been like my girls who are always reading something.  Anyway, this was one of those books he asked me to read again and again.   And we did.  (By the way, I found this book in Maureen Whitman’s For The Love of Literature.  I use this book for strewing good books about.)
How cool was it when this book was on our history reading list?
I found these pages on Enchanted Learning and ordered other books and DVDs from the library.  You can see which ones below.
Then we put these into a lapbook to keep for future reference.
Honeybee drew this while Buck and I were working on the lapbook.  I’d say she had the idea of what was going on.  Notice the frowns 😉
We also worked an experiment in.  I had everything together and asked Dad if he’d perform the experiment for us.  He was happy to and I was happy he did.  (He’s more ‘science-minded’ than I 🙂
First he added the baking soda (the base).
Then some dish detergent,
a little water,
and some vinegar (the acid) which had been mixed with red food coloring.
When the vinegar reacts with the baking soda, carbon dioxide gas is formed and the bubbles push the “lava” out of the volcano.
Note:  I wasn’t sure how messy this would be.  It wasn’t too messy after all.  This pan held all of the lava flow.
Afterwards, Dad had a good discussion on chemical reactions with the rest of us.  After all, his dad is a chemical engineer!

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Butterfly, Butterfly

A few weeks ago, maybe even a month :/  we received our butterfly larva in the mail from Insect Lore.  This is always an exciting adventure!  Watching this metamorphosis take place is just incredible!

It seems I forgot to take shots of the caterpillars in the cup…
Once they hung in their chrysalis, it was time to pin them inside the net.
About a week later, this red spot caught our eye.  It’s easy to mistake it for blood but, we learned it is actually meconium.
Before we knew it we had beautiful painted lady butterflies to observe.
We fed our butterflies with sugar water  which we dropped onto this pretty flower.
We read some great books and I printed out these worksheets from Enchanted Learning.
Honeybee enjoyed coloring this sheet and then making it in a mask.  (Very easy – just cut it out and tape a Popsicle stick to the back)
Buck had a hard time keeping his butterfly still for the pic 🙂
When it was time to let them go, this one didn’t want to go.  Thanks little butterfly for hanging out a while and letting us admire your beauty!
I can’t help but to think of the song from our “Barney” days,
“Butterfly- butterfly, happy all day,
Butterfly- butterfly, fly- fly away!”

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Snuggle Bug’s Bluebird

I thought I’d share with you one of Snuggle Bug’s pages from the Bird Notebook she’s working on.
I found some great print-outs at Enchanted Learning .  They have soooo many wonderful things to choose from.  Definitely worth spending $20 a year for the full sized printing capability!
The cute sticker in the bottom corner came from  the  Beginning Birdwatcher’s Book, a birthday gift from Honeybee 🙂
She choose this pretty notebooking page to copy The Bluebird poem
 I just LOVE reading this book with her!
By the way, she also memorized the poem and can recite it beautifully.
I stumbled upon this book at Amazon.  It is such a treasure!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Snuggle Bug’s Zoology Lapbook

Snuggle Bug just finished up making the lapbook that goes along with the first half of Apologia’s Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day. If you’ve read much of my blog you know she is a nature lover. Well mostly- bugs aren’t her thing. So we’ve decided to continue studying birds and leave the insect section of the book for Buck 🙂

She put a lot of time into this work and did a great job!

 I’m so proud of her hard work!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

First Look at Science Series

Last year I checked out From Little Acorns from the library. It was so cute that I thought of it again this year when autumn came knocking. The kids had fun collecting acorns and their caps underneath the oak tree in the backyard. This year we had fun making the pretty acorn caps. They are so beautiful. I’m thinking of making some picture frames or something from them. I think they would make pretty Christmas gifts. Last year Buck and Honeybee made letter A’s from the caps. We had started walking Along the alphabet path
Maybe next year I can find my way back to it again : ) When I read the book this time, I noticed it was actually a part of a series. I love coming across these kinds of things! So, I researched the authors name (Sam Godwin) on the library’s website. Come to find out, my library has several of his books.

Today we are reading The Drop Goes Plop .

A perfect Science study for such a rainy day!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

A is For Apple

We’ve had a great time today with our Apple unit study!
The Life & Times Of The Apple was a great resource for my 9 and 12 year old.
An Apple A Day (over 20 apple projects for kids) by Jennifer Story Gillis also had some great ideas. We tried the apple star prints on pg.33 although the stars weren’t as easy to make out as we would have liked. We had fun painting and trying anyway 🙂 I hope to try making the apple wreath and homemade applesauce soon.
As the children “painted” I read aloud The Song Of The Apple Blossom Fairies by Cicely Mary Barker and Johnny Appleseed by Madeline Olsen.
Buck’s (age 4) Apple Print
Honeybee’s (age 3) “Abstract” Apple Painting 🙂
The House Cat’s Notebook Page
Snuggle Bug’s NB Page

Thursday, October 23, 2008


Today is a perfect day for acorn study!
The wind is gusting and the nuts are falling.
Buck and Honeybee made A’s from acorn caps and we read

Buck said he’ll be wearing his baseball helmet outside today! 🙂

 Buck said he’ll be wearing his baseball helmet outside today! 🙂


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