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Thursday, October 21, 2010

A good day

It was another good day. It started out snuggling on the couch (as usual) to do our devotion. Today’s devotion was “enlightening.” Jesus said, “I am the light of the world.” (John 8 12, 9:5) and he said, “his followers should be light to a dark world.” (Matthew 5:14-16) But, today’s bible verse in 1 John 1:7 adds a different perspective to this light thing. Jesus says, “walk in the light.” This means to closely follow Jesus’ ways and obey him. This sounds easy, but in reality it is extremely difficult.

JD continued reading the book Behind the Locked Door and then pressed onto math. I thought yesterday’s math was challenging, but today left me feeling like a kindergarten student in a 6th grade math class. We learned how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals with an algebraic missing value. (Ah, duh?) In most cases you do the opposite of what the problem is to solve it but it depends on where the “minuend” is in subtraction or if the missing value is in the numerator or denominator in division. (Are you confused yet?)

We got less accomplished in science today than I had hoped we would, but we learned some interesting stuff. (I hope it comes in handy when he becomes whatever it is God has planned for him…Dr. Hyder I hope.) Today we learned about the periodic table and what all those numbers mean on each element. We labeled an element from page 257 in his science workbook. Then we learned a couple of sentences courtesy of a lady named Ming on U-Tube. The sentences helped us to memorize the first 20 elements on the table. (Yes I said twenty!) They were…Harry he likes beer bottled cold not over frothy…AND…Nelly Nanny might although silly person she climbs, around kinky caves. By taking the first letter or two of each word JD now knows: Hydrogen, Helium, Lithium, Beryllium, Boron, Carbon, Nitrogen, Oxygen, Fluorine, Neon, Sodium, Magnesium, Aluminum, Silicon, Phosphorus, Sulfur, Chlorine, Argon, (Hey wake up! I’m not done yet) Potassium, and Calcium.

I had JD take notes today on the history of South America. He learned about the Turks takeover and the necessary route change to reach the Orient. Then he learned about Christopher Columbus finding the Indies. When he returned home to Spain there was a land dispute. Pope Alexander VI decided a line should be drawn. The land given was later changed to South America or Brazil.

Today I had JD rewrite the two columns of words I wrote to memorize the periodic tables. His penmanship is getting so much better.

1 comment:

  1. Could not do what you are doing!!!!!!!!!
    God bless you.