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Thursday, November 11, 2010

A good Veteran’s day

The devotion today was about great sacrifices. President Woodrow Wilson said, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation.” Today is a day to reflect upon and thank those that gave up their lives for their country, for peace, for justice, and for the end of tyranny. We would find it hard to die for a cause that is evil or bad. Jesus didn’t die for just people, or even good people. He died for sinners - people who are weak, who ignore God, and because he loved us.

Math was pretty easy today. It was about estimating and rounding fractions to the nearest ½ or whole. Then, it moved to adding or subtracting rounded fractions.

It was a nice day outside today and hard to concentrate on the science lesson. We’re currently learning about elements, compounds, and mixtures. So we did page 278in the science workbook. It was an experiment asking which would freeze first - cold or hot water. We had to go to last years notes on recalling the steps to an experiment. We found them and I typed up JD’s hypotheses which was: Hot water will freeze first. We observed both cups every five minutes for one hour and the cold water froze first. (I typed “we” but JD became distracted by digging a huge hole in my front yard. It was easier for me to tell him what I observed instead of calling him in every five minutes. He was COVERED by dirt and sand.)

We did a short social studies lesson on the Wars of Independence in South America during the early 1800’s. I had JD take notes. But the information was so detailed that we found it easier to print a map and follow and label each country written about. This was much easier for both of us.

For language arts today I found another website JD used in public school. It’s called www.funbrain.com. I had JD do three different games to work on finding prefixes, root words, and suffixes. Then I allowed him to ready the comic strips for his reading time.

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