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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

A productive day

Today was a productive day. Our school day ended quickly and I even managed to run two errands. As an additional treat JD and I ate pizza for dinner on Fort Bragg and I treated myself to a Starbucks coffee. (Can you say "WIRED!")

The devotion today led us to Proverbs 14:12 where it said, “There is a way that seems right to a person, but its end is the way to death.” It asked JD how he made his decision if something was right or wrong. It offered the choices of: a coin toss, considering whether something “felt” right, or considering if the majority of people did it. The truth is right and wrong are determined by God, who is the original, the universal, the absolute standard for everything that is good and right. It went on to tell him lying is wrong because God is true. Stealing is wrong because God is just. Hatred is wrong because God is love.

JD read for more than 30 minutes again today. He loves that Hoot book. (As a matter of fact I went looking for it at 10:40 pm tonight while typing this blog and he’s in bed reading it. I guess it just takes a “good” book to get him to LOVE reading. I can remember those nights during his kindergarten and 1st grade years trying to get him to read without tears streaming down his face.

The math lesson was fun today. It was coordinated graphing. The lesson will have a coordinate grid and give two points. It was JD’s job to find the correct point of the “ordered pair.” He did really well on this last year and remembered most of it this year. The first # goes right or left from the 0 point depending on if it’s a positive or negative # and the second # goes up or down also dependant on if it’s a positive or negative #. He scored a 100% on the quiz.

JD used the Time4Learning website for language arts today. This lesson was also fun. We learned 14 foreign words that are also used in the English language. JD learned what language they all originated from and their meanings. The words were: adieu, faux, al fresco, incognito, a la carte, et cetera, incommunicado, bon voyage, smorgasbord, gesundheit, touché, tour de force, toupee, and hors d’ oeuvres. (It’s ok…no one is looking right now. You can look them up for the correct pronunciation and meaning…I did.) JD has used the word adieu all day. There was a Chapter quiz at the end of the lesson and he scored a (drum roll please…) 100%. My boy is so talented with accents and foreign languages.

The science lesson was structured to be fun. I started it out with a scale model of a glacier. I put bars of soap at the far end of a tin pan. Then we covered 2/3rds of the pan with sand and pebbles. Next we scraped ice cubes across the sand and watched them deposit the sand on the bars of soap. This displayed the erosion made by glaciers. Then we checked out a website called pbskids.org/dragonflytv for additional glacier research. And that was the end of the school day.

I ran by Verizon to get Jeff’s phone fixed but they were unable to fix it and I had to do an insurance claim on it. Then, we ran by the church to talk with the new Children/Youth Minister. The last stop was the travel agency. We did not do a social studies lesson today because my intent was to go to the travel agency to get brochures on Scotland and Ireland. But by the time we got there it was closed. So we made our last stop the Pizza treat and coffee. And that was our day.

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