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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Another busy day

Happy Birthday Gene!  It was another busy day. I had many calls and emails to make for baseball. But we managed a pretty full school day.

JD totally surprised me during the devotion today. He was able to tell me where the “Black Death” originated. China. He knew this because of a documentary he watched. (Go T.V.!) The devotion told us about the 1334 Black Death epidemic and the flu epidemic during WWI. Then it told us about a different kind of epidemic, more deadly than the bubonic plague or the flu. It’s threatening 5 billion people. It’s called sin. We’re all born with a sinful nature and make wrong choices. There is a cure for this epidemic and that was the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. He conquered sin and DEATH! By praying to Him and admitting we’re sinners, believing in Jesus, and confessing our need for Him we can all be cured!

Today in the AWANA book we discussed three more characteristics of the fruit of the Spirit.  The characteristics were: patience, kindness, and goodness.  Yesterday we learned love, joy, and peace deal with our relationship with God.  Today these characteristics deal with our relationship with others.  JD memorized two bible verses to back up challange 8:4.

The first part of the math lesson was easy. It was identifying objects that had the following changes: translation (move or slide), reflection (horizontal or vertical), rotation (turned). The second part was the dreaded graph with objects placed on one quadrant asking us to move it to another quadrant by using translation, reflection, or rotation. It took both of us to figure this one out, but we managed. JD scored a 100% on the quiz.

The language arts lesson was in T4L again. Today JD did the second lesson on plot, character, and setting. I was slightly disappointed with the 73% on quiz number 2. I’m getting a little scared about his comprehension level. But there were short people distractions today. I need to work on this a bit more because yesterday he scored an 80%.

I’m slipping lately. We did not do social studies or science today. But JD did read his Louis L’Amour book for thirty minutes today while I cleaned. He read outside on their porch.

We went out for dinner since we had to pick-up the team’s uniforms. Turns out we left the park before they arrived.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011
It was a very busy day.

It was a very busy and distracting day today.  I was cleaning the house while instructing JD. I was expecting Daniel’s mom to bring him home today from Tennessee. So we busted through our lessons so I could take JD to Gamers Guild. It was some type of fantasy game he got into while in Europe.

The devotion started out saying, “God did not create everything.“ And then it listed many examples of what God did make. Then it told us God did not create truth because he is truth. Truth is part of his nature. Moses said, “He (God) is…a God of Truth.”

In the AWANA book today JD learned on challenge 8:3 that the fruit, not fruit(s), of the Spirit are love, joy, and peace. (They only covered three parts of the fruit today. These three characteristics of the fruit explain our relationship with God. The visual example they used in the book was an orange slice in half where you can see the individual sections of the orange. Then, he memorized Galatians 5:22-23 that says, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”

Luckily the math lesson was fairly easy for JD. It was about similar figures (same shape, not he same size), congruent figures (same shape and size), and symmetry (where you can fold it and it’s exactly the same.) He went through the lesson easily. Then he scored a 100% on the quiz.

I was vacuuming the living room while JD did the T4L language arts lesson on plot, character, and setting. He scored an 80% on quiz 1. Maybe I should have held off on the vacuuming. I was in a hurry to get our lessons done to head off on errands.

I had JD go to http://www.lizardpoint.com/fun/geoquiz/euroquiz.html for social studies today. He took the 48 question quiz on the countries in Europe. He scored a 139 out of 144 possible points. Yes!

JD read his Louis L’Amour book for thirty minutes today while we were out running errands.

We did not do science again today.

We left the house at around 1:30 pm for errands. I dropped of dry cleaning, and then went to a florist. I’m trying to figure out what type of plant I had outside for the last two years. It didn’t come up this year and I’m sad about it. I have a picture to show florists and plant nurseries, but the nurseries around here are closes.

I promised JD I would take him to Gamers Guild if he did all his lessons today. I brought in my bible and started reading while he talked with the guys. (Have I mentioned all the “guys” are NOT wearing wedding rings?) They are self admitted geeks and nerds according to one guy. Two of them were building and painting. JD went over to look and I suggested he start building his characters. The guys helped him cut, file, glue, reshape, etc. These guys really took him under their wings and love the fact that he’s into this game so young.

I raced off from Gamers Guild to get JD to baseball practice. He loves the team and the coaches. The team is shaping up, but they’re not super stars. Saturday is our first official game.

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