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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

A busy day

It was a busy day of double lessons and ministry boards. 

The devotion today was about self-control. It started out with a list of things that could make you lose your self-control. Even though some things get on our last nerve we all have the choice to ignore it and press on. That’s a tough choice to make for some people. Self-control is a fruit of the spirit. And Psalm 4:4 say, “Don’t sin by letting anger gain control over you. Think about it overnight and remain silent.”

The first math lesson today was about drawing conclusions and justifying our answers. It taught JD the term prediction. Basically that is making an educated guess and being able to justify why. Then we had to test his answer with reasonableness by asking ourselves, “Is the answer reasonable?” or “Does it make sense?” One example was 2n+5=13. First we did 13-5=8 and predicted that 2 x’s something equaled 8. So 2x4=8. The “n” in the problem equaled 4. Then we learned that distance on a grid always has to be a positive #. Example: -15 miles x 6 miles = 90 square miles. JD scored a 90% on this quiz. The second math lesson was called limited possibilities. It taught us how to use a sample space or listing all of the possible outcomes to an event. While that is effective it’s much quicker just to do the math. If you have 4 pairs of socks, 2 shorts, and 8 shirts you just times all of them together. Example: 4x2=8, 8x8=64 possible outfits. (time to go shopping now…) JD scored a 100% on this quiz. He was all over this lesson.

The language arts lesson was about Cause and Effect. It was an interactive guided lesson where JD read stories and passages to figure out the cause and effect of the situations presented. He scored an 80% on the quiz.

I was working on some Nominating Committee Ministry Fair displays for church. I finished an AWANA board, a Finance board, and a Baptism and Usher board to display tomorrow as example for the rest of the committees to follow. We’re hoping to sign more that 46 people up for all the various ministry positions around the church.

Monday, May 9, 2011
A doubly good day
It was a busy weekend and a doubly good school day.

The Pirates had a games Saturday. We lost but not by much; the final score was 8-6. Jeff had a prior golf appointment so I told the team, “Let’s win this for Coach Jeff.”  JD got a double at bat.  Yippee!

I hope all of the Mother’s out there had a Good Mother’s day. I know I did. I wish Mother’s day could last six months, but JD disagrees.

I received another FedEx package this morning before school even started. I have looked and looked and I don’t know what I have to drive to Raleigh for, other than a possible psychological appointment. I was already seen for PTSD about six months after retirement.

I decided this is crunch time for Faith Christian Academy. JD will only be doing math lessons and reading comprehension lessons until his assessment shows up. We will double up on both subjects until then.

The devotion was about breaking your usual way of thinking. There was an exercise with 9 dots arrange in row of three under one another. The object of the lesson was to connect all of the dots using four straight lines, without lifting your pencil. There really is a way of doing it you just have to literally think outside of the box. It’s just like getting to know God and His ways. The more you know the more you will begin to think in ways others just can’t understand. Accepting God as your authority allows you to know right and wrong and our thought and attitudes will change. With God’s limitless thinking, the possibilities are endless.

This first math lesson we did today was about distance on a line. We relearned the quadrants on a graph and plotting points. We used those plotting points to figure out the difference between the two points. The second lesson was about the terms horizontal and vertical lines on a graph. Then we learned the distance on a graph must be in “absolute value” or always a positive #. JD scored a 80% on the quiz.

The language arts lesson was on Interpreting Charts and Graphs. It was an interactive guided lesson where he read stories or passages that include some pretty tough charts, maps, and graphs. I actually sat down for one of the maps and I couldn’t figure it out. JD also took the related quiz and scored an 80%.

We had a long baseball practice tonight. Maybe the boys will remember all that they were taught and use it during our next games.

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