Friday, July 8, 2016

School Plan 2016-2017

This is our curriculum for the new school year and we will have three students on the Family Cycle. Big Bro will be in 6th Grade, Big Sis in 4th, and Lil Sis in 2nd Grade. 

I am trying a new way of organizing the schedule grid this year. Instead of going by subjects, I did it by "timeslots". Because I have four children going at once, with three different levels of learning, I need to know when they need to separate and when we can come together.

This is an example of our week 1. (I made some tweaking so that it is slightly "lighter" than what MFW planned.)
Since I made the notebook pages on my own, I would print out the relevant ones every week when I am planning/reading for the new week.

We will be learning about exploration of the Americas, the colonial times, and the world cultures in the corresponding time period.

We will be using the materials recommended by MFW, together with the 2nd-3rd Grade supplement.

We might be using some parts of the 2nd-3rd Grade supplement for the following years, like these.

We will be using our own notebook pages for the history component.
These are some examples.

I have to be very honest. The student sheets or notebook pages are not difficult to do on your own. Lil Sis might do more oral narration than notebook pages.

Last year we realized that the audiobook of the Story of the World helped a lot; therefore, we will be using that again this year.

For the president study, there was a nice download of black and white photos of the presidents. I made notebook pages for them instead of using the cards. Or your can use this ready-made one here

For the state study, I will work on an easy worksheet for each state.

I am still deciding how we would do the state report, but I think the kids will have a great time doing it.

We will attempt the read-a-louds too.

I am so excited to be memorizing the book of James with the whole family this year! (Hubby is on board too.) We will be using the NLT version (the version unanimously voted by everyone). 

I am also excited that the older two will be doing this inductive study. It looks really interesting!

For Lil Sis, I have made copywork for her for the selected verses, but she will memorize with us. This is an example
I used the Donna Young Handwriting Lined Paper and the Primer font.


We will be studying Botany first, with the sequence:
Aug - Lessons 1,6,11
Sep - Lessons 12,2,3
Oct - Lessons 4,5,7
Nov - Lessons 8,9
Dec - Lessons 10,13

I think this will work better, weather-wise.

We will study the world of animals in the winter

I did simple notebook pages for the lessons. Alternatively, the kids may add in their notes on lined-papers.

The kids will continue in Singapore Math. They have worked through the summer on their math and Big Bro will continue 5B, Big Sis 3B, and Lil Sis 1B.


We will continue to use Kang Hsuan materials.


I invested in Artistic Pursuits (Book 2) this year. I think we have tried enough of God and the History of Art and the kids really wanted more projects than learning about art. Hope this will help!

Baby Sis will continue her preschool fun.
The themes for this year will be
Aug - Summer
Sep - All about me
Oct - Fall
Nov - Thanksgiving
Dec - Christmas
Jan - Community helpers
Feb - Valentine's Day
Mar - Transportation
Apr - Fairy Tales

Monday, May 16, 2016

Teach Them Diligently Sandusky OHIO 2016

We were very blessed to have the resources to drive 8+ hours to Ohio for the Teach Them Diligently Convention. It was such a wonderful time for us.

The kids had a CRAZY time at the waterpark. Their first time!! I was amazed at the courage of our older ones to go on the rides.

My hubby and I were so filled up by the speakers. The sessions were really encouraging. We especially gained a lot from Todd Wilson and Karen DeBeus.

We were also quite excited about the museum of the Bible, coming to D.C in July 2017.

I had the chance to enjoy some time with moms at the Evening of Real Refreshment. Mennonites worshiping with Pentecostals? Why not? =) It was an interesting experience. I appreciate the work put in by the team.

I feel that TTD was VERY well organized and they had a ton of great speakers. I only wished the times for meals were not that rushed. =)

Thank God for a mom on facebook to remind me the use of crockpot liners. OH MY!!! It saved our sanity not having to wash the crockpot in the little sink.

We did easy lunches in the room and also crockpot meals: Chicken Salsa and Chinese Soy Minced Meat (turned out to be meat balls) REALLY good!!

We actually toured a little more of the east of midwest (Pittsburg, Ohio, Indiana) before the conference and it was so good. That will be in a separate post.

Friday, May 6, 2016

1st Grade, Rome to Reformation Week 34: Exploration, Space Travel

Big Bro did his CAT test last week(a requirement for NY state) and it wrapped up our year. He did amazingly well and scored a few grade levels above his own for all categories. We are proud of him and how much he has achieved.


We reviewed all the bible verses we learnt this year.

We talked about bible translation and since we have friends who are bible translators, I asked the kids to write down questions they are curious and have our friends reply them. 

1. Do you know all the languages in order to translate? 
First, translating a Bible is project involving many people. There are always mother-tongue speakers of the language the Bible is being translated into. The 'ideal' translator is one who can read the original Greek or Hebrew, read English (because of commentaries and translation helps available in English), and knows linguistics and translation theory as well as the national language of the country (because the translator has to live there), and the language the Bible is being translated into.

Very rarely does any person know all these things. So a committee is formed with full- and part-time workers to fill in these gaps. Often a person from SIL knows several of these things and serves as a coordinator to keep it all working. Also SIL supplies consultants and quality control checking as needed.

2. How long does it take to translate at least one third of the bible?
Depending on the difficulties and people available, a New Testament (about 1/4 of the Bible) can be translated very quickly in 5 to 7 years. This only happens if a very similar language has a completed translation that can be computer adapted to make decent rough draft. In general, 10 to 15 years are usually needed to complete a NT.

3. Do you have to have a bible by your side when translating?
Yes it is very important to have a Bible by your side when translating. In fact, it's very good to have several Bible available to help by suggesting different ways to describe the same ideas. Translators use Bibles on the computer quite a bit.

4. How many languages are there that you have to translate?
There are over 7000 languages in the world. Some of them are dying languages, and some of them have some or all of the Bible. Right now translators are working in well over 1,000 languages already, and our best guess is that there are a little under 2,000 languages that still need the Bible and don't yet have anyone working on them.

5. Do you like translating Bible?
I enjoy the little bit of translating I have done. I am a consultant that helps to check other people's Bible translations. I also am a teacher who helps to train people that will be translators.

6. Do you write by hand?
No, not usually. We mostly work on the computer. We have special computer programs that help translators keep track of all the complicated things in the Bible. The programs also make it easier to send to a printer who will print the completed books.

7. Do you need to memorize the whole Bible?
No, we don't have to memorize the whole Bible. But the more someone has memorized the Bible, the more it will help with the work--and with living a life following the Lord.

8. How many Bible have you translated?
This is a little bit like question 4.  I have not translated any Bibles. Since we have arrived in SE Asia, maybe 30 NTs have been completed, and maybe almost 10 complete Bibles in the area.

Our friends, who are missionaries with Wycliffe, suggested this page for more resources for kids.

We talked about the exploration into the "New World" and made more maps of the explorers.

The older kids continued on Rod and Staff English (they will continue to do this in summer)

We stopped Mandarin Chinese for this week.

We did a review on the English from the Roots Up
We continued to practice Math.

We talked about space travel.

We watched many interesting videos of astronauts in the International Space Station (you can find them easily on youtube).

We also watched on on Scottt Kelly, the astronaut who spent one year in space.
We calculated how long it would take for us to travel to all the planets (including Pluto)


We did not do art this week.

We will be going to the Teach Them Diligently Conference in Ohio this week. After that we have families visiting and some family vacations planned. 

Other than that, Big Bro and Big Sis will finish up their Rod and Staff English (they only have a few lessons left). 

Big Bro will continue Singapore Math 5B and Big Sis 3B for the entire summer. They will do an exercise or half everyday just to keep in track. Lil Sis will finish Singapore Math 1B.

I also made Mandarin Chinese review worksheets for them that they have to do, a little everyday.

They are not going on summer camps or programs, so the rest of the summer, they will play, read, and relax. Mommy will prepare for next year and it is already looking so enticing!! =)

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Preschool 2015/2016: SPRING

We are learning about spring in April. It was really fun!! Can't wait for August to do an unit on summer.

We read these books


Bunny roll.. I KNOW I KNOW. it's more like a pig or mouse... Will try again...

Dirt cups


Soda Bottle Prints

Fun Dandelion pencil top. (Got it from a craft book)

LOVE this garland

This was fun sorting.

We loved the book "Quiet Bunny's Many colors". I made worksheets for her and also we did a fork Dandelion art.

Spring Play dough!!

More ideas here

Big Sis colored the pictures with watercolor pencils and Baby Sis paint over without mess.

I love this!

Hatching chick!

Toilet roll Bunny Stamps

Tissue paper flower

Tulip Stenciling and finger painting

Yarn Tulip (used the cut out from the stencil! yay!)

Umbrellas and "airbrush" rain

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