Friday, March 24, 2017

Moving Right Along

I wanted to give a little update on the recent progress of the new church building in the village of Nearar.  The guys are working really hard and doing a great job.  I have been trying to take photos each Thursday as we pass by on our way to Bible study in Muyurco.  We usually stop and visit with the guys on the way to encourage them.  Continue to pray for this building project and for each one who is working hard each day to make it happen.  Pray specifically for Rafael who is in charge of the project.  Pray that he would make good, wise decisions in all aspects of the construction.  Pray that they would be bold in sharing Christ with those who stop by each day to watch and ask questions. 

breaking ground back on February 27

March 2

March 9

March 16

March 23

March 23

March 23 

I get very excited to see the progress each week.  I am amazed at how far they have come in just a short amount of time.  Keep those prayers coming!  

I have a few other random photos I have taken over the past couple of weeks at our Bible studies.  The first one is of David presenting a large print Bible to one of the men who attends our study on Thursdays in Muyurco.  He had asked a while back for a large print Bible and we have been on the lookout for one.  While attending the Intermissions Conference back in February we found one at the free book swap.  It was in like new condition and he was so proud to receive it!

David presenting Virgilio with a new large print Spanish Bible.

Ben hiking to Bible study on a recent Thursday afternoon.  He had a stick in his hand and a butterfly landed on it.  He was so excited.

The creek in Muyurco is d-r-y.  There is not a single drop of water flowing.  It probably won't be any until the rains begin in late May.  All over our Department of Chiquimula there are water shortages.  Even where we live almost every well is dry (including ours).  April and May are the hottest months of the year here.  Pray that the rains would come early this year.  The people and their crops really need it.

Last Thursday at our Bible study the family had someone there making adobe bricks.  It is always interesting to watch them being made.

 New bricks drying in the sun.  The family plans to sell these to make money.

Last Saturday David and a few from our Sunday morning group in Nearar traveled to the village of Peña Blanca and led a home Bible study there.  Pray for the family that they were able to share the gospel with.  They also made a trip to the village Nenoja this past Tuesday to visit with a family there.

David and the boys this past Sunday night on our way to Bible study at Bro. Fito's church in Shusho Abajo.   All three of them had their Bible bags and were ready for worship.  We enjoy getting to be a part of the services there on Sunday nights.

Ben hiking to Bible study in Muyruco this week.  He most always grabs a stick to carry and wants to walk in front.  He says that he is our protector.  He's pretty tuff to be such a little guy.  

We have two services coming up this weekend that we ask your prayers for.  The first will be Saturday morning in the village of Nenoja.  The Bible study group in Nearar visits there most every Saturday to try to get a home Bible study started.  They will be having a special service there this Saturday that we will plan to attend with them.  Secondly pray for a special service that will be taking place at Bro. Fito's church on Sunday morning.    It will be a regional gathering of pastors from this department and two neighboring departments.  Pray for a great time of fellowship and encouragement for each one attending.  

As always we appreciate your prayers for all aspects of our lives.  We cannot express enough just what an encouragement it is to us to know that you are praying.  Thank you!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Homeschool Week 29

While most people in our circle of friends and family were out on Spring Break last week we were at home doing another week of school.  I plan for us to take off a few days at the end of this month and then again at the end of April.  So, for now, we are like busy little bees trying to squeeze in all we can.  Here is a look at our most recent week of learning.

In Bible we covered the stories of Jesus and the Lepers, and Lazarus and the Rich Man.  Cruz is continuing to memorize the Ten Commandments.  We sing several Bible songs each day and do a doctrinal drill.  I have enjoyed our Abeka Bible curriculum these past two years but am strongly considering a change to  Positive Action Bible curriculum for next year.  Does anyone have any experience with that curriculum?  If so I would love some feedback from you.

Cruz's language lessons for the week focused on the "wh" and "qu" sounds.   His grammar lessons were on question words (Is, Do, Which, Where, When, Why, How, and What) and question sentences.    We finished the week by taking a book end assessment test for reader #11. 

coping his spelling words for the next day 

Here is a look at his most recent assessment test.  On the first page I call out a word and he has to circle it.  We then go through the list again and I read a word comprehension question and he has to underline the correct word.  For example in box #1 I would read "the opposite of lost".  He would have to underline the word found.  Next he has several pages from each of his stories to answer questions about.  He has to read the sentence and then mark the correct picture. 

He also has a section on story comprehension.  He reads two short stories and then answers the questions.  He has one of these assessment tests at the end of each reader book.  This particular test had 75 questions and he only missed 2.  I was proud of him.

Ben learned the letter S.  His memory verse for the week was Isaiah 55:6 "Seek ye the Lord while He may be found."  His nursery rhyme for the week was The Itsy Bitsy Spider. We do a lot of alphabet games each week to review the letters and sounds. 

 singing the ABC song

 matching alphabet letters

matching alphabet sounds

name writing practice 
If you look closely you'll notice the red dots on each of the letters.  When I asked him why they were there he told me "my letters have the chicken pox".  I just never know what is going through his little mind. 

letter writing practice

 saying his memory verse for the week

nursery rhyme

We made a handprint spider to go along with his nursery rhyme.

he loves "fire hair"

 his itsy bitsy spider that is now hanging over our school bathroom door

I had not planned to work with Ben much on reading until kindergarten but this past week he began asking for a book to read.  I ended up grabbing one of our Bob Books readers and let him try.  He had practiced it several times before I made this video.  He was so proud of himself as you can see from his big grin at the end.

In Math Cruz is continuing to learn the subtraction facts.  This week we focused on making 9.  Ben's math lessons had him recognizing and writing numbers 0-19 and counting 0-80.

what number comes next...

I would call out a number and he would have to write it in the box.

more review of what number comes next 

Our History lessons were called Slavery in the Free Nation and Here Comes the Cotton Gin.

Our activity for the week was to make Johnnycakes.  You cannot get cornmeal here so we were not able to do it.  I was a little bummed but I know the boys will be getting all the cornbread they will want while on Stateside Assignment later this year.  I'll just postpone this activity until the fall.

We learned about two States- North Dakota and South Dakota.

We are continuing our study of plants in Science.  This week our lessons were on stems.  

Our activity had us using celery to show how water travels up the stems of a plant.

We placed a celery stalk in a cup of colored water and let it sit for several days.  Ben chose to tint his water red and Cruz chose blue.  

our experiment 
They were not thrilled about having to wait overnight to see results.  They checked on it several times that first day just to see if there might be any change. 

When we got our experiment out of the way they spent a long time just chopping the celery and examining it up close.   Who knew something so simple could be so entertaining?  They really enjoyed this.

 more chopping in the school room 

Of course they wanted to get out their magnifying glasses for a better view.  Those things have been my best homeschool purchase yet.

After 24 hours we checked on our celery.  

This is the red cup after one day.  You could already see a lot of the red on the leaves.

This was the red cup after 3 days.  The leaves looked almost orange.

 The blue cup after one day.  The blue did not show up as well as the red but you could still see spots of it on the leaves.

The boys really enjoyed this experiment.  In spite of not wanting to wait they ended up liking the idea of checking on their plant each day.  We watched it for three days and every day we were a little more amazed with the changes.

Our last experiment for the week was called "Blowing Stems".  We mixed some yellow and blue paint to make green and diluted it down with a little water.  I put a few paint drops on their papers and they had to use straws to blow stems.  Once the stems dried they drew flowers and colored them.


In Art we drew a baby panda cub.

Cruz's journal entries for the week-

"What I like about math... I learn things in it.  It is fun.  I like it.  I will tell you some math facts right now.  That is it!"

"I like to build with Legos because... they are fun.  You can build with them.  Legos are fun.  They are cool.  I like to build boats with them."

Lastly, we began a Health unit on manners.  My boys might not act like they have any but it is not because I am not putting in a lot of effort to teach them.  
Have a great week everyone!
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