ANIMALS!!!

I am super excited about the fact we live so close to a really unique attraction to NY.  It is called Animal Adventures. It has animals from all over the world and they are available to be pet and fed and you stroll around the park. They are always improving and exhibiting new animals.

We have seen and touched animals that we would have never had the opportunity to do anywhere else in the world. What a fantastic resource. I am super thankful to the owner/founder Jordan Patch. He is an animals super hero.

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McCaws

McCaws

Alpacas

Alpacas

White Toed Lynx - Canadian

White Toed Lynx – Canadian

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Female Hyena

Female Hyena

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White MCcaw

White MCcaw

Alpaca

Alpaca

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Camel Kisses

Camel Kisses

Marty the Camel

Marty the Camel

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African

African

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A little Tongue from Olie

A little Tongue from Olie

Capabera

Capabera

Kangaroo

Kangaroo

Prairie Dog

Prairie Dog

Scottland bovine

Scottland bovine

Jacob Sheep

Jacob Sheep

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Back in NY! IHIP 8th Grade

Back in NY! IHIP 8th Grade

INDIVIDUAL HOME INSTRUCTION PLAN
NAME OF CHILD: T
GRADE LEVEL: 8th DOB: ___________
SCHOOL YEAR: 2014-2015
ADDRESS: _________________________________ NY ________
DATE SUBMITTED: February 28th 2015
QUARTERLY REPORT WILL BE MAILED ON: remainder…April 30th 2015 and July 31

T will be using various methods/tools for 8th grade instruction in all the subjects specified in Section 100.10 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education. T will utilize an eclectic mix of classical, unschool and child led methodologies to complete his academic goals. The corresponding topics may include and shall not be limited to:

Mathematics

* Maintaining skills in fundamental operations* Factoring and products* Sets and simple sentences* Numeration systems* Using fractions and decimals* Ratio, proportion, and percent* Equalities and inequalities* Simple formulas and equations* Graphing an equation* Powers and roots of rational numbers* Polynomials* Metric and nonmetric geometry* Pythagorean Theorem* Scale drawing* Righttriangle trigonometry* Customary and metric measurement* Permutations* Probability statistics* Statistical terms* Mathematics of insurance, banking, and taxes

*Utilizing “Key to…” workbooks, “Oak Meadow Math 7” curriculum, Mathaid.com, etc…

English

* Independent reading, * Literal, inferential, and evaluative reading skills, * Literary terms, * Novel, short story, narrative poetry, * Nonfiction, * Biographies of great Americans, * American poets and storytellers, * Creative dramatics, * Listening and speech activities, * Advanced dictionary work, * Extended vocabulary, * Figures of speech* Spelling* Infinitive, participle, gerund, predicate nominative, predicate adjective, direct and indirect object* Kinds of sentences and their parts* Functions of sentence elements* Writing simple business letters* Reportwriting skills* Improving skills in using basic reference sources* Inductive and deductive reasoning

*Utilizing “Oak Meadow English Literature 9” curriculum, “Super Sentences and Paragraphs” worksheets, practice workbooks, etc…

History and Geography

* Exploration and discovery* Growth and development of the United StatesColonial life* Struggle for independence* U. S. Constitution and Bill of RightsWestward movement in America* American Civil War* Reconstruction* U. S. as a world power * Meaning of democracy* WWI* WWII* Our American culture* U. S. political system* U.S. economic system* U. S. government* U. S. geography* Map and globe skills*
Current Affairs *NY State history has been previously covered

*Utilizing “American History” Coop class, “The Story of US” curriculum, newspapers, etc…

Science

* Scientific method* Scientific nomenclature* Scientific measurement* Magnetism and electricity* Heat and light* Forces in liquids and gases* Wave, mechanical, electrical, and nuclear energy* Newton’s three laws of motion* Machines* The atom* Periodic table of elements* Compounds and mixtures* Chemical changes* Learning science concepts and vocabulary* Building inquiry, STEM, and 21st Century Skills* Incorporating math and writing in each science lesson

*Utilizing “ScienceFusion Module H, Matter and Force” curriculum, Wonderopolis.com, etc…

Health

* Grooming* Functions of the body* The body’s utilization of food* Types and functions of foods* Environmental hazards* Community sanitation and health * Health care services* Sexually transmitted diseases* Accident prevention, safety, and first aid* Mental hygiene* Substance abuse* Social Skills* Coping Skills* Anger Management* Medication Management

*Utilizing “Social Skills for High Schoolers”, “Hidden Keys”, “Its’ Perfectly Normal”, etc…

Music/Visual Arts/Phys. Ed./Practical Arts

* Wide exposure to all forms of music* Indepth studies of composers and artists* Arts and crafts* Art technique* Free play indoors and outdoors* Practical arts* Library skills* Cooking* Banking* Budgeting* Running a household* Basic Life Skills* Swimming* LARPing

Extracurricula

*”Introduction to Psychology” Coop class

Instruction tools/resources may include and shall not be limited to: reference materials (atlas, dictionaries, globe, maps, encyclopedias, nonfiction books, videos, the internet), workbooks, worksheets, handson activities, experiments, science lab, projects,
newspapers, magazines, frequent field trips, group activities, classic/contemporary literature, research, journal/narrative/essay/poetry writing, games, creative thinking, predicting/forecasting, gathering facts, music CDs, CD ROMs, piano keyboard, abundant art supplies (clay, paint, crayons, pencils, sketchpads, felt, chalk, charcoal, pastels, etc.), structured group classes, free play, conversations, and real life.

Student Attendance Record available upon request.

Instruction will consist of no less than 990 hours for the year.

Primary instruction to T will be provided by ___________ his mother. Supplemental instruction will be provided by others, as necessary. A narrative assessment will be provided with the fourth quarterly report.

Winter Jokes

In the Winter Solstice Advent Calendar I have several Joke Slips for T. to enjoy.
I have created a PDF of them to share with you.

Click on the image below to download the Google Doc of the Joke Strips.
Enjoy!!

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Parents: Small Group Ministry | Topic: Prayer and Rituals

Parents SGM
Topic: Prayer and Rituals

Chalice Lighting:
The light of the ages has brought wisdom and truth to all peoples, in all times of human history. We light this flame to remind us to seek wisdom in our own time.– Dan Harper

Opening Reading:

When You Thought I Wasn’t Looking
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you hang up my first painting on the refrigerator, and I wanted to paint another one.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you feed a stray cat, and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw you make my favorite cake for me, and I knew that little things are special things.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I heard you say a prayer, and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I felt you kiss me goodnight, and I felt loved.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I saw that you cared, and I wanted to be everything that I could be.
When you thought I wasn’t looking, I LOOKED….and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw when you thought I wasn’t looking.

Check-in:

Topic:
Ritual is not just for special occasions but also for every day, every meal, every bath, and every bedtime story. In ritual, little is big: Although dress-up holidays with lavish feasts are fun, it’s the everyday traditions that determine how we experience our families and demonstrate hands-on love to our children. Intuitively, we know this is good, and consciously pass down beloved traditions from our own childhoods. But the power of ritual and the need for it are far stronger than we realize.

What rituals do you incorporate into your daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly lives with your children that impart values? Why do rituals and prayers? What values are important to you, which you would like to impart to your children? What rituals would you like to include in your families lives, but haven’t yet and why?

Prayer can be for taking time to be present for that gracious spirit and aware of the gifts that come to and through us simply because we are alive. One word for this time of presence is gratitude. Another word is meditation, in which, by observing our breathing, we become ever more aware of creation in process. In addition, prayer is theological reflection and social strategy, alone and in groups. This leads to a return of gifts bestowed, as in the wonderful Universalist affirmation, which we cherish in our communal worship, “Love is our doctrine, the quest for truth is our sacrament and service is our prayer…”.

How do you pray? Why do you pray? What role does prayer play in your life? Do you pray? What do you feel it teaches your children?
How did you acquire the rituals and prayers that you use with your family?

Closing Reading:
Sometimes we’re so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up. ~ Dr. James Dobson

Closing Ritual:
Stand in a circle holding hands around chalice.
Recite chalice extinguishing.
“We extinguish this flame but not the light of truth, the warmth of community or the fire of commitment. These we carry in our hearts until we meet again” Give a gentle squeeze of the hands and release.

 

10 Pounds!

So, I have been going to the gym for an hour to an hour and half every morning after dropping T. off at school. It has been exactly two months and I had my measurements completed again. I lost 10 lbs! and Two inches from my waist! I am excited by the progress, but I am not celebrating yet. I have 60 pounds to lose. I have a long way to go and am in no hurry to do it. I am more concerned about being healthy and strong. I have built endurance up so much so that I can be on the elliptical for 30 minutes! When I first climbed on, I only achieved 3 minutes. Thankfully, I really do love working out and sweating. I know for many woman they work out and somehow avoid sweating, but I can’t imagine they achieve much success in their fitness goals. I like it when I am dripping with sweat.
I have to wear a belt to keep my jeans from falling down. Uncomfortable, but so worth the trade off.
I also hit another milestone. I can wear high heels again!! I haven’t been able to wear this type of shoe in years. Especially in the last year since my twisted ankle in November of 2011. I feel quite confident in them and that is really nice for a change. I purchased three pairs as soon as I realized I could walk in them. Yay, for sales. Two pairs are like hiking boots, the heels are clubs and the soles are rubber with boot treads. The other pair are summer sandals with a wedge heel. I love them and they are very comfortable. Casual, not dressy.