Thursday, May 21, 2015

Joyful Moments: Cupcakes!

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This week we've found joy here...











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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

FishFlix.com: Privileged Species {Review}

 
FishFlix.com sent us the movie Privileged Species to review.

First Thoughts
This year Ceesa and I have been getting into Apologetics Studies, so when the opportunity came up to review Privileged Species, I was really excited. Our family feels that studying evidence for our faith is a very important aspect to homeschooling and spreading the love of Christ!



About Privileged Species
Privileged Species is a 33 minute documentary based on the work by Michael Denton in his book Nature's Destiny: How the Laws of Biology Reveal Purpose in the Universe. The DVD contains information based on the scientific fields of physics, chemistry, and biology and how those fields 
show evidence that our world has been created for human life ("large muli-cellular beings").

 
The movie starts with an excerpt from Bill Nye to contrast the evidence provided...

"I am just another speck of sand. And the Earth really in the cosmic scheme of things is another speck. And the sun is an unremarkable star. Nothing special about the sun. The sun is another speck. And the galaxy is a speck. I'm a speck on a speck orbiting a speck among other specks among still other specks in the middle of specklessness..."

 

 
Privileged Species Fast Facts
  • There are 4 forces of nature that must be perfect for complex human life
    • Gravitational Force
    • Electromagnetic Force
    • Strong Nuclear Force
    • Weak Nuclear Force
  • Human biology has a special place in nature
  • Humans are organisms that have special carbon, water, and oxygen needs
  • Astro-Biology and NASA studies confirmation
  • Super Nova have to flicker just right or there is no life
  • Evidence of nature itself points to intelligent design
  • Earth temperatures are ideal for life
  • Humans are endowed with amazing traits that confirm that our bodies and minds are optimized for potential
As the documentary draws to a close this statement is revealed...
 
"Far from being insignificant speaks, living on an insignificant planet  humans are truly a privileged species inhabiting a home that seems to have been prepared for their benefit."
 
Our Experience
I watched the DVD on a couple of occasions. And when we study Apologetics, I am always amazed how anyone could believe in the likelihood that the earth and everything in it could have just merely happened. When we watched Privileged Species, I was again reminded of this fact.



This is our exam week. Ceesa prepares speeches for part of her exam. This would be a perfect documentary for her to use as a reference for preparing an informative speech about recent scientific findings on how the cosmos is specially designed for human life.

Separate Thoughts
Speaking of Bill Nye's quote above...Isn't it amazing that, although we are just minuscule specks, we are loved so much that Christ was willing to suffer for us, so that all those specks that believe in him will have eternal life. That is astounding to me. The love that takes a grain of sand and makes it something special. The love that makes an entire world, universe for a speck like me.

Recommendation
We'd recommend the movie especially for families or youth groups that service children that are middle school and high school aged. Right now, Privileged Species is on sale for 33% off.

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Click here to read more reviews from Schoolhouse Review Crew. The Crew reviewed Exploring Ephesus, Torchlighters: The John Wesley Story, Privileged Species, Unbroken Legacy of Faith Edition, Flight, and Metamorphosis too!
 

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Monday, May 18, 2015

Missions Box Monday: Caring for Elderly


 
There are lots of things your kids can do to share comfort with the elderly...
~Make lap blankets (quilts, crochet, fleece, or knitted)
~Knit socks.
~Write a note or make a card and include comforting scripture. Decorate the edges with flowers or form art.
~Add special homemade things like pictures, watercolors, felted gifts, or embroidered pillows. Put your pictures on a piece of construction paper for a frame.
~Put in a gift of a wreath or a garland from finger knitting and attach a gift tag.
~Embroider a scripture for a pillow or throw.

 

Read all of our Missions Box Monday posts:
Introduction
Starting a Prayer Journal
Welcome a Newborn
Recovery Center
Homeless & Homeless Shelters
Caring for Someone in your Community
Food Pantry
Encourage a Soldier Recovering from Injuries
Caring for Elderly

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Joyful Moments: Dissolving Candy

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~from our Science Kit

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Edible Weeds in Our Yard

We've started studying the weeds in our very own backyard that are edible. Here's what we've discovered! (Oh and don't take our word for it, make sure to have a positive identification of any weed or plant before eating them or using them for medicinal purposes!)

This one is brand new to me. I must have seen and passed this little guy a hundred times without realizing I had been near it or what it was. This plant is chickweed. 


We've been eating the leaves from time to time, but mostly we've used chickweed to heal Ceesa's extremely dry, peeling fingers by mashing the leaves with a little water.


Dandelion is next up. Did you know that dandelion flowers have a look-alike called cat's ear. We can't wait to try out dandelions in lemonade, wilted greens, cookies, and in salads.

Plantain or white man's foot (brought over by Europeans and found everywhere they stepped) is a weed we've used infused in oil and applied to diaper rash. We've also used it mashed into a poultice for bee stings.


Wild Violets are another edible. Both the flower and the leaves. (DO NOT MISTAKE WITH THE AFRICAN VIOLET!)

We are looking forward to making candied violet flowers and trying the leaves in salad.


What recipes have you used with these wild edibles?

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