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November 2, 2007

November 1, All Saint's Day

Yesterday was a Catholic holiday. A holy day in which Saints are to be honored. It is called All Saints Day. Halloween (which is not an official American holiday) began and in it's original naming was called All Hallow's Eve.

But in modern day, All Saint's Day has been mostly uncelebrated and Halloween has become one of the hugest money making celebration days of the year. Mrs. Happy Housewife celebrated All Saint's Day yesterday with her children. She has a game on her site that you learn about people who followed after God and lived good and honorable lives.

Here is a list of them:

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November 3, 2007

The Sunrise of 11.03.07

When the darkness of the night slowly began to fade in the eastern sky. It looked as if all the colors of the sunrise were mixed together waiting to be separated into the colors that would make up a lovely sunrise and that would hopefully begin a new day just as lovely. Only the Artist and Creator, God Himself, can unmix colors like that.

Then when the new day's colors began to appear, the remains of the gray settled on the horizon. Soon the drab would be burned away as the magnificent white sunlight showed itself and began to govern our new day.

I hope, like the sunrise that the old gray struggles of yesterday will quickly be burned away and bright, cheerful times will fill our new day.

Daily Dickinson

Mrs. Happy Housewife found a wonderful little website, Daily Dickinson. I just need to check it out everyday! My sister, Deena, and I like Emily Dickinson and her poetry. This gives me a great excuse to encourage my daughter to read Miss Dickinson's simple and wholesome poems, daily, if she wants.

When I was in high school.

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November 4, 2007

Integrity

Last Friday, November 2, 2007 Chuck Swindoll on his radio program, Insight For Living, gave a sermon called Enjoying the Rewards. He talked about integrity. He gave several references. One was about David when he was young and God chose him to be the next king of Israel.

Psalm 78:70-72 (King James Version)

He chose David also his servant,
and took him from the sheepfolds:

From following the ewes great with young he brought him to feed Jacob his people,
and Israel his inheritance.

So he fed them according to the integrity of his heart;
and guided them by the skilfulness of his hands.

--Even when David was young he was developing leadership skills. He was strong in integrity and honesty.

King David was a man of integrity and he taught his young son such things and his son, Solomon wrote many of the Proverbs:

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Lesson 6~Parts of Speech-- Verbs

Pick out the verb phrases in the following sentences. Watch for the helping verbs.

I can understand his concern.

She must have told you ten times.

We shall go tomorrow.

The wind was howling all night.
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Math Integers

Here's a site about math integers to give students some good practice on integers.

November 5, 2007

Sunrise 11.06.07

We had our bi-annual time change yesterday. We had to "fall back" into Daylight Savings Time.

The eastern sky is bright orange this morning. It's like the color of a pumpkin. It seems more orange than I have observed before.

Earlier the night sky was cloudless.

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English Worksheets And Handouts

Here's a site where you can print out grammar worksheets and their answers called abcteach.com

Here's another site full of grammar worksheets and their keys. It is called University Writing Center.

November 6, 2007

Cast Your Cares On God

Casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. . . that's what the Bible says to do in 1 Peter 5:7.

To Thee I bring my care,
The care I cannot flee;
Thou wilt not only share,
But bear it all for me.
O loving Saviour, now to Thee
I bring the load that wearies me.
FRANCES R. HAVERGAL

Got a problem you can't solve? Things that have happened that bother you but you don't know how to get away from them. Give it to God. Jesus said all power is given unto Him in Heaven and earth.

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The Cremation of Sam McGee

. . . Love this poem, an interesting and famous one by Robert Service. My dad would have thoroughly enjoyed it as the story unfolds and then ends differently than expected!
Cremation of Sam McGee

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
I cremated Sam McGee.

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November 7, 2007

Sunrise of 11.08.07

A sliver of a moon is hanging above the eastern horizon even as the sun is beautifully beginning to make its appearance.

I love the moon.

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The Bible, God's Knowledge and Jesus

Mark my words, the truths of God found in the Bible are real:
Hebrews 4:

12For the word of God is living and active.
Sharper than any double-edged sword,
it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow;
it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

13Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight.
Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

14Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.

15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses,
but we have one who has been tempted in every way,
just as we are—yet was without sin.

16Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence,
so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

NIV, Our Daily Bread website

Autumn Salad

I found this simple happy little recipe on a simple happy little homeschooling website with a friendly creative name, Mud Pies and Mozart. (Mrs. H mentioned it.)

:: Autumn Salad ::

1 nice ripe pear, or crisp tart apple halved and sliced (leave peels on for pretty color)
5-6 handfuls of lettuce or baby spinach (whatever you like)
small handful walnuts, roughly chopped
2-3 T. Roquefort cheese, crumbled

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November 9, 2007

Sunrise of 11.09.07

As the sky began to lighten today, I noticed a fog. There is a layer of it in the distance in the field near the road. These low lying clouds fog have a peaceful quiet presence.

The sun is coming. It's brightness is just below the visible horizon. Today along its edge there is a dark gray layer and then above it a characteristic orange-yellow layer makes way and acknowledes to the awakening Oklahoma landscape that the blazing sun will soon appear and take command of our new day while we go about busy with so many activities.

Yesterday's Grief by K. L. Bates

I've been thinking this lately, going through a hardship for God always pays off. The hardship may be long and demanding of patience but in the end, fulfilling rewards await. And I've just got to trust in God that even in this life we will be rewarded, before we get to Heaven.

This is a poem by Katherine Lee Bates*. It talk of facing grief and despair. It offers hope for tomorrow and that struggles in life are there to strengthen.

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November 10, 2007

I Will Be Here By Steven Curtis Chapman

This is a song from my husband to me. It's been our song through 16 years of marriage.

Yesterday when I was buying groceries I was very surprised to hear it over their PA system.

November 11, 2007

Sunrise of 11.11.07

There are lots of clouds above the eastern edge of the sky this morning. There are two thick layers. And sandwiched in between is a cloudless layer accented with a pinkish hue.

When I was young I used to pretend a thick cloud layer was a kingdom in the distance where just like in fairy tales there is a prince riding on a beautiful gallant horse and he is headed toward a castle. There in the castle his princess awaits him.

Or I would imagine the clouds were an island. There would be a sandy beach and hills in the distance and the ocean would roll in. There would be white foam on the waves. I would then imagine walking along the edge of the beach and having fun as I discovered creatures and objects that the sea would bring forth.

November 12, 2007

Sunrise of 11.12.07

Sometimes as the sun is rising, I pretend (just like I did when I was young) that it is really the dark after a sunset. This may sound a little odd but it sets my mind up to enjoy the sunrise even more. It is easy to have a pretend sunset because the sky looks just like the beginning of a dark night. But the new day's sky will come forth (the Lord willing) and show beauty that I will be able to study and enjoy all of its details.

Today is a big cloudy day. The sun hasn't shown it's brazen face. Only the over all brightness of the sky tells that is near. In fact, there were no colors of orange, yellow, peach or gold. There are just the basics. Blue and white, accented by gray. Earlier there was a line of white clouds above the horizon.

Yesterday was Veteran's Day, the day in which we give respect to the keepers of our land. Soldiers of all ranks, those living, those currently on duty and those who have died. There will be a parade. I hope the cloud filled sky doesn't pour its rain upon us. But it won't matter if it does. We'll still celebrate and pray and thank God and our American soldiers and their families for protecting us.

The colored sunsets
and starry heavens,
the beautiful mountains
and the shining seas,
the fragrant woods
and painted flowers,
are not half so beautiful as a soul that is serving Jesus out of love,
in the wear and tear of common, unpoetic life.
--Faber
(Back To The Bible website)

This is a hard saying for me to embrace but I just gotta hope in God, that this is the bottom line in life. . .

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The colored sunsets
and starry heavens,
the beautiful mountains
and the shining seas,
the fragrant woods
and painted flowers,
are not half so beautiful as a soul that is serving Jesus out of love,
in the wear and tear of common, unpoetic life.
--Faber
(Back To The Bible website)

This is a hard saying for me to embrace but I just gotta hope in God, that this is the bottom line in life. . .

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Veteran's Day Parade

My 4 children and I had the privilege of marching in a Veteran's Day parade in Tulsa today. It is on the internet on our local News Channel 8 website. We carried a huge flag with about 70 other people mostly kids.

If you would like to see our homeschool fellowship team, after you click here, which will take you directly to the video, move the blue button just below the small video screen (the button helps you know where you are in the video), to just right above the fast forward arrow. We are one behind the fallen heroes float that stops and plays Taps.

Lesson 7~More Verbs

A helping verb may be connected with another word in a contracted form. The following sentences have verb phrases using contractions. Find the verb phrases in each sentence. Determine if the verb phases are action verbs or state of being verbs.

I've done it again.

You aren't going with us.

She's staying to tend the kids.

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November 13, 2007

Paul Harvey

You can listen to Paul Harvey on the intertet @ Paul Harvey.com. My mother used to him with my grandmother. I used to watch it on our local channel 8 news with Mom and Dad when I was a teenager. Now my children and I listen to him!

Math Book Quotes

I found 3 good quotes applicable to our family life from an old teacher's edition math book from 1997*:

1. Be pleasant until ten o'clock in the morning and the rest of the day wwil take care of itself.
~Elbert Hubbard

I need to do this . . . tomorrow. I really hope it works.

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Grammar Lesson 8~Helping Verbs

The use of helping verbs causes certain changes in verb phrases that we need to be able to recognize. One change is the use of contractions. List the contractions in the following sentences.

I've done it again.

You aren't going with us.

She's staying to tend the kids.

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Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout . . .

Shel Silverstein wrote a poem that many American kids can relate to. And that is, the dreaded and dirty job of taking out the trash. I like the talent Silverstein has for describing garbage.

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take the Garbage Out*

Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout
Would not take the garbage out!
She'd scour the pots and scrape the pans,
Candy the yams and spice the hams,
And though her daddy would scream and shout,
She simply would not take the garbage out.
And so it piled up to the ceilings:

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Doris Day - Que Sera Sera

Love this cheerful song. It's Doris Day's trademark song. I love how she danced around the room and sang it with her son in Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much with Jimmy Stewart in 1956. Her dress was pretty and flowing. We watched the famous classic last Sunday night.

November 14, 2007

Sunrise of 11.14.07

It's a cloudy sky that is on the verge of becoming bright with light. The clouds are smooth in the eastern sky and there are many of them. Some of them look like mountains in the distance. They have an underlying white lining accented a bit with a light peach color.

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A Change In the East

I was intending to thoroughly enjoy the colorful unfolding of the sunrise. But now I look and there is a drastic change. Today will be rainy. The overhead sky is filled with darkness. That's okay. We need rain. It'll be interesting to watch the rain arrive.

God's Rainbow Quote

When the sunshine of God’s love
meets the showers of our sorrow,
the rainbow of promise appears.

Taken from Our Daily Bread website

The Rocky Mountains

In my son's schoolbook we learned today that the Rocky Mountains are the "backbone" of America. It is also where the Continental Divide is:

Check out this view from above of the Rocky Mountains.

Some Educational info:

Grammar Lesson 9

In sentences that are questions, the verb phrase is often separated by another word. Find the verb phrases in these sentences. Be sure to watch for another word separating the helping verb from the main verb.

Have you been driving long?

Where was the car parked?

Can I be of assistance?

Answer:

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Some Pieces of Geometry Pi

Here's a site that goes through the details in a simple way of solving the circumference of a circle @ Math.com
Learn angle amounts with the game Angler @ the website MyMaths.co.uk
Learn and practice using the formula to find the area of a circle @ MathGoodies.com
The History of Pi @ 3.14ever.
Interesting lesson plans in teaching what Pi is @ MiddleWeb.com
How to memorize the numbers in Pi @ Jeff's Pi
March 14 is Pi Day!
A master site to find Pi websites @ ethemes

Who Wants To Be a (Math) Millionaire?

Are you ready to play?

MyMaths.co.uk

Oklahoma's Centennial

Our state of Oklahoma is turning 100 this year. Here are some sites that tell about us:

We've had some tornadoes in the past.

Oklahoma City website
Centennial Celebration
Guthrie was our first state capital
Oklahoma State History
Oklahoma's Official Website
Oklahoma Historical Society
Oklahoma History Center

November 15, 2007

A Fast Answer to My Prayer

A thought entered my head this morning. I don't think I please God. So I said a one sentence thought prayer. God, how can I make you smile on me? And here are some verses I read in my Bible reading time:

Jeremiah 17:

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November 16, 2007

Christian Hardship

The most satisifying accomplishments in life are ones that required hard work and overcoming difficult struggles.

If you're a Christian, God will place extra struggles in your life.

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Happy Birthday, Oklahoma!

Oklahoma! The Broadway Musical


The natural beauty of Oklahoma

Our indian heritage

From Rogers and Hammerstein's musical Oklahoma

November 17, 2007

Quiet Time Enjoyment

I'm spoiled when it comes to computer stuff. It wouldn't look like it to any of our neighbors. Our home is not an eviable place to live but when we start talking about internet access, life is very good. That's why I spend an hour or more starting my day with some good fulfilling time with God. Here's what I do.

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Oklahoma Monster Tornado

On the night of May 3, 1999 as my family was taking cover at home, I was taking cover with my co-workers in the bathroom in the middle of a factory. The next day we heard of the devastation of a history making tornado touching down.

November 18, 2007

Not offended By Christ

"Blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me" (Luke 7:23).

Every time I have a quiet time with God, I say a prayer that Jesus would please speak to me through what I read. And to be honest, if I don't learn from what I read I wonder why. God always speaks to me in more than one way. He did so today and I need to read it more than once to remind me of where I am in life :) .

It is sometimes very difficult not to be offended in Jesus Christ.
The offenses may be circumstantial.
I find myself in a prison-house--a narrow sphere, a sick chamber, an unpopular position--
when I had hoped for wide opportunities.
Yes, but He knows what is best for me.
My environment is of His determining.
He means it to intensify my faith,
to draw me into nearer communion with Himself,
to ripen my power.
In the dungeon my soul should prosper.

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Fear Of Trying

My big weakness is fear of trying new things and taking on all the details of the project. I'm glad I know that about myself. I don't want to say no to something just because of fear and laziness. Taking on a new and big challenge builds personal confidence. Confidence in which you can look back and say after it's all over, "Yes, I did that in my life and I have no regrets." I plan to pound this concept into the heads of my children!

Fear of Trying by Mary Wilder Tileston

Ye shall observe to do therefore as the Lord your God hath commanded you: ye shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
DEUTERONOMY 5:32

NO duty, however hard and perilous, should be feared one-half so much as failure in the duty. . .

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The Best Thanksgiving Movie

Thanksgiving Day is not turkey day. Rather it is when you should stop, contemplate and then realize what you have to thank God for.

My husband, family and I just watched a movie made in 2006, and even though, Thanksgiving is never mentioned, it made me thankful. It's called the Pursuit of Happyness with Will Smith.

You should watch it.

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November 19, 2007

Spartan Of Tulsa

Spartan School of Aeronautics and Technology

Grammar Lesson 10

Parts of Speech - Verbs

Sometimes verb phrases are separated by words called adverbs. We will learn more about adverbs in later lessons. They are used often with verbs; however, they are not considered part of the verb phrase. What are the verb phrases in the three sentences? Are the verbs action verbs or state of being verbs?

You have not helped your father today.

I will soon be home.

The child had suddenly choked on the food.

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The Lesson Plans Planet

This site is called is called The Lesson Planet. It provides teachers with creative lesson plans submitted by other teachers.

Thorough Description of Adverbs

This webpage is called The Tongue Untied and is linked to the University of Oregon. It gives a good description of what adverbs do.

Learn Orchestral Instruments

I found this virtual orchestra @ Primary Stuff.Co.UK. It's a fun site. You gotta visit and make sure you know all your orchestral instruments.

Homonyms Versus Homophones

What is the difference between homonyms and homophones. I found a website that gives direct answers @ icteachers.Co.UK.

Homonyms Vs. Homophones

They are often confused. However, once you get to play around with them they are quite easy. Here are their definitions:

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November 20, 2007

Grammar Lesson Quiz~Verbs

List the verb phrases in the following sentences.

1. My wife is reading in the hammock under the tree.

2. The message can't be altered.

3. Somewhere a party is being planned.

4. Shouldn't I be a clown for Halloween?

5. I've run out of time.

Now write down as many of the twenty-three helping verbs as you can.

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Thanksgiving Websites

Currently, I am reading the book, Thanksgiving A Time To Remember by Barbara Rainey to my family. It gives some good details of the pilgrims life that I have never read anywhere else. Here are some websites that also help you learn more too:

The passenger list of the Mayflower @ MayflowerHistory.com
Squanto @ JoyfulHeart.com
Squanto: The Thanksgiving Story @ Waltm.net (This one plays music as you read.)
Squanto @ WorkersForJesus.com

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The Pilgrims Praise God In 1620!

An exerpt from the book, Thanksgiving A Time to Remember by Barbara Rainey (page 26).

"After sixty-five days at sea from Plymouth (a total of ninety-seven days from the first launch at Southhampton), the Pilgrims caught a glimpse of their destination, the new land where God would be worshiped freely and -- in time-- where freedom would flourish. Shouting for joy and falling to their knees to pray, they celebrated by reading Psalm 100:

Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.
Serve the Lord wtih gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the Lord Himself is God;
It is He who has made us,
and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting,
And His faithfulness to all generations."

You can purchase Barbara Rainey's book @ FamilyLife.com

November 24, 2007

National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

These virtual math manipulatives can be found @ National Library of Virtual Manipulatives.

Writing Out #s Crossword @ HaelMedia.com

November 25, 2007

God Uses Willing Hearts!!!

. . . Love this story. God can use anyone who has a determination and passion to tell others about him. You gotta read this story I found on Our Daily Bread website. (:

God has limitless ways of reaching people. So if you feel that you don’t have the ability to reach others for Christ, think about 76-year-old Ethel Hatfield.

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Christmas Ideas For Ginny

I was asked to help find some sites that have gifts kids can make on them. In my opinion Christmas presents made by kids should have simple instructions, about the items to make and the end result is cute.

AmazingMoms.com I liked the ideas of the snowman pin, the personalized clock and the Chocolate spoons.

Christmas crafts
Some fun ones are the scented pine cones, sugar cone Christmas tree and magic reindeer food.

This site really grabbed my attention, BuyNothingChristmas. It has 59 ideas you can use to give a thoughtful gift.

Here's a printable coupons site for youngsters willing to give through their actions @ Purple Printable Coupons. Some of the cutest one's are dusting coupon, hour of silence coupon, undisturbed nap coupon.

Got some time to spare? Check out this site at 101 Great Gifts to Make.

This site gives eight neat gifts kids can use to make an impression @ FrugalFamily.

Montessori Character Curriculum

I found a neat website that talks of teaching character. It's a PDF from a Montessori school in Texas. I like it. I substitute at several different school locations a few times each week. Teachers put character words all over their walls. I like that. But this character training has words of integrity coupled with stories that explain them. One of my favorite stories are in the mix. You should read it to your children if you have any :)

Five Character Virtues
Grace and Courtesy
Honesty
Self-Discipline – Prudence
Faith and Thanksgiving
Responsibility

“Please” by Alicia Aspinwall

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'Tis The Season

I just realized tonight it's time . . . time to bring out the Christmas songs! How do you do that? Well, we did it by singing as many as we knew off the top of our heads in the car on the way to church! And then, what's even more exciting, I realized I can pull them up on YouTube. Not just play them from a WinAmp list. Here's a very best version of Winter Wonderland by Louis Armstrong!!!!!

Love the nostalgia in this one from Charlottesville, North Carolina.

Ginny and My Favorite Christmas Song

Ginny and I like to sing these types at the top of our lungs (and a little off key).

Rockin Around the Christmas Tree By Brenda Lee

Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms

My Two Favoritist Christmas Cartoons

. . . are Rudolph, The Red Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman

Burl Ives Sings Rudolph

Frosty The Snowman in color from when I was a kid
Part 1


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November 26, 2007

Your One Weak Point

Everyone has weakness. It just shows more in some rather than others. Even the strongest, smartest and most successful have weakness.

Christians have weaknesses. Some wrongdoings are much more tempting than others.

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Grammar Lesson 11~Verbs

Not and its contracted form n't are never part of the verb. Pick out the verb phrases in these sentences.

The game will not be finished for another hour.

The horse shouldn't have been worked so much.

Wouldn't you give me another chance?

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Discovery's Puzzle Makers

You can make a variety of puzzles at this site.

Crater Lake

Today my son studied Crater Lake. It is found in Oregon. It is the largest lake in the U.S.

interesting info clip

November 27, 2007

Grammar Lesson 12~Verbs

Verb phrases with two or more helping verbs always keep a definite order. Most helping verbs can combine with other helping verbs but will not combine with all of them. Look at the examples below which are good combinations.

is being said, has been said, will be said, could have been said, may have said, had been said.

Now arrange the following helping verbs with the word in parentheses into a verb phrase. One of the helping verbs will not combine and must be left out.

Example: was, have, may (gone) = may have gone - was will not combine in this group.

1. am, will, being (fired)
2. been, could, does, have (learning)
3. might, do, have, been (sleeping)
4. must, were, be (discovered)
5. be, has, should (sold)

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The Obscure Voices of Edison And Whitman

Our dictionary defines the word obscure as not clear or distinct, not easily understood and then gives an example of an "obscure figure in the fog".

Here are some great examples from Youtube. I found two old recordings from famous people. Their voices are obscured when compared to our modern technologically advanced recordings.

An obscured reading of the poem America by its author, Walt Whitman from 1890:

Thomas Edison used a wax cylinder to make a recording to business associates.

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Grammar Lesson 13~Verbs

We can change the form of a verb. (These changes in form are used in conjugations. We will talk about conjugations in later lessons.) For example, a verb can have an s added to it as in eat, eats or run, runs. Other changes could be eating, ate, or eaten for the verb eat. Run could be changed to running, or ran. Irregular verbs which we will cover later have several confusing changes.

Find the verb or verb phrases in these sentences. Take note of the different verb forms for come and sent.

I am coming in the morning.
I came as soon as possible.
She comes by every day.
Send me the package in the mail.
The new part was sent to me.
I am sending Jeff with the neighbors.

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November 28, 2007

Christmas Story

The fullest telling of the Christmas story is found in the book of Luke and Matthew.

It begins with the story of the old couple, Zechariah and Elizabeth, who were informed by an angel that they would have a child and that he would be named John. John the Baptist was the cousin of Jesus, born about three months before Jesus and would prepare the way as Jesus would begin His earthly ministry.

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Isaac Watts' Joy To The World

Long ago Isaac Watts wrote a famous Christmas Carol, Joy To The World. I found the bio of Watts @ WholesomeWords.org and @ the Christian History Institute.

Here is the story of Joy To The World.

Here are words from three of the verses.

The Vienna Boys Chior version

The Upbeat unique sound of Mannheim Steamroller

Lesson Grammar 15~Verbs

Let's look at some sentences to review what we have learned. Remember that verbs either show action or state of being. Using helping verbs, we make verb phrases. Verb phrases may be separated by other words. Verb phrases follow a definite order and change form. Find the verb phrases and tell what kind of verbs they are.

I can understand your concern.

Is Mrs. Johanson going with you?

The rooms cannot be held any longer.

I haven't seen him for an hour.

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November 29, 2007

De Tocqueville's Democracy In America

My oldest son has been reading through an old paperback called Democracy in America by Alexis De Tocqueville. He's halfway through and says its boring. I asked my husband about it and he said Sam needs to finish the book. I found some sites that will hopefully spark more of an interest in this historical person and his famous writing.

Presentation about Tocqueville tour of America @ Tocqueville.org.
Take a virtual tour of America with De Tocqueville through the University of Virginia.
I found some info @ LOA.org
The book, volume 1 and 2, can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg.

More Practice On Verb Phrases

Find the verb phrases and identify the kind of verbs.

1. John might make a pizza for dinner.
2. You should have seen our photos.
3. The sun has just set over the treetops.
4. Have you seen the Lincoln Memorial?
5. We will wait for the commerical.
6. Joe doesn't ride the bus.
7. Can you play chess?
8. We could have talked all nght.
9. They are not following directions.
10. Has Maggie already gone home?
11. Carol will take a plane to New Mexico.
12. Mark is not going to the barbecue.
13. I can hardly hear you.
14. We should have been practicing all day.
15. You must never open that door.

Answers

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Naturalization Questions

Could native born Americans pass the naturalization test that immigrants take? Here are some sample naturalization test questions. I found it on a site that talks about becoming a citizen. On the site US Citizenship.info, I found the steps to take in applying.

November 30, 2007

Sunrise of 11.30.07

A gray day has begun. The sun will not be able to show his face this morning. There are too many clouds. The lighted sky looks like it got shaken. It was shaken down and the darkest clouds fell to the edge of the sky. There are thick bluish-gray clouds along the eastern horizon and higher up the clouds slowly thin out and give way to the top part of the sky that is white with a bit of gray.

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