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Parashah Re’eh (See)

Please join our family in reading in this week’s Parashah Re’eh, which means See. The themes of this week’s Parashah are blessings, curses, sorrow and joy.

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Scripture Readings:

  1. Torah: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
  2. Prophets:  Isaiah 54:11-16:17
  3. B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant):  Besort HaGe’ulah (Gospels) John 16:1-17:26 and Iggerot (Letters) 1 John 4:1-6

Parashah in a Nutshell:  This week’s Parashah starts with Moses telling the Children of Israel, “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse”.  The blessing that will come when they fulfill G‑d’s commandments, and the curse if they abandon them. These should be proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal when the people cross over into the Holy Land.  The Parashah goes on to explain that a temple should be established in “the place that G‑d will choose to make dwell His name there,” where the people should bring their sacrifices to Him.  It is forbidden to make offerings to G‑d in any other place. Moses goes onto tell them that a  false prophet, or one who entices others to worship idols, should be put to death. The identifying signs for kosher animals and fish, and the list of non-kosher birds are repeated. A tenth of all produce is to be eaten in Jerusalem, or else exchanged for money with which food is purchased and eaten there. In certain years this tithe is given to the poor instead. The firstborn cattle and sheep are to be offered in the Temple, and their meat eaten by the kohanim (priests). The mitzvah (commandment to of charity obligates a Jew to aid a needy fellow with a gift or loan. On the Sabbatical year (occurring every seventh year), all loans are to be forgiven. All indentured servants are to be set free after six years of service.  The Parashah concludes with the laws of the three pilgrimage festivals—Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot—when all should go to “see and be seen” before G‑d in the Holy Temple.

The Besort HaGe’ulah (Gospel) reading Yeshua continues his warning to the disciples about what will happen when he goes to the Father.  He comforts them by letting them know he will send the Helper, the Holy  Spirit. He further tells the disciples that their sorrow over Him leaving will turn into joy. He tells him that he has overcome world and that they can have peace in him. Chapter 17 is Yeshua’s High Priestly Prayer to the Father. The Iggerot (Letters) reading John tells us to test the spirits to see if they are from G-d.  We must discern the difference between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error or delusion.

Study Helps and Projects

  1. Parashah in a Nutshell Video
  2. Adult Study Outline
  3. Children’s Study Outline
  4. Good Intentions Teaching by D.T. Lancaster (Beth Immanuel)
  5. Children’s Worksheet
  6. Video for Children for the Parashah from Torah Tots
  7. Craft:  That All May Be One Coloring Sheet

Blessings,

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Parashah Eikev

Please join our family as study this week’s Torah Parashah is Eikev, which means Consequences or Because.  The themes of this Parashah eiare redemption, rebellion, repentance, and restoration.

Scripture Readings:

  1. Torah:  Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25
  2. Prophets: Isaiah 54:11-55:5
  3. B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant): Besort HaGe’ulah (Gospels) – John 13:31-15:27 & Iggerot (Letters) – Romans 8:31-39

Parashah in a Nutshell:

In this week’s Parashah, Moses continues his closing remarks to the children of Israel. He reminds them that G-d redeemed them from Egypt and that if they keep G-d’s commands in he Torah, they will prosper in the land promised to their forefathers (Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob).  Moses recalls the failings of the first generation who were rebellious — their worship of the Golden Calf, the rebellion of Korach, the sin of the spies, angering of G‑d at Taveirah, Massah and Kivrot Hataavah.  He also speaks about their repentance and forgiveness that G-d has shown them through the Second Tablets that G-d made for them to restore His children to Him.  He calls their attention to the fact that for the forty years in the wilderness that G-d sustained them and it was to teach them that they need to rely solely upon G-d.  Moses describes the land they are about to enter and how it is blessed with the “seven kinds”.  He commands them to destroy the idols/gods of the current inhabitants, and to beware not to become prideful and remember who provided the land to them. In other words, to circumcise their hearts.

The Besort HaGe’ulah (Gospel) reading reveals that Yeshua (Jesus) is the way, the truth, and life. Yeshua promises to send the Ruach HaKodesh (the Holy Spirit). Yeshua teaches that He is the true vine and G-d is the vinedresser. Therefore, whoever abides in Him will bear much fruit. He reminds us that we must keep G-d commands and love one another. He warns of the hatred of the world and we are not of the world.  The Iggerot (Letters) reading Paul describes G-d’s everlasting love for us. So much is his love that he did not spare His Son’s life. We have everlasting life in His resurrection. He intercedes on our behalf before G-d. Nothing can separate us from the love of G-d in Yeshua. HalleluYah!

Study Helps & Projects:

  1. For Children: Torah Explorers
  2. Adult Study Outline
  3. Audio of Parashah Readings
  4. Video for Torah Portion
  5. Video for Children on the Torah Portion
  6. Make a mezuzah
  7. Children’s Lessons from YMTOI
  8. Coloring Page from Challah Crumb

Blessings from our family  to yours,

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Grammar Course

This is a half-credit remedial grammar course that I developed for childiadren in order to help them understand the parts of speech. This course would be appropriate for upper elementary school to middle school aged children or those struggling with understanding these concepts.

The first part of the course is presented in a traditional Charlotte Mason method, and the second half using a project pack and  workbook. There are several resources used in this course. Some are available online for free others are required purchases.

You could add several literature selections and spelling to this course to create a one-credit language arts class.

RESOURCES TO BE USED

(1) Grammar-land by M.L. Nesbitt.  A hard copy of the book can be purchased through Amazon or downloaded onto a Kindle.  You can download the text for free on Google Books or accessed for free online at Internet Archive.  The LibriVox (audiobook) can also be downloaded.

(2)  Daily Grammar website for better understanding of the parts of speech introduced in the book.

(3) A project pack, Operation: English Grammar, which can be purchased from Currclick.

(4) The Sentence English Workbook which can be purchased from Milestone Books.

LESSON PLAN

Before beginning to read Grammar-land, download the worksheets for the book.

Day 1:  Read the introduction of Grammar-land.  Answer the following questions:  What is Grammar-land?  Where is Grammar-land?  Have you ever been to Grammar-land?  Who is Judge Grammar? Who are the nine parts of speech?

Day 2:  Read Chapter 1 and complete worksheet.

Day 3:  Read Chapter 2 and complete worksheet.

Day 4: Read Chapter 3 and complete worksheet.

Day 5: Read Chapter 4 and complete worksheet.

Day 7: Read Chapter 5 and complete worksheet.

Day 8:  Read Chapter 6 and complete worksheet.

Day 10:  Read Chapter 7 and complete worksheet.

Day 11: Read Chapter 8 and complete worksheet.

Day 12:  Read Chapter 9 and complete worksheet.

Day 13: Read Chapter 10 and complete worksheet.

Day 14:  Read Chapter 11 and complete worksheet.

Day 15: Read Chapter 12 and complete worksheet.

Day 16: Read Chapter 13 and complete worksheet.

Day 17:  Read Chapter 14 and complete worksheet.

Day 18:  Read Chapter 15 and complete worksheet.

Day 19:  Read Chapter 16 and complete worksheet.

Day 20: Read Chapter 17 and complete worksheet.

Day 21 – 39: Complete six exercises each day in Daily Grammar under the heading of Parts of Speech. Alternatively, you can purchase The Eight Parts of Speech Workbook from Milestone Books and complete a page a day in the workbook.

Day 40-57:  Complete the  Project Pack Operation: English Grammar, which can be purchased from Currclick.

Day 58-90:  Sentence Study. A Sentence is a group of words that expresses a complete thought. All sentences have two parts – the subject (tells who or what the sentence is about) and a predicate (tells what the subject does or is).

  1. View this video on how to diagram a sentence.
  2. View this video on how to diagram sentences.

Complete a worksheet a day from the Sentence English Workbook for Days 58 – 90.

 

SY2017/2018: Second Semester Phyiscal Fitness (P.E.)

The Second Semester of Physical Fitness for the SY 2017/2018 consists of an 18 week physical education study. The First Semester of Physical Fitness consists of an 18 week health educatioexercise.pngn study.  Thus both semesters make a year’s study of Physical Fitness.

We are using the book Health, Hygiene, and Nutrition for Grades 3-4 by Frank Schaffer Publications along with various videos, activities, and projects for the health education semester.

Please note that I developed this course for my children who are in grades 4, 3, and kindergarten.  For my kindergartener, I change all written assignments into oral narrative responses.

Week #1:  What is Physical Fitness?  Watch this video about the five components of physical fitness and this video on the same topic.  Answer the following questions:  (1) What are the five components of physical fitness? and (2) What are the skill components of physical fitness? You will take a physical fitness assessment today consisting of:  (1) a timed sprint, (2) a lifting assessment, (3) sit and reach flexibility assessment, (4) how many sit-ups can you complete.  Record your results in your health journal.  Look at this physical activity pyramid. Discuss the pyramid. Print a copy out for your health journal.

Week #2:  Tracking Your Physical Activity. Look up the definition of physical activity.  Read this article about physical activity.  Write the definition of physical activity in your health journal.  Watch and do the flexibility yoga on this video. (If your family does not approve of yoga, you can substitute this stretching video.) Complete page 75 of your work text.  Purchase a pedometer and track your steps daily in your health journal because at the end of the semester we will prepare a graph. You can use the 2017_2018 Physical Activity Log to track your steps.  Also, you can track your daily physical activity on this calendar.

Week #3:  What is Your Target Heart Rate?  Watch this video on how to feel your heart working, watch this video on how to determine your target heart rate, and this video on how to take your heart rate.  (We have a pulse oximeter at our home, so we use that device to take the pulse rate.)  Calculate your target heart rate and record it in your health journal or complete work text complete page 77. Continue to track your daily physical activity and steps in your health journal.

Week #4:  Flexibility Test.  Place a yard stick beside you and measure the distance of five stretches and record the inches in your health journal or complete page 78 of the work text. Continue to track your daily physical activity and steps in your health journal.

Week #5:  Strength Test.  We will test your upper, middle, and lower body strength.  The test includes the following activities:  (1) How many push ups can you complete?,  (2) How many sit ups can you complete?, and (3) How long can you stay in a position like you are sitting on a chair with your back against the wall?  Record your results on page 79 of the work text or in your health journal.  If you are using your work text, what are your ratings?  Are you considered to be high, average, below or low fitness level?  Continue to track your daily physical activity and steps in your health journal.

Weeks #6: What is Blood Pressure?  Watch this video about blood pressure and hypertension.  Answer these questions:  What is the name of the machine used to take your blood pressure?, (2) What is hypertension?, and (3) What are the parts of your blood pressure reading? Take your blood pressure. (We have a blood pressure machine at home.  If you don’t have one, you can take your blood pressure on a machine at a pharmacy, grocery store, and even Walmart.)   Record your blood pressure in your health journal. Complete an exercise video.  Continue to track your daily physical activity and steps in your health journal.

Weeks #7-13:  Tracking Physical Activity.   There are many workout videos available online.  Choose one for to complete each week. Continue to track your steps and record your physical activity.

Week #14-15:  Preparing the End of Semester Report. Begin to work on entering your steps into a spreadsheet program like Excel.  Choose a workout video to complete. Continue to track your steps and record your physical activity.

Week #17:  Creating the Graph for the End of Semester Report. Create a graph (bar or line graph) in Excel of your steps for this semester.  Write an essay of what you have learned this Semester and insert the graph into your essay.  Continue to track your steps and record your physical activity.

Week #18:  Physical Fitness Final Assessment. Complete page 86 of the work text.  Retake the physical fitness assessment from Week #1 consisting of:  (1) a timed sprint, (2) a lifting assessment, (3) sit and reach flexibility assessment, (4) how many sit-ups can you complete.  Record your results in your health journal. Prepare a graph to compare your results with your Week #1 results in Excel.  Was there improvement? Include these graph in your end of semester essay.

 

 

SY2017/2018: Physical Fitness First Semester (Health)

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The First Semester of Physical Fitness for the SY 2017/2018 consists of an 18 week health education study. The Second Semester of Physical Fitness consists of an 18 week physical education study.  Thus both semesters make a year’s study of Physical Fitness. Whealthe are using the book Health, Hygiene, and Nutrition for Grades 3-4 by Frank Schaffer Publications along with various videos, activities, and projects for the health education semester.

Please note that I developed for my children who are in grades 4, 3, and kindergarten.  For my kindergartener, I change all written assignments into oral narrative response.

Week #1:  What is Nutrition?  Watch Bill Nye the Science Guy Video on Nutrition  and  in your health journal write what you learned.

Week #2:  What is a Balanced Diet?  Watch Choose My Plate and Color the My Plate or fill in each section of My Plate with drawings or pictures of foods cut from magazines.

Week #3:  What am I Eating?  Listen to Alive with Five song. Begin to track your diet for three days. (Use page 15 of work text to complete or write it in your physical fitness journal.) After three days, answer the following questions:  (1) Did I eat foods from each food group?  (2) Was my diet balanced? (3) Are there things that I can do to improve my diet?

Week #4:  Let’s Get Cooking!  Let’s help mom in the kitchen to make On the Go Snack Boxes or On the Go Vegan Snack Boxes.  Choose a healthy lunch and dinner recipe to make with Mom.  Copy the recipe into your health journal.

Week #5:  How Do I Read Nutrition Labels? Watch Nutrition Fact Labels with Dr. Smarty.  Complete page 17 from your work text. Alternate activity:  Pick your favorite pantry food and answer the following questions in your health journal:  (1) What is the serving size?  (2) How many servings are in the container?  (3) What are the calories per serving? (3) What vitamins or minerals are contained the food item?  (4) How much fat is in a serving?  (5)  How much fiber is in a serving? (6) How much sodium is in a serving?  (7) How much cholesterol is in a serving?

Week #6:  Laboratory Activity – Food Chemistry: Test for Starch.  Watch this Food Chemistry Video.  Select 4 to 6 foods to test.  Complete page 16 of work text or this Laboratory Report Form.  After completing the laboratory activity answer the questions:  (1) What is starch? (2) What does starch change to in our body system?

Week #7: Nutrition  Assessment.  Complete page 45 of your work text. Alternatively, write an essay on what you have learned about nutrition.

Week #8:  What are the Systems of Our Body?  Watch this video about systems of our body. Write down the 11 systems of the body in your health journal and note what each system does.

Week #9: How Does Our Digestive System Work?.  Watch this video and this video about our digestive system and how it works.  Color and label this diagram of the digestive system.

Week #8 :  Laboratory Activity – Food Chemistry:  Soda & Meat.  There are many YouTube videos on how to do this experiment they use either pork or chicken.  This video about what happens when Pork & Cola are combined.  You can choose whatever fresh meat that you have on hand to do the experiment.  If you’re using the work text, read and complete page 31.  Alternatively, do the laboratory activity following the directions of the video that you choose and complete the laboratory report form that is linked above.  Answer the following questions in your health journal:  (1) What the cola do?  (2) Should we drink cola? (3) Should we eat pork?  (4) What does the Bible say about clean and unclean animals?  (5) Is pork considered a clean meat? (5) Was Paul’s dream in Acts 10 about animals or people? (6) Did G-d change the Torah with Paul’s dream? (7)  What is the difference between the Hebrew tamai (unclean) and tahor (clean), and the Greek concepts of akathartos (unclean) and koinos (impure)?

Week #9:  What Does Your Poop Say About You?  Watch this Mamma Natural video on poop.  Track  your poop for the day and answer these questions in your health journal:  (1) How often did you poop today?  (2) What was the color of your poop?  (3) What was the form of your poop?

Week #10: What are Germs?  Watch Bill Nye Science Guy Video on Germs.  In your health journal write about what germs are and how our bodies fight them.

Week #12:  Laboratory Activity:  Hand Washing.  Watch this hand washing video and this video on how to wash your hands properly.  No let’s wash our hands.  Answer the following questions in your health journal:  (1) Why should we wash our hands?  (2) When should we wash our hands?  (3) How should we wash our hands? Alternative exercise:  You can draw a comic strip about hand washing to answer the questions above.

Week #13:  Laboratory Activity:  Growing Bacteria.  Watch this video on how to make a homemade petri dish and growing bacteria. Follow the directions in the video.  Take pictures of the growth as it develops. Complete a laboratory report form that is linked above for this activity.

Week #14:  Body System Assessment.  Complete page 63 of the work text.  Alternatively, write an essay on what you have learned about the body’s systems and germs.

Week #15:  What is Dental Hygiene?  Watch this video on dental hygiene.  Use a brushing calendar to track your dental hygiene for a month. Complete this word search.

Week #16:  What are cavities?  Watch this video on cavities.  In your health journal, write about what causes cavities.  Look at this diagram of a tooth.  Copy the diagram into your health journal and label the parts of a tooth.

Week #17:  Laboratory Activity – Cavities:  Watch this video on how to conduct the laboratory activity. Chart the effect of the soda on the egg over a week. Complete a laboratory report form that is linked above for this laboratory activity.

Week # 18:  Dental Hygiene Assessment:  Write an essay on what you have learned about the body’s systems and germs.