Monthly Archives: March 2013

Foolish Studies

april-fools-day-graphicBeing Easter weekend, I’m a bit behind on working on our homeschool’s April activities and special days calendar.   However, with tomorrow being April Fools Day, I wanted to go ahead and share these fun links. (be careful with this link, not everything is “child appropriate”)  (be careful on this site,  it only has this one blog that is for kids the rest is not child appropriate)

Be on the lookout for more April study ideas coming tomorrow!  No fooling!

betty jo


Silly Rabbit


silly-rabbitSpeaking of silly rabbits…Z7 loves jokes.  He reads joke books and writes them for for his homeschool  language arts lessons whenever I will allow it.  He loves to tell his jokes to his family, friends, neighbors, pastor, cashiers, and sometimes random strangers.  Z7 performed a “stand up” comedy routine at our homeschool support group/co-op’s talent show, and was a hit!

This past week, Z7 has entertained us with cute Easter jokes.  His favorites came from Activity Village.   We printed these and he put them in plastic eggs for his friends at today’s egg hunt.

Z7’s top 3 favorite jokes for Easter:

How does the Easter Bunny keep his fur neat?  With a HARE brush!

Why did the Easter egg hide?  He was a little chicken!

What of kind books do bunnies like?  Ones with hoppy endings!

Hoppy Happy Easter,

betty jo

15 Today

B14, (my middle child) is now B15.  He celebrated his 15th birthday today.  Wow, 15 years old!   He and I skipped out on homeschooling today.  We went shopping for a new tablet, out to lunch, then later stopped by our house to pick up the others to  join our homeschool group for bowling (PE).  Tonight we partied on with his favorite home cooked meal, chicken and dumplings, and chocolate cream cake with mini M&Ms.


Though all of that has been fun, my mind has been elsewhere.  My thoughts have drifted back 15 years.  I was pregnant with B when our family decided we were going to quit public school, (the oldest was in kindergarten).  My pregnancy was our homeschool’s first science unit study, and his homebirth was our first science experiment.  Though the kindergartener slept through all the excitement, my two year old daughter did not.  She learned about design and empowerment, I learned trust, my husband learned to be a true “hands on” kind of dad, and B learned that he was safe, loved, and protected outside my womb.  When we woke the oldest, he learned that babies make both families and hearts grow.  We all learned about miracles.  Miracles make the most awesome homeschooling lessons, don’t they?

On B’s birth announcement we quoted James 1:17a, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights”.  You know his name really isn’t B, it’s Boone.  Boone means “gift”.  Yes, without a doubt, this boy, I mean young man, is a gift from God.

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Teaching Hope

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Our homeschool is finishing up our Holy Week studies and getting ready for Easter Celebrations.  But in the midst of our studies we are reminded of that sweet baby’s birth we celebrated just a few months ago.  And we are reminded of the “whys” He came down from Heaven.  “Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the earth”, John 1:29

baby jesus We made our own Resurrection Eggs  from these free printables from

And we are ready to put the final touches on our Life of Jesus timeline.  The last days and hours of our LORD’s life are difficult for me to teach.  And I think that these lessons are difficult for the kids to learn about, too, especially for my older kids.  I’m not going to “sugar coat” or skip over anything with them.


Of course Jesus’ timeline doesn’t end on the cross, or even in the sealed tomb.  In fact, His timeline doesn’t end at all.

This Holy Week, I’m teaching HOPE!

Here’s a video of a song we’ve been listening to.

betty jo

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Blogging On Sunshine

I had a “comment” notification on my blog dashboard.  It was from Especially Made.  She wanted to tell me that she has nominated Still Learning Something New for this:


The Sunshine Award is an award given by bloggers to other bloggers. The recipients of the Sunshine Award are: “Bloggers who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogsphere”. The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!

Cue the music while you read the rest:

“The way the award works is this: Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them. Answer questions about yourself. Select 10 of your favorite bloggers, link their blogs to your post and let them know they have been awarded the Sunshine Award!”

THANK YOU,  Especially Made, you have no idea how much your nomination encouraged me.  Hebrews 10:24 says, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds”.  I’m still feeling nervous and insecure about this new “bloggy thingy”, and I struggle with my recovery from a rather bad case of computerphobia.  You strengthened me.

Here are the questions and my answers:

1.  What inspired you to start blogging?  I blog in a response to sermon challenges of getting out of my “comfort zone”, “casting nets in deeper waters”,  “not forsaking the teachings of my youth”.  The list is long.

2.  How did you come up with the name to your blog?  I really am learning something new every day.

3.  What is your favorite blog to read?  I’ve thought about this, and I honestly cannot choose a favorite.

4.  Tell about your dream job.  My dream job is exactly what I do now.  However,  I  would add another baby or two, and it would pay a 6 figure yearly income!

5.  Is your glass half empty or half full?   My glass is empty.  I drank it to avoid any debate.

6.  If you could go anywhere for a week’s vacation, where would you go?  I would love to see the Amazon Rain Forest!

7.  What food can you absolutely not eat?  Ramen noodles.  My boys like them but I can’t stand them.

8.  Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?  Milk chocolate.

9.  How much time do you spend blogging?  I’d have to guess 2 – 3 hours.  I work on my blogs a little here and there all day.

10,  Do you watch TV and if so, what are some of your favorite shows?  I like Psych, Swamp People, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding,  and Blue’s Clues.

And here’s 10 of my favorite blogs which I am nominating for their own Sunshine Award.

And now, my acceptance speech.  I would like to thank the little people, J9 and Z7, and thanks also to the not so little people A22, A21, E17, and B14 for giving me things to blog about.

betty jo


“And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall deep it a feast to the Lord thoughout your generations, ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever.”  Exodus 12:14

Today in our homeschool, we did a one day unit study of Passover.  I found some excellent links for us and am sharing them with you.

The Passover of the Death Angel from the prince of Egypt

We baked unleavened  bread (this is not the traditional Passover bread, but communion bread).  It was very good, and we will be baking this again.

Make Your Own Unleavened Bread with your Children!

Prep time:  10 mins
Cook time:  30 mins
Total time:  40 mins
Serves: a lot
This makes a lot. Plenty for approx 150 members.
  • 3 c Wheat Flour
  • 1 t Salt
  • ½ c Honey
  • 1 c Crisco Shortening
  • ½ -3/4 t Water
  1. Combine dry ingredients.
  2. Mix in shortening with fork.
  3. Add Honey and water and knead for five (5) minutes.
  4. Divide in half and roll out onto greased 5” pan (approximately ½” thick).
  5. Bake for 30 minutes at 350o F.

Passover information and printables from a Christian perspective for our notebooking:

And the Maccabeats:

So long ago the Israelites in Egypt held this feast to be saved from death and to look forward to when they would be delivered out of bondage.  Today, we celebrate Passover knowing that Jesus was our “Passover Lamb”.  He is the one that has delivered us from our bondage to sin.  He has saved us from death and given us eternal life.

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