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Summer Reading Programs 2014

Summer Reading Programs 2014

 Here are some great opportunities to make reading fun this summer for your family and win some prizes as well. Click the links and sign up.  Make sure to check your local libraries for their summer reading programs. Our family once won tickets to a baseball game. Click Here to download the pdf.

 Happy Summer Schooling!

Monica

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BJU Press Summer Reading Program

Make reading a part of your summer! Explore new places, meet new people, and experience amazing adventures—all while sitting in a lawn chair or on your couch at home! Once readers submit the completion form, they will receive a free surprise and will be eligible for the prize drawings!

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Pottery Barn Kids Summer Reading Challenge 2014

Kids who read 8 books from any Pottery Barn Kids recommended reading list by July 31 can earn a FREE book at participating retail stores, while supplies last. Join staff at your local Pottery Barn Kids store to complete the challenge together at their Weekly Story Time and enjoy healthy snacks from Happy Family, activities and more.

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Scholastic Reading Challenge 2014 The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge™ is a FREE online reading program for children. Kids can read and log minutes all summer, take weekly challenges and earn rewards, and help set a new reading world record! (May 5-September 5, 2014)

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Sylvan Book Adventure 2014 Kids in grades K-8 can find a book, take quizzes on what they’ve read, and earn prizes for their reading success.

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 Half Price Books “Feed Your Brain” 2013 Summer Reading Program Kids ages 14 and younger can participate and earn Half Price Books® Bookworm Bucks. Read for at least 15 minutes each day of June and July (Grown-ups may read aloud to kids who are still learning), add up your minutes, and once you’ve read 300 minutes, turn in your completed log to earn HPB Bookworm Bucks for each month. One top reader per age group each month will receive a Top reader prize — a $20 HPB Gift Card. (Promotion valid for June and July, 2014.)


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Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Kids Earn a Free Book, Summer Reading Kit and More! Activities and Teaching Tips in our Exclusive Kit

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Pizza Hut’s Book It Summer Reading Challenge

The challenge incorporates reading with fun activities, exciting games and a chance for your kids to win some impressive prizes.

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 TD Bank: Read 10 books this summer and log then on the free summer reading log. Take the completed form in to your nearest TD Bank and get $10 deposited into your new orexisting young savers account.

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 Chuck E Cheese Reading Rewards

Earn 10 FREE tokens each time your child reads for 2 weeks in a row. Complete the form to claim the free tokens. A food purchase is required though.  They also offer other reward calendars. Check them out HERE.

 Florida Public Libraries  Check your local library for more free reading programs with activities and incentives for kids of all ages. Most libraries also have story times and other reading themed activities.

Here is a small sampling of what’s going on around Florida Libraries this summer in my neck of the woods:

 

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Reading with the Rays: Read Your Way to the Ballpark

By reading books this summer, elementary school students in grades three through five in Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk and Sarasota counties can circle the bases – first, second, third and home – and collect prizes as they go. Make it all the way around to home and the ultimate reward is a ticket to a Rays game at Tropicana Field this season to see my teammates and me in action.

Go to your local library to get your game card. As you read, track your hours by rounding the bases on your game card and collect Rays rewards along the way. Round the bases by reading a total of 24 hours this summer and receive a ticket to a Rays game!

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Orange County Library Summer Reading Program 2014!

Fizz, Boom, Read! Join us this summer with weekly special events featuring science, animals, arts and storytelling at all Orange County Library System locations. Complete the reading and activity calendar and enter the drawing to win prizes such as free stuff, a hotel stay for your family or tickets to WonderWorks, Orlando Putting Edge, Central Florida Zoo and lots more! Teens can win Blue Man Group, a brand new wake board and bindings, iFly gift certificate and more! They even have a program for adults.

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June 16, 2014 Posted by | G-Force Academy | , , | Leave a comment

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens makes a wonderful theme for family evening together. Below is a short film narrated by Vincent  Price. I remember this actor well from my childhood. I love his eerie voice!

Dickens’ classic tale of Ebenezer Scrooge and three Christmas Ghosts that change his perception of life.

My Audio School has an audio version of the popular story. Listen with your kids as you all cuddle under the twinkling lights of your Christmas tree. If you prefer to read click below.


Continue your lifestyle of learning with your kids by visiting
David Perdue’s Charles Dickens Page wonderful page.

Go Make Merry Memories!

December 10, 2011 Posted by | Family Fun, Favorites and Cool Finds, G-Force Academy, Holidays, Once Upon A Family | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving 2011

The holiday season is upon us and I have been on the hunt for resources to make it fun, meaningful and memorable for our family. I hope the following resources help you to make your family’s Thanksgiving holiday.

Here is a wonderful article by Family Life that will help you slow down and enjoy the celebration Teaching Life Lessons at Thanksgiving.

I wrote some time ago about the resources we have used to celebrate Thanksgiving HERE.

Check out my Autumn and it’s Holidays Board on Pinterest for even more inspiration! Here are a few of my favorites:

Try it Mom’s Caramel Apple Bites

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The Old Schoolhouse Digital Holiday Supplements

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Barbara Rainey’s, Thanksgiving a Time to Remember, is a true keepsake to hand down to future generations. She speaks to my heart in this article adapted from her book Thanksgiving a Time to Remember.

The Legend of Squanto Radio Theatre Drama

Focus on the Family presents our Radio Theatre production of "The Legend of Squanto," a fascinating account of the origin of Thanksgiving and one American Indian’s journey to freedom.

Part 1

Part 2

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Disney’s Family Fun website is chock full of Thanksgiving Family Fun. You will find recipes, crafts, printables, games, decorations and more. Have fun playing with your kids and making your holiday dinner table special.

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You Are There (TV series 1953–1957)

The Sailing of the Mayflower

Walter Cronkite

Original Air Date:  22 November 1953

I am so excited to have found this episode on

My Audio School. Enjoy!

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Here is a sweet find for Thanksgiving ideas by the Aussie Pumpkin Patch.

And last but not least a Thanksgiving tradition from my childhood growing up in the Big Apple is Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. 

The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade airs nationally on NBC-TV to an estimated 50 million viewers and is widely considered to be the "official start of the Holiday Season." It will air from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (EST) on Thursday, November 24, 2011.

 
Happy Thanksgiving!

"O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His loving-kindness is everlasting."

1 Chronicles 16:34

Eat Turkey & Go Make Memories!

November 18, 2011 Posted by | Family Fun, Favorites and Cool Finds, G-Force 411, G-Force Academy, Holidays, In The Kitchen, Once Upon A Family | , , , , | Leave a comment

Foghorns and School Bells

Todd Wilson of Familyman Ministries recently spoke to our local homeschool support group. It was bombastic! We laughed and cried and heard the gentle voice of God through Todd encouraging moms and dads alike.

The Lord spoke so clearly to Alf and I that we left with clanging and ringing in our ears. Let me explain. It was exactly what my husband and I have been discussing. Todd gave voice to our thoughts and painted a clear picture of where our homeschool family has been and needs to go.

According to Todd’s informal poll of homeschool moms across the nation, we ALL feel like we are not doing a good enough job. Yes, each and every mom out there feels like you do! Like I do! No matter what they look like on the outside and how their kids are excelling academically and otherwise we all wish we could do better to some degree. He believes we mom’s are in a fog because we have forgotten that our kids are all masterpieces, created by God and given specifically to us. We are hand selected by God to be our kid’s mom.

I have often been tempted and succumbed to comparing our homeschool to others. I think we all have done that at times. Our desire to give our kids the best can drive us but it can also drive our kids into the ground and we lose site of what’s most important, our relationships to our kids and the Lord purpose. I have raised my standard higher than the Lord’s at times and totally crashed our “school boat” by not heading the warning of the foghorn.

Wikipedia definition for Foghorn is:

Foghorn

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

For other meanings see Foghorn (disambiguation).

A foghorn or fog signal or fog bell is a device that uses sound to warn vehicles of hazards or boats of the presence of other vehicles in foggy conditions. The term is most often used in relation to marine transport. When visual navigation aids such as lighthouses are obscured, foghorns provide an audible warning of rocks, shoals, headlands, or other dangers to shipping.

On our worst days when we are ready to throw the kids on the yellow bus or throw ourselves in front of it, God says We are our kids best!

to warn vehicles of hazards or boats of the presence of other vehicles in foggy conditions”

We don’t need to compare ourselves to the system that we fled from. The test scores, the extra curricular activities, the fellow homeschool friend’s kids that are reading at 3 years of age and all playing stringed instruments are not our standard or reason for homeschooling. This is a trap to distract us from seeing our kids as the unique masterpieces God mad them to be.

“When visual navigation aids such as lighthouses are obscured, foghorns provide an audible warning”

Why do you homeschool? I am doing it because God called me to. That’s my navigational aid. The Lord and his word and calling on my life as a homeschool mom. We want to have deep and abiding relationships with our kids and for them to grow strong in their faith above academics. I want them to want to be with us when they are older and out of the home. We want our kids to be the best of friends and not be separated from each other for hours on end. We wanted to teach enjoy every moment we had with them because time flies whether or not you are having fun!

Dad’s were encouraged to help us get out of the fog by actually making foghorn sound. When my hubby comes home from work and finds me in a puddle on the floor all he has to do is “blow” his foghorn and it reminds me of why I am doing this and I get up and press on!

Now here is the really fun part, ringing the true school bell. Real school happens when we get to teach our kids about the Lord, walk them through a difficult time, and when they say things that show us that they are growing in Christ and being obedient. When times are tough and the stress level is high and our kids suggest to us to play praise music or want to stop and pray, that’s when school’s in session. This is our purpose and upmost goal for our kids education. Math, reading and science are secondary.

I have had quite a few opportunities since hearing Todd speak to ring our school bell. My husband is overjoyed when I call him to tell him that I just rang our bell.

I want my kids to know that I love them no matter what! I want them to know that I will always love them and value them whether or not they ever learn to read, or learn algebra or get high SAT scores.

What bell do you hear? Are you in the fog and ignoring the warnings? Are you ringing YOUR school bell or listening to someone else’s ring?

To learn more about Todd Wilson and sign up for his encouraging devotionals visit Family Man Ministries.

 

"And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God."

Romans 12:2

November 17, 2011 Posted by | G-Force Academy, On My Heart, Once Upon A Family | , , , | 2 Comments

Homeschool Parent’s Night Out with Todd Wilson of Familyman Ministries

I wanted to share with a an event that is being hosted by the PPEA-Pinellas Parent Educators Association. It is now open to non-members. Alf and I are going. It’s only $3! We’ve heard him speak at FPEA Convention. I blogged about it. You can read it by clicking HERE. He’s hilarious and real! He wrote the book LIES Homeschooling Moms Believe. It will make a fun date night. Feel free to pass it on.

Smooches!

Happy Schooling!

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Todd Wilson
"The Familyman"

www.familymanweb.com

“Reminding Dads of What’s Important”

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You started this homeschooling thing because you thought it would be fun. But somewhere along the journey, the fun vanished, leaving behind frustration and feelings of failure.

The problem is not that you don’t work hard enough, but that you’ve forgotten what really matters.

Join us as Todd Wilson reminds us and helps us laugh again. This will be an incredible evening for both homeschooling dads and moms.

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View video interview with Todd and his wife.

SIGN UP HERE!

Thursday, October 20th-7pm

Grace Brethren Church

6300 62nd AVE N

Pinellas Park

$3 per adult-no Child Care available-please reserve your own babysitter as due to space this is an adult only event. Nursing babies are welcome.

Sign up now as space is limited by visiting

SIGN UP HERE!

*For any further information or questions contact the event coordinator. Her email link is on the sign up link.

October 14, 2011 Posted by | Family Fun, Favorites and Cool Finds, G-Force 411, G-Force Academy | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Organized Optimist: Family Mega Chart

I decided to post a series of how we are getting Organized as a family. Check out my Pinterest Board: Organized Optimist to see where I get my inspiration.

I designed this chart to have all we need to know and do in one central place for all the family to see. We have tried it for a month or so. After a few tweaks we will have a new and improved one with color I will send it to print and get laminated at Staples. I plan on using wet erase markers with it.

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This chart is 16 x 20. It is a week at glance that includes a spot for our daily family schedule, chores, the zones of the house that get blessed each and a big box for the family scripture memory focus of the week. It has a column for everyone to write their to do’s or places to be. Service Opportunities are where the kids can see the above and beyond available for hire. Weekly chores get rotated on a weekly basis. More on how we do it all in other posts.

happy Homemaking!

October 8, 2011 Posted by | Favorites and Cool Finds, G-Force Academy, In The Kitchen, MOMtime, Moni's Homeplace, Organized Optimist | , , , | Leave a comment

Florida Fall Family Fun 411-OCTOBER

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Can you sense it? The holiday season has begun. At least for me it has. We’ve been busy getting our home ready for foster parenting and this week I can finally focus on planning some fun outings for our family. I hope you find this Fall 411 helpful and are able to take advantage of some these activities. This in no way is a complete list of activities going in all of Florida. I just pick the ones that tickle my fancy and are mostly affordable and family friendly.

Leave a comment to add you own ideas and especially if you’ve done any these. I will be adding things as I come across them and following up as we do some of these activities. To receive blog posts directly in your inbox click subscribe box to the right.

Happy Florida Fall Ya’ll!

City of Gulfport’s 101st Birthday Bash

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Oktoberfest-2011

Friday, October 7

Saturday, October 8

Celebration Kicks Off Fifth Annual Oktoberfest with Falling Leaves

On October 7th and 8th, Celebration Town Center transforms before your very eyes as the falling leaves of the season drop on Market Street in the all new Fall Festival known as Oktoberfest. Listen for the rustling of leaves, relax by the lakeside and rock your troubles away, or enjoy the live music with family and friends in this one-of-a-kind themed extravaganza.

On Friday October 7th Oktoberfest will be celebrated in the old-world German tradition featuring the sounds of Dan Witucki & Heimatland Musikanten. Come join in on the interactive live show featuring everything from yodeling to crowd sing-a-long fun.

Then, come back on October 8th as Celebration Town Center welcomes Central Florida’s premier rock and blues band-Mo Geetz and opening act, the incomparable Jordyn Kane. Lead by Micah Read, Mo Geetz band has been featured in both local and national media and was named one of Florida’s top artists by one prominent local newspaper.

Hop on a hayride, ride the Celebration Express Train, dance to terrific live music, paint a pumpkin, or just stroll and enjoy the crisp fall air and enjoy the great savings at the lakeside promenade.

Leaves fall daily at 7:00, 8:00, and 9:00 PM.

Parking and Admission are FREE!
Shuttle Bus service is available Saturday only from 215 Celebration Place, Celebration, FL 34747

There is something for everyone at this one of a kind Fall Festival presented by Lexin and sponsored in part by Florida Distributing Company, The Mona Lisa Suite Hotel, Confetti of Celebration, Celebration Sanitation, Axis Magazine, The Celebration Town Tavern, and Yuengling. For more information, visit us at celebrationtowncenter.com

Come early, Stay Late, and have fun at Celebration’s 5th Annual Oktoberfest!!!!

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Ruskin Family Drive In

Prices
Admission is $5.00 per person, This is for 2 Movies. Children 5 to 8 years old are $1.00 per child. Children 4 years old and younger are free with their own parents. Prices are subject to change without notice. We only accept cash, no checks or credit cards allowed

Now Playing –
September 23 to October 13
Friday thru Thursday

Movie 1:
Dolphin Tale
(7:45 pm) (PG)
Inspired by the amazing true story of a brave dolphin and the compassionate strangers who band together to save her life after being caught in a crab trap, severely damaging her tail. Rated PG for mild thematic elements.

Running time: 1 hour 53 minutes.

Movie 2:
The Smurfs

( 9:40pm) (PG)
The smurfs make their first trip to the big screen in this live-action/animated family comedy. When the evil wizard Gargamel chases the smurfs out of their village, they are forced through a portal, out of their world and into ours, landing in the middle of New York’s Central Park. Rated PG for mild rude humor and action. Running time: 1 hour 42minutes.

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First Friday Friends & Fun  

Morean Arts Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S. 6 p.m. Your chance to play in clay for one low price the first Friday each month. Note: all classes will take place at the Morean Arts Center for Clay, 420 22nd St. S. Individuals – $30; Two people – $50. All materials included in cost. 727-822-7872 or www.moreanartscenter.org

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Sunrise Run-Walk-Wave

October 8, 2011

Vinoy Park, 501 5th Ave. N.E., 7 a.m. Registration. Walks begin at 7:15 a.m. Get your weekend off to an active start with a 5K run, 1 mile fun run or 1 mile walk to benefit local charities. Children’s art tent, inflatables, live music and refreshments. Register online at www.active.com or at 4th St. Chick-fil-A, 4241 4th St. N. and receive a free chicken sandwich or kids’ meal! 737-822-7475 or http://www.firsttothecross.com

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Saturday Morning Market – *Returns in October* 

Al Lang Staclip_image002dium parking lot, 1st Ave. S & 1st St., 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Visit the largest farmer’s market in Florida for a variety of fresh and organic produce, gourmet baked goods, prepared foods. plants and flowers, arts and crafts or a variety of handcrafted items. The market is held each Saturday from Oct. 2 through May 28www.saturdaymorningmarket.com

October 8 – Gulf Coast Jazz Quartet
October 15 – Pete Merrigan & Friends
October 22 – Ben Bryan Band
October 29 – Kevin Wilder
November 5 – Al Berard Cajun Combo
November 12 – TBA
November 19 – Steve Arvey Band
November 26 – Empty Hats
December 3 – Charles Morris Band

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Pops in the Park

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Sat, Oct 22, 2011 at 7:00 PM
Vinoy Park

Pack a picnic basket and enjoy a free Pops in the Park Concert under the stars with The Florida Orchestra. Guest Conductor Daniel Boico is on the podium for a program of fun and familiar favorites by Brahms, Dvorak, Berlioz, Tchaikovsky and Strauss, along with selections from The King and I, The Muppet Movie and other favorite popular fare…with the evening ending in Tchaikovsky’s explosive 1812 Overture.

Canned Food Donations: Concertgoers at both Park Concerts are invited to bring canned food donations for Tampa Bay Harvest for their food bank services in the Tampa Bay area.

Young Artists in Pre-Concert Performance at Vinoy Park: The Vinoy Park Concert will have a pre-concert performance from 6 pm to 6:30 pm by two finalists from VSA Florida Young Soloists Competition, who will be representing Florida in the national competition in Washington, DC later this year. Serving the entire state, VSA Florida provides people with disabilities the opportunity to learn through, participate in, and enjoy the arts. For further information, call 813.558.5095 or visit www.vsafl.org.

Sat, Oct 22, 7 pm Vinoy Park

Vinoy Park is located at 501 5th Avenue Northeast, St. Petersburg, FL. For directions on how to get to 5th Avenue NE, click here.

Sun, Oct 23, 7 pm Compton Park
Compton Park
is located at 16101 Compton Drive, Tampa, FL. For directions on how to get to Compton Park, click here.

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Fall Jubilee
Saturday, October 22
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Free – donations support Heritage Village operations

The 33rd Heritage Village Fall Jubilee is the first place to search for gifts for the upcoming holiday season. Giant flea market and book sale a special feature. Handmade holiday crafts, paintings, jewelry, stained glass and wooden treasures are among the offerings as well as musical entertainment, tours of historical homes, and demonstrations of traditional crafts. Free, but donations are accepted to support Heritage Village operations. (727) 582-2123 . (Interested vendors can call (727) 582-2233.)

Free parking and shuttle to event entrance is located off 119th Street between Ulmerton and Walsingham Roads. Free, but donations support Heritage Village operations.

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Pumpkin Patch Express

October 29 & 30, 2011

    
All Aboard for the annual Pumpkin Patch Express! This popular trip takes you to our patch of pumpkins. Children are invited to pick their own pumpkin to take home. Everyone is also invited to participate in the hay ride, Lincoln log building, crafts and other activities offered at no additional charge!

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The Pumpkin Patch Express departs at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 3 PM on October 29 & 30.

Boarding begins 30 minutes before departure.

Be sure to allow extra travel time for traffic, parking, ticket pickup and boarding.

The Museum is located 25 miles north of Sarasota and 35 miles south of Tampa off Interstate 75 at exit 229. Our physical address is:

    12210 83rd St East
    Parrish, FL 34219

For more information visit The Florida Railroad Museum

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$5 Saturdays at the Museum!

St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave.NE. Trace how St. Petersburg became a city. Regular museum admission: $9, ages 60 and up: $7, Students w/ID: $5, Children 7-17: $5, under 6: FREE. Rates for a family of 4: only $24 (any additional child only $2). 727-894-1052 or www.spmoh.org for museum hours. 

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What you need to know to start planning your trip to LEGOLAND Florida, opening in Winter Haven Oct. 15, 2011.

LEGOLAND Florida is an 150-acre, full-day family theme park designed for families with children ages two to 12. It features more than 50 rides, shows and interactive attractions, restaurants, shopping and botanical gardens.

LEGOLAND Florida is located in Winter Haven, 45 miles southwest of Orlando and 45 minutes from downtown Tampa.

Address:
LEGOLAND Florida
One Legoland Way
Winter Haven, FL 33884


Hours:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Sunday in October.

General Admission:
Adults 13-49: $75, plus tax
Children 3-12 or Seniors 60-plus: $65, plus tax
Children under 3: Free

Check the website for special pass prices.
Parking: $12
Information: 877-350-LEGO(5346)

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Guided Tram Tours

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. 1101 Country Club Way S., Tues. through Sat. 1 p.m. and Sat. at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ranger guided tram tour through Boyd Hill Nature Preserve. 727-893-7326 or www.stpete.org/boyd

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Jungle Boogie  

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Saturday Guided Hikes  

Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Island Drive N.E., 9 to 11 a.clip_image004m. Bring water and a snack for the 2 hour hike through the coastal mangrove and upland ecosystems of the Preserve. Closed toed shoes and a hat are recommended. For ages 6 & up. Reserve your space by 2 p.m. on the Friday prior to the hike of your choice. Free. 727-453-6500 or http://weedonislandpreserve.eventbrite.com 

October 1, 8, 15, 22

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Saturday Guided Nature Walks 

Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde, 10 to 11:15 a.m. Enjoy the beauty of Ft. De Soto Park with a nature walk for the entire family including a guided Beach Walk. Free. Call 727-552-1862 for tour information, meeting locations or to register.   www.pinellascounty.org/park/05_Ft_Desoto.htm

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Say Good-By to Summer Heat and Hello to St. Petersburg Preservation’s October Music and Movies in the Park!

There isn’t a more beautiful spot then the downtown St. Pete waterfront in which to sit and relax while enjoying a picnic and listening to live music as the sun goes down and you are getting ready to watch a classic movie on the big screen! If you miss October Movies in the Park you won’t have another chance until May!

North Straub Park, Beach Dr. between 4th & 5th Aves. N.E. Live music at 6 followed by movies at dark. Bring a blanket and picnic dinner or purchase one from Saturday Morning Market vendors. Then settle back for an evening of music and a movie under the stars.

Convenient parking located at the BayWalk garage and the Pier parking lots. 727-824-7802 or www.stpetepreservation.org

October 6 Major League (1989) – A great comedy starring Wesley Snipes and Tom Berenger. Music by local favorite Rebekah Pulley.

October 13 Shane (1953) – The Oscar award winning western classic starring Alan Ladd and Jack Palance. Music by Hot Rod Hornets.

October 20 Key Largo (1948) – The classic with Humphreget ready for Halloween, starring Alec Baldwin & Geena Davis. Music by Daniel O’Ryan.y Bogart, Edward G. Robinson & Lauren Bacall. Music by Clearwater Bluegrass Review.

October 27 Beetlejuice (1988) – What better ready way to get ready for Halloween, starring Alec Baldwin & Geena Davis. Music by Daniel O’Ryan.

*I am not familiar with most of these movies. I advise you do google search before you take your kids out to see them. It might nake a nice date  night though.

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Saturdays@the Morean
Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Ave. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Families with children ages 5 through 10 can explore art with open art stations and take-home projects from on-site instructors. Sponsored by Bank of America. Free. 727-822-7872 or
www.moreanartscenter.org

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Planetarium Shows 

The Planetarium at SPC – Gibbs campus, 6605 5th Ave. N., Natural Sciences Bldg., SC 205. Friclip_image002[11]day nights, 7 and 8:15 p.m. Cast your eyes toward the skies and view the stars over Tampa Bay in summer. Weather permitting, the show moves to the roof, where you can see Saturn’s majestic rings. Free admission and parking. No reservations required. For ages 5 and up; children under 5 cannot be admitted to the planetarium. 727-341-4320 or http://www.spcollege.edu/spg/planetarium.htm.

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Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival

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Admission: General Park Admission
October 1 through November 14

Savor unique foods and fine wines from many other exotic locales. It’s a culinary and cultural potpourri, complete with tasty sounds from the concert series and over 20 international food and wine marketplace

Marketplace Menus & Prices

Eat to the Beat Concerts

The concerts, which are included with Epcot admission, will be at the America Gardens Theatre nightly at 5:15, 6:30 and 7:45 p.m.

*Homeschoolers

Here are are some resources to make your trip tasty and educational:

Pick up Your Marketplace Discovery Passport
Visit the Festival Welcome Center or any Disney Vacation Club Information Center in the Park to receive your Marketplace Discovery Passport. Use it to travel to a world of flavors at all of the international marketplaces around World Showcase.

When you dine at an international marketplace, you’ll receive a stamp on your passport. Each marketplace has its own unique stamp design, so you can return home with a fun keepsake.

The gals at World of Learning have made a fun and educational guide to this year’s festival. Print and prepare it before you leave. It’s small enough to tuck away in your backpack when you are going to get on some rides. Click Icon to download.

2011 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Tasting Guide

Indulge in the ultimate "Great Taste Test" at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival using our FREE Tasting Guide! This booklet is designed to supplement your family’s experience at the Festival with some fun facts, basic geographical and culinary information on each location represented and some simple mapwork. Perfectly sized to easily carry in the park, our Tasting Guide is arranged geographically and includes menus for each location with an accompanying Great Taste Test. Happy Tasting!

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Want a place to take the family, go with friends, Church groups, Scouts or educational groups? Scott’s Maze Adventures offers a unique and fun time in the country!
Come and explore Central Florida’s only Maze Adventure Park. Located just 30 miles northwest of Orlando, Long & Scott Farms is just a short drive from anywhere in Central Florida.
Our many attractions include a six acre Corn Maze, half-acre Mini Corn Maze, Mist Maze, Labyrinth, 60 foot Super Slide, picnic and play area.

We have a new and challenging maze each fall! Journey through seven acres of live field corn with miles of paths where you will find pictures, clues and games to make learning FUN!

For Information on Admission and Pricing visit Scott’s Maze Adventures

 

 

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Who Do You Think You Are?

St. Petersburg Museum of History, 335 2nd Ave. N.E., 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Learn how to trace your family tree, exclip_image002[13]plore your roots, and figure out who you are and where you came from with former St. Petersburg Times genealogy columnist Donna Murray (Allen). You’ll learn how to obtain documents, military records, research strategies and sort through conflicting information. And you’ll find out how to navigate the web, forums, message boards and find free web sites with Internet Genealogy. (Participants must bring a laptop). $50 per person/series of 4 classes. 727-894-1052 x 200 or James@spmoh.org for information or to register. Registration deadline October 8. www.spmoh.org

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clip_image004[4]Williams Park Wednesdays Picnic & Music Series

Williams Park, 330 2nd Ave. N. 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Take a midday break under the shade of Williams Park every Wednesday through September 28! Pack a lunch or purchase one from nearby restaurants and enjoy live music, games including Corn Hole Toss, and more! Downtown St. Pete…it’s the place to be! Sponsored by St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation. 727-893-7441

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Hunsader Farms 20th Annual Pumpkin Festival

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Oct. 15 & 16 – 22 & 23 – 29 & 30, 2011

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

ADMISSION $8, Children 12 and under are free PARKING $5

Everyday at the Pumpkin Festival is loads of fun and consists of:

100+ Craft Booths • Live Music • Pumpkins • Charity Pumpkin Games • Pioneer Trades Village • Hayrides • Pony Rides • Chainsaw Sculptor • Corn Maze Scarecrow Displays • Homemade Ice Cream • Farm Roasted Sweet Corn • Food Galore • Pumpkin Pie • Pumpkin Cannon-hourly• Corn Cannons• Rock Climbing Wall• Power Jump • Petting Zoo • Barnyard Playground • Face Painting • Children’s Train Ride • Juggler • Fresh Produce • Bi-Plane Rides • Remote Controlled Airplanes • Butterfly Experience • Frog Jumping Championship

The admission price includes: craft show, live shows, musical entertainment, hayrides, Pumpkin Cannon viewing, Chainsaw sculptor, playground, petting zoo and Pioneer trades village

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Sarasota Pumpkin Festival

October 28-30, 2011

Sarasota County Fairgrounds‎

3000 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota, FL 34237-5333

(941) 953-4359‎

Food Booths,Vendor Booths, Games, Rides, Stage, Power, Pumpkin Wall, Hay Rides, Food Vendors, Haunted House, Rock Climbing, Wall of Pumpkins, Concert, Pumpkin Patch, Shows

GO MAKE MEMORIES!

October 7, 2011 Posted by | Family Fun, Favorites and Cool Finds, G-Force Academy, Holidays | , , , , , | 4 Comments

Free Museum Day @ The Burg-Part 1

ArtsAlive - Free Museum Day 2011

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It was a great day for all in the Burg! FREE Museum entry to most museum’s in town. Our family headed to The Aquarium at the Pier first. I was so happy it was free because it was small and had very little to offer. When we left a light rain started that felt quite refreshing.

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We passed lots of artsy vendors on our way to The Museum of Fine Arts. I know what I ‘m doing with all those old Lp’s in the garage!

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Kind of cool, kind of creepy Wizard of Oz inspired Art?

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We girls found some funky domino bracelets, vintage spoon bracelets and composition notebooks with vinyl albums for covers.

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The kids have an assignment to make their own replica of one thing they liked best from our day out. When their projects are finished I will post them.

Stay tuned to see our favorites from the Museum of Fine Arts.

October 7, 2011 Posted by | Family Fun, G-Force 411, G-Force Academy | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Our Homeschool Planners-Part 1

Our family celebrates the start of the new school year by having a special date with each child with just mom and dad. It’s usually a dessert date. A sweet start to the new school year! We talk to them about what they are interested in learning about, their struggles, their strength’s. After the date hubby and I take time to write out a letter of blessing to them.

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We write them another letter at the end of the school year. I am trying to be diligent in sending actual pictures to print on a monthly basis to add to their personal yearbook at the end of the school year.I will include scans of sample of their artwork and special assignments. I have a thermal book binder so I may try using that for textural book. ‘We’ll keep you posted of our progress.

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I wanted to make their portfolios more of a keepsake, a treasury of their favorite and things they are most proud of. We include pics and stats and they get to fill it out themselves. I enjoy digital scrapbooking and have used freebies from Shabby Princess.

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Setting Goals

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We set goals together with the child and then we pray for them.

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They love having their own calendar to fill in.

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Monthly Reading Log

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Weekly Lesson Log

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During the Thanksgiving break they have a journal page to write in what they are thankful for and to help them think of ways they can keep Christ in Christmas.

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October 6, 2011 Posted by | Favorites and Cool Finds, G-Force Academy, Once Upon A Family | , , , , | Leave a comment

See YOU at the Pole

See you at the Pole is a nationwide student led prayer rally done mostly in public schools the 4th Wednesday in September each year. My oldest son Mikael and a friend have been organizing this event for two years for homeschoolers in our city. This year Mikael took it on by himself. He did a great job. He  has chosen to hold the event in a central city in the county. He emailed people in our local support groups and contacted the city hall to inform them of the event and to invite their staff to join us.

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We were pleasantly surprised to find out that the mayor of the mayor of the city is a Christian. He shared with the kids about his faith and encouraged them to be obedient to their parents, to work hard at their studies and thanked them for praying for him and his staff.

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The sun is always blaring hot but the joy of watching our kids standing together praying for their families, local communities and national leaders makes it all worth it.

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Immediately following the event we have fellowship and lunch at a park close by.

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This was Mike’s final year facilitating the prayer rally since he graduates high school this year (sniff, sniff).  I was blown away by his devotional share. It was a rally cry for warriors for Jesus! In spite of wrenches that the enemy has tried to throw his way this year he has fought the good fight and emerged victorious in Christ Jesus. His focus is being set apart for his purpose for his life.

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He encourages me and inspires me not only to be a better mom but a more holy one. One that surrenders her agenda for her kids and continually gives them over to God, for His glory.

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Thanks to all the families that came out to pray and play!

I hope you and your family take advantage of this opportunity in the coming years. Visit See you at Pole for more information and to sign up for updates.

Soli Deo Gloria!

 

September 30, 2011 Posted by | Familia, Family Fun, G-Force 411, G-Force Academy, On My Heart, Once Upon A Family | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Collect ROCKS Day! Huh?!

Yes, September 16th is Collect Rocks Day.

Although I found no credible source Martha Stewart has rock crafts. If she playing with rocks then I will too! 

My kids have been collecting them well since they could reach for them to stick them in their mouths.

Go for a walk and make sure to bring a basket or tote bag for each person to toss their finds in. when you get home gather the troops for a rockin’ good time decorating.

If you want to make a day of it. Pack a picnic and take the paints, brushes, and any other supplies and make the mess at the park. Invite some friends to join and no doubt there will be some trading of these freshly made collectables.

I am amazed at how many resources and ideas I found to incorporate into Collect Rocks Day. Maybe it’s my love for unit studies. I try to always incorporate our faith into our schooling. And there are a few scriptures that refer to rocks. (Well Duh!) God made the rocks! Share these verses with your kids as you celebrate the day.

He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God who does no wrong,
upright and just is he.

Deuteronomy 32:4 (NIV)

Joshua 4:1-9

New King James Version (NKJV)

The Memorial Stones

1 And it came to pass, when all the people had completely crossed over the Jordan, that the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying: 2 “Take for yourselves twelve men from the people, one man from every tribe, 3 and command them, saying, ‘Take for yourselves twelve stones from here, out of the midst of the Jordan, from the place where the priests’ feet stood firm. You shall carry them over with you and leave them in the lodging place where you lodge tonight.’”
4 Then Joshua called the twelve men whom he had appointed from the children of Israel, one man from every tribe; 5 and Joshua said to them: “Cross over before the ark of the LORD your God into the midst of the Jordan, and each one of you take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, 6 that this may be a sign among you when your children ask in time to come, saying, ‘What do these stones mean to you?’ 7 Then you shall answer them that the waters of the Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD; when it crossed over the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. And these stones shall be for a memorial to the children of Israel forever.”
8 And the children of Israel did so, just as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones from the midst of the Jordan, as the LORD had spoken to Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them to the place where they lodged, and laid them down there. 9 Then Joshua set up twelve stones in the midst of the Jordan, in the place where the feet of the priests who bore the ark of the covenant stood; and they are there to this day.


Exodus 17:5-7

New King James Version (NKJV)

5 And the LORD said to Moses, “Go on before the people, and take with you some of the elders of Israel. Also take in your hand your rod with which you struck the river, and go. 6 Behold, I will stand before you there on the rock in Horeb; and you shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink.”
And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.
7 So he called the name of the place Massah[a] and Meribah,[b] because of the contention of the children of Israel, and because they tempted the LORD, saying, “Is the LORD among us or not?”


Exodus 33:21-23

New King James Version (NKJV)

21 And the LORD said, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock. 22 So it shall be, while My glory passes by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock, and will cover you with My hand while I pass by. 23 Then I will take away My hand, and you shall see My back; but My face shall not be seen.”


Matthew 16:18

New International Version (NIV)

18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it.

(the Greek word for Peter means rock)


Psalm 18:2

New King James Version (NKJV)

2 The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer;
My God, my strength, in whom I will trust;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

(horn symbolizes strength)


Luke 6:47-49

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

47 I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”

(Jesus is the Rock!)


Matthew 7:23-25

New King James Version (NKJV)

23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness!’

Build on the Rock

24 “Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock: 25 and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.


1 Samuel 17:48-50

New King James Version (NKJV)

48 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hurried and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. 49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth. 50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.


Luke 19:37-40

New International Version 1984 (NIV1984)

37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen:

38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[b]

“Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”

39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!”

40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.”


Here is a short video of Douglas Stahlman’s and his fabled "Scripture Rocks."

Below are some cool pics and links to inspire you

from around the WWW.

Paint with acrylic paints, glow in the dark paints or permanent markers. If you want to be able to change up the design use Chalk Ink markers.You can wipe them clean and start over.

  

Use some permanent markers to write thoughtful words, names and scripture. What a neat way to carry your bible memory verse around. You can just reach into your purse or pocket for it. If you run into a friend you can share it with them and then they can pass it on to someone else. I think this rock thing is gonna catch on!

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Use as garden markers

 

Make them into necklaces. Boys would definitely wear a rock necklace, especially if it looked like a gross eyeball.

 

Happy Rock Collecting Day!

 

You can also decoupage paper, fabric or any drawing or magazine cutout to your rocks. Here is a simple recipe I saw on Pinterest by the DIY Divas. I have always just used straight glue but will give this recipe a try when we decorate our rocks.

I just love how you can incorporate these rocks into your home décor by displaying them on a shelf or putting them in a bowl or basket.

                                          

 fabric or decorative paper decoupage from modpodgerocksblog.com

 

 

matryoshka rocks also from modpodgerocksblog.com

 

These hot rocks are crazy cool!  I saw them on A Girl and a Glue Gun. All you need is crayons and an oven. Oh, and DUH, rocks!

 

Go Make Some Memories!

September 12, 2011 Posted by | Family Fun, G-Force 411, G-Force Academy, Holidays, Once Upon A Family | , , | Leave a comment

Summer School = Fun!

I love History! Get a daily dose with

 This Day in History”.

This is a quick and easy way to keep

learning over the summer with your

kids. Let the kids pick an event that

is interesting to them and research

it. Share it with Dad at the dinner

table!

God’s world News also has a nice

timeline style daily history.

 

Happy Summer Schooling!

 

June 10, 2011 Posted by | Family Fun, Favorites and Cool Finds, G-Force 411, G-Force Academy, Once Upon A Family | , , , | Leave a comment

Sunny Sunday in St. Petersburg, Florida

Last year was the Waterfront Park’s Centennial in Downtown St. Petersburg. Above is the poster to commemorate the celebration. It’s so cool that we were actually sitting in the very middle of the above poster. We took pictures in those very Banyan trees!

I was on the hunt to add more relaxed and balanced family activities after a year of fun at the happiest place on earth.

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My Clowns.They always play along!

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We had a glorious time together at the North Straub Waterfront Park. We finally found balance from the busyness.

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After stopping at Michael’s to buy some Prismacolor pencils (with a coupon of course), we headed out to have some family fun. The outdoor cafes were buzzing, people walking their dogs, families tossing Frisbees and couples walking hand in hand enjoying the cool breeze.

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We had fun taking pictures and getting artsy.

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They will be called oaks of righteousness,

a planting of the LORD

for the display of His Splendor.

Isaiah 61:3b

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After we had our picnic snacks we all took to our creating some art. How could you not with such a view and vibe all around you.

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Sometimes kids (adults too) don’t know where to begin or what to draw. Here are some great products to help your family get started.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Sanford Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencil Set, 72/Tin with New Colors

 

 

 

 

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We had the Museum of Fine Art to our right, the new Chihuly Museum to our backs and the blue sky and waters in front of us.

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We had a very relaxing time

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The kids had fun drawing and playing with bubbles

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This is my favorite drawing of the day.

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Zachary’s view from our blanket, of the new Chihuly Museum.

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There’s our very own artist!

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You know it’s good day when your kids give you “huggles”.

 

GO MAKE SOME MEMORIES!

May 1, 2011 Posted by | Familia, Family Fun, G-Force 411, G-Force Academy, Once Upon A Family | , , | Leave a comment

Wowio

Have you heard of WOWIO? some time ago I was fortunate enough to find them when they were offering some very cool hands on books as pdf downloads. I was going through my files and found them. I decided to check if WOWIO had any new good freebies.

They do have some interesting books sponsored by The Red Cross but not the ones I downloaded. However, you can read them online or you can buy the download for only $1.99. I hope to use some of them this semester. Check them out!

BTW, you might have to setup a free account to access these.

Happy Schooling!

Monica

Book cover: Great Ancient Egypt Projects You Can Build Yourself by Carmella Van Vleet Book cover: Tools of the Ancient Romans: A Kid's Guide to the History and Science of Life in Ancient Rome by Rachel Dickinson Book cover: Tools of the Ancient Greeks: A Kid's Guide to the History and Science of Life in Ancient Greece by Kris Bordessa

Book cover: Tools of Native Americans: a Kid's Guide to the History and Culture of the First Americans by Kim Kavin Book cover: Great Colonial America Projects You Can Build Yourself by Kris Bordessa Book cover: Great Civil War Projects You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson

Book cover: Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself by Rachel Dickinson Book cover: Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself by Maxine Anderson Book cover: Tools of Navigation: A Kid's Guide to the History and Science of Finding Your Way by Rachel Dickinson

January 28, 2011 Posted by | Favorites and Cool Finds, G-Force Academy | Leave a comment

Social Studies: China-Chinese New Year 2011

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It’s the year of the rabbit

 

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 Epcot’s China Pavilion with Mushu 2008

We have briefly studied China before during the Beijing Olympics. We are returning to it. This time we are covering all of Asia. We are kicking of our Asia unit with Chinese New Year! A visit to Epcot’s China pavilion, crafts, and Chinese food are definitely part of our celebration. I am putting together some printouts that I will be using with my kids. I’ll share them with you during the coming weeks.

Here are some resources to help you teach about China and celebrate Chinese New Year with your family.

Links:

http://crafts.kaboose.com/holidays/chinese-new-years/chinese-new-years-crafts.html

http://familyfun.go.com/chinese-new-year/

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/chinesenewyear/

http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/chinese_new_year_crafts.htm

 

Happy New Year !

 

新年快乐

January 27, 2011 Posted by | Disney Fun, G-Force Academy, Holidays | Leave a comment

Geography-Kerala, India

Today we received our first letter from our Gospel for Asia son. How exciting! We picked him because he looks like our youngest son and he shares the same birthday as Alf.

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“What a Cutey!”

Sponser a child at Gospel For Asia.

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“Isn’t his handwriting and alphabet beautiful?!

In his letter he mentioned monsoon rains and the paddy cultivation. Huh? What’s a paddy? The picture Nikhil colored for us mentioned traditional boat races. What is that like? Inquiring minds want to know! Hello Google!

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What an excellent use of color coordination and he didn’t color outside the lines!

The kids and I all gathered around the ‘puter and had an impromptu social studies lesson. And guess what?! I didn’t plan it, LOL! Gather your family and learn about Kerala India, “God’s own Country” with us. BTW, God owns all the earth, not just India!

Happy Schooling!

Beautiful scenery and lots of rain!

What hard workers these people are. All this for rice. I am so blessed to have Publix.

Their hands are so skilled.

Below is what we read from good ole Wikipedia on their yearly festival called Onam. This is where the boat races are held. check out the video too!

Onam (Malayalam: ഓണം) is the largest festival in the Indian state of Kerala. It falls during the first month of the Malayalam calendar which is Chingam (August–September) and marks the homecoming of the legendary King Maveli. The festival lasts for ten days and is linked to many elements of Kerala’s culture and tradition. Intricate flower carpets, elaborate banquet lunch, snake boat races, Puli Kali, and the kaikottikkali dance all play a part in the festival.

The most important things about Onam are the onakkodi, the new clothes worn on this day and onam sadya, a feast which is quite elaborate. This is usually a feast served on banana leaves and serves rice along with at least an array of 4 dishes. Traditional pickles and papadam are also served. Dessert is usually ‘payasam’, a sweet dish made of milk, sugar and other traditional Indian savories.

During Onam, people create a multi-coloured floral decoration on the ground in the front of their home called pookkalam. Young children especially girls are often entrusted with the task of gathering and laying out the flowers in elaborate patterns. Competitions are held on onam day to create this floral design. It is usually 1.5 m in Diameter usually in circular shape. A lamp is usually placed as part of the design. In the recent years, the floral designs have evolved from the traditional circular shape to unique designs depicting different cultural and social aspects of Kerala life.

The Vallamkali (the snake boat race) is another event that is synonymous with Onam. Well-known races include the Aranmula Boat Race and the Nehru Trophy Boat Race. About 100 oarsmen row huge and graceful snake boats and men and women come from far and near to watch the snake boats skim through the water.

 

I’ve never seen such a large boat. Looks like a great time visit Keral, India.

 

All we needed to know in one video!

January 20, 2011 Posted by | Family Fun, Favorites and Cool Finds, G-Force Academy, Holidays | Leave a comment

Less is more

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We will be skipping this semester at SPC. I didn’t have peace about it. We waited to long to register and there was only one class we needed available at GIBBS campus, which is the closest one to us. I have been wanting to spend more time doing one on one school with the kids and other extra curricular activities. Most classes that we need are in Seminole campus 30 minutes away. All the driving back and forth to drop off and pick up hubby at work plus this and other classes the kids take is not appealing.

I prayed with Mike this morning (what a precious time that was) and shared what our vision was for Alf and I for our family.  It is less about academics and more about family time together, building godly character, establishing healthy lifelong relationships, and to foster a love of learning. We don’t want to just accumulate credits just to have them . It sounds to much like the rat race most adults live in. We asked the Lord to make it clear. We left it in God’s hands and went about our day.

Mike wanted to skip this semester. I’m learning to let him make more of his own choices (within reason). I was willing to run myself ragged to give him more. He agreed with our vision and wanted to learn more things here at home and continue his video projects which is his passion. He kept calling to find out if he would be dropped by the dual enrollment program if he skipped a semester but only got voicemail. We started putting together a list of classes that he could take online or at Seminole campus.

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My stress was growing at the thought of all the driving back and forth between dance, drama, photography, errands, video, Alf’s job, church, etc. Being a one car family is tough.

So, I quietly said in my heart “Lord, we are stuck, help I want to move on with my to do list. Please work it out for us!”

I tried calling this time and not only were we calling the wrong office all morning we were told that there is no penalty for skipping a semester except that it counts toward the 9 semesters they allow for dual enrollment. Also, if we decide to do an online class we can drop it within a certain time period if it doesn’t work for us.

The cool part is that I was instant messaging Alfonso about it asking his opinion and he was ok with Mike skipping a semester. I felt relieved. As I typed my instant message, I asked Mike how he felt about the answer and he said, “relieved”. We both felt the same way! I’d say that is confirmation. God is good!

Just like the last minute decision to change the Christmas party due to weather. My friend Dawn, asked me how would I feel afterwards if I moved I it to the next day. I felt horrible that it was  last minute. But, again my answer  was “relieved”.

For some reason it is very hard for me to make decisions. It could be my desire to please everyone and make it work for everyone. That is a sinful and arrogant thought. I couldn’t do that even if I tried. There is only one God and He doesn’t expect me to strive to be more or do more than my best. In order to do my best I must be at my best.

My husband and kids deserve to have a joyful, wife and mom. One of my goals is to represent Christ well to my family. I belong to Him. I am the daughter of the King of Kings. I need not fret about such matters as dual enrollments and mileage. He takes care of my every need and I do not need to wait for an audience with Him. He always has time for His precious princess.

These are verses that I’ve been reminded of today:

 

“For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” Matt. 11:30

The Greek translation of burden is “load, cargo” and for the word light it’s easy to “bear” I must learn to not feel as though I must run myself into the ground in order to please my Lord. He is a gentle master and homeschooling my kids should bring me joy not stress. (note to self: I know that all days are not going to be like peaches and cream. I‘m not delusional!)

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness,

and all these things will be given to you as well.

Matthew 6: 33

My part is simply to seek Him. It requires action on my part!

 

Trust in the LORD with all your heart

         And do not lean on your own understanding.

In all your ways acknowledge Him,        

        And He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3: 5 & 6

The word Trust in this verse means to be confident, sure, bold. The word Heart is referring to the “inner man, the mind, will, and feelings” That is a lot to give in trust to the LORD. But notice that it is in caps referring to God as Jehovah, which means the self-existent God, the Eternal one. Since he’s eternal and doesn’t need me nor anything or anyone else to sustain Himself, I think He is more than capable of guiding me down all the paths He has laid out for me. Don’t you think?

To Acknowledge Him is to KNOW Him! Get to know Him! Read His love letter to YOU!

 

Dear Father,

Please help me to come to you quickly when I am in need of direction. LORD, help me to put you first every day. Thank you for providing a way for me to be a stay at homeshool mom. Help me to live worthy of this high calling to raise these children up for you glory. Grant me the boldness needed to make decision in faith and not cower in fear and help me parent and homeschool in grace and not just be busy with a day filled with things that have no eternal value. Bless our little homeschool Lordl.

Amen

Praising the Lord and feeling light as a feather!

January 6, 2011 Posted by | G-Force Academy, On My Heart | Leave a comment

New Year, New Hope 2011

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My mind is spinning with hopes and dreams about what the Lord might do in our family’s life this new year. I am sitting in bed with my laptop surrounded by a pile of laundry that I need to fold. Normally, I would be stressed and overwhelmed and frustrated at the thought of having to do this menial task when what I really want to do is plan all the great new things for our family schedule and homeschool. But, I have learned to be content and faithful in the daily tasks that God has entrusted me with for this present moment. There are so many things I want to learn and do this year.

I want to read lots of books, have more active play with friends and family. I plan to learn how to knit, play the piano and guitar, read more, exercise and let my foodie free! In our homeschool there will be more hands on fun and I am going to enjoy gaining photography and photoshop skills along with some video production and newspaper editing. I also hope to turn some unique art pieces with the kids. I am currently on a mission to organize my thoughts, set goals and chart a course of action to accomplish these things.

I am embracing my call to live a lifestyle of learning with my family! The more I seek His wisdom the more clear and exciting His plan becomes.

Many plans are in a man’s mind,

but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand.

Proverbs 19: 21

 

All for HIS Glory!

How about YOU?! Comment below.

January 2, 2011 Posted by | G-Force Academy | Leave a comment

Flat Stanley Travels Back Home to Oregon

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We had a lot of fun with Flat Stanley. He was visiting us from Oregon. Above you can see the souvenirs we included with Stanley on his trip back home. We made some copies of activity sheets about Florida, some postcards, a Christmas card some drawing the kids made, a little box made from an old Christmas card that we put a a seashell in, brochures, and a comic strip we happen to see a few weeks before about Flat Stanley. We can’t wait to get our Flat Stanley back home with us!

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Check out our album below with pictures of the pages the kids filled in of their visit with Stanley.  To learn more about Flat Stanley’s Adventures and how you can participate click Here. We can’t wait to get our Flat Stanley back home with us!

Happy Schooling!

 

 

December 7, 2009 Posted by | Family Fun, G-Force Academy | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thanksgiving Family Fun

There is so much to do during the holidays that it is easy to get overwhelmed and miss opportunities for learning and growing together as a family. I hope the following links, ideas, and activities help you to have a fun and blessed Thanksgiving holiday that focuses on God’s love and providence.

Psalm 100

A Psalm for giving thanks.

1Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. 2Worship the Lord with gladness;come before him with joyful songs.3 Know that the Lord is God.It is He that made us, and we are his we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.4Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise His name.5For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues throughout all generations.

Download Thanksgiving Family Fun Here

GO MAKE MEMORIES!

I have very fond memories of watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with my parents growing up. It was a thrill to see all the floats, broadway acts, balloons and celebrities kicking off the Christmas season. How exciting it ws whne a balloon had a mind of it’s own. Now with my family I don’t get to sit and enjoy the entire parade because I’m preparing our meal but jsut having it in the background and catching a few acts here and there is enough to warm my heart.

 

Our family is using  the “ThanksLiving Treasure Box” by Family Life Ministries. I have searched high and low for it on the web and it seems to be discontinued. I purchased mine used at homeschool book sale earlier this year. It is a 6 day devotional set that includes six biblically-based lessons on thankfulness and creative ideas to celebrate Thanksgiving.

 Visit my amazon store for some great Thanksgiving books to find at your local library or purchase them from amazon used and keep your Christmas budget in check. Books are a great way to celebrate with. Family read alouds an increasing quality family library adds to the fun of any holiday. Set out a basket with your seasonal favorites and enjoy.

A fantastic book to read with your family is Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving. This entertaining and historical story shows that the actual hero of the Thanksgiving was neither white nor Indian, but God. In 1608, English traders came to Massachusetts and captured a 12-year old Indian, Squanto, and sold him into slavery. He was raised by Christians and taught faith in God. Ten years later he was sent home to America. Upon arrival, he learned an epidemic had wiped out his entire village. But God had plans for Squanto. God delivered a Thanksgiving miracle: an English-speaking Indian living in the exact place where the Pilgrims land in a strange new world.

Must see video with the book’s author! Glory to God!

Here are some of my favorites:

. . . If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 By Ann McGovern
 
Stories of the Pilgrims By Margaret B Pumphrey

Thanksgiving: A Time to Remember (Family Life Books) By Barbara Rainey
 

November 23, 2009 Posted by | G-Force Academy | 1 Comment

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