Thursday, May 12, 2011

Swimming With the Penguins

Anna and I have spent the last few weeks doing a penguin unit study. We have have studied not only penguins, but also their habitats, predators, Antarctica, the Arctic, and the men who explored Antarctica and the Arctic. When we do a unit study, we incorporate as many subjects into it as possible. Instead of just doing science when we do an animal study, I find ways to work in social studies and language arts as much as possible.

We read lots of books when we do a unit study. I had a picture of the 14 library books I had checked out for Anna to read. Russty deleted it. He says he thought they were EBay pictures. Honestly! Here is a list of them: 
Antartica~Wendy Viero
Life Under ice~Mary M.Cerullo
Summer Ice~Bruce McMillan
Sir Earnest Shackleton~Hal Marcovitz
What's a Penguin Doing in a Place Like This~MiriumSchlein
Penguins~Gail Gibbons
Penguins and Polar Bears~Sandra Lee Crow
 The Emperor's Egg~Martin Jenkins
Penguins and their chicks~Margaret Hall
Penguins and Antarctica~Mary Pope Osbourne
Eve of the Emperor Penguin~Mary Pope Osbourne
Mr. Popper's Penguins~Richard and Florence Atwater
Black Whiteness~Robert Burleigh

Yes, Anna read them all. We also blubbered through March of the Penguins together. Anna has inherited my low tolerance for nature documentaries. For written work, I printed worksheets from Homeschool Share which is a wonderful resource for unit studies. Lots of free stuff. We put them in the scrapbook she has been working on this year. Here are some pics.

I am now working on a lion/Africa unit study to finish out the year. I'm so excited! I'll do a post on it when we're done.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Book Review:31 Days of Power by Ruth Myers

I received a free copy of 31 Days of Power by Ruth Myers from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of review. This is the 2nd "31 Days" devotional book I have read, and I have enjoyed both of them. The focus of 31 Days of power is spiritual warfare. Every devotional reading is a scripture based prayer that focuses on a different spiritual warfare theme such as the power of God's goodness, victory, overcoming the world, etc. Ms. Myers has provided the scripture she used when writing each prayer for easy reference. At the end of the devotional is a short Bible study on the dynamics of spiritual warfare.
I think any Christian would benefit from reading this book. It is very practical, and easy to apply in daily life.