Martin Luther King Jr. Day Activities

This post was written several years back over at Simply Living…for Him. This is how we celebrated Martin Luther Kind Jr. Day!

Today is Martin Luther King Day, and we normally do some fun stuff in our homeschool on that day anyway.  So that’s what we did!  Some fun stuff!

First we had our Bible and devotional time.  We read from Romans 3 and discussed verse 23, “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  We talked about how no one, not one of us, is righteous and not one of us is without sin.  Therefore, we have no right to judge others or think ourselves better than others.  This was a great lead in conversation for Martin Luther King.

We talked about his life.  We talked about segregation.  We talked about his death.

John asked, “Is he in heaven? Because I can’t wait to meet him.” Precious…

We sang,  “Jesus Loves the Little Children.”  Then we made paper chains of different colors and wrote ways to be kind to ALL people on them and hung them up.

One of the chains


The completed chains.  We put all 3 together to make one big one and hung it on the door.

We made paper people and John had the great idea to make an earth with the children all around.

John’s beautiful earth with people all around it

We watched the famous “I Have a Dream” speech and, as happens every year, I had chills and tears.

The view from my lap as Ethan looked on and watched the “I Have a Dream” speech

After our Martin Luther King activities, we wrapped up our Digestive System studies in Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Anatomy and Physiology.

What fun we had!

The kid’s assignment was to desgin an amusement park with the theme “Digestive Sytem.” They had  a blast designing rides, games, snack bars, shows, etc. all based on the digestive system.

There was the small intestine roller coaster, the rock wall made of teeth, and the esophagus log flume, among many, many other creative designs!

We had absolutely the best time with this!  And I can tell the kids have really learned the information based on the design of their projects. SO fun!



So what isn’t always a “normal” day, can sometimes turn into great memories and great fun!




Bible Based Homeschooling at Christmas

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*This is a repost from 2013

Now that we have taken a break from studying Genesis, we are taking all of December to study Jesus. We are learning about the prophecies fulfilled int he Bible and Jesus’ birth.

I am compiling a list of resources that we have been using. We have been reading the Bible every morning…the Christmas story in Luke on most days, and adding in Old Testament verses dealing with the prophecies.

So far we have focused on Isaiah 7:14, Micah 5:2, and Hosea 11:1. 

We also are worshipping together each morning by singing Christmas hymns.  A beautiful way to start the day.

I am still using spelling words from our scriptures. Each child has a list on Spelling City. Every Friday they are tested on their words.

Our history is all based on biblical history right now. For science, we plan on watching The Star of Bethlehem video and learning about the science behind the actual star of Bethlehem.

We are also using these video to really understand the science and mathematical probability that Jesus fulfilled all of the prophecies in the Old Testament:

Jesus Christ historically fulfilled over 300 prophecies accidentally

300 Messianic Prophecies Fulfilled

The Messiah Prophecy Fulfilled

Unbelievable. Do you know the probability that He coincidentally fulfilled just 17  of the prophecies is

480,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000, or one chance in 480 billion x 1 billion x 1 trillion? And there are over 300 prohecies! Fascinating stuff.

I just would also like to add…keep looking for everyday life lessons. It is so important to make learning more than anything in a text book, but real and applicable to life. My daughter was making cookies the other day, and it was delightful when she squealed from the kitchen, “Oh fractions make sense now!” She was using the measuring cup and she had to adjust some of them because we didn’t have all the cups necessary. For example, she needed 3/4 cup and I didn’t have that one, so she took 1/2 and 1/4.  She said when she saw it in real life it made more sense. Real life learning. The only time where it really sticks. 

 Here is a list of some things we have used so far. I will be posting more about this through December.


Prophecies Fulfilled in Jesus

Christ’s First Coming: Prophecy

Jesus’ Birth in Bethlehem

Life of Christ/ Birth of Jesus

Blue Letter Bible Commentary, Luke

John Macarthur Sermon-Prophecy of Jesus

Nativity printables- prek

Pre K Letter “J” for Jesus

Answers in Genesis, Christmas Star

Answers in Genesis- The Christmas Town video

The Star of Bethlehem Video

The Nativity Story movie






Christmas Schooling with the Bible


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This is a repost from December 2012 (from my other blog…Simply Living for Him)

It’s been another good week in our homeschool studies as we prepare for Christmas. Besides cookie baking, crafts, and preparations, we have been able to get in a good amount of schoolwork. For that, I am thankful.

This week we continued to focus on the prophecies that Jesus fulfilled. We read from the Bible each morning, and  I must say, at times I was blown away by the Old Testament, knowing that those prophecies were real and were fulfilled by Jesus. Specifically, Isaiah 53 blew me away. How can anyone read it and NOT believe Jesus is Messiah. Written hundreds of years before His birth, it depicts in detail his death.

Who has believed our message

    and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?

He grew up before him like a tender shoot,

    and like a root out of dry ground.

He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,

    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.

He was despised and rejected by mankind,

    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain.

Like one from whom people hide their faces

    he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.

 Surely he took up our pain

    and bore our suffering,

yet we considered him punished by God,

    stricken by him, and afflicted.

 But he was pierced for our transgressions,

    he was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on him,

    and by his wounds we are healed.

We all, like sheep, have gone astray,

    each of us has turned to our own way;

and the Lord has laid on him

    the iniquity of us all.

 He was oppressed and afflicted,

    yet he did not open his mouth;

he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,

    and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,

    so he did not open his mouth.

 By oppression and judgment he was taken away.

    Yet who of his generation protested?

For he was cut off from the land of the living;

    for the transgression of my people he was punished.

 He was assigned a grave with the wicked,

    and with the rich in his death,

though he had done no violence,

    nor was any deceit in his mouth.

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,

    and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin,

he will see his offspring and prolong his days,

    and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.

 After he has suffered,

    he will see the light of life and be satisfied;

by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many,

    and he will bear their iniquities.

 Therefore I will give him a portion among the great,

    and he will divide the spoils with the strong, 

because he poured out his life unto death, 

    and was numbered with the transgressors. 

For he bore the sin of many, 

    and made intercession for the transgressors.


We also talked about probabilities and how statistically impossible it would be for Jesus to fulfill all 333 prophecies accidentally. My 7 year old even chose this topic for his expository speech with our ICC public speaking group this week. He was that interested in the topic!

We used these printables from Bright Ideas Press to work on our copy work. Also my oldest copied Isaiah 53 this week, and the younger ones copied Hosea 11:1 and Micah 5:2.

We watched “The Star of Bethlehem” DVD which also blew us away. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. It is truly amazing to see how God has told His story in the stars. This movie uses computer software to show us EXACTLY what the sky looked like at Jesus’ birth and His death. You will NOT believe it! It is simply mind blowing!


I have been  fully amazed by God’s enormity this week and His power. Truly.

We also focused a great deal on geography this week. We went over many of the basics for the little ones (continents, etc.) and then tied in Bethlehem and the middle east. We used some great internet resources to take virtual tours of Bethlehem. We also had a blast using Google Earth to take a tour of many of the sites! {We got carried away using this to travel all over the world! It really was a great geography resource!}


We also learned several words/sayings in Hebrew. The kids had fun trying to say all of the different words.


We also focused on  creative writing and poetry and each child wrote a story and a  Christmas poem.


We did a great deal of reviewing math this week at each child’s level. We are trying to get ahead so that we can take a week off for Christmas break.


We also printed out our Christmas Kindness tags and are using our Christmas Angel to think of fun ideas to bless our friends and neighbors. You can read more about our ChristmasActs of Kindess here.   Print out your own tags here.  Each child has a turn putting out the Christmas Angel with their idea. The others enjoy finding her in the morning. We named her “Gabrielle Joy” or “Gabby Joy” for short. 😉


I pray you are enjoying your Christmas season, and keeping it simple. Focus on the reason for the season and the greatest gift!



And one final thought…I posted this on my facebook page yesterday.


God truly prepared me to face the current trial we are in. Just thinking how I have been studying the Bible more than ever these past few months- between our school studies, women’s Bible study at church, and my own personal study. He has equipped me for this time in my life and armed me with the greatest tool- HIS WORD. Just love realizing how He orchestrated things just perfectly.


Isn’t it amazing that just at the time I would need to be equipped for some trials in life, is the time that I have studied the Bible more than ever before. God knew I would need His Word, and prepared me for the perfect time. What an amazing God we serve! He truly does equip us for our needs!


To read another post in this series click here: Using the Bible as Your Main Text at Christmas



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Advent eBook for Families

Bow of Bronze has an Advent eBook for families:

Celebrate Jesus: Light of the World is an Advent Celebration for Families. Included in the Advent Celebration are daily readings from God’s Word, a daily Christmas carol selection, crafts, recipes, and suggested activities for each day, and a more in depth devotional study guide for teens and parents.  We also include links to coloring pages, books, and complimentary products. All the information you need to make Jesus the heart of your Christmas celebration is found in the pages of this book.

This book is available in KJV or ESV

Head over to Bow of Bronze for more info:


Be Thankful eBook from Kids in the Word

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I am excited to tell you all about a new eBook by Amanda Pelser from Kids in the Word.

Be Thankful is a lovely book that is sure to inspire the whole family. It is a study for the whole family to cultivate thankfulness. As we approach the time of year where we focus on thankfulness, Amanda does a great job of focusing on thankfulness year-round.

I had the privilege to write the foreword for this book. From our own experience with studying the Word as a family, this book is sure to be a delight for any family wishing to find ways to spend more time in the Word together. This book is chock full of printables and journaling pages. Don’t miss the introductory price of just $5.99 for a limited time!

Head over to Kids in the Word now to read more about this new Bible-based resource!

Saying Grace: A Prayer of Thanksgiving


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Looking for a resource to teach little ones this Thanksgiving?

Saying Grace: A Prayer of Thanksgiving (Traditions of Faith) is available at Amazon.

Find special mealtime prayers and Thanksgiving activities inside!
Grace’s mind was racing. What was that spelling word that meant ‘great generosity in giving’? She squeezed her eyes shut, and it came to her. Bounty. That was the word!
Journey back in time with Grace and relive both the hardships and blessings along with her pioneer family. Saying Grace tells the story of one girl and her discovery of the value of mealtime prayer at her family’s first Thanksgiving.

Saying Grace: A Prayer of Thanksgiving (Traditions of Faith)