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Happy Feast of "Nabertacles" :)

"It's time for the Feast of Tabernacles! The Feast gets Jelly dreaming of a world of peace and harmony after Jesus Christ returns to establish the wonderful Kingdom of God. (Isaiah 11:6 , Leviticus 23:29-43)" -- United Church of God

We ♥ this video!
"The Feast of Trumpets heralds the return of Jesus Christ, where He resurrects the dead in Christ and changes those Christians who are still alive (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 ; 1 Corinthians 15), and begins to remove all tyrannical governments (Revelation 11:15-18 ). The next destination in God's master plan of salvation is the Day of Atonement, where Christ removes Satan and incarcerates him (Revelation 20:1-3 ). Only then can peace break out on earth (Isaiah 14:7 ; 11). This leads to the next step as represented by the Feast of Tabernacles, when Jesus will rule as the great Sovereign for 1,000 years." -- The Biblical Map to Jesus Christ's Return

Our family is headed to Big Fork, Montana to celebrate the 8 day Festival {October 1st - 8th} with our church family!  I'll be back on the 10th of October. In the meantime. . .

"I'm dreaming of the Kingdom, God's great Kingdom, 
All the things in store for you and me. . ."

Happy Feast of Tabernacles! ♥

All About Reading Level 2 {Sneak Peek Review}

I am excited to announce that the official release of All About Reading Level 2 is tomorrow, September 28th.

In honor of its release, All About Reading Level 2 will be 10% off from September 28 through October 8. {Just the Level 2 components}

Check out Level 2 materials and PDF samples.

If I could only write a two word review of what I have seen so far (the first six lessons), I would say: "Love it," because I do. But, I also want to say: "Worth it," because I think it is. 

What makes All About Reading so special? 

The lessons are scripted and you know exactly what to do every step of the way.  

Reading concepts are taught in a logical, understandable order and there are no gaps. And everything you need is included. 

The lessons are multi-sensory and engage the child using sight, sound and touch

All About Reading has continual review. 

And All About Reading Level 2 continues to be all that All About Reading has come to be known for.

This last month has been such a busy time for us. With soccer season, harvest season, and a new school year, we seem busier than usual. To top it off, trials seem to be coming one after another. But, despite all that is going on, it was a relief to be able to sit down, with all the materials I needed, all the words I needed to say, and teach my son to read. 

Reviewing the phonograms from Level 1. 

"Feed the Anteater" -- review of Lesson 1 words.

Reading: Lesson 1 Practice Sheet
Malachi only missed two words on the Practice Sheet -- blank and shrank (he used the short /a/ instead of a long /a/ sound). These were covered in Level 1, Lesson 38, so I will go back and review that lesson with him. Otherwise, he did great. His fluency has markedly improved since beginning Level 1 and he is reading with confidence. 

"Open or Closed?" -- review of the first and second syllable types. 

All About Reading is helping Malachi get some pretty important concepts that he just couldn't get before. For example, he struggled with the lesson on open and closed syllables in his Explode the Code (scheduled in Sonlight) and even though he redid the lesson, I'm still not sure that he really understood that an open vowel is long and a short vowel is closed and what that really means. But, he got it with our first All About Reading lesson! And what a delight that it was reinforced in our first lesson of All About Spelling Level 2

With the hands-on activities, Key Cards and Open and Closed Syllable {Door} Tags, and continual review, he is not likely to forget!

"It's a Dog's Life" -- Rhyming Words

One of the many things I love about All About Reading are the hands-on activities and Level 2 does not disappoint. Here is a video to share how Malachi is getting into this particular lesson on rhyming words -- by acting out each word. :)  

 Practicing the Reading Words - "Slept" :) 

He really needs a multi-sensory program. :) 

We will be doing All About Spelling Level 2 right alongside All About Reading Level 2, and so far, I think both programs are a hit.

Below Malachi is writing sentences for Step 1. . . and I am reviewing the rule for using ck with him. 

All About Spelling Level 2: Step 1. 
When he misspells a words, I can tell him exactly WHY it is misspelled. (Such a relief!) This not only helps him to be a better speller, but it helps me be a better TEACHER.

So far, I give All About Reading Level 2 two thumbs up! {Ditto for All About Spelling Level 2.}

I will have a full review of All About Reading Level 2. . . this has just been a "sneak peek" into Level 2 since it will be available tomorrow!

P.S. I received the first 6 lessons for free in order to facilitate an honest review. 
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Feast of Trumpets | New Ideas for Little Ones

The Biblical Feasts and Holy Days point to the deliverance and salvation of God's people. They foreshadow events yet to come.

The Feasts of God are our history and our destiny!

The Feast of Trumpets arrived with the 7th Biblical month {September 17th}. I used my Feast of Trumpets {Ideas for Little Ones} post to help my little ones understand what the Feast of Trumpets is and why we would want to remember it as believers in Messiah Yeshua, our Savior Jesus Christ!

First, we made a Feast Chain to recognize the Fall Holy Days leading up to the Feast of Tabernacles.

Three silver links on our chain are for the Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and the first day of Feast of Tabernacles (a week long Feast!).

Marking the weekly Sabbath would have been a good idea, too! I'll have to add some silver ribbon later. 

~ Scripture: Leviticus 23:23-25 ~ The Feast of Trumpets Observance
"Then the Lord spoke to Moses saying, (24)’Speak to the children of Israel, saying: "In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a Sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. (25) You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the Lord.'"

Concepts to understand: the Feast of Trumpets is to be observed on the first day of the 7th Biblical month. In the Old Testament, new months were marked by new moons.

Activities: To help little ones understand, you can study the phases of the moon. Check out Amber's Moon Unit Study for inspiration. We made a moon cake! {This is a fun cake - a.k.a Crazy Cake and you make it right in the pan!}

Making the "moon sand." 

Adding ingredients to the "craters" we made on the "moon"
 and watching it bubble up "like hot lava," Malachi says. 

Taking time to pop the bubbles, of course. :) 

Making "moon mud." 

Adding the "moon rocks." 
I told Malachi that he had chocolate on his chin and he said, "That's okay, it just makes me cuter." :) 
{Too bad I had already wiped his chin.} 

After it cooled, the marshmallows left craters!
{Little hands helped make more later by snitching the marshmallows off the top, ha!}
Note: a "new moon" is technically no visible moon, but many recognize the first sliver after a new moon to mark the occasion.

Concepts to understand: We observe the Feast by having a rest, a remembrance of Teru'ah, and a set-apart gathering.(Lev. 23:24-25)
  • a rest day ~ we call it a High Sabbath ~ we do no servile work, but can prepare foods if it falls on a week day. If the Feast falls on a weekly Sabbath, we prepare our food the day ahead (Ex. 16:23) ~ Activity: cook with your children; make something special so that your children will remember it as set-apart.  (We had a special dinner!)
  • a remembrance of Teru'ah ~ a shout or blast of joy by instrument or human voice ~ Activity: blow trumpets and sing a psalm of praise, joy and thanksgiving to God!

  • a set-apart gathering ~ Activity: assemble with other believers or as a family, read the Word together and sing praise and worship songs ~ rejoice! 

~ Scripture: Numbers 29:1-6 ~ Offerings; Numbers 10:1-4 ~ Two Silver Trumpets
"Make two silver trumpets for yourself; you shall make them of hammered work; you shall use them for calling the assembly and for directing the movement of camps."
Concepts to understand: The Feast of Trumpets was observed by blowing trumpets and making a burnt offering, a grain offering, and a drink offering.

Activity: To help little one's understand the trumpets, you can make a silver trumpet craft (cut 2 trumpet shapes out of a giant silver gift bag from the dollar store), make two silver trumpets, or buy party horns at your local party store or dollar store. Add a silver ribbon if they are colored. One year, we printed messages and tied them to the horns and gave them away.

This year, we made a silver trumpet centerpiece with two silver party horns (and a balloon weight) for our special dinner.

And made trumpet shaped sugar cookies

Activity: Help little one's understand the offerings by helping them keep the spirit {the heart} of the law. Teach them to give sacrificially in honor of Jesus who gave up His life for us. We will have the children participate in the giving of the tithe during the Feast.

We also used the story of Saul's disobedience in 1st Samuel 15 (when he took the spoils that were under the ban and said he was going to give them up as an offering) to teach the kids that to obey is better than sacrifice.
". . . Samuel replied: "Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams."
    ~ Scripture: Numbers 10:1-4; 10:9-10 ~ How Trumpets are Used Throughout the Bible
    "When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the Lord your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. (10) Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the Lord your God." Numbers 10:9-10

    Concepts to understand: Trumpets were used to gather the congregation together, for breaking camp, for going out into battle and for a remembrance.

    Activity: Help little ones understand this by blowing the trumpets to gather the family for dinner, Bible study, etc.

    Sounding the trumpet to call everyone to dinner!

    ~ Scripture: Ezra 3:1-6 and Nehemiah 7:73-8:12 ~ Exiles and the Feast

    Concepts to understand: After the exiles returned to Jerusalem (Yerushalyaim) from Babylon, they kept the Feast of Trumpets. Ezra read the book of the Torah (law of Moses) to the people. At first they mourned because the Torah had been lost to them, but then Nehemiah, Ezra and the Levites who taught the people told them to not to mourn because the day was set apart to YHVH ~ and they made a great rejoicing!  We too will rejoice when Yeshua returns to gather up His children and "the joy of YHVH [will be our] strength!" Neh. 8:10

    Activity: Teach your little ones the Ten Commandments.

    We listened over and over and over! 

    And then I printed the lyrics so that we could sort them into the Two Greatest Commandments: Love God and Love Others.  

    {Inspired by Cocoa's Ten Commandment activity.}

     "Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like to it, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.'" Matthew 22:37-40 

    Another Ten Commandments Activity:

    ~ Scripture: Revelations 1:9-11 ~ Trumpets and YHVH's presence; Matthew 24:30-31 Trumpets at Yeshua's return

    Concepts to understand: When John heard Jesus' voice, it was "a loud voice, as of a trumpet." When Jesus returns, He will send His messengers (angels) with "a great sound of a trumpet" to announce his return.

    Activity: Remember the Feast of Trumpets and be ready for Jesus' return!  Give children small rewards (gifts) for doing good works as a symbol of the rewards we will receive when Jesus returns.

    "Behold, I come at once, and my reward is with me, and I shall give to every person according to his work.”  Revelation 22:12

    ". . . and that you should give reward to your servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear your name, small and great;" Revelation 11:18

    "For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout…" 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 
    "Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed-- (52) in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." 1 Corinthians 15:51  
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    UCG Youth Festival Activity Books

    First Day of School {2012}

    {Homemade Chocolate Chip Waffles}

    {Snapshots of our day}

    Good books + good food = a great day!

    {Photo collages made with Photo Stream in iPhoto}

    The Duchess Bakes a Cake {FI♥AR + Core A Week 7}

    We rowed The Duchess Bakes a Cake this summer along with Sonlight Core A Week 7, wherein we covered the Feudal System!  The book takes place in Medieval Times -- the time of knights, castles, kings, queens, dukes, and of course, duchesses! 

    Along with our study of the Feudal System (scheduled readings from Living Long Ago), we. . . 
    • built a castle, made a catapult and played storm the castle!  

    • worked on a story map to discover the elements of a good story. 

    • made a "lovely, light, luscious, delectable cake!" 

    To make our Heavenly Angel Food Cake lovely and light, we sifted. . .

     and sifted. . . 6 times for good measure! 

    Then whipped it until it was especially light and fluffy! 

    Then I put it in the oven, went to the Farmer's Market with the kids (pretending it was a Medieval Market, haha!),
    and forgot about it! Nathan pulled it out of the oven when the timer went off,
    but it needed 5-10 more minutes and the middle fell. . .
    so, not lovely and light, but still luscious and delectable! 

    Angel food cake with strawberries and whipped cream is my favorite! In fact,
      the boys made me one for my birthday last week but with CHOCOLATE!!! 
    My husband said you "can't have chocolate with angel food cake."
    Haha, who says you can't?!
    • had a medieval dinner with flat bread "trenchers," roasted turkey legs, asparagus, and ginger{ale}. We learned that they used stale bread for plates, forks were not used yet, and water was not safe to drink, so ale or watered down beer was common in medieval times. 

    Roasted Turkey Legs {Medieval Pops} 

    Mini Medieval Pops for the little ones. :) 

    • and played chess! 

    The Duchess Bakes a Cake is a Five in a Row selection from Volume 3.

    Well, we had our first official day of school two weeks ago, are back into the swing of things and I do have pics to share of our first day still! Blogging wise, I've been busy working behind the scenes getting the FI♥AR Blog Roll and Link-Up all done! You can now link up {and find!} blogs that use the Five in a Row curriculum as well as individual posts on rows of each book as they are shared!

    Thanks for linking up! 

    Delightful Learning

    Delightful Links: 

    FI♥AR Volume 3 Link-Up
    Teeny Tiny Catapult and Storm the Castle Game
    "Make a Castle" from My Father's World Rome To Reformation {Week 20}
    A House of. . . row and inspiration
    Story Map Inspiration  @ Our Homeschool Fun
    Heavenly Angel Food Cake
    Roasted Turkey Legs {Caveman Pops}