31 Days of Drawing through the Bible

October 1st, 2014

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This month I am doing a series called “31 Days of Drawing through the Bible.” My children have been drawing their way through many of the greatest stories from God’s Word, and they have internalized those stories! Some of the drawings are hilarious. For many of the posts, I made a full unit study out of the Bible story, including videos, activities, and printables. I really want parents to bring Scripture to life for their children!

We began drawing back in January, so many of the posts are already here in the index. I will be adding the remaining drawings during the next few weeks. Enjoy!

  1. Drawing the Days of Creation
  2. Plagues of Egypt
  3. Tabernacle Diagram
  4. Gideon Unit Study
  5. David and Goliath Unit Study
  6. Solomon Unit Study
  7. Elijah Unit Study
  8. Ezra Unit Study
  9. Nehemiah Rebuilds the Walls
  10. Esther Drawings
  11. Psalm 1 Watercolor
  12. Drawing Proverbs
  13. A Time for Everything
  14. Song of Solomon Printable
  15. Mount Up with Wings
  16. Job Unit Study
  17. Daniel Unit Study
  18. Jonah Unit Study
  19. Old Testament Drawing and Overview
  20. John the Baptist Unit Study
  21. Bethlehem Scene
  22. Wise and Foolish Builders
  23. Jesus Walks on Water
  24. Feeding the 5,000
  25. Triumphal Entry
  26. The Crucifixion and Resurrection
  27. Pentecost
  28. I Corinthians 13: Love Illustrated
  29. Armor of God Diagram
  30. Hebrews Hall of Faith (9 picture frames with faith people in them)
  31. New Jerusalem Drawing

If you enjoyed this “31 Days of Drawing through the Bible” series, you will love all the Bible activities inside the Unit Study Treasure Vault!

#9 Acids and Bases

September 29th, 2014

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Today we are talking about acids and bases, and we will be doing an experiment to show what happens when you combine an acid and a base. We are using Christian Kids Explore Chemistry by Bright Ideas Press to study elementary-level chemistry this year with my younger two kids.

First we went through the house opening cupboards, trying to find acids and bases. The book gives some examples of chemical names for acids and bases, and you can see if you can find those chemicals by looking at the list of ingredients for household cleaning products and food.

Here are some of the items we came up with:

Acids

  • Vitamin C–ascorbic acid
  • Tomato Sauce–citric acid
  • Face Cleaning Product–salicylic acid
  • Bubble Bath–citric acid
  • Soft drinks–phosphoric acid

Bases

  • Ammonia–ammonium hydroxide
  • Oven Cleaner–sodium hydroxide
  • Baking Soda–sodium bicarbonate

Acids and Bases Experiment

Now we are going to conduct a simple experiment that shows what will happen when you combine an acid and a base:

If you want to see this fun explosion in blue and red, check out these posts:

 

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Don’t combine just any acid with any base, or you could create toxic fumes that could kill you.

So what is the difference between an acid and a base? Acids are chemical compounds that donate or give away a proton (hydrogen ion) during a chemical reaction. Bases receive a proton (hydrogen ion) during a chemical reaction. So when you see this reaction with the vinegar and baking soda fizzing, the acid (the vinegar) is giving away a proton, and the base (the baking soda) is receiving the proton. Isn’t that cool?

Unit Studies for Homeschool

September 26th, 2014

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Have you considered unit studies for homeschool? Last night I did a live interview about unit studies:

Here are some of the questions we covered. We ended up talking about high school and other topics, too! We never got around to the burnout question, but I’ll cover it in a future hangout:

1. What is a unit study?

When you pull together all kinds of fun activities for one topic of study, you have a unit study. Homeschoolers will do unit studies about a certain time period in history or a science topic their children want to explore. When all subjects (besides math) are tied together, retention is higher. For a Renaissance unit study, you could enjoy watching Shakespeare in the park, write poetry, read about Leonardo da Vinci, and create your own invention.

2. How do you put together a unit study?

First you would collect books from the library about this topic. I always look for supporting DVD’s, which you have to be careful to preview before showing your kids. You can decorate a notebook about that topic, and have your children do fun writing assignments about what they are learning. Create field trips and hands-on learning experiences to go along with your study, and you will have mastered that topic.

3. How can you get ahead on academics through unit studies? How does that work?

You can definitely get ahead academically through unit studies in the content areas. Those would be history and science. We covered all the time periods in history several times, and we covered each topic in science in-depth. We ran out of science topics, and my kids were ready for high school science at age 10 because we had gone so in-depth on each of the topics. My son Stephen began high school Biology at age 10 and aced all his Biology exams. He now wants to be a microbiologist.

4. Do you have to do crafts if you use unit studies?

No, you do not need to do crafts if you do unit studies. But part of what unit studies stands for is hands-on learning. So you can cook a meal from the time period you are studying (that’s not a craft), or go on a field trip that correlated with that topic (which is also not a craft). Many families who do unit studies don’t do any crafts but instead create a notebook where they can bring to life that topic through drawings, creative writing, or 3-dimensional pages that have fold-outs or envelopes that you put something into.

5. How do you not burn out while doing unit studies?

That’s a great question and one that I’m asked a lot. I do unit studies in spurts. We might only read living books for 3 weeks, and then on the fourth week we do a ton of hands-on activities all back-to-back. If you’ve just had a new baby, you can read to the kids for a while. One year when I was exhausted from a new baby (or some other trauma in my life), I read great classic works of literature for the Middle Ages, and it wasn’t until I regained my strength by the end of the year that we did tons of hands-on activities like a Medieval feast and a huge cardboard castle. So you can homeschool with unit studies, and it doesn’t have to be labor intensive.

Esther Drawings

September 24th, 2014

esther-drawingsWhen we studied the book of Esther, my kids re-enacted the story, colored some Esther drawings, wore Esther masks, and celebrated the Feast of Purim! We caught it all on film for our Esther Unit Study located in the Unit Study Treasure Vault. Today I would like to show you some of the Esther drawings.

One of my sons drew a banquet hall, since Esther invited the king and Haman to a banquet three times, trying to work up the nerve to ask the king to spare the lives of her people, the Jews.

esther-drawings-3Esther had to approach the king without permission, so she risked being put to death. The laws back then were extremely severe, and kings were treated like gods. Here is a drawing of Esther bowing to the king before speaking her request for him to come to the first banquet. She looks a bit like an acrobat, and my husband laughed hysterically when he saw this drawing.

esther-drawings-2One night the king could not sleep, so he had an attendant read some boring pages about the history of his reign. Suddenly he realized that he had never rewarded Mordecai the Jew for overthrowing a plot to kill him. When Haman walked down the hallway, he was called in to see the king. “What should I do for the man that I seek to honor?” he asked Haman.

Haman replied that he should ride on the king’s donkey and wear a royal robe and be led by a high official. That’s because he thought he himself would be honored. In an ironic twist, the king tells Haman to perform all those things for Mordecai the Jew, whom Haman hated!

mordecai-drawingHaman had been trying to put Mordecai to death by building a gallows for him, but in another twist of fate (God’s providential plan), Haman was hung on his own gallows. You will have to watch the fun video in the Vault, where my husband acted the part of Haman. We all shook rattles and booed whenever Haman came onto the stage as we were re-enacting the story of Esther. We had a great time!

#8 Breaking Covalent Bonds

September 22nd, 2014

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First I am going to explain what covalent bonds are, and then we will be breaking covalent bonds in a fun experiment. We are using Christian Kids Explore Chemistry by Bright Ideas Press to learn about ionic and covalent bonds. I explain the difference between these two bonds in the video at the bottom of this blog post. I use candy to explain the bonds.

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You can make the candy Oxygen atoms by attaching 6 green gumdrops and 6 red gumdrops to represent the protons and neutrons in each atom. You will need 6 yellow electron gumdrops as well. Attach them to the pipe-cleaner circles, which are made by twisting two pipe cleaners together.

Now make sure that each Oxygen atom is sharing two of its electrons with the Oxygen next to it. You will see a total of two covalent bonds (4 electrons are being shared altogether, because each atom is sharing 2 electrons). Covalent means sharing. The atoms are sharing electrons.

alka-seltzerSo how do we break this sharing? How to we break a covalent bond?

We can do this easily by plopping two Alka Seltzer tablets into a glass of water. The water causes the covalent bonds to be broken apart, and the result is that carbon dioxide is produced in the form of bubbles.

alka-seltzer-explanationTake a look at how we performed this experiment involving breaking covalent bonds:

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