Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fun in the Sun

We had a grand time the other day out on a pontoon boat with some friends. The day was beautiful, and a great time was had by all!!!

(And just figure that we will be posting LOTS of photos these days... I am thoroughly enjoying my new camera... )

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Bethany's First Birthday

Our sweet Bethany turned one on July 9... so I thought I would post a few photos of the birthday girl. She is such a blessing to our family... I am really glad that God chose to give us our little baby #9!

Monday, July 13, 2009

Some 4th of July Photos

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Bible Bee Week 8 Study Schedule

We took last week to review and reinforce our verses from before... but are back into it today.

This week we will be studying the book of Matthew (we have completed Genesis, 1 Samuel, and 2 Samuel.)

We will also be doing the following verses:

Category 1

Romans 8: 31-32
Romans 10: 10-11
Romans 10: 17
Romans 12: 2
Romans 15: 4
1 Corinthians 2: 12
1 Corinthians 2: 14
1 Corinthians 10: 13

Category 2

John 1: 10-14
John 3: 16-18
John 6: 37-40
John 8: 25-27
John 11: 25-27
John 17: 14-16
Romans 1: 16-17

Category 3

Acts 17: 24-28
Romans 1:28-32
Romans 5: 18-21
Romans 6: 8-14
Romans 8: 12-19
Romans 8: 31-38
Romans 10: 8-13

We've been playing lots of games to review the verses and the Bible Knowledge questions. I have combined the review with the opportunity for the children to earn money for our children's mission fund at church. Over the summer our church has a boys vs. girls competition to see who can donate the heaviest amount of coins to missions. So we have been varying the ways the children can earn monopoly money... each dollar represents a penny for missions.

So for category 1 they can earn (or lose) 1 dollar. Cat. 2= $2, and Cat. 3=$3. Or they can bet any amount to earn or lose if they know the random verse I pick. Or whatever I think of.

Another game is to play Chutes and Ladders... roll a 1 or 4, get a category 1 verse. If you get it correct, go forward 1 space. Wrong, go back 1 space. 2 and 5 get cat. 2's and move 2 spaces, cat 3 goes 3. If they don't have to memorize cat. 3, they get a cat 2 verse for that roll. When they get on a Chute or Ladder, they have to answer a bible knowledge... you get the picture. Anything to review things.

During mealtimes I review the Bible Knowledge, and they earn a dollar (remember it's fake... and only worth 1 cent!!! All to go to missions...) for each correct answer.

It's going to cost us an arm and a leg, but it's worth it.

Another thing I have done is to download the verses, the Bible Knowledge questions, and the books of the Bible onto my iPod... all the sudden the kids are eager to listen to it, just to get to use the iPod. Another great way to review.

Just some ideas for people who are studying for the Bible Bee too. We are a little behind in our memory verses, so I doubt that we will memorize every one of them, but we will get most of them.

Anyone else have any great ideas for memory work?