Let Your Light Shine


During our Bible time today we read and discussed Matthew 5:16.
Download a pdf of the memory verse poster here – – > (coming soon)

We had an energetic discussion of the various ways that we can let our lights shine. This included reading about some Christians who are currently being persecuted and some other Christians who are ministering to those in need.

We introduced the kids to Mercy House Kenya, which has been on my heart a great deal the last few weeks. Jonah and I had a long discussion after school about how we can support this ministry, but have not made any official decisions yet (besides praying!). Have you heard about this ministry? Take a few moments and read…


We left the kids with the thought, “Think about ways that you can let your light shine.” We are looking forward to our discussion tomorrow.


Welcome To Math-U-See. Last week I dove in head first and purchased Math-U-See for the older boys (and at this point, plan to use it for the twins next year also). I did not make this decision lightly though, but that is another post in itself.

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Math-U-See does not do “grade” levels, so I started the boys where they fit the best (based on content and the placement tests).

I started Malachi in Gamma, which appears to be grade level for him, with goals to complete Gamma before the end of August.

I started both Moses and Elisha in Delta because that is where they fit best.

For Moses, I have set the goal for him to complete both Delta and Epsilon before the end of August.

For Elisha I have set the goal for him to complete Delta, Epsilon, and Zeta before the end of August.


We dove head first into adverbs today. We started with a fun review by playing Adverb Charades (we printed and made the cards from that link and adapted the game to suit our needs).

I have a funny video to add here :)

Then we went over some adverb learning charts that I printed for each of the kids from online (just Google adverb poster, adverb learning chart, etc. and do an image search and you will come up with tons of ideas).

Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here


Adverbs and Adjectives


More resources for adverbs here: Grammatical Parts Of Speech and List Of Adverbs.

Social Studies

We have a subscription to Discovery Education Canada and we don’t use it near enough, so I searched for history videos to compliment the topic we are currently studying: Middle Ages.

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We watched the following short segments today, pausing often for discussion.

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2 replies
  1. Crystal
    Crystal says:

    I read your HSBA post today. After reading just a little bit about your family today, I thought I would suggest going gluten free. I’m not trying to pry, just all of the issues you mentioned can be linked to or made worse by gluten. I was once diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which is a type of chronic pain syndrom. We have also worked with ADHD, dyslexia, and for a while my daughter was showing many signs of Aspergers. Our symptoms either disappeared or got considerable better when we stopped eating gluten about 4 years ago. If you have any questions, just email me back.

    • Honey
      Honey says:

      Hi Crystal,

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

      About 7 years ago we did go gluten free and casein free (for two years) and then our twins were born. Hosanna (our only daughter and youngest twin) was allergic to dairy, soy, eggs, and peanuts. In the interest of keeping my sanity, we gave up the gluten free and spent 3 years avoiding all of the others. She is able to eat some dairy and some eggs now (thankfully). Our oldest (the one with autism, ADHD, and SPD) is not allowed dairy very often as we have observed almost instant behaviour issues.

      That is an interesting concept that my pain may be linked to gluten, definitely something that I would like to explore.

      Thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with me, I appreciate it.



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