3/6/17

A Simple Prayer for Lent

We've entered into Great Lent.  Most people are familiar with the idea of "giving up something" for lent or fasting but Lent is also a time of increased prayer and almsgiving.

I want to take just a moment to talk about increasing prayer. The other night at the Soup Supper and Talk my priest said that we can increase our prayers through repetitive prayers.  He specifically mentioned the Jesus prayer and the most simplest prayer of all "Lord have mercy".

The Jesus Prayer is a simple prayer that is perfect for increasing prayer during Lent.


The Jesus prayer is "Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner."

If you think in terms of mercy being "not given what you deserve" , then it might seem that our simplest prayer is just a cry to avoid punishment for sins.  That's more a judicial or legal term view.

But the words in Hebrew and Greek that are translated into our English word "mercy" have deeper broader meanings.  The Hebrew word means lovingkindness.  In Greek the word is closely related to the word for oil.  Olive oil is used for food, for lamps, for annointing, and for healing.

When pray "Lord have mercy," we are asking God to pour out his lovingkindness on us to heal us, to illumine us, to bless us and to provide for us.

I love the Jesus prayer.  It is simple. It is beautiful.  It can be powerful.  On Sunday at church the choir sang this prayer as prepared for communion.  I found this version on you tube. This is similar enough that I think you get the idea.



If you would like more information on the Jesus Prayer, I recommend this video with Frederica Matthews-Greene.

I am linking this post up to 40 Days of Seeking Him hosted by Day by Day in Our World.  

3/2/17

Traveling to Egypt ~ Project Passport World History Study {Review}

One of my favorite curriculum companies is Home School in the Woods.  I first encountered Amy Pak through her wonderful Timeline Figures that we used with our history program.  Through the Homeschool Review Crew, I've discovered that Home School in the Woods offers so much more than just figures we can use on a time line. Supergirl and I have been visiting and exploring Ancient Egypt with the HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt.

Home School in the Woods, Project Passport Study: Ancient Egypt #hsreviews

I prepared for our journey by printing out the Travel Planner: Quick Stop Itinerary.  This 3 page document gives a brief overview of the 25 Stops we will make on our trip. Stop 1 and Stop 2 Lay the Foundation.  During these two lessons students will prepare their passport, luggage, and Scrapbook of Sights. The passport and luggage will be used for each Project Passport Study.  I'm kind of relieved that we will not have to make a new luggage folder for each study!


Supergirl shows off her Scrapbook of Sights #hsreviwes  #ancientegypt

During the first two stops you also begin two long term projects: a newspaper and a lapbook. Because I am only using this with Supergirl we are skipping the assignments related to creating a newspaper.  She loves lapbooking so are going to be making the different books to put into a final lapbook when we reach the end of our trip.

Some of the Stops include:
  • Everyday Life
  • Education
  • Arts
  • Religion and the "gods"
  • Egypt's Most Famous Woman
  • Egypt Fades Away
  • Ancient Egypt and the Bible
  • and it ends with Final Stop -- Packing it Up!
If you haven't guessed each "Stop" is a lesson.  How long a lesson takes is left up to you.  If a stop is more interesting to your students you might spend more time there.  If it less interesting you may choose to skip some of the activities and move on.  Just like when you are traveling you may spend hours at one museum because you find it fascinating but cut your day trip short because the water park was just not as thrilling as the guide book suggested.

The PDFs are all organized into folders.  One folder is Text which is your "Travel Guide" another is Itineraries. Each Lesson or "Stop" has a Text PDF and an Itinerary PDF.  I am reading the Text aloud from my computer but you could print it out and bind it into a nice book or do what Home School in the Woods suggests and store the "Guide Book" and the Itineraries in a 3-ring binder.  I am printing out each Itinerary as I need it as this is the "what to do and how to do it document".  I could print it all out and once but I am just not that organized enough.

Activities include:
  • Souvenir Craft Cards - Supergirl is looking forward to the Dress like an Egyptian craft! The Cards have instructions for different craft projects.  These are stored in the
  • 3-D Projects ~ all of the Craft Cards I've looked at are 3-D but there are other 3-D projects such as making Mud Bricks
  • Audio Tours - the Project Passport Study includes MP3s.  In Stop 2 we took a tour down the Nile River. In Stop 5 we'll listen to "Interview with an Embalmer"
  • Snapshot Moments ~ these are items to add to the timeline which is stored in the Scrapbook of Sights
  • Edible Projects ~ We'll be making a Garbanzo Bean salad to bring to church for potluck!
  • and MORE! yes more
There are so many things to do with Ancient Egypt!  #hsreviews

Supergirl is not your typical 2nd grader though she is about the size of one.  She is my medically complicated, developmentally delayed medical miracle.  Ancient Egypt is recommended for grades 3-8.  We only do history 2 to 3 times per week and we are adding in many of the suggested additional resources such as movies, audiobooks, and books.  Spreading each stop over 4- 6 class times works well for us.  

I am really impressed with the HISTORY through the Ages Project Passport World History Study: Ancient Egypt.  We have Ancient Greece and Middle Ages. I can't decide which we should do next.  They both look just as fantastic as Ancient Egypt.

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