Good Morning! Grandma is doing fine and she hopes she is not waisting time in going through the 2 Chronicles because she feels maybe it is just a repeat of what we have read. Faith Alive has good information to share and maybe there is something we missed important, but this section seems to depress Grandma so I don't know what it could do to a child as well as yourselves.
Anyway get done with the chores, do some Childrobotics and a little dancing. Grandma is holding on that for a bit.
Following are the front questions Faith Alive has been asking about each chapter:
"Whom...did God inspire to write this book? The same author wrote 1 Chronicles and 2 Chronicles. (Originally they were one book.) Quite possibly it was Ezra.
When...did this happen? The events in this book happened between 970 and 586 BC.
Where...did this happen? These things happened in the two kingdoms of Israel and Judah.
How...does 2 Chronicles show us God's love?
The temple stood as a magnificent symbol of God's love. It reminded Israel that God was dwelling among them. Finally, it was a symbol of Jesus, God himself, who lived among people on earth and who is still with us as our Savior.
What...special messages does this book give us? The history of Judah shows how faithfully God preserves his chosen people. When they sin, he disciplines them for their own good. Even after the Babylonian exile, God restores them.
...action happens in this book? First, Solomon is king. When he dies, his kingdom is divided into two nations, Israel and Judah. Many godly kings rule in Judah, and God often saves them from mighty enemies. When Judah finally turns away from God, the Babylonians take the people into captivity.
...important people do we meet? The most important people in this book include Solomon, Asa, Ahab, Jehoshaphat, Joash, Hezekiah, and Josiah.
...are some of the stories in this book?
Solomon builds the temple. 2 Chronicles 3
Solomon dedicates the temple. 2 Chronicles 7
Egypt attacks Judah. 2 Chronicles 12
Asa worships God. 2 Chronicles 15
Ahab is killed. 2 Chronicles 18
Jehoshaphat defeats Moab. 2 Chronicles 20
Joash repairs the temple. 2 Chronicles 24
Hezekiah trusts God. 2 Chronicles 29-32
Josiah reforms Judah. 2 Chronicles 34-35
Judah is taken captive. 2 Chronicles 36"
Grandma is only going to give the Faith Alive notes and leave the choice of reading to you.
"Did You Know? 1:10 Why did Solomon ask God for wisdom? Solomon wanted to be a good ruler of God's people. He could hae asked God to make him rich or famous, but he asked for wisdom instead. This request pleased God so much that he promised Solomon riches and honor as well."
"Words to Remember 1:10 Give me wisdom and knowledge, that I may lead this people."
"Life In Bible Times-The Sea of Metal-The giant Sea was like a large round pool, holding over 17,500 gallons of water. It rested on the backs of twelve metal bulls, three facing in each direction. It was used to fill the smaller basins the priests washed in before approaching God's temple."
"Let's Live It! 2 Chronicles 5:2-14 Write a Commercial--Watch several TV programs with your mom or dad. Make a list of the different commercials you see. Then discuss them. Why do people put commercials on TV? How do commercials get people to buy what they advertise? How is the music in the commercials important?
Read 2 Chronicles 5:2-14. King David had the Levites, who led in music, write songs and lead the people in Praising God. One song they wrote was something like a TV commercial for God(s Chronicles 5:13)!
Write a family commercial for God. Think what to say about him that would make other people want to know and worship God too. Make up music to go with your commercial for God."
"Words To Remember 6:25 Hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people."
"Let's Live It! 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 The Temple in Jerusalem--Read 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 to find out how God showed he was present in Solomon's temple. The beautiful temple was God's house in the country of Israel.
Draw a picture of the house or apartment where you live. Make it look as much like your home as you can. Under the picture of your house, write Hebrews 13:5: "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you."
Hank the picture up in your room to remind you that God is with you now, even though you cannot see him."
"Words To Remember 7:6 His love endures forever."
"Did You Know? 7:16 Why was the temple so important? In Old Testament times, God was present in the temple in a special way. God promised that he would accept sacrifices and hear prayers offered at the temple. The Jerusalem temple reminded people that God was with them."
"Let's Live It! 2 Chronicles 9:1-9 Interviewing Solomon--Solomon was famous for his wisdom. Read 2 Chronicles 9:1-9 to find out what happened when a queen came to Solomon to "test him with hard questions."
Think of a wise person you know, someone who could answer questions about God and the Bible. Make a list of things that puzzle you or that you worry about sometimes. Then see if the wise person you thought of will talk with you aout your questions."
"Did You Know? 10:19 What happened when Solomon died? Solomon's kingdom was divided into two separate nations. The north was called Israel. The south was called Judah."
"Did You Know? 12:9 What happened to all the gold Solomon put in the Jerusalem temple? The Egyptians invaded Judah and took all the gold away. The war with the Egyptian king Shishak(SHIE-shack) happened when Rehoboam was king of Judah."
"Words To Remember 13:10 The Lord is our God, and we have not forsaken him."
"Let's Live It! 2 Chronicles 14:2-15 The Rest of the Story-- Have you ever read a story and thought, "I know what's going to happen next," before you reach the end? Read 2 Chronicles 14, but stop reading at 2 Chronicles 14:11. Then write down your own ending for the story. Tell your mom or dad you are trying to guess what happened in a Bible story. Read what you wrote out loud. Then read 2 Chronicles 14:12-15 in the Bible. Ask your mom or dad about a time when they prayed to God for help. Why did they pray? What happened when they prayed? If there is anything that you are worried about or afraid of right now, ask your mom or dad to pray with you about it."
"Life in Bible Times-Doctors and Medicines-In Bible times medicines were made from herbs and parts of different plants. Olive oil and wine were also used as medicine. The Bible says little about doctors, though by the time of the New Testament, surgeons used tools like scalpels, tweezers and clamps."
"Let's Live It! 2 Chronicles 19:4-10 You Be the Judge--In 2 Chronicles 19:4-10 you can read about the judges that King Jehoshaphat appointed. He told them things like: Be fair. Be careful. Use the rules in God's Word. Judge to please God.
Family members argue too. If you were judge in your family and had to settle arguments, how good a judge would you be? Have each family member decide how to settle these real life cases.
Case #1. Tom complains that Kristi takes the biggest piece of cake.
Case #2. Kristi says Tom took a toy out of her room.
Case #3. Tom and Kristi each complain their chores are hardest."(make up your own if necessary)
"Did You Know? 20:3 Why did Jehoshaphat tell Judah to fast? To fast means to go without food. In Old Testament times when people felt helpless, they would often go without food to show how sincere their prayers were. Jehoshaphat knew that his armies could only defeat Moab and Ammon if they had God's help."
"Words to Remember 20:12 We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you."
"Did You Know? 22:10 Who was Athaliah? Athaliah was the daughter of evel King Ahab and Queen Jezebel of Israel. She was so evel that she killed her own grandchildren to become queen of Judah. Only one child, Joash, escaped."
"Did You Know? 24:24 What kind of king was Joash? Joash was weak. As long as the priest Jehoiada lived, Joash did well. When the priest died, Joash listened to others and became very wicked."
"Did You Know? 26:16 What was the great sin of Uzziah? Uzziah's sin was pride. He was a powerful king as long as he trusted God. But when Uzziah became famous and powerful, He stopped trusting God. God then made him sick with the awful disease of leprosy."
"Words to Remember 27:6 Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God."
"Did You Know? 26:16 What was the great sin of Uzziah? Uzziah/s sin was pride. He was a powerful king as long as he trusted God. But when Uzziah became famous and powerful, he stopped trusting God. God then made him sick with the awful disease of leprosy."
"Words to Remember 27:6 Jotham grew powerful because he walked steadfastly before the Lord his God."
"Did You Know? 29:36 What shows that Hezekiah was a godly king? Hezekiah showed his faithfullness to God in many ways: He reopened God's temple, and he promised to obey God. He celebrated the Passover. He smashed the places where people worshiped pagan gods. In 2 Chronicles 29-31, you can read all about the good things Hezekiah did."
"Let's Live It! 2 Chronicles 32:1-23 When Others Don't Believe--Not everyone believes in Jesus as the Savior. Some don't believe God created the world. Others don't respect the Bible's rules of right and wrong. And some think there isn't any God at all. They say people who believe in God are foolish.
Read this story about an Assyrian general who laughed at the idea God could save the people of Judah from his army. It was hard for Hezekiah and the people of Judah to be laughed at. But who turned out to be right?
If anyone makes fun of you because you believe in God, ask an adult these questions: Why do people laugh at us for believing in God? What is the best thing to do when someone laughs at us for believing in God? What is the best thing to do when someone laughs at our faith in God? Why do we never need to feel embarrassed about our faith? Then together read 1 Corinthians 1:18-25."
"Did You Know? 33:12 Could an evel king change? King Manasseh was very evil, but when he was captured and taken to Babylon, he admitted he had done worng and started praying to God. God heard and forgave him and gave him a second chance. You can read about it in 2 Chronicles 33:10-20."
"Did You Know? 34:1 Who was Josiah? Josiah was one of the most godly kings of Judah. He was only eight years old when he became king."
That is all for today, read more of the Psalm's if you are bored and have extra time.
Let's move on into the calendars. Be sure to check your schedules and record the weather. Grandma has worried she has not reminded you to keep up with your newspapers. Restart if necessary. Work on your journals and be sure to record things in your yearbook. Birthday's on December 10 are Emily Dickinson, American poet, born in 1830. In 1851 Melvil Dewey, American librarian who developed the Dewey decimal system, was born. In 1879 Ernest Howard Shepard, children's book illustrator was born. Book (1) states, "Ernest Shepard's subjects included A.A. Milne's famous Winnie the Pooh characters and Rat, Toad, Mole, Otter, and Badger from Kenneth Grahame's The Wind in the Willows. After Shepard met Grahame and detailed his plans for illustrating the characters, the author said simply, "I love these little people; be kind to them." Read an unfamiliar story aloud to your students and ask them to draw the key character. Have them display their drawings and compare and contrast their interpretations."
Two events happened on December 10 before the 1800's. One was that of 1607 when Captain John Smith was recued by Pocahontas. Discuss and read about her. Then in 1799 The length of a Meter was set to equal 1/10,000,000 of the distance between the north Pole and the equator. Have the children "estimate, in meters, the length of the classroom, the width of a desk, and so on. Next, have them calculate the actual measurements using a metric ruler. Tell the kids that early units of measurement were based on the human body. The earliest known unit was the cubit, an Egyptian measure referring to the length of an arm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger. The mile was established in Rome as the distance covered by a Roman legionnaire taking a thousand double steps. The span of a Viking's arms was called a fathom. And King Henry I of England decided that the distance from the tip of his nose to his fingertips was a yard. Ask your students to devise some measurements of their own."
December 10 is also Human Rights Day and Nobel Prize Presentation Day. We will be talking about Human Rights very soon.
December 11 1863 Annie Jump Cannon, American astronomer was born. Book (1) says, "As a young girl, Annie Jump Cannon loved to stargaze through a trapdoor in her attic. She also enjoyed holding crystal candle-sticks up to the sunlight, which made rainbows on her wall. Use a glass prism to show your class this captivating effect. If a prism isn't available, use a shallow pan about three-fourths full of water. Place the pan near a source of bright light and slant a mirror at the end of the pan opposite the light to create a rainbow on the wall or ceiling. Challenge your students to explain how the rainbow is created."
In 1954 Jermaine Jackson, American singer was born. The same year as Grandma.
In 1719 of December 11 the first recorded sighting of the Aurora Borealis, the northern lights, occurred in New England.
This is taken from Book (57) by Janice Payne and Linda Reaves, but it may be helpful.
"Very often we take for granted the way in which we live. Studying a foreign community offers children an opportunity to see how people live in other parts of the world, the variety of living styles, the contrasts of homes in different communities, and to experience a foreign language. It is the goal of this unit to foster a deeper understanding of different lifestyles.
The Unit was written specifically for Mexico but may be adapted to fit other countries, communities, or cultures. The study should be modified to fit individual classrooms and teaching environments. Students may explore the activities individually or in small groups, sharing their findings as the culminating activity. An important part of the study may be to visit a local museum or have a native of the region share slides or artifacts from the area. Before such a presentation, have the students prepare possible questions to ask the speaker or local residents. Students and teachers should be encouraged to ask questions that require higher-level thinking skills.
The students will be able to analyze the cultural diversity of Mexico by using higher-level thinking skills in group activity.
1. Read a Mexican folktale to the class.
2. Class discussion: How do researchers believe Indians came to Mexico? Teacher will list responses on a piece of chart paper to keep for further discussion (branstorming). Lead students to the conclusion that most of our understanding of past cultures comes through some type of historical research, such as examining remains to put together conclusions about the culture.
3. Divide the class into groups. Groups will research and produce graphic demonstrations of its chosen topic. After completing its research, each group will make a presentation to the class. Allow time for group discussion and student input.
(This will be different for us as home schoolers because we will have smaller classes. Therefore, we all will be researching. In the case of Mexico, Grandma has a lot of materials, but there may be things you and your child(ren) may want to research about or look up expecially when Grandma can't draw pictures for you or send them. I will try my best to find materials for you.. But other countries you and the children may want more information and research may be important.)
Possible Topics for Research
a. Using a map of Mexico, label major cities, capitals, rivers, mountains, and border areas.
b. Trace the shape of Mexico. Show the land forms.
c. Color a map of Mexico to show areas of vegetation.
d. Show the average rainfall for areas of Mexico.
e. Color the average temperature areas on a map.
f. Show Where various products are found in Mexico
2. People of Mexico--graphic explanation of the progressive development (time line, posters flip chart, puppet show, news story)
a. What are some of the theories concerning the origins of the people?
b. How long have people been in Mexico?
c. What are the basic divisions of people in the Mexican society?
3. Crafts/Food/clothing--graphic demonstration(drawing, collage, model, diorama, mural,transparency))
a. What foods of Mexico have been incorporated into your local cuisine and why?
b. How have we changed or adapted the foods to our tastes? Support your answer.
c. What uses did the people of Mexico have for pottery?
d. What might pottery look like in the year 2500?
e. Make paper dolls showing what Mexican Indians wore.
f. Create a fashion page of a newspaper to show what the people of Mexico wear--past, present, and future.
4. Culture/Religion--oral presentation(skit, play, recording, speech, slide show, press conference, radio/television program)
a. What impact did the two cultures (Spanish and Indian) have on one another?
b. Identify some current changes in your own culture(fashion, fads, sport).
c. What impact did the religion of the Spanish have on the people of Mexico?
d. Compare and contrast the influences of various languages upon the present language of Mexico.
e. What is the meaning of syncretism? Explain its relation to the customs and beliefs of the people of Mexico.
f. Discover words in our daily language that have a Spanish origin.
g. Compare and contrast housing of early Mexico with homes of today.
The students will be able to create and/or produce artifacts representative of the Mexican culture.
1 Play a record(CD or tape) of Mexican music. Teach the students a Mexican dance such as La Raspa.
2. Have a Mexican fiesta. Include some of the following activities:
a Mexican Food...(we will discuss later)
b. Paper Flowers
Papr flowers(Grandma has a pattern for) and fresh flowers are important parts of many Mexican fiestas. Have the children invent flowers of their own or check the basic instructions in craft books. Flower arches are frequently erected at the entrance to a village. Also try intricate designs made by folding and cutting colorful tissue paper
Have the boys make ponchos from any piece of material. The girls could make what are called huipiles(wee-peel-less) the traditional indegenerous garment of Meso-America. Students may embroider colorful designs on the clothing.
The children can reporduce some of the cooking pots used in Mexico. They could invent pots of their own. They can design their own tiles as if they were building part of a house or fountain. Tempera paints could be used to paint the tiles. Other suggestions might be building a model house, a whistle, toys, or other miniatures.
e. Weaving Looms
Simple looms can be built with everything from shoe boxes to old picture frames. Other uses of colorful yarn may include yarn painting and embroidering."
We will go into books and more crafts or projects tomorrow. Grandma is tired tonight.