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Home Educaton Program

Day 156

Good Morning Folks! Grandma has computer service again with the protection I need along with a Tablet to use. The World is definitely getting better. Grandma could not get it all finished till I was so tired last night. Decided it was better to enter information this morning and then add tomorrows lesson with it this afternoon. Please bear with me and we will get through.                                                     
 
                                                                                                                                                    
We will start with Lessons from the Bible of Faith Alive lessons starting with the Philippians.
Philippians introduction is as follows:
"Whom...did God inspire to write this book? The apostle Paul wrote Philippians. This is the sixth of Paul's thirteen books in the Bible.
 
To Whom...was this letter first written? This book is a letter Paul sent to Christians at Philippi, a city in Macedonia (Greece). Paul had established this church on his second missionary trip (Acts 16:11-40).
 
When...was this letter written? This book was written about AD 63 from Rome, where Paul was in prison.
 
How...does Philippians show us God's love? Philippians tells how Christ Jesus was totally devoted to saving us. He is God, but he humbled himself even to die on a cross. Therefore, God the Father raised him up, just as he will raise us from death someday. That means we can live every day in joy, and when we die, we'll even be better off.
 
What...special messages does this book give us? Paul thanks the Philippians for their love and gifts. Then he shows them how their salvation in Christ makes it possible to rejoice even in suffering.
       ...are some important teachings in this book?
 
A win-win situation.                                          Philippians 1:19-24
Jesus humbled and exalted.                              Philippians 2:5-11
The Christian's goal.                                         Philippians 3:12-16
Rejoice always!                                                Philippians 4:4-7
Think about good things.                                   Philippians 4:8-9"
 
Read Philippians and carry out the material from Faith Alive of the following:
 
"Did You Know? Philippians 1:4 What makes Paul's joy in Philippians so amazing? Amazing that Paul was writing from prison! Knowing Christ gave him joy even there.
 
Let's Live It! Philippians 2:5-11 Exaltation From Humiliation?--They say "you can't win for losing." Oh, no? Read Philippians 2:5-11.
For a while there, Jesus looked like one big loser, like a big "nothing." He lost everything. He died a most terrible death.
But see what came of it? Because he humbled himself, God the Father exalted him, lifted him up in glory. Because he humbled himself, we win big!
 
Word to Remember Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
 
Words to Remember Philippians 4:13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
 
Life in Bible Times-Running a Race--In Greek Olympic games and at other games, runners tried to be the first to reach a wooden goal. The wooden goal, instead of a tape, marked the end of the race.
 
Let's Live It! Philippians 4:8-9 What's on Your Mind?--Read Philippians 4:8-9. What does God want us to think about?
Often it is easy for people to think bad thoughts. Many times we have bad thoughts because we've put bad things into our minds, perhaps by watching a violent TV program, playing with friends who use rough language, or listening to hard rock music.
Instead, what sorts of things are "true," "noble," "right," "pure," "lovely," or "admirable"? See what examples you find in John 17:17; Proverbs 31:10-29; 2 Thessalonians 3:11-13; Psalm 119:9-16; 84:1-5; Ephesians 5:15-20; Colossi an 3:15-17. What are some other such things you can think of--and then think about?"
 
Next read Colossians and do the activities in Faith Alive. The introduction to Colossians is as follows:
 
"Whom...did God inspire to write this book? The apostle Paul wrote Colossians. This is the seventh of thirteen books by Paul appearing in the Bible.
 
To Whom...was this letter first written? This book is a letter written to Christians at Colossi, located in modern-day Turkey.
 
When...was this letter written? Colossians was written about AD 62, when Paul was in prison in Rome.
 
How...does Colossians show us God's love? Colossians reminds us that when God gave his Son Jesus Christ, he gave us his all. Jesus was not just part of God living on earth. He is the fullness of God!  Therefore, Jesus is also the fulfillment of everything the Bible has promised. Jesus is all we need for eternal life!
 
What...special messages does this book give us? Certain people were suggesting that other requirements besides Christ were necessary for salvation. Colossians shows that Jesus is supreme and that he saves us completely.
        ...are some important teachings in this book?
 
Jesus is supreme.                                          Colossians 1:15-20
Jesus is the fullness of God.                            Colossians 2:9
Jesus forgives our sins                                     Colossians 2:13-15
Jesus fulfills all Sabbath laws.                           Colossians 2:16-17
Jesus enables the holy life.                               Colossians 3:12-17"
 
Now follow and do Faith Alive teachings as follows:
 
"Did You Know? Colossians 2:9 Is Jesus really God? Yes! In fact, Colossians 2:9 says that the whole fullness of God lives in Jesus. When we know him, we know God.
 
Words to Remember Colossians 2:13 He forgave us all our sins.
 
Did You Know? Colossians 3:12 What is holiness? 3:12 What is holiness? Because God declares us holy by forgiving our sin, we now are able to live a holy life in ways described in Colossians 3.
 
Words to Remember Colossians 3:1 Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above.
 
Let's Live It! Colossians 3:18-21 Family Job Descriptions--A job description is a list of things a person is supposed to do in a certain job. Your parents probably have job descriptions for any employment they have outside the home. Ask them to show you theirs.
Then, ask family members to make up job descriptions for home. First read together Colossians 3:18-21. These really are job descriptions for families, aren't they? Next give each person time to work on his or her own description. Write down in more detail the sorts of activities the verse you'd like to add and change in one another's.
Pretty tough assignments? Yes they are. For encouragement, read together Colossians 3:1-4."
 
Next read 1 Thessalonians and do the Faith Alive activities. The introduction for 1 Thessalonians being as follows:
 
"How...does 1 Thessalonians show us God's love? The book of 1 Thessalonians is an expression of God's love especially to Christians who are persecuted. When troubles and dangers come, believers more than ever need support from their God. This book assures persecuted them, in the present day and at his second coming.
 
Whom...did God inspire to write this book? The apostle Paul wrote 1 Thessalonians. This is the eighth of Paul's thirteen Bible books.
 
To Whom...was this letter first written? This book is a letter Paul sent to Christians at Thessalonica, a large seaport city in Greece. Paul had founded this church during his second missionary journey (Acts 17:1-9).
 
When...was this letter written? This book was written about AD 51 from Corinth.
 
What...special messages does this book give us? Both 1 and 2 Thessalonians give special insights about Christ's return on the last day. In 1 Thessalonians, the encouragement is that Christians who have died before Jesus comes back are not lost forever. They will arise first when Jesus appears.
 
        ....are some important teachings in this book?
 
Love even in suffering.                                            1 Thessalonians 1:4-10
Living to please God.                                              1 Thessalonians 4:3-12
Jesus will come again.                                            1 Thessalonians 4:13-18"
 
Now for the activities of Faith Alive following: 
 
"Did You Know? 1 Thessalonians 1:6 What had happened during Paul's first visit to Thessalonica? Paul met with resistance and had to leave the city quickly. Still, some believed and formed an active church.
 
Word to Remember 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray continually."
 
The last book for today is 2 Thessalonians so read it and follow in the Faith Alive lessons. 2 Thessalonians introduction is as follows:
 
"Whom...did God inspire to write this book? The apostle Paul wrote 2 Thessalonians. This is the ninth of thirteen books by Paul appearing in the Bible.
 
To Whom ...was this letter first written? This book is Paul's second letter to Christians in Thessalonica, a city in Greece.
 
When...was this letter written about AD 52, probably from Corinth.
 
How...does 2 Thessalonians show us God's love? The book of 2 Thessalonians explains that Christ's second coming will be a joy and comfort to Christians, not something to be feared. Some of the Thessalonians were afraid they had missed Christ's return and had been left behind. God reassures Christians that Jesus is till coming in the future. When he does, he will take all his faithful people to heaven.
 
What...special messages does this book give us? As with 1 Thessalonians, this book gives much detail about the last days of the world. Paul warns that before Jesus comes back, a "Man of Lawlessness" will try to replace God's true church. Therefore, we are to follow God's teachings carefully. Also, we should not sit idly by as we wait for Jesus' second coming, but be active in work and service.
        ...are some important teachings in this book?
 
Jesus will come to gather his
believers and punish the wicked.                                  2 Thessalonians 1:5-12
 
Before Jesus returns, a "man of
Lawlessness" will appear.                                            2 Thessalonians 2:1-12
 
Believers are to be active in
their faith while they wait.                                           2 Thessalonians 3:6-15"
 
Now for the lessons from Faith Alive as follows: 
 
"Did You Know? 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Who is the "man of lawlessness"? That's a difficult question. All history since the life of Jesus is "the last days," so perhaps this "man" has already come. He is someone who works evil from within the church. Finally though, he is destroyed.
 
Word to Remember 2 Thessalonians 2:14 He called you to this through our gospel, that you might share in the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
Let's Live It! 2 Thessalonians 3:6-10 Waiting, Working--Isn't it tough to concentrate the last month of school? Summer coming, vacation plans. Who can think about school work? And then they make you take exams!
The Christians in Thessalonica had their minds on Jesus' second coming. That was good. Unfortunately, some forgot to concentrate on work in the meantime. Jesus' coming back can instead encourage us to work hard now! With an "endless summer" ahead, we can use our energy for God's earthly business now."
 
That is all Grandma will give of the Bible for today. I will have more lessons for you here in a few minutes. 
 
Grandma is back to give you two books to read about in Australia and the Calendar History for the day.
 
The first book to read and do activities for is called Possum Magic by Mem Fox (New York: Gulliver Books, 1990. This lesson is in Grandma's Book (2).
"Summary: Invisible Hush and Grandma Poss travel around Australia eating "people" food in hopes of making Hush visible again.
 
Activities
 
  1. Hush and grandma Poss visited seven capital cities trying to find the right food to make Hush visible. Name the area of which each city is the capital. Six of these areas are states of Australia. Which area is not? Why is it not state?
  2. On a map of Australia, mark each capital city and trace the trip the two possums took. Name at least one place of interest in each state that you would like to visit and tell why.
  3. Other than the foods mentioned in the story, what do the people of Australia like to eat?
  4. As a math lesson, make lamington (a square of sponge cake dipped in chocolate and covered in coconut). Use a rectangular pan to cut the cake so that each piece is equal in size and everyone in the (family) receives a piece."
  5. Several animals that are native to Australia are mentioned in the story. ... display the natural habitat of one of these animals by standing a large cardboard box (or Laundry soap container cut open in the front or back) and decorating the interior. (with the habitat of its species). Place a large cutout of the animal and general information about it in the (container). (This is called a diorama.) Which of the animals are marsupials?
 
 
The second book to read and do activities with is called  Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker (New York:Greenwillow Books, 1987.
This section of activities are from Grandma's book (2) but she also has activities covering this book in her Book (6).
 
"Summary: On a boat trip with his father to a remote area of Australia, a young boy recalls the history of the Daintree Rain Forest and imagines what the forest will be like in the future.
 
Activities
  1. In several of the pictures in this book, there are faint images of life forms that once inhabited the forest. Choose one of the life forms and write a story describing its feelings about the changes it saw feelings about the changes it saw taking place in the forest. How did the changes effect its way of life?
  2. As the boy begins to walk through the forest, the author tells us that "now the forest is easy to walk in." As a class, brainstorm the following questions:
                    a. What does the author's statement mean?
                    b. What do you believe a walk through the forest was like in the past?
                    c. How has it changed?
 3.   The young boy stops to wonder how long it would take for a tree in the forest to become fully
       grown. Why do you think the author draws our attention to this thought? Find out how trees
       grow from seeds. Draw a diagram to illustrate the process. How can the age of a tree be
       determined?
 4.   The first people to live in Australia were the Aborigines. Compare their traditional culture to
       their present way of life.
 5.   As the trip with his father ends, the boy imagines the future of the forest. What does he envision
       it to be like? Make a list of the pros and cons of his vision."
 
From Book (6) it says,"One read through this extraordinary book and the reader feels as though he or she has indeed visited an exotic Australian rain forest. But the sad message at the book's end is that the Australian rain forest, like other ecosystems around the world, is in grave danger of being destroyed. And young readers may be surprised to learn that the beautiful rain forest"s most dangerous enemy is us.
 
Before Reading Where the Forest Meets the Sea
  • Help the (children) locate Australia on a map. Ask the children to describe what they imagine a rain forest must look like. Tell them tat you are going to share a book which illustrates Australia's rain forest, located on the northeast coast of Australia.
 
After Reading Where the Forest meets the Sea
  • Ask the children if Australia's rain forest looks like a place they'd like to visit. Show the children where the Great Barrier Reef lies in relationship to Australia and the rain forest. Read about the reef in an encyclopedia to find out why it is so important to Australia's ecology. 
 
Follow-up Activities
 
Learning Australian Lingo
Have children scan the book to locate and list unfamiliar words (e.g., reef, cockatoo, creepers, aboriginal). Tell children that good readers often take guesses at the meanings of unfamiliar words. Encourage the children to guess at the meaning of each word they listed and to share reasonings for their guesses. Point out that readers often use context cues (other words and illustrations) to lend meaning to the unfamiliar words. Then, have the children look the words up in the dictionary to see if they guessed correctly.
 
Relief Collages
Share with the (children) the notes following the story which describe how the author/illustrator developed the relief collages she uses to illustrate the text. Then, take a closer look at each lush and detailed illustration. Can the children identify the materials the artist used? Can they find the midden and transparent pictures present in most of the settings? Ask children why they think the "hidden" pictures were included by the artist/illustrator. (Possibly they suggest animals and people who have inhabited the rain forest.) After examining the illustrations, provide students with pieces of cardboard or oaktag, clay, natural moss (available in plant and craft stores) and glue. Then, take a nature walk and allow children to collect additional natural materials (e.g., leaves, bark, shells, dirt, sand, grass, etc.) Back (at home), have the children glue the natural materials on the cardboard to create relief collages. Then, have the children draw full-body portraits of themselves on construction paper. Cut and glue fabric bits to the paper dolls to represent that some of the natural materials overlap the dolls, Have children describe the natural spot they have replicated to others. Display the reliefs for all to enjoy. (*Variation* In lieu of paper dolls, actual likenesses of the children may be trimmed from photographs ... and used in the collage arrangement.)
 
Understanding Australia's Eco-Threats
Have the (children) study the unusual illustration on the last two pages of the story. Have the children describe what they see. The author/illustrator uses these pages to hint at the problems which could threaten the rain forest. ... (Use the table below to:) Help the children list the problems foreshadowed in the book, and then help them list reasons why these problems threaten to harm or destroy the rain forest. In the third column have children list possible ways the threats can be averted.
 
 
 
Problems threatening            
to Change Australia's
Environment
 
Why Changes Will
             Hurt Environment     
                  ?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
            

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