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When I was 7 years old I was born again! Five years later, the Lord filled me with His Holy Spirit and called me out to serve in full time service in the ministry. My heart is missions and a longing to love people into God's Kingdom.
I love to teach God's Word, pray with people and write. 
Soon, we are hoping our Jesus opens amazing doors to walk into mission endeavors.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: The Companion Guide to Beautiful Girlhood

 Book Review By Daneille Gray Snowden :
 THE COMPANION  GUIDE TO BEAUTIFUL GIRLHOOD 
By Shelley Noonan and Kimberly Zach         Published by Pumpkin Seed Press
Mom's have you desired to teach your daughters vital life lessons-derived from God's Word using older woman's (mother's) wisdom they attained? Mabel Hale in the 1940's wrote Beautiful Girlhood; an excellent handbook for mother's and daughters to apply as young woman grow into womanhood. 
In this Companion, the authors purpose is to apply Biblical passage with a spiritual application. She used questions to ponder, assignments to read certain Bible texts and interactions between a mother and daughter.
Published in 2000; Shelley Noonan has since toured the country sharing her heart on the subject matters covered in Beautiful Girlhood in addition to several other aspects of Godly Woman/Girlhood.
There are 32 character lessons taught through-out both book and companion. Subjects such as friendships, showing respect to your elders/others, outward beauty, presenting ourselves as ladies, relationship with boys, dreams they have-how it lines up to God's plan for their lives, being truthful and the list continues. I had a wonderful, sweet godly mother who was also a true lady. She poured into me God's Word. Yet, I so wish she knew of Mabel Hales book when I was a young girl. Shelley Noonan has been  used by God to directly line up my heart according to God's Word on how to not only be a Woman of God but a Mother to my children as He designed it. My 12 year old daughter simply 'Get's It'! As we follow the format Shelley has laid...the lessons taught are ingrained not only in our minds but souls!
After we read Beautiful Girlhood together; we begin with a few discussion questions (causing mother and daughter to converse on vital, deep and heart felt subjects). Following this,  the Companion takes us to Biblical application and activities. My daughter has been taught from the characters in God's Word who have lived out that particular godly character being taught in each chapter. Finally, a Journal is being written by my daughter as Shelley challenges and encourages the reader to write their thoughts about the scriptures she has read and how they distributed that distinct character being taught. 
Shelley also has a blog site that follows along this same format as she adds even more inspirational teachings and thoughts from God's Word. It is:  http://www.btwixtandbtweenblog.com/wordpress/ .
I encourage you to click onto Pumpkin Seed Press and order both Beautiful Girlhood and the Companion Guide. I promise you it will be an amazing blessing to you and your daughters as well as increase your relationship with one another as it has with my daughters and I. 


Thursday, August 18, 2011

UNIT STUDY RESOURCES


UNIT STUDY RESOURCES
Social studies, history, writing, grammar, art, music and the list goes on what you can accomplish by doing unit studies!
Several have asked me what is a Unit Study? Some home schoolers tell me that this is not their personality or objective. That is fine too. I started out with a basic ‘follow-the-home-school-curriculum’ routine. For me that would be fine, I like staying within the lines. But, not for the kinesthetic learner in my son. Thus, one of my home school girl friends lent me a book by Amanda Bennett and that was all it took. We went nuts, our first unit study was on farm animals. The resources were everywhere and it was a great learning experience to find them. Also I enjoy sharing my treasures with other home school mom’s who may want to do a lesson on a particular subject. 
We then did the Civil War…wow…well, I went rather long on it! J But, it really made Nathan’s learning experience resourceful, memorable and fun! I weary being limited by what others have outlined my child to learn. My girls were interested in sewing.
We did a fun unit study on sewing. We have done several little studies on the different holidays, seasons and other. Sure, it may take some work on your part. But, oh my it is so worth it! Plus, there are many unit studies out there that all you have to do is follow their “yellow brick road” they already paved for you. Check them out!


The queen of unit studies, Amanda Bennett where I was first inspired by her book on how to do unit studies. I am thrilled to see after 18 years of writing unit studies she is has incorporated unit studies for one week too. You will be inspired! 
http://unit-study.com/?vm=r
My second most used resource for unit studies is Cindy Downes from Okalahoma Home School. She is an author, home schooled her children and very talented. What is great about this site is the fact it is free! A great source for your social studies.
http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/unitstudies.html?vm=r
Here is an article on What Is A Unit Study?
http://www.unitstudies.com/UnitStudies.aspx
Within Unit Studies we first started just using normal folders and still do on occasion. But, flap books are the norm. Their popularity started big within the past 8 years. When I went to a flap book seminar, my children were there with me. They had so much fun and were far more coordinated than I. But, they are so cool!
Here are‘how-to’ flap book resources: All About Flapbooks/What can I do with a FLAPBOOK?
http://www.unitstudies.com/books/index.aspx?vm=r
http://www.homeschoolhelperonline.com/lapbooks.htm
http://www.homeschool.consumerhelpweb.com/subjects/printables/flap-book-templates.htm?vm=r
These ladies are who I personally met and enjoyed, very talented: http://lapbooklessons.com/TemplateFlap.html?vm

I would encourage you to get their bookThe Ultimate Lap Book Handbook
By Tammy Duby & Cyndy Regeling / Meggie Dee Press.
Lastly, but not really because with Unit Studies it is endless: for those of you who has not learned yet about Unit Studies here is a very basic article on: How To Plan a Unit Study  By Beverely Hernandez.
http://homeschooling.about.com/cs/unitstudies/ht/unitstudy.htm
There our hundreds upon hundreds of individuals who have already put together wonderful unit studies (as I have). Just type in your search engine on a subject your child is interested in or perhaps a subject they are needing to learn, like government. Then include the words unit study. As your child gets older he or she will learn to do the research themselves. The library is very important to utilize. Taking your child there and picking out the books that will fit with the unit of study you have chosen is plain old fun!
I have been home schooling for 15 years with the past 13 applying the unit study method. Check it out; find a new, resourceful way to teach and for your children to learn!
Daneille Gray Snowden

JAPAN UNIT STUDY

                                              (c) Daneille Snowden
                                     JAPAN UNIT STUDY
                          Assembled & Researched by Daneille Snowden


Welcome to a fun Unit Sudy on Japan. My girls and I enjoyed this so much that we really didn’t want to stop. The longer we studied the more we wanted to learn and find there is still so much yet to learn. Yet, I feel the first thing that you should do with a unit study that entails geography is do just that: map the country and it’s important cities, waters, mountains and such.
Honestly, from that point: Pick a particular subject and learn it.
I use to follow unit studies to the ‘T’; but now we find that we wind off getting into one area and want to veer onto another route from that particular one. For example; we were going to cover instruments generally. But; “Wow!” As we dug deeper and deeper we began to learn about the Koto & other amazing instruments, thus off we went.
Just make sure you cover the history, religion, vocabulary, economics, currency, foods, places to visit, dress, etiquette, science and on. Your children will love all the crafts, hopefully enjoy writing research papers on the various topics as well as the literature in some of the folk lore.
Get a folder out have the kids decorate it. As you do this unit just have them assemble their info and work. Later they can put it in a nice format. You can use lap booking here if you wish. We chose not to this time.
We also made a section of our dining room to display their crafts, maps and some of their work (like their Japanese words).
We made a small pretend Tea Room as well. It was educational and fun to use the knowledge we attained and the creativity God gives.
HAVE FUN!
THE LARGER UNIT STUDY SITE I PUT TOGETHER IS HERE:

AT SNOWDEN WITH THE FAM (click)   --- IT HAS HAD THOUSANDS OF HITS. CLICK ON BLUE HIGHLIGHTED LINK. 
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Unit Study Site
 Elementary-High School
Pretty good; got it laid out well. Unit Study by 
Below are the links and activities plus books we used.
Geography:  archipelago of 6,852 islands.[10] The four largest islands are HonshuHokkaidoKyushu and Shikoku, together accounting for ninety-seven percent of Japan's land area. Japan has the world's tenth-largest population, with over 127 million people. he Greater Tokyo Area, which includes the de facto capital city of Tokyo and several surrounding prefectures, is the largest metropolitan area in the world, with over 30 million residents.”
English Alphabet to Japanese: http://www.japan-zone.com/new/alphabet.shtml
Islands of JapanNumber of volcano’s: 124.65 


We like Okinawa= from Karate Kid! J
  Okinawa Islands (map)islands (from North to South) of Japan are:Hokkaidō Honshū Shikoku Kyūshū http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japan?vm=r








As the children did their work I would play Japanese instrumental music for them. I had to use youtube.com which was wonderful! DESIGN A TIME  LINE:http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/kids/hh/goplaces/article/0,28376,555136,00.html?vm=rTime linehttp://web-japan.org/kidsweb/explore/history/index.htmlTime line

4 BOOK MARKS:

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Festival Coloring Page
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Japanese: Crafts and Coloring Pages
http://www.caslt.org/resources/modern-lang/japanese-resource-links-crafts-colouring_en.php?vm=r

Chrysanthemum Corsages
http://www.crayola.com/crafts/detail/chrysanthemum-corsages-craft/

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Excellent Selection of Coloring Pages
http://www.dltk-kids.com/World/japan/posters/index.htm-



                                                                                                                                                              
                     
ORIGAMI








MAKE THESE: Origami 
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/crafts/origami/








Folk Legends- http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/folk/index.html?vm=r
You read the story (as authentic music plays & colorful animation is playing.

BONSAI: 

http://www.ehow.com/videos-on_4949_grow-bonsai-trees.html?vm=r

Instruments & Entertainment:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traditional_Japanese_musical_instruments?vm=r
                                          String/wind/percussion

- http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/instrument.shtml?vm=r
http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/kabuki.shtml     Kabuki theatre
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=67-bgSFJiKc
http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/noh.shtml       Noh theatre
http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/bunraku.shtml Bunraku, or Japanese puppet theater
GREETING
KIMONOS:
 http://www.ehow.com/search.aspx?s=KIMONO%E2%80%99S
How to make; wrap; history of...etc. Accord Academy
  http://web-japan.org/kidsweb/?vm=r
       Japan web site for kids

http://www.japan-zone.com/culture/kimono.shtml

I love the diagram of the kimono and the history.

http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0107666.html?vm=r 


They made minni drums: minni Taiko



MAKE A TRAVEL BROCHURE:
http://teachers.ausd.net/antilla/japanbrochure.html
Tourist teaching. This was really good, they got real creative here.
LEARN THE PROPER WAY TO EAT AT A JAPANESE REST./HOME/GREETINGS…:

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e622.html
Japanese etiquette

LIST THE HOLIDAYS AND PLACE THEM ON A THEIR CALENDAR:

http://www.chiff.com/home_life/holiday/childrens-day.htm

Japan Rice Paddy  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZC7h-B7jy6k 
Research about rice.
http://www.ehow.com/how_4829375_cultivate-rice.html 
How to Cultivate Rice

Types of Farming in Japan
http://www.ehow.com/list_6912300_types-farming-japan.html

JAPAN FOLK TALES

http://japanese.about.com/od/folktales/Folk_Tales.htm?vm=r

Koi: Koi fish is a decorative carp (Cyprinus carpio) developed in Japan during the 19th century.
http://www.ehow.com/about_6733853_natural-habitat-koi.html#ixzz1GJgJHAVq





http://www.waldsfe.org/UnitStudies/countries/japan.htm?vm=r

Excellent site, laid out perfectly

A Day in the Life of a Japanese Child
http://www.cusd.chico.k12.ca.us/libraries/elementary/japan/

--Webquest by-Nancy Leek


Popular Japanese



MAKE LANTERNS:
http://familycrafts.about.com/od/chinesenewyears/ss/eplantern_2.htm 
Japanese Lantern Craft  Meaning of the Japanese Lanterns
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5563088_meaning-japanese-lantern.html?


JAPAN TODAY:  (Current Events)


WORSHIP WITH JAPANESE CHRISTIANS: http://www.youtube.com/user/liveworshipjapan

WRITE A STORY/BOOK:
Japanese boy names.Japanese ‘surnames’ last names according to prefectures.-----
'okasan' (mother) and 'otosan' (father)

Virtual Japanese Rest.-shows the etiquette, the foods and where they come from
…:fun




Haiku:  Wrote several poems; can be quite a challenge.

Greetings: Hello. Konnichiwa. 
Good Morning. Ohayou. 
Ohayou-gozaimasu. (Polite)
Good afternoon. Konnichiwa. 
Good evening. Konbanwa. 
Good night. Oyasumi. Oyasuminasai. 
Good bye. Sayounara. 
See you later. Dewa mata.
See you tomorrow. Mata ashita.
How do you do. Hajimemashite. 
I'm glad to see you. Oai-deki-te ureshii-desu. 
How are you? Ogenki desu-ka. 
I'm fine. Genki-desu.
And you? Anata wa?
I'm fine, too. Watashi-mo genki-desu.
Thank you. Arigatou. /
Arigatou-gozaimasu.(polite)




Seikan Tunnel :
 under water tunnel





Mt. Fuji富士山 上空
geography & history…older kids need to do their own research as well.

Kyoto

Ven Diagram : 
Import & Exports  
geography & history…older kids need to do their own research as well.
on the differences and likes of US and Japan.
Favorite Product that we may use or buy. Research about it.



Suzuki Violin  Violin Research: 
history of the Nippon
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shinichi_Suzuki_(violinist)
Shiniki Suzuki (info). (My daughter Felecia plays the violin both girls the piano using the Suzuki method).



Our personal missionary to Japan: Joyce Kitano




Hiroshima:
Used American History book on WWII all on Japan’s part in the war & US bombing.






Japanese Wedding-

Abacus wikipedia

Budhism/Christianity
these people really touched our hearts…good example on why there are still missionaries working to spread the Gospelvery good got the ‘feel’ of missions and the heart of God for the lost in Japan.

Japanese Tea Ceremony


Bit educational.
LESSON PLAN – THE TEA CULTURE

16 THINGS JAPAN DOES BETTER:  link



























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BOOKS WE ENJOYED FROM THE LIBRARY
Count Your Way Through Japan 30183031370628
Shipwrecked     31806001188831    (true story really learned a lot about the culture, history and shipping, whaling and then U.S. History)
Commodore Matthew Perry     30183031784992
Karate   30183032926816
Welcome to Japan 30183031371675
JAPANESE THINGS by Basil Hall
Chamberlain Pub.by Charles E.Tuttle Co.
1971 (reprint 1994)
Title K is for kabuki: a Japan alphabet
"I Live in Tokyo" by Mari Takabayashi,"31806001564015
Japan JapanJapanSamurai;
Warlords of Japan
Traditional Crafts from Japan
Felecia & Tabitha with all their hard work and fun study!
WE LOVE JAPAN!
















Tabby-My 3rd Grader
 
Felecia-My 7th Grader















Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms,Lanterns and Stars!" by Betty Reynolds
"Japanese Celebrations: Cherry Blossoms, Festivals and Flying Carp by Tazuko Inui

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vuaqMf2VoO8Counting to 10+   
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CGUhPisa4U

http://www.theodora.com/wfbcurrent/japan/index.htmlhttp://japanesegeta.com/


Free Earthquake Lap Book Unit Study

Up-to-date info in all categories
*March 11, 2011 A terrible tsunami hit Japan (the last day of our study 3/11/11) the worse hurricane in record of Japan.
- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ke02W2gazUk
http://www.homeschoolshare.com/earthquakes.php %20  

2012 and still have a passion for Japan. Here are the girls at the Japanese Stroll Garden in Springfield, MO. Included an authentic tea house. What a treat!