Apr 7, 2009

Home School Happenings

So, I found a fun little game on line for practice in counting change.

Also, the newspaper carried a small headline telling us about the earthquake in Italy yesterday. I decided that we would base some school around that. Here is what we did...

First, we know that we are told...
Teach ye diligently and my grace shall attend you, that you may be instructed more perfectly in theory, in principle, in doctrine, in the law of the gospel, in all things that pertain unto the kingdom of God, that are expedient for you to understand;

79 Of things both in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth; things which have been, things which are, things which must come to pass; things which are at home, things which are abroad; the wars and the perplexities of the nations, and the judgments which are on the land; and a knowledge also of countries and of kingdoms—
So, we will teach
  • things in heaven and in the earth, and under the earth (science, geology, biology, geography, theory)
  • history (things which have been),
  • current events (things which are)
  • prophecy (things which must come to pass).
We talked about the earthquake in Italy and learned *And there shall be heard of wars, rumors of wars, and earthquakes in divers places.* (current events/prophecy/geography)
We talked about the seas heaving beyond their bounds and Hurricane Katrina and Tsunamis (history/propehcy)
Then we learned about what causes earthquakes and found a very educational free video here(science, theory, prophecy)
We learned that when the Savior shall come again, the Mount of Olives will cleave (vocaublary word) into halves and that the whole world will feel THAT earthquake (prophecy/geography).

I also found this to be of interest...
In the Book of Zechariah the Mount of Olives is identified as the place from which God will begin to redeem the dead at the end of days. For this reason, Jews have always sought to be buried on the mountain, and from Biblical times to the present day the mountain has been used as a cemetery for the Jews of Jerusalem. There are an estimated 150,000 graves on the Mount, including those of many famous figures.
Go figure.

Geography ... the white oval is the Mount of Olives

A beautiful Olive tree from the Gethsemane Gardens

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