Thursday, October 8, 2015

Just How Big was Noah's Ark?

We are studying the flood in Genesis and learning about the Ark. To help put it into better perspective, just how big the Ark was, we measured it in the cornfield next to our house.
Here we are working on the width of the Ark.


Here they are measuring the width of the Ark, which was approximately 75 feet.

Starting out the paces

Half way there!

Can you see them wayyyy down there! They are marking the 2 far corners of the Ark. Approximately 450 feet away. That is one BIG Ark!
Probably a good thing there weren't any of these on the Ark!

But these probably were (or cats of some sort).

Running to the other end of the Ark to feed the animals

Running the full length of the Ark!
Well there isn't really any place to go UP in a corn field so we utilized the house.

Getting the measuring tape out.

The roof peak to the kids was only half the height of the Ark. The Ark is approx. 45 ft tall, which is 3 stories tall.
Noah's Ark was 450 ft long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet tall approximately based on what is believed to be a cubit.
So the depiction like this..
or this
are a little on the small size!!
It's exciting that they are making a life size replica in Northern Kentucky! Ark Encounter has some great video clips of how far they have come in the process.

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Reading Kingdom Online Reading *Review #TOS

Reading Kingdom Review

Reading Kingdom has an online reading program as well as Autism Spectrum Disorder Reading program.

Reading Kingdom Online is an online program geared for ages 4-10. It helps them to get to a 3rd grade reading level. Reading Kingdom uses much more than phonics. That is great for me, because I have never had much luck working with just phonics. My kids tend to need more in order to learn to read.

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I used this with my 7 year old, who is technically in the 2nd grade but still is at a Kindergarten reading level. We used this in cooperation with his other reading program rather than just stopping the things we were already using. It works great as a supplement and I see no reason it could work as the main source as well. We just chose to do it this way.

Reading Kingdom uses phonics, grammar, sequencing, writing, sounds, meaning and comprehension to teach reading and writing.

A great perk with Reading Kingdom is that you can use it on kindle, ipad, android devices and Mac. So anything of technology that you have, will probably with the right browser be able to be used. There was a note on mine that it would work best in Chrome on my laptop so that is what we used.

I can see how Maverick is doing at the beginning of each session, with a progress report. I also get an email from Reading Kingdom with his progress. I love this accountability, especially if I were to use it with older children on their own. For Maverick I am basically right near by him when he is working on it, but it still helps me to keep tabs on him.

It is recommended to use this program 3 to 4 times a week. We have not done that like I would want to. Just like our 'normal' school, we have been interrupted with illness, vacation days, family visiting, etc. As we round the corner here in fall we will be incorporating it more into our day schedule. The Reading Kingdom work really does not take that long each day. Some days Maverick can get done in 15 minutes and I encourage him to keep going. There isn't a set amount of work to do each day, and then sign off till next time. You can kind of gauge how the child is doing. I try to watch when Maverick seems 'done' and I don't push him to do more.

It did take a few weeks to be beyond where the placement test process. Maverick had to work on sequencing and learning his letters and the keyboard a bit more.  It at times felt 'boring' to Maverick, but repetition is part of the learning. It's not his 'favorite' he will say. I really don't feel that it has anything to do with Reading Kingdom, it's more than he doesn't find reading in general to be his 'favorite'.

Despite his best efforts, Reading Kingdom is here to stay until he completes the program. It has been proven effective and my daughter in a previous year really got some great skills from it. My advise to homeschool moms is, sometimes your student might not 'like' a program that much, but your knowledge on what is beneficial outweighs their feelings. I have found Reading Kingdom to be very beneficial, fun, and easy to use.

You can get a 30 day free trial by going to Reading Kingdom and clicking on the link.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Finding Noah Only in Theaters October 8

For over 2,000 years, man has been searching for the final resting place of Noah's Ark.  Though there have been many attempts, few have been able to fully explore the one place specifically noted in the Bible: Mount Ararat.  Located in Eastern Turkey, Agri Dagh or "The Painful Mountain" is the tallest mountain in the region and lies in the very center of a centuries old, geo-politically unstable hot spot.  With constant threats of deadly rock slides, hidden crevasses, and glacial ice falls, the Kurdish Rebel held mountain poses great risk to any explorer, let alone those performing a thorough scientific investigation.  

Join director/producer Brent Baum and the FINDING NOAH film crew as they follow an expedition of intrepid explorers on a perilous trek up to Mt. Ararat's desolate summit.  There, using state of the art technology and real-time satellite imagery, this team of archeologists, scientists and professional mountaineers will begin a grid work of exploration unlike any before, hoping to finally resolve the age-old question:  did Noah and his Ark actually exist?  

Shot in never-before filmed locations in the harshest of conditions, this unprecedented feature-length documentary shows just how far men are willing to go to discover the truth.  Narrated by Academy Award nominee Gary Sinise, FINDING NOAH is more than a quest for answers, it is a testament of the human spirit, where belief and the need for exploration transcend risk and limitation.  

I was blessed to watch a preview of Finding Noah! It has so much fantastic information in it. Their are interviews with scholars, authors, rabbi, pastors, climbers, and so much more. You can see some of those interviewed here . I love how they incorporate the broad spectrum and show how many cultures have myths or stories pertaining to a flood. Though we know that it isn't a myth.. it shows up in history so many times.

The film was great for all ages. I liked how they didn't dumb it down, yet it wasn't  over the top scientific that my young children wouldn't understand. Breath taking views of a part of the country few actually ever get to see.

This film is beautifully done and I really hope many of you get out to see it. You can go to the website link below and click on purchase tickets. This will allow you to put in an area code to see where it is playing near you. It is for one day only, and you will not want to miss it!


OFFICIAL WEBSITE where you can find out where it is playing near you!

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