Book Review: Water and Weather

Water & Weather: From the Flood to Forecasts

By Tom De Rosa and Carolyn Reeves

Water and Weather is a concise thematic unit study supporting a biblical perspective. Tom De Rosa, a creationist and experienced science educator, along with Carolyn Reeves, also a science teacher with a doctorate in science education who is currently writing and providing educational consulting, did a wonderful job on this book’s content. It is written with both the teacher and student in mind. It has twenty investigation chapters along with a glossary of relevant terms. The home school parent and teacher will not find it difficult to organize the content as it is all written out on page five in How To Use This Book. Bloom’s taxonomy of teaching is definitely incorporated into throughout all lessons from defining to evaluating.  Each investigation has the teacher engage the student in actively realizing the information for more than words on a page. In chapter one, students will design their own fossils after learning about how God created the dinosaurs and physically measuring them out on the floor to determine their size. Afterward, they will answer investigation questions to summarize the information.  There are countless numbers of activities that can stem off of these investigations. The authors created some wonderful text and activities that will kick off a multiplicity of ideas to discover. This book has more than the typical water cycle and weather content. I am impressed with the range of content and vivid pictures as well. The book is inexpensive and can be purchased with a matching journal and teachers guide each only for $4.99. You will be pleased with this book.


This book was sent to me by New Leaf Publishing in exchange for a book review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Book Review: God In My Everything by Ken Shigematsu


God In My Everything is broken into five parts:  Rules, Roots, Relate, Restore, and Reach out. All of these components are illustrated in a tree type graph showing the basis of his writings throughout. This is great for the visual person to refer to and see the components all working together. All of the content is based on his life and what he has replicated from the monastic lifestyle. He does not set out a “diet” type life method to legalistically follow but rather a concise suggestion list on methods that have worked for him in all the different areas he talks over. My favorite and most needed section is Shigematsu’s writing on “Roots” including structuring your Sabbath, prayer life and nourishing your soul through sacred readings. He also discusses several other facets of our everyday lives and how to bring the balance into all areas.  He includes areas in the book for writing your reflections after reading his questions to sum up the points of each section. I see this as being useful in a bible study. Another interesting section lies within the wealth of references in his Notes section.  I love tapping into the background information that good authors are reading from.  I don’t believe any one book is the answer to all of our desires for balancing our lives but we must take the information and make use of Shigematu’s discoveries in this reinterpretation of how to live a more holistic and fulfilling life.

About the Author: Ken Shigematsu

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Review By Laura Galindo

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Homemade Flubber Recipe For Kids

We recently tried this Flubber recipe with the kids at the “Science in the Park” event put on by Rhythms of Grace Homeschool Group.  We had so much fun coloring it and getting our hands all squishy messy.  You have to try it with your children as you create a solid and it easily converts to a “not so solid” lol. We talked about the ingredients and the safety precautions of using different household items such as borax. We talked about safety in mixing items and used as much math and science vocabulary as possible. There are so many ways to expand on just mixing up a batch and sending them on to play. Have fun!

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Homemade Flubber Recipe For Kids | Live Craft Eat.

flubber recipe with borax and glue


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A Different Set of Seven Habits

I thought this was a creative way of making the point! Enjoy!

by | on February 21, 2013

I came across this article on Christianity Today and it was too good not to share. Steven James writes this like a HOW TO; But many of us can relate to certain points :

1 – Don’t plan ahead

Don’t fall into the trap of writing down your goals and objectives, or even worse, handcuffing yourself to specific times when you’re supposed to feel obligated to do them. Instead, respond to things as they come up. Put off big projects until you have large chunks of uninterrupted time to accomplish them, or when you feel inspired. Then try to complete the task with one herculean effort.

2 – Go it alone

If you need to have someone checking up on you, it’s a sure sign of your incompetence and lack of self-control. Independent-minded people make the most progress when they bypass the team and do their own thing. Accountability is overrated.

3 – Aim low

Only arrogant people set lofty goals. Those who dream big often end up flat on their face. At the end of the day, it’s much better to aim for mediocrity and reach your goal rather than trying to do something extraordinary, and becoming frustrated when you can’t quite accomplish it. Better safe than sorry. Those who risk the most never experience the security of living in the status quo.

4 – Point out the mistakes of others

People need to be aware of their failures or they’ll never be able to change. So, keep an eye out for others’ missteps or mishaps and then leak the word to the rest of your employees or volunteers. Be specific and stern. Don’t give the person a chance to explain his actions since that’s usually just a way of denial or shirking responsibility. It’s even more beneficial to make the shortcomings of others public, so that other people in the organization can keep them in line.

5 – Mentally relive old failures

If you lost a job or got a demotion or didn’t get the position you were vying for, brood over it. Dwelling on past mistakes, unresolved conflict, and ongoing disagreements will help give you perspective on your current situation. Obsessing over negative experiences helps you avoid them in the future.

Get into the habit of thinking about hurtful conversations you’ve had and coming up with things you wish you’d said, or clever comebacks that might’ve ended things right then and there. It’ll give you that fire and motivation to speak up more authoritatively next time around.

6 – Wait until the last minute

You never know what the future holds so why waste your time doing things that might not even end up being necessary? Who knows, you might get fired, quit, or die and you’d just have wasted all of that time on that project. It’s much more beneficial if you just put off working on something until the consequences of not doing it outweigh the effort it takes to do it. If other people hassle you about this, it just shows that they’re not as good at working under pressure as you are.

7 – Take things personally

If people criticize your work, they are, in essence, attacking you. Criticism of a project you’ve worked on is a direct assault on your intelligence, personality, and character. As a matter of self-respect, it’s important that you don’t let them get away with that. If you don’t stand up for yourself, you might come across as a pushover.

So, show your strength and conviction by defending every idea you have. Rather than “choosing your battles,” remember that if someone criticizes your decisions, actions, or suggestions, they’ve already chosen to attack your personal self-worth. Don’t let them get away with that.


Today is a new day. An opportunity to start fresh. I encourage you to not apply these habits. Do the opposite – Be a rebel!

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Today’s Discovery: MAMEY!

Today’s Discovery: MAMEY! 

I talked to my mom today and asked her what she was doing; she had just left the Mexican grocery store and had picked up some mamey! She went on and on about it until I stopped to tell her I had NO idea what she was talking about! She said, “you have never heard of mamey?” She immediately detoured and came over to share a ripe mamey fruit with all of us.

I was a bit hesitant to eat it because it reminded me of papaya a bit. I can not get myself to eat papaya, mango, or melon. I have no idea why I just can’t swallow those. They look good but, go figure. It was oval and large enough to fill my entire hand. Despite my hesitation, I set a good example for my children by trying a bit.  If I was to equate it to anything I would say it was like an avocado but sweeter.  It was as creamy as an avocado and had a pit in it, only flatter and really shiny. Actually this particular one had two! It was a nice sweet treat. Read more about it here Mamey fruit: Mexico’s sweet winter treat : Mexico Cuisine – Try Mamey Today!