In history this week we studied Native Americans. (Does anyone else have trouble not calling them Indians, or is it just me?!)
Our text this week was North American Indians, and there's a page at the back with hand gestures the Native American tribes used to communicate with each other. (Hence the graphic at the beginning of this post.) It was a language that was universally understood by all the Plains Indians. We practiced the gestures and played a game like charades where one person would sign a message and the others had to figure out what the message was.
|Here's Millie asking for some water.|
|And here's Hannah telling us that someone has died.|
|Millie's is on the left, Hannah's is in the middle, and mine is on the right.|
|Our wigwams were made out of paper mache—not the girls' favorite thing—but since it was a small project, they hung in there.|
|We started right by our garage door.|
|The girls walked for two seconds and then stopped. I told them that if they were light, they would have already reached the moon.|
|Then they walked for another 7 minutes 58 seconds. I told them that if they were light, they would be at the sun right now.|
|The blue dot represents Earth, the red dot represents the moon, and the yellow dot represents the sun. Wowsers—that's a looong way away!|
|You can see the quarter is already halfway down, and the Kleenex hasn't gone far at all.||The quarter has already landed, and the Kleenex is only about halfway down.|
|Here are the containers on their way down. The heavier one didn't fall down faster than the lighter one. Hmmmmm.||This picture is right as they landed.|
Now, if you know me, you know that I have a
(Edited to add: This experiment is repeated again in Week 28. Click here for a much better explanation of it!)
In Bible this week, we had our first memory verse of the year, which Hannah wrote as copywork. She was able to write all of this in about 2 minutes, and her handwriting was still legible! Such an improvement over last year!!! :)
And we made a pull for the light chain on their ceiling fan so they can easily turn the lights on and off in their room without climbing on the top bunk and reaching over. We just printed a copy of the badge we made in Kindergarten, laminated it, hole-punched it, and tied it to the chain.
Millie especially loved that! She had fun finding the letters (and numbers) while she ate.
Speaking of which . . . in Pre-K this week, we focused on the letter L. Millie has done so well with her Pre-K lessons! Not just knowing the names and sounds of her letters, but also knowing which words do and do not start with them. This kid took some major blows to the head as a toddler, and I praise God and thank Him every day when her lessons are successful!
|Here's Millie putting together the capital and lowercase L, our letter of the week.|
|She worked hard to get all of her letters matched up!|
***We interrupt this school day for teachable moments!***
We had a couple of great teachable moments this week. Well, one teachable moment, I guess, and one little . . . something (I really don't know exactly what to call it!) that Hannah figured out on her own. The girls were making hot chocolate at snack time one morning, and they were both boasting about how their mug was the bigger one. Here are the two mugs in question.
And to go along with our Science with Air studies . . . one day Hannah figured out that air would hold a piece of paper against her stomach as long as she was moving.
|If she wasn't moving, the paper would fall when she let go of it.||But as long as she was moving, the air would push against the paper, keeping it against her tummy. I can't tell you how long this kept her entertained! :)|
And this rarely happens, but we even had time to go on a little nature walk this week.
|We found several magnolia trees that were ready to drop seeds.|
|Here's a magnolia seed pod. I'm not sure whether the seeds haven't appeared yet or whether they've already dropped. We'll have to watch and see how it changes over the next couple of weeks.|
|Anyone know what this is? I think it's some type of weed, but it's so pretty!|
|This was in the same rock garden, and it's also about the size of a basketball. I think this one is granite.|