Our week actually started on Sunday because of our Monday theater plans, which I somehow knew would lead to lunch at Chick-Fil-A, which would lead to an afternoon of kids playing together and mommies visiting together, which would lead to getting home late in the afternoon, which would result in absolutely no school getting done whatsoever. So was a trip to the theater worth all that? You betcha!
|Here's our theater crew (minus two camera-shy little ones) after watching Giggle Giggle Quack.|
If the feathers in those pictures look familiar, could it be because you've seen them here?
Yeah, we actually "borrowed" a couple of feathers from Hannah's Indian headdress and used them for this project. But I do have every intention of putting them right back where they came from! ;)
In addition to Thomas Jefferson and the Declaration of Independence, we also learned about the Revolutionary War. Here is the notebook page Hannah made for her United States notebook:
And speaking of war, last week we looked at the meaning behind "Yankee Doodle," and this week we made hasty pudding. Colonists often ate this, and many times they would eat it several times a day because it was so quick to make.
|If you don't think it looks very appetizing, you're not alone. Neither Hannah nor Camille were very psyched about trying it.|
|But I was so proud of them for giving it a shot!|
|They even tried to doctor it up when they didn't like it plain.|
|But in the end, they were happy to be 21st Century Americans who could have Cocoa Pebbles for breakfast instead!|
The kids did a couple of activities to go along with this lesson. Legend has it that George Washington thought a six-pointed star should be used on the flag because a five-pointed star was too difficult to make, so Betsy Ross took out her scissors and showed him that a five-pointed star could be made with a single cut. I printed out the directions and helped each of the kids make a Betsy Ross star.
And the second project was to have each of the kids create their own country. They came up with names, designed flags, and even came up with some very . . . um . . . creative laws! ;)
The above picture is them holding their completed flags. (Hannah taped her laws below hers.) They loved working on this project, and I loved hearing their ideas!
Millie's country name:
The United States of America with Butterflies on It
Millie's country laws:
(1) If you disobey, I'll throw you in jail.
(2) If you disobey, you can't ride in the police car.
(3) Only boy and girl police dogs and girl pet dogs can ride in the police car, but not boy pet dogs.
Hannah's country name:
Hannah's country laws:
(1) Obey your parents.
(2) No false gods.
(3) Don't kill anyone.
(4) Drink milk all the time.
(5) Dads are the head of the house, not moms.
In Bible, we focused on Jesus as the Living Water. We read the story of the Samartian woman at the well from John 4 and discussed that water gives your body life, much like Jesus gives your Spirit life; however, the life water gives your body is only temporary, whereas the life Jesus gives your spirit lasts forever.
Since Bible was about the Living Water, we focused on science with water this week. Our first experiment was to determine what types of materials are absorbent. The girls collected several items from around the house.
|They gathered (l to r) plastic, coffee filter, cleaning rag, wash cloth, paper towel, tissue paper, and Kleenex.|
And our final water experiment was to observe how water could cause colors to separate. We used markers to make large dots on coffee filter strips. Then we put the strips in a saucer of water and watched to see what happened as the water reached the dots. Our results weren't nearly as impressive as the illustrations in the Usborne book, but we were able to see a little bit of separation, anyway.
|We saw blue come out of the purple . . .|
|. . . purple come out of the blue . . .|
|. . . yellow come out of the orange . . .|
|. . . and blue come out of the green.|
Stay tuned to read about the book signing and the trip to Millard's Crossing. (If you live within a 150-mile radius of Nacogdoches, TX, I highly recommend this as a field trip!)
And as always, drop by Kris' Weekly Wrap-Up to see what others did in school this week. Who knows? You might walk away with a couple of new bloggy friends! :)