In Bible this week, we continued to look at Jesus as the Lamb of God. We looked at several passages to help us better understand that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away our sin, but my favorite was Isaiah 53:7-8, which gives such vivid detail of the crucifixion of Christ. When Hannah finished reading the passage, I asked her if she could tell me what it was describing. Without skipping a beat, she said, "When Jesus died on the cross." I asked her if she knew when the book of Isaiah was written, and she was shocked to learn that all of those details that described his suffering and death so perfectly were written over 700 years before he was even born! We talked a little about the accuracy of Scripture and the way that God knows things that no one else could ever know, and every time He tells us something in His Word, we can be sure that it is true.
We were supposed to make a handprint lamb for one of our Bible activities, but Hannah had just made one over the Christmas break when she saw the idea on a Smile of a Child show called Sarah's Stories, so we counted that one as her lamb and put a big ol' check mark in that box! :)
In history this week, we learned about pioneers who traveled by flatboat down the Ohio River. The girls briefly heard about Johnny Appleseed when he was mentioned in one of the chapters we read in American Pioneers and Patriots, and Hannah read more about him in Joan Holub's Who Was Johnny Appleseed? during her book basket time.
Since we were learning about Johnny Appleseed, it only made sense to munch on apple slices for our snack one day.
|We were even blessed with the presence of Princess Camille!|
And in science, we discussed how scientists classify animals into five groups: mammals, reptiles, birds, fish, and amphibians. I really wanted Hannah to spend a little more time learning about these groups, so I made a crossword puzzle that goes along with the assigned pages from The Usborne Internet-Linked First Encyclopedia of Science. (I posted it online, so if you'd like to use it, feel free to download both the crossword puzzle and the answer key.)
We also played a matching game where we had to match various animals with the category they would be classified in. For example, if I turned over a card with "mouse" on it, I had to make a match by turning over a card with "mammal" on it.
Hannah played one game with me and one game with Camille. She won both times. Stinker! (Maybe I'm a sore loser, but I recommend copying these cards onto card stock before playing the game just in case you have a 7-year-old who might be tempted to look through the paper and read what's on the cards. Just sayin'.)
As for the three R's, things are still progressing well. I did add some handwriting exercises into her day. I haven't ever really been satisfied with her handwriting, but when Greg started making comments about it, I knew it must be bad! I tend to gravitate toward perfectionism. Him, not so much. ;) My friend Shannon gave me a free teacher's manual for A Reason for Handwriting, so I ordered her the Transition book thinking that if her print improves enough, I can begin to teach her cursive, which she really, really, really wants to learn. Hopefully that will give her some incentive to slow down and write neatly.
It's hard to believe that next week we'll be on Week 20! Stop back by and join us for our next adventure, when we laissez les bon tomps rouler!