I know I said it in my last weekly report, but we're really enjoying doing Bible in the evenings with Greg. During the course of the past two weeks, we read about Dwight Moody's repentance, boldness, and strength and Harriet Tubman's compassion, joy, and perseverance. We also finished the first book of Tales of the Kingdom, which was much-loved by everyone in the family, and we read about Navajo Indians and missionary kids from Window on the World. Did you know that many missionaries have to send their kids off to special schools for missionary families? I had no idea! I guess I just assumed they either went to school where they lived or they homeschooled. I can imagine the kind of dedication to the Lord it takes to pack up your family and head to a foreign country. I cannot imagine the kind of dedication to the Lord it takes to do so knowing that your family will not be intact once you're there. This really touched a tender spot in my heart and has been a topic of prayer in my life over the past two weeks.
Next week we begin reading through the book of Matthew, so Hannah made a bookmark for us to use as we read.
In geography, we really focused on getting to know how our little area fits into the world. First, we labeled a map of North America so we could see what all borders the United States. We also labeled two major U.S. landmarks: the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains.
Next we did a map of the United States. We labeled the "four corners" of the U.S., as well as all the states that border our home state of Texas.
Hannah's friend Rachel spent the night one night, and we had fun reading How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. together.
I had printed up little cards with pictures of the cherry pie "ingredients" on them.
|Front of the cards|
|Back of the cards|
Erin's suggestion and bought some frozen pie crust. It saved me a good hour's worth of work and, if I'm really honest with myself, it tasted better, too. Thanks, Erin! :)
|We bought a 2-pack, so we cut the second one into strips to give it that "woven" look. Go ahead and say it: Cheater, cheater, pumpkin-eater! :)|
|Then the kids raided Millie's kitchen and found some cookie cutters to use on the leftover dough.|
|Very proud of their hard work! :)|
Because the United States was first inhabited by Native American Indians, the first art project we did was to make sandpaintings similar to those that the Navajo Indians made.
|Sketching out her design|
|Adding the sand|
|Think she's tired of having her picture taken? ;P|
Some neighborhood kids that were walking the street even stopped in to join us. That was kinda fun!
And since Hollywood is such a major influence in the United States today, we went back to the roots of motion picture and examined the old-fashioned flipbook. Actually, we were supposed to have the kids make their own flipbooks, but after seeing the amazing video Pauline's hubby did with their kids, we decided to skip the flipbook and go straight for the motion picture. :) The kids were super-excited about this one. Rachel and Hannah came up with a storyline and gathered their props, and we got busy taking pictures. Here's what they came up with.
Now, granted, it isn't nearly as good as the one Jason and the kids did. But still, I thought it was pretty clever. Greg, however, thought it was much better when I was telling him about it than when he actually watched it. :P But the girls did walk away understanding that motion pictures are made up of a series of still images, and that was the main idea, so I'm gonna call it a success. :)
|Some leaves are broad, flat leaves with smooth edges.|
|Some are needles that grow in clusters of 2 or 3.|
|Some are broad, flat leaves that have toothed edges.|
|Some are broad, flat leaves that have lobed edges.|
|Some grow in an alternating pattern down the stem.|
|And some grow straight across from each other.|
|Here's an isthmus in real life ...|
|... and here's the isthmus Hannah drew.|
|Here's a butte in real life ...|
|... and here's a butte Hannah drew. Looks like some guy is sweating trying to climb up it!|