Saturday, August 30, 2014

August: Creation and Scrolls, Messes and Fun!

I never remember to do a weekly review so I'm thinking maybe a monthly review would work a little better for me! We started school early August at the request of my middle two kiddos and they had a lot of fun with it!

Tot School 
Well, Miss Allie still sleeps through most of the excitement during her morning naps but a few times she's had fun stepping on Hunter's workbook or trying to get the alphabet matching game cards from Natalie. One day she sat in her seat to scribble for a few minutes but she mostly just likes wandering around finding things to make a mess of!

We started out with a creation unit for her. We spent a day for each day of creation and then had fun reviewing, learning about the earth and comparing what God made vs. what people made.

After our creation unit we started with the first letter in the My Father's World Kindergarten program. S for sun! We read Bible verses and made a badge to remember that "Jesus is the light of the world."  One day we made a sundial (which daddy unknowingly removed from the yard) and saw what the sun did to a piece of black paper. Miss Natalie had a lot of fun learning about the S sound, writing the s and drawing a sun!

First Grade 
Hunter's first grade work started out with a review of the letter sounds and how to write them. After getting through the entire alphabet we made the pages into a scroll like they would have had in Bible times! Once that was finished we started reviewing the short vowel sounds and reading several words with them in the words. He also got to read sentences to match with pictures. Here in the next week or two we'll be getting into long vowel sounds.

We've learned about ants and worms and other creatures in and on the ground, the seasons and how plants grow. The rain forest at the zoo had a great big ant hill we could see inside of which went great with what we had read in the "Things Outdoors" book! We currently have a bean seed in a baggie with a wet napkin to see what happens to it!

In math we have worked with patterns, the 100 chart, place value and our coin jar. I'm always amazed at how quickly this boy picks up on math concepts!

Fifth Grade
History this year ties in with our study of the Old Testament. We've learned about creation, the first sin in the world that Adam and Eve commited., Noah's ark and the tower of Babel. It amazes me that the Bible gives an account of such important events so early in history so that we can use them today as we learn more about science and the world around us.

A few weeks ago our family celebrated the Sabbath. It was a really neat experience! We had dinner at dusk (quite by accident but that's when it was supposed to be anyway) and used the Celebrating Biblical Feasts book to guide us through. Wayne and I both had a sense of calm and the dinner was enjoyed by all of us.

This past week we used a fun story to learn how to draw a map of the Bible lands. We've gotten our timeline going and talked about the Jewish calendar..

In sciience we've talked about the first day of the creation of the Earth. Light! we've learned how light can be bent to play tricks on our eyes and made the fun discovery that you cannot see a penny under a clear glass of water unless you look straight down on it!

We are still really enjoying the Shiller math program! We've learned several songs from their Kit 2 CD and started a section on geometry this week after doing some review of telling time, reading larger numbers and multiplication and division.

We're using Learning Language Arts through literature this year and finished up reading the Boxcar Children this week. This is another change we made that I'm really enjoying! The workbook is quick and she can do it fairly independently.

Other Happenings
It's been a fun, busy, crazy month! We've had fun gathering vegetables from our garden, playing with the water hose, going to the park and lots and lots of legos! Chelsea finished her 4H projects, just in the nick of time for judging. We also celebrated Wayne's birthday this month and surprised him with a cake. I still can't believe he didn't see it! The best part of the month though is that yesterday, my sister came home from CA so we've spent most of Friday visiting with her after a fun day at the park with some homeschool friends.

How was your August? I'd love to hear about it!

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