Friday, October 10, 2014

MFW CtG/K Week 9:T-t Turtle/Jacob leaving Laban, Descendants, Joseph


4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks

Ten Commandments:

I am the LORD your God...you shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy

Bible/History

  • Discussed and memorized the 4th commandment and revised the past memory verses. 
  • We learnt about Jacob's family, and Joseph's story
  • We also talked about cloaks, Ancient Egyptian's homes and Abraham's descendants



Math/Science


  • Water and Air: Destroying water


This experiments requires dissolving different amounts of epsom salt in water and see how water molecule is destroyed.
 This experiment also teaches me about reading the instructions carefully. At first we put 1/4 CUP (instead of teaspooon) of salt in one and 3/4 CUP in another. NO WAY this will dissolve. We'll be making crystals.

Now this is better


No salt, no reaction.

1/4 tsp salt, little bubbles

3/4 tsp salt, a lot of bubbles




Language


  • We continued to work on nouns.
  • Spelling Power for Big Bro
  • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis
  • We also learnt the Greek word "phobos" and did our English from the Roots Up notebook page. We also revised the past words. 
  • We continued Treasures of the Snow (Another great book!)






Foreign Language

We finished Lesson 2 on 康軒一上. The kids are retaining a lot of words!





Art/Music





This is mommy's painting


Quite a number of things were happening this week and we slacked on art and Science. But we did do the Vivaldi's Autumn painting (I asked them to paint this time)

Have you wondered?
  • Laban was angry Jacob stole his idols. In the end Rachel was the one to steal them. WHAT's UP with God's people having idols!!?? Big Bro thinks Rachel stole them so that her father will not worship them anymore
Kindergarten: T-t Turtle
Read Little Engine that Could and did activities from here

We started blended ladder! She took a little while but I think we are getting there!

Hey! Sam and Ann our favorite!


She had enough of finger paint printing. =)

Blended ladder.
T Book


We also listened to Al Gore read Brave Irene (love that book) and we watched Tortoise and the Hare (our video playlist is here)
These are such fun books to read!


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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

MFW CtG/K Week 8: N-n Nest/Isaac, Jacob, Esau


4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks

Ten Commandments:

I am the LORD your God...you shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not make for yourself an idol.
You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain

Bible/History

  • Discussed and memorized the 3rd commandment and revised the past memory verses. 
  • We learnt about Isaac taking a wife and the strife between Jacob and Esau
  • We also talked about the customs of wife-taking and birthrights
  • We learnt about seals and Egyptian tomb paintings
Showing them lentils






Using wax and seals


Math/Science


  • Water and Air: What floats?




Of all the items, the kids were surprised that the clip sank and the apple floated. I wished we had the coke and diet coke (we might get them some day and do this experiment again)

  • Water and Air:Skating water



This experiment to teach about cohesiveness and adhesiveness of water was really fun! And the kids learnt that this is a good way to know if the pan is hot enough (when water dances on the pan)




Language


  • Both of them learnt more about nouns this week
  • Spelling Power for Big Bro
  • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis
  • We also learnt the Greek word "philia" and did our English from the Roots Up notebook page. We also revised the past words. 
  • We continued Treasures of the Snow (Another great book!)






Foreign Language

We started on 康軒一上


We also started to use flashcards for vocabulary practice. I did them myself.


Art/Music



Crosshatching

Drawing an Egyptian by grids. Big Sis had more patience to copy than Big Bro





    Have you wondered?
    • Why the Egyptians take the brains out when they mummify dead bodies? They think brains are useless.
    • Did you know lentils are so available they were almost worthless in Jacob's times? Esau wasted his birthrights for something worthless!
    • Did you know that bowling balls that are weighed 12 pounds below will float in water because the equal volume of water would have weighed 12 pounds?
    Kindergarten: N-n Nest




    Birds matching game




    Tactile N



    We read these books for Nest
    N Book

    We watched George Muller's Veggie Tale video to remind us God takes care of us

    The Sesame Street Podcast for N was especially fun



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    Thursday, September 25, 2014

    MFW CtG/K Week 7: A-a Apples/Abraham


    4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks

    Ten Commandments:

    I am the LORD your God...you shall have no other gods before me.
    You shall not make for yourself an idol.

    Bible/History




    • Memorized the 2nd commandment and revised the past memory verses. (I think we're more disciplined this year in the memorization)
    • We learnt about Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot and Abraham, Promise and birth of Isaac
    • And we learnt about the ancient writings of the hieroglyphics
    Books we read this week

    Math/Science


    • Water and Air: Floating Experiment







    Water as Liquid


    Water as solid (expansion)


    Wax as liquid




    Wax as solid (contraction)




    Big Sis worked on addition, subtraction and measurement of length this week.
    Big Bro worked very hard on fractions.




    Language


    • Big Bro continued to learn about sentences and learnt to write some long and short sentences
    • Big Sis learnt about nouns this week
    • Spelling Power for Big Bro
    • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis
    • We also learnt the Greek word "tropos" and did our English from the Roots Up notebook page. We also revised the past words. 
    • We finished "All of a kind family" (REALLY like this book a lot!)and per demand of kids, we started Treasures of the Snow even though it's not supposed to be in the plan yet.

    Asked Big Sis to arrange her spelling words in alphabetical order (from Z to A)









    Foreign Language

    We started on 康軒一上. The kids LOVE Chinese this year. Look how colorful the books are!!


    We also started to use flashcards for vocabulary practice. I do them myself.


    Art/Music







    The kids drawing to Vivaldi's Summer.


    Learning to shade






    Drawing hieroglyphics.





      Have you wondered?
      • How is a well built? (The kids were quite surprised that water can be found underground!)
      • How do you steal wells? (as in Isaac's wells were stolen) They were filled in again.
      Kindergarten: A-a Apple
      This week I put two laminated rounds on the cups to make it clearer. It helps!


      Lower case "a" apple art




      Cuisenaire rods

      Apple patterns



      Little Sis says "SUGAR!" hahaha...


      We read this book and made apple tree seasons




      Sometimes we deviate from Apples and do workbooks instead.


      Handwriting practice


      A Book


      Vowel song!
      Made individual apple crisps and we did the real apple crumble pie too
      And of course we HAD to read "How to make an apple pie and see the world"


      Read A and Apples books

      Watched some fun Apple videos (including half of Johnny Appleseed video)
      And made some Johnny Appleseed pages



      A Book



      Homeschooling Ideas
      One of the first questions people ask me after knowing I homeschool ALL (yes, they often emphasize that as if I own a whole farm of them...and yes it does feel that way sometimes) of my kids is: What do you do with your baby?

      Yup. Indeed. What does the baby (toddler) do when her brother and sisters are doing school (now that she doesn't nap in the morning...she hasn't done so for almost a year now)?

      Come on. Don't all of your toddlers do this?

      Peacefully.

      Or this?

      Drawing and writing with such joy.

      Or this?

      Silently engaging in intellectual pursuits.

      I'm sure you can identify with these too.


      Once your school is done, your house is basically clean too and you can sit on the sofa with a cuppa.

      No? What is wrong with you!??!?!

      No?



      Ya. No. Here too.

      See...some of the times my toddler can be involved somehow in some non-destructive play and engagement of her own interest. And I sit and admire my work of discipline quickly rush to finish what I need to do with my older ones before the moment of peace flew by.

      Other times, many times, we have a toddler who whines about the door being closed, needs a snack, wants my attention, or is extremely distressed by her shriveled up fingers after playing with the running faucet (yes I do, leave a trickle, so I can have 10 minutes of school) for too long.
      Or sometimes she would be running behind our backs (which I have no idea how or why since there are SO many pairs of eyes available) and start using scissors to destroy the school work, or draw an entire cartouche of hieroglyphic pictures on her arms.

      And sometimes we enjoy the peace so much, I would raise my head in utter horror "She has been too quiet in the room for TOO LONG!!!! QUICK! Go see if the room is intact!!"

      We attempt to put out toys, or drawing materials (but sometimes taken away after 2 minutes because she eats the crayons), or books, or whatever that catches her attention, and I try to do school in snippets of 5, or 10 minutes. Then once the kindergartener is done (which is much faster than the others), I would lovingly cajole her to go play with the littlest.

      Whatever it is, we try what we can. And we enjoy what we have. This is the season we are in, short as it is.

      I pray every morning God gives me a gentle and meek spirit to face the loveliest people on earth while I step into the most honorable role I'll ever be in in my life.

      And I march out of my room in courage. And this day (no matter what happens yesterday) is a new one!








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