Thursday, September 25, 2014

MFW CtG/K Week 6: 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




    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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    Monday, September 22, 2014

    MFW CtG/K Week 6: A-a Apples/Job, Abraham, Lot, Hagar


    4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks

    1st Commandment:

    I am the LORD your God...you shall have no other gods before me.

    Bible/History



    • Memorized the 1st commandment
    We learnt about how Abraham moved from Ur to Canaan. This beautiful map is from here

    We also learnt about Job, Lot, Hagar and Ishmael.

    Math/Science


    • Light: Refraction

    We learnt about how curved surface refract light and words get magnified. I did not use the soda bottle as the book says, but I used our clear vinyl sheet on our dinner table and it worked perfectly!




    And we made crystals using baking soda and hot water! However, we were not able to observe much from the magnification of the crystals.

    Day 2 (Water and Air): How clouds are formed




    We learnt about evaporation and condensation of water.




    Language


    • Big Bro continued to learn about sentences and work on diagramming sentences
    • Big Sis finished Unit 1 and scored almost perfect for her test!
    • Spelling Power for Big Bro
    • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis
    • We also learnt the Greek word "metron" and did our English from the Roots Up notebook page. We also revised the past words. 
    • We finished Tangelwoods' Secret and Mommy had a good cry for two of the chapters
    • And we also continued to read "All-of-a-kind Family" 

    Big Sis' English

    Diagramming commands


    Paragraphs work for Writing Strands

    English from the Roots up. (The Greek words we learnt)

    Mommy is a super multi-tasker! We are doing spelling for both at the same time!!










    Foreign Language


    • We finished 康軒首冊(revising the BoPoMoFo). And we're moving on to Book 1 (A)


    Art/Music



    We learnt to use pen and ink to draw textures


    Drawing perspectives

    And we listened to Vivaldi's Summer.


      Have you wondered?
      • Why is Job called "blameless" when in Romans we are told "everyone has sinned?? Isn't that a great que Big Sis asked? I have yet to research on that.
      • Why is the first commandment "you shall have no other gods BEFORE me"...you mean we can have it "after"? It should be better translated"other than me"?
      • What is a miracle (Big Sis asked)
      • Did Abram lie when he said Sarai was his sister? Half. She was his "half sister".

      Kindergarten: A-a Apple
      We did a lot of fun things for A-a apple and will continue to do that next week.





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