Sunday, January 25, 2015

MFW CtG/K Week 20: C-c Cow, Samuel, Saul, Trojan War

4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks

Psalms 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.


Bible/History

  • We talked about Samuel's story and Saul as the first king
  • The kids memorized the whole Ps 23 on their own.
  • We also learnt about the Trojan War and started on Children's Homer
  • The kids took turns reading this book and I read Children's Homer to them. I listened to the audio version (from the library) to learn some of the pronunciation of the names!

Math/Science



  • Day 4 of Creation (Sun and Moon)
  • Shadow and Sun Dial

  • We learnt about how sundials work
  • Why the sky blue or orange?


  • I really enjoyed this experiment. The"biv" rays bounced off the most and when there are a lot of dust particles (sun is shining from horizon), we see more of orange and red.

Language


  • Rod and Staff 
  • Spelling Power for Big Bro
  • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis
  • Cursive for Big Sis. I get the worksheets here


Foreign Language


We started Lesson 7 on 康軒一上



Art/Music




Coloring of the Annunciation was fun.




Have you wondered?

  • How did Samuel and Eli, both servants of God, produced sons who are "evil"?!?!

Kindergarten:C-c Cow

I made this worksheet for my girl who needed more practice with the CVC sounds

abcmouse had some nice "reading" books on cows and farms.

Yes, we had some dairy. Like milk, yogurt, sour cream, butter...

Cow handprint!

C book!

We watched "Ferdinand" and did these worksheets.


Our "Cow" books have not arrived, so we'll read them later...



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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Review iPad App: Usborne Sticker Dolly Dressing

Usborne graciously gifted us with the Sticker Dolly Dressing App in exchange for a review.
If you have seen these books before, you'd have known how lovely it is to play with the dollies.

Here are our thoughts (mom included, because, ahem, yes I sneaked to play with it too).

LOVES

1. The ease of use.

You just have to drag and drop the apparels, and they "fit" on their own (you'd be surprised how some "dress up" apps requires you to match very carefully).

It is not hard to find where everything are.

2. Variety and beautiful graphics
There are eight scenes to use the dolls and there are many outfits to choose from. We get to keep the finished product in a gallery, which is kind of nice.

3. More than one doll
My daughter pointed out that it is fun that when you get to a scene, you can add dolls and dress up those friends too.

IMPROVEMENTS

1. Different outfits for different scenes
My daughter thinks it would be nice to have different outfits for the different scenes so you're not "reusing" all the time.
However, my other daughter thinks it might limit the choices (like a wedding on the beach scene?)

2. Color
The color is quite pastel, just like the book. But, while it looks pleasant and soothing on the book, it looks a little lack of lines in the app. I would think especially the hair color can be improved. There was a bright neon green that is bright and unnatural.

We do love this app and the girls had a lot of fun dressing and making up stories for them!

You can get the app (and the Princess Dolly app) for $3.99 each at the appstore!


Thursday, January 15, 2015

MFW CtG/K Week 19: G-g Goat, Ruth, Samuel

4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks

Psalms 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.


Bible/History
  • We talked about Ruth and Samuel's story
  • The kids memorized the whole Ps 23 on their own.
  • It was heartwarming to see the examples of Ruth and Samuel
  • We also learnt about Crete, Minoans and Mycenaean. (Many words I had to google on the pronunciation!)
  • We did quite some reading from Streams and also Ancient World. Would love to show them a video/documentary...maybe next week.

Math/Science

  • Because of our failed attempt at growing seeds, Science was kind of stopped this week.
  • But Big Sis finished Math 2A and did her test. She is really good!

Language

  • Rod and Staff 
  • Spelling Power for Big Bro
  • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis
  • Cursive for Big Sis. I get the worksheets here


Foreign Language

We finished Lesson 6 on 康軒一上. I did revision with them and they did the test. First time Big Bro got 100% and he was so happy



Art/Music


We totally played hooky on Art and Music this week, but Big Bro and I read on Fra Angelico a little.



Have you wondered?


Kindergarten:G-g Goat

I went through the CEF "Wordless book" with Lil Sis. They heard the gospel from us many times but it is good to remind them "Jesus died for our sins"

I found that Lil Sis is not like her siblings. Her learning to read is taking a MUCH longer time than others. So I made a little book with her to practice and we kept practicing and practicing. I will have to think of more ways to practice with her (without blowing my top. PATIENCE is the key!!)











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MFW CtG/K Week 18: I-i Insect,Judges, speciallGideon and Samson

4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks

Psalms 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness
    for his name's sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,[c]
    I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
    your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.


Bible/History
  • We talked about Judges and specifically the stories of Gideon and Samson
  • Read many times Psalms 23, memorized verse 4
  • We learnt so much from Gideon's and Samson's lives. How God used people who are not as "strong" as we think.
  • We also learnt about the people of the Canaan country (Hittites and Philistines)


And this is one of our FAVORITE videos of Judges. Our kids learnt the names of the judges just by this song!




Math/Science


  • Germination
We started by observing the seeds

After soaking

Putting in container

Learning about the embryo and cotyledons

The kids even found the "embryo" during lunch while they ate edamame! So cool


All well...until...our seeds didn't grow. I thought it was my black thumb. Apparently it's way too cold to grow. OH WELL...


Language


  • Rod and Staff 
  • Spelling Power for Big Bro
  • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis
  • Cursive for Big Sis. I get the worksheets here



Foreign Language

We started Lesson 6 on 康軒一上



Art/Music




We drew flowers.



Have you wondered?


Kindergarten:I-i Insect


thumbprint ants

SO FUN!

The books wer read


The Ant and Grasshopper Story, printables from here (we're planning to use these for the other Aesop Fables we're going to read)




And here's our ant farm over the three weeks.
First EXCITING DAY!


All of them congregating below and getting used to the farm.

The beginning of work


All the sand they piled up

Sleeping as a huddle

The "invisible tunnel"


The Samson Ant

Traffic jam, what do they do?

Oops. First Casualty. The fellow carried his dead comrade's body around for the entire day!



More tunnels!

FOOD!


Look at that!


Piled up sand and more dead bodies

All the dead bodies piled in a corner.

They are mostly dead by now, left a few hardies.


Some videos we took



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