Monday, September 15, 2014

MFW CtG/K Week 5: L-l Leaf/Pyramids

4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks

Memory of Old Testament books



  • OT books Memory work, Revised 2 Tim 3:16-17
  • Learnt all about the pyramids. It was real informational!
We built a lego pyramid. I made the two older ones work together. They got into some disagreements about whether or not to put the "king" in.

We learnt about how levers might have been used to help in the hard work of building pyramids.

The kids had a lot of fun looking at around and inside Pharaoh Khufu's Great Pyramid

We read more about pyramids in this book

We did the pyramid lapbook pages and this particular one by Big Bro sent me laughing to the ground.

And we celebrated Rosh Hashanah (Feast of the Trumpets) (early)

  • Light: How the Human Eye sees

Learnt about blind spots and how our eye works.

  • Light: Reflection, absorption, transmission

We did the experiment of seeing the reflection of the fork from the bottom of the bowl. (VERY neat!)

And we learnt how light may transmit or be absorbed or reflected

Big Sis working on her Singapore Math 2A, renaming!


  • Big Bro continued to learn about sentences and work on diagramming sentences
  • Big Sis learnt about telling sentences, asking sentences and order in sentences.
  • Spelling Power for Big Bro
  • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis
  • We also learnt the Greek word "tele" and did our English from the Roots Up notebook page. We also revised the past words
  • We continued with the read-aloud Tanglewoods' Secret. 
  • And we also continued to read "All-of-a-kind Family" 

Foreign Language

  • Continued on 康軒首冊(revising the BoPoMoFo). The older two took turns doing the lesson online. We finished the BoPoMoFo and we will be doing revision before we get to the words! yay!
  • And we read about 嫦娥奔月 since it was Mooncake Festival


  • We drew King Tut's pyramid and also thick and thin lines
  • Also the kids listened to Vivaldi's Spring and drew pictures. I wished they would have colored their pictures! I think they did a great job!
I love how diligent they were! (even the littlest)

    showing the kids the woodgrain

    In order to draw texture using thick and thin lines

    Drawing wavy lines

      Have you wondered?
      • How many pyramids are there in Egypt?? 80 (source from here)

      Kindergarten: L-l Leaf
      L-l cards

      Sesame Street Podcasts are one of our favorites!

      We read/watched Caps for Sale and did the lapbook

      And we designed a cap

      We went leaf picking!

      And used them to do leaf rubbing.
      "Texture" letter writing (Tempura paint in ziploc)

      Identifying leaves using this worksheet and google

      Cuisenaire rods

      Math Page

      We picked that "naughty" (according to my girls) leaf who did not want to stay on the tree.
      Only one day has passed and it was in this state.
      Eventually the leaf was quite dried up by Day 5.

      This is my girl's FAVORITE ipad app and for every unit I asked her to watch the corresponding ones. They teach kids to make cute, fun foods (according to the letters!) We got it for free, now it's $2.99

      And we read books on leaf

      Homeschooling Ideas

      Our schedule has changed this year. Maybe there were more things to be done, or I have more kids in school, so the morning is not enough for school now. So here's how our day usually looks like now

      7:30am Breakfast with Daddy, Facetime with grannies

      8:00am Pick up and start school
      (Until the weather gets cold, we will still do 10:30am playground time)
      11:00am Lunch prep
      11:30am Lunch
      12:00am Littlest(and Mommy) naptime, Quiet Time (self work) for older ones)
      2:00pm Clean up
      2:30pm Video time
      3:00pm Science/Art/Readaloud (or whatever things that are not finished for school)
      3:30pm Play time!
      4:30pm Dinner prep
      5:00pm Bathtime for older kids
      5:45pm Daddy's Home! Dinner Time
      6:15-6:45pm Family Time
      7:00pm Bedtime

      On a side note, we got our compliance letters for our IHIP, two students this year. Though I know I need no affirmation from anyone other than God that I can and should homeschool my children, I still do not take the freedom and right to homeschool for granted. I am grateful for smooth process with the authorities.

      Pinterest Page for CtG
      Pinterest Page for Kindergarten
      Booklist for CtG
      Booklist for Kindergarten

      Friday, September 12, 2014

      Celebrating Biblical Feasts: Rosh Hashanah

      Celebrating Biblical Feasts: Rosh Hashanah

      we celebrated it early

      It feels that it's not as much work as Sabbath, maybe because I didn't intend it to be a day of rest tomorrow. (I should have, especially after reading Leviticus 23:23-25, which is the biblical reference to Feast of the Trumpets, but we already planned some things to be done)

      Still I'm working towards working hard tomorrow and trying to make SUNDAY the rest day instead.

      So, here's what Rosh Hashanah is: Head/Start of the Year. The Jewish New Year!

      We watched these videos for preparing for Rosh Hashanah

      And this one from Shalom Sesame

      And we read these books

      First I made the round challah (signifying a full and round year)

      After having a rather hard challah last time(still good), I thought maybe I should really follow the recipe and knead it by hand. But after a while, it got so difficult, I still threw the dough back to my dependable KitchenAid.

      Here's the dough

      And we shaped it (learnt it from here, ooh! I should really try that apple butter challah, looks so good!)

      And we made a ladder to show that our prayers go up to God and not man.

      We made different types of shofar (the horn of the ram). The plain one (the gold), the embellished one(blue) and the bent one (with our heart bent to God)
      We blew the shofar before dinner and read a passage from the book to remind us to be awakened.
      There are ten reasons for blowing the shofar and we'll read one every day until the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)

      Rosh Hashanah is a day of acknowledging GOD IS KING over the earth. (I should have put it over a map or globe)

      And we dipped apples in honey to signify a sweet year

      We partook the fruit of the vine (grapejuice) and lit candles again as a way of REMEMBERING God's goodness to us.
      And we broke bread 

      Dinner is served!
      Cracker-crusted fried chicken with roasted vegetables (especially carrots, because it sounds like "increase" in Hebrew) and salad.

      I wish I had time to bake the honey cake, but I had to spend time with my "just graduated to big bed and will not stay in it" little toddler. =)