Friday, August 22, 2014

MFW CtG/K Week 2: S-s Sun, Adam & Eve - Noah



4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete,equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16-17)


Bible/History



  • Revised 2 Tim 3:16-17
  • Read Dinosaurs of Eden
  • Read the accounts of Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel and Noah
  • Made notebook pages
  • Measured the Ark (450 ft) and realized the space below our apartment is not big enough for the ark.
  • Learn about the Jewish Calendar
  • Watched a rather long video (Beginning Bible) for Noah (Quite a bit of extra information added)
  • This year I finally made the decision to make the timeline into an accordion book.


2nd grader


4th grader

2nd grader




4th grader




    Math/Science


    • This week we struggled somewhat with Big Bro on yards, feet and inches (Why, oh why is the American system not metric?!?!) 


    • Light: Absorption and Reflection (and different forms of energy)
    Black plastic bag absorbs more light, thus more thermal energy and thus hotter than the white.



    And we learnt about the different energy on this interesting website




    • Light:Absorption and Reflection
    The white paper just didn't work


    But the newspaper work REALLY well!






    Language


    • We had to do a few more practice on the more confusing terms like predicates and subjects but Rod and Staff does  great job. (I like it so far)
    • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis
    • Spelling Power for Big Bro
    • We also learnt the Greek word "sauros" and did our English from the Roots Up notebook page.
    • We started the read-aloud Tanglewoods' Secret. (Big Bro volunteered to read to Big Sis during Quiet Time, quite cool and he is a very good reader!)
    • And we started to read "All-of-a-kind Family" I really like the book!
    Spelling power
    "Sauros" English from the Roots Up





    Foreign Language


    • Continued on 康軒首冊(revising the BoPoMoFo). The older two took turns doing the lesson online. They really like the curriculum this year.


    Art/Music



    • Learnt about Vivaldi (and we like the books we read on him!)


    We also did a notebooking page about him


    This website has great resources for learning about Vivaldi and even a beginning sheet music for "Spring"!

    • Learnt to draw lines and ellipses










      Have you wondered?
      • How old was Adam when he was created? - wow! I don't know!
      • You mean, animals talked in Garden of Eden? (referring to the serpent) -  hmm...
      • Maybe Adam had no idea that Eve brought him the fruit from the forbidden tree? - he was "with her" (said the bible, so...)
      • Were Cain and Abel twins? probably not Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, saying, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” And again, she bore his brother Abel. (Gen 4:1-2)
      • How long did Noah take to build the ark? 120 years !!!
      • What did Noah do to the ark after they left it? Hmm...I don't know! =)

      Kindergarten: S-s Sun
      S-s cards

      She tried hard in writing neatly.





      Made the S book

      I used the coloring of "S" here and the rest of the pictures from here (I bought it during the "Pay as you wish" sale and I don't quite think it's worth it to pay $10 for it, my personal opinion)

      Did some Sun craft


      Read some Sun books (and Big Sis read some to her)

      Learnt that "Jesus is the light of the world"


      Watched "S" video from Sesame street


      And she continued using the 100-day Calendar


      Math page


      Cuisenaire rods (more difficult for this girl than my last)




      we did some fun ipad apps (this one is from Lakeshore and I like it a lot but I got it for free and it's $1.99 now)


      Sticker book we got from Aldi!


      Discrimination page


      Drawing page!


      And we made sunbread! We read the book many years back. I am okay with the book so we didn't read it again this time. But could not resist making the bread though. And we used our favorite recipe for the bread (we did use part whole wheat flour)



      Homeschooling Ideas

      I learnt it is great fun and great learning to have the older ones read to the younger ones this week. I enjoyed the picture very much.

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


      Wednesday, August 13, 2014

      MFW CtG/K Week 1: Creation






      4th/2nd Grade Creation to the Greeks


      All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete,equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 3:16-17)


      Bible/History



      • Watched "Book of Genesis" from the Bentley Brothers (We love these guys!)
      • Read from Genesis the seven days creation account
      • Made a "Creation" Worksheet
      • Read Dinosaurs of Eden
      • Read some funny creation stories from around the world (It was interesting to see how people made sense of how the world came about)
      • Copied, did dictation and memorized 2 Tim 3:16-17





      We read these books.


      We bought our materials used and this was the only student sheet missing, so I decided to make one myself (without the Hebrew words)

      Math/Science



      • Big Bro started Singapore Math 3B and Big Sis started Singapore Math 2A

      • Light: Reflection experiment (and played a game online for reflection)





      Thank you, mommies from the CtG group, I am indebted for these journal pages!
      • Light: Colors in creation experiment
      It was so cool that before we did the experiment, one day the kids found this on the ceiling. It was light bouncing off a shiny book on the couch (that Star Wars book?) and casting a beautiful color display.
      LOOK AT THIS!!!!! It was SOOOO cool!!! (showing colors in light)


      • Light: Reflecting colors



      Red reflecting red and absorbing all the other colors


      Black absorbing all the colors




      Language


      • Started Rod and Staff English for 2nd level and 4th level
      • Spelling by Sight and Structure for Big Sis
      • Spelling Power (we continue from where we stopped last year Level G Group 47)
      • We also learnt the Greek word "Biblos" and did our English from the Roots Up notebook page.



      Foreign Language


      • Started on 康軒首冊(revising the BoPoMoFo). The older two took turns doing the lesson online.


      Art/Music



      • Listen to Haydn's Creation while doing the Creation worksheet
      • The "Frustration" exercise (yes, they are thoroughly frustrated)
      • Learning to draw lines

      We watched some Joni's videos and the kids were encouraged!


      Drawing lines and the artist in the house went a few miles further on... =)
      Have you wondered?
      This year I decided to write down all the questions the children (or me) brought up after a bible lesson, or after a lesson (usually this happens during lunch time). It was so enlightening to hear all the questions the children had (and their possible answers)!
      • Why is there light and darkness, not just light all the time? - to rest?
      • Who created the water and darkness before light? -  God was there
      • Who created God? Did He create Himself? - "I am"
      • What is the longest unit for distance parsec
      • Why is the sky blue? Rayleigh scattering (reflection of light!)
      • How would you explain what is blue to someone who cannot see? dark, cool, purple
      • Why did God not make things all in one go? provide order for us?
      • Did what God create appear right away or slowly? "Then it happened" (might be right away!)

      Kindergarten: Creation
      Made the Creation Book













      Creation numbers


      Did the light experiment with Big Bro and Big Sis

      Ate fun Creation Snacks

      And sang fun Creation songs!



      This is a picture I cannot get tired of. I taught one to read, and she went on to read to her siblings.
      And she started using the 100-day Calendar


      Homeschooling Ideas

      If I come up with any ideas to share in order to facilitate the homeschooling at home (especially with multiple kids), I thought I'll add them on the weekly blog!

      Here are our meals for the first week of school. 

      You'd realize we gear towards SIMPLICITY, especially the first week when we are readjusting.
      Burgers and sweet potatoes (Homemade patties)

      Vegetable with egg gravy over rice (cook whatever vegetable, make a mixture of soy sauce or other seasoning with water and arrowroot powder, add to vegetable, then add beaten eggs)

      Chicken Mushroom Wild Rice Chowder (this recipe is close to what we do, except we add mushrooms) with homemade rolls
      Copy-cat Red Lobster Biscuits, roasted sweet potatoes and honey roasted wings



      Here is how our typical day looks like:

      6:00am The older ones wake and do whatever they do at that unearthly hour.
      7:00am Mommy wakes, prays, has devotions and makes breakfast.
      7:30am Breakfast and facetime with grannies in Singapore.
      8:00am Clean up
      8:15 am School begins
      10:45am (typically) School ends and Mommy prepares lunch (it feels like this year we'll end school at closer to 11 or 11:30am)
      11:15am Lunch time and talk time
      12:00 pm Naptime for Baby and Mommy. Quiet time for the kids
      Quiet Time - The older kids do their selfwork
      2:00 pm Clean up time
      2:30 pm Snack and Video time
      3:00 pm Play time!
      4:30 pm Mommy makes dinner

      5:00 pm The three older kids take turns taking a shower
      5:45 pm Daddy is home and dinner time!
      6:30 pm Daddy takes a bath for Baby and get ready for bed (once a week Big Sis has piano time with Mommy and once a week we have family bible time)
      7:00 pm Daddy Time and BEDTIME!

      However, because the weather is still good, we sometimes still go downstairs at 8:15am to ride our bikes and run around. And then, school may spill into the afternoon (Science experiments maybe)