Monday, September 21, 2015

1st Grade, Rome to Reformation Week 6: Roman Arch, Aqueducts, Augustus Caesar as god


We revised the Roman Verses this week (Rom 3:23, 5:8, 8:28)

Instead of the Proverbs verses, Lil Sis memorized with her elder siblings.


We learnt about the Roman Arch and aqueducts
First we learnt how strong the arch is. Without the arch, the bridge could take no more than 8 "soldiers".

With the arch...

The bridge took more than we could count...well, I had no more pennies.
The kids thought it being a REALLY cool "experiment".

NOW. To the LONG AWAITED arch experiment...

I gritted my teeth and bought ALL these pudding a month ago. We made some LOVELY desserts out of them. In the name of education...what's some coloring... (CRINGE)

So. Here's the prep. Remove the pudding, label them. (Make sure they get consumed before expiry date)
Cut the 4 flaps off from one side of the opening.

Slit open both the narrow sides of the box

Tape them down. Now you have a wedge. Repeat for 15 times and KEEP praying "I really hope this is worth my time!!!"
And guess what? It was!!! The kids thought it SOOO cool, they demonstrated this to their daddy and also grandparents. I kept the boxes ready to be used MANY years later (I am not sure I would want to buy the boxes of pudding again)

Afterward Lil Sis went to build this. =)

We also learnt how the names of the week come about. Again, the kids were very amused. We also talked about how Augustus Caesar was made god and how he fit into the whole Egyptian myths. Lastly, we talked briefly on the Roman Roads and we watched this video together.

We continued to read on Bronze Bow and the kids and I really like the book!

The older kids continued on Rod and Staff English.

Lil Sis continued on her long vowels. This week she also learnt the "th" sounds and "oo" sounds.

I found this really cute book at library and we read it together.

And we read this book with 2 sentences "Have you seen my cat? This is not my cat."

The older two had their test for Lesson 4 康軒一下 for Mandarin Chinese.

We learnt two more Latin words "Centum" and "aqua" this week.

We did Spelling Power.

These are Big Sis' recent favorite. Little Miss and Mr. Men. I remembered with much fondness when my Kindergarten teacher read these books to us.

Lil Sis continued to do worksheets on addition.
We read Animals on Board!

We learnt about the Roman arch and aqueducts.

And we read the Bridges book together.


We took some time drawing the arch this week. The kids really enjoyed it.

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

1st Grade, Rome to Reformation Week 5: Augustus Caesar, How we got our months, Aeneid


We memorized the Roman Verses this week (Rom 3:23, 5:8, 8:28) and we discussed these verses.

Lil Sis memorized Prov 10:12. This year I decided I will choose the proverb verses that will be applicable for her.


We learnt about how Octavian became Augustus Caesar, the Pantheon and also the Aeneid.
Augustus Caesar's World is a difficult read for them. I had to read on my own (mommy needs private study time) and make summary notes. The stories, though, were very interesting. I like it a lot.

We learnt about how the months were named

This week the older kids "read" quite a few chapters of Bronze Bow from the audio book we borrowed from the library (digitally). Big Sis suggested to me if they could read half chapter at a time. Even though I was reluctant at first (I don't like to fall behind "schedule" this early of the year!), I quickly realized I would be making a BIG mistake to refuse. Better for them to "understand" and enjoy than trudging on schedule. It was working better. However, there were two chapters they listened through. 

The older kids continued on Rod and Staff English.

Lil Sis continued on her long vowels and I REALLY appreciate MFW's way of "revising". She is doing good!!

Lil Sis learnt more bopomofo and the older ones almost finished Lesson 4 康軒一下 for Mandarin Chinese.
Fun "twin" words (words that look alike)

We learnt the Latin numbers up to ten (decem) this week.

We did Spelling Power.

Lil Sis started on addition this week.

We read some of these books
We learnt about the sense of taste this week.

The kids enjoy the models.

And we also did Lesson 86 of Science in the Beginning. That's a second before Baby Sis got into a REAL squeeze with the SOUR lemon juice. =)
These are fun books we have on the topic.


We drew some houses in perspective this week.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

A Day in the Life of the Su's

September 8th 2015

6:00am Big Bro and Big Sis woke. Self work. Piano practice. Reading. And goodness knows what else they did. (Lil Sis, Daddy and I were sound asleep of course)

6:30am Baby Sis came into our room and said she needed to use the toilet. That woke ME up. After that, she joined BB and BS to do goodness knows what they did outside. I read my bible, checked emails that came in the night.

7:18am Mommy made breakfast and lunch for daddy (Baby Sis helped out with the egg)
At the same time, Big Bro read a chapter of "Carnivorous Carnival" (A series of unfortunate events) to me.
7:34am Breakfast. Today we had no bake granola, a new attempt Mommy did the night before.

Having breakfast with daddy is a luxury many children do not have. We are blessed.

7:46am Facetime with grannies in Singapore.
That is another luxury not every child has and we treasure these times. Then "bye bye" to daddy!

7:55am Clean up. Get ready for school.

Most of this time, Baby Sis was on her own.
8:02am Bible was first. Today we started bible memory of the Roman Verses. They did a copywork of the verse.

Concurrently Lil Sis did her daily math and beading

8:18am Review of New Testament books in Chinese.
Then Lil Sis copied her proverbs verse

8:26am We put on timer for 6 minutes and did spelling for both Big Bro and Big Sis and Lil Sis did some math.

8:29am Yes, right about now, I hear a "DONE~~~~!!" from the bathroom. Baby Sis finished her work at the bathroom and needed help. (This is when I juggled FOUR kids all at once) Along in the day, I hear about 3 more times of "DONE~~~!" that I needed to interrupt what I was doing to go help.

8:36am English from the roots up. The kids learnt "novem" today.

8:38am History Time. Lil Sis took a break and went to play with Baby Sis. Today we learnt that Octavian became Augustus Caesar.

9:07am Lil Sis was called back to do Science with us. Today we did a model of the tongue.

9:20am We did Chinese for all three kids.

9:31am The older two listened to half a chapter of "Bronze Bow" on the audiobook while Mommy did phonics with Lil Sis. She needs more work in her reading.

9:58am Art. Today we learnt to draw a house in perspective.
10:29am For the past 10 minutes Big Bro tried hard to do his corrections in Math while the girls cleaned up. Now he decided he was going to try later.

10:40am We got ready and went downstairs for some sun. A bit too much sun today.
11:15am We came up, the kids took a bath, and mommy prepared lunch. At the same time the girls helped me made smoothie Popsicles for another day.
11:52am LUNCH TIME! SUPER simple one today.

12:27pm Quiet Time began. The older ones had self work" to do, and the little ones had to learn to be quiet and do quiet things. Then, mommy put on her eye patch and ear plugs, and went to nap.
2:26pm CLEAN UP TIME! Everyone took part.

2:36pm Video Time. (And snack at the same time) During this time mommy marked the work they did for self work.
After that they went to play.

4:01pm Mommy went through some work with the older ones and read the other half chapter of "Bronze Bow"

4:35pm Dinner prep! Today Lil Sis is the helper. We made the first Tater Tot Casserole.

At the same time Big Bro wrote some stories and Big Sis was drawing.

4:55pm Piano Time. Mommy taught the girls piano (we are striving for once a week)

Baby Sis took this time to play with play doh.

5:34pm Big Bro is my trash man. He brought out the trash.
5:43pm Daddy's home and we had dinner! Again, not many daddies come home this early in NYC to have dinner with the family and we are thankful.

6:12pm (yes we do eat fast) Family Bible Time. Today we finish up Proverbs 10.

We made a system of printing out the verses and put them under the plastic on the table so our table does not have to be very clean at bible time. The bold printed words are words Lil Sis can read on her own.

Then it is tooth-brushing time, daddy time, reading time, chill out time

7:00pm Good night to kids!
They DO NOT sleep at 7pm but they are in the room.

7:20pm Mommy started this blog post. =)

Later Mommy Daddy will clean up, relax, have mommy daddy time and sleep! =)