Monday, October 19, 2015

Sukkoth Celebration - MFW Creation to the Greeks

Sukkoth was our last biblical feast to celebrate this fall. Traditionally, a sukkoth (or booth) should be made out wood with tree branches as the roof. We took the lazy way out of this one and used our tent! For dinner, we had venison, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, and challah bread.

The kids loved eating in the tent!

After we ate, I read some scriptures that were recommended in this book, Celebrating Biblical Feasts.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Simple Crocheted Dish Cloth

While cleaning out my craft area recently, I found a half of skein of cotton yarn and decided to use it up. I made a simple dish cloth using a double crochet stitch. Now, I think I might have to go buy more! I really need more dish clothes.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

MFW Creation to the Greeks - Week 8

We've continued on with Abraham's family, covering his almost sacrifice of Isaac, Isaac marrying Rebekah, the birth of Esau and Jacob, and then Jacob deceiving his father (Genesis 22-27). The kids each wrote a summary of Abraham and Isaac, Caleb's is on top, Rebekah's is below.

We didn't do a lot with ancient Egypt this week, but we are still reading The Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty and are loving it!

For science, this week was about how the human eye sees, and also about reflection and absorption of light. Above is Caleb's science notebook where he drew pictures of the experiments.

All our other subjects were just normal as usual. Caleb has been doing much better at writing, and not having fits about it, which I am very thankful for.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

MFW Creation to the Greeks - Week 7

In week 7, we continued reading about Abraham (Genesis 17-21) while also returning to ancient Egypt. The kids attempted to make papyrus paper using grocery bags and glue (above). We read about hieroglyphics and practiced some ancient Egyptian writing. Below is supposed to be the kids names, Caleb's is in blue.

I also started reading aloud The Cat of Bubastes by G. A. Henty. So far, we are really enjoying it. It starts with some graphic battle scenes which Caleb loves. It's written in older English, which was a bit difficult at first, but once the story got going, even Rebekah was enjoying it. Each chapter takes about 45 minutes to read, so we'll be reading this book for a few weeks.


Monday, October 12, 2015

MFW Creation to the Greeks - Week 6

Apparently, I didn't take very many pictures during week 6! This is the only one that I have. Here are Caleb and Rebekah playing the Royal Game of Ur, which was included in our curriculum. We've taken a small break from ancient Egypt to study Abraham and where he lived. Celebrating Sukkoth was also part of this week, but we just didn't have time, so it will be coming later. English, math, spelling, and writing have all continued this week as normal. I'll have to do a better job taking pictures!

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Yom Kippur Feast - MFW Creation to the Greeks

We did not have time to celebrate Yom Kippur when it was scheduled in our curriculum, so when I realized that Sept 23rd was the real day, I decided to change our menu for the night and we celebrated Yom Kippur instead. Thankfully, the meal was simple. Rebekah helped me make Kreplach, which is pictured below. It is pie crust filled with meat, potatoes, and carrots. They were very good. The rest of our menu was simply baked potatoes, green beans, and grape juice.

After eating, we read the story of Jonah and talked about repentence. It happened to be a Wed night, so we went to church for our midweek service.

The recipe for Kreplach and more information about Yom Kippur can be found in this book, Celebrating Biblical Feasts.

Monday, September 28, 2015

MFW Creation to the Greeks - Week 5

Here's a picture of our mummy experiment. We learned about how the Egyptians dried and preserved the mummies, so we did our own experiment on bread. We started with one plain, one toasted, and one smeared with triple antibiotic cream. The first one to mold was actually the one with cream on it, but I think that was because the cream made it moister. The toasted one never molded at all.

I found a Reading Rainbow DVD about mummies that they watched, and they also played an online game that was linked to from our Usborne Ancient World book.

We also did some map work comparing the middle east today with how it was in ancient times.

Even our art was about Egypt this week. They had to draw a maze inside the pyramid. Caleb (top) understood how to make a maze, I was actually very impressed with his. Rebekah (below) didn't quite understand, but a tomb robber would definitely get lost in her pyramid!

Writing with Strands for Caleb has been going much better this week. It helps for me to scoot my chair right next to him and talk him trough each step.

We finished our read aloud, the Tanglewoods' Secret by Patricia St. John. We finished it a week ahead of schedule because we loved it so much. I highly recommend this author!

All in all, we had a good week, thanks for stopping by.
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