Saturday, October 19, 2013

Week 10, MFW Adventures & K

I love it when all three kids are busy and quiet!  I'm amazed at how much Joshua is learning too.  He knows most of his colors already!  And he loves the songs that we sing for Rebekah's Kindergarten, he sings "cat and man"  all the time!

In history, we learned more about the Revolutionary War, Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration of Independence, and our flag.  Above they are playing with a set of Revolutionary War army men that I bought at Hobby Lobby.  I really love the figures they have!

We made quill pens!  We had an opportunity to visit one of the Great Lakes this summer, and I found a couple big feathers while we were there and saved them.  They were easy to make, just snip the tip off and make a slit on the end.  We also made blueberry ink!  I was surprised how well it worked!  They liked when I wrote their names in cursive (fancy writing).

We've been listening to Yankee Doodle, which has a line that says: "the men and boys were thick as hasty pudding".  So, we made hasty pudding!  And wow, it really did get thick!  Rebekah made her version with almond milk (dairy allergy) and Caleb made his with regular milk.  Everyone liked it.  Caleb and Joshua ate two bowls!  Rebekah liked it, but she didn't eat very much.  I tried both versions, and the one with regular milk and butter was definitely better!

They both colored a map of the first 13 colonies for their history notebooks.  And below are their summaries about the Revolutionary War.  Caleb's says: "The 13 colonies went to war against Britain for freedom.  George Washington was the leader of the army."  Notice his paper is crinkled and a mess...  He got really upset when I told him we were going to write a summary.  He's getting better about writing during English time, but he REALLY hates having to do it at other times.

Part of Caleb's fit was because I didn't make Rebekah write a summary.  (She is in Kindergarten.)  But she decided she wanted to write a sentence anyway.  Her sentence says: "America went to war with England."  I wrote it and she copied it.  She loves to write, maybe it's because she's a girl.  Or she wanted to show up her brother...

We also finished our read aloud, Sarah Witcher's Story.  We all really liked this book, although I got a bit teary eyed imagining it was my child lost in the woods.

Here are a few of our other books this week: 

In English Caleb has been learning the difference between to, too and two.  He's been getting most of them right!

And spelling has been going good as well.  

We've been using this book for our science:

Below is a picture of some of our water experiments.  We were testing different materials to see how strong they are when wet.  They thought it was great when the marble broke through the tissue paper!

We moved on to colored markers in art this week.  They practiced coloring pictures by using lines of different colors.  Caleb's is on the left and Rebekah's is on the right.

This was the Uu week for Rebekah in Kindergarten.  Below is her tactile letter activity, cutting the letter U out of magazines and gluing them to a paper.

Our bible words to remember were "God made us wonderful", so we learned about our senses.  Below is a picture of Rebekah trying to guess what object I put in the bag.  They both loved this!  For hearing, I had them close their eyes and guess what I was doing.  For smell, I held different food and spices up to their nose so they could guess.  For sight, Rebekah tried to draw a person with her eyes closed, and then she drew it with them open so we could compare the difference.  We are covering taste this next week, but I will be letting them taste some food without looking and see if they can guess.

And here's a peek into her notebook.  She LOVES learning to read!  She's also been reading the first two BOB books, and even copied all the words onto a paper to practice!

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  1. Looks like another awesome week of school... and check out those new Hobby Lobby figurines! :D LOVE the art, and those quill pens are too cool.


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