Thursday, February 20, 2014

Week 23, MFW Adventures & K

We had one gloriously nice day this week!  Perfect for stomping in the biggest puddle they could find! Matthew went on his first walk!

I had Caleb do something a little different for English this week. First, I let him build something out of Legos, but I warned him he would have to write a story about it. He made a Lego fire boat. Then I had him write 3 sentences one day, and 3 more the next. The third day we corrected it and he wrote his final draft. He doesn't usually like to tell stories, but he was excited for this one and loved showing it to daddy. He wasn't excited enough to write an extra sentence though!

Rebekah also wanted to write a Lego story, so she tole me her story and I wrote it down. Then she copied it onto her paper. I'm impressed with her handwriting!

Remember when I mentioned and how Caleb loved it? I give him the choice of playing on the computer for review or writing each word 3 times if he can't behave. Well, this week he couldn't behave...

He started Singapore 2A this week!

For history, we learned about 4 states: Maine, Arkansas, Michigan, and Missouri. We've also been listening to the Star Spangled Banner.

Last week, they cut out squares to make a small quilt. This week I showed them how to use my sewing machine. They did a great job, I was pleasantly surprised!

My church is offering a sign language class that I am taking, so I'm also sharing the info with the kids. Here's the alphabet.

The title of this marker card says "Colorful Designs"...  Caleb wanted to be done, so he just scribbled his whole thing with red...  I made them stop after doing the top half and put it away for the day (I may have been frustrated with them).  We're using the art curriculum: I Can Do All Things.  I have to say, I'm not a huge fan of it.  The only thing they really like are the painting lessons, they just don't understand, or don't like the rest.  I know they'd do a better job if I was sitting with them doing it too (which was my original intention), but usually I'm nursing a baby.  I would like to have the DVDs that go along with this curriculum, but I couldn't justify the price of them.

We had a talk about how we need to try to do our best when we're doing art, not just scribble to be done. Then I let them make colorful designs on the bottom of their papers. I tried sitting with them, I only drew for a minute or two, but I made a bulls eye design, which spurred some creativity. They drew a huge dart board.

Can you guess what Joshua was doing with the markers while I wasn't paying attention?

Our last day of art went better.  They learned about drawing frames around their artwork.

 Rebekah's picture is of Jesus feeding the 5000 with 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.

Her reading and writing are progressing wonderfully. This week was about the letter K and kangaroos.

She's been extra creative.  We went to a friends house, and on the way home she said she had an idea and asked for an egg carton.  She made a turtle and a scene for him.  I think her friend must have had a turtle project in her room!

That was our week, thanks for stopping by!


  1. Michael does the same thing with rushing with art, especially when I'm busy with the baby or helping Weston go to the bathroom. I really like Rebekah's creative turtle drawing with the egg carton, she has a mind like her momma ;) I like that sheet with the k's for Rebekah, where she drew a picture and wrote the word. Did she make up the word or use it from the previous page? Is they part of your curriculum or from a website. I could use something like that for Michael.

    1. Thank you for the compliment! Those worksheets are part of our curriculum, but you could do the same thing by folding a paper in quarters and having him draw a picture in each box, then write the word below it. We brainstormed words that started with K and then she drew what she wanted. I had to help her with spelling since we haven't learned long vowel sounds yet!


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