Wednesday, January 14, 2015

France - MFW ECC & 1st, Weeks 14 & 15

We had a great time learning about France, but it was a bit scattered and seemed to take forever due to the holiday's falling right in the middle of our unit! My pastor's wife lent us some very nice books about France, we loved looking at the pictures of the castle! Both kids made a model of the Eiffel Tower. Rebekah's is shown above, Caleb's is below the next picture. The paper model can be found at Paper Toys.

Caleb was so proud of his model.

We did a few pages to add to our geography notebook:

We also learned a new way to play our geography game. Now, we can roll a dice and travel to the different countries on our cards. The kids love this new way much better!

One thing France is famous for is Impressionism. Here are our impressionist paintings. The first one is Caleb's, second is Rebekah's, and the last one is mine. I enjoyed painting with the kids, something I usually can't do. I was very impressed with both kids. Last year, art was always a struggle because they never followed the directions. We watched a documentary about Monet from the library, as well as paging through a few books.

Of course, we couldn't study France without having some food! I made homemade French bread dough in the bread maker and then baked it on a baking sheet. It was really good! One thing I loved when I was in French class, way back in high school, was Nutella. Sadly, it has milk in it, so we couldn't try some. Instead, I made our own version, with a little butter, dairy free chocolate chips and peanut butter. It might not have been authentic, but it was yummy! Rebekah has a dairy allergy, but strangely enough, can have butter. Her allergy also prevented us from trying any cheese, which was a bit disappointing for Caleb...

Here's Caleb eating French bread with our fake "Nutella".

Lastly, we had to make crepes! I thought they would be harder to make, but they were very easy! We all liked them and will probably make them again.

I mixed blueberries, bananas and pineapple to make a simple fruit filling. We had some leftover strawberry butter and I also made more fake "Nutella". I LOVED the fruit one!

Our read aloud has been about George Mueller. Wow, amazing story!  His life was so inspiring. He completely trusted God for everything, and ended up caring for 10,000 orphans in England during the 1800s. I highly recommend this book for anyone, whether homeschooling or not!

We covered several topics in science, including animal adaptations, classification, and caves. Below is a journal page about bats. The bat is in a dark cave, of course!

And this page was actually an English assignment to use a chart to compare butterflies and moths. I expected him to write the answers, but he chose to draw pictures instead. His pictures impressed me, so he got a free pass on the writing this time.

Rebekah is thoroughly enjoying her bible reader! She is blowing my mind with how fast she is picking up on reading! She likes to read to Kevin in the evenings, and often she'll read the next story we haven't gone over yet. I just love her Adam and Ever picture.  

I took her to the book store with me and we found a set of Fancy Nancy phonics readers. She LOVES them! She's read up to book 6 already. She needs help with some words, because Fancy Nancy is still fancy, even in phonics readers! (I was surprised to see the word "brilliant".) But they are fun, and she's excited to read them! There was also this Bernstein Bear set that I wanted to get but didn't, maybe next time.

That was our trip to France, thanks for stopping by!

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