Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Germany - MFW ECC & 1st, Weeks 16 & 17

Germany has been on of our favorite countries so far. The kids loved reading Grimm's Fairy Tales and we tried some food from Germany. Above are their pages of German stamps from Stamps Teach, which you can read about in my previous post here. Germany has a lot of really neat stamps! Below is a picture of our German feast: homemade venison sausage, potato pancakes with homemade applesauce and rye bread with butter! It was very good!

My husband was our expert chef!

For dessert, the kids made German Plum Cake, which basically is prune pie! It was really good too! We got the recipes for the cake and the potato pancakes from A Trip Around the World.

School can't be all fun and food, right? They did a few pages about Germany and we read lots of books! As I mentioned before, they loved all the fairy tales. 

Below is a picture of Caleb's imaginary world. We read about map makers in Germany, and then they both drew their own maps.

Germany has a lot of castles! Caleb especially enjoyed this book I found at the library, Castles.  He copied several of the sheilds from the book. The coloring page of Neuschwanstein Castle came from here, there are several other castles from around Europe to color and study as well.

Our science topic for these weeks was lakes and rivers. We did an experiment with salt water and fresh water, to see what would happen when it freezes. It was interesting to see the difference, and we talked about why salt is used on roads during winter. Maybe one of these years I should buy a real thermometer instead of using our meat thermometer!

After reading about several plants and animals that live in lakes and rivers, Caleb did a notebook page about beavers. I asked for 2 facts... I got lodges and dams... Next time I will specify 2 complete sentences! He's definitely figured out how to do the least amount of work possible! Since he did it with a good attitude and no whining, I let him win this round.

More lake sheets. Getting Caleb to write is still really hard!

We took a field trip to a local nature center to learn about winter adaptations and then take a guided hike in the woods along the river. It was a beautiful day!

After the field trip they both did a nature journal page. Caleb's is on top. We saw 3 bald eagles, so I let them cut out a picture from a flyer! I gave them a list of words to look up in the dictionary too, and then give me an example. I think they did a good job. I love Rebekah's pictures.

Here are a few English papers of Caleb's. The first one was a dictation. We were learning about quotation marks, so I only corrected that, not his spelling. But wow, his spelling is terrible!

This one I had to show you because it was so funny! Caleb hates writing anything that he has to make up himself. This assignment was to look at a picture of 3 girls playing with soap bubbles and write a short story about it. He was supposed to include their names and ages. He had a melt down because he didn't know what to call them, and I refused to help him. Well, he figured it out on his own, can you see the girls names? Joy, Seru (Sarah), and Beans! Ha!!!

Rebekah is still doing wonderfully with 1st grade! Her handwriting is beautiful already. Below a Proverb that she copied.

She loves her bible reader and has been learning quickly! Here are her most recent bible journal pages:

We found this book at the library and love it! It's a princess that loves God, and she can read it herself! I'm going to try and find more of them!

Here's Joshua playing with one of the preschool toys from My Father's World. He loves puzzles and often does them over and over again.

We also took a field trip to the children's museum in our area. We took a class about our senses, and then played in the museum. I was surprised how much Joshua loved this sorting activity.

And painting!

And Matthew was just too cute when he fell asleep!

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