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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kindergarten- O week

We had an Outstanding week during O week in homeschool kindergarten! We discussed oceans, octopi, oil in water, made oatmeal cookies, discussed owls, read books about owls, traced an octagon,  played an ocarina (a simple wind instrument with finger holes, which is oval-shaped), discussed opera, organ, orchestra and O animals, cut an oval, wrote Oo and O words, and much more.

Here are a few photo highlights from our week:
 We cut and colored a group of white and black children holding hands on Martin Luther King, Jr day, as he discussed in his "I have a Dream" speech. We also read books about his life.
 This is our oil and water experiment, with food color added to the water. Bethany told several people this week that she learned, "Oil and water do not mix."
 Bethany's octopus made from tracing her hands (with no thumbs to get 8) and a circle. We added eyes, and she said the black is the ink from the octopus.
 Bethany playing the ocarina that we own. (I can't remember where I got it!) It sounds a little different from a flute. All of the younger kids enjoyed trying to play it.
Bethany's owl puppet she made. The directions can be found on my blog here. It's fun to see in that post how different her owl puppet is from Mallory's in kindergarten! (And Mallory looks so little!) Bethany named her owl "Yoda" since it has ears! :- D

It was a fun week, we even made a visit to Office Depot! :- D

The kids are looking forward to P week, since we will have a pajama day! Our 100th day of school is coming up soon too!

I was surprised to find a few Bible verses about owls...
Leviticus 11:13-18
“‘These are the birds you are to regard as unclean and not eat because they are unclean: the eagle,the vulture, the black vulture, the red kite, any kind of black kite, any kind of raven, the horned owl, the screech owl, the gull, any kind of hawk, the little owl, the cormorant, the great owl, the white owl, the desert owl, the osprey,  the stork, any kind of heron, the hoopoe and the bat.
(In case you are like me, and didn't know what a hoopoe is, you can read about them here.)

Isaiah 34:15-16
The owl will nest there and lay eggs,
she will hatch them, and care for her young
under the shadow of her wings;
there also the falcons will gather,
each with its mate.

Look in the scroll of the Lord and read:
None of these will be missing,
not one will lack her mate.
For it is his mouth that has given the order,
and his Spirit will gather them together.

Psalm 148:7-8
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding...

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Snow much fun!

Recently, my family had a very relaxing few days at a friends' cabin. We enjoyed the time away from home to relax, since we had not really travelled for Christmas. We played lots of pool games, made a puzzle, read books, watched movies, ate well, took baths in the big tub, went to the local hot springs pool, and went sledding on a great sledding hill! We took our homeschool work with us, and did homeschool there in the mornings. Here are several photos from our time away...

(Some of them were shared in the kindergarten week post here.)

 Caleb and Bethany tubing down the hill together...
 Daddy tries a thinner plastic sled...
 Off they go! (Bethany and Daddy)
 Bethany and Daddy made it down the hill to Mallory, while Caleb watched...
 The fog was setting in, and the moon was hiding in it, while rising...
 Making our snowman...

 Daddy adjusting the pine cone for the nose...
 Our family around Olaf-ina, or Frostina? (It's a girl!)
 Our pretty 550 piece puzzle, painting by Thomas Kincade...
Mallory got a "Flat Stanley" in her Happy meal on the way down to the cabin, and she wanted a picture of him outside before we left. Brr, I think he was cold! ;- D

Have you gotten away from home for a time of refreshing? Where do you travel? I'd love to hear about it!

This verse is on a beautiful wall-hanging in the cabin, so fitting...
Psalm 121:1
I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?

Luke 5:15-17

Yet the news about him spread all the more, so that crowds of people came to hear him and to be healed of their sicknesses. But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.

Luke 6:11-13
But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law were furious and began to discuss with one another what they might do to Jesus.
 One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.  When morning came, he called his disciples to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Preparing for Addy

This semester in American Girl class, we are preparing to study  Addy, one of my very favorite American Girls! I love her story and the way it is written by Connie Porter. I am excited for the crafts and snacks we will do too! I will post every Thursday about what happened in class that week, so you can enjoy it along with us! :- D

Addy Walker-a courageous slave girl who escapes to freedom and a new life during the American Civil War, set in 1864.

Week 1: Meet Addy – Book 1 Date: 1/27/15
Theme: Slavery and The Underground Railroad
Snack – Cornmeal Mush
Craft – shell necklace, kerchief, N. Carolina, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Worksheets

Week 2: Addy Learns a Lesson – Book 2 Date: 2/3/15
Theme: Addy starts school in Philly / Difficulties starting a new life after slavery
Craft: Applique Pillow
Snack: Black Eyed Peas and Buttermilk Biscuits

Week 3: Addy’s Surprise – Book 3 Date: 2/10/15 
Theme: Christmas/ New Life in Philly/ Helping other escape slavery
Craft – Shadow Puppet and a Scarf for Mama
Snack – Sweet Potato Pudding

Week 4: Happy Birthday Addy – Book 4 Date: 2/17/15
Theme: Spring/ Addy’s Birthday/ Emancipation
Craft: Hobby Horse
Snack: Make Ice Cream in a Bag

Week 5: Addy Saves the Day – Book 5 Date: 2/24/15
Theme: The Civil War is Over; Activity: Read book Abe’s Honest Words
Craft: Spool puppets
Snack: Molasses Cookies and Iced Tea
Week 6: Changes for Addy – Book 6 Date: 3/3/15
Theme: Getting the family back together/ Read Emancipation Proclamation, have Emancipation party Craft: Rag Dolls filled with beans
Snack: mock apple pie, goobers/peanuts

**We will also make on-going project. If time allows, we will read other books related to slavery, the Underground Railroad, and the Civil War.

*This outline may change without notice...If I can’t find the craft supplies I need or the snack recipes. My main intention with the crafts (and snacks) are to heighten the girls’ interest in learning about different periods of history. Hopefully the above collection of crafts will do just that!

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