Ooh! We've had a great week here!
We only made it through 2 "days" in our guides this week...but we had some fun, necessary, HOD-inspired extras that we added in.
Ok, I won't keep you in suspense any longer.
LHTH - We finished Unit 5 and started Unit 6. The kids are really learning from and about Joseph. (This is the first Bible character since Abraham that Garret doesn't insist is
I'm sure that's because he doesn't have a beard.) The lessons about lying, trusting God to take care of you when things don't go your way, not being selfish or greedy have been great! Here's a picture of them illustrating the key idea that God helped Joseph explain the king's dream, even though Joseph didn't see the dream.
We're playing "guess the animal" on each other's back and finding that it's hard to explain something we can't see.
Bigger - Unit 6 Honestly every part of our school day is enjoyable right now. Grant and I love it all!
We did vocabulary on Monday which he has grown into so well. I know I saw several moms that also had the problem of this part of the guide being VERY time-consuming as they started the guide, so I'll share how we're doing it now. I have Grant find the 1st word in the book, guess what it means, look it up, I
write the definition, he dictates a sentence to me. We repeat this for the 2nd word. Then for the 3rd word, I listen to him find it in the book and guess what it means, and then leave him to finish it on his own. He draws pictures for all 3. This has given him the practice of finding the words in the dictionary more quickly - without the writing being too much for him. At first I had tried going through it together and having it on a white board for him to copy, but this didn't work well for us. We like our method now!
We loved the animated experiment of how the body fights off infection. (We had to make sure not to do that one during naptime with all the warning yells!
Now, I've saved the absolute highlight of our week for last. I had glanced ahead in the guide on Sunday (which I've not done before), and saw that we were going to need quite a bit of juice on Tuesday. So we ran to Wal-Mart after AWANA and stocked up. We studied Benjamin West in history that day. He was a great little artist that used poke-berry juice to paint (and hairs from his cat's tail for a brush). My kids thought this was hilarious!
So, our activity of the day was to paint with juice like Benny West. Oh, this was so much fun...and we got to drink our paint when we finished!
Now the tie-in here is that I know Garret (now 29 months) was ready to potty train. And this proved to be the perfect opportunity! LOTS of juice made for a great "potty party".
I'd been playing this up for a while and he was excited. Everybody got to drink whatever they wanted to all morning...all of our colorful juice, and even a little pop! This gave us a lot of chances to practice going potty on the toilet.
AND, when Garret went potty he got to pick a snack, and everybody got one! (This really got brother and sister into helping, and lobbying for their favorite snack.
) I'm glad to report that he is doing so well on this!! And, whenever I think of Benjamin West who painted in the garret
of his house, I'll remember my little Garret and our "potty party".
(BTW...we all learned that the garret of a house is the attic. I didn't know that!)
Our lineup of juice... (We added a drop of food coloring to the lime juice.)
The busy painters...
Garret enjoying his "paint" and getting ready for more practice.
I've loved reading about all of your weeks! This is my favorite thread to read all week!