In our lives this week…
We played a Ten Commandments File Folder Game. (Do you know what it’s like when you picture something in your mind, and then when you implement it, it just seems utterly ridiculous? Our Ten Commandments game ended up that way, mainly because my oldest is starting to mature beyond my simple little file folder games. But he was such a trooper – even when I started busting out laughing at how ludicrous it was. Levi was still in full swing, and Stephen played until we finished just to make Levi feel special.)
There are many, many more free printables related to the Ten Commandments on Biblestoryprintables.com.
In addition to our normal Bible time routine, we also enjoyed Creation Science Studies, which incorporates Bible study into our science memory work. The first two lessons are free downloads, as mentioned in our giveaway post. I highly, highly, very, very, very much recommend this for first semester of Cycle 1. It is SO simple to implement and is wonderful to connect the scriptures to our science studies.
We also started Unit Four: Classifications of Living Things of Classic Elementary Life Science (Click here for the parent text, which contains experiments and activities; Click here to download the entire Classic Life Science Curriculum.).
Since we do not normally have donuts on hand (as called for in one of the Chapter 13 science activities), we classified shoes instead.
|Gather a bunch of shoes.|
|Sort them into 2-3 major categories using similar characteristics.
Continue sorting according to more and more specific
characteristics until each shoe is by itself.
|Write it all down.|
|Tell your mom what each Kingdom, Phylum, Class, etc.
is for your Classifications of Shoes.
We also looked for examples of living things from each Kingdom. Because we don’t have a microscope, we just settled with..
We ended up making time for art. I’m starting to say “yes” more often to such things. The mess isn’t so bad after all…
While brothers painted with tempera, Stephen drew King Tut using this simple tutorial from Art Projects for Kids.
Our art gallery is getting a face-lift as I transfer much of the boys’ art into frames. This will be a long-term project for me, but it’s one I’ve set out to do this year in hopes that their artwork will last longer…
|Our Art Gallery|
Now… I have so much to post about the following but have so little time to do so. So, here goes…
Calendars and notebooks are becoming a big thing in our home. In addition to Stephen’s new and improved Essentials notebook (which has proven successful thus far!), we are now also implementing a breakfast notebook – one that we will use after Bible time at the breakfast table.
It contains the stuff I forget to do most often, like calendar study, learning our address and phone number (how can a memory master not know his phone number? Because his mom always forgets to include it in his daily work!), and everyday math.
|Name Practice Pages from Handwritingworksheets.com|
|Levi’s calendar has traceable numbers.|
…and History Highlights and Science Snippets. It’s much easier to get around to reading these if we have to flip across them in the notebook!
I’m thinking I may highlight our calendar notebook in a post by itself (is anyone even interested in more details??), but until then, just know that our notebooks are a concoction of CC Connected resources and calendar templates from the following:
Calendar Notebook Printables
Confessions of a Homeschooler
EveryDay Learning Insert from The Teacher Wife
Another great discovery we’ve finally been implementing – and with great enthusiasm – is Calendar Connections from 1plus1plus1equals1.
|These are designed to fit the Oriental Trading Classroom Calendar
Pocket Chart. But there’s a really great tutorial on how to
sew a $1 pocket chart from Target into a calendar.
(There’s a smaller version of the cards, but they
don’t include the description on the back!)
This week, we’ve talked about vascular plants and angiosperms, nonvascular plants and how they absorb water, beans that were found in King Tut’s tomb, and what monocot and dicot mean in a simple-to-understand format. All because we are using Calendar Connections.
|Moss & Lichen growing on a Hackberry Tree|
|Our enthusiastic drama king shows us an angiosperm.|
|and studies the leaf of a vascular
|Stephen classifies our nature studies for the day.|
The following are the Calendar Connections available at 1plus1plus1equals1. I can’t recommend them enough! They are all FREE FREE FREE!!! (But a word of warning – do not print them front to back – they are designed to be printed separately!)
The Arctic & Antarctica
Christmas around the World
Click here for all of the above.
Click here for Geology, which is on a different page.
And, finally, here’s our biggest accomplishment this week: Timeline!!!!
I had to finally let go of perfectionism so that I could move forward with what my dear, wonderful, absolutely awesome husband put up for us before heading to Brazil. So now our timeline has labels and our first two weeks of CC timeline on the wall.
Not only that, but now our timeline notebook has accordion-fold pages.
Visit this post for more about our timeline wall and notebook. You can download the Timeline Year Labels and/or the Timeline Accordion Fold. If you have questions about either, feel free to send them via the comments section.
P.S. In case you’re wondering, I did not sleep much this week.
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