Tuesday, December 2, 2008

"K" - Kangaroos, Kites & Kings

UPDATE: I had meant to post this back in December but I guess I forgot, here it is now (March 2009).

Day 1: Kangaroos

~ We made a kangaroo toilet paper roll craft. This didn't turn out as well as I would have wanted, the pouch wouldn't stay on and it didn't really look like much of a kangaroo. Treyton still had fun doing the craft and didn't really realize it didn't turn out so... it was still time well spent.

~ Treyton was fascinated with the kangaroo pouch, the mama and joey kangaroos.... he loves that type of stuff and kangaroos were no exceptions. We had some really cool kangaroo pictures that showed a teeny tiny baby kangaroo in the pouch and how it lives, what the pouch actually looks like, how the joey eats, etc. Treyton loved that book and we read it several times (the name is slipping me now, sorry).

~ As usual Treyton preferred the real-life books to the cartoon story books, which I think is awesome, but that's just me :)

~ We made a jumping kangaroo from the template and a brad - Treyton liked this craft - not so much the craft but the end product - he spent more time playing with his kangaroo than he did making it - though he did ask why the kangaroo only had one leg --- while the kangaroo had two legs, on the template they were together as one so you didn't see them individually so he thinks he has a one-legged kangaroo.

Unscripted plans

Well, it has been a while since I have posted and that's mostly because I haven't been following my "curriculum" and I felt a little badly about it, but then I realized we were still doing "school" just not the curriculum, so let me fill you in on some of the things we have been doing and learning.

~ For thanksgiving we made pumpkins out of 12*1 inch scrap paper and brads - I posted about it here. Treyton really enjoyed this craft alot and was very proud when I would talk about them on the phone with family.

~ As I also posted on my other blog, we have been working at doing a family devotional daily after dinner. During this time Treyton has learned much more than Tim or I either expected. We have little catechism type questions - the first two that we have worked on was "What is Man's primary purpose?" and the answer is "To glorify God and enjoy Him forever" and the other one is "Who made me?" "God Made Me" is the answer.... Treyton knows both of them and gets excited to answer them.... mom and Treyton usually race to see who can raise their hands up first in order to answer the question.... I don't know how but Treyton ALWAYS wins ;)
~ Treyton is also learning the fruit of the Spirit in sign language which is really cool. We practice it everyday and he usually wants to do it 3-4 times. He is learning so much and having fun doing it - I love that we discovered this method and I think we will stick with it for a while.

~ For "J" we were supposed to be learning about Jesus - and while I never got our stuff out to work on the curriculum part of it, Treyton has learned so much about Jesus and heaven in the last weeks. Sadly, as most of you know our adorable little nephew went home to be with Jesus. This has brought on lots of questions from Treyton - some that I can answer, and some that I can't. But in the process Treyton has learned.
Some of the questions he has asked and things he is learning:
1. Is Trent Happy?
2. Where is Jesus?
3. Where is Trent?
4. Where is God?
5. I told Treyton the other day that Alexa was sick, and because we had explained to Treyton that Trent was sick, and then Trent went to be with Jesus, Treyton's first question after I told him that Alexa was sick was if she was going to die. It broke my heart to try to explain the difference to him, and I don't think I did a very good job at it but it's a process for both of us and as we are grieving so deeply for Trent, and trying to explain to Treyton why we won't see him anymore here, but that we will see him in heaven has been.... scary.... I just pray that I'm doing it properly.
6. We talk about how heaven is the funnest place - so fun we can't even imagine it. Everything good is there (trucks, leaner, paint, movies, etc.) with nothing bad (sickness, pain, crying). So hard for even an adult to imagine.... I'm grateful that children have such faith and that simple answers usually work.
7. Treyton's most popular question "why?" has been asked several times when it has come to Trent.... oh how I wish I could answer him, but this is a question even I do not know the answer to.

There is so much more that I could post, but these are the main points that I wanted to record for our journal for now, I will try to post more later.