This week we had two Bible Stories one of them being the story of Noah’s Ark. Though this is a familiar story in our house, we still managed to have a lot of fun with it.
We were supposed to go outside and measure out the ark, which would have been a GREAT visual (I think) but the night before we were supposed to do it we were dumped with nearly 9 inches of snow – yes, you heard me right, we had a snow storm in April! Welcome to Wisconsin! I was a little disappointed in Treyton’s Noah drawing, but he wasn’t fully to blame, I had him color the rainbow assignment and draw his picture during quiet time, he was clearly done with “artistic thinking” by the time he got to his drawing :)
For the hands-on activity we made aluminum foil boats. At first I cut out 4 pieces of aluminum foil and left Treyton with the directions “Make a boat that will float” – I wanted to see what he would do.
So I sat down and made my own boat, which he then mimicked and did a great job on. We had a little “friendly competition” to see whose boat would hold more coins before sinking.
To be fair, both our boats started taking in water, but Treyton’s actually sank first. I’m not so sure it was a design/manufacturing malfunction as much as the trajectory of the coin drops :)
BIBLE LANDS SALT MAP
We also made a Bible lands salt-dough map this week. It was supposed to be a 1-day assignment – I don’t see how that would be possible at this age with the size they recommended. We turned it into a 3-day assignment.
On day 1 I made the salt-doh recipe , which I quickly realized was not going to cover the entire map. We did 1/4 of it, then that night while I was at Hobby Lobby shopping for something else I found air-drying clay which was much easier to apply and stuck much better onto my cardboard (which I used in lieu of plywood).
When it dried it cracked pretty badly… but I figure, hey it’s a desert, cracks are normal…. right?
After it dried we painted it to “pretty it up”
Treyton thought the Bible lands map was one of the coolest assignments we’ve ever had. While we were making it Treyton kept saying things like “This is the coolest thing ever, mom” “We’re going to keep this forever, right mom?” “Thanks for letting us do this mom, this is fun.”
I’m so glad he enjoyed it and it was totally worth the little bit of extra work.
BIBLE: TOWER OF BABEL
In order to motivate a better picture (after his less than desirable drawing for the Noah’s Ark portion), I showed an example of 2 Ladybugs & A Lizard’s Tower of Babel and Noah’s Ark picture which he was REALLY impressed with. It worked in motivating him - he came up with an original idea for his Tower page: He took pieces of square construction paper to construct his tower and then colored in/drew the rest.
He asked me, special, to “Please have the 7 year old girl look at my picture and see if she likes it” So Kattie, if you are reading this would you mind have Big Ladybug take a look and letting us know what she thinks :)
We built our own tower of toothpicks and play-doh which was a little trickier than I thought it was going to be, but he did pretty well (I think).
We basically finished up the solar system this week, minus a few lose ends. Alexa and Treyton combined efforts to complete the lapbook this time which I think makes it even more special than normal.
We didn’t actually do all of the recommended exploration day activities. We did however do the balloon rocket which I think might be the highest rated science experiment thus far! We did it over – and – over – and – over again; then we waited for Dad to get home and we did it again and again! LOL!
My sister-in-law gave us a bunch of great solar system stuff (without knowing I was preparing to cover this unit), including a great floor puzzle. It is over 5 feet long. Treyton loves puzzles so this was a great extra for him.
Treyton completed a rocket blast off printable and afterward did not want to include it in the book because he wanted to be able to fly it around after he counted down. How do say no to that? Some of our other lap-journal pieces included: a spaceship color-by-number
…. a copy of the Planet song
…. separating planets from non-planets activity
…. copywork: planet names in order.
Treyton picked up on the planet names better than I thought he would, he can’t list them all off the top of his head, but he can name several of them, especially once we start putting them in order.
TOT SCHOOL: SOLAR SYSTEM
Lexie participated in our Solar System Unit with color matching, letter tracing, letter finding and coloring, rather than the science part of it.
We had such a fun-filled week. I can’t say enough good things about My Father’s World, it’s perfect for our family.
To see what other’s did with My Father’s World visit the linky at 2 Lizard’s and a Ladybug, who is guest hosting MFW Homeschool Highlights for Kathi this week.
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