Friday, May 13, 2011

Week 31: Jacob – Joseph & Measuring Things

This week we learned about Jacob & Esau, Jacob leaving Home, the 12 sons of Jacob including Joseph.

I found this “Sons of Jacob” song that I tried using with the kids, they liked it but didn’t do very well at singing the harder names (no judgment here :))– they basically sang the tune with similar syllables – pretty cute.

Sons of Jacob Song
(to the tune of "Ten Little Indians")
Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah,
Issachar, Zebulun, Dan and Naphtali,
Gad and Asher, Joseph, Benjamin - These are the sons of Jacob.

Treyton completed the Bible Notebook pages for Jacob Leaving Home and Joseph in Prison. I am happy to say that his drawings are improving.


Whenever I look at Treyton’s drawings I am reminded of something I heard at the Midwest Convention “Boys draw in verbs while girls draw in nouns!” I’m amazed by how true this is, and how I didn’t see it myself before now.

Treyton’s drawings tell a continual story, rather than a picture of a moment in a story. As he draws he is usually talking about what is happening.


In addition to our drawings, wee also did a craft for Joseph’s Coat of many colors from DLTK.


The kids colored coffee filters, we sprayed them with water, let them dry and then cut out the coat for their Joseph Paper Dolls.


I love how unique each one turned out.

IMG_0030After we made the dolls Treyton and I had the idea to make a prison to put Joseph in. It was pretty simple, I used a cardboard box, cut out bars and covered it with ‘pretty” brown paper. I also cut a slit in the top of the box so that we could slide the paper doll in and out.     IMG_0026 



Our Science this week was all about measuring. By chance Let’s Explore recently happened to have a printable on measuring things, I saved it to use for just this week.


We talked about different measurements – centimeters, inches, feet and yards.

Treyton LOVED LOVED LOVED measuring all different types of household items. He especially loved what his biggest step and biggest jump were (what kid wouldn’t?).


He did it over and over and over again, trying for more than 30 minutes to get a longer jump. In the end it was his third jump that ended up being his longest :)


After talking about some specific unit measurements (cm, inches, ft and yd) we talked about exact measurements vs. rough measurements and even talked about how they measured in Bible times (cubits, which is 18 inches, normally they measured this by using the tip of the fingers to the elbow) and how sometimes this was a very rough measurement. This was a tough concept for Treyton.


One of the recent gems we stumbled upon in our journey of Treyton’s language development are riddles! I picked up two state riddle books from the library (Maine and Pennsylvania) and have been doing them with Treyton, he really likes them and they’re stretching him in some great ways.


We’re continuing to work on our numbers 1-20. This week we finished up adding numbers up to 20, and started working on subtraction. We’re beginning to move into more difficult math concepts, I feel a little overwhelmed in teaching them some day, but Treyton is doing well.



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Our Side of the Mountain said...

That's SO true (and I never thought about it before): Boys draw in verbs and girls in nouns! What GREAT pictures though! Stopping by from Weekly Wrap-up!


Chef Penny said...

I loved the Joseph coat!! What a great idea. Looks like a really great week!

Laura said...

I love how the Joseph dolls turned out. So super cute! Your son is a great drawer. We're still pretty much at scribbles, lol. Thanks for all the great ideas!

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Pauline said...

Love the little stick figure and his watercolored coat!