Monday, December 31, 2012

Weeks 15-18: The Promised Land to King David

For the last four weeks of school we have been studying the history of the nation of Israel as they made their way into the Promised Land, settled, and established a kingdom.  With the recent arrival of baby #4, we have not done as many hands-on projects as we normally would, but the kids still seem to be getting just as much from what we are reading, our discussions, writing assignments, and lap journal pages. 



Obviously, our primary history book was the Bible with a few other supplements along the way. One of the big discussion topics we had throughout our study (and repeatedly) was "How Do We KNOW the Bible is True?

Treyton has a very theological, deep-thinking mind. It is usually the first thing that most adults notice about him. As parents, we are truly grateful for this as it is encouraging to see him seek out the answers of our faith and to begin to make it his own. Our desire is not to have him ride on the coattails of our faith, but to claim it and understand it for himself. 


Bible Books Studied: 

  • Joshua 
  • Judges 
  • Ruth 
  • 1 Samuel 
  • 2 Samuel 
  • Psalm

For each Bible book studied we made our own little booklets, writing the stories we learned, important people and a simple overview of the book. IMG 5670

As we read from what book to the next, I was intentional about reviewing what came previously. Alexa is still struggling to pick up her Bible stories easily, but she is slowly getting it, the more and more we review. 

Project: Make a Lyre 

We made a lyre using a hanger and rubber bands - Treyton was pretty sure he was a rocker and jammed on this thing for a while (even though it didn't really make music). 

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Study of the Philistines: 

In 1 Samuel we read about the Philistines god, Dagon. I decided to have Treyton use the computer a little bit - this is something that he hasn't really done to much, prior to this. 

We went on to Wikipedia and looked up Dagon, which I then skimmed and read pieces of to him. Next, I had him copy and past the picture into a word document and caption it (on his own). His typing skills are improving.

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Map Studies: The 12 Tribes of Israel 

We mapped out the 12 tribes of Israel as well as the Philistines and Moab. 

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Draw and Caption Pages:  

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History Journal Pages 

I was selective in the lap book pieces from TOG that I used this time, only because I was having him do more writing, typing and books the last few weeks and didn't want to be too redundant. 

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Timeline Characters we added: 

  • Joshua 
  • Gideon
  • Deborah 
  • Samson
  • Samuel 
  • Saul 
  • David 

Helfpul Links 

Visual Unit - has a bunch of great Bible Resource Printables (maps, overviews, etc.) I found this one for the Kings of Judah and Israel to help Treyton make his timeline of the kings 

How Do I Know the Bible is Real?

The past several weeks in school we have been studying the history of the Israelites from the time of Joshua to the time of David. 

Obviously, our primary history book was the Bible with a few other supplements along the way.

One of the big discussion topics we had throughout our study (and repeatedly) was with Treyton when he would ask "How Do We KNOW the Bible is True?" 

Treyton has a very theological, deep-thinking mind. It is usually the first thing that most adults notice about him. As parents, we are truly grateful for this as it is encouraging to see him seek out the answers of our faith and to begin to make it his own. Our desire is not to have him ride on the coattails of our faith, but to claim it and understand it for himself.  Asking tough questions is a great start! 



To really explain how we know the Bible is true I started with the basics and made him a few charts that we put up next to our timeline. 

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On it I explained some of the Bible basics: 

The Bible is one book made up of 66 smaller books. 39 Old Testament Books and 27 New Testament Books. He had already learned this through AWANA, but reminders can never hurt. 

It was written over the course of 1500 years by over 40 writers but 1 Author (God). 

There are several different types of books the ones I chose to focus on were: History (including Genealogies), Prophecy, Letters and Law. With each type, I gave reasons why those areas are true.

History: While discussing the history of the Israelites, we used other history resources, including encyclopedias, fiction stories, the internet and more to reinforce what was being taught. At every opportunity I explained to him, that the Bible is not the only book that has recorded historical events. Other writings and (archaeological) findings have helped verify many of the stories we read about. 

Genealogies trace back the family lines which also help us to verify certain aspects of the Biblical history (for example, Jesus' genealogy helps us to see that he was in fact a real person but also confirms that God kept his promise to David about having a family member on the throne, which shows the fulfillment of a prophecy. 

Prophesy: I first explained that prophesy was the foretelling of things that were going to happen. It was telling the future, in many cases hundreds sometimes thousands of years before it came true. When the prophesies came true it was evidence that God had said those things, not man. 



We also discussed how the Bible was put together.

The Old Testament Canon was agreed upon about 60 years before Jesus was born (other than the apocrypha, which are the books the catholic church, and other religions added in later). 

The Old Testament canon that we know today, would be the same canon that Jesus would have heard in the Synagogue and taught from himself. Through His life teachings and the acceptance of the Old Testament as "scripture" we can know that the Old Testament books that are there, should be there (and not added too…. though that's another post for another day).

The New Testaament Canon, which was obviously constructed after the death and resurrection of Christ, had three qualifications to meet before being qualified as scripture: 

1. It had to be written by an apostle or someone CLOSE to an apostle (Luke, Mark and James would be examples of people that were close to the apostles.) 

2. It had to be accepted by the early Church (big C) as being inspired, and taught from.

3. It could not contradict other writings already accepted as scripture  

The 66 books of the Bible that we have today were not actually agreed upon until the 4th Century. It took several hundred years and several generations of the Church for the final 6 books  of the NT (Revelations, Jude, 2 John, 3rd John, Hebrews and James) to be agreed upon. This shows the seriousness and time dedicated to getting it right. (Contrary to modern day western culture opinion there was not a single man sitting along in a room somewhere conspiring to put a book in or take a book out, but I digress). The early churches had accepted and taught from these scriptures corporately and in TIME, after being accepted and agreed upon, they were added to the NT Canon. 

In 367 AD, Bishop Athanasius listed the 27 books of the current New Testament in his Easter letter that circulated to all the churches. 



In addition to the discussion and teachings we were having with Treyton, (the Lord's timing is amazing isn't it?) I found out that Tim and I were going to have the opportunity to see the Dead Sea Scrolls while we are at the Homeschool convention in April. Soon after I had posted this on Facebook, my Uncle sent me an article about pieces of the scrolls being pictured and then posted online for viewing. This was a great illustration for Treyton who really hasn't been able to comprehend how old the Bible actually is and how many years the Bible was written over. Seeing the older scrolls really helped it sink in that the Bible is REALLY OLD!  And that the Bible that we hold in our hands today, is not just "one book" written at one sitting, but a collection of books rather that make up that one BIG book. 



Through our co-op, I had recently learned about the What's in the Bible series, put out by the makers of Veggie Tales - and while Veggie Tales isn't necessarily "my thing" this new series sounded great!! 

We watched the first one, and were then gifted the second one, by friends. They have been amazing in reemphasizing all the things we had already been talking about in a fun kid-friendly way. I would highly recommend these (at least the first two which is what we've watched already) - Though I should warn you, the kids got discs 3-9, which covers the entire Old Testament for Christmas, so you may be hearing more about them. 


Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Artist Study: Edgar Degas

Side Note: Unfortunately, I have not been on my a-game as far as taking pictures during school. So that means, I have less pictures as examples to post, for now. 

Books Read: 

  • Usborne: Famous Artist 
  • Usborne: Famous Paintings 
  • Worlds Greatest Artist Series: Edgar Degas 
  • "Edgar Degas: Paintings the Dance" by Cole 
  • "Dancing with Degas" by Merberg 
  • "Marie in Fourth Position" by Littlesugar 
  • "Degas & the Little Dancer" Anholt 
  • "Edgar Degar Dance Like a Butterfly" we used purely for reference 

Pictures Studied: 


Blue Dancers 



 Dancers in Blue


 The Star 


 Dance Class I


Little Dancer of Fourteen Years 


Dancers in the Studio

Activity: Dancer Painting  

Treyton painted a blue dancer recreation. 

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He called it "The Colorful Dancers" 

Activity Dancer Drawing

Coincidentally, Alexa had her own dance recital as we were finishing up our study of Degas, and Treyton decided to draw a picture for Alexa, to show her how proud he was of her. I don't have a picture of that one just yet, but when (if) I get one, I'll post it. 

Activity - Dancer Sculpture 

We took play-doh and tried to make our own athlete sculptures. 

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Friday, December 21, 2012

Winterland Pastels

We have been having so much fun with our soft pastels the past two weeks. 

Yesterday Alexa and I pulled them out again, while Treyton was outside enjoying the blizzard we were having. 

Here is Alexa's:

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And here is mine: 

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We started out with grey paper, hoping the white would "pop" a little bit more, but it didn't pop as much as wanted…. oh well, they still turned out great! 

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Co-op

This past week we had our Christmas co-op with two other families. Due to illnesses we had to cancel the original co-op but thankfully three of the four families were able to reschedule. 

For snack the kids decorated gingerbread cookies that the (my) kids and I had baked before hand.  

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For Craft they made these adorable snowman ornaments that Ms. Amanda found online. 


And for Story - they each had two characters from the nativity scene (we used our little people nativity set) that each child got to add while Ms. Kelly read The First ChristmasIMG 5653

Because of illnesses, and little Titus joining our family so soon, this has only been our second co-op this year. But I am LOVING the fact that we are doing holidays this year!! 

It's such a blessing to be surrounded by such amazing families that we can share part of our journey with!! 

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Oh Little Town of Bethlehem

This week I talked to the kids about the town of Bethlehem when talking about the birth of Jesus. 

We read a musical book called "Oh Little Town of Bethlehem" that I had picked up from the Family Christian Bookstore, which the kids really enjoyed. 

Next we completed this simple soft pastel art project that I found on Hodge Podge

Here is Treyton's 

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Here is Alexa's 

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Here is mine 

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Monday, December 3, 2012

Greek Unit: Knucklebones

Books Read:


We made knucklebones, which was a common an ancient Greek game that the kids would play.

We made our knucklebones from paper mache’ – mixing elmer’s glue and water together to make a paste, we ripped up small pieces of newspaper mixed it all together and formed our knucklbones by squeezing them in our hands.

Once they dried, Treyton painted them.

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To play you place the knucklebones on your palm, toss them in the air, flip your hand over and try to catch the bones on the back of your hand. Once you can do one well, add more bones.

Weeks after our unit, Treyton still enjoys playing with these.

Personal Thankgsiving Books

This year as we studied Thanksgiving the kids and I worked on making them their own books telling about the holiday.

I searched high and low on the internet and found lots of great sites (most of which are on my Thanksgiving Pinterest Board) however, very few of them were actually what I was looking for - I didn't want to spend a lot of time on activities and books on scarecrows, turkeys and pumpkins, but rather the First Thanksgiving and the Pilgrims.

After wasting hours of time :( I finally decided to purchase the Evan Moor's First Thanksgiving and Life in Plymouth Colony ebook from currclick. This along with some of the other printables I found ended up being exactly what I had envisioned. 

I "wrote" a simple version of the First Thanksgiving story which we then cut up and pasted in our book. We then illustrated the book with different printables from either Evan Moor books or online. 

Books We Read: 

We had a great time learning about the Pilgrims and made great memories while making our books: 
I am including just pictures of Treyton's Book because Alexa's looked very similar minus a few pages. 
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