Saturday, October 10, 2009

Weekly Homeschool Highlights: Week 4 RtR

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This week we finished up our study of the New Testament books of the Bible.

We read verses from Titus, Philemon, Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1,2 & 3 John, Jude and Revelation.

We had some really good discussion about these verses especially 3 John verse 4 which reads,

"For I was very glad when brethren came and testified to your truth,
{that is,} how you are walking in truth."


We talked about the truth-- of who we are (sinners), of who God is (righteous Judge), of what He desired (intimacy with us), of what He did (sent Jesus to live the perfect life we couldn't), of what it cost Him (it cost Jesus His life and separation from God His Father temporarily), of the result (that death was defeated), of the lasting result (we have a restored relationship to God and will live eternally in Heaven).

But there are other truths that the Bible teaches like we are fearfully and wonderfully made, we are victorious in Christ Jesus, and that precious are His thoughts towards us.

In thinking about those truths, I asked the kids what "truth" do they struggle with the most.

It really made me reflect on them and myself. It made me change how I prayed for them.

One child struggles with the sovereignty of God, one the hope and truth of Heaven, one with the Grace of God while I struggle with abiding in Him (I try to be God's employee).

We prayed with one another and I walked away encouraged that while we all wrestle in one way or another in our walk, we have the opportunity to encourage each other as well.

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"As The Roman Empire World Turns" continued as Antony flaked on being a warrior after Cleopatra tried to give him the slip. We ended this week's history with both of them very dramatically deceased. Oh the drama of it all! I'm thinking Shakespeare must have been an Ancient History buff because their story was a real life Romeo and Juliet.

We learned about the lifestyle of Romans and made clay piggies that mimic toys of Roman children.

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We continued our investigations of the human body in science.
We learned about senses and built our first model from the Body Book.

We also picked up one of the activities from last week that we didn't get to.

It was an activity to illustrate how the body regulates temperature.

The bowl on the right has ice cold water and the bowl on the left has very warm tap water.
They had to keep their hands in the water for at least 20 seconds.

Then they plunged their hands into the center bowl that had lukewarm water.



The cold water hand perceived the tepid water as warm while the hot water hand perceived the same water as cold.

They were very amazed!

Leisl took her Module #2 test in science and did very, very well.

Good job Leisl :)

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Our Latin roots words for this week--
septem= seven and octo=eight
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For music we listened to a few Haydn selections. It was a really beautiful morning so we piled into the van and listened on our way to a nearby coffee shop. We drank our hot chocolates and chai steamer on the way home and enjoyed a lovely autumn drive.

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Over the weekend I was able to get caught up with the Snail Mail buddies that have been on hold all summer.

Kurt is finally ready to have a buddy all his own and worked hard on his letter...



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We've just been plugging along in math, spelling and English.

Brigitta memorized her first poetry selection of the year.

It never before occurred to me to video their recitations.

She was so sweet... I was inspired to do so...






And that was our sweet little week.
For those of you that have been praying for me--
Thank You!!!

This is the first week I felt close to finding and being in my groove.
Hopefully, the momentum will continue next week.

Oh and I realized that I am the problem with the grammar.
The old adage, "You can't teach what you don't know" is true.
I am terrible at formal grammar which is why we are struggling in that area.

Solution? I bought myself a grammar workbook and will be going through it at a quicker pace and hopefully, very Lord willing, learning grammar so I can help my kiddos learn it too.

I figured it can't hurt!!!

:)

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3 comments:

Julie said...

Looks like a great week. Love the body temp experiment...it's the hands on stuff that really helps the kiddos understand and remember these concepts. Super job. Good luck with the grammar. My problem area is math. ;)

Tammi Kay said...

'Next year' looks like fun. You guys always look like you're having such a good time.

Kysha said...

What a lovely week and your children are soooo sweet, Lainie! Adorable!

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