Friday, October 30, 2009

Weekly Homeschool Highlights: Week 6 RtR

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Bible was pretty awesome this week. Yesterday, I actually started crying during our time together.

We have been going through Old Testament prophecies of Jesus' Birth, Life and Death and looking at the New Testament fulfillments. I expound on each passage so when I got to the Cross I kinda lost it.

I hope it is one of those moments that my kids remember because I never want them to be... casual ?? (maybe that's the right word) about Calvary and the price paid for us.

Feeling the weight of the Cross (even for a moment) adds to the joy of the Resurrection so we did end on a good note.

Brigitta drew little pictures in her charts and I thought they were so cool!

We finished our read aloud, The Bronze Bow, uh, three weeks early. Oops :)

In History, besides continuing to read As The Roman World Turns Augustus Caesar's World, we learned about Roman architecture, bridges, arches, farming, trade, transport and aqueducts.

Our Science reinforced our history as we built bridges!

Bridge Experiment #1

We only got 13 "soldiers" (pennies) on this bridge before it collapsed.

Then, we tried again with an ARCH bridge...

We added lots more "soliders" and then started adding "horses" (nickels).

What a difference a little arch can make!

We pulled out our yearbook from two years and talked about God's designed of an egg and the strength of it's arch--

In Art, we even drew bridges--

But, of course, we never do anything straight--
If you can't read this, the top caption says, "Have you seen the aqueduct?"

And the duck under the bridge is saying,
"Who are you calling an Aqua Duck?"

Speaking of aqueduct, our Latin root words for this week were "centum" and "aqua."

And lastly,

Bridge Experiment #2

For later, so we know what they are and what to do with them...


"you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ."

in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord,

Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient,
"The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,"

Even though this project didn't have a "cornerstone," the keystone reminded me of this verse...

Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners,
but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets,
Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,
in whom the whole building, being fitted together,
grows into a holy temple in the Lord,
in whom you also are being built together
for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.
Ephesians 2:19-22

Funny thing about arch bridges, once the key stone is in place, the arch rests on it and it stands.
But the kicker is this-- the more pressure is put on the arch from above, the stronger the arch becomes.

It was a reminder to me that individually and corporately, as a church body,
we are strong as long as Jesus is in center place.

Lord bless you guys :)


hitherto said...

I like the jello bridge =) This year in my schooling we did a similar project with pennies and bridges, we stacked up four or five text books and then we place a single spaghetti noodle across and atchatched a paper cup to it, and continued to drop pennies into the cup until the noodle broke, and then we would move the books apart a little more and repeat. I think I like your's better since you had "soldiers" and "horses" =)

Kysha said...

Oh, I love the bridges! ..and I love your yearbook format. We have a traditional styled one for our hs group but I LOVE LOVE the format of yours. I wish that our children could get together. They would have an awesome time. Great week, Lainie!

PS I think it's funny how each time that I spell your name, the spell checker says it's wrong just like my name. As if it knows! LOL

Julie said...

Great post! I tell 'ya I am loving the hands on approach that MFW much fun! The duck cartoon is too cute. :) I don't have a report this week, we took a bit of a break. Have a great weekend.

Ann said...

What a fun project. being a word of knowledge kinda gal.

Did you guys study the Tel Dan Mudbrick gate with the oldest arches? I saw it when we were there. But according to archaelogists...this is the oldest known arch and has survived almost 4000 years which preceedes the Romans. Here is some information on it...

And here is a good picture of it.

4000 years...I would have to say that they are pretty darn strong:)

Meli_Mama said...

I love seeing how Jesus is seen in all of your schooling. It makes me excited for when we get there on our journey.

Pylegang said...

Wow! What a wonderful week. You've given me some nice ideas. I'm doing RTR also, but it looks like I'm one week behind you. Thanks for sharing all of the great pictures. You have a talented artist. The drawing of the arched bridge was super nice! I pray that our upcoming Bible time will touch our hearts in a special way, too.
Blessings, Angela

Suzanne said...

Hi Laine - Love your post and all the details you included in your photos - that's so fun. Bridge project was very cool! Blessings to you!!!

Brenna said...

Hi! Tell me, what Bible curriculum do you use? And Latin?

Looking for something??