As for school we have really been focusing on lapbooks, reading and documentaries for the most part. A & C wrapped up their study of 9/11. They watched the movies Twin Towers and a national geographic title called Inside 9/11. This one was very very well done but it was 3 hours long! All 4 also watched 2 videos related to their study of the water cycle. One was a Magic School Bus movie called MSB: Catches a Wave the other was a Squibs movie called In the Clouds: Air, Weather & Water. If you are looking for a good movie to introduce the atmospheric layers, the water cycle, names of clouds and what their Latin names mean in a fun way this is the movie to get. The kids watched it 3 times because they enjoyed it so much.
Of course with all the running around to extracurriculars we listened to audio books in the car as usual. The 2 titles we listened to this time were Bloody Jack A very good story about a young girl that hides herself as a boy on a navy ship after being orphaned in the plague. WARNING: This title does contain some swearing, violence and some sexual talk including a part where the girl stabs a man that attempts to rape her. NOT a story for young children. The other title was a BBC radio theatre presentation of Silas Marner: The Weaver of Raveloe This title was very much wholesome for the whole family. Silas is falsely accused of theft and kicked out of his church. As a result he turns his back on God until a little child appears out of no where in his living room during a blizzard. A very sweet story about the power of love to heal old wounds and God faithfulness to us even when we turn our backs on Him.
Last week I also introduced the children to Zydeco music. They really enjoyed the rhythms and I asked to listen to it a few times.
A and C finished reading the 9/11 books we had from the library and completed their lapbook.
|The Man who walked between the towers|
H finished up his study of Johnny Appleseed. He completed his lapbook, watched a Disney Johnny Appleseed movie(it was a short one with 3 other stories on the disc), did apple tasting, learned the story of the star in the apple, made apple sauce, and did apple prints. I joined in for the apple prints.
We read many books about Autumn as well.
The kids loved the new leaf rubbing plates. The leaves were we live have already gotten too crunchy to use for rubbing, so these are the perfect solution. All 4 kids loved creating pictures with them.
Out of his own interest this week H decided to test an experiment he saw done on Myth busters. On the show they put 2 phonebooks together page by page and proved that the friction was enough that even 2 tanks could not pull them apart. He grabbed 2 identical phone books and went page by page putting them together and then tried hard to pull them apart again on his own and as a tug o' war with A.
We had a little buddy with us today too. Since the last time he was here he has learned to crawl very well, and to stand and creep along the furniture. He loved the raccoon puppet today and would bury face in it whether it was on my hand or not.
This little guy is such a joy to have here, and the kids adore playing with him when we watch him. Having him join us today was a great way to wrap up the last 2 weeks.